How to Install Custom Cellular Shades

 
 

 

Before you begin your installation:

Read all installation instructions!

  • Make sure that you have all tools and hardware needed for installation.
  • Check the installation surface (wall, ceiling, or window frame) to ensure that you have suitable fasteners and tools for the material.
  • Double check the headrail and shade for proper width and length. If you are installing several sets of shades, be sure to match them with the appropriate window.
  • Check the parts list shipped with the product to confirm that you have the correct number of brackets.
 

 

Tools You May Need (not included):

  • Metal Tape Measure
  • Screwdrivers (both flat and Phillips head)
  • 1/4" Nutdriver
  • Safety Glasses
  • Drywall Anchors
  • Pencil
  • Drill with Bits
  • Level
  • Ladder
 

 

Step 1 - Inside Mount

Marking the Bracket Locations

IMPORTANT: Before marking bracket locations, ensure that your bracket placement will not interfere with any components inside the headrail.

  • Verify that your window casing has a minimum depth of ½" which allows for a partially recessed headrail mount.
  • If flush mount (fully recessed mount) is desired, a minimum mounting depth of 2 1⁄8" is required.
  • Mark 1-2" inches from each jamb for bracket location.
  • With a pencil, mark the longer, oblong drill hole locations through the top of the holes of the bracket, 2 holes per bracket.
  • If more than two installation brackets come with your order, space additional bracket(s) evenly between the two end brackets, no more than 30" apart, and mark drill hole locations.

Step 1 - Outside Mount

Marking the Bracket Locations

IMPORTANT: Before marking bracket locations, ensure that your bracket placement will not interfere with any components inside the headrail.

IMPORTANT: The rear of the brackets must be flush against a flat mounting surface. Do NOT mount brackets on curved molding.

  • Center the headrail over the window opening at the desired height.
  • Use a pencil to lightly mark each end of the headrail. Alternatively, measure the width of the headrail and use that width to mark the headrail end points over the window opening.
  • Mark approximately 1 - 2" in from each end of headrail for the installation bracket locations. Allow a minimum of 1⁄4 in. between the bottom of the installation bracket and the top of the window molding.
  • With a pencil, mark the installation brackets or extension bracket screw locations through the larger, oblong rear holes of the bracket, 2 screws per bracket.
  • Use a level to ensure all brackets are aligned.
  • If more than two installation brackets come with your order, space additional bracket(s) evenly between the two end brackets, no more than 30" apart, and mark drill hole locations.
 

 

Step 2 - Inside Mount

Installing the Brackets

  • Pre-drill screw holes using a 1⁄16" drill bit (wood and metal mounting surfaces only) using pencil marks as a guide.
  • Hold the bracket with the surface marked “Top” facing up. Line up the pre-drilled screw holes and the longer, oblong holes in the bracket.
  • While holding the bracket in place, secure the bracket with screws, 2 screws per bracket.
  • Repeat for each bracket.
  • Ensure all brackets are square with each other.

Step 2 - Outside Mount

Installing the Brackets

IMPORTANT: Use drywall anchors when mounting into drywall (not provided).

IMPORTANT: The rear of the brackets must be flush against a flat mounting surface. Do NOT mount brackets on curved molding.

  • Pre-drill screw holes using a 1⁄16" drill bit, using pencil marks as a guide.
  • Hold the bracket with the surface marked "Top" so that it is facing upwards and then line up the pre-drilled screw holes with the holes in the bracket.
    Note: If using spacer blocks: Stack spacer blocks on the back side of the installation brackets. See page 15 for additional details.
    CAUTION: Do not use more than one spacer block. Using more than one spacer block could cause shade to fall resulting in possible injury.
  • While holding the bracket in place, secure with screws, 2 screws per bracket.
  • Repeat for each bracket.
  • Use a level to confirm all brackets are level.
 

 

Step 3 - Inside Mount

Installing the Shade

  • Hang the curved front side of the headrail on the front lip of the brackets.
  • Rotate the headrail backwards toward the window until a snapping sound is heard. This will let you know the shade is engaged in the brackets.
  • Repeat for each bracket.
  • Secure cord tension device.
  • CAUTION: Be sure the bracket and headrail are properly secured before operating the shade. Failure to do so may result in the shade falling and possible injury.

Step 3 - Outside Mount

Installing the Shade

  • Hang the curved front side of the headrail on the front lip of the brackets.
  • Rotate the headrail backwards toward the window until a snapping sound is heard. This will let you know the shade is engaged in the brackets.
  • Secure cord tension device
  • CAUTION: Be sure the bracket and headrail are properly secured before operating the shade. Failure to do so may result in the shade falling and possible injury.
 

