With your blind you will receive a number of accessories, including these brackets. They are different and I’m going to explain which end goes where. You will notice at the ends of your blind, one end will have either a star or a cross and the other end will have a circle. It’s important that you get the brackets round the right way. The bracket with the little tongue sticking out goes in the end with the star or cross; make sure you don’t get that mixed up. The other goes the other end. This has a little piece of plastic called the ‘idle end’ – but we’ll come back to that.
In addition you will receive wall plugs and screws but you’ll need to provide a drill with the appropriate size bit, a tape measure, a pencil and a crosshead screwdriver.
The first thing to do is to offer up the blind to see how much room you have, it’s very important that you fit the brackets as accurately and as snugly as possible. If they are too slack, the blind could rattle from side to side.
You may recall when we measured up for the blind, we asked you to look out for obstructions such as window handles or anything else that may sit in the path of the blind. We need to bring our brackets forward to allow for the window handle, so I’m going to measure how far it sticks out. I’m going to make an allowance at the top and sides, making pencil marks to indicate the position for the brackets.
These brackets will work either way up, that way for face fixing if you’re mounting it up here or as I’m doing, for a top fix, they go that way round.
Once you’re happy with that, it’s time to make your holes and fix the brackets into position.
With the brackets in place, it’s time to put your blind up. Once you’ve removed all the packaging, you’ll need to put your little plastic idle end bracket in the end with the circular hole. The other end should slot in first and this side slides in from the underside.
When your blind has clicked into place, you need to install the safety device. This loops over the bottom of the chain and you fix it to the wall with a couple of screws.
Once you’ve done that, your blind is ready to use.