How do you decide whether to buy made to measure blinds or curtains versus a ready-made blind straight from the shelf? Here are our top 9 tips.
We’ve all been there, you decide you want to update a room in your home and want to do it straight away. You just can’t wait, you want your vision for your dream interior realised NOW.
You want to add a new feature wall – easy – grab some wallpaper or a pot of paint from your nearest DIY store. You’ve already spotted a rug and some cushions that will work a treat.
On reflection, your living room blinds are looking a bit shabby and could do with an update.
No problem, you’re sure to find a ready-made blind that will do the trick. Right? Well, yes, you can buy off the shelf. But before you rush in, it might be an idea to consider the benefits of buying made to measure blinds from an independent supplier versus ready-made.
9 things to consider when buying ready made rather than made to measure blinds and curtains
1. You have to measure up yourself when you buy off the shelf
When you buy ready made blinds or curtains you will need to do the measuring up; this might involve some rather precarious balancing on a ladder!
You must consider the drop (curtain or blind length) and the window recess when measuring. The fitting will also need to be done by you, including putting up any poles or rails.
This is fine if you have a standard size window but may not be as straightforward as it first seems, especially if you have bay windows, wonky walls, or other unusual features. There is considerable margin for error. If you get it wrong, there is no going back. Once you have removed the wrapping from your blinds and curtains and tried to fit them, you may not be able to return them to the store.
Ready-made options are one size fits all, whereas when you buy made to measure, your blinds and curtains can be adjusted to suit any window. For example, if you purchase from Norwich Sunblinds, they will be bespoke, designed to fit an exact window in your home. We even offer Shaped Blinds for windows that are an unusual shape or size.
Our friendly in-home experts do all the measuring up and fitting for you, saving you time and hassle and, crucially, ensuring a perfect fit. We get it right first time, whereas purchasing off the shelf is much more of a risk.
Measuring up can be tricky, it pays to get an expert to do it for you
Here at Norwich Sunblinds, we measure up and fit your blinds
We get it right first time – Saving you time and hassle
Whether it’s a floral blind for the kitchen or an abstract design for the bedroom
Norwich Sunblinds will bring your design vision to life
2. Off the shelf curtain rails, poles and pelmets – convenient but time consuming
You can source your curtain rails, pelmets and poles from the high street and out of town stores, which does seem convenient. However, this can be time-consuming, and you may well have to visit several shops before you find what you are looking for. Or you may not find exactly what you want and have to settle for an off the shelf standard design or colour.
The right curtain poles or pelmets can make all the difference, at Norwich Sunblinds, we will source yours to exactly match your made to measure curtains. We can even produce coordinating curtain tie-backs to add the final touches. What’s more, our expert team will fit everything for you in your home.
A sleek chrome look curtain pole adds a stylish contemporary feel
We’ll even design your curtain tie backs
It all starts with an in-home design consultation
3. More affordable, but does ‘off the shelf’ offer value for money?
Off the shelf blinds and curtains will most likely be cheaper than made to measure options. However, depending on what and where you buy, the old saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ might ring true. When you buy bespoke curtains or blinds, you can rest assured you will get what you expect and want.
You will get the fabric design and colour of your choice plus any blinds or curtains will fit your windows perfectly. What’s more, you won’t need to replace them anytime soon, our blinds and curtains come with a five-year guarantee, giving customers peace of mind.
Crucially, we are approved by the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) and will ensure that any blinds we install are child and pet safe.
Our blinds and curtains may not be as cheap as off the shelf products, but we provide great quality at a reasonable price. Our curtains are supplied with metal hooks that are weighted to ensure they hang beautifully and have that luxe look. The only difficulty you’ll have is choosing what design to go for from our vast range of fabrics!
Let Norwich Sunblinds find the perfect blinds and curtains for your home
Here at Norwich Sunblinds, we offer fabrics your kids will love.
4. Beyond the basics, with made to measure you benefit from extra services
When you buy ready-made curtains and blinds there might not be the option to purchase cushions that match. You will have to spend valuable time sourcing something in a suitable colour and may never find the exact print.
