The summer brings many things; playing outside, fun days out, warmer weather and lighter nights – also known as a parent’s NIGHTMARE. How on earth do you manage to convince your kids to go to bed when the sun is still shining?
Luckily in Charlie’s room, he has a blind left from the previous house owners but the girls just had curtains. We moved in at the end of September so the nights were already drawing in so it never was much of an issue. However the last few months have caused us no end of problems! We have been using a portable blind that we have to manually stick up every single night and take down each morning, so when Order Blinds offered us the chance to try out their service it was a bit of a fist pump moment!The service is all made to measure and they have a super handy guide on how to get an accurate measurement on their website. I was very nervous about doing this in case I mucked it all up (I have history of not being very reliable!) so when it arrived I held my breath.
Luckily, the guide had been so easy to follow and I hadn’t messed it up. HURRAH! My Dad had offered to help me with the blind as my husband is working away during the week and last weekend was ridiculously busy that we didn’t have any chance to put it up. There were various different colours and finishes that you could choose that suited you. I opted for the light grey as it’s a very neutral colour which is less likely to fade and look discoloured with the sun shining on it, plus as the girls get older and we have to redecorate it won’t affect the scheme too much.
The blind came in various parts; the track with screws to fix it up, the drapes, the cords and the bottom of the blind fittings. It also came with a single sheet instruction. I have to admit we struggled a bit at first to work out what went where, but I think that’s because we both aren’t very DIY clued up! My Dad set about putting the fixings into the wall whilst I assembled the blind.
The blind needed the weights putting into the bottom and the hooks to clip onto the track at the top. This (once I worked out what went where) was very simple and easy to do.
Despite the blind itself coming rolled up, when they hung there were no creases and are very lightweight.
I would say that for a blackout blind, whilst blocking some light I would not say it fully blocks out everything; on a scale of one to ten in the blackout stakes I’d give it around a 6-7/10.
One thing I am really cautious of with blinds are the cords. You see, my girls are climbers and explorers. We really have to make sure that everything is out of their reach so I have to admit I was a bit nervous at the thought of a blind with a cord. However, this blind has a child-safe mechanism which you screw to the wall meaning that they cannot get caught in the cord. This really did ease my peace of mind when I leave them in their room to sleep that there’s no risk to their safety.
All in all, it was a very simple ordering and delivery process. The blind itself looks good and glides well. I would like it to block out a little more light but perhaps a darker colour may have been more suitable for this. It really has given the girls (whose room that backs onto other houses) at little bit more privacy and helps them stay in bed just a little longer without the sunlight beaming through their curtains.B xx
Disclosure – we were sent the blind photographed above for the purpose of this review. As always, all my words, opinions and pictures are my own