Make sure that you have all tools and hardware needed
Check the installation surface (wall, ceiling, or
window frame) to ensure that you have suitable fasteners and tools
for the material.
Double check the headrail and shade for proper width
and length. If you are installing several sets of shades, be sure
to match them with the appropriate window.
Check the parts list shipped with the product to
confirm that you have the correct number of brackets.
Tools You May Need (not included):
Flat-blade or Philips Head Screwdriver
Drill with Bits (1/16" drill be may be used to pre-drill pilot holes for screws)
Mark the headrail mounting bracket locations
Make sure that the skylight casing has a minimum
depth of 5/8" to ensure sufficient clearance.
Use a pencil to mark bracket locations 2" in from
each end of the headrail. Space any remaining
mounting brackets evenly between the ends, no
more than 30" apart.
With a pencil, mark the mounting screw locations
through the holes of the bracket. Use a level to
ensure bracket alignment.
NOTE: For the headrail to fit flush with the wall and inside the molding around the skylight, the sill depth must be greater than 2 3/8" (2 1/8" for 7/16" and 9/16" cell sizes).
Install the headrail mounting brackets
Using pencil marks as a guide, start the screw
hole by pre-drilling a 1/16" pilot hole (wood and
metal mounting surfaces only).
Hold bracket with surface marked “top” facing
up. Holding bracket in place, secure with
screws, two screws per bracket.
Repeat for each bracket.
Use a level to confirm brackets are level.
Example: Installation on a wood sill using the
Attach the headrail to the brackets
Do NOT remove the rubber bands on the shade
at this time.
Hook the rear lip of the headrail on the mounting
bracket spring tab.
While pushing back against the bracket, rotate
the front of the headrail upward to engage the
top locking tab of the mounting bracket. The
shade will easily snap onto the bracket.
Remove banding from the shade.
Attach the headrail to the brackets
Unroll the bottomrail until the guide wires and cords are fully extended.
IMPORTANT: The guide wires must be taut when the
bottomrail is fully extended without putting excessive
pull on the headrail. Use the turnbuckle to lengthen or
shorten the guide wires, if needed.
Install the bottomrail
Hold the bottomrail in the desired mounting
location on the skylight casing, making sure it is
and level and centered. NOTE: For a flush fit, the
sill depth must be greater 1 5/8".
Using a pencil, mark the location of the two
EMPTY mounting holes (with no strings or wires)
as shown below.
Move the bottomrail aside and check the marked
locations to be sure they are level and even.
Drill 1/16" pilot holes (wood and metal mounting
surfaces only) at the marked locations.
Secure the bottomrail in place with two screws.
Operating your shades
Your Accordia ™ shade is designed for many years of
trouble-free operation. Following these instructions will
help you get the most from your investment.
Hook the pull ring on the shade with the wand and pull
the center rail to the desired position.
CAUTION: Avoid excessive downward pull on the ring.
Excessive downward force will cause the support wires
to stretch, requiring additional adjustment.
Adjusting Tension and Squareness
If the shade does not operate
properly, the cord tension
may need to be adjusted. To
adjust the tension, tie the cords
together in a loop, about 4" from
the cord lock, and follow the
appropriate procedure below:
Center rail does not stay in position - There is not
enough tension on the cords. To increase tension, pull the
cords by hooking your finger through the loop made by the
Center rail is difficult to move – There is too much tension on
the cords. To reduce tension, hook your finger through the
loop made by the tied-off cords and pull toward the center of
the skylight. This unlocks the cord lock and reduces tension
on the cords. Be careful not to pull the cords down toward
The shade does not move squarely – The tension on the
cords is not equal from left to right. To equalize the cord
tension, hook your finger through the loop made by the
tied-off cords. Pull the cords toward the center of the
skylight to unlock the cord lock. Then retension the cords
by pulling on the loop Be careful not to pull the cords down
toward the room.
Once you are satisfied with the shade tension, cut the excess
cord below the knot and hide the cord loop behind the headrail.