Now made to measure in the UK!

As a new member of the Interior Goods Direct (IGD) group, we are delighted to announce that all Wilsons Blinds products are now made to measure here in the UK.

We’ve been selling blinds online since 2005 and have gained an excellent reputation as a leading blinds retailer. Now, we’re very excited to further boost our quality and customer service by crafting all products in our new premises in Yorkshire.

As a proud member of IGD, our blinds, curtains and homewares are now handmade within a dedicated 100,00 sq ft factory by a talented team of crafters. Our UK manufacturing means that we can make and deliver orders more promptly, as well as using fewer vehicles and fuel, which significantly lowers our carbon footprint. Making our products in the UK also means we are able to support the economy by providing a variety of jobs for local people.

All of our interior products are made to measure to your requirements, crafted using the very best methods and materials. They are then carefully checked prior to despatch, ensuring only the highest quality items make their way into your home. We strive to use the finest materials that are ethically sourced, including using FSC-certified wood, which comes from sustainable forests. 

Wilsons are now offering a 3 year guarantee on all products and free delivery on orders over £169.00. You can also order up to 8 free fabric samples to ensure you’re 100% happy with the choice. Best of all, our products are extremely easy to measure for and install, so you can create the room of your dreams with very little fuss!

Discover our collection of high quality, made to measure blinds, curtains, cushions and more at Wilsons Blinds. For further information, please get in touch with a member of the team – we are always happy to help.

The best curtain poles for your home

Curtains are a classic window treatment, bringing warmth, privacy and style to your room. But your curtains aren’t complete without the right curtain pole. So what should you choose?

We have a fantastic range of curtain poles at Wilsons Blinds, whether you prefer natural wood, metal or painted designs. Our real wooden poles are a great option for classic cosy interior design themes, tying in perfectly with soft earthy tones like pebble, sage and sand. They look great alongside natural fabrics, including soft cotton, hessian and linen, as well as delicately patterned or embroidered materials. Here are some of our best selling wooden pole styles. Which is your favourite?

Along with real wooden curtain poles, we have a wide selection of metal styles. Our metal curtain poles are perfect for modern homes, bringing a touch of minimalist luxury. We think they work particularly well with curtains with a pinch pleat heading, as well as fabrics featuring bold geometric patterns. If your curtains have a soft mineral colour, a sleek metal pole will create a stylish contrast. Meanwhile, dark fabrics will be complemented by both steel and black metal. We’ve gathered a few of our favourite metal poles – which do you prefer?

Our painted wood curtain poles are another great option, especially if you’re a fan of relaxed, feminine or countryside interiors. Our styles include white paint, cream paint and metallic paint, in a range of glossy, matte and distressed finishes. If your curtains are of a lighter material, consider an off-white coloured pole. For a heavier fabric with a bold colour and print, you could try an old gold or dark pearl colour. A painted wooden pole also works brilliantly with floral curtains and sheer voiles. Here are some of our leading painted poles, all hand-finished in our factory in Yorkshire. Which would work best in your home?

And finally, our collection of poles with eye-catching finials is the ultimate choice if you want to make a statement. If you’re a big fan of unique interiors and opulent details, consider a curtain pole with a glass, crystal or polished chrome finial. You could also consider a finial with an elaborate design, such as florals or swirls. These poles are the perfect finishing touch for statement curtains, including velvets, bold jewel tones and oversized floral prints. Take a look at some of our favourites – which would you choose?

Here at Wilsons, we want to help you make more of your windows with our range of high quality, made to measure window dressings and interior products. For more information, please get in touch with a member of the team at Wilsons – we are always happy to help.

How to create a home office

Many of us are now working from home, and here at Wilsons, we want to give you our top tips for creating a super focused and functional space. 

Choose a work zone

Your new home work zone needs to be distraction free to help you be as productive as possible. Choose an area of the home that is quiet and encourages productivity. If you don’t have a separate home office, you might use a desk in the bedroom, a corner of the kitchen, or even the dining room table. No matter where your new work zone is located, remember to tidy away anything work-related at the end of the day. This will help to maintain a better work/life balance.

Make sure you’re sitting comfortably

You might be spending many hours sitting at your computer, so it’s important that your seat is comfortable and supportive. If you can afford to invest in a good quality ergonomic office chair, then do. If budgets are tighter, consider a lumbar support. Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time and get up for a quick stroll every hour. This will help to reduce the strain on your back and neck.

Create plenty of light

Try to sit in an area with plenty of natural light. This will help to boost your mood and improve focus. If natural light is lacking, look for good task lighting that will prevent eye strain. Light sources like fairy lights and table lamps are good for creating a cosy atmosphere, but you shouldn’t rely on them in order to see your work.

