Check out these fabulous patterned made to measure blinds

January 17, 2017

Checks are in. In fact, they are so ‘in’ that they are very rarely ‘out’. Of fashion, that is.

Interior designers love check patterns because they bring life to rooms where current trends dictate that the minimal look holds sway.

Checks bring style and elegance to a plain canvas, and there are so many opportunities to incorporate them – not least with a made to measure blind.

When people think of checkered patterns there are those who instantly think of gingham table clothes or delicate pinafores, but creative designers have broadened the use of checks to include every imaginable item. Continue reading Check out these fabulous patterned made to measure blinds

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:

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

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

Spoilt for choice when it comes to the the great outdoors

April 26, 2016

As soon as the sun started shining this spring (through the snow showers, of course) the Great Outdoors re-entered our lives.

houseofbath_110142155040856smallLike daffodils tentatively unfurling a bloom, we ventured back out in the garden, sweeping patios and throwing wide our bi-fold doors to the elements.

And now the snow flurries have finally ceased, it’s time to take stock of our outdoor situation and add extra living space to our homes. Hurrah!

The sun room or conservatory is a year-round pleasure, but at this time of year they beckon ever more powerfully, and you’ll have already been making the most of the sunshine and thinking about new blinds or shutters in anticipation of a long, hot summer. Continue reading Spoilt for choice when it comes to the the great outdoors

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.

Continue reading Don’t be a bodger

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.

Continue reading How to make it a sweet 16 for your home

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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Scandinavian elegance with an edge – and a Made To Measure Blind!

April 12, 2015

Northern LightsIt’s been pretty tough over the past few years to tear ourselves away from Scandinavian dramas​. Those romantic, melancholy vistas, those sweaters… delightful!

And of course, that cool, sophisticated elegance has worked its way gradually into our homes. Who can resist it? We love the simple, clean lines, and the cool Northern colours – it’s a recipe for creating a tranquil space to unwind and relax.

It’s all so cool, calm – and just a bit crocheted – so how can you achieve the Scandinavian look without being too clinical?

bhs_8244881517017402It’s an easy look to achieve, as long as you concentrate on some key elements. Sleek, statement furnishings that attract the eye are a must – look for a sculptural element to legs and arms.

Materials from nature are also crucial – blond wood, pebble finishes and natural fabrics work well in this kind of space. And keep accessories pared-back and minimal, because this truly is a look that demands a total absence of clutter.

amara_10005571529654305Start with a key piece of furniture such as the Savalen accent chair (Barker and Stonehouse) in the picture. It’s wonderfully eye-catching because of its striking patterned fabric – Scandi doesn’t always mean plain – but look at those lovely shapely arms.

The chair sits perfectly against the plush yet simple corner chaise and the vaguely retro chic of the coffee table. Amara’s Pols Potten Skippy set of three tables also has a mid-century sort of elegance that would fit in well here.

Persimmon Mocha

Persimmon Mocha

To complement the furnishings we’ve chosen a few of our favourites to show off.  The Lorenza Silver Roman Blinds are always very popular (view the full range here) and we also love the Fagel Charcoal Roman Blinds (view the full range here). Looking for a complimentary Vertical Blind range? Then this Persimmon Mocha scheme is just for you (view the full range here).

Lorenza Silver

Lorenza Silver

Geometric patterns such as the fabric on the Savalen are a key to giving this look the edge it requires to be truly contemporary. Keep the colour palette cool, with plenty of blues and greys, and you can get away comfortably with mixing and matching strong patterns on walls, floors and furnishings.

Not too much, though – walls should mostly be plain in order to show off all those stylish furnishings to best effect.

With all those cool colours around, you need to take some slight measures to prevent the room looking cold, and natural woods are a great solution with their warm tones.

We absolutely adore the wooden apothecary chest from Bhs with its host of gorgeous little drawers – it really elevates storage to a statement.

Fagel Charcoal

Fagel Charcoal

You can kitsch it up a little too with some folksy accompaniments such as the crocheted cushion – also from Bhs – or a throw; it’s well within the Scandinavian tradition of hand-crafted accessories and would add a touch of pleasant playfulness to the room.

Texture is also important, and rough rugs over smooth floors provide an important element. Look out for opportunities to add subtle lustre, too, in the shape of glass vases and bottles, and in lamp bases such as the Lolanthe (Barker and Stonehouse). It helps to reflect the light round your room and make the most of those calming shades.

bhs_824488450175342This British take on Scandinavian style is a classic look that won’t date, so you can afford to spend some time getting it completely set up – then relax in the knowledge that it’s going to remain ever-elegant.

The sweater, of course, is entirely up to you.

If you need help measuring use our easy-to-follow guides here >>

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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



How to fit Made To Measure Blinds in a challenging setting

April 21, 2014

Blogimage2Our Made To Measure Blinds offer such great flexibility that they often work well in a potentially challenging setting.

One challenge people often face concerns tilt and turn windows.

To get the full benefit of such a window customers still want to be able to open the window in the way it was intended – obviously.

After all, what’s the point of having a window that offers such great flexibility if it is stuck behind a blind which restricts its opening?

It might not seem immediately obvious how to achieve this.

But here’s the answer:

  • Choose a Venetian Blind
  • Fit the blind to the part of the window frame that opens – not the static frame
  • Add a bracket at the bottom to prevent the blind flopping forward if the top edge of the window is tilted outwards.

When measuring up – before ordering your Made To Measure Blind – it’s important that you measure the width to the edge of the window’s handle.

Also, at the bottom add 3cm to the drop past where the glass ends, so you can fit the hold-down brackets at the bottom, thereby allowing you to tilt the window as we’ve described, without the blind falling forward.

We have suggested a Venetian blind as your best option, but it is possible to fit a Roller blind. In this scenario you might find that the blind will prevent the window from opening fully, since the bracket will protrude approximately 4cm.

So before you look at your tilt and turn window and dismiss the possibility of fitting a blind it’s always worth contacting us first.

Our wealth of experience when it comes to supplying and fitting blinds means that most people come back to us time after time – especially when they appreciate what lengths we go to in order to help them select and then fit the blind that best meets their needs.