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CHOOSING A BLIND

You'll find a wide range of ready made blinds online and in our shops. More choice is available for Roller & Roman blinds via our Made to Measure Express service, delivered within 7-14 days.

Why not use our virtual appointment service for advice or measure yourself and use our simple fitting guide to install your blind

For window treatments that we will fit, book an in-home visit as part of our Designed For You service, where one of our experts will come to your home and measure and fit your choice of blind for you.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU DECIDE

  • The type of windows you have (recess, sash, uPVC)
  • The look you want for the room
  • Whether you need additional features such as blackout or privacy
  • Your window measurements (we show you how to measure up below)

View our measuring and fitting guides shown later on within this buying guide

BOOK A VIRTUAL OR IN-HOME BLINDS APPOINTMENT

We offer virtual and in-home appointments where you can speak to one of our estimators who will provide a combination of practical measuring, design and technical advice.

TYPES OF BLINDS

Roller Blinds

  • Have a simple, minimal look and are easy to fit
  • Work especially well in kitchens and bathrooms, if moisture-resistant
  • Readymades are suitable if you want a quick solution for windows with standard measurements
  • You can choose from hundreds of fabrics and have your Roller blind made to your exact specifications within 7-14 days as part of the Made to Measure Express service
  • Our Designed For You Blinds are available in 4-10 weeks and you’ll have access to hundreds of fabrics with extensive pattern and colour choice

When you place an order, if you have multiple windows in your room, we will ensure all products come from the same fabric batch for colour consistancy & pattern match exclusively within the Designed For You service

Choose blackout options (with or without curtains) to block out light in bedrooms for a restful night’s sleep.

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Pleated Blinds

  • Offer a modern look with slightly more light
  • They come in several shading densities to suit your needs
  • They have a small stack size when lifted to give a neat, flush finish

Roman Blinds

  • Give the closest look to curtains without being as space-hungry
  • They're made from curtain fabric and have a softer, more relaxed look and feel
  • Readymades are suitable if you want a quick solution for windows with standard measurements
  • You can choose from over 2,000 fabrics and have your Roman blind made to your exact specifications within 7-14 days with your choice of cotton or blackout lining as part of the Made to Measure Express service

When you place an order, if you have multiple windows in your room, we will ensure all products come from the same fabric batch for colour consistancy & pattern match exclusively within the Designed For You service

Choose blackout options (with or without curtains) to block out light in bedrooms for a restful night’s sleep.

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Venetian Blinds

  • They offer you precise control of light intensity and direction by controlling the tilt of the slats
  • Offering style and functionality in an array of finishes and colour choice to suit any room
  • Great for maintaining privacy while letting in daylight

For more choice simply visit your nearest shop or book an in-home appointment and we'll custom design just for you

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Switch/ Silhouette Blinds

  • Easy to control light levels and privacy
  • The chain side control adjusts the alignment of the sheer and solid stripes to alter the amount of light
  • We offer virtual and in-home appointments where you can speak to one of our estimators who will provide a combination of practical measuring, design and technical advice
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Skylight Blinds

  • Ideal for loft conversions
  • Compatible with Velux® Roof Windows our blackout skylight blinds keep out the light so you can get a good night's sleep
  • We offer virtual and in-home appointments where you can speak to one of our estimators who will provide a combination of practical measuring, design and technical advice
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Made to Measure Express

  • Roman or roller blinds, made to your exact specifications delivered within 7-14 days, providing your chosen fabric is in stock
  • You can choose from hundreds of fabrics with extensive pattern and colour choice
  • Simply measure and then order online or in store for quick delivery & install yourself using our blinds fitting guide

Specialist Blinds

  • We offer a range of specialist blinds and shutters that are available in store
  • Alternatively, we also offer virtual and in-home appointments where you can speak to one of our estimators who will provide a combination of practical measuring, design and technical advice
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BLIND FEATURES

Blackout

Blocks out light so your room is dark for a restful sleep. Useful for nurseries and night shift workers.

Daylight

Offers some privacy, but doesn’t block out all light. Useful for the living room, especially for watching TV.

