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Blackout Blinds

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  • 15-04-2010 12:46pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,924 ✭✭✭


    Hi, with the longer sunny days I'm looking for a plain blackout roller blind. I tried Argos but the nearest fit is 60" for my 58" window. It says trim to fit but I've tried this before and the result looks horrible.

    I'd be willing to pay more to have a blind professionally cut. Is there an online place to order them to custom size? I would expect this to be < €50 (Argos was €13.50). Is that budget remotely realistic? Doesn't seem like a roll of plastic should cost as much as many of the online blinds places want.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 616 ✭✭✭pearljamfan


    do you have curtains on the window as well?? because you can buy lining that just clips on the back of them if u do.

    its not a difficult job cutting a roller blind though, anyone with a small hacksaw can do it, maybe you should try again! i cant see how it would look horrible unless you did a really botched job on it before :p

    harry corry and hickeys used to do made to measure blinds, so maybe try somewhere local to you that sells fabric etc but i expect it would cost more than 50€.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,291 ✭✭✭Simply Red


    newkie wrote: »
    Hi, with the longer sunny days I'm looking for a plain blackout roller blind. I tried Argos but the nearest fit is 60" for my 58" window. It says trim to fit but I've tried this before and the result looks horrible.

    I'd be willing to pay more to have a blind professionally cut. Is there an online place to order them to custom size? I would expect this to be < €50 (Argos was €13.50). Is that budget remotely realistic? Doesn't seem like a roll of plastic should cost as much as many of the online blinds places want.

    I'd say you'd expect to pay anything from €70-€100 depending on the drop and fabric to have one made.

    Trimming those readymade ones isnt too bad at all, lay it out on the floor unrolled and mark lightly with a pencil and ruler where u want to cut, then cut the cloth with a good sharp scissors, never hacksaw through the cloth. Once the cloth is to size trim the bar at the top with a hacksaw. Theyre handy enough, just take your time with them.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,484 ✭✭✭JIZZLORD


    simply red is right. Spend money on a good fabric scissors (not the regular one in your drawer) and mark it out well. a few minutes preparation in making sure your marking out is up to scratch is worth it in the long run. and while cutting the material of a blackout blind properly shouldn't lead to visible fraying, get some clear nail varnish and apply it slightly to the cut edge just to seal the whole thing up.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12 katyjo


    Hi, I bought one for our nursery from www.b4i.ie its just plain cream colour nothing fancy it cost €91 though but our windows are quite big, it does a great job though.

    You can get an instant quote just by choosing the blinds & then putting in your measurements.

    HTH

    KJx


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 traceycl28


    It all depends on how long you want the blind to last and if it will get alot of heavy duty useage. We bought a cuople for our bedroom here - blackout blinds as we wanted a very specific colour and size. It was more than a cut and trim one but then you have to pay a bit more if you want what you want i guess!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭magentas


    I hate those readymade blinds, you're better off getting one made to measure so it'll fit perfectly

    Your profile says you're in galway, I'd recommend Galway Curtain & Blind centre, it's beside Arabica across from wecare pharmacy in Liosbaun industrial estate. Martin is the owner and he is always there.

    Great selection (although I'd say just go for plain colour it'll be cheapest) and martin is lovely, got full house of blinds done with him.

    Bring in your measurements and he'll quote you straight away

    Alternatively, Hickeys homefocus in wellpark do readymade blackout lining that you attach to curtains but they don't look great. I put them on my bedroom curtains but they were polyester (light fabric) so didn't hang well at all

    Good luck!


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