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.

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Why we don’t want you to buy replacement blinds … too soon

March 4, 2016

Constantine Purple

This sparkling new blind from our Constantine Purple range will retain its just-new looks for longer with regular cleaning following our guide.

That might sound like an odd thing for a made to measure blinds supplier to say, but we care about our customers.

And it breaks our heart when we see blinds on the scrapheap when in truth they should still be serving a purpose in the home.

We offer you helpful guides every step of the way — and that includes how to care for your blinds once they are installed.

Our blinds are of good quality and are built to last and we want you to make sure they last.

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Why we love diffused light

March 20, 2015

Pleated blinds sienna ivory (3) - CopyYou love diffused light – probably without realising it – and we’d like to share how Made To Measure Blinds can help you achieve this effect in your home.

Diffused light is the simple act of changing the way light arrives at its destination – in this case the inside of your rooms.

But why do we love diffused light so much? What makes it so pleasing?

Portrait photographers appreciate diffused light because it creates little or no shadow on a person’s face, and this is flattering to most of us, not least because it means we don’t squint or pull a funny face in an attempt to filter out the sharp light.

In the same way, whenever you sit in a lounge or conservatory and the sun is beaming in at a low angle it’s not conducive to relaxation. And if it’s at the wrong angle it makes it hard to see other people in the room properly or to enjoy watching the television.

But rather than shut it out completely and plunge a room into darkness, we can offer a terrific solution – Pleated Made To Measure Blinds.

Take a look at this very short video and see what an effect the pleated blind has on the room.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqR9um2jFsE

It’s not a particularly bright day but you can appreciate the effect of the blind coming down. There is still a decent amount of light coming into the room, but it’s nowhere near as sharp.

This type of blind can be used to great effect in your:

Conservatory – with a high proportion of glass this popular living space will be bathed in full sunlight, so having the option to pull one or two blinds down to regulate the brightness is a boon.

Lounge – if you’re relaxing with the television on you can either prevent the sun from reflecting on the screen or beaming in on to your face. It will also afford some privacy if your room is over-looked by passers-by outside, but at the same time not creating a total blackout.

• Home office or study – diffused lighting makes it much more comfortable to work at a computer screen.

Bedroom – as seen in our video, there’s still plenty of light in the room while still ensuring privacy. And as we often say, blinds and curtains complement each other well, so that you can easily draw the curtains to prevent the early morning sun creating too much of a rude awakening first thing.

For full information see the pleated blinds section of our website.  To place an order use the pleated blinds order page.  If you need help measuring use our easy-to-follow guides here.

And we also have a comprehensive video guide here (8 minutes)

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How a Made To Measure Blind contributes to a warmer winter interior

December 2, 2014

montezuma_light_greyIn these dark winter days we all need to snuggle – and your home can be a haven when it’s gloomy outside, especially with the right made to measure blind to help keep the warm in.

Traditionally, we turn to colours from the warm side of the colour spectrum such as reds and oranges when we want to make a space seem cosy. But this season, thanks to some innovative designs and fabrics, even the shades that we normally regard as ‘cooler’ can be used to line our nest.

One of our favourite fabrics this year has had an amazing reinvention. Harris tweed has always been an outstanding quality product, but now it’s back in better, brighter colours and being used in some truly imaginative ways – view a selection of our range here.

tableandchairsThe Laird dining chairs (£305 each) we’ve picked out look fantastic against the Timothy Oulton Salvage dinner table (£1,295), and give this dining room a gorgeous hunting lodge feeling, while the pale blues and charcoals of the fabric lighten and refresh a traditional look.

footstoolsThe table and chairs are available from Barker and Stonehouse, who also stock the cute and chunky Harris Tweed pumpkin stools from Tetrad (small £239, large £489).
Accessories are particularly important when it comes to making a room cosy, as this bedroom styled by Marks and Spencer shows.

marksandspencer_982011779691355The graphic wallpaper and bedding should be too much for the eye when put together, but they aren’t – the luxurious pile of throws, blankets and pillows in plain but complementary shades make sure of that. It means this busy room can even take a geometric rug that adds an important splash of colour – snug yet cool at the same time.