When you buy from a specialist, you have the option to have matching soft furnishings made to match, here at Norwich Sublinds, we’ll create the cushions and even table runners to complete your look
. Book your appointment online
to start creating your ideal interior.
Team your bespoke living room curtains with coordinating cushions
Halcyon fabric by Clarke & Clarke
5. Standard grey or fifty shades – will you find your exact colour match with ready made?
When you buy off the shelf, there is usually a limited range of colours on offer, however, when you purchase from a specialist like Norwich Sunblinds, you will have a wealth of colours, tones and shades to choose from.
From the boldest brights
to the subtlest hues
, whatever your colour preference we can find it for you.
Every shade of blue, From the brightest cobalt to on-trend pastels. Sometimes the most subtle variation in tone can make all the difference to finding the perfect colour for your home
Shades of blue from the Clarke & Clarke Linoso range of fabrics:
6. What’s your style? Does off the shelf offer you the scope to give your home personality?
In most general retail outlets there is a limited range of ready-made options for curtains and blinds. Whilst these designs might be just what you are looking for, if you seek something more unusual, the bespoke route is for you.
Whatever your chosen decorative theme, here at Norwich Sunblinds we can offer you a vast range of fabric choices and designs. For example, should you wish to feature fabrics inspired by flowers and nature, we have it all, from vintage botanicals to contemporary florals. Book your in-home design visit today or visit one of our Norfolk showrooms, where our expert team can advise on suitable fabrics.
A gorgeous vintage botanical print:
Countryside fabric by Clarke & Clarke
Vertical blinds with Tropicana Apple Mojito Carnival print from Louvolite
7. Everything done for you versus doing it yourself
If your time is limited, then you will certainly appreciate having someone else coordinate the measuring up, making and installing of your blinds and curtains. Saving you time to focus on other things or simply to relax while we do the hard work for you!
It all starts with an in-home design consultation when you will meet a Norwich Sunblinds expert and they will take any crucial measurements. We’ll even bring fabric swatches for you to look through. Your blinds and curtains will be made to measure by us in Norfolk before being expertly installed in your home.
Tailor made for you in Norfolk
Whether you live in a country retreat or a city pad, we can design the perfect blinds and curtains for your home.
Office roller blind featuring Cosmopolitan fabric by RA Irwin
8. Blinds of every type for every room
With off the shelf options you may well be limited in choice. As a specialist in blinds company, we provide blinds of all kinds for every possible space and room in your home or commercial space
, some of which incorporate the latest fabric technologies
. For example, we offer Vision blinds
, suitable for various rooms, conservatories and the office. Made from Louvolite’s Vision fabric, which alternates mesh and solid fabric panels, these blinds allow for complete control of light as well as privacy. Our range includes motorised blinds, conservatory blinds and sails.
For commercial organisations, we can make bespoke blinds to fit larger or unusual spaces, and you have the choice of specialist finishes, such as anti-microbial coating, solar protection and anti-glare coatings. Speak to our expert team today about our wide selection of blinds.
Roller Vision fabric blinds: bronze Cass Venice Silver design from Louvolite 2017 collection
Made to measure blinds for offices and commercial spaces can fit unusual shaped windows and come with various coatings eg solar, anti-microbial, anti-glare.
9 – Speak to the experts
When you visit a general shop selling other things as well as off the shelf blinds and curtains, the staff may not have in-depth expert knowledge (they have to know about so many products). With over 40 years’ experience in making, measuring and fitting blinds of all kinds (and curtains too), we know our stuff.
Our expert team
can advise you on the best type of blind for your room and find the ideal fabric design to suit your style. Whether you want roller blinds for the bedroom
, venetian blinds for the kitchen
, roman blinds for the living room
, or blinds for the office
, we’d love to help.
A stylish home with a neutral blind
Roller blind in mineral copper by Louvolite
Contrasting fabric designs for blinds and curtains make a real style statement
Nordica fabric by Clarke and Clarke