FAQs

Window Blinds FAQs

Here's a list of frequently asked questions, if you can't find what your looking for, please feel free to contact us via the contact us page.

Why should i order from Create Blinds Online?

We are a family run window blind company selling quality blinds, most of which are made in our own factory based at UC Blinds Limited in Birmingham.  We have been selling and manufacturing window blinds since 1996.  Our website is fully secure, which you can see on every website page by the padlock and secure at the beginning of the url on every page.  Payment is made securely through sage pay for credit and debit cards or PayPal.  We take great pride in our products and we will do our upmost to ensure you blinds are of high standard.

Why choose made to measure blinds over ready made blinds?

Instead of buying blinds off the shelf ready-made, made to measure blinds are bespoke to you. When you buy ready-made blinds, you’re likely to have to compromise on some aspect of the design. Windows aren’t all one size, and so you might find you can only buy something which is way too long, or not wide enough for your particular window frame.  For example in Venetian blinds this can lead to a gathering of slats at the bottom which will obscure your view.  In roller or vertical blinds, you can have huge gaps at the sides or just not quite long enough to reach the window sill.  You may have a window that is an unusual size, made to measure blinds fit perfect every time.

By buying blinds made just for you, you won’t have to make any adjustments, they are made and fitted to your exact window size. Everything will look just right and you’ll be able to pick specific colours, styles or patterns to suit you rather than just having to go with what is available on the shelf. 


What are blinds and what are the different types of blinds?

Selecting the right blind can transform any room instantly and create a whole new look.  When deciding what type of blind to choose it's worth considering what functionality you would like it to perform.  You'll need to consider the following

 •  The room, do you need blackout for a bedroom or PVC waterproof for the bathroom?

 •  Your colour scheme

 •  The size of your window

 • How much control over light and privacy you want to have in the room

For our full guide with everything to need to know about window blinds and the different types, click HERE

 

Which is best, Recess or Exact blind size?

If you want blinds that fit close to the window (a recess blind), you’ll need to measure the window itself.  On roller blinds the fabric will be 35mm (3.5cm) narrower than the overall width of the exact blind size, which will allow some light through.  This is because the overall width of the blind includes the end sets and the brackets.  

If you want blinds that fit outside the recess, which will give the impression of a larger window when closed, you’ll need to measure for the size you’d like, and therefore slightly bigger than the window itself.  To minimise light leakage we recommend the blind overlaps by at least 50mm (5cm) each side

In order to decide what would work best, look at the window. If the recess is fairly shallow, and the window has large handles, you may be unable to operate the blind properly if it is placed too close. For this type of window, it may be better to choose exact size instead. 


How to measure for blinds?

Measuring couldn't be easier, just simply follow our step by step blind HERE

 

How to fit blinds?

Fitting instructions will be included with you order.  However, if you would like to familiarise yourself with them before your blind arrives, you can download them from HERE  

 

Do you offer a measuring and fitting service?

No, we're a supply only website, but our easy step by step fitting guides are easy to following HERE

 

Can i change my order once I've submitted it?

All of our window blinds are made to order and to your exact specification, we therefore cannot accept changes, cancellations or liability for incorrect measurements given once the order is in production. We will however endeavour to do our best to help you rectify any problems and we would advise that you contact us ASAP so we can see if you can help you.  Please check all measurements before placing your order and check you have selected the correct unit of measurement from the drop down menu. 


What is Faux Wood?

Faux Wood Venetian blinds are made from PVC making them cheaper than real wooden Venetian blinds and practical too.  They are moisture resistant, wipe clean, mould proof and blackout, making them perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.  Click HERE to see the full range.

 

What is your refund and returns policy?

Sorry we can't offer you a refund for a made-to-measure blind, this is because all of our blinds are made to order, especially for you, to your exact specifications.  To prevent mistakes, you should follow our measuring guides, take care entering your details, and check everything is right on your confirmation email. If there’s anything wrong with the details then make sure you contact us straightaway so that we can sort it out.

 

Do child-safety devices come with your blinds?

Some of our blinds are child safe by design, so don't need a device, but all blinds with cords or chains come with child-safety devices to keep them out of reach and under tension from children. Blinds with looped cords feature breakaway devices that snap under pressure, but are easily fixed connected back together.  If you would like to buy additional safety devices for your existing blinds please go to our accessorises page HERE.

 

What is the best blind to have in a bedroom?

Blackout blind fabrics are perfect for bedrooms, click HERE to see the full range.  

 

What is the best blind to have in Children's bedrooms?

Blackout blind fabrics are perfect for bedrooms, especially children's bedrooms.  We have a great range of children's bedroom blinds in fun colours and designs.  We even have a stunning range of Children's digitally printed photo roller blinds, which are created by using high resolution images.  Click HERE to see the full range.

 

What is the best blind to have in the bathroom?

PVC Waterproof blinds are perfect for bathrooms; they are moisture resistant, wipe clean, mould proof and blackout.  Click HERE to see the full range.  We also sell Faux Wood Venetian which being PVC makes them ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.  Click HERE to see the full range.


How do I order Free blind fabric samples?

While you're browsing our fabrics, just click on the "add to my samples" button.  When you've selected all the fabrics you want, click on the "my sample" button at the top of the page and enter you details.. We'll send you a piece of the fabric and you can see how it looks in your home. You can order up to 10 samples totally free of charge!