Sparkle Slate Venetian Blind
This Venetian Blind incorporates smooth-action technology to make for a diverse and stylish blind. This blind has the option to be operated by Cord/Wand or Chain. The Venetian Blind is made from Aluminium giving it Full opacity. This blind is shown in a beautiful Sparkle Slate grey finish. ...read more
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.
How to Install a Venetian Blind
Put your venetian blind into the window area and tilt the head rail towards you so that you can see the position of the ladder cord mechanisms within the rail. This is because you need to position your brackets at least 5cm away from the mechanisms. Use a pencil to mark the place where the brackets will go.
Be sure you position your blind away from handles or vents on the window if it is going to be top fixed. The last thing you want is for your new shiny blinds to hit against your window handle everytime you use it!
You can either fix your blind to the window frame or on the wall in front of the recess or on the ceiling or top of the recess. Depending on where you’re going to put it affects the position of the brackets. A face fixed bracket sees the blinds mounted to the surface of the window frame or wall using two screws in each bracket. A top fixed bracket involves the brackets being fitted directly above the blind, to the ceiling or top of the recess.
To fit, ensure your brackets are in the correct place (see above) and are level. Use a spirit level to make sure the brackets are straight and use a pencil to mark where the holes are. This is where you need to drill. Once the hole has been drilled, insert the wallplug and then screw into the wall plug.
Now the blind’s brackets are in place, all that’s left is to put up the blind. Open the swing arm on the bracket so that it protrudes. Put the front lip of the rail onto the front prongs of the bracket. Then, gently push the swing arm towards the back of the brackets to lock the rail into place.
The only thing left to do at this point is to install your cord safety cleat. A cleat allows you to keep any loose ends out of reach of children - a key safety element and not something you should overlook. Your cord cleat should be installed close to the headrail, but no less than 1.5m above the floor. It must be out of reach of children. The cord should be tied around it in full when the blind is not in use and never knotted, tied together or tied to create a loop. If you need help at any point during the installation of the blind, get in touch with one of our trained members of staff who will happily talk you through the process.
If you choose the chain operated blind, the chain tidy will be attached to the chain when the blind arrives. The chain tidy should be at a maximum distance from the control mechanism, keeping the chain taut (not under excessive tension however as this could negatively affect the longevity and operation of the blind). Put the retaining device on the wall, mark fixing holes with a pencil, drill the holes and screw the device to the wall with suitable fixings.
3 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 3 year warranty on all our blinds. This is one of the longest warranties available and a clear sign of the quality of our blinds.
Obviously, there are a few exclusions:
✖ Damage caused by poor installation/not following fitting instructions (don’t worry, installation is easy, read this.)
✖ Misuse or Failing to maintain the blind
✖ General wear and tear and fading (these blinds are exposed to very intense UV rays)
✖ Alteration to the blind
✖ Exposure to the elements or fitted in an unsuitable location (these are indoor blinds!)
However, if your blind stops functioning for any reasons other than those listed above, get in touch. Our warranty covers:
✔ Manufacturing defects
✔ Fabric/slat colour fading within a year
✔ Mechanical malfunction
✔ 2 year warranty on battery and mains electric motors used in electric roller blinds
So, in summary, avoid grossly mistreating your blind, show it a little TLC every so often and don’t use it in ways it wasn’t intended. If you do all those things and something goes wrong with the blind, you’re golden – we’ve got you covered and we’ll and repair or replace it free of charge.
Our metal venetian blinds are made from aluminium and consist of a colour-matched headrail that houses the mechanism, 25mm slats and a metal bottom bar. Colour matched cords run from top to bottom on each side, forming a ladder that the slats sit on, and these are used to control the blind. The slats are raised and lowered and rotated in place to allow absolute control over the light entering your room.
The colour-coated headrail is what the brackets attach to and is the part that houses the mechanism. It is colour matched to the slats but there is a chance of some slight difference in tone. This is because we match a single headrail (and bottom bar) to multiple slat colours.