Moisture resistant

Withstands water and steam better than conventional roller blinds. Useful for kitchen or bathroom.

Sheer

Allows maximum light into the room, but has the lowest amount of privacy. Great for dressing a window as an accompaniment for curtains.

Smart

WiFi-controlled blinds using an Apple or Android app. Auto-adjust one blind or throughout the home. Fully customisable memory settings.

BLIND MECHANISM

When choosing your blind, take into account the mechanisms available and where you’ll be fitting it.

Side chain

  • Can be put on either side of the roller, but must be fitted with a safety service to make them child-safe and remove the risk of accidental strangulation

Find out more about child safety

Spring mechanism

  • The lack of cord makes the blind safe when children or pets are around, and removes the risk of accidental strangulation

Motor mechanism:

  • Can be remote-controlled with a rechargeable or hard-wired handset, or via WiFi and an app in a fully-connected home
  • Perfect for areas that may be hard to reach
  • Can control either one blind or all the blinds in the home
  • Child-safe as it eliminates the need for cord or chain controls

Only available in store

Find out more about specialist blinds

HOW TO MEASURE FOR ROLLER BLINDS

Choose whether you want your blind fitted inside or outside your recess. The recess is the space within your window area. Learn how to measure correctly, in our easy step-by-step guide

How to Measure the Inside Recess

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  • Select this if you want your blind to fit inside your window area (recess)
  • Select this if you need to block out light from the room
  • Make sure no wall fittings or window handles will obstruct your blind
  • Select outside recess if your window opens inwards or your recess is too shallow for the blind mechanism (less than 7.5cm)

How to Measure the Outside Recess

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  • Select this if you want your blind to fit outside your window area (recess)
  • Select this if your window opens inwards
  • Make sure no wall fittings or furniture will obstruct your blind
  • Select Outside Recess if your window opens inwards or your recess is too shallow for the blind mechanism (less than 7.5cm)

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BRACKET ALLOWANCE FOR BLINDS

For Romans Blinds - no measurent allowance is taken off the blind

For Roller Blinds - total blind width from the measurements you provide, shall be inclusive of brackets

  • 3.5cm of your measurment (1.75cm either side) will be used for bracket allowance
  • if you'd like to opt for a specific fabric size to cover your window, this is calculated by adding 3.5cm to your preferred measurement

ORDERING

Blind installation services

We can help you measure up for blinds, custom-make and even fit them for you.

How to pay (interest free credit)

If you spend £1,000 or more on your furnishings, you can spread the cost of your purchase interest free (0% APR representative, subject to status, terms & conditions apply).

Delivery options

Spend over £30 online and you can Click & Collect your ready-made blinds free of charge. We’ll deliver it for free when you spend over £50, or if you opt for made to measure blinds.

OWNING

Installation and care

  • Read the instructions and make sure that all the parts are present before fitting your blind
  • Remember to use the child safety device supplied with your blind – it’s a legal requirement to fit one
  • Ensure you have the child safety breakaway in the correct position so you have maximum chain rotation
  • Dust or vacuum with the upholstery brush attachment
  • Avoid putting furniture or beds under windows where children can climb up and reach the blind cord or chain

Returns

Made to measure blinds can’t be exchanged or refunded unless faulty or not as described. Ready-made blinds can be returned if unsuitable, but please keep all packaging and parts.

Guarantees

We offer a 3-year guarantee on all Made To Measure Express furnishings produced by Partners in our Lancashire textiles factory. Your guarantee covers you against component failure of working mechanisms, defects caused by manufacturing error, failure to meet our quality commitment, or products supplied with fabric flaws.

Child Safety

Use a spring or motorised blind in children's rooms as these are child-safe by design and industry-recommended. if you’re not using a breakaway cord, or spring or mechanised blind, you must fit the safety device provided to the wall in order to tie up the pull cord safely out of the way of children and pets. This is imperative because it minimises the risk of strangulation should a child or pet become entangled in the cord.

Your product will come with either a P-clip or a breakaway chain.

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