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#1 ClaireyM

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 02:15 PM

Does anyone know of a service that can cut some wooden venetian blinds we bought from B&Q to size? My husband could probably do it, but doesn't want to have a go as he's worried about making a mistake. Of course all the windows in our flat are funny widths and drops!

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#2 James

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 02:32 PM

Horizontal slats can usually be resized by removing the knots underneath the bottom slat, removing a few, then redoing the knots. Widths can be trimmed using a stanley knife (make sure you take appropriate safety precautions).

If fitting blinds in the recess is too tricky then it is recommended you put them on the outside and oversize them. There is more information about fitting blinds at http://www.rollerbli...com/measure.htm

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#3 ClaireyM

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 11:31 AM

Thanks James - only problem is my husband is a bit wary of getting at the widths with a Stanley knife in case he ruins the edges! :)

#4 Lilian

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 12:13 PM

We need to replace a very old Velux window - does anyone have any recommendations for fitters?

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:22 PM

The large B&Q near Ikea on Purley Way cuts blinds (on a specialist machine) purchased there free of charge - maybe they can help?

The other alternative is tape the blind in a folded up position so that all the slats are aligned, carefully put the taped blind in a workmate, then use a jigsaw to cut the slats together. I made a pretty reasonable attempt at cutting an Ikea wooden blind this way.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 04:02 PM

Does anyone know a curtain fitter who can fit roman blinds? Have been quoted 90. Apparently need boards and all sorts. Anyone know someone who can do this and is experienced?

#7 Liz29

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 09:25 AM

There's a curtain/blind shop at the end of Church Road. It's among the little row of shops diagonal to the church (I suppose it's actually South Norwood Hill). I always think they look quite professional and would like to use them the next time I need curtains/blinds.

Here's their website:

http://www.making-tracks.co.uk/

Maybe you could ring them to see if they cut blinds to size.

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 04:47 PM

Thanks for response. I've actually already had them made and just need them fitted. Am loathe to spend an additional 90 quid to get them fitted but may be being unrealistic to think i can get them fitted well for less than this. Having paid out to get them made i clearly don't want them to look rubbish once they're hung...

Tried guys on South Norwood Hill before. They're very expensive.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 02:20 PM

I made a Roman blind for my kitchen and fitted it myself. You need to fix a length of (window-length) batten to the top of the window, then you stick an appropriate width strip of velcro to that and the other strip to the hem at the top of the blind. Stick the two together and the job's done! (tho I must admit my other half fixed the batten to the window for me). You will also need to screw a hook to the side of the window, to hold the cord in position.

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 10:41 AM

Thanks Sylvester. That doesn't sound too difficult and I know a man who can, so I think I'll get him to help, as money is a little tight right now and I could do with saving pennies if poss...

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 04:31 PM

Anyone know of a service where people come and measure for Venetian blinds (white ones) and would also fit them once made? I know of "Hilarys" the blind people but would like some other options if possible!

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 01:23 AM

Go to Julie! www.360degreesonline.co.uk - local, lovely lady, has your blinds made and fitted. Plenty of connections to VN too. There is a Google ad on here and Julie is a VNer. She does wonderful things like bring samples round when you're back from work and make sure the end result is fitted. So you haven't got time to measure up then drive round five suppliers? Julie will - I highly recommend her.

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:01 AM

Many thanks for that Spoon. I'm just a bit nervous about getting them wrong so it will be great to talk to someone who knows what they're doing!

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:50 PM

There's a curtain/blind shop at the end of Church Road. It's among the little row of shops diagonal to the church (I suppose it's actually South Norwood Hill). I always think they look quite professional and would like to use them the next time I need curtains/blinds.

Here's their website:

http://www.making-tracks.co.uk/

Maybe you could ring them to see if they cut blinds to size.


I looked at them when I needed blinds and they worked out significantly more expensive than the Hillary's agent I also got a quote from.

#15 CrystalParis

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 10:02 AM

Hi Joker - did you use either of them in the end?