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How to make Roman Blinds - Roman Shades

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Published on Apr 7, 2011

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Blind safety summary - EU

In all cases the components and devices you use must have been tested and passed as compliant with the new safety regulations. For more information (add an appropriate link here to info).
If you source your tracks and components from main stream suppliers they will be delivered with all the required labelling, safety devices and instructions.
If you prefer to purchase components and assemble your own tracks, you must ensure you use them as described by the supplier otherwise they will not comply with the regulations and in the event of a problem you will be liable.
If you are asked to alter or repair an existing blind, consider carefully whether you want to do it. You must not supply any blind which is not compliant.

Roman blinds on a track

Rotary track system with operating chain
1a. Without chain breakaway device – the bottom of the operating chain loop must not be lower than 150cm from the floor. A device must be fitted to retain the loop against the wall.
1b.With chain breakaway device – the bottom of the operating chain loop must not be lower than 60cm from the floor. A retaining device is not required.
2. A cord breakaway device must be fitted to the bottom of each cord drop that runs down the back of the blind.
3. The track must be labelled to show the manufacturer.
4. The blind must have the required standard safety labels on the operating chain, lifting cords and chain retainer.

Cord lift track system
1a. Up to 4 lift cords – where the cords meet at the side of the blind there must be a breakaway concentrator within 50mm of the track (when the blind is down) which convert them to a single pull cord. Alternatively there must be a breakaway toggle at the end of the pull cords so that they separate if any strain is put on the loop created by the toggle.
1b. 5 cords or more – a standard concentrator may be used to convert them to a single pull cord. This must still be within 50mm of the track when the blind is down.
2. A cord breakaway device must be fitted to the bottom of each cord drop that runs down the back of the blind.
3. Regardless of how many cords the blind uses, a cleat must be fitted at least 150cm above the floor which is large enough to hold all surplus cord when the blind is raised. If there is too much cord for one cleat, then two must be installed (the lowest at least 150cm above the floor) and the cords wrapped around them both.

Blinds on a wooden batten
1a. Up to 4 pull cords – where the cords meet at the side of the blind there must be a breakaway concentrator within 50mm of the track (when the blind is down) which convert them to a single pull cord. Alternatively there must be a breakaway toggle at the end of the pull cords so that they separate if any strain is put on the loop created by the toggle.
1b. 5 pull cords or more – a standard concentrator may be used to convert them to a single pull cord. This must still be within 50mm of the track when the blind is down.
2. A cord breakaway device must be fitted to the bottom of each cord drop that runs down the back of the blind.
3. Regardless of how many cords the blind uses, a cleat must be fitted at least 150cm above the floor which is large enough to hold all surplus cord when the blind is raised. If there is too much cord for one cleat, then two must be installed (the lowest at least 150cm above the floor) and the cords wrapped around them both.

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