Throws are fabulous in the winter for the extra comfort your chilled body craves – we also love this delightful faux fur from Jasper Conran at Debenhams, which is £130.

throwAnd you can even have a bit of fun while keeping the cold at bay. We’re delighted by the amusing appliqué cushion by Abigail Ahern/Edition at Debenhams, £40, and Occa-Homes By Nord Polar bed linen, from £23, is a treat for the eye.

occa-home_7744521815274724All these cool shades make a refreshing change in our homes, proving that there’s more than one way to create an effect if you give it some careful thought. Warm colours will always have a treasured place in our homes during this chilly time of year, of course – but blues, greys and icy browns also have a beguiling part to play.

If you’re looking for blinds to complete your cosy, comforting interior, may we suggest a warming pleated blind.

Classic_stripe_dove_greyAnd don’t forget our fabulous December offer – you have a chance to win a £50 John Lewis voucher simply by placing an order with us.

• Why a pleated Made To Measure Blind will help keep you warm in the winter – find out more

• Win a £50 John Lewis Voucher when you place an order in December – find out more here and start shopping!

How a Made To Measure Blind can bring texture into your scheme

September 29, 2014

RollerMention interior design and most people immediately think of colour and style of furnishings. At Made To Measure Blinds another key element springs to mind – texture.

It could be because we have such a fabulous range of textured blinds to share with customers, but looking at the wider picture, we love to inspire the imagination while also acknowledging the practical aspects of design. Texture – often overlooked – can play a crucial role in the feel of a room, whatever its size.

Texture can change the entire character of a living space, either by making a striking impact or by providing a subtle contrast to smooth, minimalist lines. Here’s how …

Vertical Salsa monochromeVISUAL IMPACT

The visual impact of a room is instant, so once the eye has appreciated how the room looks – its first impression, if you like – texture can take things a little deeper, either by providing a second layer of visual interest or by providing a tactile element.

LIGHT

Is the room naturally light? This might influence your choice of flooring, because a carpet won’t reflect as much light as a wooden floor. In the same way a smooth, shiny Venetian blind will give a very different feel to a textured vertical blind or a pleated blind.

kellyhoppen_7244281882318014COSINESS

Think about how the room is going to be used. You will be aiming for a totally different feel to a kitchen, study or family games room when compared with a lounge or room being used for entertaining or as your home cinema, for instance. Rooms where you’re aiming for cosiness will have more texture than those where you’re aiming for clean lines with a functional, efficient feeling to them. That’s not to say that textures are out of place in a kitchen or bathroom, but it is essential to plan carefully.

So how can we achieve those aims and what elements of a room are suitable for textures?


WALLS

Wallpaper and paint can both be textured, softening the surface or adding flair, depending on how flamboyant you want to be. You could also add wooden panelling to a feature wall to add character.

FLOORS

Flooring is a crucial element in any home, because by its nature everyone comes into contact with the floor, whereas hardly anyone touches a wall. Carpets provide a sumptuous feel but can appear tatty when not cared for properly, while wooden flooring is durable and smart, retaining its good looks for years.

TILES

Tiles are applied to walls and floors, so choice of finish is crucial. Matt or shiny, dark or light, whatever your choice a textured blind will complement the look perfectly.

nakeninteriors_718425275741059FURNITURE

You can be at your most creative when choosing furniture, with so many materials available. Leather, wood, chrome and glass all combine in various ways to set the tone for a room, whether you’re aiming for elegance for traditional dining or stylish functionality in a kitchen-diner. Again, your choice of blind can provide the perfect finishing touch.

 

When it comes to texture the Made To Measure Blinds Vertical Blinds and Pleated Blinds ranges offer terrific options, as you can see in these images.

We hope our suggestions inspire you in your room makeovers.

 

Made To measure Blinds Vertical Blind specifications

• Mounted on a powder coated aluminium white or brown headrail.

• Quality louvers with white hangers, weights, control cord and chains.

• Metal Brackets with fixings, provide top, and face fix options.

• Draw cord weight.

• Child safety device, installation mandatory.

• Multiple control options at order stage.

• Min width 25cm max width 350cm.

 

pleatedMade To Measure Blinds Pleated Blinds – view our full range here

Explore our the beautiful textures of our fabrics with shades of blue, grey, white, cream, beige, peach and terracotta.

Our regular fabrics are made of 100 per cent Polyester and offer glare reduction with a sun protection (SRC) factor of (8) of 9.

The reflectance rate of heat and sunlight through our pleated blinds is 59 per cent with an absorption rate of 31 per cent heat held in the fabric.

