For more help and advice visit masters.com.au 1 How to fit window blinds Tools & materials Installation into plaster board Power drill and drill bit Phillips Head screwdriver Pencil Brackets Matching fascia Matching end returns (if blind is to be fitted outside the window recess) Centre support bracket (if length requires) Installation into masonry or brick: Hammer drill Screwdriver or screw driver bit Drill bits For concrete, brick or plaster, a 5.5mm diameter masonry drill bit. For wood, steel or UPVC, a 3mm diameter high-speed steel (HSS) drill bit. Bradawl Hacksaw Craft knife Spirit level Round file Steel rule Steel tape measure Pipe and wire detector Wall plugs Screws Blind Important- Please read: All information and tips in this publication are of a general nature only and Masters does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information and tips in this publication. This publication is not intended to be a substitute for expert advice. Masters advises you to always consult an experienced and qualified person when undertaking jobs of this kind (including consulting a qualified tradesperson such as an electrician or plumber where relevant expert services are required). You should also consider any safety precautions that may be necessary when undertaking the work described in this publication (including wearing any necessary safety equipment such as safety glasses, goggles or ear protectors or hard hats). The information and tips in this publication are provided on the basis that Masters excludes all liability for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including, but not limited to, indirect and consequential loss or damage and whether or not such loss or damage could have been foreseen) for any personal injury or damage to property whatsoever resulting from the use of the information and tips in this publication. Masters also notes that there may be laws, regulations or by-laws with which you must comply when undertaking the work described in this publication. You should obtain all necessary permissions and permits from council and/or any other relevant statutory body or authority before carrying out any work. Masters Home Improvement Australia Pty Ltd ABN 21 066 891 307. New blinds give a room a whole new look. They can change the shape of a window, helping them seem smaller, or larger. They can disguise an opening, or make a feature of a wall. They help you adjust how much light enters the room – helping the room go from full light to complete dark in moments. Blinds also help insulate your room. With so many different kinds of blinds, and fabrics, to choose from, there’s a huge range of decorating options available . What blinds work best? Choosing the right blind for your room is a matter of personal taste. The different looks give your walls and windows a different treatment. Roller blinds These are ideal if you want a clean and modern look, rather than metal or wooden blinds. You can get them to fit most window sizes. If you have a particularly narrow window, or the blind is slightly too wide, it can be easily adjusted to fit. Venetian blinds Venetian blinds provide a number of different light options. You can block the light entirely, direct the blinds upwards to give the room a soft, reflected light, direct them downwards for brighter light or lift them for full sun. They are available in many widths – and come in timber, PVC or aluminium. TIP: If you’re using valance clips on venetian blinds, put them before you hang the blind. Roman blinds These provide a casual look in softer fabric options. Roman blinds create a more classical look within the home, and are a great option for blocking out 100% of the light when fitted outside the window recess. This makes them great for bedrooms, entertainment rooms – or wherever total light control is required. Vertical blinds These work best for large windows, sliding doors and patio doors. They provide a modern, clean look; and also help direct the light in the room. Panel tracks A new twist on vertical blinds, these large panels of fabric look great at larger windows and doors or even as room dividers. A contemporary look, they give you the versatility to change fabric designs and colours whilst still using the same track system. They have a cut to length feature which can ensures a perfect fit every time. For more help and advice visit masters.com.au 2 How to fit window blinds Measuring up Refer to “How to measure windows for blinds.” Installation Fix the brackets Your brackets will come pre-drilled – so you can fit them inside the frame, to a wall, hanging from the top of the frame, from the ceiling or butted against a wall. TIP: When you close the brackets, make sure you hear the snap as they clip into the hole. Fitting brackets in a recessed window frame If you’re fitting roller blinds, venetians or roman blinds hold the blind up to the top of the frame and mark where the ends of the roller are. This will let you know where the brackets need to be fitted. If you’re fitting vertical blinds or panel tracks, you can simply mark where you’d like the brackets to fit – usually as wide as the space will allow. You can screw the brackets directly onto the window frame, onto the nearest wall or hang them from the underside of the top of the frame. Mark the screw positions. Drill a small guide hole, then screw the brackets in place. Fitting brackets onto a brick or masonry wall As before, decide where the brackets will fit. Make sure there’s at least 50mm between the bracket and the edge of the wall – this ensures you won’t break off old plaster. Mark where the screw holes will be. Drill 5.5mm holes and insert wall plugs. Screw the brackets into the wall. Fitting brackets above the window For best results, fit the blinds to the lintel. (The lintel is the slab of hardwood running along the top of the frame which supports the wall above the window.) Measure and mark where the brackets will fit – as outlined above. Drill holes using a hardwood or masonry drill bit. Screw the brackets into the lintel. Fitting a ceiling mounted blind This should only be considered if you have ceiling joists to screw into. (Many blinds are too heavy, and used too often, to be supported by plasterboard alone.) Measure and mark where the brackets need to be mounted. Attach the brackets with screws. TIP: Don’t go too close to any edges or corners or you may chip a brick or the plaster.
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