Back to nature with a wooden venetian blind

April 10, 2017

The back to nature trend in interior design shows no sign of abating, and there are a number of ways to achieve the desired effect without going overboard.

Brick

Not strictly natural, because bricks are of course man-made, but we’ve come to view them as adding a touch of rustic charm to a home.

Whether left exposed or painted, we no longer deem it essential to plaster over bricks. At least, not all of them. Many people opt for a feature wall which is left exposed. So bricks offer a dual option, either as a backdrop or a focal point. Continue reading Back to nature with a wooden venetian blind

How to buy blinds and shades

November 9, 2016

Most people think they know how to buy blinds and shades, because it’s such a simple process – measure the window, choose a style, find a store and pay your money. Simples.

But having bought what they thought was the perfect blind things suddenly get complicated when it comes to fitting.

Challenges arise, which people hadn’t considered, the fitting process takes much longer than anticipated and more often than not an element of bodging creeps into the job.

For that reason we go all out on our Made To Measure Blinds website to take you through the buying process step by step, from your initial decision-making to fitting.

Continue reading How to buy blinds and shades

The funny thing about blackout blinds

May 13, 2016

fraser_charcoalAre you getting enough sleep? It’s a big problem for many people at this time of year, when sleeping through the lighter mornings and evenings becomes a challenge, either because the sun’s waking you up, or waking someone else in the house, who in turn wakes you.

Anyone with a young baby will tell you what a nightmare it is when the sun comes up before 6 in the morning and doesn’t disappear again until late into the evening.

Little ’uns struggle to cope with the idea that it’s time for sleep when light is streaming into their bedroom. Continue reading The funny thing about blackout blinds

Boost home security with good blinds

April 8, 2016

High White gloss 50mm Wooden Venetian M2MBlindsThe retail adage that you need to let the punters see the goods rings true for a specific group of sinister ‘shoppers’.

We refer to burglars, a sad blight on modern living whose numbers seem to be on the increase, if the anecdotal evidence of people we know is anything to go by.

One factor that makes a home more tempting and more susceptible to break-ins is the ease with which valuables can be seen from the outside.

So it makes sense to not only add security features to your home but to hide items from evil eyes in the first place.

Continue reading Boost home security with good blinds

How to get a better night’s sleep

March 10, 2016

M2M fraser_charcoal(1)The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) have designated this week as Sleep Awareness Week.

You can’t have escaped the awful experience of lying awake in bed, tossing and turning and trying to nod off while a thousand thoughts crowd your mind.

It can be a vicious cycle. The deeper into the night you go, without any sign of dropping off, the more anxious you get, the more aware of the ticking clock you become, and the closer to waking up time you get – without having anything to wake up from.

A little tip we can provide is to install blackout blinds into your bedrooms as they’ll reduce the light coming into a room – street lights are a common problem for people trying to sleep at night.

For a good nights sleep, have a read of the advice of the National Sleep Foundation and reap the benefits. Continue reading How to get a better night’s sleep

Why our customers won’t be falling for the sales sucker punch

January 19, 2016

Peoplebuying-15810_1920 will soon be swarming through stores in search of sales bargains, and many people shopping on-line will doubtless be looking for sales banners screaming out with never-to-be repeated offers.

We don’t enter into such fun and games because we know what you know – that to achieve spectacular savings of 10, 20 or even 30 per cent, retailers’ selling prices would have been artificially bumped up in the run-up to the sales promotions.

Our pricing strategy is simple and transparent. We offer the best possible price at all times.

Continue reading Why our customers won’t be falling for the sales sucker punch

Whatever else keeps you awake at night, make sure it’s not unwanted light

September 15, 2015

M2M roller blindsIt’s amazing the lengths some people have to go to in order to get a good night’s sleep.

We met a woman who was reduced to sleeping in a broom cupboard – yes, truly! – because it was the only way she could escape the night-time noise from outside her flat.

Other people’s methods of securing good sleeping conditions might not be quite as drastic, but they do mean taking unusual steps.

