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How To Install Mini Blinds

A. Getting Started
The Parts: Before getting started, please remove and identify the following parts required for the installation of your shades:
Bracket for Deluxe:
The installation brackets for Great Windows Deluxe Aluminum Blinds are configured as follows:
Bracket for Basic:
The installation brackets for Great Windows Basic Aluminum Blinds are configured as follows:
B. The Tools
To install your Great Windows Aluminum Blinds, you will need a few basic tools:
  • Phillips head screwdriver* or
  • 1/4" nut Driver*
*Power screwdriver or power drill with a #2 Phillips attachment or 1/4" nut driver attachment may be used.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Screws provided are for installation into wooden frames only. For metal surfaces, use suitable sheet metal screws and pre-drill holes. For concrete, stone, brick, or tile, use a carbide drill and appropriate anchors and screws. For wallboard or plaster, use hollow wall anchors and/or longer screws to reach framing or stud. In all cases, follow the fastener manufacturer's recommendations.
C. Sorting Your Blinds
Inside the headrail of your Great Windows Aluminum Blinds, there is a sorting label. This appears as seen at right:

On this label, you will recognize:

  • Order size of the blind
  • Room location (If not present, info not given at time of order)
  • Whether the blind was ordered for inside mount (IB) or Outside mount (OB)
D. Bracket Installation
Inside Mount Classic & Deluxe
  1. Position the first bracket as shown, so that the top is placed against the underside of the upper window frame opening. If the width of your blind is 20" or more, place the bracket so the left edge of the bracket is 7" from the left inside edge of the window frame opening. If your blind is less than 20", install brackets 5" from either edge (instead of 7").
  1. Once properly positioned, install with two of the provided screws, driving them upward through the underside of the top of the bracket, into the under-side of the top of the window frame.
  1. Repeat the procedure to install the second bracket. Placement should be so that the right edge of the bracket is 7" from the right inside edge of the window frame. (5" for blinds less than 20" wide)
  1. After these first two brackets are installed ito the underside of the window frame opening, install any remaining brackets at approximate even intervals. Avoid placing brackets at the same location as the blind's ladders*, as this will interfere with the operation of the blind. Precise location of these brackets is not critical.
  1. After all brackets are installed, it is time to install the blind into the brackets. Proceed to section E.
* Ladders are the cords that are routed through the slats and hold the blind together.

Inside Mount Basic
  1. Position the first bracket as shown, so that the top is placed against the underside of the upper window frame opening. If the width of your blind is 20" or more, place the bracket so the left edge of the bracket is 7" from the left inside edge of the window frame opening. If your blind is less than 20", install brackets 5" from either edge (instead of 7").
  1. Once properly positioned, install brackets with two screws provided. Drive screws through the top of bracket and into the underside of the window trim.
  1. After these first two brackets are installed into the underside of the window frame opening, install any remaining brackets at approximate even intervals. Avoid placing brackets at same location as the blinds ladders*, as this will interfere with the operation of the blind. Precise location of these brackets is not critical.
  1. After all brackets are installed, it is time to install the blind into the brackets. Proceed to Section E.
* Ladders are the cords that are routed through the slats and hold the blind together.
Outside Mount Classic & Deluxe
  1. Position the first bracket as shown, so that the top is aligned with the upper edge of the window trim. For windows without trim, align brackets on the flat surface (or as ordered) 1" above window opening. (If your window has a beveled trim, it is okay for the top of the bracket to be slightly above the top edge of the trim, so that screw holes are on the flat surface of the trim.) If your blind is less than 20", install brackets 5" from either edge (instead of 7").
  1. Once properly positioned, install with two of the screws provided. Drive the screws from the front through the back side of the bracket, into the front surface of the window trim (or flat surface).
  1. Repeat the procedure to install the second bracket. Placement should be so that the right edge of the bracket is 7" from the right edge of the window frame. (5" for blinds less than 20" wide.)
  1. After these first two brackets are installed on the front surface of the window trim (or flat surface), install any remaining brackets at approximate even intervals. Avoid placing brackets at same location as the blind's ladders*, as this will interfere with the operation of the blind. Precise location of these brackets is not critical.
  1. After all brackets are installed, it is time to install the blind into the brackets. Proceed to Section E.
Note: If your blinds were measured for a first tier application, place the brackets accordingly, and follow the same instructions as an outside mount, substituting the first tier location for the edge of the trim.
* Ladders are the cords that are routed through the slats and hold the blind together.
Outside Mount Basic
  1. Position the first bracket as shown so that the top is aligned with the upper edge of the window trim. For windows without trim, align brackets on the flat surface (or as ordered) 1" above window opening.
  1. Once properly positioned, install with the two screws provided. Drive screws from the front through the back side of the bracket, into the front surface of the window trim (or flat surface).
  1. After these first two brackets are installed on the front surface of the window trim (or flat surface), install any remaining brackets at approximate even intervals. Avoid placing brackets at same location as the blind's ladders*, as this will interfere with the operation of the blind. precise location of these brackets is not critical.
After all brackets are installed, it is time to install the blind into the brackets. Proceed to Section E.
* Ladders are the cords that are routed through the slats and hold the blind together.

E. Installing Your Blinds into the Brackets
Classic & Deluxe
The integrated headrail system used on your Great Windows Aluminum Blinds is designed to eliminate the need for a separate snap on valance, and to provide the aesthetic superiority of concealed brackets.
  1. Snap the headrail into position in the bracket (Figure 1).
  1. Secure the bracket with the turn of the swivel tab with a small flat screwdriver (Figure 2).
Basic
  1. Tilt and slip the inside lip of the headrail into the swivel brackets' hooks as shown (Figure 3). Raise back of headrail so that it fits completely inside of bracket (Figure 4). Turn locks on brackets making certain they are securely locked (Figure 5)..
F. Removing Blinds from the Brackets
Swivel the tab on each bracket back to the left so that it is no longer supporting the headrail. (If the tab is difficult to move, gently push with a screwdriver, using care not to damage the blind.) Pull blind down and forward at the same time, until blind releases. If blind does not release, a screwdriver may be inserted into the bracket slot behind the headrail, and used to gently push the headrail forward.
Child Safety
At Great Windows child safety is first. All of our products are fitted with the highest quality components that provide the most complete safety measures in the industry. Our Aluminum Blinds for example, are finished with break away tassels that release when pressure is applied. Cord cleats are also available upon request.
Cleaning and Care
In order to keep your window treatments looking new, follow the recommended methods for care and maintenance. Regular care will result in better appearance and performance from your window coverings.
Dusting Hand-Held Vacuum Compressed Air Hair Dryer Spot Cleaning Water Immersion Ultrasonic Cleaning
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