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  • Window measuring instructions
  • Woven Shade Installation
  • Venetian blind Installation
  • Cleaning Your Shade/Blinds

Window measuring instructions

Before you purchase a shade or blind, it is crucial that you measure the window space it will be covering. Measuring for a new shade or blind is easier than you might think. You just need to follow a few simple steps and gather some tools to get the correct measurements

Equipment
You will need a good steel metric tape measure
Some paper and a sharp pencil.

 


General Windows

You can mount your window blinds or window shades inside the window frame/casing or outside mounted to the wall above the window. In order to mount the window blinds or window shades inside a window casing, make sure you have enough depth to allow room for the window blinds(See figure to the right). Specifications for window blinds or window shades are given on the minimum depths to mount them. Note: If your window frame depth is not deep enough to "flush mount" your blinds, do not select a cornice style valance.

 

Inside Mount Window Blinds and Window Shades

When mounting blinds inside the window casing or frame

  1. Simply measure the width and length in three different places as shown in the inside mount picture. i.e. inside drywall to drywall or frame to frame.
  2. It is only necessary to give the smallest length and width to an 1/8 of an inch.
  3. Enter exactly what your window frame measures. Take NO deductions.
  4. Ensure you have enough window depth. See individual products for details.

The factory will take proper deductions to fit the size window you specify.

Outside Mount Window Blinds and Shades

When mounting blinds outside the window casing.

  1. Simply measure the width and length of the window in three places
  2. Remember it is only necessary to give the measurement to an 1/8 of an inch.
  3. Horizontal Blinds Add 3 inches to the width and length measurement.
    Vertical Blinds Add 4 inches to the width and 3" length measurement.

 

he factory will take NO deductions on outside mount blinds or shades. You MUST add for overlaps.

   

Corner Windows

If two windows meet in the corner and privacy is a concern, the best way to install window blinds or shades is to overlap them (see figure). One blind will be the measurement from the wall to the window. The second blind will be the measurement from the wall to where the second blind will be. This measurement will be from the wall to the window subtracting the width of the blinds. For a 2 inch wood blind, that will be about 2 to 2 1/2 inches.

Each blind will be mounted into the ceiling in the center brackets. The side brackets can be mounted to either the side or the ceiling. We recommend mounting them into the side of the window sill.

Bay Windows

When measuring blinds for bay windows, you will need calculate the intersecting points of the blinds to determine the width of each blind. The first step is to select a window treatment. Different window coverings will have different depths. Once you have selected the blinds or shades, you will be able to get the depth you need to calculate the intersection point. See the product specifications for exact depths.

On bay window blinds, there will be a slight gap where the blinds meet. Even with the most precise measurements, there will be light and privacy gaps. Follow these easy steps to measure your bay window blinds:


  1. Cut two pieces of cardboard at the thickness of what the blinds would be and approximately 12 inches long. Once again see the specific product specifications for the depth.
  2. Position the pieces of cardboard so the front edges meet as if they are the actual window blinds at each intersection point(See image).
  3. Make a small mark on the front edge where they intersect. Repeat the step for both blind intersection points.
  4. The next step is to measure each bow window blinds. The left blind measurement will be from the intersection point we marked to the window frame. Make sure that your measurement is an equal distance away from the window as the intersection point. Follow the same step for the right blind using the right intersection point.
  5. Measure the center bay blinds by measuring the distance from each intersection point
  6. Specify inside mount when ordering if you have the depth. See individual product description for minimum window frame depths.
  7. Call for any custom valance needs.

 

Woven Shade Installation

Fitting- What you will need

  • Tape measure and pencil
  • Star screwdriver
  • Self tapping screws 6 x 5/8

 

Outside Recess (face fix)

If your shade is to be fitted on the outside of the recess, then measure the shade (B) and the width of your window (A). Deduct A from B and divide by two to give you the measurement each side of window (C)- this is the position your shade will sit between. Mark off how far above the window the blind position will be (D)-we advise 4 cm in the how to measure section.
You will see slots in the headrail. Position your brackets with one at each end and as near to controller as allows. If your shade width is over 1.0 m, you will need a center support bracket. If your shade width is over 1.50 m, you will need 4 positions support brackets.
Fix brackets to the headrail and offer the shade up to your marks on the wall. Make sure your shade is level and transfer your bracket positions to the wall. Mark through the two holes on each bracket and drill and fix. Offer the shade up to the brackets and push the locating pin through the slots, then attach the wing nuts.

