Here’s how to deal with tricky-to-fit blinds

July 20, 2016

tools-932759_1920When you have a difficult DIY job on your hands you can either come up with your own solution and learn from your expensive and time-consuming mistakes – or you can turn to an expert.

We know that not every blind-fitting is straightforward, and that’s why we take so much care in helping our customers at the measuring and buying stage.

It’s so that when they do come to fit their Made To Measure Blinds, the job goes as smoothly as possible.

Our pledge to you is that whatever challenge you present us with:

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Making the most of your outdoor assets

June 17, 2016

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It’s been exciting seeing some sunshine over the past couple of months, and it’s made us think about our outdoor living space.

In recent years our outdoor space – however small – has been transformed into a genuine extension of our living area, perfect for eating, relaxing and playing.

If you’re lucky enough to have a good-sized garden, you’re in the perfect situation, but even with a tiny outside courtyard or terrace you can still create a welcoming place with a little planning, the accessories and some colourful plants. Continue reading Making the most of your outdoor assets

Why we assume nothing about fitting your Made to Measure Blind

June 8, 2016

confused-880735_1920We take a great deal of care with your Made To Measure Blind, not just after you’ve placed your order, but even before you get that far.

We know you have pride in your home so we understand how important it is to have everything just right.

For that reason we provide a comprehensive guide to selecting the right type of blind for your needs, we offer a huge choice when it comes to style and colours, and we pledge to come in at an extremely competitive price.

For some businesses the moment an order leaves the door, that’s it. Job done.

But we know there is one key task still to be undertaken. Continue reading Why we assume nothing about fitting your Made to Measure Blind

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

Time to put on your rose-tinted spectacles…

March 30, 2016

We’re charmed by Pantone’s colours of the year for 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity are a pretty pairing that will take us into Spring with a smile.

If you said they were just pink and blue, you’d of course be right. But Pantone, the company that’s the world authority on all things colourful, says they’re a whole lot more than that.

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Pantone says: ‘As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to the stress of modern day lives, welcoming colours that psychologically fulfill the yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent.

‘Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Continue reading Time to put on your rose-tinted spectacles…

Don’t be a bodger

February 12, 2016

HomerEver messed up a job and had to make do and mend, hoping that no-one will spot your workaround?

There’s a horrible moment — usually a split-second after you have made a definitive cut that cannot be undone — when you think: ‘Ah … I shouldn’t have done it like that.’

Most of those moments can be avoided with some forethought, so here’s our four-point plan for hanging blinds correctly at the first go of asking.

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How to make it a sweet 16 for your home

December 29, 2015

houseoffraser_63782104873065It’s that time again when we’re taking a deep breath and vowing that 2016 will be the year that — for once — we get fit, lose a few pounds and start being nicer people.

Great! But everyone knows new year resolutions are tricky to keep — so here are a four suggestions for your home that might be easier to stick to — and that will make your home a more stylish and enjoyable space into the bargain.

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How to be a stress-free host

November 17, 2015

We’re approaching the time of year when we make the most of our homes — guests are expected through the Advent period leading up to and during Christmas, and we’re all thinking hard about how to make sure it’s a special time.

Believe it or not, it’s not hard to spruce up your home for the festive season without getting stressed out — after all, everyone deserves to enjoy Christmas, especially you!

But now is the time to be planning and acting, because the sooner you act the sooner you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Here are the key areas to focus on Continue reading How to be a stress-free host

Your Made To Measure Blinds are just that – made to measure




June 18, 2015

Constantine_purpleWithout wishing to be labelled as experts in the obvious, did you know that our made to measure blinds come ready to fit, with all fixings – and that they are the perfect size for where you’re going to hang them?

We ask this because some customers have been surprised at the level of service we provide.

They are used to compromising choice in a bid to save money, and then discovering that in making savings they either end up practically making the blind themselves or regretting the choice when the finished product, once in place, looks sub-standard.

We manage to combine excellent value for money with superb standards – and you only need to look at our customer reviews to see how pleased people are that they choose Made To Measure Blinds.

On the highly regarded TrustPilot consumer review site, Anthony Pryce, a confirmed and validated buyer, says: ‘Great product, delivery and instructions. Perfect size and colour – as ordered – and easy to fit.

