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Need Roman Blinds or Roller Blinds?  We can help!

When to have your blinds made with Bolt of Cloth:

  • When you want to know the making will be beautiful with the very best components
  • When you are happy to do your own measuring – with our coaching and video support. A normal window is easy to self measure (it is just a rectangle).  We will tell you if we think your window is too tricky to do yourself.
  • When you are renovating or re-purposing one room
  • When you need new blinds in your bach or home in a far flung location
  • When you want a beautiful result with social distancing.
  • When you would love to organize it all from home and have them turn up on your door!

Do you offer a free roman blind quote?

Yes we do. Click here for a quote.

How do I measure my window for a blind?

Measuring is easy.  There are 3 simple steps.

1)You will need:

  • Metal measuring tape – this ensures you get the most accurate results
  • Pen and paper – it is best to write down your measurements as you go
  • Ideally a friend – particularly if it is a large window


2)Measure your finished blind width

  • For exterior fit blinds:
    Simply measure the width you want the blind to cover – this will include the window frame. It is standard to make blinds 50mm wider than the frame for a good cover. 
  • For interior fit blinds:
    This is a blind that sits inside the window cavity – measure the narrowest width of the recess.   To get the shortest width we recommend you measure 3 times - at the top, in the middle and at the bottom of the internal frame, as these can differ. Give us the smallest measurement.


 3)Measure your finished height

  • For exterior fit blinds:
    Simply measure the length from where you want to install the blind to your desired length. Ideally you mount the blind 100mm above the window so that the blind doesn't block the window when it is pulled all the way up. We recommend you have the blinds finish 100mm past the sill to give it a good cover and look. 
  • While these are standard recommendations you may want to adjust them if your blind should match the top of an existing curtain or blind or there are space restrictions to take into consideration. 
  • For interior fit blinds:
    Measure the shortest length from the top of where you will recess it to the sill. To get the shortest length we recommend you measure 3 times - to the  left side, in the middle and at the right side of the internal frame.

It is best to measure both sides of your window as in some houses this can be slightly different. 

Don't forget:
Measure the window width and height in three locations to determine the widest/narrowest part of the window.

Decide where to put the pullside – this is the cord/chain that you use to raise/lower the blind. There is often one side that is more practical than the other – otherwise just choose whichever side feels good to you.

What fabrics can I choose to have my blind made in?

You can request a quote in all the fabrics that you see on our website.  In addition we stock all the brands you can see here:  link to other brands we stock.


How long does it take to have my roman blind made?

Making times vary throughout the year from 2- 6 weeks (with the busiest times being pre-Christmas and mid winter).  Email us for current making times.


How good are your blind makers?

We think they are the best in the country!  Our blinds are beautifully and thoughtfully made and we use the best quality components on the market.


How do I know whether to do curtains or blinds?

This is just a matter of personal preference unless there is something in the room prohibiting one from being an option.  

Blinds are an excellent solution for windows that have limited space either side or if you are after a clean, minimal look. They are also ideal for windows that sit quite high off the ground (eg. Long windows above a bed) – as they don’t create a barrier for any furniture below a window.

We are happy to advise on what might be the best option for your window – just email through a photo of your space to quotes@boltofcloth.com


Should I do an external or internal fit blind?

External fit means the blind covers your window frame and an internal fit sits inside the frame. Generally, we recommend an external fit blind.  They provide more light and draft protection and are easier to measure for.

You need to decide this before you measure. Have a look at your window and imagine the blind in place - some windows don't have room for the blind to sit outside the frame. You can email us a photo of your window and we can advise you.

Outside of the frame has the advantage of blocking more light and drafts. Blinds that sit outside the frame can make your window appear larger, and if you hang the blind above the frame you can keep the fabric off the window.

We do not recommend an internal fit for bedrooms as they always allow light into the room around the blind so only choose this style if no other option is available. Be aware that internally fit Revolution headers will let some light in above the blind as well.


I just want to buy the fabric, but how much fabric do I need for blinds?

This can be a tricky thing to work out, especially with patterned fabric.  Please contact us for a quote and we will individually specify the amount of fabric, lining and making costs.

If you are using your own maker, you need to ask them to do this, as different makers can have different fabric requirements and we don't take responsibility for fabric quantities if we are not doing the making.


What is the difference between a Standard Roman Blind and Revolution Chain Driven Blind?

The key differences are the headrail, how they are mounted and the way in which the blind is raised and lowered.

A Standard Roman Blind is attached to a wooden headrail which is screwed directly onto your window frame. This blind is raised by a nylon cord which is tied off on a cleat on the side of the window to keep the blind anchored in place.  

A Revolution Chain Driven blind is attached to a metal headrail which has a more sophisticated mounting system.  Small brackets are mounted to your window, and the blind slides into these.  These blinds come with a beaded plastic cord which hangs off the side of the blind - this is pulled to raise/lower the blind.

This header is required for blinds for over 2m in width as they can hold more weight - they are also ideal for rental properties or situations where the blind will be subject to more use.  The chain will be white unless requested otherwise.  The extra cost for a Revolution Chain Driven blind varies from $100 to $225, depending on the width of the blinds. 


Should I have my blinds lined?

All roman blinds are required to be lined, so you need to choose between thermal and blackout lining.

Thermal lining provides insulation, keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Blackout linings have the benefits of thermal lining – but also are great to block out any light – excellent for bedrooms or if you enjoy watching TV in the dark.


What does it cost to courier blinds?

We offer free shipping for blinds up to 2.3m within NZ.  Blinds wider than 2.3m can be picked up from our Christchurch workroom or ask for a shipping quote.

We can ship blinds up to 0.85m to  Australia at no charge.  For blinds larger than that you will need to organise pick up from our Christchurch workroom.

We are unable to ship blinds to any other destinations.


I have purchased my fabric elsewhere; can you still make my blinds?

No, we don’t offer this service. We only make custom made items in fabrics supplied by Bolt of Cloth.