Taking Your Blinds Down?

Taking Your Blinds Down

Verticals

If the blinds are cord operated, release the control cord from the cord safety device before attempting to remove your blinds.

Turn the vertical louvers to the “open” position and unhook the slats. Store flat, in a clean environment where they will not get creased. If taking a number of different sets of louvers down from various windows, remember to paperclip a note to one of the louvers, detailing which window each set of louvers belongs to. This will save you a lot of time when putting the louvers back up again!

Your vertical track will then be fixed up using either a face fix or top fix bracket. If a face fix bracket has been used, then use a small screwdriver to loosen the grub screws at the front of the brackets. Take care to hold onto the track with one hand as you undo the last grub screw so that the track doesn’t slip out of the brackets and fall to the floor. If working on ladders or taking down a larger track, then two people should perform this task.

If a top fix bracket has been used, simply press the flat metal tab which is usually positioned out of sight behind the headrail. This will release the bracket’s grip and the track can be twisted from the bracket. Repeat this for all brackets, taking care to release the centre bracket (if fitted) last of all.

To put the blinds back up reverse the process.

HOMEFAIR HANDY HINT – when putting your fabric back up make sure that the carriers are positioned in the open position before hanging the louvers. This is firstly easier, but also prevents them from becoming “locked” in the closed position.

 

Rollers

Roll the fabric up to the top of the blind. Grip the roll of fabric in one hand and move to one side whilst pressing the end of the control mechanism in with your other hand. This is easy when fitted outside of a recess, but may be more tricky if fitted inside a recess. If this is the case, then use a small flat headed screwdriver to press in the end of the control mechanism.

Aluminium Venetians

Raise the blind to the top, taking care not to get your raise cord tangled up in anything. Locate the position of the brackets by looking for the small metal tabs which will be peeking over the top of the head box. Insert a flat headed screwdriver between the top box and the metal tab. Pull the tab gently but firmly towards you. It will swing out on a hinge.

HOMEFAIR HANDY HINT – wrap a small piece of masking tape around the end of your screwdriver to prevent the top box becoming scratched!

Repeat the process for all brackets, taking care to release the centre bracket last of all. Make sure that you have the blind in your free hand as you release the last bracket to prevent it from falling to the ground! 

Wooden Venetians

As wooden blinds are quite heavy it is advisable to ensure that any obstacles in the vicinity of the blind are removed so as to avoid any accidents when manoevering the blind away from the recess. If you are going to be using ladders to reach the top of the recess, please observe working at height guidelines and use two people if appropriate. 

Firstly, remove your wooden pelmet which dresses the top box. This will either be attached using Velcro and can be pulled off using appropriate force, or could be attached using small hook type brackets, in which case simply lift and unhook from the top box.

Next raise the blind so that the slats are at the top of the recess. This will make the blind easier to handle when removing from the brackets.

Your Wooden Venetian blind will have end brackets with a gate on them. Open one of the gates using a flat headed screw driver, and then slide the blind out of the brackets, before carefully moving the blind out of the recess and laying on a soft, flat surface. Wrap the control cords around the blind to avoid them getting tangled up.

Some wooden venetian blinds have the same type of brackets (turnbuckle) as the aluminium venetian, but a more heavy duty variety. If this is the case please follow the guidelines for taking down an aluminium venetian blind.

Perfect Fit Blinds

Raise the blinds to the top of the framework. Next, locate the four holes punched on the inside leg of the Perfect Fit frame. Use a flat headed screwdriver to push the small metal tab back through the hole and gently twist the frame. Repeat this for each bracket until the blind is free and carefully move away from the window.

Roman Blinds

Before removing your roman blind release your control cords from the cord safety device.

Raise the fabric to the top of the window. The top panel of fabric is secured to the top rail using Velcro. Ease the fabric from the top rail using appropriate force, to reveal the small white edges of the brackets. To release the blind from the brackets, simply press the front of the bracket and twist the headrail. Work from one end of the blind to the other, releasing the brackets one by one, whilst supporting the weight of the blind with your free hand.

Pleated Blinds

Raise the blind to the top, taking care not to get your raise cord tangled up in anything. The blinds could be secured using either top fix or face fix brackets. If a top fix bracket has been used, simply press the flat metal tab which is usually positioned out of sight behind the headrail. This will release the bracket’s grip and the headrail can be twisted from the bracket. Repeat this for all brackets, taking care to release the centre bracket (if fitted) last of all.

If a face fix bracket has been used, then this will simply support a top fix bracket. Therefore, simply repeat the steps above to release the blind from the top fix bracket.

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