Roller Blinds

Roller Blind Collage

Roller Blinds are a sensible choice for kitchens and bathrooms giving a clean, contemporary feel. Roller blinds are also a popular choice to be used in conjunction with curtains in bedrooms to provide extra blackout.

Tinsmiths roller blinds can be made in most cotton and linen fabrics, blinds come in one of two qualities:

  • “Processed” where the face fabric is stiffened and finished but the blind is not lined
  • “Laminated”  where the face fabric is bonded to a dim-out lining and then stiffened and finished

Roller blinds are generally fitted within the window recess (or on the frame for sash windows) as they roll up so neatly that they are extremely discrete when in the up position. Tinsmiths roller blinds come with sturdy metal brackets for fitting and can be face or top fixed ie. fixed to the window frame or fixed upwards at the top of the recess), as desired.

Measuring for Roller Blinds

The three measurements that we require to make a roller blind are:

  • The finished blind width
  • The finished blind length
  • The length from the top of the blind to the floor

Measure the recess width at the top, middle & bottom, (old properties in particular can be rather variable!) take the smallest measurement of the three.

Next measure the recess from top to bottom, this is the finished blind length. Then measure from the top to the floor – this is to allow us to calculate the length of beaded chain.

Take a width measurement in several places and supply the narrowest. Take a length measurement and supply without any deductions, lastly take a length measurement to the floor.

Other things to consider are:

  • whether your blind will be face fixed to the window frame or top fixed – which may be useful if you need clearance for window “furniture”.
  • which side you would like the controls to hang from
  • whether you require a processed blind or a dim-out blind
  • whether you require a traditionally rolled blind or a reversed rolled blind.

    Reverse rolled blinds are sometimes chosen when a bold print is used and the back of the fabric (which is usually showing on the roll) is a strong contrast.

Fitting a Roller Blind

Young children can strangle in the loop of pull cords and chains that operate window coverings. New safety regulations BS EN13120 apply from 28th February 2014; please read and follow the instructions provided with your blind and use the safety equipment suppplied. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Fitting your roller blind is fairly simple, you will need some tools:

  • A driller-driver or drill, with wood or masonry drill bits and posi-drive screwdriver
  • A Pencil
  • A spirit level – although judging by eye is often better!
  • The Blind, brackets and screws provided.
  • If you are fitting into masonry, you will need rawl plugs
Step by Step Guide

Step by Step Guide

Let Tim show you how to fit a Roller Blind
Check your fixings

Check your fixings

Fixings for the blind – a support bracket (single hole) and control bracket (with cross cut-out in centre) and 4 screws.
Check your fixings

Check your fixings

A safety device comes with every blind: fix the beaded control into the sleeve and on to the adjacent wall to make the blind safe for pets and young children.
Check your fixings

Check your fixings

To fix the blind to the window frame, select the support bracket (shown) and position at the top of the window frame.
To face fix the blind

To face fix the blind

With just the support bracket fixed, locate the “sprung” end of the blind into the fitting.
To face fix the blind

To face fix the blind

Let out a some of the blind length to check that the blind is level and square. Mark the position for the control bracket.
To face fix the blind

To face fix the blind

Face fix the control bracket to the top of the opposite corner of the window frame.
To face fix the blind

To face fix the blind

Check that the joining bead is hanging at the bottom of the string, with the bead cuff covering the beads on the tube rotated to the top of the tube.
To face fix the blind

To face fix the blind

Check that the blue tab is pointing upwards before presenting it to the control bracket.
To face fix the blind

To face fix the blind

Make sure that the cover over the beading is on top of the blind tube when the blind is located in the control bracket.
To face fix the blind

To face fix the blind

A face-fixed traditionally rolled processed roller blind.
Fitting a safety device

Fitting a safety device

Blinds are supplied with equipment compliant with BS EN 13120. To comply, and be safe for children, the accompanying safety device must be fitted according to the card instructions provided. The safety device must hold the ball chain stretched and tangle free no less than 150cm from the floor. There are no exemptions for domestic use.