John Lewis Roller Blinds
Needs a re-design.
Very disappointed with this blind.
The mechanism failed after less than 1 weeks use.
It is made of cheap soft plastic that simply is not up to the job of having a hard metal ball chain pulled through it more than a few times.
I am very surprised that John Lewis are selling something of such poor quality.
We have another more expensive John Lewis roller blind which has a much more robust mechanism. I would suggest that this should be used on all other blinds.
Needless to say we will be returning this blind for a refund.
28 October 2013
Not quite as easy as billed
I have bought 9 of these blinds so am very familiar with them! Cutting to size should be easy but is complicated by various factors.
Firstly the measurements given are too tight for anything but the most regular space. I'd recommend taking an extra 0.3 cm off both pole and fabric otherwise you will find you have to recut and taking a very small piece off the fabric is not easy.
Secondly on some of the blinds it was not possible to slide the blind out of the pole to cut it. It was stuck or stapled in which was a real problem
Thirdly the fittings for the blinds were really best suited to being fixed to wood. We wanted to fix to masonry and the plugs and screws provided were inadequate. The holes in the fittings through which the screws slotted were narrow and it was difficult to find screws which would fit through and were also long enough to hold the fitting stable.
All that said once I had negotiated the problems a couple of times they were reasonably straightforward. The blinds do look good and operate well.
09 October 2013
I have just been given one by a friend and it seems to be a good quality product.
I need to make it narrower to fit my window but my friend has lost the fitting instructions. Would anyone here be kind enough to send me a copy?
08 June 2013
Good but some quality control problems
These blinds are good value and work well once installed but twice I have not been able to slide the aluminium roller bar off the bottom of the fabric.
This is necessary when `cutting to fit`.
There is a quality control issue here and I recommend John Lewis to raise the issue with the manufacturer.
It is absolutely infuriating to discover this problem halfway through the job, requiring a restart when a replacement arrives.
What happens with the DIYphobes who have hired someone for the job? Should they pay the fitter twice or send the second invoice on to John Lewis?
Please, please confront your supplier about this, John Lewis.
In every other respect it is a great product and I will continue to use it.
23 May 2013
Not JL's finest hour
We bought four of these blinds and the end result looks attractive. Also cutting the blind to size is not too difficult after the first try.
But a bit more attention to detail would have helped. Firstly the screws provided would not fit the holes in the brackets. They were easily replaced from an (IKEA) screw set but do you really want that to happen. Most annoying the instructions did not highlight the issue of the position of the chain stop. On the first blind only about half of the blind could be unrolled. We sorted it out but why not explain what to do in the instructions?
30 April 2013
Roller blind fixings
This blind is very good value for money. I have previously bought all my roller blinds from John Lewis and my only comment is that subsequent blinds seem to have different fixings.
07 January 2013
Good result - finally!
We bought four of these blinds and were expecting them to be fiddly to fit, so we set aside plenty of time to put them up. It still wasn't enough, though. Three needed a complete overhaul - and a hammer - the following day, as they kept falling down!
Fitting them round a three-pane bay window made it a bit tricky but the most annoying aspect was that the instructions didn't say anything about ensuring that the join on the pulling chain was as high to the back of its fitting as possible before you start. Consequently we had to discover by trial and error that, because the chain was quite short, if it wasn't as high as possible at the back, it
'came round' to the front of the fitting as the blind was lowered and blocked the
channel at the side of the fitting before the blind was right down to the sill. So the blind could only reach 'half mast' or thereabouts.
Knowing this would have saved us several hours! Hope it helps you, as apart from this, they weren't really too bad to fit. Just don't be in a hurry.
BTW - Don't be discouraged if the side fittings come apart into their component pieces. They all click back together again if you persevere for a few minutes.
Now the blinds are all up they look fine and we're very pleased with them. They
haven't fallen down again, either.
06 January 2013
The blind is good and very easy to install.It does exactly what was needed and was as explained in the information provided by John Lewes.
Would recommend to anyone.
09 December 2012