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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The Whimsy of Woven Wood Blinds

January 17, 2013

Forget everything that you thought you knew about the woven wood blind.   They have been around since the 1960s and resurged in popularity again in the 1970s.    Since then the more contemporary look of aluminum, venetian and vertical blinds have dominated in consumer sales but more recently, people are rediscovering the warmth and whimsy of woven wood blinds.

In a formal neutral environment, woven wood blinds offer a much needed textural element to your décor.  In order to have a balanced effect in the room, professionals recommend adding two or more accessories that accentuate the room while adding a texture that is pronounced.

When choosing woven wood blinds, consider your décor scheme and areas of architectural relevance in your space.   If the windows are to be an architectural focal point then a dramatic darker colour of woven wood blind will draw eyes to the window frame.    If however there are other important focal points such as a fireplace or prominent furnishings, you can still take advantage of using a woven wood blind to add texture.  Simply pick a finish that blends gently with your window frame or surrounding wall colour rather than a contrasting finish.

Our clients have used woven wood blinds in kitchens, bathrooms and living room areas.  They are also popular for formal dining rooms and can be accentuated with natural fabrics to create a layered effect.  Woven wood blinds do not completely black out external light, but they do an excellent job of filtering about 70% of the light while enhancing the room with a natural organic warmth.

For advice on measuring your window frame for a woven wood blind, visit our resource page for more information. Don’t forget to order your free samples before you begin, so that you can evaluate your choices at home before ordering. Our customer service team is available to assist you, so please contact us should you have any questions about choosing a woven wood blind for your home.

Door Blind Design Tips

August 2, 2012

Windowed entrance ways are beautiful.  Wood frame doors with glass panes are unique and add a special element of inviting sentiment and design interest to your home, breaking away from the box standard full wood or metal doors.  Since the entrance of a home is located in an enclosed hall it can be dark, and windowed doors offer a great solution, opening the space up to warm natural sunlight.  Windowed doors are definitely a popular choice for patio or side entrances.

But when the sun goes down the need for privacy occurs for all windows.   Our well lit homes can become a gallery of observation once the darkness arrives and quite frankly, most of us are not comfortable with having others spectate the activities within our own homes.  And while none of us enjoys thinking of it, we do know that for safety reasons it is really best to close blinds and drapes at night.

The most popular solution historically was to cover the windowed doorway with a drapery.  Something light was generally selected so that light could permeate through the fabric.  But a semi-transparent curtain fabric will do very little to filter heat, light or provide the privacy you may want for that space.  So if you have an outdated semi-transparent drapery mounted on your windowed door, we’d like to offer you some ideas to affordably update both the appearance the functionality of your window covering.

Door Blinds Made to Measure Blinds UK

Venetian Blinds

Did you know venetian blinds perform perfectly when installed on a windowed door? Given the mounting requirements most individuals do not think of venetian blinds first. However venetians are idea for a windowed door as you can adjust the angle of the slats to moderate the amount of light you allow into the room. Consequently venetian blinds can be pulled up and out of the way for window cleaning.

Roller Blinds

The use of roller blinds over windowed doors is returning to popularity once more and is somewhat of a throwback to vintage 1950 era style. Recently a product reviewer named Debra Hall installed a gorgeous roller blind on a door in her home. The beautiful results and her written review of the product and her experience with Made to Measure Blinds UK can be found on her site here.

Woven Wood Blinds

If your doorway is an alternate exit that leads to a patio, you may consider a more casual window blind. Woven wood blinds are produced from natural wood fibers and offer a hint of “bringing the outdoors in” when used on an entrance way that leads to your patio or outdoor space.  From a design perspective it ties together the feeling of the outdoors beautifully framing your access to the garden. It is a playful application of the woven wood blind and blends well with virtually any décor, adding depth and texture to the space.

If installing Venetian or roller blinds on a windowed door, create a finished trim box around the top of the venetian blind for a formal effect. This will hide the hardware and give the installation a polished professional look. Remember to leave at least ten centimeters on either side of your box for hardware mechanisms to move or for adjustments.

Woven Wooden Blinds

June 21, 2012

When homeowners want to cover their windows with blinds that are easy to install and maintain, they often choose woven wooden blinds. These items provide light control, block out heat and cold, and add appeal to any room in a house. Moreover, they are easy to maintain. For that reason, when people remodel their homes, they often choose these blinds as a way to add convenience and style to their residences.

Once people purchase their blinds, they can choose to install these accessories by themselves. In fact, installation is quite simple. The blinds hang by steel headrails that can be inserted into brackets. A person must first decide if the blind will hang on the inside or outside of the window’s frame. Once the position is chosen, the brackets can be screwed into the wall until they are secure. The headrail and blind may then be hung over the window.

Woven wooden blinds also come in a variety of colours. When people want to lighten their rooms, they may choose woods in light colours like balsam, beech, briarwood, or pine. On the other hand, if a person wants the room to appear darker, colours such as teak, redwood, oak, walnut, and chesnut accomplish this task. Darker colours make rooms appear to be cozier and more intimate, while lighter colours are utilized to make a room appear airier and more spacious.

Unlike fabric blinds, woven wooden blinds can be maintained with relative ease. Like any blind, a woven wooden blind will accumulate dust over time. However, fabric blinds require that people take them down and wash them in a sink or tub. Wood blinds do not require such effort; rather, people can use feather dusters, vacuum cleaner hoses, or even a damp cloth to remove such debris. Dusting these accessories on a weekly basis helps them keep their shine and beautiful appearances. As such, homeowners appreciate these coverings for how easy they are to maintain.

Because they are durable, these coverings can be used in any room of the home. Some families fear that pets or small children will tear fabric blinds while they are running about the house. However, if a child or a pet runs into a wooden blind, homeowners do not have to fear its being torn. It can withstand a variety of activities and last for many years. Thus, people view these blinds as a good investment.