How To Dress Different Doors With Different Blinds

March 22, 2018

When it comes to choosing the best window dressings for the doors in your home, things can be a little daunting. From patio doors to French doors, and even sliding doors, there are different types of blinds for different types of doors. But, you probably want to combine style with functionality, don’t you? And you don’t want to have to replace the window dressings in these high traffic areas every few years, either.

So, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to bring you an array of creative, functional and stylish options for covering your larger doors. While the perfect window dressing will boil down to the type of door, your budget and your personal preferences, this guide should be a great starting point for ideas.

Choosing Blinds for French Doors

French doors are a lovely addition to any home. They are a great feature that offer expansive views and loads of natural light. They work really well as practical home access or even for an appealing look and feel in your formal dining room. So, you need a window dressing that suits both the function and style of your home’s French Doors.

1. French Doors in the Dining Room

Dining room blinds should be practical. They need to keep the room cosy when not in use and reduce glare when diners are in the room. A soft Roman blind offers a sophisticated look and lets you control the temperature and light in your dining room. Thermal lining on the blinds can be added for extra cosiness.

2. French Doors in the Bedroom

In a bedroom, French doors let the glorious morning sun shine in. That’s not so lovely if you’re trying to lie in. So, opt for layering. Wooden blinds can be closed completely at night to keep light from filtering through. Then, you can add a pretty voile curtain to create a softer look in the bedroom and finish off with curtains to really block out light.

3. French Doors in the Kitchen

Kitchens are the hub of any home which makes them high usage areas, complete with sticky fingers and muddy footprints. So, you need a hardwearing and functional window dressing in the kitchen. Verticals are great. They allow light to filter in while also being robust. You can get waterproof and even Teflon coated varieties, which are ideal for kitchens.

Choosing Blinds for Patio Doors

Patio doors are fantastic if you love open plan living. They create the perfect transition between inside and outside and can transform a smaller, darker room into an airy space within an instant. Let’s look at what blinds work best with patio doors.

1. Pleated Blinds

While looking at your garden during the day is relaxing, you want to feel cosy at night. So, go for blinds that make the room feel snug and private. Pleated blinds work well as they usually have a textured finish and are available in an array of designs and colours to suit your décor. During the day, pleated blinds give a room a warm glow, and at night, they envelope the space like a cosy blanket.

2. Roman Blinds

Roman blinds offer beautiful soft fabrics and folds, making them ideal for patio doors in dining rooms and lounges. Again, there’s a wide range of designs on the market, not to mention textures, to complement your current décor. You can layer Roman blinds with curtains for an extra-warm and inviting look and feel.

3. Venetian Blinds

If you’d prefer a more versatile window dressing for your patio doors, consider Venetian blinds. There are loads of finishes and shades to pick from, and a Venetian blind can turn your patio door into a stunning focal point. These blinds come in different slat widths, so you’re sure to find the perfect variety for your size door.

4. Vertical Blinds

These are practical window dressings for patio doors. Vertical blinds help you keep your privacy while also controlling a room’s temperature. These blinds also work well in kitchens and other heavy usage areas as they’re easy to clean and maintain and come in a variety of performance fabrics, such as light reflective, waterproof and even dim-out.

5. Roller Blinds

If you want a stylish and sleek window dressing for your patio door, consider roller blinds. These blinds are hardwearing and highly practical. Roller blinds come in a number of different performance fabrics, such as flame-retardant, moisture-resistant, and even Teflon coated. They’re great for kitchens.

Choosing Blinds for Bifold Doors

Bifold doors are great when you want to fling open your doors and let the summer warmth and light shine through. But, you may also need functional as well as stylish blinds for your bifold doors. Here are a few ideas.

1. Individual Blinds

Bifold doors look beautiful when they have an individual blind on each door. With the number of panes to cover, your blinds will actually become the focal design feature, so it’s important to take your time choosing the colour and design of the blinds. Pleated blinds, for example, work well for bifold doors as the delicate textures and fabrics work well with different styles of doors.

What’s more, when you fit a single blind to each bifold door, you can enjoy the flexibility of adjusting just one blind at a time to reduce glare as the sun moves over throughout the day, keeping your space comfortable throughout the year.

2. Venetian Blinds for Bifold Doors

Venetian blinds add lustre to bifold doors and are practical for day to day use. They come in a wide range of textures and finishes, such as sheer, metallic and pearl. They’re a great option if you want to create an individual look in your space.

3. Roman Blinds for Bifold Doors

If you want a softer look on your bifold doors, try Roman blinds. These blinds come in a variety of beautiful patterns, fabrics and shades with the option to add thermal lining for an ultra-cosy finish. Interlining offers a luxurious look, too. Again, opt for one Roman blind per door for the utmost flexibility.

4. Roller Blinds for Bifold Doors

For dining rooms and kitchens, roller blinds work well for bifold doors as they look good and offer great practicality. These blinds are available in options such as flame-retardant, dim-out, wipeable and moisture-resistant and you can even get blackout fabrics for those heavy use areas.

Choosing Blinds for Sliding Doors

If you have glass sliding doors in your home, there are several options for window dressings that will suit the décor of your interior while offering flexibility, light control and privacy.

1. Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Vertical blinds are, arguably, the number one window dressing option for your sliding glass doors. Vertical blinds are available in a wide range of fabrics and other materials. One particularly popular trend is to make use of vertical cellular blinds to give a home’s rooms softness while also offering light control and serving as an excellent barrier against weather fluctuations that are common around sliding doors.



If you’re not sure about which types of window dressings are the best option for your home’s different doors, contact us at Made to Measure Blinds and we will offer tailored suggestions based on your home’s requirements and in line with your budget, taste and décor.

