Fitting your bottom up blinds really couldn’t be easier with the illustrated step by step instructions (see below). With all the screws, brackets and pulleys supplied for every fitting option, even a first time DIY ‘er should find this process quick and easy. On average each blind should take no more than 15 minutes to install. All you will need is a phillips screwdriver and a pair of scissors. If you are fitting into brick, tile or concrete you will need to drill holes first.
Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting
Blind is not retracting smoothly or bunches up at the bottom on the way down
Bottom Up Blinds should rise and lower freely on the roll. If when you lower the blind, you notice it is getting stuck on the way down or you have to give it a quick tug to engage the tension (like you would a normal top down roller blind), then it is very likely to be installed incorrectly in the brackets.
Please ensure the that the spring is fitted exactly as in Step 6 above. The BOTTOM RECTANGULAR LUG HOLE IN BRACKET A MUST BE EMPTY. The writing “this way up” should always be upside down as in the diagram in Step 6.
If the blind is fitted correctly but it does not move down at all then the brackets might be too tight against the blind mechanism and be preventing the blind from turning. There should be a little bit of play at the “plug end” (see Step 4) which allows you to remove the blind if necessary. This should only be depressed about half way in and should not be fully closed. If it is try moving one the brackets out a little so it’s not so tight.
If the blind is retracting properly (i.e. not sticking) but you notice as it gets to the bottom of the roller that it starts to loosen/sag and doesn’t roll back onto the tube tightly then you will need to add some more turns in the tension. See Step 5 above. The bigger the height that the blind has to rise up, the more tension turns you will need to get it back down again.
As a rough guide the following number of turns should be applied depending on the window height.
- 001cm-100cm drop = 16 turns
- 100cm-150cm drop = 18 turns
- 150cm-200cm drop = 20 turns
- 200cm-250cm drop = 25 turns
Reverse Rolling – Fabric has a different backing.
Some fabrics have a different backing so when you turn them around in step 2 to change the fabric rising from the back to the front you will have to reverse roll.
The factory supplied position of the blind is with the fabric coming up from the back of the roll: You can check this as follows:
- Hold the blind in front of you with the fabric covered part of the bar facing you.
- The spring end (with the rectangular notches) should be on the left.
- The fabric should be coming up and down from the back of the roller.
To reverse roll:
- Hold the blind in the factory position as above.
- Unroll the fabric by turning the roll away from you. Be careful not to bunch or crease the fabric on the surface it’s unrolling on to. Once it has fully unrolled from the tube keep rolling away from you and the fabric will start to reverse roll back onto the tube in the opposite direction.
- Now when you hold the blind in front of you the fabric covered bar will still be facing you , the spring will still be on the left but now the fabric will be rolling up and down from the front side of the roller.
- IMPORTANT – Swap the spring and the plug end so that the spring is now on the right. Both the spring and plug can be gently prised from the tube using a flathead screwdriver. Make sure the spring is not tensioned before removing it.
- IMPORTANT – Make sure you also swap the brackets so that bracket A is now on the left when you are facing the window. See steps 3 and 4.
- Follow the tensioning instructions at step 5.
- Refit the blind into the brackets as per step 6. The bottom rectangular hole in bracket A should always be empty.
Blind is tracking/drifting from left to right or visa versa on the way up/down
This can be a problem with all roller blinds and is called “telescoping”. Very few windows and ledges are perfectly square. As a result you may notice the fabric starts to roll back down more on one side than on the other, creating a layered step in the fabric. The first thing to check is that the blind is mounted precisely level, and if not adjust it.
There is an easy trick if the levelling does not work. Unravel the fabric from the roll fully to expose the aluminium roller tube. On the end that is overlapping (i.e. not the stepped telescope looking end) stick a small piece of masking tape 2cm in length onto the tube. The extra height of the tape should correct the problem. Try the blind again. You can build up the layers of tape depending on how much overlap you have.