How To Fit A Roller Blind

fit a roller blind

Fitting a roller blind is fiddly but not beyond the reach of even novice DIYers. Here's how.

  • Ready-made roller blind (screws and wallplugs are usually supplied)
  • Stepladder
  • Metal measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Spirit level
  • Screwdriver
  • Small hacksaw and sharp scissors (if cutting the blind to fit)

Budget

Ready-made roller blinds cost from around £10

Time

Two hours

Skill

Beginner competent using a power drill

Blind Placement

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.

Measuring And Marking

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.

Fixing The Second Bracket

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.

Cutting The Blind To Fit

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.

  • Fitting the blind inside the recess requires exact measurements, but you can be more flexible with the blind size if you fit the roller outside the recess.
  • If you are fitting the blind to a wood surround rather than masonry, you can screw directly into the wood (start the hole first with a bradawl), and no drilling or wall plugs are needed.
  • When cutting down a blind that has a central pull string, you’ll need to trim from both sides, or the cord will not hang centrally.
  • If you don’t want the fuss of cutting the roller to fit, order a made to measure blind.
  • Can't find a blind you like? Make one using your own fabric, a roller blind kit and fabric stiffener.

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