The mechanism is located inside the headrail and the headrail is crimped slightly around the mechanism to ensure it doesn’t move in transit and in operation. The turn-fix key brackets directly hold the headrail. The headrail dimensions are 24mm high x 27mm deep.
We offer two types of mechanism for our metal venetian blinds.
The wand and cord operation means we supply a plastic wand that is twisted to rotate the slats, and we supply a cord that is pulled to raise and lower the slats. The cord can be locked into place anywhere down the window too, holding the slats in any spot, wherever you need them.
The other option available is the chain operated venetian blind. This allows you to control the rotation of the slats and raise and lower them all from a single white plastic chain.
Our slats are 25mm wide and they're made from aluminium. They will slightly overlap when rotated to the fully closed (flush) position. They come in a large choice of colours and so we recommend ordering a sample of the slat you like the look of so you can see it in person.
On the finished blind it may be common for a slat to be sitting on the bottom bar when the blind is fully extended, and this is not an issue. This is due to the process involved in working out the number of slats required for your blind based on the drop, and sometimes this will be rounded up to ensure there are always enough slats to prevent any gaps in the slats. As a result, a slat may sometimes be left to lay across the bottom bar on a venetian blind.
Choosing the best control option for you
We provide two control options with our venetian blinds, meaning you can choose the right means of operating your blind to suit your needs, location of the window and the room you choose to install it in.
Cord / Wand
A cord or wand operated venetian blind works by lowering and raising the blind with the cord and adjusting the slats with the wand. This more traditional method is a popular means of operating a venetian blind, providing a great level of control over how much light can enter a room.
A chain operated venetian blind is an enormous innovation in the world of blinds. A single chain operates the raising and lowering of the blind whilst also controlling the tilt of the slats. The single chain is fitted at one end giving a neater appearance overall with a blind free from cords and a wand. This innovative mechanism ensures the blind constantly stays level when lifted and slats can be angled more accurately.
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 venetian blinds are:
• All cords provided with our products are made at a maximum length of one metre
• A cleat is provided with every looped cord operated blind. The cord needs to be wrapped tightly around the cleat in a figure-of-eight after every use
• Chain tensioners (or p-clips as they're also known) and cord tidies are supplied with every chain operated venetian
If you have any questions about child safety and our blinds, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we're always happy to help.
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 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!
Super easy to clean and perfect for busy households, simply wipe with a cloth to keep these blinds look spick-and-span!
A fire retardant blind will only smoulder when presented with a flame and will self-extinguish once the heat source has been removed.
All our blinds come with child safe features as standard but some are inherently more child safe due to the deliberate removal of chains and cords.
Moisture resistant blinds do not absorb or retain water, meaning they will not rot when exposed to damp conditions. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
This Blind is available for Next Day Delivery. Order before 11am to have it despatched the same day to be with you the very next working day. All you have to do is select ‘Next Day Delivery’ when you checkout and we’ll take care of the rest.
If you order after 11am, we’ll still process your order as a priority and despatch it the next working day to be with you the following working day, but we can’t guarantee that it will be with you the day after you place your order, unless we discover light-speed or time travel in the meantime!
Next Day Delivery only applies to selected blinds and isn’t applicable to other non-qualifying blinds ordered at the same time. If you’re located within the Channel Islands of the Scottish Highlands we’ll still despatch in super quick time but the couriers may take a little longer to get to you, so please allow 48 or 72 hours for delivery.Why order before 11am?
Ordering before 11am ensures we are able to fit your blind into the day’s work schedule for our factory to get it built ready in time to catch the courier. Your order will jump the queue of work and head right to the front where our expert team will build your made to measure blind in time for it to arrive at your home in 24 hours’ time. Now, how’s that for service?
Highstreet Price Comparison
Our highstreet price comparison calculator works on an average price based on similar made-to-measure blinds sold by highstreet retailers. We compare their blinds to ours using the same measurements, same type of fabric and same mechanism, doing our best to find a like-for-like system. To find out more, click here.