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Roman Blinds

22nd August 2019

Every blind has its advantages, some more than others. Our Roman blinds are the most time intensive when it comes to production. Each one is hand stitched by the lovely and talented Mary.

It is a premium product so is at the more expensive end of the price scale. So why choose a Roman?

For the interior designer in you. With Romans you can source matching materials for the blind and soft furnishings for the room. Because of the wide variety of materials available you can really use the blind as added decoration as well as it fulfils its function. And when it comes to function Romans are ideal for keeping out the light. They are more effective than both verticals and rollers. Because of the way they are designed and made there is less light leakage from the sides and top.

I asked Stephen and Mary what they liked about Romans over other blinds. Both were in agreement that unlike verticals and rollers, Romans had the ability to soften the window and bring a sense of warmth to the room.

How do I measure for a blind, and what is a recess?

15th August 2019

You want a blind but only need one. And you do not have time for a measure up appointment.

Arm yourself with a metal measuring tape. Cotton, elastic, rubber bands and string are not ideal measuring tools.

Then decide whether you want the blind to hang in the recess or on the outside of the recess. What is a recess? This refers to the hole in the wall that the window sits in. If you have a window sill then you have a recess. If there is no sill you do not have a recess and would instead need to measure the window frame instead.

Let us assume you have a recess how do you actually measure it?

Start by measuring the width of the recess. You need to measure in three places, top, middle and bottom. Hold the measuring tape clasp flush against the wall, pull the tape across to the other side of the wall. Take an accurate reading, to the nearest millimetre. Once you have your three measurements use the narrowest of the three as your width measurement. Repeat this for the length, otherwise known as the drop. Hold the clasp flush to the top recess wall, pull the tap down and measure where the tape meets the window sill. Taking three measurements and using the shortest as your length measurement.

Most blind companies are happy to take measurements in either Imperial or Metric style. If you prefer using inches leave the converting to the professional. The most mistakes we come across are when people convert from imperial to metric and forget the extra zero. 100mm as opposed to 1000mm, such an easy mistake to make but one we constantly come across.

When you have your two measurements and have picked a material you are ready to order.

Please refer to our measuring guide for more info.

Why Motorise

7th August 2019

Automated interior blind systems are becoming increasingly popular in the domestic and commercial market due to them becoming more affordable. In the past the motors had to be hard-wired, causing a significant amount of electrical and cosmetic work to be done on installation. With the emergence of battery-operated systems this cut back on some of the added costs. But the batteries were not cheap, and still outside the average person's budget for window dressings.

In recent years changes in child safety standards really focused attention on blind operating systems and how to improve them. When trying to make blinds safe, using a motor rather than cord and chain is a no brainer. There are also solar charging battery motors, these save you having to remove the battery for charging. But child safety is not the only benefit, this technology really helps those with limited mobility. You can control each window with a remote controller or can control all the windows in your house by linking them into your home hub system. Meaning you can pre programme times for the window systems to open and close.

For some this may still be a luxury, but for those who really need the help it can be life changing.

HEATWAVE

25th July 2019

With temperatures set to soar this week I wanted to know what products we supply to keep homes cool. Luckily we have our own in house smart solar shading advisor - Richard Tomalin. My question to Rich was "of all the products we supply what is the best for this weather" His answer "The best on the market would be Thermal Blinds. These keep cold out in winter, and then in summer they keep the rooms cool. By harvesting the light through correct use of solar shading it helps to naturally light spaces, reducing the cost of artificial lighting and overall energy consumption". So there you have it. If you want to keep cool and reduce energy cost get yourself some Thermal Blinds.

Grey is the colour

19th July 2019

Vertical blinds are a traditional favourite of customers, due to both their flexibility and functionality. Customers are getting creative with verticals by pairing different styles and textures of vanes. Contemporary styles can be created by combining textured or printed designs with plain vanes. We at blind corner have definitely noticed a trend to get more daring, moving away from traditional colours and patterns. Monochrome tones juxtaposed against colourful tones. The increase in the amount of grey slats we now produce has gone up from one customer per week, to being the vast majority of enquiries. To keep up with the trend we have sourced a large range of greys and colours to suit all needs. Feel free to stop in at the show room, or order samples to be sent to your home.

what sort of blinds are there?

19th July 2019

So the most often asked question here at blind corner from our customers is 'what sort of blinds are there', which makes sense if you do not work in the industry. Before I worked here I probably knew about the existence of two types of blinds, verticals and rollers. To be honest it wasn't a subject I really gave much thought to. Since working here my mind has been blown, there are literally loads of options. Lets look at rollers you have the option of, Plain bottom or scalloped, Perfect fit, Skylight, Solar skylight, Motorised, Cassette, Vision, Day and Night, Blackout system and double fabric. And that's just what I remember, I have probably missed a few. So how do you know what is best for your needs, well that's where our fitters Steve and Richard come in very handy. Together they have over 50years worth experience in the industry. They are here to help you in making practical decisions. They are not salesmen, they will advise you on advantages and disadvantages of using the various different systems. The more you know about your needs the better they can help. Ordering things on line is great but nothing beats the ability to get some sound feedback from professionals. So if you are in need of help get in touch.