Fitting a roller blind is fiddly but not beyond the reach of even novice DIYers. Here's how.
Ready-made roller blinds cost from around £10
Beginner competent using a power drill
Step One: Blind Placement
A roller blind can be fitted in several ways, depending on the type of window you have - either directly onto a wooden frame or sash window or on the top or side of the window recess for metal or plastic frames. You will also need to decide on which side of the window you'd like your blind cord to hang, making sure that it's easily accessible.
Step Two: Measuring And Marking
Using the manufacturer's instructions, mark the position of the screw holes of one of the brackets in the desired position at the top of the recess. Hold up the blind to the window in its estimated position to make sure it has enough clearance of window furniture to open smoothly. If not, consider repositioning it. Mark the screw holes of the first bracket, making sure you put either the pin or blind cord end on your chosen side. Carefully drill holes in the marked position. Insert wood or masonry rawl plugs and then screw the first bracket into the wall or the frame.
Step Three: Fixing The Second Bracket
Check that the blind is level by measuring the position of the first bracket and transferring the measurements to the other side. Drill and and fix the second bracket as before.
Step Four: Cutting The Blind To Fit
If you're lucky the blind will fit exactly. Otherwise, measure the distance between the brackets, then deduct the amount stated on the instructions supplied. Now unroll the blind and mark and cut the roller and the lath (the strip of wood at the bottom) using the hacksaw. Mark and cut the blind with sharp scissors or a craft knife. Push the end plug and side control into the ends of the roller (making sure they are on the correct sides), then slot the blind into the brackets.
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