I. Proper Methods of Attaching Drapes to Rod
Place the last hook or pin on the front of master carrier and all subsequent pins/hooks on each smaller individual carrier moving any unused ones towards the end of the rod. Do not leave any unattached carriers in between ones with hooks on them. Move all extra carriers to the end of the rod. Behind the rod face is a glide stop mechanism (metal finger). Manually shift this upward to remove extra remaining carriers and take them off the rod completely. Be sure to close the glide stop mechanism when you are finished.
After the drape is securely attached to the rod, pull the heading of the drape, in between the pleats at the top, out away from the rod. Placing your finger behind the material, pull it out and crease the heading down the middle with the crease pointing outward from the rod. This will allow nice tight folding.
II. Opening and Closing your Drapes
By smoothly pulling the drape cord beneath the side of the drape downward, you should be able to open your drapes. By pulling the cord upward, your drapes should easily close.
When you have new drapes and after you creased the headings, leave the drapes in the open position for at least 24 hours so that pleats have time to set in properly.
B. Manual or Stationary Rods
As the name implies, the drapes must be opened manually by hand. This sometimes limits the functionality of this type of window covering.
An alternative to physically opening and closing the drapes by hand is to just leave them in the open position. If you desire increased privacy, using a sheer behind a stationary rod will usually do the trick.
Most horizontal mini-blinds operate the same way. Blinds with both cords and batons operate as follows: The baton or wand opens and closes the slats to either allow light in or to view outside. Typically, the cord is used only when you want to completely lift the entire blind upward from the bottom of the window to the window to the top of the window casing. You pull the cords to one side and shift the cords to the other side to lock in the height. This is usually only done when you need to clean the windows. That is, most people just open the slats on a daily basis. However, if you need to lift the entire blind and compress it upward, be sure to turn the slats first to the open position (before lifting the entire blind upward). If you try to lift the blind with the slats closed, you may strip the mechanics of the blind.
Blinds with two separate sets of cords (i.e. four tassels to operate) – These generally operate as follows: One set of cords is dedicated to turn the slats to the open and closed position. The other set of tassels/cords is used to lift and compress the entire blind upward to the top of the window casing. Again, the slats should always be turned to the open position (i.e. as in horizontal with the floor) before the blind is lifted upward.
Baton Draw Type
This type of vertical blind is usually the easiest to operate. Simply turn the vertical louvers to the open position for light. If you want to open the blind completely, turn the louvers to the open position, then pull the louvers across the headrail so they all stack together.
Cord and Chain Operation
The beaded chain usually turns the louvers from a closed position to an open one. As with other blinds, once the louvers are turned to the open position, you can be drawn completely open if desired. The cord is what is used to draw open the louvers and stack them to one side of the vertical blind.