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Make My Blinds Glossary


Having trouble with any of our terms? Not to worry, we’ve put together a glossary of our most commonly used terms so that you can make sure you’re down with the lingo. We’re constantly adding new words to this section as we improve and expand our range. If you’ve got any questions that aren’t answered below then please give us a call on 0800 368 8441.

25mm slat: These are composed of horizontal slats and is the smallest size we do for the Aluminium Blinds.

35mm slat: These are horizontal slats, and the 35mm is the smallest size we do for Faux and Real Wood Blinds

50mm slat: These are horizontal slats, and the 50mm is the biggest size we do for Faux and Real Wood Blinds.

89mm Vane: Also known as Louvres, are composed of vertical vanes for vertical blinds.

Aluminium Blinds: Our aluminium blinds are made from high-quality aluminium slats with stunning colours to brighten any room. This makes them suitable for all rooms and is easy to wipe clean.

Blackout Material: This fabric stops 100% of the light passing through – Ideal for bedrooms!

Blackout Blind:  With the Blackout Material these blinds would be perfect for the bedroom. These come with a wide range of colours and are splashproof. Additionally, some ranges come as vertical or horizontal vanes/slats.

Bottom Bar: This is situated at the bottom of the blind, which gives a unique finish to the blinds. These come in either plastic, wood or aluminium.

Bracket To Bracket: From the left bracket to the right bracket, so the fabric is a little reduced from the measurement you give them. This comes only with the exact blind fitting.

Child Safety Clips: These would be placed on the pull cords and attached to the wall out of reach for children.

Dimout Blinds: This fabric stops most of the light passing through, but still allows a little bit through. These are not waterproof but splashproof. Suitable for living rooms, kitchens and offices. Additionally, some ranges come as vertical or horizontal vanes/slats.

Exact Blinds: You would choose this blind fitting when you want the blinds to be outside of the window recess and overlap the edges. For this fitting, you would only need to measure twice.

Face Fix: This is where you fix the bracket to a wall or window frame. You will always use the face fix brackets when fitting your blinds outside of the recess.

Fabric Width: This is where your blinds will be ordered to the width you asked for, but the bracket will be 2 or 3 cm extra on either side. This comes only with exact blind fitting.

Faux Wood: This is the alternative name for the Impression Blinds. Faux Wood Blinds are made from a composite blind which is made to look like real wood. Additionally, Faux wood is more durable than real wood.

Headrail: Are used mainly in Venetian and vertical blinds. This is where they hold the mechanisms, which operate the blind.

Impression Blinds: This is an alternative name for our Faux wood blinds, Impression blinds are made from a composite blend, made to look like real wood. This makes them much more durable than real wood and suitable for bathrooms.

Lintel: A horizontal support that is usually made of timber, stone, concrete or steel which supports the weight of the window, mainly used for top fix blinds.

Open pocket bottom bar: This is a basic range, which is stitched onto the bottom of the fabric and it opened on either end so it is not capped.

Pelmet: Is a concealing framework that can be hung over the headrail. These match the type of blind.

PVC Material: This fabric is 100% waterproof which is ideal for your bathroom.

Recess: This fits inside the window frame ( box your window sits inside). This requires three measurements.

Side Fix: Where you install your blinds to the side of the window/wall. Fitted either with Exact or Recess types.

Sidewinder Control: These are the mechanisms that operate the blind. These are used to raise, lower and tilt the blind. These controls can be either or the left or right side and you can select either a cord or a wand.

Tilt Control: Can be either a cord or a wand. This controls the blind slats to an open or closed position.

Top Fix: This is where you fix the brackets to the ceiling or the lintel as opposed to the wall or window frame.

Reverse Roll: Allows your blind material to fall forward off the roll. This means that the roll is concealed when the blind is drawn. This type of roll is perfect if you have objects such as handles and cranks near the window because it will not obstruct them.

Roller Blind: Are one of the most popular types of blinds. They come in a range of colours and styles and operate using a cord to raise or lower your blind. Suitable for all types of rooms.

Sheer Fabric: Also known as Voile Fabrics. These blinds stop people looking in during the day whereas, you can see them. Great for any window that looks out onto the road or pavement.

Venetian Blind: A window blind consisting of horizontal slats which can be pivoted to control the amount of light passing through them.

Vertical Blind: A vertical blind, can be pivoted to control the amount of light passing through them by twisting them.

Voile Fabric: Also known as Sheer Fabrics. These blinds stop people looking in during the day whereas, you can see them. Great for any window that looks out onto the road or pavement.

Waterproof Fabric: It is also known as a PVC material. 100% waterproof.

Wooden Venetian: Both Faux and Real Wood. These are all sustainably sourced, and each slat shows off the real grains and wood tones. Each blind can be customised with matching tapes. These are also great for controlling the light entering the room. These are only available with the horizontal slats.

Wipe Clean Fabric: These are easy to clean and splash proof. However, it is not 100% waterproof. These are available in all ranges.

Wrap around bottom bar: This is the premium range, which we offer on all of our roller blinds, which is wrapped around the bar and has a cap on either side to give it a more refined finish.