Installation & Care Instructions for Blinds and Shades
Power drill, drill bits
Hex head and/or Phillips driver bit
Additional fasteners other than those sent with your shade may be required depending on the mounting surface. Wallboard and plaster require the use of anchors such as expansion or toggle bolts. Brick, tile or stone need special plugs and drill bits. Remember to always pre-drill holes in wood to avoid splitting.
Our honeycomb shades are construction to be hung as either as inside mount or an outside mount. The installation bracket can be mounted inside the window opening for and inside mount, or on the molding or wall above the window for an outside mount. The extension bracket and the hold down bracket are optional items requested at the time of ordering the shade. The extension bracket provides protection of the installation bracket in order to clear obstructions. The hold down bracket keeps the shade from swaying and is often used for installation on door windows.
Shades are shipped with the required number of brackets for proper installation. End brackets should be located with centerlines 2" in from each end. Depending on the width of the shade, additional brackets may be necessary-evenly spaced between the two end brackets.
The brackets are mounted flat against the top sill surface. Place the bugle head screw through the hole closest to the front of the bracket. To fully recess the shade requires a flat surface with a minimum depth of 1 ¾". Shallow mounting requires ½" minimum.
The brackets are mounted with the two bugle head screws through the back end of the bracket flat against the window molding or the wall above the window. The bracket requires a minimum surface ¾" high.
Side mount bracket installation
Line up the bracket top with the desired height of the top of the headrail.
Mark holes for screws. Brackets must be level. Remove brackets and drill holes.
Insert bugle head screws for the keyhole slots only. Approximately 1/8" of the screw should be left protruding.
Pull the cord lock assembly partially out of the headrail and slide the bracket on as shown. Push the cord lock as assembly and bracket back all the way into the rail.
Remove the endcap from the opposite end of the headrail. Slide the remaining side mount bracket on the headrail. Replace the end cap before sliding the bracket all the way into the headrail.
Hook one bracket onto the screw in the window frame, using the keyhole slot. Bring the other end bracket over the screw at the other side of the frame. Slide down, flexing the bracket inward until the screw engages in the keyhole slot.
Make sure both brackets are slipped down all the way in the keyhole slot so that the screw is in the top portion of the keyhole slot. Install a screw in the bottom hole of each bracket. Tighten all screws.
Optional Extension Brackets
Optional extension brackets are used to project the back of the shade up to 2 3/8" from the mounting surface. Attach the installation bracket to the extension bracket with the nut and bolt provided.
Hanging the shade
Unwind the cord from the shade but keep the rubber band around the shade stack.
Hold the shade up near the brackets and insert the front clip of the bracket into the front groove of the rail.
Make sure the shade is centered in the window opening.
Push the rail back and up until the back groove of the rail. To remove shade, reverse procedure.
Optional hold down brackets
Optional hold down brackets are mounted with the supplied screws. With the shade at its proper drop, place the pin of each end cap and mark the screw holes. Make sure the pins are level and aligned. Raise the shade, then screw the hold down bracket into the mounting surface.
Two on one headrail splicer
For shades ordered as Two on one headrail using the splicer piece, insert splicer in headrail of both shades where they will meet. Lock into place using 3/8" Tek Screws provided.
Cord Lock Operation
To lower or release shade, pull the cord inward toward the center of the shade.
To raise or lock shade, pull the cord straight down and outward toward the edge of the shade.
Protect Your Children
Be aware that it is possible for children to strangle in window covering cords. To reduce the occurrence of accident, all cords must be kept out of the reach of children, including infants. Cord cleats are an effective way to implement this essential precaution.
Mount the cord cleat at a safe height, taking into account furniture or other objects upon which a child may climb. Then, after each use of the shade, simply wrap the excess cord around the cleat. It's fast, easy and safe
To protect your children, we are pleased to provide cord cleats free of charge with every shade that we manufacture.
Cleaning and Care
The shade fabric is easy to care for. Regular dusting with a feather duster or vacuum cleaner brush is recommended. Most satins can be blotted with a damp sponge and detergent. For problem stains, the shade can be removed from the installation brackets and soaked in warm water. When damp, raise the shade tightly to re-crisp pleats. Before using anything stronger than mild detergent and lukewarm water, test an unobtrusive corner of the shade. If you have any questions call USABlinds for advice.