You may be unsurprised to hear that Roman blinds have been in almost continuous use since Roman times. As such, they are one of the most tried and tested window treatments that you could have installed in your home. Nearly all Roman blinds that are supplied in Australia these days have convenient cords with which to adjust them. Many suppliers will also conduct your Roman blinds installation for you. This is advisable for the majority of owners because they are not as easy to fit as, for example, new curtains. That said, if you wish to proceed with your Roman blinds installation yourself, then here is what you need to do.
Any successful fitting will rely upon a good amount of preparation work. Firstly, you need to make sure that you have the necessary tools. You will require a pencil for marking points, a spirit level and a drill with some masonry bits. Your blinds should come with the other components you require — screws and wall plugs — so check you have them before proceeding.
Ensure a Horizontal Fitting
Not all windows have a horizontal upper part of their frame. Don't assume that by lining up your blind's headrail with the window that you will get a perfect drop. Instead, use your spirit level and pencil to mark out a perfectly horizontal line above the window which will indicate where you will fit the brackets. Use a pencil so you can erase any of your marks that may be on show following the Roman blinds installation. It is also worth working outside of your window's recess since this will allow for more light to be cut out when the blind is dropped. If you hang your blind from within the recess, then it is more likely to allow sunlight to come in at the sides. Plus it is much harder to get it horizontal this way.
Mark Your Bracket Positions
Different blinds have different recommended bracket positions. This usually comes down to the span of your window. Generally speaking, you will need one bracket about 10cm in from either side of the headrail's length. Use your pencil to mark these positions and then drill into your wall at the corresponding points according to the layout of the bracket mounting. You will need a masonry bit to do this and don't be surprised if you make a little brick dust in the process.
Attach Your Brackets
Insert wall plugs into your holes and then screw each of your brackets into position. You may need to unscrew a little here and there to get the bracket perfectly lined up with the wall.
Connect the Blind
Once your brackets are ready, insert the headrail of your Roman blind. The best way is to push it into your brackets simultaneously at a 45-degree angle. The clip of each bracket should then hook onto the rail which means you can push it into the final position. If done correctly, you will hear a satisfying click, and your job will be complete.