Some people wear earplugs, others use an eye mask, while others resort to sleeping in separate rooms to avoid their other half’s snoring.

Regrettably, we can’t do anything about your partner’s night-time snorts, but we had some interesting feedback on our TrustPilot page, from a customer who had a specific reason for ordering blackout blinds.

Dr Ian Gibson, from the United States, wrote about his experience, and his comments raise several interesting points.

Roller blog m2mHe says: ‘I had blackout blinds made to complement another set of blinds in my main bedroom, thereby getting rid of the need to wear an eye mask at night. They do the job well. I’m happy with the quality of the blind and I’m happy with the look of it.

‘I think the company gave me more material (i.e. more drop) than I asked for, which is great, because I can actually decide whether to drop it to window sill level or below for extra blackout.’

But it’s not just the product that left Dr Gibson so happy. We always stress the importance of correct measuring before ordering and we offer guides to show customers how to do this, something that Dr Gibson appreciated.

He says: ‘I took a long time working out measurements (measuring and double-checking etc) and it paid dividends, because this blind fits amazingly well. It also means I can do away with fussy curtains in the bedroom and have more of a sleek, contemporary look.’

And there was one final bonus that Dr Gibson appreciates, one that hadn’t previously occurred to him. He says: ‘It even freed up a corner from curtains so that I could display a shelf.

‘I also like the fact that the blinds came on a metallic support role. And I’m glad I went for the chrome pull cord. I went for a pattern on the blind, tpp, because I wanted to be more adventurous than I normally am, and I have to say, I really like the pattern and quality of material.’

We hope Dr Gibson’s comments are of help to you, and that you feel encouraged to explore our site and send for samples.

You can see Dr Gibson’s verified entry here

Or you can find out more about our blackout blinds – complete with 12-month guarantee – here

And remember – blackout blinds don’t need to be dark colours.

View our full range here!

 

6 ways to get to sleep more quickly

May 18, 2015

kasuri_blue_blackoutWhat’s the secret of a good night’s sleep?

Getting off to the land of nod promptly – as opposed to tossing and turning for half an hour or more – is key.

So here are 5 tips for arriving in dreamland soon after your head hits the pillow – 6 if you include buying a blackout roller blind from us here at Made To Measure, to stop the moonlight or street lighting thwarting your efforts, because even a slight chink of light can make a difference.

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You’ll be pleased to know that counting sheep doesn’t feature, but some of our suggestions are slightly left of field, so bear with us and give ’em a go.

fraser_charcoal• Alarm clock at night as well as in the morning

Yep, we know that sounds whacky, but experts say one tip is to have a regular bed-time, so instead of having ‘five more minutes’ on Facebook or ‘one more flip through the TV channels’ taking you through to 1am, set your alarm for a designated bed-time and stick to it.

• Warm up your tootsies

Cold feet are going to keep you awake, but we’re assuming you don’t want to go down the woolly socks or hot water bottle route. No, thought not, so instead tuck the sheet in at the bottom of the bed or have a blanket covering just your feet.

 

• Walk

Seriously, we’re not packing you off to the expensive gym for a full workout every day (ugh, what a thought) but a short time of daily exercise will work wonders for your health as well as preparing your body for sleep. Just one 15 to 20-minute brisk walk in the evening will make a huge difference. You can spare the time and the energy. Yes, really – you can.

 

• Read

p01lcmpcA book at bedtime. The BBC has been running a programme with that title for decades, so there must be some merits to it. The first series started on Friday, January 21, 1949, with The Three Hostages by John Buchan, so if you haven’t read that yet, it seems like a good place to start.

You can buy a used copy here, for ‘from a penny’.

Even with a thriller, you will soon find your eyes starting to droop, so if you can have your reading light on a timer you can just nod off safe in the knowledge that it won’t be left on all night.

• Listen to some music or a radio programme, again with a timer

You won’t want to have AC/DC on full volume or a frenetic, fast-moving comedy show in your lughole, but something soothing will help. Even the low, rhythmic voices of a much-loved character in a gentle sitcom on BBC iPlayer can help – as long as you put the volume down very low so you can only just hear it.

