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How To Install Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are not only functional but also add a touch of style to your windows. In this blog, we will walk you through each step of the installation process to ensure that your roller blinds fit perfectly and operate smoothly. 

By following our detailed instructions and using the right tools, you'll be able to elevate your space and enjoy the benefits of roller blinds in no time. Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll be covering: 

So, let's dive in!

What are roller blinds?

Roller blinds are window coverings made of a single piece of fabric or vinyl material that rolls up and down on a cylindrical tube. They are popular for their sleek and minimalistic look, suitable for various interior design styles. 

Roller blinds come in a wide range of materials, including light-filtering fabrics, blackout fabrics for enhanced privacy, and moisture-resistant options for bathrooms or kitchens. So, no matter your taste, you’ll be able to find something you love at Briscoes. 

Benefits of roller blinds

Light Control

Roller blinds provide excellent control over the amount of natural light entering the room. You can adjust the blinds to create a bright and airy space or to block out sunlight when needed. If you’re looking for a light control solution to help you get a good nights sleep, roller blinds can be a great addition to your home. 


Roller blinds offer privacy by blocking the view from outside while still allowing you to enjoy outside views when desired. This is especially beneficial for ground-level windows or rooms facing busy streets.

Energy Efficiency

Roller blinds can contribute to energy efficiency by reducing heat gain during summers and heat loss during winters. They provide an additional layer of insulation, helping to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

Space-Saving Design

The streamlined design of roller blinds saves space and provides a clean and modern look to your windows. They don't require extra room for curtains or drapes, making them an excellent choice for smaller rooms.

Get prepared

Before you start the installation process, it's important to gather all the necessary tools and materials. Here's what you'll need:

  • Tape measure: For accurate measurements of the window dimensions.
  • Screwdriver: To secure brackets and make adjustments.
  • Drill: Required for creating holes for mounting brackets.
  • Level: Ensures that the brackets are installed straight.
  • Pencil: For marking measurements and hole placements.
  • Safety equipment: Gloves, goggles, and a ladder or step stool for safety during installation.
  • Roller blinds: Pre-measured and cut to fit your window dimensions.
  • Brackets: Provide support for the roller blind and hold it in place.
  • Screws and wall plugs: Necessary for securely attaching the brackets to the window frame or wall.
  • Additional hardware: Depending on the type of roller blinds and installation requirements, you may need chain connectors, cord safety devices, or other accessories.

Measuring your windows for roller blinds

Before you begin the installation process, it's crucial to take accurate measurements of your windows to ensure a perfect fit for your roller blinds. Proper measurements will help you determine whether to opt for an inside mount or an outside mount. 

Here, we will guide you through the steps of measuring your windows, allowing you to proceed with confidence. So grab your tape measure and let's get started!

Taking accurate measurements

Measure the width: Measure the inside width of the window frame for an inside mount or the outside width for an outside mount. Ensure that you measure at the top, middle, and bottom of the window to account for any variations.

Measure the height: Measure the height from the top of the window frame to the sill for an inside mount or the desired length for an outside mount. Again, measure at multiple points to accommodate any irregularities.

Do you install roller blinds Inside or outside?

Now that you have your measurements, you need to decide whether to install the roller blind inside or outside the window frame. Here are the different options:

Inside mount: The roller blind fits inside the window frame, providing a sleek and integrated look. This option is suitable when you want to highlight architectural features or window trim.

Outside mount: The roller blind is installed above the window frame, covering the entire window. This option is suitable when you want to block more light and create an illusion of larger windows.

How to install roller blinds

Once you have your perfectly measured roller blinds in hand, it's time to move on to the installation process. Installing roller blinds may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and step-by-step instructions, you'll be able to achieve a professional-looking result. 

In this section, we will guide you through each stage of the installation process, from preparing the window to adjusting the roller blinds for optimal performance.

1. Prepare the window

Clean the window area: Remove any dust, debris, or obstructions from the window frame to ensure a smooth installation surface.

Ensure a safe working environment: Use a sturdy ladder or step stool and wear appropriate safety gear such as gloves and goggles.

2. Mount the roller brackets

Position the brackets: Mark the placement of the brackets on the window frame or wall, ensuring they are level and symmetrical.

Drill pilot holes: Use a drill to create pilot holes for the screws, ensuring that the brackets are securely attached.

Secure the brackets: Attach the brackets to the window frame or wall using screws, making sure they are aligned and firmly in place.

3.Install the roller blind

Attach the roller blind: Insert one end of the roller blind into the bracket, then secure the other end.

Test the rolling mechanism: Roll the blind up and down a few times to ensure smooth operation.

Adjust the blind's position: Fine-tune the blind's alignment within the brackets, making sure it is centred and level.

4.Adjust the roller blind

Adjusting the tension: If the blind rolls up too quickly or slowly, adjust the tension by locating the adjustment mechanism and following the manufacturer's instructions.

Ensuring proper alignment: Check that the blind is level and aligned with the window frame. Make any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired appearance.

Top tips for roller blind installation

  • Uneven mounting surfaces: Use shims or additional screws to level the brackets if the mounting surface is uneven.
  • Difficulty in rolling up or down: Check for any obstructions or misaligned components and adjust accordingly.
  • Misalignment of the blind: If the blind is not centred or level, reposition it within the brackets until it aligns properly.
  • Work with a partner: Installing larger blinds can be easier with an extra set of hands.
  • Double-check measurements: Measure twice to ensure accuracy before drilling any holes.
  • Take breaks: If the installation process becomes overwhelming, take breaks to maintain focus and prevent mistakes.

Taking care of roller blinds

Regular maintenance and care are essential to prolong the life of your roller blinds. Here are some tips:

Regular dusting

Dust accumulation is natural, so it's essential to dust your roller blinds regularly. Use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner or a microfiber cloth to gently remove dust from the surface of the blinds. Start from the top and work your way down, covering both the front and back surfaces. Pay attention to the edges and corners where dust tends to accumulate.

Stain removal

In case of spills or stains, it's important to address them promptly. Prepare a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the solution and gently dab the stained area. Avoid scrubbing vigorously, as it may damage the fabric or material. Rinse the cloth or sponge and use it to remove any soap residue. Finally, pat dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Avoid harsh chemicals

Harsh chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, can cause discolouration or damage to the fabric or vinyl of the roller blinds. Stick to mild detergents or specialized fabric cleaners recommended by the manufacturer. Always test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the blinds before applying it to the entire surface.

Regular inspection

Periodically inspect your roller blinds for any signs of wear, loose components, or damage. Check the roller mechanism, brackets, and cords for proper functioning. If you notice any issues, such as frayed cords or loose brackets, address them immediately. For complex repairs or replacements, it's best to consult a professional or contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Safe storage

If you plan to remove and store your roller blinds temporarily, it's important to prepare them properly. Start by cleaning the blinds thoroughly to remove any dust or stains. Roll them up carefully, making sure not to crease or damage the fabric. Store them in a dry, clean area away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. Avoid storing them in a compressed or folded position, as it may affect their shape or functionality.

Ready to install your new roller blinds?

From measuring your windows accurately to choosing the right mounting option and installing the roller blinds with precision, each step is crucial for achieving optimal results. Remember to take necessary safety precautions, gather the required tools and materials, and carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Once your roller blinds are installed, don't forget to give them the care and attention they deserve. Regular dusting, prompt stain removal, and periodic inspections will help maintain their appearance and functionality. With proper care, your roller blinds will continue to enhance your home's aesthetics and provide the desired light control and privacy.

If you're ready to transform your windows with roller blinds, Briscoes offers a wide range of options to suit your style and preferences.