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How to install a batten for a Roman Blind

This how-to will guide you through how to install a roman blind batten. If you’ve had your roman blinds made by our talented makers, then you’ll be keen to have them up at the windows as soon as possible, but taking a little time to get them hanging straight and firmly fixed is going to keep them looking good for a long time. Remember, if we have made your blinds, we also have a handyperson who is experienced in installing all types of blinds and curtains, so if you’re interested in this service just ask us for a quote.

skill level - confident

Time needed: 30 minutes.

You will need:
Wooden batten approx 1″ square, cut to length.
Metal screw eyes, you need 1 for each line of cord on your blind
Sticky backed hook Velcro
A wood saw
Screws long enough to go through the wood and fix into your window

  1. Decide how to fix your batten

    Deciding on how you are going to fix the roman blind batten will depend on the type of window frame – wood, metal or UPVC – and whether you are happy to fix the blind directly to this. If you cannot fix directly to the window frame (e.g. if you are renting the property or you simply don’t want to mark the frame) you may be able to fix a bracket to the ceiling and attach your batten here. Once you have decided on the fixing position, cut your batten to size.

  2. Prepare your batten

    With your batten is cut to size, lay it across the top of your blind, in line with its final position; this will allow you to see where the cords need to be attached. Make a mark on the batten in line with each cord – this is where you need to place the eyelets. Now drill small pilot holes on the marks ready for the eyelets. Use a 3mm drill bit suitable for wood, and don’t drill too deep – they are just there to start off the screw so that it doesn’t split the wood. Attach the Velcro at this point as well; remove the sticky back from the Velcro and place this along one side of the roman blind batten.

  3. Positioning the blind

    This step is easier with two people
    To make sure you’re fixing the blind in the right place, Attach your blind to the batten by the velcro, fully extend the blind and hold it in front of the window. Make sure it is central to the window and at the correct height (generally the bottom of the blind should hang just above the window sill) it is much easier if one person holds the blind in place while the other stands back to check it is in the correct position!
    Once you are happy, mark the window frame or ceiling to show where the roman blind batten should be fixed.
    If you are using ceiling brackets, then ensure that in this step you are able to line these up with the holes you are about to make.

  4. Drill the batten

    Mark the roman blind batten where the holes need to go. You should mark about 1 inch (2.5cm) in from each end and then evenly space the remaining holes about 12inches (30cm) apart. Make sure your marks are in the centre of the batten. Using a small drill bit, drill each hole all the way through the batten.

  5. Transfer the marks for drilling

    This step is easier with two people
    Now hold your batten back up to the window frame so that it lines up with the marks you made in step 3. if you are fixing directly into the window frame, transfer the position of the holes you have drilled into the batten onto the frame; this can be done by putting the drill back through the hole to mark the frame on the other side. You may find this easier to have someone hold the batten while you make the marks. Now remove the batten and drill a shallow pilot hole into the frame.

  6. Final step!

    You are now ready to fix to the window. Hold the roman blind batten in place and screw through into your pilot holes at your fixing points. Your batten should now be secure and ready to hang your blind. For more information on how to do that, check out our how-to.

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How to hang a Roman Blind

Here’s some simple instructions on how to fit the cords and hang a roman blind using the traditional batten and cord system – if you are using a cassette it will be different. You should already have a batten fixed above your window, with the Velcro and eyelets attached; if you need some help on how to do this see our guide on how to fix a batten for a Roman blind. This guide will also help you to replace worn parts in an existing blind.

rating beginner

Time needed: 30 minutes.

  1. Threading the cords

    Lay the roman blind face down on a clean table or surface. Thread the cords though the eyelets from the top of the blind to the bottom and secure them by threading through the safety device. You now need to decide on which side you would like the pull cord, as this will affect the direction the cords are threaded in the next step.

  2. Fixing the blind to the batten

    Secure the blind onto the batten by pressing the Velcro strips together. Threading the cords is easiest if you are able to stand in front of the window but behind your blind, if you can reach the eyelets on the batten from here.

  3. Attach the cords to the batten

    Thread the cords through the corresponding eyelets on the batten. Either work left to right (cord will hang on the left) or right to left (cord will hang on the right). Thread all of the loose ends through your wooden acorn to keep them together and tie a loose knot to stop them slipping back through. Do not cut off the excess at this point.

  4. Adjusting the cord length

    In order to ensure you have the correct length of cord, pull your roman blind up and down a few times to make sure it runs level. To determine where to cut, you should let the blind hang all the way down so that the acorn will be at its highest point. You should have a short distance between the last eyelet on the batten and the acorn. Tie a small knot here to keep the cords together and then cut off the excess, the knot should be hidden inside the acorn when it is pulled down over it.

  5. Adjustment

    If you find that your blind has moved slightly after your adjustments and is no longer level, you can fix this easily by pulling one or more of the cords through the safety devices on the bottom of the blind, adjusting where it hangs longer or shorter.

  6. Fixing the cleat

    The cleat should be secured next to the blind cord at least 1.5m above the floor, this, along with the blind safety devices is to reduce the risk of strangulation in small children. The cleat requires two screws to be screwed through it and into the wall (or other fixing point) in order to secure it.
    Safety note: When the Roman Blind is pulled up the cord must be fully wrapped around the cleat, so that there is no excess hanging down for small children to be able to reach.

  7. Your blind is ready to use!

    Remember, you can also use this guide to replace the parts on a roman blind when they become broken or worn, keeping your blinds in perfect condition for years to come. At Livingstones we believe we should all able to repair our things, so we sell roman blind cord by the metre.

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How to measure for a Roman blind

Roman Blinds make smart window furnishings and can add a sleek, classy finish to a room. Whether you are making the blind yourself or one of our professional makers is making it to your specifications, it is important to get the measurements right. If we’re making your roman blinds and you’re not sure about measuring up yourself, one of our makers will be happy to come out and measure up for you if you live in our local area – just ask us for a quote.  

rating beginner

Time needed: 20 minutes.

  1. Look at your window

    Firstly, decide if the blind is going to hang outside of the window or sit in the recess. Consider how much space you have around your window, and where you could fit the batten or cassette. At this point you will need to decide what kind of system you will use to hang your blind and what fixings are available.

  2. Accurate measuring

    We recommend a metal rule or a new fabric tape to ensure the tape is accurate. Remember, our makers can only be as accurate as your measurements! Take measurement in at least 2 to 3 places if you are hanging the roman blind in a recess. This is especially important in an older property, as the walls are very often not as straight as they seem, and if we haven’t taken account of this it can lead to the blind catching.

  3. What to measure

    Measure the width, which is across the whole area you want the blind to cover, and the drop.
    Width: When hanging a roman blind outside the window recess it is usual to take the blind at least 5cm/2″ outside the recess at each side and above the window.
    Drop: Consider where you want the blind to finish; this can be in line with the sill, just above a radiator or even down to the floor.

  4. Units are important

    We are ‘bi-lingual’ in centimeters and inches here at Livingstones, although we tend to leave the millimetres to carpenters. You can bring your measurements for your roman blind to us in either unit, but please stick to one or the other to avoid confusion, and make sure you tell us which you’ve used!

  5. Need to know more?

    You’ll find more information on Roman blinds including how to make them in our free tutorials. Follow this link for more how to guides, plus lots of other helpful tips for your sewing projects. Alternatively, If you would like one of our professional makers to hand-make you a beautiful roman blind, then please get in touch.