Tips On Fitting Vertical Blinds To A Sloping Window
Home & Garden
If you have a sloping window, you might think that fitting vertical blinds is going to be tricky. However, it's easy when you know how! You'll need some basic DIY skills for this job.
Read on for some top tips on how to do it.
What you'll need
- vertical blinds
- hack saw
- wall plugs
- masonry drill
How to do it
- If your window is not a standard size, you may need to cut the blind's rail so that it fits properly. To do this, loosen the fixing screw so that you can move the end cap. Slide the cap along the rail until it comes past where you want to make your cut. Tighten the fixing screw and pull the blind's cord until it's tight. Now you can saw through the rail so that it is the correct width. Smooth the end of the rail with coarse sandpaper.
- Now you need to fix the rail to the ceiling. You'll need to fit the operating cord towards the high side of the window so that the slats slide in the correct direction when you open the blind. Pre-drill the positions of the holes on the ceiling, using the holes in the rail. Drill the holes and insert wall plugs. Now put the screws through the rail so that they are recessed into it. Pre-tighten the screws but don't fix them tightly just yet.
- Next, you need to fix the brackets. To make sure the slats are at the right length for your sloping window, leave a small distance between the ends of the rail and the window sill. Pre-drill the holes as described above, and then drill them fully and insert wall plugs. Screw the bracket into place. Fit the second bracket in the same way.
- Now you're ready to fix the slats onto the rail. To do this, you'll need to slip the slat hangers into the seams at the top of each slat. You can adjust the height of the slats by sliding the rail slightly up or down. Once the slats are in the right place, tighten the screws to fix the bottom end of the rail so that it can't slip down.
- You now need to attach the weights provided with the blind to the slats so that they hang down neatly. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines on how to do this, as methods vary depending on the make of blind you've chosen.
- Finally, take the cord fitted with plastic rings and fix them to the corresponding hooks on the slats. When you've finished, trim off the excess cord. Don't worry if the slats appear slightly creased, as any wrinkling will drop out over the next few days.
8 August 2016