 

Inside Recess (top fix/face fix)

            Decide if you are going to face fix or top fix. We would advise top fix if you have handles on your window.
            Measure the distance of your handles from the window frame, plus 10 mm this will be your measurements from the window frame on your lintel. Follow the fitting instruction from the outside recess section for bracket position in the headrail.
            Position the shade centrally in the window recess and transfer the bracket positions to your lintel, drill and fix. Offer the shade up to the brackets and push the locating pin through the slot and attach the wing nuts.

Operating Your Shade

            Your shade has a cord lock system to lower the shade. Move the cord across the face of the shade and let the cord slide through your fingers. To raise, pull the cords down until the shade reaches your desired height and move the cord across the face of the shade to lock.


           


WARNING
In the interest of safety, please keep all pull cords and chains out of the reach of children.

Venetian blind Installation

Fitting- What you will need

  • Tape measure and pencil
  • Star screwdriver
  • Self tapping screws 6 x 5/8
 

Outside Recess (face fix)

If your blind is to be fitted on the outside of the recess, then measure the blind (B) and the width of your window (A). Deduct A from B and divide by two to give you the measurement each side of window (C)- this is the position your bracket will be fitted. If your followed our advise on measuring your blind, then you will position your blind 4 cm above the window (D).
Position the box bracket on the wall and mark through the two holes. Ensure the flap is open and you have the right and left hand brackets round the correct way-see inside the bracket for Left/Right markings.
Depending on how wide your blind is you may have a U bracket supplied-position this bracket midway along the head rail to give a center support. Wider blinds will have more than one U bracket supplied- space them equally along the head rail making sure that they will not fowl on the ladder cords when fitted.
Now you are ready to locate your blind in the brackets. Push the valance into place-these are fitted with the small L shaped bracket and screws provided.

Inside Recess (top fix/face fix)

            Decide if you are going to face fix, top fix or side fix your blind. We would advise side fixing. If you have had to make allowances for a width restriction then top fix the blind.
            Fit your blind so when it is raised/lowered it will miss your handles. Measure the depth of your handles from your window frame and add 10 mm-this will be the position you will place the back of the box. Mark two holes through the side or through the top if top fixing.
            Drill and fix brackets, including the center support bracket if supplied, dependent on the width of your blind. You may have one or more U brackets supplied. Position this bracket midway along the headrail to give a center support. Wider blinds will have more than one, space them equally along the headrail making sure that the ladder cords and brackets do not come into contact. Now you are ready to locate your blind in the brackets,
            Push the valance into place-these are fitted with the small L shaped bracket and screws provided

 

Operating Your Blind

            When you have released your cord’s packaging, you will find one side has two acorns-this will tilt your slats front to back. The single acorn with multiple cords will raise the blind. To lock the blind into position, move the cord across the face of the blind. The reverse will unlock and lower. Always have the slats in the open position before raising and lowering your blind.


 


WARNING

In the interest of safety, please keep all pull cords and chains out of the reach of children.      
     

Cleaning Your Shade/Blinds

There are many simple and effective ways to clean your blinds. Regular cleaning and dusting will help to prolong the life of your blinds and enhance the look and feel of your room.

Woven Shades
The woods and yams used on these fabrics have been chosen because of their unique textures. The irregulations inherent in the yams and woods are distinctive part of the effect. Great care these materials, a process done almost completely by hands. Periodic brushing or vacuuming is recommended. Most commercial Venetian blind laundries are equipped to clean woven woods.

Wood Blinds
Ideally, clean your wooden blinds by dusting them using a clean soft dust cloth or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment, the surface is smooth so dust should be easily removed. Washing your wooden blinds could seriously damage them. Water or dampness can warp or discolour the slats.