Jupiter Aubergine Roman Blind
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 the industry-standard 10-12mm deductions on the width to account for the recess and to ensure your blind fits within the recess perfectly. We also deduct 8-10mm from the drop to ensure the blind sits slightly above the window sill when fully extended.
If you wish for your blind to reach fully down to the window sill please add 10mm to your final drop measurement when choosing 'recess' on the website. This negates the deductions we will make.
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.
Rome wasn’t built in a day but we reckon you can install a Roman blind in ten minutes. It’s easy to do and suited to nearly any DIY skill level. Once you open the box, you’ll find brackets, screws and fixings and your blind enclosed. The brackets will go up first and then the blind will pop into the brackets. Follow these steps and let us show you the way!
The brackets need to go as close to the end of the headrail as you can get them without getting in the way of the control mechanism. Measure where they need to be on the headrail and then use this measurement at the window. Ensure the brackets will be installed level, and that the blind will not get in the way of window handles.
Use a pencil to mark where you will need to drill holes to fix the brackets. Note: If the blind is long, you may need to install more brackets along the length using the same method above.
Use the appropriate raw plugs where necessary the ensure the brackets are secured. Your brackets are up, now’s the easy part!
Gently peel back the fabric back from the Velcro on the headrail exposing the metal. This makes things clearer to work with and you won’t get the fabric caught up in the bracket.
Push the headrail into the bracket and make sure the plastic barb hooks into the rail, locking it into place. Repeat on all brackets.
Reattach the fabric making sure it covers up the brackets.
The only thing left to do is to install your chain safety device. Keeping the chain taut with the device attached (but not too tight or you won’t be able to operate the blind), attach the safety device to the wall in a similar fashion to how you fixed the brackets (this may include using raw plugs).
The fabric of the roman blind is attached to the headrail with strong Velcro, which makes it easy to detach for cleaning. This also ensures the fabric covers the headrail, hiding it from view. The cords that pull the fabric up into the creases are attached to enclosed bars that run the width of the blind.
The cords are also easily detachable for cleaning and improved child safety. The bottom of the fabric has an enclosed weight which runs the length of the fabric and helps the fabric to hang straight and without creases.
The chain is made from nickel and smoothly raises and lowers the blind. The brackets require at least 40mm of recess depth to be fitted easily. The headrail is 28mm from front to back and 40mm from top to bottom at its longest part. Our blackout and thermal linings are made from 100% polyester.
We offer a choice of linings for our Roman Blinds, allowing you to ensure your blind suits the needs of your home, beyond simply being decorative.
Light Filtering Lining
The light filtering lining is the lining that comes as standard with our Roman Blinds. It is a light cream/ivory coloured fabric which filters the amount of daylight coming through the fabric. It doesn’t block all light; it simply lowers light levels.
Adding the blackout lining will block all daylight from entering the room. It also thickens the fabric which creates a luxurious finish and will help to deaden exterior noise. Made from 100% polyester.
The thermal lining will help to maintain the temperature in the home by increasing the insulation around your windows. It will also make the room darker and lower exterior sound levels. Made from 100% polyester, this lining is also capable of keeping heat out during those hot summer months and maintaining cool temperatures inside.
We recommend the fabric is professionally dry-cleaned. The blind is designed for easy access to the fabric, with Velcro at the top for easy separation. The cords can be unclipped easily too.
Our Roman Blinds come with a chain tidy as standard which must be fitted to keep the chain taut and out of reach of children. Providing additional safety levels, these roman blinds are attached to the headrail by Velcro only, which whilst strong enough to hold the fabric, can separate under excessive weight
Likewise, the lateral cords that draw the blind up and down are designed to separate under any excessive weight too. This is because the swivel clip connecting the cord to the enclosed rod doesn’t have a bottom and will simply be pulled apart. Likewise, this also makes it easy to reconnect.
Alongside these safety measures inherently built into our roman blinds, we also recommend simple preventative steps are taken to stop children from coming into contact with the blind. Don’t install this blind in a window with easy access for children. Do not let children play with the blind, sit on the windowsill next to the blind or encourage them to operate the blind. Remove furniture from areas close to the window to stop children from climbing. Do not tie cords together and always install the child safety device.
For more information do not hesitate to get in touch.
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Your free sample will be added to the basket ready for you to checkout. You can carry on browsing, adding as many samples to your basket as you like. When you’re ready, checkout – delivery is free too – and relax, our samples will be on their way to you in no time.
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!
Highstreet Price Comparison
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