This review is a first for me, I’m reviewing the blind I bought but also the company.
I had a curtain pole attached to the wall above my large french doors & two windows in my home office. The biggest problem with the curtain was it wasn’t inset the window so it took up space I needed for equipment for my items in my Etsy Shop and the bloody rail kept falling down as the wall did not want to keep the screws in it. 🙁
I’m a self-employed website & graphic designer and I created Aquabox Design but I also blog and have an Etsy Shop so I need the office space. I want my office to be functional but also a nice space to be in. So I decided to see how much a vertical blind would be for my large office door and windows. To be honest, I was just dreaming as I thought they would cost so much money.
Top Secret Stock 😉
Sorry that the photo of the blind inside my office isn’t great but I had to avoid getting a load of stock for my Etsy Shop that isn’t pg safe. Yes, there may be some rude confetti going on. hehe
I searched Google and came across Blinds Direct and I looked for vertical blinds. The website for one was amazing, I should know 😉 It was user-friendly but also gives you every little bit of information you could possibly need. They have fitting instructions and a fitting guide. Lucky really, as I’d never put up blinds like this before.
I choose a nice grey colour, knowing that it would suit anything in my office. That if it got stained/marked it wouldn’t show up like a saw thumb. I have 3 kids and I can ask them till the cows come home not to touch my blinds or lean against my walls but we all know what the outcome is to that rule… Grey also goes with everything. When I was decorating my office I was considering doing a feature wall in grey but decided against it as I wasn’t sure what wall to choice. This blind is even better as when it’s fully closed and it covers such a large door/window it acts as a feature wall. Win-win.
What It Really Comes Down Too
The blind cost me £57.28 for a Touched by Design Deluxe Plain Seal 231cm width x 200cm drop Vertical Blind. Wow! The price alone for a tailed made to fit blind that cheap is amazing but such great quality too. I honestly believed I’d been had, or that there was a catch I hidden seen in the small print.
I ordered the blind on the 6th March and on the 25th it was delivered. Amazing for a blind that had to be made for me. I wish I’d taken a photo of the blind in its packaging. I was just too excited to wait. It was extremely well packed, there was no way it could be bent with the super strong cardboard.
I installed the blind with my partner. What I mean by that is that I held the vacuum to collect dust while he drilled the holes. I clipped the blinds into to metal bar at the top. DIY and I don’t mix very well most the time. But, I did help…
It was so easy to install, it took us less than 15 minutes. I have wooden blinds in every other room which are horizontal. They collect dust like nothing else. I think there is more dust on my blinds than in my vacuum… Crazy! Random fact about me, I’m extremely allergic to dust mites. Yep! I have to clean like a mad person, so to have this vertical blind in my office was even better for me than I first thought. I used to very rarely take the curtains down before and wash them but then I had to iron the wrinkles out, grrrr ironing… It was just a pain.
Such A Great Idea
Just before you check out you can click SureFit which costs just under £10 and it covers a few blinds at once. So say you bought 3 blinds and you had measured it wrong, with this protection you can send them back and get a replacement with the correct size. Incredible, right?
I also phoned them up and on both occasitons the people were super friendly, chatty and helpful.
The whole experience was amazing from start to finish. In the past, I’d bought wooden and roller blinds and had to cut them to size. Okay, my partner had to cut them down:), but, they never looked perfect, but with this company doing that for you, it takes the headache out of buying blinds. Great quality blinds at a great price, what else could you possibly ask for?