Review: Window Treatments from Direct Blinds

We’ve been in need of some new window treatments for a while now so when the opportunity came up to review a blind from the selection at Direct Blinds I was keen to give them a go. Miss E, my eldest daughter has the bigger bedroom of the two girls and although the room is recently updated we hadn’t tackled the window and it desperately needed some attention.

Here’s what the window looked like before we started the makeover:

window treatment from direct blindswindow treatment from Direct Blinds

As we live in a Victorian house the windows are quite large and tall so getting decent curtains to fit is quite tricky and can be expensive. These were from Next originally and were great, warm and practical, but they’re now faded from the sun, and the curtain pole is about to fall out of the wall from a 9 year old frequently hanging on the material. You can also see from the pictures that they are quite bulky and don’t fit well at the side of the desk. And to be honest they take quite a lot of light from the room.

So the aim is to make a neater, more compact window treatment like a roman blind. Something that looks stylish and is in keeping with her taste and the decor of the room, that she can manage to work easily, and that allows much more natural light into the space.

Direct Blinds are an online only store providing a big range of blinds and window treatments made in their own factories in Yorkshire, and they guarantee next day delivery too! For our new window treatment I decided on a roman blind from their patterned collection of fabrics in Lulu Powder Blue Stripes. The range is extensive and took a while to choose from but this pattern was a lovely, modern fit for the room:

window treatments from Direct Blinds

Ordering from the website is really easy. Simply input your measurements, (and there are instructions on how and where to measure) your chosen fabric, blind type and which side you would like the cord to sit and that’s it. The price is calculated immediately so you know if your choice is within budget. Easy!

Our blind arrived in perfect condition, very well packaged, looking great. It looked good on the screen but somehow was much better in reality.

All of the fittings were included and it was very easy to put up. Half an hour later and the job was done. What do you think of the difference?

window treatments from Direct Blinds(Forgive the actual window smudging this is a fault with our window!)

Doesn’t it look so much better?

It’s neat, unfussy and allows so much more light into the room, making it seem more spacious. It really is amazing what one little change like this can do to a room; I can’t stop going in there to take it in.

These other images will give you a better idea of the quality of the finish and the look of the fabric:

window treatments from Direct Blindswindow treatment from Direct Blinds

And then just to show you how the measurements are spot on this is how it looks when it’s fully down – a perfect fit!

window treatements from Direct blinds

Overall Impression:

I have to say I’m really impressed. The blind is great quality, well made and fits brilliantly well. It arrived in super fast time, well packaged and was easy to install. It has made a massive different to the room that I actually wasn’t expecting, allowing more light, and is much more practical for a 9 year old who loves spending time in her room.

The Cost:

My fabric choice, Stripes Lulu Powder Blue starts at £33.00. Our window size, 105cms wide by 188cms high came in at £105. For a bespoke, handmade roman blind I think this is great value. We would never get something off the shelf like this to fit the window so I’m really pleased with the product and the service.

Window Treatments from Direct Blinds:

Direct Blinds have a really big range from roller blinds, through to verticals, panel blinds, pleated blinds and a perfect fit blind. Fabric choice is good too ranging from traditional through to more modern and contemporary. Here are some of my favourites along with prices.

window treatments from Direct BlindsStone Grey Wooden Blind starting at £22.68

Window Treatment from Direct BlindsWoodland Leaves Roller Blind from £39.15

Window treatments from Direct BlindsBali Amethsyt Roman Blind from £33.30

window treatments from Direct BlindsWhite Celeste Pleated Blind from £36

If you would like to explore the Direct Blind range in more detail you can click here to take you to the website.

For Roman blinds including our Stripes Lulu Powder blue go here, or you can select from Roller Blinds, Pleated Blinds or Wooden blinds, just a few of my favourite choices.

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary Roman Blind for use in this review. The comments and opinions are genuine and honest.

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1 Comment

  1. Jenni
    September 20, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    Great choice of material, the blinds look even better in real life. Very jealous, I bet she loves them.

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