Undeniably stylish and well-suited to daily life in the home, the 50mm Slat Alabaster Faux Wood Venetian Blind can take whatever you throw at it and still look great. Easy to clean, waterproof and extremely robust, this faux wood blind will transform the way you shade your home.
Moisture resistant blinds do not absorb or retain water
How to Install
Once you’ve unpacked the blind put it up against the window. Put the spirit level on top of the blind and… you guessed it: make sure it’s level. This is particularly important if it’s going outside a recess where it is hard to gauge a straight line up close. Nobody wants a wonky blind. At this moment it would be a good idea to utilise those extra pair of hands to help hold up the blind if it is quite long. Mark the end of the blind on the wall with a pencil. If you haven’t got a pal who can help, measure the blind on the floor and put the tape measure against the wall and mark it.
Grab the brackets and give them a quick once over: one is made to go on the left and one is made to go on the right, so figure out which is which. Make sure the doors opens out and up into the room.
Our brackets can be fixed by either A: Top Fix, B: Face Fix or C: Side Fixed, just choose the one that suits your window best.
Fix the brackets in place using the pencil markings for guidance. Screw the bracket to the wall using the appropriate screws in the right holes. Keep the doors of the brackets open.
If your blind is over 1000mm wide you’ll receive Intermediate Bracket(s). These will need to be spaced evenly along the headrail.
Attach the valance clips to the headrail of the blind and space them out evenly. Don’t attach the valance itself yet, but slide the headrail into the bracket (psst… make sure the blind is round the right way with the cords and wand facing you.) Close the door on the bracket and make sure it is locked shut.
Offer up the valance to the headrail. You’ll notice the rivet running through the back of the valance; this is what the clip attaches to. Pop the valance onto the clips, bottom first, holding it securely in place. Make sure the edges are attached before you do this if the blind is going outside the recess. The edges are attached using the plastic cornering clip that slides into the rivet.
Find the child safety device supplied. Fit the cleat at least 1.5m (60”) above the floor. Keep excess cord out of reach of children. Keep out of reach of children. The cord should be tied around the cleat in full when not in use and never knotted, tied together or looped. Never modify the breakaway device on the cords as it will breakaway if pressure is applied.
1 Year Warranty
A blind from DotcomBlinds is made to the highest standards, designed to provide you with years of service and shade.
In fact, we’re so confident and proud of our blinds, we offer a 1 year warranty on our blinds.
Obviously, there are a few exclusions:
✖ Damage caused by poor installation/not following fitting instructions (don’t worry, installation is easy
How to Measure
Now, you can’t mess this one up. It’s what we call ‘easy’ here at DotcomBlinds. But just in case you need some help, follow this quick guide.
First thing's first, identify whether your blind is going inside or outside of a recess.
Inside the recess
A recess fit blind means you supply us with the width and drop of your recess – from top to bottom and wall to wall. We make deductions to account for the brackets to ensure your blind fits within the recess perfectly.
To measure a roller blind to fit inside the recess of your standard window, simply measure the full width and the height of the recess. Then input those measurements into the product page with your order selecting the ‘recess’ option. We’ll do the rest, leaving you the well-deserved excuse to put your feet up, you worked hard for it after all!
Don’t be tempted to deduct any measurements, we do this for you. Make sure you use a metal tape measure; a cloth one can stretch and give you more millimetres per centimetre than a pound-shop ruler. Also, take your measurements in three places and give us the smallest (if there is a smallest). You will find that some recesses shift and settle over time.
Outside the recess
A blind going outside of a recess is usually called an exact fit blind. An exact fit blind means we won’t make any deductions to the width or drop measurements. Exact fit is the bracket to bracket measurement and is commonly found installed outside of a recess. The size you give us is the size your blind is made to.
If you want your blind to hang outside the recess, measure the height and width but be sure to add some overlap to reduce light leakage. This overlap should be about 70mm at the top and bottom and 50mm each side, ensuring you suffer no dazzling strips of sunlight once your blind is happily installed. Please select the ‘exact’ size option when ordering.
Our wooden venetian blinds come with the tilt control on the left side of the blind and the raise/lower control on the right side of the blind as standard. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the sides of these controls. The cords come with a plastic toggle at the end in the same colour as the slats.
