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How to Make a Roman Blind Part 4: Hanging Tutorial

How to hang a roman blind from a headrail system and a batten

Before Starting:

 PLEASE ALWAYS REFER TO THE BLIND SAFETY STANDARDS WHEN HANGING BLINDS

 

Merrick and Day are a fantastic company that has all the hardware necessary to hang a roman blind. They kindly offer a free cut to size service and provide all the necessary safety devices needed to meet regulations.

 

Merrick and Day Headrail System    Merrick and Day Headrail System for Roman Blind

Merrick & Day Deluxe-3 Rotary Chain Roman Blind Kits 

 

How to hang a Roman blind on a system.

  1. Place the headrail system on the back of the blind, move the cartridges that house the cords so that they are vertically in line with the rings on the back of the blind.

  2. Put the blind to one side.

  3. Remove the brackets from the system by pulling the lever forward.

  4. Attach the brackets evenly across the width of the frame, three brackets are usually sufficient.

  5. The brackets at either end must be 12cm in from the overall width. Once the brackets are attached pull the lever arms forward.

  6. Clip the head rail into the brackets. Slot the system over the brackets. Ensure that the two arms at the front slot into the front rim of the system. Next, push the head rail up at the back as you push the lever closed. The back part of the lever should catch under the rim of the head rail system at the back.

  7. Give the system a wiggle to ensure it is secure, if it feels loose check the bracket arms are caught properly among the system.

  8. Pull the sidewinder chain until all the strings are fully unwound. Hold the cords and pull lightly as the chain is pulled to ensure that the cords are fully unwound and at the same level. Check all strings are locked into each cartridge properly at the top.

  9. Attach the blind to the Velcro at the top. Ensure that the blind is centred and adjust any necessary height issues.

  10. Lean behind the blind and thread the strings vertically through each ring and lastly through the safety device on the bottom casing. Attach a toggle to the end of each cord and pull it along the cord until it reaches the safety device.

    N.B. Do not be tempted to wind the excess cord up into the headrail system as the cord will get tangled overtime and cause the system to break.

11. Using the side winder chain, pull the winder towards you and raise the blind one fold. Use the toggles at the bottom of the cords to adjust the height and balance the blind. Pull the blind up one more fold and check it is still level. Now pull the blind all the way up.

12. If the blind looks skewed at the top then remove the Velcro from the top and adjust the cartridges that encase the strings until they are directly above each run of rings and toggles. Lock cartridges into place by pressing the clear lever and remove orange safety device. Once aligned, re-attach the Velcro.

13. Make any further balance adjustments, using the toggles, that the moving of the cartridges may have affected. Once fitted and balanced, trim the excess string to level with the bottom of the blind.

How to fit a roman blind on a batten

PLEASE ALWAYS REFER TO THE BLIND SAFETY STANDARDS WHEN HANGING BLINDS

 

Roman Blind wooden batten components

Roman Blinds on a wooden batten components 

  1. Cut the batten 1cm narrower than the width of the blind

  2. Cover the batten in lining fabric or a piece of the face fabric using a staple gun

  3. Attach the stick on hook velcro to the front of the batten, secure with staples approx10cm apart.

  4. Place the batten on the back of the blind and insert screw eyes along the lengthmatching vertically with the rings on the back of the blind.

  5. Place the batten at the desired height on the wall or the frame, check with a spiritlevel, ensure the Velcro is facing front and the screw eyes are facing towards thefloor.

  6. Frame mount: Screw through the batten directly into the frame.

  7. Wall: Place the batten at the desired height, check level with a spirit level, gentlytighten the screws so that they go through the batten and make a mark on the wall. Put the batten to one side, using the correct drill bit and fixings for your wall, drill the appropriate amount of holes and plug. Align the screws in the batten with the holes in the wall, ensure the Velcro is facing front and the screw eyes are facing towards the floor. Tighten the screws through the batten into the corresponding plugs.

  8. Cut the blind cord to the length and width of the blind plus 25cm.

  9. Thread a safety toggle onto the end of each piece of cord.

  10. Thread the cord through the bottom ring/safety device, continue through all ringsrunning vertically and through the corresponding screw eye on the batten.

  11. Continue working left to right across the blind and batten.

NB: Note that the cord on the left will run through all the screw eyes of the batten. The second cord will run through all the screw eyes above it and the right. And so on across the blind.

  1. Ask someone to hold the end of the cords whilst you attach the blind to the Velcro at the top. Ensure that the blind is centred and adjust any necessary height issues.

  2. Hold the cords in your hand and tie a reef knot approx 10cm from the last screw eye.

  3. Cut one length of thicker cord.

  4. Open the cord connector and thread the cap onto the thin cords.

  5. Tie the thins cords to the length of thick cord. Pull to tighten the knot. Trim awayexcess thin and thick cords.

  6. Thread the second piece of the cord connector onto the thick cord until it reaches theknot. Connect the two pieces together so that the knot is enclosed into the cord connector.

  1. Attach the acorn to the bottom of the thick cord.

  2. Pull the blind up by one fold.

  3. Use the toggles at the bottom to adjust the height and balance the blind by tightening or loosening the cords at the back.

  4. Pull the blind up one more fold and check it is still level.

  5. Once fitted and balanced, trim the excess cord at the back of the blind beyond the bottom toggle to approx 10cm.

  6. Attach the cleat to the wall or frame. This must be 150cm from the floor to meet EU Regulations.

  7. The thick cord must be fully wrapped around the cleat when the blind is up to avoid choking hazard.

Enjoy your fantastic achievement!

Our guest blogger, Bevelee Jay Regan is a professional blind and curtain maker and is the founder of her business Jayworks, where she makes bespoke soft furnishings for both private and commercial clients. Follow Bevelee @jayworks_sf to see samples of her made to measure curtains, roman blinds, roller blinds, pelmets, lambraquins, sheers, piped cushions, bench seat covers, loose sofa covers, bedspreads and patchwork bedspreads.

 

PLEASE ALWAYS REFER TO THE BLIND SAFETY STANDARDS WHEN HANGING BLINDS

 

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