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Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Gemini Blinds, we are committed to providing our customers with the relevant information they need, in order to make an informed decision before making the final purchase.

In light of this, we have created an FAQs page so you can find all the relevant information about us here at Gemini, together in one place.

Feel free to have a browse through the list but if there is something we’ve not covered, please get in touch with us and we will endeavour to answer your question and offer any advice to help you make the right decision.

Perfect Fit blinds are perhaps the easiest style of blinds to maintain. This is because they can be easily clipped in and out of place within seconds, which makes cleaning both the window and the blinds an incredibly straightforward process. 

No, Perfect Fit blinds don’t damage window frames; in fact, they do completely the opposite as they can be easily clipped into the window frame without the need for any screws or drilling, leaving no permanent marks. That means that, if you decide to remove your Perfect Fit blinds for whatever reason, there’s no evidence they were ever there in the first place.

Unlike traditional blinds, where you measure the whole window recess, for Perfect Fit blinds to fit correctly, you should only measure the height and width of the glass pane. You should do this in three places and record the smallest figure. You’ll also need to measure the bead depth of your window frame to ensure you get the right size bracket. This can be done by laying a solid, flat object, ideally a credit card, across the corner of the window frame and measuring the short distance between the glass and the card.

While it is possible for Perfect Fit blinds to be fitted to sliding doors, they can interfere with the door’s movement if there isn’t enough clearance space between the blind frame and the door frame. If you’re unsure whether your sliding doors are suitable for Perfect Fit blinds, contact Gemini Blinds and one of our friendly experts can come and visit your home to assess the situation. 

Unfortunately, if you have timber or aluminium windows then Perfect Fit blinds aren’t suitable. This is because Perfect Fit blinds have been specifically designed for use on uPVC windows only and are clipped directly to the beading of the window frame. 

Electric blinds are measured in the same way as manual blinds – simply measure the height and width of the window recess in three different places and take note of the smallest figure. If you’re opting for hardwired electrical blinds, you’ll also need to consider the proximity of your window to the nearest electrical outlet. If you’re unsure, get in touch with the team at Gemini Blinds and we can come and measure this space for you.

As electric blinds are a little more complex to install, it’s best to have a professional come and fit them for you. Here at Gemini Blinds, our experts have over 40 years of experience and can securely install your new blinds in no time, making sure that all motorised components are correctly connected. Once this is complete and everything is working smoothly, we’ll provide a demonstration so that you’re confident with how to operate your new blinds.

Yes, all motorised blinds can be used manually as well. This means that in the event of a power cut or a flat battery, you can still operate your blinds without issue.

Electric blinds are typically powered in one of two ways: via batteries or your mains power supply. As battery-powered blinds don’t require wiring, they are an incredibly convenient option – particularly if you want to install your blinds in a room with limited access to an electrical outlet.

Hardwired electric blinds are typically a more affordable option and, of course, you won’t ever need to replace any batteries.

Motorised blinds are massively convenient and allow you to control the level of light with minimal effort. Luckily, if you’re looking to invest in an electric blind, they are available in an extensive range of styles; in fact, most types of blinds can be motorised. However, it’s important to take into account the material that the blind is made from; if it’s too delicate or too heavy, like sheer or wooden blinds, then this may present challenges.

If you’re unsure on the best electric blind for your home, get in touch with our friendly team – we’re always happy to talk you through the styles we have available.

Yes, of course! Here at Gemini Blinds, we’ll ensure your day and night blinds are a perfect fit for your window. Before ordering your blinds, one of our team members can come and visit your home to accurately measure your window recess; this means that your twist vision blinds will be custom made to the exact dimensions you need.

At first glance, day and night blinds appear to work in exactly the same way as traditional blinds, with horizontal slats that are raised and lowered using a chain. However, unlike roller blinds, day and night blinds offer much greater control over the level of natural light; as the striped fabric overlaps, you can modify the way it is aligned to create different effects.

The beauty of day and night blinds is that they’re highly versatile and suitable for pretty much any room in your home. However, given that they are made entirely from fabric, day and night blinds are perhaps not ideal for areas with a high moisture content where excessive steam and vapours are produced, such as your kitchen or bathroom.

Combining the benefits of sheer curtains and blackout blinds in one sleek product, they’re ideal for a number of rooms, such as:

  • Bedrooms: Twist vision blinds offer an effective way to block out light and ensure a good night’s sleep.
  • Conservatories: Most conservatories feature numerous windows, meaning it can be challenging to control the level of natural light. Day and night blinds are easily adjustable, meaning you can modify them according to the sun’s changing position throughout the day.
  • Living rooms: Day and night blinds are a great solution for your living room, as they ensure privacy and reduce glare without dramatically reducing the level of natural light.