The slats are available in a 50mm and 35mm width and often come with a choice of fabric privacy tape. We sell real wood blinds with the option of fabric privacy tape, and these are sold separately to real wood blinds that have simple a cord ladder and no tapes. Fabric privacy tape is generally for aesthetic purposes, although it can cover the small holes made for the ladder cord to run through the slats. The ladder (the cord that the slats sit on and is what rotates and lowers them) is matched to the colour of the blind.
The headrail measures 4.2cm from back to front and is 3.8cm from top to bottom. Our blinds come with a valance that matches the slat colour and sits in front of the headrail, covering it.
Sometimes you just need some peace of mind when you come to place an order for your blinds. With DotcomBlind’s Right-Size Guarantee you can have just that. With our Right-Size Guarantee we will replace a blind with the correct size if you get the measurements wrong when you order. Please note, the Right Size Guarantee excludes Cassette Blinds.
Why do I need this Insurance?
We can’t accept returns or provide refunds for blinds that are mismeasured because all of our blinds are made to measure and so the onus is on the customer to get the measurements right for their blinds. Sometimes you might just be having an off-day, get your centimetres and inches mixed up and end up with a blind that is nigh-on useless. With our Right-Size Guarantee we will take that blind back, remake it to the correct size for you and send it back, saving you from having to buy a totally new blind! The Right Size Guarantee covers all made-to-measure blinds and curtains except our Cassette Blinds.
How does it work?
✔ Purchase Right-Size Guarantee when you place your order
✔ If one of your blinds has been measured incorrectly, get in touch with us within 14 days and we’ll tell you how to return the blind to us.
✔ Once your blind is with us, we’ll remake it or adjust the blind to your correct measurements and send it back.
✔ Please read our terms and conditions for full details as you will incur additional costs returning the blind to us.
Buy Now Pay Later with Klarna
DotcomBlinds is pleased to be partnered with Klarna, providing you with more ways to pay.
At the checkout you will see Klarna provides two options: Pay in 3 Instalments or Pay Later.
Pay in 3 Instalments
With Klarna’s option to pay in three instalments, you can spread the cost of your purchase across three interest-free monthly payments.
To pay with Klarna’s ‘Pay in 3 Instalments’ option, you just need to be a UK resident over the age of 18 years old and have a valid payment card.
Pay Later In 30 Days
The second Klarna payment option you’ll find in the checkout is to buy now & pay later with their ‘Pay Later in 30 Days’ option at the checkout.
With this payment option, you make your purchase now and don’t pay until 30 days after we have shipped your product to you, giving you plenty of time to save up!
To pay with Klarna’s ‘Pay Later in 30 Days’ option, you just need to be a UK resident over the age of 18 years old and have a valid payment card.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Free Samples?Free samples are available on all of our fabrics and slats. Simply click the ‘order free sample’ button.
Your free sample will be added to the basket ready for you to checkout. You can carry on browsing, adding up to 10 samples to your basket. When you’re ready, checkout – delivery is free too – and relax, our samples will be on their way to you in no time. When they arrive you'll find a handy label with the name and key features on the back of the fabric sample.
Why order samples?We always recommend ordering samples to ensure you fall in love with the fabric or slat. Screen resolution and brightness settings vary and you may find some fabrics look a little different in real life to how they appear on a screen. You can hold a sample in your hands, feel the fabrics, the weave and see the opacity before your very eyes, something you can’t recreate online.
We’ve made every effort to accurately portray the fabric realistically, but you can never be too careful.
Quick TurnaroundWe pride ourselves on the speed with which we can get your free fabric samples to you. We send your samples with first class delivery to be with you the very next day. We often dispatch them the same day you place your order (and most certainly by the next working day if you order after hours or on the weekend). With our fast free fabric sample delivery, you’ll be one step closer to shading your home with some of our fabulous blinds in no time at all!
Ensuring our products are child safe is a priority for all of us at DotcomBlinds. As a result, our blinds are child safe by design, with built-in safety mechanisms to help reduce the risk of an accident.
These mechanisms specific to wooden venetian blinds are:
• All cords provided with our products are made at a maximum length of one metre
• A cleat is provided with every cord operated blind.
The cord needs to be wrapped tightly around the cleat in a figure-of-eight after every use.
If you have any questions around child safety and our blinds, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we're always happy to help.