Providing made to measure curtains is a well known and well used service offered by most soft furnishing companies enabling the customer to have beautifully coordinated and beautifully fitted window dressings for whatever sized area. Bespoke curtains are particularly useful for period properties with large and overly tall windows or houses with complicated bays.
When it comes to blinds people tend to feel less confident when, however, because of a blinds flat shape, a made to measure version can be much more beneficial. In comparison to curtains, the exact measurements and fit of a blind make them a lot less forgiving to a ‘make do’ approach.
Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, this service does not have to come at an astronomical cost. This article consequently aims to take you through the basics of designing and measuring for an individual, coordinating and practical blind.
Before you begin to shop for your blind it is important to measure the window space. Note down the exact height (from the top of the window to the sill) and width (from each side of the window) on a piece of paper. Be sure to take these measurements at various points along the window as not all are completely square. Alongside this, be sure to consider whether you would like your blind to hang within the window alcove or outside and adjust your measurements accordingly.
Generally, either version will work, although blinds hung on the outside of the alcove can look more effective if you are looking to dress a number of windows of different dimensions. It is advised to speak to the blind maker with regards to this as small alterations can be made to give an overly more uniform appearance. Alongside this consider how you will fit the blind to your wall. Do you have space within the alcove to attach a baton or will it have to fitted to the window frame or ceiling?
Furthermore, are there any obstacles which may affect your blind such as obtrusive window handles, picture rails or adjacent walls? Sometimes it is quick and beneficial to take a photo of the window and take this with you to help the blind maker decide on the right blind for you.
Designing Your Blind
Alongside your measurements be sure to take with you any inspirations, wallpaper samples or cushions that will aid in your choice of fabric. Dependant on whether you would like a roller, Venetian, vertical, or roman blind it is advised to consider your fabric. A plain yet coordinating fabric will look effective in all circumstances and can sit nicely behind a more elaborate pair of dress curtains.
For a more decorative finish however vertical patterns such as stripes and damask can work well and will accentuate any folds or rolls within the blinds. Furthermore ask your blind maker about the choice of lining to suit your individual needs. Alongside fabric blinds be sure to consider wooden versions which are hugely versatile and available at bespoke sizes again to fit your window.
Although some people find designing bespoke curtains and blinds daunting it is in fact the most value for money and professional finish you can achieve. A good blind maker will help you in the decision process to find an attractive yet practical solution for your window within your budget. Furthermore, however, do not hesitate to shop around to find a maker, material, style and cost you are happy with.