Day and night blinds, sometimes referred to as twist vision blinds, are made from two alternating striped layers of fabric: a sheer voile and an opaque material. While standard day and night blinds aren’t made using blackout fabric, when the opaque stripes are all fully aligned, this creates a blackout effect that effectively blocks out any outside light. However, there are also blackout options available for those who want to ensure total darkness.

The beauty of vertical blinds is that they are ideal for pretty much any room in your home, including living rooms, bedrooms, home offices and more. Vertical blinds are particularly practical for conservatories or any other room featuring larger windows or doors as they offer effective light control. 

However, it’s important to bear in mind that fabric vertical blinds may not be suited for rooms like your kitchen or bathroom, where moisture and vapours might be absorbed into the material. Waterproof PVC vertical blinds are available for these rooms.

Firstly, you’ll need to decide whether you’d prefer inside or outside mount blinds. Most vertical blinds are typically inside mount, but if you have a shallow recess or windows that open inwards then this may not be possible.

To measure the inside recess of your window, simply grab a sturdy tape measure and measure the width of your window in three places – the top, middle and bottom – before making a note of the smallest figure. Then, repeat the process with the window height and take measurements from the left, middle and right hand sides, again using the smallest number as your final figure.

For outside mount vertical blinds, you’ll still need to measure the width and height of the recess but also factor in how much you’d like the blind to overhang. If you’re still unsure, get in touch with our experienced team or check out our video tutorial.

No, in fact vertical blinds are one of the most affordable styles of blinds available. Of course this can vary depending on the size, colour and material chosen, but on the whole, vertical blinds are a more budget-friendly option, especially if you need full coverage on a larger window.

No, vertical blinds are timeless and still remain as in style today as ever. Their popularity is thanks to the wide range of benefits they offer: they are durable, easy to maintain and offer excellent control over the levels of light and privacy.

Arguably, vertical blinds are one of the easiest styles to clean. As the name suggests, these blinds hang vertically, which means that unlike blinds with horizontal slats, dust will fall to the floor rather than collecting on the blind itself. You should give these blinds a light clean every few weeks, using a microfibre cloth or vacuum to remove any accumulated dust or dirt.

When measuring for office blinds, ensure you have a sturdy tape measure on hand – metal is best. For inside mount blinds, you should measure the width of the window recess in three different places – the top, middle and bottom – before making a note of the smallest figure. Then measure the height of the recess at the left, middle and right hand sides, again noting down the smallest figure.

If you’d prefer outside mount blinds, the process is a little different. You’ll need to decide how much you want your blinds to overhang the recess and then measure from this point. Be sure to make a note of anything that might interfere with how the blind hangs – window handles or wall mounts, for instance.

Still unsure? Why not get in touch with our friendly team for advice, or you can watch our handy video tutorial.

Again, this largely comes down to preferences. If you’re working in an office with muted, neutral fixtures and fittings, then opting for a bold shade can give the room a much-needed pop of colour. However, you should also consider the kind of atmosphere you want to set; if you want to convey a professional look then mid and dark blues are a good choice, whilst greens are associated with nature and calmness.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but Gemini Blinds supplies blinds in a comprehensive range of colours, so you should always find a product that meets your needs.

There is no right or wrong answer to the question of what blinds are best for an office environment – this all comes down to preference. Some commonly used styles in offices include:

  • Roller blinds: Convenient, simple and incredibly easy to operate, roller blinds are a stress-free solution for any office. We supply blackout and anti-glare options to stop bright sunlight from affecting your work.
  • Vertical blinds: If your office is equipped with large, floor-to-ceiling windows, vertical blinds are ideal, featuring easily adjustable slats that allow precise control over the level of natural light.
  • Venetian blinds: The horizontal slats of Venetian blinds can be angled just right to ensure your office gets the perfect amount of sunlight.
  • Automated blinds: No more arguing over whose turn it is to get up and adjust the blinds when the sunlight gets too bright – with automated blinds, this can be done with the simple touch of a button.

Tier-on-tier shutters can be more complex to install than traditional shutters, as you have double the amount of panels to fit and align. Therefore, we recommend that to avoid damage to your window recess, these shutters should only be installed by a professional. Here at Gemini Blinds, we have over 40 years of experience in fitting all manner of shutters and can make even the most complex installations a breeze.

Measuring for tier-on-tier shutters is much the same as measuring for any other style of shutter. Using a steel tape measure, measure the width of the window recess in three different places – top, middle and bottom – before making note of the smallest measurement. Then, do the same for the height of the recess, but measure the left, middle and right sides this time.

The method now differs slightly. As tier-on-tier shutters are split into two halves, you should measure from the bottom of the windows up to where you’d like the shutters to divide; this can either be a point in the glazing or at a natural divide.

Unfortunately, tier-on-tier shutters aren’t suited to every window. If your window is wider than it is tall, this type of shutter may not be supported and you might have to opt for a different style.

As you may have gathered, tier-on-tier shutters usually look best on taller windows, as this allows sufficient space for the shutters to sit one on top of the other without appearing crowded. They are also ideal for any window style with a dividing point, such as bay windows or sash windows.

