You may have noticed there aren’t many companies fitting blinds horizontally….. # Well if you haven’t, as you search around a bit more you’ll find that there aren’t many that have the experience to fit blinds to roof lanterns in your home. Fitting blinds in this aspect, within an orangery or conservatory, isn’t straight forward […]
Here’s an example of a bottom up blind covering a gable end, this job was fitted into a board room to allow presentations. The fabric of the blind is stiffened with ribs to help avoid the fabric curling back at the edges. Ensuring the fabric fits into the shape of the window. With this configuration, all […]
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you’re really close to having the same problems again this summer. Just think about this….. It’s lovely, warm and everyone’s having a whale of a time, the table is laden with lunch and everyone is taking their seat, but the low sun shines into […]
BLINDS IN A CORNER Large sections of glass, whether you have bi-fold doors or floor to ceiling windows always look great. However, there are considerations that you have to make. For example apartments like this… Glass covers more than 2 sides of the apartment. This can raise an issue that you need to think about. […]
Picture this …. You’re decorating your home, to look just the way that you want it. I’m sure you’re looking for a clean and neat finish to match the rest of your home. You’re looking for the finishing touch; blinds to go along your bi-fold doors. But the length of the bifold doors requires 3 […]
3 Things you probably hadn’t considered! – Motorised Blinds We are talking to more and more homeowners as well as Home Automation specialist who have recognized there is something missing from their automation. #Motorised blinds are on the rise (and fall with your home automation system). Finishing the scheme Home Automation Installers are increasing being […]
He could be right this time Veteran weather forecaster Michael Fish has claimed that Britain will enjoy seven times as many scorching summer days by 2100 due to climate change. Now I know he got the hurricane forecast disastrously wrong in 1987, but as I sit here in over 30 degrees heat the thought that […]
You might be on holiday but they’re not
“You can tell if folk are on holiday ‘cos all the blinds are closed or there’s mail in the letterbox, papers sticking out or sometimes milk on the step. I just look through a window to see if I can see mail on the floor. If the blinds or curtains are closed a few days on the trot you know they’re away.” – a convicted burglar
Electric Bi-Fold Door Blinds
Premier Blinds recommends motorising your curtain tracks and blinds incorporating timers or dawn/dusk sensors. If your blinds and curtains open and close at slightly different times each day, and your lights are also on timers it would be all but a dedicated thief who would realise that your home is empty. Great justification to your other-half for upgrading your window décor!
There isn’t a lot you can say about these instances, other than feel for the family. I’m writing this as a father and everyone within Premier Blinds & Awnings have children of various ages.
We have been fitting and offering child safe products for a long time now, ensuring chords are fitted with cleats and chains in P-clips.
We specialise in automation and can do it for the single blind to the whole home with multiple blinds and rooms. All motorisation is inherently safe in comparison because it avoids the key issue – chains and chords.
New regulations that have been introduced for the industry which means cord or chain operated blinds can only be installed with a safety breaker and/or retention bracket or cleat to reduce the risk of strangulation persons.
We can only believe this was good practice but is now law. Done properly and used will help avoid these instances in the future.
‘Sophie’s stuck’: Toddler, two, found dead by her brother, four, after becoming entangled in window blind cord while playing hide and seek
- Sophie Allen died at Newcastle Royal Victoria hospital on Saturday
- Two-year-old got tangled in beaded cord loop while playing with brother
- Mother Danielle Hudson urged parents to be aware of the dangers
- Paying tribute she said: ‘She was loving and happy, always smiling’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2614801/Toddler-2-dead-brother-entangled-window-blind-cord-playing-hide-seek.html#ixzz31rnaTyKR
MAKE SURE YOUR BLINDS ARE CHILD SAFE
At Premier Blinds, we recognise that child safety is an important issue for anyone who is furnishing their home. This has now been recognized in law too.
The crux of the regulation is simple ‘MAKE IT SAFE’ but that does mean there needs to be a little more thought applied about what solution is installed to ensure they are child safe.
Regulation EN13120 means cord or chain operated blinds can only be installed with a safety breaker and/or retention bracket or cleat to reduce the risk of strangulation to children and vulnerable persons.
Learn more – http://www.blindsawnings.com/child-safety.html
Who would want to live in a goldfish bowl?
That’s exactly what it felt like last week when we were having our kitchen redecorated. After clearing the kitchen of clutter and taking down the blinds it amazed me how different the room felt. We only have a medium width patio door and two small windows in it, but it felt like we were living in a goldfish bowl.
At night the door especially became a great big black expanse. I felt exposed, even though we are not overlooked – and got rather a shock one night when a cat walked past peering in! The difference in acoustics (two young boys create a lot of noise) and heat loss was noticeable.
It got me thinking – with the trend towards large bi-fold doors, walls of glazing and roof lanterns in homes, it is more important than ever to dress your windows right. It is usually the summer months when glare and soaring temperatures often drive us to find a solution, but it can actually be during the winter that blinds and curtains really add benefit. You don’t have to be a Goldfish!