Archive for the ‘Curtain / Blinds / Romans / Shades / Shutters / Accessories’ Category

If you are thinking of getting new blinds, the first thing you will need to do is measure up the area of each window correctly.  How you go about doing this will depend greatly on what type of blinds you are planning on purchasing and whether they will be made for you or bought pre-made.

For made to measure blinds, the company that makes them will often send a sales person to your home to make the measurements and talk to you about different options to assist your choice in blinds for example colours, block out blinds and where best to mount them.  If this is how you are planning to proceed, you do not really need to do anything other than contact a blind supplier in your area for a quote.

If you are planning however to install your own pre-made blinds determining your measurements properly can be vitally important.  The first thing you need to do is determine whether your blinds will be inserted inside or outside of the window casing.

Image courtesy of YourBlinds

An inside window casing is the most common way of mounting vertical blinds, it means that the full blind will sit inside the window frame, and will not protrude around the edges.  This inside mounting is also common for block out or screen blinds, which roll down inside the window frame.  In this case measure to the closest half centimetre the inside dimensions from inside the window frame, both vertically and horizontally.

An outside mounting, is where the blinds sit on the outside of the window frame and protrude into the room.  This is mostly used for vertical blinds covering patio doors or for roll blinds that you want to sit when closed over the window frame.  These tend to block more light as there is no gap between frame and end of the blind.  The majority of curtains use an outside mounting.

For an outside mounting you want to measure the area from where you want the blind to start and finish, that is, the total surface area that you want the blind to cover, or measure the window including the frame and then add the number of centimetres to each measurement that you wish to include for overlap on either side, for overhang at the bottom and the distance from the top of the window where the blind will be mounted.

Measure all areas twice to ensure you get it right.

For more information on how to measure and diagrams, check out the useful YourBlinds website and how to measure video.

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Tab Top Curtains courtesy of Susie's Country Garden

Let it be said, that covering your windows can be done in more ways than you can imagine! From curtains, blinds, horizontal or vertical venetians, and that is just the style, the ranges of each are huge!  But if you currently have the all fashionable ‘bed sheet’ blind, it might be time to check out the options in the DIY Bargain Bin Curtain / Blinds / Romans / Shades / Shutters and Accessories section to see what we have available.

Perhaps you need to know a little more?  Well in this post we talk about two different styles of curtains and their features.

Tab Top Curtains

These are fairly modern and quite simply are hanging curtains with a tab style top which you slide onto a curtain rail before putting the curtain ends on.

It is connected to the wall by two simple brackets and can be as cheap as the curtain rail and if you are handy with a machine can be made simply at home.

You can find the curtain rails in the DIY Bargain Bin Curtain / Blinds / Romans / Shades / Shutters and Accessories, and you can find a great set of simple instructions to make your own curtains at Alternative-Windows.

Eyelet curtains, photo courtesy of Lindeystarr

Eyelet Curtains

Are similar to Tab Top Curtains, but instead of tabs of material sliding onto the curtain rail, it uses round eyelets.  As you can see from the image here, the eyelets are set into the material and are usually metal, therefore look better on a metal curtain rail.

In the DIY Bargain Bin Curtain section, you will be able to find these metal curtain rails and we often have the eyelets as well, if not you can get these from Spotlight, Lincraft or other material supplier when you are purchasing the material for your curtain.

Of course, we also have a great free set of instructions for you to follow, and you can find these at LoveHome in the UK.

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We would love to hear from you should you decide to make your own curtains, what worked and what didn’t so that we can share your tips with everyone!