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Blinds Buying Guide- How Do I Choose?

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More durable, easier to clean, and often cheaper than curtains, blinds are a popular choice for bathrooms, kitchens, or indeed any room in the home. And with our dedicated curtain and blinds department now up and running, there’s never been a better time to check out the amazing value and quality of the the blinds we have in store.

If you’re in a hurry or on a budget, we’ve got some gorgeous ready-made blinds for you to chose from, and there’s a truly spectacular selection of styles and fabrics available for those who prefer made to measure. It always pays to have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, so we’ve put together this handy blinds buying guide to get you started.

Types of blinds

First up in this blinds buying guide are the types you can choose from. We can supply blinds in a broad range range of styles, all of which have different attributes. They are available either ready-made or specially commissioned according to your exact requirements, so there is sure to be something to suit all budgets, and no end to the amount of choice we are able to offer. The types of blinds we can provide include:

Roller Blinds

Window with sand coloured roll sun blinds

Often the go-to choice for the budget-conscious homeowner, these highly practical blinds offer superb value and durability. The use of specially treated fabric to allow easy cleaning and resist the damaging effects of water makes them especially suited to kitchens and bathrooms. Our ready-made roller blinds come complete with detailed fitting instructions to enable you to install them yourself, including the potential to trim the blinds to fit the width of your window.

Roman Blinds


These classically stylish blinds have the versatility to achieve either contemporary or traditional effects. They operate by using a cord mechanism to lower or raise panels of fabric which are created using slats or dowels sewn into the lining. This has the advantage of keeping the blinds close to the window when lowered, and creates a pleasing folded effect when raised.

Venetian Blinds

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By using slats which can be tilted via a rod mechanism, these blinds allow you to precisely control the amount of light coming into the room. A simple cord mechanism is used to raise or lower the blinds. Aluminium Venetian blinds are a popular choice for use in offices to create a sleek, modern look, however wooden varieties are also available for a classic, homely feel.

Vertical Blinds


These blinds work using the same principle of tilting slats to control the amount of light coming into a room that is used in the construction of Venetian blinds. In this case, however, the slats are positioned vertically and are generally wider. Rather than raising or lowering the slats, they can be moved to the sides, similarly to how we ‘draw’ a pair of curtains.

Ready-Made or Made to Measure Blinds (Pros and Cons)

While a perfect fit is obviously a crucial factor in getting your blinds exactly right, there’s clearly a lot more to consider when deciding if ready-made or made to measure blinds are the best option. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of both:

Ready-Made blinds


  • No lead time
  • Often more economical
  • Can be altered to precise measurements
  • More likely to be reusable should you move home.


  • Fewer pattern/colour choices
  • Limited range of sizes.

Made to Measure blinds


  • Limitless choice of colours and patterns
  • Style can be tailored to suit your tastes
  • Can be made to fit non-standard windows, large or small.


  • Expect to pay a little more
  • Lead time of three to four weeks.

Why buy your blinds from us?

Based near Guildford, Vale Furnishers are one of Surrey and Hampshire’s leading furniture shops. We’ve been in the furniture business for over fifty years, and when we decided to introduce our dedicated curtains and blinds department, we knew that our customers wouldn’t settle for any less than the dedication to exemplary customer service and insistence on excellence they’ve come to expect. So whether you’re looking for a simple bathroom blind or a tailor-made window solution to act as a beautiful centrepiece in your main living room, with blinds from some of the world’s finest manufacturers in stock, and expert blind makers at your disposal, we’re the perfect choice.

Do you have any questions not covered in this blinds buying guide?
Please contact our furniture experts in Surrey and Hampshire on 01252 325525 for more information.

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