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Welcome to the Doors & Windows section: Venetian Blind installation
How to fit a Venetian Blind purchased from IKEA

Fitting an Ikea Wood Venetian Blind is a relatively easy DIY job provided the area above the window is sound enough to take the screw fixings which are required to hold both the weight of the blind itself and to deal with the additional pulling forces encountered when retracting the blind. An Ikea blind which is correctly fitted can look as good as one which is custom made.

There are 5 basic steps to installing a wooden Venetian Blind (type: IKEA Lindmon)

1) Measuring up

2) Fixing the mounting brackets

3) Cutting the blind to size

4) Hanging the blind and

5) Reducing the length of the blind

1. Measuring up
  Measure: determine the size of blind you require. Measure the width of your window and the length (known as 'drop'). Ideally you may find a blind which fits the space without the need of cutting, but if you are like us, things are never that easy, so we opted for some wooden Venetian blinds from IKEA which we could trim to fit.
  Width: the working mechanism in the blind will determine how much you are able to reduce the width of the blind. Before purchasing a blind ensure you can trim it to fit your window .
2. Fixing the mounting brackets
  Mounting brackets: IKEA brackets can be mounted to either the wall or ceiling. Here we are working in a window recess so we'll be using the holes for a top/ceiling mounting. Mark in pencil where the holes are required.
  Install: Here we are screwing the bracket into the old wooden lintel, but in more modern houses you may need to drill and insert the appropriate wall plugs. (Note to those with modern homes: I have heard of some builders who run plastic water pipes above windows so proceed with caution!). Install the right and left mounting brackets.
3. Cutting the blind to size
  Measure: with the brackets levers in the open position, measure the distance to determine the maximum blind width allowed. Square up the blind for cutting and using a straight edge lightly pencil in the desired cut line.
  Hold the wooden blind firmly (so the slats are compressed) and use a fine-toothed saw to carefully cut the blind to the desired width. Take your time and don't use too much force or you won't get a nice clean cut. Here we're using a hacksaw, which always works well for us!
  Metal Cut: Cut the metal top section with either a hacksaw. You can use a good pair of metal snips but they may deform the metal.
  Tidy-up: here we use a utility knife to remove any untidy bits.
4. Hanging the blind
  Middle bracket: this bracket provides support to stop larger blinds from sagging. To determine its best position place it onto the top section on the blind and lift the blind into end brackets, then mark with a pencil. Remove the blind and fix the middle bracket. Install the blind and close bracket doors to secure the blind into position.
  Test: give the blind a good test to ensure you are happy with its alignment, fixing and workings. Place double sided velcro pads on the bracket doors. Install the wooden pole into its mount and test the louver movement.
  Trim: use a fine-toothed saw to cut the wooden trim strip to the desired length. Remove the backing paper on the velcro pads and install the trim.
  Adjust cords: loosen then move the slipknot (which is a safety feature on the pull cord) up close to the top of the blind.
5. Reducing the length of the blind
  Custom fit: if the blind is too long you'll be left with a bundle of slats at the bottom of the window. Theses can be removed to achieve a custom fit.
  Wooden plug: gently pry out the wooden plugs (wit pliers or sturdy scissors) paying close attention to how much string the plugs were holding in the recessed section.
  Remove base: slide the wooden base out. This will be reused so if you have cut your blind to size, it might be worthwhile to lightly mark in pencil the 'right' and 'left' ends. Remove the slats to required blind length (or drop), then slide the wooden base into new the bottom position.
  Cut: allowing enough cord to tie the centre holding knot and ensure you have enough side string to be tucked up in the plug recess. Cut excess cord and side string.
  Centre cord: thread the centre cord through the wooden base. Then thread the centre cord through the wooden plug. If the cord is frayed and difficult to thread, roll some tape around the cord end (like a shoe lace) to tidy it up.
  Plug: push the side strings into the recess (it's a bit fiddly) and push the plug into position - tightly holding the strings in place. You may want to lightly squeeze the plug into position using a set of pliers.
  Knot: tie a knot in the centre cord. When the main pull cord is used, any slack will be used up. Trim off excess centre cord.
  Adjust: use the main pull cord and work the blind up and down a few times - this should sort out any cord slack. Level the toggles on the main cord and tie a knot beneath where you would like their operating height to be.
  We were quite pleased with the blinds from IKEA, their quality is good and they seem to be holding up well with daily use.
  The range of sizes IKEA have on offer is pretty good, and this enabled us to use them throughout most of the house (achieving a consistent look) but they don't provide for a wider windows often found in the front room of older houses.

Here we show you how to install the IKEA Lindmon blind.

Tools required: tape measure, pencil, drill, screwdriver, hammer, fine toothed saw (we used a hacksaw), scissors, plyers, utility knife and possibly tin snips..


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