Installing Your Cord Cleats
The final and most important step when installing your window blinds and shades is installing the cord cleat. Cord cleats allow you to wrap any excess cord out of the reach of children, but it still maintains the window covering’s functionality. This essential step will keep your home a safe environment for your children and your pets.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cord cleats
- 2 screws
STEP 1. Mark installation spot with the pencil for the lowest cord cleat. This should be out of reach of children. Take into account that children can climb onto furniture to reach it.
STEP 2. Measure 6 to 12 inches above that initial mark. Make an additional mark with your pencil. This is where the top cord cleat will be installed.
STEP 3. Take one cord cleat and one screw and use your drill to secure the lowest cord cleat on the lowest pencil mark.
STEP 4. Do the same for the last cord cleat, screw, and pencil mark.
STEP 5. Raise your blinds or shades and wrap the excess cord tightly around the two cord cleats, either in a loop or figure 8 formations.
With installation steps so simple, you can install cord cleats for every window covering in your home. And you should. The potential hazard of dangling cords isn’t worth risking the health and well-being of your children. One small addition to the installation of your window coverings and you’ll gain instant peace of mind.