What Are Made To Measure Blinds?
Let’s delve into everything you need to know about these bespoke window coverings and explore how they differ from their ready-made counterparts.
First, we need to understand what made to measure blinds are. Unlike ready-made blinds, which come in standard sizes, made to measure blinds are crafted from scratch to perfectly fit your unique windows. You have the freedom to choose the style, material, colour/pattern, and finish that aligns with your preferences. Now, let’s dig deeper into the specifics.
What are some alternatives to made to measure blinds?
Of course, an alternative to blinds is curtains. Apart from this, the other main alternative to made to measure blinds are ready made blinds that can be bought in a store or online. These blinds are available in common or standard sizes that suit many generic modern windows.
What’s the difference between these types of blinds?
Made to measure blinds offer unparalleled flexibility. They can be tailored to fit any window size and shape – even unusually shaped windows such as arches or trapezoids. On the other hand, ready-made blinds rely on a limited range of popular sizes.
You could potentially buy a larger ready-made blind and trim it down until it fits. However, this will likely leave your window looking shabby and unfinished. Your windows may have graduations and joins where a rail or telescopic bar has been used to allow it to be used on windows of different sizes. In addition, there will likely be unfinished edges on the wood or fabric where you have cut it.
On the other hand, made to measure blinds are created with your windows in mind. They can be installed inside or outside the window recess, with a drop and margin of wall coverage that suits your preferences. Your options for colours, designs, patterns, and finishes are virtually limitless. Made to measure blinds inevitably look better, as they were created just for your windows. They also last longer, because they are handmade by specialists instead of being mass produced in a factory. And of course, they won’t suffer from any of the little flaws that come with trimming or altering ready-made blinds at home.
Do made to measure blinds last longer?
Now, let’s discuss the expected lifespan of blinds. Made to measure blinds are created with high-quality materials and expert craftsmanship. They are designed to withstand a decade or more of daily use, while remaining in excellent working and cosmetic condition.
Ready-made blinds, on the other hand, have a functional lifespan of only 2-5 years. Signs of wear and tear, such as fabric fading, creasing, thread loosening, and material fraying, become apparent well before this time. The headrail of a ready-made blind lacks the structural integrity of those that are made to measure, leading to bowing in the middle over time.
How much do made to measure blinds cost?
Made to measure blinds generally come with a higher price tag compared to ready-made blinds of equivalent size. This cost reflects the superior quality materials and workmanship involved. Furthermore, it can indicate better business ethics and eco-credentials. For instance, some bespoke blinds companies only choose sustainably harvested and environmentally friendly wood and materials. In contrast, cost-driven production rarely considers sustainability or durability.
Why should I choose made to measure blinds?
The beauty of ordering bespoke blinds is that you can customise them to your heart’s content. Choose any type of blind, any size, and any colour/finish you desire. Fittings also offer various options in terms of colours and styles. In some cases, you can even make special requests that go beyond the usual range of options. Made to measure blinds allow you to design the perfect fit for irregularly shaped windows or those that are wider/taller than standard dimensions.
Ready-made blinds are simply not available for tall, wide, or particularly large windows, such as patio doors. Certain blind types lack ready-made options altogether.
Now that you’re equipped with comprehensive knowledge about the different types of blinds available, you can make an informed decision based on your needs and preferences. If you’re still feeling confused when it comes to bespoke blinds, you can contact us here. We’re always happy to talk you through your options.