The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Perfect Made To Measure Blinds

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Perfect Made To Measure Blinds

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Perfect Made To Measure Blinds

Made to measure blinds (MTM) are a great way of adding style and privacy to your home. They can be customised to fit any window size or shape, and they come in a wide range of styles and colours.

Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the perfect MTM blinds for your home.

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What are made to measure blinds?

Made-to-measure blinds are tailor-made to suit your exact requirements. They can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal and fabric.

Whether you’re looking for a bespoke window treatment or just want to replace an old pair of curtains, made-to-measure blinds can provide the perfect solution.

The different types of made to measure blinds

Blinds of any type can be made to measure. However, there are some that are more popular than others. Here’s what they all have in common:

  • They’re custom made to fit your windows and your home exactly.
  • You choose the style, colour, size and material.
  • You get to pick out fabrics and patterns.
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Types of made to measure blind 

Some of the common types of blinds that are usually made to measure are: 

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds have vertical louvers and can be made of a wide range of fabrics and materials. They are quite versatile and come in many styles. Vertical blinds are great if you want to add privacy without blocking light.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are one of the oldest types of blinds and consist of horizontal slats. They are made of wood, aluminium, fibre or plastic. Venetian blinds are considered classic window treatments because of their timeless look.

Roller Blinds

These are blinds that consist of a single piece of fabric that is operated with a pull cord. The fabric unrolls to cover your window.

Wooden Blinds

Wooden blinds are quite popular because of the rustic, natural look they exude. They can be custom built in both modern and traditional designs. You can find wooden blinds in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colours. Wooden blinds are also very easy to clean.

Materials used for Made to Measure Blinds 

Made to measure blinds can be made of mainly the following materials:

Wood – Wood is probably the most popular type made to measure blind. They come in a wide range of styles and designs. You’ll find them in traditional wooden slat style, as well as more contemporary options such as modern slats.

Fabric/cotton blinds – These are also known as roller shades. They offer a great alternative to wooden blinds and have become increasingly popular over recent years. They are usually quite easy to install and are very versatile.

Metal blinds – Metal blinds are another popular choice for made to measure blinds because they look fantastic. They come in a huge array of colours and patterns and are available in both vertical and horizontal versions. The most common material is aluminium.

The benefits of made to measure blinds

They offer many benefits over their off-the-shelf counterparts, such as:

  • Customisation
  • A better fit
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Improved insulation
  • Increased privacy

And more!

So if you’re thinking about replacing your current blinds with something new, make sure that you choose made to measure blinds instead.

How to go about getting made to measure blinds?

You can either go to your local vendor or find someone online that specialises in making blinds. If you’re looking for a reputable company, it might be worth checking their ratings on websites like Trustpilot.

If you decide to buy from an online vendor, you should always check the reviews and ask any questions before buying. Some online stores provide free samples as well. You might want to check the samples before your place an order.

Installation of made to measure blinds

Installing your custom blinds depends on the kind of material it’s made of. For example, if you opt for wooden blinds, you will need to ensure that there is enough space around the edges of the room where you intend installing the blinds.

For metal blinds, you will require some specialist tools to cut out the holes for the headrail and bottom rail. For fabric/roller blinds, you will only need a tape measure and a pencil. Some blinds providers may also offer a free installation service. We recommend that you buy from someone who does not charge extra for installation or offers an all inclusive price for material and labour.

It is important to note that blinds are often installed by professional companies, which means that you won’t have to worry about doing it yourself. This can save you time and energy, especially when you consider how much work goes into installing blinds

How much do made-to-measure blinds cost?

Made to measure blinds can vary greatly depending on the type of material used, the size of the window, and the number of windows you have. Prices can range from £25 up to £300 per window. For a more accurate estimate, you should always contact the manufacturer or seller.

How to care for made to measure blinds?

Like ready made blinds, made-to-measure blinds require regular cleaning and maintenance. It is recommended that you clean them at least once every couple of weeks. Cleaning should involve wiping down the surface using a soft cloth.
Some people prefer to wash their curtains once every couple of months which is a good idea. Most blinds are easy to maintain, but you’ll need to keep them clean. Cleaning them regularly helps prevent mildew build up and other problems.

Choosing the right blinds for your home

How do I know which type of blind is right for me?
If you are considering buying made to measure blinds, you should consider your personal requirements like style, aesthetics, practicality, budget and material.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you make a decision:

  • What kind of light do you have in your room?
  • Do you need better light control?
  • Are there any specific features you’d like to incorporate into your blinds?
  • How often do you change your curtains?
  • Do you prefer a blackout blind or one that lets in natural light?
  • Do you want blinds that open and close easily?
  • Do you want your blinds to look good on both sides?
  • Be sure to think about these questions before placing your order.

Final Thoughts

Whether it’s in your bedrooms or your living rooms, made to measure blinds have a different charm to them because of the personalisation and character that you add into the design and material. Moreover, these blinds guarantee your peace of mind because they fit it perfectly into your windows and do not need any alterations.

At Plantation Shutters, we have a range of blinds to fit all tastes and budgets, from traditional roller blinds to the latest in modern fabrics and motorised options offering smooth controls.

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Are made to measure blinds expensive?
MTM blinds tend to be more expensive than readymade blinds because of the customisation involved. Because of the extra attention to detail and personalised style MTM blinds cost more than standard blinds.

Are made to measure blinds worth it?
You get exactly what you are looking for with MTM blinds, so they are totally worth the money.

How do you measure for new blinds?
Measuring for custom blinds can be tricky. However, look for an expert measuring guide to know about the tools and methods needed to get an accurate measurement for a perfect fit.

So please get in touch with us if you are considering installing blinds we’ll be delighted to offer up some ideas and advice and as I’ve said above its a free no obligation home appointment. So call or email today.