Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

London blinds outside the recess

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • London blinds outside the recess

    Has anyone any tips for installing London blinds outside the window recess?
    I've been asked to make a pair of blinds which will be fitted to the architrave (there are working wooden shutters) and which will be fully lowered occasionally.

    I'm assuming I'll have to use a cassette headrail, but the return on a headrail isn't very attractive. Is there a way of returning the blind to hide the headrail? Or any other options?
    CatherineL
    Catherine Lepreux Interiors

  • #2
    Re: London blinds outside the recess

    yes, you can have returns on London blinds
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...eaf0506195.jpg
    Kind regards
    Pen Harrison
    Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: London blinds outside the recess

      What a beautiful example of a London Blind, Pen!
      Caroline

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: London blinds outside the recess

        Originally posted by thecurtainmaker View Post
        yes, you can have returns on London blinds
        https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...eaf0506195.jpg
        That's exactly how I've made them, the return finishes them off perfectly. Just extend the width by the return size.
        Have you registered your business yet?

        http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


        A MyDecozo Directory

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: London blinds outside the recess

          Could you mount the blind/returns on a shallow pelmet board and use a compliant roman cord lift track attached to it (instead of a more expensive chain operated rotary track)?
          Louise


          sigpic Simply Sewing

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: London blinds outside the recess

            Just starting to think through the implications of the BS as applied to a London blind .... I can envisage huge problems when there are only two cord reels carrying quite a bit of weight. Would it be possible to use eyelets screwed into the pelmet board with separate draw cords for the two pleats? Assume that this would also be a no-no, as the cords could wrap round each other to form a loop. One not to recommend to customers in the future! I haven't done a London blind for ages. What a shame - and what a beautiful illustration, Pen.

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: London blinds outside the recess

              have to put my hand up - not my work, just as an illustration
              Kind regards
              Pen Harrison
              Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: London blinds outside the recess

                Really helpful, as always, thanks everyone! I think a mockup will be the way to go first.

                And Pen, that's a beautiful illustration, thanks for sharing ☺
                CatherineL
                Catherine Lepreux Interiors

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: London blinds outside the recess

                  I'm also just making a London blind. The pic Pen posted is lovely. I may need to introduce some piping!

                  Two questions: Is it just personal preference whether you have the pleats completely open as in that pic or closed at the top so the blind is flat? The one I'm making is non-working, just to dress the top of a floor length window. I was going to close the top of the pleats as in M&D but perhaps I will make that section smaller now so we will see more of the pleat.

                  As this is going to be non working I was planning on using a batten with orbs and a cord connector/breakaway with cleat which could be hidden behind the blind. Is there any reason why I would have to use a cassette that I haven't thought of?

                  Thanks

                  Diana

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: London blinds outside the recess

                    If it's non-working do you need a cleat? Could you use a batten then thread cord through the rings and simply tie-off?
                    Louise


                    sigpic Simply Sewing

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Re: London blinds outside the recess

                      Originally posted by DianaM View Post
                      I'm also just making a London blind. The pic Pen posted is lovely. I may need to introduce some piping!

                      Two questions: Is it just personal preference whether you have the pleats completely open as in that pic or closed at the top so the blind is flat? The one I'm making is non-working, just to dress the top of a floor length window. I was going to close the top of the pleats as in M&D but perhaps I will make that section smaller now so we will see more of the pleat.

                      As this is going to be non working I was planning on using a batten with orbs and a cord connector/breakaway with cleat which could be hidden behind the blind. Is there any reason why I would have to use a cassette that I haven't thought of?

                      Thanks

                      Diana
                      I use cable ties to permanently tie up non-working blinds. No need for cords, orbs or cleats. They come in all sizes. I get mine from the pound shop.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: London blinds outside the recess

                        Thanks for that idea Louise and Sue. No cleat used on that non-working blind and customer happy!

                        I now have more to make for a bay - the central window is 190cm x 160cm. Customer would prefer one blind with two scoops to two separate blinds side by side. That would mean only three cord drops and about 3 metres width of fabric including the pleats (lined and interlined) on a cassette. Any thoughts on whether a good quality 1:4 cassette would work ok with only three cords on such a wide blind? These ones will need to be lowered on occasion. Thanks, Diana.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Re: London blinds outside the recess

                          Originally posted by DianaM View Post
                          Thanks for that idea Louise and Sue. No cleat used on that non-working blind and customer happy!

                          I now have more to make for a bay - the central window is 190cm x 160cm. Customer would prefer one blind with two scoops to two separate blinds side by side. That would mean only three cord drops and about 3 metres width of fabric including the pleats (lined and interlined) on a cassette. Any thoughts on whether a good quality 1:4 cassette would work ok with only three cords on such a wide blind? These ones will need to be lowered on occasion. Thanks, Diana.
                          I would be worried that the orbs will slip with all the weight they are supporting.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Re: London blinds outside the recess

                            I have just made this London Blind for my bathroom, it has returns, dont think it would look right without them. This one is fully operational, but I love the idea of the cable ties for non operational ones.

                            Click image for larger version

Name:	WP_20150922_20_22_01_Pro.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	55.3 KB
ID:	115419
                            Gail

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Re: London blinds outside the recess

                              That looks beautiful Gail- what an elegant bathroom you must have!

                              Best wishes
                              Liz

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X