The structure of the blinds helps to filter sunlight and protect your furnishings from sun damage while helping you save on heating and cooling energy costs for your home.

 

 

dotcomgiftshop_66139954103135• The beautiful taupe bedspread (above) colouring enhances the cross-stitch design and pattern of the velvet bedspread. The rich, exquisite velvet material can be used to add a touch of decadence to any bed. Your bedroom should be designed to please the senses and this bedspread with its gorgeous combination of taupe and velvet will do just that.  From www.kellyhoppen.com, £260

• Wonderful contrast of wood and glass in furniture in the Normann Copenhagen Ding Table (above) is from www.naken.co.uk/manufacturer, £325

• This textured Gingham Retro Lampshade (right) is from www.dotcomgiftshop.com, £29.95

Why so many homes in Britain have a conservatory and how to choose the right blind for one

April 28, 2014

bali goldHuge numbers of homeowners are adding conservatories as a means of expanding their living space.

It’s reported that 200,000 apply for home extensions and conservatory planning permission every year, and that doesn’t take into account the conservatories added to properties without the need for planning permission.

But what are the advantages and why would you go to such expense?

Some main considerations include:

  • Add to your property’s value – the cost of adding a conservatory will be reflected in the selling price should you decide to move, giving you an edge over similar properties on sale at the same time as yours.
  • Provide additional space for entertaining – either create an extra reception room or use as a dining room to free up an existing dining area for other purposes. Dining in a conservatory offers a fabulous atmosphere and by opening wide your fashionable folding doors you can enjoy bringing the outside in, making the most of your garden without actually being outside.
  • Use the conservatory as a main lounge or reading room – this leaves the current lounge free for use as a home cinema or other entertainment space. Or if your conservatory serves as a complementary sitting room it provides the perfect place for reading or quiet hobbies. Related equipment can be discreetly stored.
  • Use as a home office – a custom-built space for work or study is much better suited for this purpose rather than using the corner of another room already designated for other purposes. Not only can you escape the distractions of the house but you will be working in a light, airy room which is permanently equipped for the purpose. Productivity will sky rocket.

Blinds play a crucial role in providing a fabulous finish to the look of the conservatory – as well as offering shade, privacy and helping to keep the temperature just right.

Our recommendation is that vertical blinds are a good choice.

They offer the most versatility, but they are closely followed by roller blinds and venetian blinds.

If you’re keen to retain heat in winter months pleated blinds – with aluminium backing – will help to control the temperature.

 

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Exploring a New Style for Your Home With Pleated Blinds

December 14, 2012

The winter season is a fantastic time to take a look at your window coverings and consider updating and replacing them.  Some of us are definitely guilty of keeping window coverings beyond their useful life or adding them to the list of “things to do” later.  But if you have been walking around your home and feeling like it needs a bit of a décor do-over, one of the best places to start is by changing your window coverings. It is a fast and very economical way to add colour, texture and new style to your favourite room.

Venetian blinds are by far the most popular window covering choice.  But if you are looking to make a change you can discover a variety of window blind styles that you may not have considered before.  Out with the old and in with the new!   You can really shake up your décor and make it interesting simply by changing the style of your window blind.

We want to introduce you to a window blind model that is starting to become very popular in the UK, the pleated blind.

The unique pleated blind has a number of advantages that make it an excellent choice for homes or flats. These blinds are incredibly unique and beautiful when installed and they are a growing choice for south facing rooms or conservatories.

Most of the fabrics used to create pleated blinds contain an aluminum reflective coating which hinders fading due to UV damage, and also repels UV rays from entering the room and damaging floor surfaces or furnishings.   This same engineered aluminum coating does an excellent job of blocking cold transference from the window glass while keeping the warmth inside.    An added benefit to installing a pleated blind is that can help you shave pounds off your home energy bill.

Here are just a few of the fabrics you can choose for the pleated blind.   The fabric choices are available in lined options or semi-transparent.  Click here to learn more about our pleated blinds and contact us if you would like to discuss the suitability of a pleated blind for your décor project.

