The Benefits of Made to Measure Blinds
Blinds are becoming an increasingly popular way to dress windows for many reasons: they offer a range of different textures and styles compared to curtains, they are easier to install and often easier to clean. However, there is a big misconception that ordering made to measure blinds is a waste of money, with many people choosing the false economy of ready made blinds without thinking through the pros of having them bespokely prepared.
The Pros of Made To Measure
Whilst it’s true that made to measure blinds tend to be more expensive than ready made ones, here are just some of the benefits you’ll get from ordering customised blinds:
- Better fit – not all windows are created equal, and whilst blinds remove the issue of how high your window frame is, you’ll find that most windows don’t match the “standard” widths offered by most blind manufacturers. Having a good fit will help keep more light out, provide you with more privacy and most importantly, in today’s age of energy efficiency, will keep the warmth in and the cold out of your room. You will need to make sure you measure the width of your window accurately to ensure that the blind will fit with its fixings at either end.
- Range of fabrics – ordering your blinds made to measure means that you’ve already entered the world of custom made blinds. This gives you access to a wide range of fabrics and styles from many of the leading fabric houses that you can’t get on the high street. You can request fabric samples to be sent you in the post if you don’t have a made to measure blind shop nearby.
- Choice of linings – finally, not many people are aware that you can have lining on the back of your blinds, and most ready made blinds don’t offer this extra layer. You can choose between a blackout material if you want to make your room fully dark, or a thicker thermal layer to help insulate your room better. A made to measure blind will incorporate the new thickness into the design of how the blind will roll up.
How To Bring The Cost Down
Having looked at all of the pros, some people may still be concerned about the cost of made to measure blinds, but there are some ways to bring the costs down:
- Cheaper fabrics – by choosing cheaper fabrics such as cotton or starched linen, you can reduce the costs by up to 30%.
- Installing it yourself – whilst it’s always a better idea to have a professional measure and install your custom blinds, you can save money by doing the job yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask questions from your blind stockists and make sure you have all the right tools and knowledge before you start.
Written by Gemini Blinds, the leading providers of blinds, canopies, awnings and shutters in the North West. Get in touch today to discuss our made for measure blind services.