‘Blinds were up and working in quick time.’

Boogie_orangeAnd here’s the crucial, telling phrase that is music to our ears – and yours, too, hopefully. Mr Pryce concludes his review by saying: ‘Never again will I attempt to cut an oversized blind when I can have made to measure at a great price. Top notch.’

Another confirmed buyer, Mike Aspery, left this review, which praised our pre-sales service and website. Mr Aspery said: ‘Superb blinds. Very easy website made ordering simple, no complications. Prompt and efficient service, quick delivery, excellent quality and they look wonderful. I have already recommended you to a friend.’

And it’s not just people on mainland U.K. who leave comments. This is from Ric Gale on the Channel Islands. ‘The service was reliable and quick. This is the third time I have used Made To Measure Blinds and I have recommended family and friends because the product, quality and value for money is so reliable.

‘Also, the shipment to the Channel Islands is quick – and an email secures the VAT back. Just great.’

If you’d like to check our independently verified reviews – and there are plenty of them – please just click here to take a look! 

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Our love for tea is stronger than ever – and a Made To Measure blind can complete that tea-room feel for your kitchen!

April 18, 2015

Tea for two  - Design RepeatThe thoroughly British habit of ‘taking tea’ is alive and well.

It’s hard to go about your daily business without seeing a blackboard pointing to the neighbourhood tea-room and it’s even more of a challenge to arrive at someone’s house and evade the offer of a welcoming cuppa.

In the UK we drink 165 million cups of tea every day and about 70 million cups of coffee.

A whole sub-industry thrives around the tea business, with teapots, cups and mugs, milk jugs, sugar bowls, infusers, strainers, tea cosies and tea towels – and that’s before we get into the realm of the serious collectors with their eyes peeled for unusual teasets.

With the tea-room so popular, it’s no surprise that people are turning to café chic as their inspiration for kitchens, so with this in mind we have some roller blinds designed to fit in well with this type of décor.

The range is called Tea For Two, and we feature a few of them here.

For a more comprehensive look at what’s available see our Made To Measure rollerblinds page – https://www.madetomeasureblinds-uk.com/rollerblinds.html?section=patterned-roller-blinds&product=tea-for-two-rooibos#product_step_3

Top ten tea facts

  • Product placement – until 2011 Taylor’s of Harrogate supplied their Yorkshire Tea brand free to branches of the Women’s Institute.
  • Top traders – Tetley leads the UK market with a 27 per cent share, followed by PG Tips with about 24 per cent share.
  • Popular tea – English breakfast tea is a traditional blend of teas originating from Assam, Ceylon and Kenya. It is one of the most popular blended teas and the most common form of tea in British tea culture.
  • Tea instructions – A Nice Cup Of Tea is an essay by George Orwell, first published in the London Evening Standard in 1946. It is a serious discussion about the craft of making a cup of tea, including this: ‘Here are my own eleven rules, every one of which I regard as golden.’
  • The Teasmade – On 17 December 1891, Samuel Rowbottom, of 82 Abbey Road, Derby, applied for a patent for his Automatic Tea Making Apparatus, the patent being granted in 1892. It used a clockwork alarm clock, a gas ring and pilot light. But the name Teasmade only came into existence when an electric teamaker was patented by William Hermann Brenner Thornton in association with Goblin in 1933. Goblin’s next model, also invented by Thornton, was patented in 1934 and was manufactured from 1936. This was the first teamaker sold under the name Teasmade.
  • Well-being – The name Typhoo comes from the Chinese word for ‘doctor’ – and one of the brand’s famous catchphrases was ‘You only get an “oo” with Typhoo.’
  • Collectables – Many loose tea packets contained collectors’ cards on various themes, from the 1940s to 1980s.
  • To dunk or not to dunk – McVitie’s biscuits are said to be the most popular biscuits in the UK to ‘dunk’ in tea, with their chocolate digestives, Rich tea and Hobnobs ranked the nation’s top three favourites.
  • TV stars – the chimpanzees used in the PG Tips TV ads were from Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. When animal rights campaigners forced the chimps off the screen sales dropped and they were reinstated 18 months later.
  • What’s in a name – the Earl Grey blend of tea is assumed to be named after The 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1832. Lord Grey reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil.