Does anyone know a good online supplier of vertical blinds? I need to
buy quite a few and they do seem quite costly for what they are.
All suggestions appreciated. Alternatively please feel free to warn me
of any cowboys to avoid.
Cheaper to make your own from a curtain rail with pull along and lengths of
material sewn around bit of dowelling rod. Our windows are way to long for
the normal bought blinds so we had to make our from scratch. We got plain
heavy cotton curtain material and cut it into strips. Sew a pouch in each
end to take a piece of dowel as a weight and fixing point. Got a cheap
curtain rail system and used little cup hooks in the centre of the dowel to
attach it to the rail eyes. Works greats and was as cheap as chips compared
to the systems we've seen in the shops.
Does this qualify as being "good" & "online" ?
It's Argos - seems to be one of the few places these days which doesn't insist
on fitting them for you at your expense and their profit.
Haven't tried them myself - too much trouble moving my PCs, scanner, printers
etc. from the alcove where they're needed!
Have used the Argos units satisfactorily. Header units can be coupled with a
small screw collar if a single length is inadequate. Slats can be reduced in
length to avoid wastage if necessary.
Not /exactly/ on-line, but they do have details on-line, are based
around the East London and Essex area, and were incredibly helpful when
I was looking for a venetian blind recently. You can order by phone, or
visit their shops.
No idea how they stackup on price, although I did think that the
venetians were reasonable.
Thanks for the info.
I have looked at the Argos blinds and I ended up taking them back.
They have the "wand" to adjust the angle but no cord to retract them.
From what I understand you have to drag them across by hand. The
deciding factor was though that you can't remove surplus slat holders
(for want of a better name) if the blind needs to be narrowed. The
vast majority of the blinds I need to fit will need to be narrowed
Perhaps I'm being a bit too pedantic but I may change my mind if I
can't find anything cheaper. Argos is about half the price of the next
I also did consider trying make something myself but ruled it out due
to the number of poxy blinds I need to fit.
Surplus slat holders can be removed from Argos blinds. IIRC simply carefully
remove the end retainer spire clip and either clip the plastic link joining
the slat holders( this makes them scrap!!) or persuade the link to slide out
of the next slat holder. It's fiddly but can be done. A small flat tool may
need to be made to help the slats disconnect.
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