 

Additional Components

Continuous Cord Loop Cord Tension Device

  • Continuous Cord Loop Shades will arrive with the tension device mounted to the cord.
  • Use the included screws to secure the hold down tension device to the mounting surface, ensuring that the cord loop is taut.
  • SEE WARNING LABEL ON SHADE
 

Install the Tension Device

  • Slide the cord tensioner down to the bottom of the cord loop.
  • Using the screws provided, attach the tension device to the wall, allowing some slack for the cord to slide through easily.

IMPORTANT: When installing into drywall or plaster, use 3⁄16" drill bit and insert wall anchors (size 1⁄2", not included) before inserting the screws. When installing in metal, use appropriate anchors for metal material.

IMPORTANT: The tension device provides smooth operation of the shade. The shade will not operate properly unless the tension device is installed.

WARNING: It Is imperative that the cord tensioner be properly secured to the wall or window frame to reduce children’s access to the cord loop. Young children can strangle in cord loops. They can also wrap cords around their necks and strangle.

 

Corded Cord Cleat

  • Refer to Cord Cleat Installation Instructions included with cord cleat for the proper way to install cord cleat.

WARNING: Always wrap the cords around the cleats in a figure eight, up high, out of reach of children. Young children can STRANGLE in cords. They can also wrap around their neck and STRANGLE.

 

Installing Bottom Rail Operating Handle

For Bottom-Up, Top-Down/Bottom-Up and Day/Night Application

  • Locate the clear cordless bottom rail handle that arrived with your shade.
  • Extend the shade, expanding the cells so they fully expose the bottom rail, allowing for an easier handle installation.
  • Hook the lip of the handle over the top of the bottom rail.
  • Once hooked under, pull the handle outward to ensure the handle has snapped into place.

Installing Middle Rail Operating Handle

For Top-Down/Bottom-Up and Day/Night Application

NOTE: The middle rail handle is installed in an inverted position from the bottom rail handle.

  • Locate the clear, cordless middle rail handle that arrived with your shade.
  • Extend the shade, expanding the cells so they fully expose the middle rail, allowing for an easier handle installation.
  • Hook the lip of the handle under the bottom of the middle rail.
  • Once hooked under, pull the handle outward to ensure the handle has snapped into place.
 

 

Extension Brackets

  • Optional extension brackets offers clearance for obstructions.
  • Outside mounting extension brackets will provide 1–3" clearance between the headrail and mounting surface. Assemble extension bracket as shown.
  • Secure an extension bracket to each standard mounting bracket.
 

Spacer Blocks (optional)

  • Outside mounting spacer blocks will provide an additional 3⁄8" clearance as shown.
  • If spacers are used, longer screws may be required to ensure a secure installation (not provided).
  • CAUTION: Do not use more than one spacer block. Using more than one spacer block could cause shade to fall resulting in possible injury.

Hold-Down Brackets (optional)

  • Ideal for doors, hold-down brackets prevent shade from swaying. Assemble as shown to each side of bottom rail.

Side Mount Brackets (optional)

  • Ideal for windows below transoms and arches.
  • Alternative mounting method when no frame is available above the window for mounting.
 

 

Removing the Shade

Cordless

  • Fully raise the shade.
  • Step 1: Use a flathead screwdriver and push downwards on spring tab and then rotate the front headrail.
  • Step 2: While pushing back on the headrail, rotate the front of the headrail up. Never force the spring tab beyond the back of the brackets.

CAUTION: Hold shade firmly when removing. Failure to do so may result in the shade falling and possible injury

 

Continuous Cord Loop

  • Fully raise the shade.
  • Step 1: Use a flathead screwdriver and push downwards on spring tab and then rotate the front headrail.
  • Step 2: While pushing back on the headrail, rotate the front of the headrail up. Never force the spring tab beyond the back of the brackets.

CAUTION: Hold shade firmly when removing. Failure to do so may result in the shade falling and possible injury.

 

Corded

  • Fully raise the shade.
  • Step 1: In one motion forcefully push forward on the headrail until spring tabs on installation brackets are fully depressed, then tilt headrail down to release headrail from bracket.

Note: Focus push force in the areas where the installation brackets are connected to the headrail.

CAUTION: Hold shade firmly when removing. Failure to do so may result in the shade falling and possible injury.