If your partner doesn’t want to listen, just pop an earphone in one ear and listen like that. It’ll drop out when you drop off, and even before the programme ends you’ll be well away.

 

And finally … Wayne Rooney used to leave a vacuum cleaner on to help him get to sleep. He said so in one of his autobiographies, My Story So Far.

We mention this at the end of our piece because it’s not something we’re seriously recommending, but it does illustrate the lengths some people will go to in order to generate some white noise to aid their slumber.

If you have any alternative suggestions pop over to this post on our Facebook page and join the conversation!

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Sweet dreams, baby Tyler, with your Made To Measure Blind playing its part

February 11, 2015

M2M comp winnerWhen Paul and Helena Peterson had a special new arrival, they knew his nursery had to be just right.

So at five weeks old, little Tyler can boast a bedroom with lovely white wooden blinds, which Paul sourced via Made To Measure Blinds.

Nursery blinds are extra-important – light levels can be a factor in helping to make sure a little one (and his parents!) get a good night’s sleep.

Paul said:
“We were recommended to the company by a friend who has Made to Measure blinds in several rooms, and we haven’t been disappointed. We decided to go for venetian blinds for a number of reasons. We have a wooden venetian blind with a blackout roller blind behind in our own bedroom, which works really well when it comes to controlling the light levels, so we wanted that for the nursery too. Also, because we live on a London street, people are passing close by and it’s good to be able to adjust the blinds to give you some privacy.’

Delivery worked well, and because Paul has measured up for blinds before, he didn’t need to refer to the useful videos on the Made To Measure Blinds website. He also found his blinds easy to fit.

‘Our new nursery blinds are really good – we’re very pleased with them,’ he said.

And an added extra was soon on the way for the Petersons. They were the winners in the Made To Measure Blinds Christmas draw, so a £50 John Lewis voucher is now theirs to do with as they will.

‘That was a nice little bonus!’ said Paul.

Made to Measure Blackout Blinds

October 21, 2014

Memphis redIf you are a light sleeper and easily awoken by the morning sun, or perhaps work night shifts and sleep during the day, then blackout blinds are a must. If this description is you and you do not already have them put them to the top of your must have list, you will not regret it. They are incredibly effective as the description suggests at creating a dark / night-time effect at any time of the day by blocking out the daylight.

Do not be mistaken they are not for everyone and if on the other hand you enjoy waking up to the light mornings or even rely on the sun rising as a wake-up call, then blackout blinds are not for you.

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With the blinds down it will feel like the middle of the night at any time of the day, making these blinds the perfect solution for daytime sleepers and they are also great for increasing the darkness on those lighter evenings. For this reason they are a popular choice for nursery’s and children’s bedrooms as they can be used to keep a continuous bedtime routine throughout the year. This can prove particularly beneficial during the summer months when the daylight hours are longer. Children tend to associate bedtime with it being dark outside and are therefore not so keen to go to bed when it is still daylight, putting the blinds down will instantly create that night-time effect. Likewise when the sun comes up in the morning the blackout blinds will block the light from entering the room so will not disturb sleep, or they can be pulled up to act as a great wake-up call on a bright and sunny day.

Blackout Roller MemphisDespite what some may think blackout blinds are surprisingly lightweight considering the results they produce and Made to Measure offer them in a wide variety of styles and fabrics to choose from. If you are looking for a bright and funky design how about the Kasuri patterned blind which comes in hot pink or royal blue. Another personal favourite is the Willersley Natural design which is perfect for those neutral tones.

Blackout blinds are most commonly used in bedrooms but they can be used in any room and in fact another point to consider is discolouration caused by sunlight. The sun can cause quite damaging effects over time so if you have a room containing particular items of furniture or flooring that you would like to protect from sunlight discolouration then blackout blinds will do the trick. They could also be considered for a living room to reduce the glare of the sun and create the perfect setting for watching your favourite movie.

Blog post written by Claire Taylor BA Hons – Design Manager