How to fit a Venetian blind

Venetian blind in a kitchen

You will need:

Venetian blind
Measuring tape
Pencil
Bradawl (if attaching blind to wooden frame)
Drill
Screws and wall plugs (usually supplied with blind)
Screwdriver
Spirit level (optional)

  • To fix brackets to the window frame, wall or window surround, first position them and mark the screw holes. To screw into a wooden frame start the hole with a bradawl. If fixing to masonry, drill holes using a 6mm masonry bit and insert wall plugs before screwing into place. Check the brackets are level and in line with each other.
  • To fix the brackets to a lintel, first measure from the window surface to any protruding handles, then mark this measurement on the lintel and use to position the back of the bracket. Drill, plug and screw the brackets into place. Fit the headrail into the brackets. Box brackets have a door that secures the blind when snapped shut. If using swivel brackets, open the swivel arm, insert the headrail at an angle, with the top of the rail first, then close the swivel arm.
  • If the blind comes with a valance or pelmet, fix it in place using Velcro or the clips supplied. If you have an aluminium blind, hook the tilt rod supplied into the eye on the header rail.

Getting the best result: hang in the right place

  • If the blind will get in the way of opening the window, it's better to fit it outside the recess.
  • You can order a blind with either left- or right-hand pull cords - useful if the window is in an awkward position.
  • On French doors, fit a separate blind to each door, ensuring the blind fits behind the door handle. Alternatively, fit one blind over the frame, but make sure it won't obstruct inward-opening doors when raised. A hold-down bracket will stop the blinds flapping.

Measuring up

  • To fit the blind within the recess, measure from top to bottom in three places and take the shortest measurement. Repeat for the width.
  • To fit the blind outside the window, decide on the exact measurements you'd like, allowing an overlap of at least 4.5cm on every side of the window.
  • Ready-made blinds come in standard sizes. If you're lucky, these may fit your window.

    Removing slats to adjust the length is straightforward, but trimming the slats and header rail to alter the width is fiddly, so consider a made-to-measure blind instead.

    Get the right look

    Wooden Venetian blinds with 35mm slats come in a range of finishes, while deeper 50mm slats give a dramatic effect. Look out for white painted blinds. Aluminium blinds come in ultra-slim 15mm designs, which are both stylish and unobtrusive. White and silver look smart and go with most colour schemes. Wood-effect or Aluwood blinds are made from aluminium so they're lighter and thinner than wood blinds. PVCu blinds are a good budget choice.

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