Unlike traditional plantation shutters, where each shutter is made up of one single panel, tier-on-tier shutters are double-hung. This means that the shutter is split into two halves, with the top and bottom shutters moving independently of each other. 

So, why is this useful? Well, this tiered design allows you to precisely control the levels of light and privacy, all while still providing full window coverage. So if your windows are street-facing and you want to let as much natural light in as possible without allowing prying eyes to see inside your home, you can simply open the top shutters and leave the bottom half closed.

The question of whether or not Roman blinds look better inside or outside of your window recess largely comes down to the look you want to achieve and your own personal preference.

Fitting Roman blinds inside your window recess offers a smart, neat appearance. This is also a great option for homes with limited space, as your blinds won’t protrude into the room and it means you can use your windowsill for other purposes. However, fitting Roman blinds outside of your window recess arguably offers greater light control and can help to cover any unattractive windows.

It’s important to note that if your windows open inwards, an outside mount may be the only option.

Yes, Roman blinds can come in a blackout version. Blackout Roman blinds are made from a dense, opaque fabric that prevents light filtration. Here at Gemini Blinds, we have three lining options available for Roman blinds: standard, blackout and interlined.

There are two ways to fit a blind in any window: inside the recess or outside the recess. Roman blinds are more commonly fitted inside of the recess, and this is what we’ll be explaining how to measure. It’s important to use a metal tape measure to guarantee accuracy.

Firstly, you need to measure the width of the window recess in three places: the top, middle and bottom. Make a note of the smallest set of figures, then repeat the same process with the height of the recess, this time measuring the left, middle and right.

Of course, you could eliminate all of this hassle and guarantee the most accurate measurements by calling upon the services of a trusted blinds company like Gemini Blinds.

The beauty of Roman blinds is that they’re endlessly customisable and suitable for pretty much any room in your home. From living rooms and home offices to nurseries and bedrooms, these versatile blinds offer the perfect blend of style and functionality. However, for rooms with a high level of moisture, such as your kitchen or bathroom, it may be best to opt for a non-fabric alternative that won’t absorb any steam or vapours.

Gemini Blinds have 34 years of trading experience in the industry and we never compromise on the quality of our products. We offer a fantastic customer service including an after sales service and 5 year guarantees (not covered by misuse) – the longest in the industry!

We require a 50% deposit for all blinds and shutter installations.

We offer various payment methods, including debit cards, Visa and Mastercard. You can also pay the fitter in cash.

Once your product has been made, our team of expert fitters will come out to install them. Fitting is free of charge on all full price blinds, for sale items we charge £4 per blind.

For blinds, it can take 10-14 days. Shutters are roughly 10-12 weeks. Awnings and canopies take approximately 3-4 weeks.

Yes,​ during the home visit we will give you a no obligation quote.

We will bring samples and material books along with us to the home visit, but if you’d like to order samples beforehand, you can do this by viewing the Design Space and either calling us or submitting the form on the contact page.

Yes, please feel free to view our different blind and fabric options by using the Design Space on our website. Here, you can select your room, blind style, fabric and colour to help you visualise what it will look like in your room.

Yes, our home visits and measuring service is free of charge.​ Once a customer has contacted us we will come out and visit you, bringing our pattern books and information of our products along too. We will carry out the survey and give you a cost. If you are happy with this, we will place the order for you. Home visits take approximately 30 minutes.

We always strive to offer the lowest prices, so on like for like products, we will price match other retailers.

Yes, we offer a 2 year guarantee on all of our blinds, a 5 year guarantee on shutters and awnings (not covered by misuse) and a 10 year guarantee on fitting. This is one of the best guarantees in the industry and sets us apart from our competitors​. Within the terms of the guarantee, we offer an excellent after sales service and will always go back and fix any problems.

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The Home Visit Process

Contact Gemini Blinds

Contact Gemini Blinds

Discuss what you’re looking for with our team, we can offer a home visit if you live in our coverage area.

We will arrange to come to you

We will arrange to come to you

We’ll arrange to send one of our experts to your home, fully equipped with a range of fabric samples and brochures.

The home visit

The home visit

Our staff know everything there is to know about blinds, so feel free to pick their brains as much as you wish. They will provide friendly advice on the most suitable blinds for your tastes and requirements.

Ordering your blinds

Ordering your blinds

If you like what you see, you can discuss details of the order with our team member. For blinds, you can expect the process to take roughly 10-14 days. Shutters will take roughly 10-12 weeks. Our team will be able to advise on a more accurate lead time during their visit.

Fitting your blinds

Fitting your blinds

Once your blinds are ready, we will come back to your property at a time and date to suit you. Our expert fitters will fit your blinds for you, installing them efficiently and safely in no time at all. Once your blinds have been fitted, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy your brand new set of blinds!

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