Window coverings are an important area of home décor, although they’re often overlooked in favour of more ‘exciting’ areas, the blinds you have in your windows can completely alter the function and look of any room inside your home.
Blinds will change the appearance of your windows, alter how outside light enters your home and can even provide insulation for your home.
We spoke to the team UK based blinds retailer DotcomBlinds.com, to get some of their top tips for buying new made to measure window blinds online and how you can get the most out of the experience.
Know What You Need to Measure
The first thing you should be aware of when looking for a new set of made to measure blinds is what you need to measure and how it needs to be measured. Knowing the size you’ll need your blinds to be will help you avoid looking into blinds that won’t fit your window and help you get a rough idea of cost.
As different types of blinds may need to be measured differently, it’s best to have a look at the retailer’s website and check out their measuring instructions for the blinds you’re interested in. Most blinds are really simple to measure for, but you’ll want to ensure that you are getting the correct measurements to avoid any issues with the final product.
Order Free Samples Before Spending Money
Shopping online is great for so many reasons, but it also has it’s own unique drawbacks. The main downside of buying blinds online is that the pictures displayed on your smartphone or computer screen will be affected by your screen’s settings, which can make it hard to know exactly how a certain blind fabric will look in real life.
Luckily, most blinds retailers are aware of this fact and often are more than happy to provide you with free samples of their fabrics so that you can see the colour of the fabric in person before making a purchase. As these samples are free, you’d be silly not to get some before ordering so that you can have full confidence in your purchase.
Look Into Features Of The Blinds
Unless you’re something of a blinds expert, no one would blame you for not knowing what the individual qualities of different blinds fabrics are. But it’s important that you do know when buying a blind, as if you buy a blind with a fabric not ideal for where you’ll be using it can have negative effects.
Most blinds retailers will list out and explain their features, so have a look through those when deciding on a fabric to make the most informed decision you can to get the best possible blinds for your home. For example, if you’re looking for a blind for your kitchen, you’ll want an easy to clean fabric in case you spill anything on it, or in a bedroom you’d want a blackout fabric to help keep your room dark at night.
Try And Swing A Discount
The final tip we got from the team at DotcomBlinds is a simple one to finish off on, but they recommend that if your ideal blind is a tad too expensive for you, or you’re ordering a bunch of blinds, you should try to get yourself a discount.
Now many retailers will frequently run sales where you can save money, but if there are no sales when you’re ready to purchase, simply get in touch with the retailers customer service team. According to the DotcomBlinds team, as long as you ask nicely, customer service workers are usually more than happy to give you any discount codes they have lying around in order to get you to make a purchase. So try your luck!