How to install awning window winders

View the video

Project Overview

Window winders are a quick and easy way to open and close awning windows. They’re also simple to install and we’ll show you how. You’ll learn how to measure up and attach the winder to the window, and pick up a few handy tips to get the job done right.

Continue to step-by-step instructions
This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Install an Awning Window

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure the centre of the window
2 Drill in pilot holes for the chain
3 Fix the winder chain to the window sash
4 Drill in the pilot holes for the window winder
5 Fit the winder to the windowsill
  • Step 1. Measure the centre of the window

    First, make sure the window is closed. Take your ruler and measure the centre of the window on the bottom of the window sash.  Once you’ve marked it with your pencil, place the window winder into position with the chain attachment centred over that mark. 

  • Step 2. Drill in pilot holes for the chain

    Take your pencil and mark out the screw points through the holes of the chain attachment. Remove the winder and drill some pilot holes into those marks with your power drill. It’s a good idea to open the window to protect the windowsill. 

  • Step 3. Fix the winder chain to the window sash

    Now, take the window winder and wind the chain out a little bit to make more room for your screwdriver. Position the end of the chain over the pilot holes and drive the screws tightly into the window sash with the screwdriver.

  • Step 4. Drill in the pilot holes for the window winder

    Hold the winder into position on the windowsill. Pull the window closed as tightly as you can. Allow an even gap between the winder and the window sash, with just a little bit of spread, so that the window will wind in nice and tight. Mark the screw holes by pressing a nail into the timber. Remove the winder and drill in some pilot holes. 

  • Step 5. Fit the winder to the windowsill

    Place the winder into position again, over the pilot holes. Use your screwdriver and screws to screw the winder tightly onto the sill. Once you’re done, it’s a good idea to test the winder and make sure that it’s opening and closing properly.

Tools and Materials


  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Screw bit
  • Screwdrivers x 2
  • Tape measure


  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Window winder
low water garden

Planning & Projects How to create a low-water garden ‘Dry’ or ‘low-water’ gardening is a real art and, when done right, will provide you with an inviting landscape that uses very little water.

Finished artificial green garden wall behind garden bench 02:05

Planning & Projects How to create a green wall using artificial hedge Green walls are all the rage at the moment, but buying and maintaining one can be costly. Why not have a go at creating your own using pieces of artificial hedge – it looks great and will last the distance. Here’s how.

reducing water

How To Save Water How to reduce water usage Whether indoor or outdoor, there are lots of ways to be smart about water usage. And there are some simple actions that can make a big difference to your water bill.

doorbell 02:04

Doors How to install a ring doorbell The Ring video doorbell is a wireless doorbell which allows you to see who is at your front door. Find out how to install the Ring video doorbell yourself.

a tree lit up with solar lights around it 01:46

Garden Lighting How to install solar lights in your garden Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. Install them yourself with these easy steps.

how to organise your pantry 02:52

Shelving & Storage How to organise your pantry Create an organisational system in your pantry with these handy storage hints. Trust us – its life changing!

front door 01:31

How To Paint How to paint your front door Make an entrance every darn day of the week by painting your front door a bold, enticing colour!

how to hang pictures

Walls The best way to hang pictures on a wall Learn the tricks to hanging your wall decor so it looks good – and doesn’t damage the plasterboard. Create an effortless-looking display by taking the time to consider spacing, proportion, frame styles and colour palettes.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content