Keep things neat and organised

Your new work zone is probably very small, so you need to use the space carefully. Try to avoid cluttering up your desk and only keep essential items out. Use storage solutions like desk organisers or baskets to ensure your stationery and notebooks are neat and tidy. If your work requires lots of different tools and equipment, consider a new shelving unit or a storage unit to keep things organised.

Install a good quality blind 

Choose a window dressing that controls the light efficiently and prevents glare and eye strain. If your new work zone is overlooked, consider a blind that will offer excellent levels of privacy. Some good options include Day and Night blinds, which can be arranged in a variety of ways, or Venetian blinds, which still offer a gentle filter of sunlight and fresh air whilst maintaining privacy. Alternatively, you could choose a roller blind or Roman blind, which are available in a wide range of colours and patterns. Roof blinds are also the best choice for spaces with velux windows.

Discover our range of blinds for your new home office. For more information, please get in touch with a member of the team at Wilsons – we are always happy to help.

The Signs That Show It’s Time to Replace Your Blinds!

Revamping or perking up the windows in your home brings about a drastic enhancement in any apartment or home. That is why it is recommend that if you want to upgrade any room, changing the windows is the best way to do that. Most people don’t pay any attention to the maintenance of their windows, and if you have blinds, then it creates a horrible look inside the room.

People will replace their blinds for two reasons, it is because they want to improve the interior décor of the home, or it is because the blinds have been completely worn out. It also depends on your taste and the fact that you want to enhance the interior décor of your house. If you have no idea when you should replace your blinds, or if you need to even consider it, we are here to help you.

The blinds you have placed on your windows are going to provide you with warning signs, which you should be looking for to replace them before their time is up. It is best to completely replace blinds, instead of having them fixed, since it costs about the same in both. So, to help you out, here are the signs that show it’s time to replace your blinds:

Failed Tilt Mechanism

This should be the most obvious sign that your blinds need to be replaced, since when they stop operating properly, you are left with no choice. If the blinds in your room don’t close tightly, and they are not offering you with control over the lighting in your home, you should start looking for new ones. How do you know that the tilt mechanism in your blinds has failed?

If the you are noticing loosened slats, larger gaps, and unwanted glare from the blinds, it is a good sign that their tilt mechanism has failed. When this happens, you should invest in new blinds, since getting fixed is going to cost you the same.

Bent/Warped Slats

All blinds are manufactured from layering slats, which can be warped or bent easily. This happens frequently if you have pets or children in the house, since they play with them. High humidity levels can also cause the slats to lose their shape, and this prevents them from properly closing and raising. This can be frustrating to deal with, and instead of having them fix it is better to have the blinds replaced entirely.


The primary function of the blinds in your home is to block sunlight, and since they are constantly exposed to sun rays, they can become damaged after a time. The sun damage on the blinds leads to a fading of the color, and this is a problem faced by all blinds. Discolored blinds will ruin the look of your window, and will stand out like an eye-sore against the interior décor of the home. So, if the blinds in your home start to lose their color and turn yellowish, you should have them replaced with new ones.

Worn Out Cords

The cords of the blind are extremely important, since they are responsible for the functioning of the blinds. However, you should get used to the idea of worn out cords after a certain time-period, since wear and tear will eventually lead to this. If you notice the cords of your blinds have worn out, you should have your blinds replaced with new ones.

You don’t need to struggle and persist with old and worn out blinds, because you can acquire high quality wooden blinds from Wilsons blind.

What’s Your Interior Design Type? The 10 Most Popular Designs Of 2017

Interior designing is an art form. After all, it isn’t just about stuffing furniture pieces into a room. It is about creating a story. A story that everyone, who enters the room grasps without difficulty. The bigger pieces set the base for the story – what will it be about. The smaller but important pieces like shelves create depth. Next up are the add-ons like rugs, vertical blinds and door separators that make sense of the story. All these in perfect harmony create a symphony the dwellers of the house listen to.

The good thing about this story or symphony is that it can have a number of different bases and tunes. We know them as the many types or styles of interior designs. Some have a warm and cosy feeling, while others aim for openness. Each is unique and speaks about the personality of the people whose house it is. Interested in finding out what different stories can you create in your house or what tunes can you have people hum into it?

Let’s find out!

  • Modern

A modernly designed how has a clean outlook with crisp lines and a basic color palette. It most commonly refers to a design that includes metal, steel and glass. Like minimalism, modern aims for simplicity with every piece put together without overcrowding it. Any room with less clutter or accessories can be labeled as sleek or modern.

  • Mid-Century Modern

In the midst of 1950s and 1960s, the industrialization opened doors for more style and color to step into homes, ditching the boring conventional ones. Rusty metals and wood works was introduced and colors like greens and blues claimed dominance over blacks and browns.

