How to Fit Conservatory Roof Blinds

 

After the excitement of building your conservatory, it’s time to start thinking about the décor.

Along with all your furniture, you need to consider whether you want blinds, and if you do, what style is right for you.

With so many options to choose from, it’s important to take the time to choose the right style of blinds. Here is a a list of the different types of conservatory roof blinds. One factor to consider is ease of installation, so we’ve put together a handy installation guide to help you decide and how to Fit Conservatory Roof Blinds.

 

Benefits of a roof blind

While roof blinds add to the décor of your conservatory, they have many more practical benefits too such as:

  • Thermal regulation – We’ve all been in a sweltering conservatory in the summer. This is because the glass of the windows intensify the heat as the light shines through the window. Equally, windows have poor insulation properties, making your conservatory freezing in the winter. Roof blinds are a great way to gain control of the temperature in your conservatory, blocking out the heat in summer and keeping it warm in winter.
  • Lighting control – It might sound obvious but installing roof blinds in your conservatory gives you full control over the amount of natural light entering the room. In the height of summer when the sun is shining bright, roof blinds allow you to block out some of the natural light for a more comfortable experience.
  • Privacy – Having so many windows can leave you feeling exposed in your conservatory. Adding blinds allows you to control when outsiders can look in and when you want a little more privacy.
  • Noise reduction – Depending on the material you use for your conservatory blinds, they can have sound cancelling properties. This will make sitting in your conservatory a much more peaceful experience.

Roof Blinds

How to measure conservatory roof blinds

Before you know how to fit conservatory roof blinds and install them, you need to make sure you’ve got the right sized blinds for your windows.

To measure your windows your need to:

  1. For each window, use a tape measure to the width and height of the window. It’s important to only measure the size of the glass, not the frame.
  2. Some blinds require you to measure the depth of the window panel to determine the size of the fixing brackets needed. You can do this with a tape measure or a depth gauge.
  3. Next, measure the size of the frame between each window, making sure you are only measuring the space between the glass panels. If this gap is less than the standard 70mm, you may need to request modified headrails.
  4. Finally, you need to measure how far the window handle sticks out from the window. This only needs to be done if your blind will cover the handle.

 

How to Fit Conservatory Roof Blinds

Top Fix Blinds

Top fixed blinds are fitted to the top of your window, often leaving the frame visible at the sides when the blinds are closed. This is option is chosen for a neat and tidy look however can let in more natural light.

To fit your top fixing blinds, you will need:

  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Blinds and fixings

How to fit a top fix blind

  1. Start by marking out the position of your brackets, making sure they are level with the frames and spaced out evenly. For a top fix blind, they will be placed along the lintel at the top of the window.
  2. Next, fix the brackets into the frame with a drill or screwdriver.
  3. Clip the headrail of the blind into the brackets and check they are secure and won’t fall out.
  4. Finally, test that the blind works properly and check the positioning is level.

Roller Roof Blinds

Face Fix Blinds

Face fix blinds are attached to the window frame and cover the outside recess of the window frame, hiding a larger area. These blinds tend to fall closer to the window resulting in less natural light coming through.

To fit your face fixing blinds, you will need:

  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Blinds and fixings.

How to fit a face fix blind

  1. Mark out the position of the brackets using the ladder controls provided. The brackets should be fitted at lease 5cm away from the ladder.
  2. Release the swing arm on the bracket to it is pointing out at a 90-degree angle, facing towards you. Screw the brackets in place based on the positions previously marked out.
  3. Now push the swing arm anticlockwise, as far as it can go, and clip the blind over the brackets, one at a time.
  4. Push the swing arm back into its original position, ensuring it locks into place. You will need to firmly hold the headrail during this stage.
  5. Finally, test that the blind works properly and check the positioning is level.

 

Perfect Fit Blinds

Perfect Fit blinds are a great choice for those who struggle with DIY. These are made to your exact measurements ensuring they fit in perfectly with your window frame.

To fit a Perfect Fit Blind you will need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Blinds and fixings

How to Fit a Perfect Fit Blind

  1. Before you start, you need to assemble the frames. Do this by sliding the side frame pieces into the corner pieces of the top frame. Then slide on the bottom frame and secure using the screws provided.
  2. Fix the first bracket 85mm from the corner of the window on each side. Push the bracket between the glass and the rubber seal if the frame. Then fit the rest of the brackets at even intervals down the sides of the window, making sure each side matches up.

TIP: You can use a tape measure at this stage to mark where each bracket should go to ensure they’re even.

  1. Line up the frame with the brackets you have installed, there will be holes in the frames where the brackets need to fit into. Firmly press the frame into place, ensuring each bracket is connected.

TIP: If your bracket is slightly out of place, gently nudge it into the correct space using the handle of the screwdriver.

  1. If your window has a handle, the blind may require a packing piece between the frame and the handle to stop them touching. To do this, remove the handle by unscrewing it at the base. Then place the packing piece between the handle and the frame and re-fit the handle on top.

 

 

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