Installing an easy fit roller blind

Roller blinds are an excellent solution for a simple yet elegant approach for a window covering whether it be for privacy or to act as a total blackout to stop the suns rays from entering the room.

The downside to roller blinds can be the slightly fiddly and sometimes not aesthetically great looking attributes that the blinds have when it comes to fixing them up into position. By the sheer nature of a roller blind the brackets have to be located fairly close to the window surround or actually in the corners of the window recess which often results in drilling into a concrete or steel lintel that is inserted above the window frame to hold the wall in place above the window opening. Drilling into concrete or steel lintel requires a hardened drill bit depending on the material used in the lintel. For steel lintels this means using a drill bit especially hardened to cut through steel and for concrete a masonry drill bit used with a hammer drill or if it’s very hard concrete then often a carbide or diamond drill bit is required. Drilling the holes and getting them accurately in the right position can prove to be a tough proposition.

Couple this with the level of difficulty that is involved in fixing screw-in roller blind brackets in place with their sometimes less than beautiful looks (I’m thinking of the metal ones where the screws are boldly on show either side of the blind) and there must be an easier and more pleasing looking solution out there.

Enter stage left screw-less fitting roller blinds. The beauty of this type of fitment for roller blinds is that there is no drilling required to fit the brackets and they also enjoy the added benefit of being unobtrusive when it comes to the look and profile of the mounting brackets presenting a neat and clean look to the overall appearance of the blind.

The blinds were ordered online. They were sourced from a company that did a made to measure option. Be accurate with your measurements but there is a tolerance factor inbuilt with the spring loaded end cap. Just keep in mind if the blinds are on the large side it will make it difficult to demount them and on the other side of the coin if they are too short they will not be secure in the mounting brackets.

Mounting bracket kit
Mounting bracket kit

When sticking the the brackets to the wall make sure the surface to be adhered to is flat and clean. The brackets in the product that we bought had 3M sticky pads. We left them for 24 hours after sticking them to the wall before attaching the roller blind although the instructions that came with the blinds advised leaving the pads for 36 hours after sticking them to the wall.

Mounting bracket 3M sticky pads
Mounting bracket 3M sticky pads
Mounting bracket profile
Mounting bracket profile
Roller blind fixed end mountain bracket
Roller blind fixed end mountain bracket
Roller blind mounting brackets
Roller blind mounting brackets

Install the blind with the fixed lug end first inserting the lugs downwards into the bracket as demonstrated in the picture below.

Fitting the roller blind fixed end locating lugs into the mounting bracket
Fitting the roller blind fixed end locating lugs into the mounting bracket

Then push the other end up over the bracket. Be careful to slide the spring loaded pin into the middle slot in the brackets. If you get it in the wrong slot that lie either side of the middle slot then it will be difficult to remove the blind and reposition the pin into the correct middle slot chamber. I found that it helped to carefully push a knife between the pin and the bracket to enable it to slide into the slot.

Fitting the roller blind end plug spring loaded pin end stopper
Fitting the roller blind end plug pin spring loaded stopper into the slotted mounting bracket receptacle

The finished result is a neat and simple solution to installing a blind without having to use invasive wall fixings.

Fully installed blind
Fully installed blind

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