How to Measure & Install Roman Blinds?

Roman Blinds in Melbourne have never truly gone out of style. Though widely considered a traditional blind, the many innovations in their style over the years have actually caused it to become one of the most modern and minimal looking fabric blinds on the market. No matter what style your home is, you can’t go wrong with Roman Blinds for windows. If you are keen on decorating your windows with Roman Blinds, and feel like measuring and installing them yourself, this is the guide for you.

Roman Blinds

Measuring

1. Begin with a piece of paper, pen/pencil, and a tape measure.

2. On the piece of paper, draw up some windows to match the number of windows you are furnishing (square or rectangular), and label them. This part of the process is important, as it helps you avoid making mistakes later. If you are doing an inside mount, go to step 3. If you are doing an outside mount, proceed straight to step 4.

3. Now, for an inside mount, get the width by measuring the exact distance between the inside surfaces of the window frame at the top, middle, and bottom. Use the narrowest width. Do not make any deductions, as the factory usually does this. Either way, it may be best to check with them first. For the height, you will need to measure the exact distance from the inside surface at the top of the window to sill. If you prefer the shade not to make contact with the sill, deduct ¼”. If there is no sill, measure the height up till the point where you desire the shade to reach.

4. For an outside mount, determine the width by measuring the exact distance between the outermost points of where the shade will be installed. You will need to make sure that the measurement overlaps each side of the window frame by at least 1 ½”, as the factory generally does not make any deductions from your width measurements. It is always best to check with the factory anyway. In order to determine the height, you will need to measure the exact distance from where you would like to place the top of the shade, to the top of the sill. If there is no sill, or if you prefer the shade to overlap the frame, simply make the measurement to the point the shade is to reach.

Install

1. Begin by gathering standard safety gear, such as gloves, wraparound glasses, and earmuffs. Make sure you have an impact driver (power drill), pencil, shears, a step ladder, safety knife, line level, and screwdriver set.

2. Make markings at the points where you will mount the brackets for your blind and pre-drill the screw holes. The point you select must be far enough away from the surface of the window to create enough space for the blind to gather when pulled up. Next, screw the brackets into place. Allowing for an extra bracket is a good idea, as Roman Blinds can be on the heavier side.

3. Now, it’s time to clip the blind onto the brackets, one at a time. Begin with the middle bracket, and work outwards. It is very important to make sure that blind cords are kept away from the floor, as they can be a choking hazard to children and pets. To avoid this hazard, install a cleat to tie the cord up with. Screwing a cleat onto the inside of the window frame, approximately 1600mm off the ground is ideal.

For expert advice and guidance in all things blinds, contact the team at Tip Top Blinds. With over 60 years experience in the industry, they come highly recommended.

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