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A person installing venetian blinds in a window

Overview

Venetian blinds are a great way to give a room some privacy and shade. They are also easy to install. We'll show you how to measure the window, mount the brackets and install the blind. You'll also get a few handy tips to help you get a quality finish.

Steps

1Measure the window cavity

Measure the window cavity so you know what area the blind needs to cover. You can buy venetian blinds in standard sizes, or you can order made to measure blinds to cover any sized window. Allow for a couple of centimetres of clearance on either side and add a couple of centimetres of extra length


A person measuring the width of a window

2Mount the brackets for the blind

Select a point on either side of the window cavity to mount the end brackets. Set them slightly back from the glass so the blind has room to run smoothly. Use the bracket as a template to mark the screw holes. Then pre-drill the holes and screw the brackets into place. If the window cavity is wide, it's a good idea to include a bracket in the middle to support the weight of the blind.
A person screwing a bracket to the side of a window cavity using a cordless drill

3Install the venetian blind

Open the catches on the brackets and slot in the blind. Then lock the catches to secure the blind in place. Release the sash cord to make sure the blind is running smoothly. Finish by installing a cleat on the architrave. This will give you somewhere to tie up the sash cord and keep it out of the way.
A person installing venetian blinds in a window

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.