About Your Custom Made Blinds
From the fabric and dimensions to the type of mounting and side you want your cord on, you really do get to customise every aspect of your custom made blinds to ensure they're a perfect fit for your home. We have 2 fabric options; blackout and stiff-translucent, so choose the most suitable fabric to suit your specific needs.
It's important you accurately measure the dimensions according to the mounting style: Relief mounting is where you blinds stand proud of the wall or frame, Recess mounting is where the blinds sit within the window box. For Relief mounting, add 5cm to your width to compensate for spindle fittings. For Recess mounting, provide the exact dimensions of the space you need to fill with your blind.
At a glance...
Blackout or translucent
Relief or recess mounted
Made to measure
All parts included
3 year guarantee
Handmade in UK
How your Custom Roller Blinds are Made
These handmade custom roller blinds expertly made to order and made to measure. So that the metal pole isn't exposed when your blinds are fully extended, we add 2-3 wraps of extra fabric at the top of your design, which is mirrored in most cases. This does not show on the design interface. It is important that you ensure this part always stays rolled up and not visible when unrolling your blind. It acts as an extra strengthening piece for your blind. Using specialist dye sublimation print, the inks are fused deep into the surface of the fabric fibres, creating a long-lasting print. In terms of textures and what the roller blinds UK fabrics look like, the stiff translucent is textured with an acrylic coating, giving it a shiny face and waxy touch. Blackout fabric smooth to touch and has a slightly rubbery reverse that's white in colour. Both fabrics are fire rated and non-fray.
Along with your roller blinds, you'll also receive all the parts necessary for assembly.
Your custom made blinds come with a cord clip that needs carefully assembly to prevent accidents around children. In order to attach your cord clip, it's important to follow these instructions to ensure it's fully secured.
Please be aware
- Line up the last 'ball' on the two ends of the cord chain and press them into the holes until you hear a click.
- As if you were making a square, slot the 2 clips into eachother. This fixes the two ends together.
- Do this until you hear a click.
that if a child, or anyone, were to pull too hard on the cord, the clip will come apart. It's been engineered this way to protect children from getting the cord wrapped around their neck. For everyday use of your custom roller blinds, be gentle when pulling the cord, using your hands to guide it, so the clip doesn't snap open. As a safety precaution, it's recommended that cots, children's beds and toy chests etc be moved away from the cord so little ones can't climb up and play with the cord.
Child Safety Regulations mean that all blinds have to comply with EN13120. Contrado Imaging Ltd takes the following measures to comply:
- A safety breaker piece will be supplied, with any blind with cords and/or chains.
- We advise the recommended distance from the floor to the bottom of the chain will be at least 80cm.
- We supply the cord length at 2/3rds the length of your chosen drop.
- A warning notice comes attached to your roller blind.
- Installation instructions will be provided and must be available once the blind has been fitted.
- There will be a warning notice on the product packaging.
- Our company name and date of manufacture are included on the roller blind fabric.
These safety measures are applied to every blind supplied by Contrado Imaging Ltd.
We offer 2 fabric options with very distinctive properties and purposes. The semi-translucent fabric is decorative, slightly textured and lets a little light shine through without being transparent in any way. We'd suggest selecting this option if you're looking to enhance your conservatory or kitchen, where you want the glow of the sunshine without it being overbearing. Whilst it lets some light through, you can't see through it. For rooms that need total blockage from the sun, such as babies nurseries, bedrooms and photography studios, choose blackout. It also has water repellent qualities so makes excellent custom made blinds for bathrooms too.
Within the design interface you'll also have the option to select which side you want the cord to go on. You might want to double check where your custom roller blinds are going to go, so you can see how easy access to a cord is on either side.
Reviews for Roller Blinds
based on 2 customer reviews
Service was very quick and the blind quality is great. Will definitely be ordering again.
I'm really happy with our made-to-measure roller blind. It arrived quickly after placing the order. The quality of the printing and fabric is excellent, as are the kit components. It was easy to install and looks fabulous.
How does this product enhance my...
Custom made roller blinds featuring your very own designs are a beautiful addition to any room. As they're made to measure, even the smallest or largest of windows can be given a makeover. The option for both recess and relief mounting also means contemporary homes and those with period features can be customised.
Print your logo and branding on custom made blinds for a unique addition to your business. Hospital wards can use blackout blinds printed with fun characters and uplifting designs, perfect for surgery and private consultancy meetings. They're also great for playgroups and nurseries, where the children's designs can adorn the windows.
Add a line of custom roller blinds to your product offering and give customers a novel way to enjoy your art around their home. If your drawings or paintings are ethereal in nature, choose the stiff translucent fabric so that the silhouettes look magical as a little light shines through. Blinds are a home essential, and yours are unique.
Frequently asked questions:
Do you have anymore technical advice?