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.

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Can I fit a Made to Measure Wooden blind to my back door?

December 22, 2014

image bMade To Measure Blinds are so versatile that you can give your creativity full rein when choosing where to fit them.

We often receive enquiries from people who want to fit them in a location other than a window, and we are happy to provide helpful advice and guidance.

There aren’t many situations where you can’t fit a Made To Measure Blind, so when a customer asked about fitting a wooden blind to his back door we were happy to respond promptly with simple-to-follow instructions.

There are four things to consider when measuring, and these images illustrate them perfectly.

* Measure the gap you have behind the handle to the frame (B). This will determine the slat size you can use – 25mm, 35mm or 50mm.

image c• The width will be governed by the handle back plate (C), so measure the edge of the bead to the back plate and add the same the other side to keep the blind central.

Order the exact measurement so we do not make any further deductions in manufacture. You will also receive returns on the wooden cover valance to hide the headrail (see image).

• Allow 5cm above and below the glass bead to attach the brackets at the top, and space for a holdown clip – should you wish to use one to stop the blind moving around.

• If you have clearance on the door when in the open position you won’t need to fix a door stop at the bottom of the door, but in some situations you might have to fit one to avoid crushing the blind when opening the door.

Made To Measure wooden venetian blinds are perfect for enhancing a room’s appearance by adding a contemporary elegance to the décor.

imageWhatever the look and feel of your home, a wood Venetian blind represents an inexpensive idea to complement your existing furnishings.

This type of Made To Measure Blind will also:

  • Help to control room temperature
  • Enable you to set how much light and heat can enter a room, and
  • Protect your furniture and furnishings from fading



Making the choice between vertical blinds and metal or wooden Venetian blinds

February 7, 2014

Our aim is to make buying a blind as simple a process as it can be.

So when we see confusion arising it is our natural instinct to help.

One frequently occurring enquiry concerns the difference between vertical blinds and Venetian blinds.

Vertical blind – In this type of blind vertical slats hang from a horizontally mounted headrail

Venetian blind – A Venetian blind has horizontal metal or wooden slats mounted on a horizontal headrail

So, there is a similarity in that both types of blind offer tilting slats – but there the similarity ends, since one is mounted vertically the other is mounted horizontally.

You might say that the above should be obvious, but we are clarifying the situation because we know from experience that customers ask the question.

In this blog we explain

• How they differ

• What they have to offer

• Which blind will best meet your needs


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Door Blinds Q & A

February 19, 2013

Many of our customers have asked us for advice on choosing a window covering style for their door. Glass panes can seem painful to cover, depending on the width and framing of the windowed entry. With a bit of measuring and some expertise, you can professionally fit your door with a quality blind that not only provides privacy and temperature moderation, but one that looks great too.

We recommend using a roller blind on your door. Cleaning your window glass is made easier by installing a quality roller blind which can be drawn upward and out of the way when it is time for cleaning compared to the venetian blind.

So can you measure and professionally fit a roller blind in your home?

Yes you can its very straightforward, just need a good tape measure and a little consideration given to your handle, as the handle will decide the width of your fabric when you raise and lower the blind it needs to drop down behind the handle see (B) right.
Begin by measuring the distance from the edge of the glass to your handle see (A) above. Let’s say this is 3cm for this example. The fabric needs to look central on the door so measure the same distance on the left hand side of the door 3 cm also. So now we have the fabric width, the door in the picture provided a total fabric width of 62.0 cm see (C) below left.
Now one final thing to allow for, if you look at the brackets see (D) far bottom right you will see that due to the brackets there is fabric loss to allow for them. When we manufacture our Roller blinds we always include the bracket within the total width of the blind provided, the fabric lost due to this procedure is 2.8 cm. So all you need to do is add this amount back to the total fabric width in this example 62.0 + 2.8 = 64.8cm. It will then provide a finished blind width of 64.8cm with the brackets attached and a finished fabric width of 62.0 cm, order the blind as (EXACT) on the website.

Just check that the additional width will not provide any problems with fitting as obviously the blind will be a little wider at the fitting position. Allow 4 cm above the glass for bracket location / fitting and below to provide glass coverage on the length.

We provide full installation guides on the site; all you need is a battery screwdriver or a standard screwdriver. The installation hardware. i.e., screws with your brackets that would be suitable for a door installation as described above are provided. With care it is possible to drive the screws straight into PVC with a battery screwdriver or wood, or pre drill your holes with a 3mm drill bit this will be necessary if the door is metal along with a No 6 self tapping screw if the latter.
Remembering how you measured the door will provide the bracket positions. Unroll a little of the fabric to locate the brackets on each end of the barrel to offer the blind up to the window glass. Remember that the fabric needs to travel behind the handle so position the bracket so it will provide that when operated, just mark through the holes with a pencil to help you line it up.
Two key things to remember keep the blind straight when mounting the brackets and in the correct position to miss the handle, if you do not mount the blind parallel then it will not roll correctly on the barrel this will become apparent if the fabric rolls to one side, if this happens you need to put a level on the blind or check both brackets are on the same plane. Follow all these instructions and the blind will provide many years of service as long as it is used in the correct manner.
One final consideration if your door opens inwards i.e., into the room then pause to check and see how much space you have between the door itself and the hinged wall, the bracket will protrude from the door by 4.8 cm this may restrict the door opening you will have to decide if you feel that is satisfactory or not with the possible reduced opening space. We also recommend fitting a rubber door stop to help protect the blind control unit and the wall.

Have other questions regarding installation of a door blind? Contact our customer service department. We are happy to assist you with getting your bespoke blind fitting well and looking fabulous.