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    Roman blind 152cm drop x 216 cm w

    Wooden 6mm dowels or and weight bar

    or

    4mm Fibreglass rods with ali weight bar?

  • #2
    Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

    I would use the fibreglass and aluminium option........
    Louise


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    • #3
      Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

      I use to always use the wooden version - its easier to cut but now I use the fibre glass and ali simply as I order it in and have it stocked ready, but I dont do that many roman blinds !

      I do think the Ali bar is far better as it weights the blind better and that is the worse to cut I find. Fibre rods are a doddle to cut, just got to make sure you dont touch the ends with your fingers!

      Kathy
      K W Designs
      Bournemouth

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      • #4
        Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

        6mm dowel for me plus a wooden 3cm weight bar. Too many fibreglass splinters for me in the past.

        Sue.

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        • #5
          Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

          Thank you The reason I asked was I was worried the fibreglass rods will have a tendancy to bow on a blind this size???

          If I opt for the ali bar at the bottom and fibreglass rods, will it distort the blind??

          I am used to working with wooden dowels and weight bars but ordered a substantial amount of fibre glass rods and ali weight bars I dont want to have to undo work cos my days are not long enough at the moment!

          Thanks for the input though, its really great to be able to come on here and ask opinions. The blind is leaving the workroom tomorrow afternoon and is sitting awaiting the rods and weight bar I'm all a dither lol!

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          • #6
            Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

            Hi TAMB

            Fibreglass rods will work fine just remember to sew enough rings on along length.

            Regards

            Irene

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            • #7
              Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

              I always use fibreglass rods and have never had any comments from customers about them bowing even with blinds over 2m wide like this one. Once they are in place (I make channels in the lining for the rod pockets) then the fact that they are held in the channels of fabric keeps them straight and as Irene says, don't skimp on the rings.
              Louise


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              • #8
                Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

                PHEW! Im glad I read this before popping down to B&Q and spending more dosh on rods! Oooo you're all stars! Thanks

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                • #9
                  Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

                  Fibreglass rods are fine for wider blinds, but use sufficient carriers and cording.. Without the rods will bow. You can but an aluminium rod also for wider blinds.

                  Philip
                  Have you registered your business yet?

                  http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


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                  • #10
                    Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

                    Thanks Pip ( are you crispy brown yet? lol!)

                    I have put 6 carriers and cords, so should be ok, if not can you let me know

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                    • #11
                      Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

                      It's 216 wide! I'd use seven because I always like one in the middle.

                      Have you registered your business yet?

                      http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


                      A MyDecozo Directory

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                      • #12
                        Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

                        Okey dokey thanks Pip!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Wood dowel v fibreglass rods?

                          Yes, I would put 6 too. If you bought a rotary track from M&D then a 210cm one would have 6 tape drops, a 240cm one 7, so I think you are fine.
                          Louise


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