When it comes to purchasing new blinds, there can be a lot to consider. The choice starts with whether you want custom made or ready-made blinds. Let’s take a look at the differences between custom made and ready-made blinds when it comes to product quality, installation, the look, price, product advice and information, as well as the different types of blinds available.
Types of Blinds:
A classic and beloved blind by many Australian families, the Roller Blind is a perfect option for those wanting a simple window covering that will work in any room of the home. The Roller Blind, also known as the Holland Blind, comes in three fabric options, sunscreen, light filter and blockout. This makes them the perfect option for those wanting to fit out a whole house with the same blinds and where privacy levels differ in each room. Roller Blinds are also simple and easy to maintain and can come in cordless and motorised options, which is perfect for those families with young children.
Honeycomb Blinds come in a range of models to suit a variety of window and door types. Not only are there a wide range of styles but also colours and cell size options. The Honeycomb Blinds unique cellular structure helps to insulate the home by trapping air in the cells. The cells also help to absorb sound which makes them a great option for those living on busy streets or homes with hard flooring. Honeycomb Blinds come in both light filter and blockout fabric, making them great for an array of rooms in the home.
A curtain and blind hybrid, the Roman Blind is the perfect option for those looking to add a classic and sophisticated look to their space. The Roman Blind gives a soft touch to a room and comes in an array of colours and fabric options. The roman blind can be made in light filter or blockout fabric with a lining, making it a suitable option for bedrooms, living rooms or dining spaces, where you require privacy at certain times of the day.
With the option of timber, timber look and aluminium, Venetian Blinds are very versatile and work throughout any room in the home. Timber Venetians give a classic and sophisticated look to the home, whilst timber look is the perfect option for rooms with a lot of moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Timber and PVC Venetian Blinds control light and privacy with 'Smart Privacy Slats' and a simple to use tilt and lift cord control. Aluminium Blinds are also suitable for rooms with moisture, they are easy to clean and give any space a modern feel.
Ease of use and convenience are the two stand out features of a Motorised Blinds with remote control operation. Perfect for the elderly, those with hard to reach windows and families with small children or pets. Motorised blinds come in two options, battery operated or hard-wired. Both Honeycomb and Roller Blinds can be made motorised and help to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Not only are motorised blinds a great way to impress guests but are also very durable as there is rarely a need to touch or use the blind manually.
Custom Made or Ready Made Blinds:
Custom made blinds are made with durable materials and high quality workmanship, to ensure longevity. This means that most custom made blinds, if well looked after, can last anywhere between 8-10 years. Custom made blinds are a great investment, not only to help you control light and privacy but also a great way to improve the value of your home. Custom made blinds also come with a warranty that will allow you to have your blinds replaced if an issue arises.
Unfortunately, ready-made blinds don’t usually last the distance due to the types of materials used to produce the product. If well maintained, they can last for a significant period however won’t last anywhere near as-long-as custom made blinds. This means that you are more likely to replace these window coverings and this increases the overall cost.
When it comes to buying custom made blinds, you have the option to DIY install or choose a supplier who also does installation. However, if you are thinking about purchasing custom made blinds but still want to save some money, then DIY measure and install is the best way to get a high quality finish and great looking blinds whilst still saving money.
Purchasing ready-made blinds means installing the blinds yourself. This is also what helps to keep the cost of ready-made blinds low.
A factor that most people consider to be important when selecting a window covering. The look of custom made blinds not only includes the quality of the product but also the fit. For your window coverings to look extra special, it’s important that they fit nice and neat in the space. This is something that is achievable with custom made blinds as they are made to your exact window and door measurments.
With ready-made blinds, they are not made in every window size but in a range of standard sizes and in a few different blind types for you to choose from. This means that your blinds may not fit your windows or doors perfectly and could require a bit of DIY to ensure they fit in your space.
As with any custom made product, there are more costs involved due to the process. As your blinds are being made to your exact measurments, specifications, customisations, and are made to order, not in bulk, this means they may cost a little more but will ensure you get the perfect fit and look for your home.
Ready-made usually means a cheaper cost as it is made to generic sizes/specifications and is usually made in bulk. If you are looking for a super budget conscious option, then this may be the way to go.
Advice and Information:
When dealing with a custom made window covering supplier, you are dealing with experts in the industry who work with these products day-in-day-out, so you are going to be able to ask any question about window coverings and get expert advice and information.
You usually purchase ready-made window coverings from a retail store where they have generic sizes sitting on a shelf. Unfortunately, most of these retail stores do not have representatives who are trained with the knowledge required in selecting the perfect blind for your home and needs.
Custom-made blinds don’t have to be expensive and purchasing perfectly fitted blinds and with regular cleaning and maintenance, a window covering should be an investment that lasts you for many years. Choosing to measure your windows and install the blind yourself, is a great way to save a bit of extra money, however still gives you the opportunity to have quality custom-made blinds in your home.