How to Install Custom Real Wood and Faux Wood Blinds

 
 

Before you begin your installation:

Read all installation instructions!

  • Make sure that you have all tools and hardware needed for installation.
  • 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 blinds for proper width and length. If you are installing several sets of blinds, 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):

  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • 3/8" Wrench
  • Flat-blade or Philips Head Screwdriver
  • 1/4" Nutdriver
  • Drill with Bits
  • Drywall Anchors
  • Safety glasses
  • Ladder
 

Step 1

Mounting Brackets

There are two types of brackets used for real and faux wood blinds installation. Bracket appearance and quantity may vary depending on size and headrail length.

Always use two mounting screws per bracket.

Box brackets (one used at each end)

Center support bracket (spaced evenly between ends)

Preparing box brackets for installation:

  • Open the front of the bracket by lifting while pressing on the bottom of the bracket to release the locking tab.
 

Step 2

Using optional extension brackets or spacers

If your blinds include optional extension brackets or spacers, you will need to use them to determine mounting hole locations in Steps 3 and 4.

 

Extension brackets

Align the holes in the box bracket with the desired set of small holes in the extension bracket, as shown, and temporarily attach the brackets together using two self-tapping screws per bracket. Use the installation screws shipped with your blinds and #8 drywall anchors (not included) to attach the extension brackets to the wall before final installation of the box bracket to the extension bracket.

Spacers

NOTE: If the width of the slats on your blinds is greater than 2", then the plastic spacer must be used as shown to allow for clearance between the blinds and the window. Blinds with slats wider than 2" will not function properly without the spacer.

 

Step 3A

Mark the bracket locations — inside-mount installation

  • Position the box brackets at each end of the headrail. Depending on the installation location, box brackets can be attached using the top, back, or the side holes.
  • Position the center support bracket (if included) in the center, if using only one. If more than one center support bracket is included, space them evenly along the headrail. Make sure they will not interfere with components inside the blind.
  • Mark the location of the desired bracket mounting holes, two per bracket, making sure they are square and equally spaced.
  • Continue to step 4A.

Step 4A

Install the brackets — inside-mount installation

Example: Installation in a wood window frame using the included screws.

Use two screws per bracket. Drill pilot holes using a 1/16" drill bit. Depending on the installation location, box brackets can be attached using the top, back, or side holes. Continue to Step 5.

OR

 

Step 3B

Mark the bracket locations — outside-mount installation

  • Position the box brackets at each end of the headrail.
  • Position the center support bracket (if included) in the center, if using only one. If more than one center support bracket is included, space them evenly along the headrail. Make sure they will not interfere with the cord mechanism.
  • Use a level to check for levelness, and mark the bracket mounting hole locations, two per bracket, making sure they are square and equally spaced.
  • Continue to step 4B.

Step 4B

Install the brackets — outside-mount installation

Example: Installation in drywall using #8 drywall anchors and the included screws.

Use two screws per bracket.

Continue to step 5.

 

Step 5

Attaching the headrail to the mounting brackets

  • Align the headrail, tilt mechanism facing out, with the brackets.
  • Slide it straight back into the brackets.
  • If the headrail can slide from side to side in the box brackets, use a flat-head screwdriver to bend out the tabs on the ends of the headrail until it is snug.
  • If center support bracket(s) are included, rotate front edge of headrail into channel on the bracket.
 
 
 
 
 
  • Lower the front of each box bracket and press until the locking tab clicks into place.
  • Remove the binding from the blinds.
 

Step 6

Attach the tilt wand (on some styles)

  • Pull up the sleeve (on some models) on the tilt mechanism.
  • Clip the end of the wand onto the tilt mechanism, and pull down the sleeve on the tilt mechanism.
  • Rotate the tilt wand in each direction to ensure proper operation.
 
 
 

Step 7

Attach optional hold-down brackets (on some styles)

NOTE: Some styles may have the hold-down pins built into the bottom rail.

 
  • Lower blind to desired level.
  • Position hold-down brackets one at a time in desired position on wall or door.
  • Mark the bracket mounting location on the wall or door.
  • Mark on the bottomrail the desired location of the pin.
  • Drill 1/8" diameter by 1/2" deep starter hole to prevent chipping.
  • Tap the hold-down pin into the drilled hole.
  • Attach the hold-down brackets at the bottom of the window with the included screws, as shown for your installation type.
  • Slip the hold-down pin into the hole in the bracket.
 

Step 8

Attach valance

Find the valance clip location indicators on the backside of the valance which say "Clip Here."

 
  • Insert the clips into the groove on the back side of the valance at the indicated locations. Clips are marked with "TOP" or an arrow. Rotate the clip 90°, so that the end of the clip marked "TOP" or the arrow points up.
  • Align the clips with the slots on the bottom of the headrail and clip into place.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For outside mounts:

  • Insert return clips as far as they will go into each end of the valance.
  • Align the clips with the slots on the bottom of the headrail and clip into place.
  • NOTE: For optional cornice installation, see separate instructions shipped with the product.
 

Step 9

Customize your cordless control.

  • The blind has been preset and is ready for use. If desired, you are able to easily adjust to loosen or tighten the tension, making lifting and lowering your blind lighter or heavier depending on your preference.
  • This adjustment can be done by simply adjusting the headrail with a Phillips head screwdriver. Rotate to the right to tighten and left to loosen a half-turn at a time to reach desired tension. A reminder is located next to the adjustment screw. We recommend not removing this sticker in order to reference for future use.
 

To Position Safety Cord-Stops:


Step 1

Install blind as directed by manufacturer, making sure headrail is securely fastened. Lower blind to maximum desired length and lock into place.

 

Step 2

Measure the distance from headrail to cord-stops. If cord-stops are 1 to 2 inches below the headrail, no further adjustment is needed. Your blinds are ready to use

 

Step 3

If cord-stops ARE NOT 1 to 2 inches below headrail, loosen (but do not untie) the knot surrounding the cord-stop.

 

Step 4

Push the cord-stop and the loosened knot toward the headrail until the cord-stop is 1 to 2 inches below the headrail.

 

Step 5

Hold cord-stop in place and firmly pull cord to re-tighten knot.

 

Step 6

Repeat Steps 3 through 5 for each cord-stop.