Ivory Pleated Blinds

June 16, 2012

 

There’s no denying that function is the primary consideration when choosing blinds. You’ll want blinds that are suitable for your specific application, whether it’s conservatory windows, French doors or the window over your kitchen sink. You may also need to think about views, privacy, energy conservation or room darkening. Naturally, you’ll want to make certain that the products that you purchase meet your high standards of excellence as well, with blinds that are well-constructed, built with quality materials and guaranteed to operate as advertised.At Made to Measure Blinds UK, we’ve taken all these practical aspects of blinds into consideration for you, leaving you free to focus on style. You may want to begin your style choices by thinking about the amount of natural light that you want in your space. If you want to bathe the room in soft, glowing ambience, ivory pleated blinds may be the ideal choice. Blinds in pale but warm colours like cream, beige or ivory add an inviting atmosphere to interiors.

You’ll find a broad array of ivory pleated blinds at Made to Measure Blinds UK, ensuring that you’ll find just the right creamy hue for every room in your home. Our pleated blinds are available in either polyester, for maximum durability, or jacquard, for maximum style. At Made to Measure Blinds UK, you have the option to choose pleated blinds with a sun-protective finish as well, when you want blinds that allow light in whilst keeping summer heat out.

Made to Measure Blinds UK’s collection of pleated blinds offer a crisp, tailored look to windows, with a style that suits both contemporary and traditional furnishings. They draw up neatly into a compact stack. With our 12-month guarantee, you can select pleated blinds with confidence, knowing that your windows will look stylish day and night.

Yellow Pleated Blinds

May 30, 2012

 

We wait all year long for summer, for those lazy days and long hours of daylight, but sometimes it’s hard not to wish for the sunny glow of sunshine all the year round. At Made to Measure Blinds UK, our yellow pleated blinds make it easy to bring the sunny warmth of summer indoors. Light filtering though yellow blinds washes rooms with golden light and adds an uplifting, cheerful ambience to indoor living spaces.Imagine your conservatory bathed with golden light and also helps the space stay comfortably temperate. Choose yellow pleated blinds with a sun-protective finish to allow the light to enter your home whilst blocking out oppressive heat. On cold days, that same thin coating will help your home retain heat as well. With our extensive collection of yellow pleated blinds, you can enjoy abundant natural light without sacrificing privacy too. That aspect can add a layer of security to your home as well.

Made to Measure Blinds UK is pleased to offer a broad range of yellow pleated blinds, with hues that range from sunny yellows to golden mustard. We’re pleased to offer fabric choices as well. Polyester pleated blinds are an attractive and practical choice, particularly when moisture is a concern. Jacquard pleated blinds feature intricately woven fibres for a lush, rich look. All of our pleated blinds are crafted with care, presenting a crisp, tailored look that adds polished style to your home’s interiors, and whenever you want to draw the blinds open to enjoy the view, they fold up into a tidy, neat stack.

With Made to Measure Blind UK yellow pleated blinds, you can enjoy the sunny ambience of summer all year long, and with our 12-month guarantee, you can be confident that your blinds will continue to look beautiful and function properly for many seasons to come.

Cream Pleated Blinds Made to Measure

May 17, 2012

Have you ever wondered why photographs of rooms in decorating magazines always look so polished and appealing? The answer is simple: light. Professional photographers understand the importance of balanced lighting when it comes to taking pictures of rooms. Lighting is a powerful component of effective interior design. The right lighting can turn an ordinary room into something extraordinary. It’s what makes selecting the right window coverings for our rooms so important. In interior design, light may come from a variety of sources, but no source so impacts the mood and atmosphere of a space like natural light.

All of the blinds offered by Made to Measure Blinds UK present unique opportunities to style a room with light. Our collection of cream pleated blinds are ideal when you want to imbue an interior with a soft glow of natural light. They’re particularly effecting for south- and west-facing windows, where sunlight can bathe rooms with light for much of the day.

Many of the pleated blinds offered by Made to Measure Blinds UK are available with specialised sun-reflective coatings that help block the heat of the sun in the summer and retain indoor heat in the winter. These SRC coatings help block harmful ultraviolet rays as well, protecting your furnishings from fading and deterioration. When you want to open the blinds to open up the views, our pleated blinds fold neatly into a small discreet stack.

Cream pleated blinds are perfect for conservatories, filling the space with a soft, warm glow. They add a neat, crisp texture to the décor as well, adding visual interest and complexity to the room’s overall design. Available in a variety of rich, creamy shades and a range of fabrics, you’re certain to find just the right blinds to suit your design needs. Made to Measure Blinds UK’s 12-month guarantee ensures that our blinds are the cream of the crop.