When your blinds are fully rolled up, the thickness with the pole is 5.5cm - 6cm. Check your window frame dimensions and ensure you can still open your window with the blinds being obstructive.
What is relief and recess mounting?
Relief mounting is where your blinds sit infront of the window frame, so the blind fixtures are attached to the wall. Recess mounting is when your blinds sit within the window box.
What does the safety cord clip do?
When pulled too hard, the safety cord clip snaps apart (not breaking), preventing children and toddlers accidentally getting the cord loop wrapped around their neck. It's a necessary feature.
Browse Designer Roller Blinds
Browse the range of custom roller blinds, exclusively designed by our #ContradoCreative artists. They're beautifully printed with original artwork, and provide the perfect coverage for your windows. Choose from blackout fabric for total darkness or stiff-translucent for a stylish way to let a little light through without any transparency.
What's the best resolution to print in?
We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi, this means that no resizing of your file occurs stopping any interpolation.
Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?
For multi-coloured or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colours and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.
Which colour model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?
If each individual colour is specifically important to your design, choose CYMK as our setup will print each colour with the closest possible match within our available range. If the relationship between the colours within the image is more important, choose RGB, this will reduce all colours equally to fit within our range.
What does GSM mean?
Grams per Square Meter (GSM) is an international standard for measuring the weight of paper or fabric. GSM uses the weight of a square meter (1000 x 1000mm) as an indication of the weight and thickness of a given fabric. We class 20-100gsm as light (summer fabrics, gauzes and fine silks), 101-249 gsm as medium (most clothing fabrics) and 250+ gsm as heavy (upholstery fabrics, and other specialist fabrics).
What are the bleed areas?
When designing your product, it’s best to make sure that your image is slightly larger than needed. In printing, the extra printed image is referred to as a “Bleed Area” or margin, and it is removed from the finished piece. A bleed area acts as a buffer for slight inconsistencies in the manufacturing process. however, it’s important to fill your bleed areas completely, or you may end up with white, unprinted strips along the edge of your finished product.
Do you print on garments a customer supplies?
Unfortunately not. All our garments are printed on flat fabric and sewn into finished products, which gives a better, finished result and all-over print. We test meticulously so that we know what gets the best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation paper to order, so if you have access to a heat press you can press your fabrics or flat garments easily.
Can you Align a Pattern or design across panels of a garment?
We always strive for the greatest accuracy when printing and constructing your garments. However, due to unavoidable stretch or movement of the fabric during the stitching process, we cannot guarantee perfect pattern registration across garment seams. We are generally accurate within 2-3mm, which Is close enough for most patterns but may show slight issues with detailed geometric patterns.
Can I print my own Labels?
Most of our garments now come with printable label space for you to add your own company information and branding! If you would like to sew in your own labels, we also offer Printed Fabric Labels here.
How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?
With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colours and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility in London where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment.
Please note: As everything we provide is handmade to order, all measurements may vary slightly.
Delivery time & Costs
We handmake your item on site, which takes on average 1-3 days. Please check individual production times which are displayed next to the item price on the product page, as this varies from product to product. In rare cases when we need to re-print an item, this may take an additional 1-2 days.
After your item has been manufactured, we ship your order via your chosen method. Please add on the production time to the delivery time to calculate when your order will be with you. Select your delivery method in your basket.
We have a range of trusted shipping options:
- Royal Mail 1st Class Standard (no tracking) - 1-5 working days on average (please note that this can take up to 15 working days in exceptional circumstances).
- Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded (no tracking) - Usually delivered the next working day. It is not a guaranteed next day service, or a tracked service. A signature is required. (Please note that this can take up to 15 working days in exceptional circumstances).
- Special Delivery - Delivered the next working day
- Saturday Delivery (deliver only on Sat)
- Collection from our London Office (between 4-6pm on working days only)
- For international orders or large/bulky packages within the UK, we ship via DHL or Fedex services. This takes on average 2-5 working days.
You can then enjoy or resell your hand-made products with your very own designs.
You can also read more about our terms & conditions and refund policy.
Make use of our Manufacturing and Worldwide Shipping Experience
At Contrado, every product is handmade on site to ensure the highest quality. We provide a dedicated production service as well as a range of fast delivery options. For the past 14 years, we have printed and hand-made countless personalised products for a wide range of customers all over the world and many of them have become loyal customers who love not only our products but also the care, knowledge and dedication from our staff.
Produced and ready to ship within 1-3 days on average.
A speedy Special Delivery service is available where your item will delivered within one working day, after it has been manufactured.
Low shipping fees
- We print and make everything in-house. Production times are dependent on the product.
Express shipping available
- From £1.25 to ship within the UK.
- A speedy Special Delivery service is available where your item will delivered within one working day, after it has been manufactured.