  • Minimalist

The minimalist approach in interior designing aims for the less is more. The ideas stem from Japanese traditions to lead a simple life and only have what you need. A minimalist style incorporates smarter use of pieces that are multi-functional. In a minimalist design, empty space is valued. Too harsh or bright colors aren’t a norm as they may cause distraction. The two basics white and blacks are the most prominent colors.

  • Contemporary

All of the above t interior design types look the same. Then how is contemporary any different? Well, it is and let’s see how. Contemporary aims for a look that is trending at the moment. Contemporary designs incorporate decluttered rooms with basic geometrical shapes and forms. Most of the structural pieces are smooth with fine edges whereas the walls are decorated with graphic accents or paintings that disperse colors.

  • Coastal

The coastal design is inspired by the seas. Rooms designed with such an approach in mind are airy, naturally bright and with beach-themed accessories such as seashells, sand art etc. as decorative accents.

  • Industrial

An industrial setting is all about raw structural pieces of stone, bricks, steel or brass. Statement lights that light up the space are particularly important. One can also introduce metal fixtures and soften colors to give the space a more welcoming and informal look.

  • Scandinavian

This design pays reverence to the Nordic countries. Scandinavian designs are very artistic yet uncomplicated. Meaning, it may same like a work of art but one that is easily understood or read-through. Functionality is given importance in a Scandinavian design.

  • Bohemian

Bohemian designs reflect a mixed design style with pieces that have been placed in a room because they are likeable not because they match. It is the carefree lifestyle with not rule sot live by and mostly includes pieces from the vintage era with colorful rugs and items collected form flea markets.

  • Rustic

Rustic deigns promotes rawness ad unfinished pieces. One can find branches of trees as art work with vaulted ceilings, reclaimed wood floors and other stone architectural details. The idea is to bring the outdoors inside.

  • Shabby-chic

A shabby-chic design is quite similar to that of bohemian or vintage style but aims for more softness and femininity. One can expect the furniture to be antique, in pastel or neutral colors with wall hangings that give away a feminine vibe.  

But these are not all, there are many more such as vintage, French country, Georgian, Victorian etc. which can be looked at for inspiration.

Common Mistakes You’re Making with Window Blinds

With a wide variety of blinds available in the market, choosing the right ones for your house can be nothing less than a hassle. The inability to choose the right blinds can often end up in a regretful mistake for you. Selecting and installing blinds across your home is a tricky task, which, when not handled properly can lead to a horrible mismatch. To get the right combination rolling for the blinds across your house, there are some common mistakes you should avoid. Most people end up committing these mistakes and spoil the investment they have put into the blinds. The common mistakes you’re currently making with window blinds and should avoid in the future are:

Choosing the Wrong Size

Walking into a store nearby and selecting readymade blinds sounds like an accessible option, but there are many repercussions of this choice. All of us are not good with scissors in our hands, thus the end result is often a dreadful waste of money, which turns out short for our windows. Just by the way, short blinds are a real eye sore. So, it’s better to leave your windows open without any covering, rather than to have them covered with a short and irritating blind. Handover the task of choosing the size to us, while you can adore the perfection achieved later on.

Not Fit for Purpose

Every blind is different and has a different purpose, much like each and every room in your home. Blinds are made and customized to match the purpose of every room within the home. While experimenting with colour and design can often lead to an innovation of your own, but that is not what we advise. A fragile fabric would not only look odd but also useless in the messy settings of a bathroom. The solution to choosing blinds for the right purpose lies in knowing what you want from the rooms. Once you understand the purpose of each and every room in your home, you can effortlessly conflate the blinds within the overall purpose.

You’re Not Cleaning Them Regularly

Homeowners often neglect the importance of regularly cleaning blinds. Blinds should be cleaned regularly with special emphasis on the fact that dirty blinds spell negligence and carelessness. Moreover, just as well maintained blinds can stand up over the others; dirty blinds also have the ability to stand out in the room. Making your blinds look spick and span is not much of a hassle and can be done within a short period of time, considering the ‘easy to clean’ design that we offer.

You Don’t Have Them in Your Home

Perhaps the biggest mistake you can commit, in regards to window blinds, is to not have them in your home. Window blinds provide exemplary feasibility and design. The design looks attractive and is bound to get a word of praise from those visiting your house. If you just moved into your new home and are thinking of sticking newspapers against the windows then you need to recheck your priorities. Blinds are not just for design and beauty, but they also provide brilliant shade from the changing weather outside.

A thermal layer across the blinds, in the cold spots of your home, can also save you a lot of money, which you would normally spend on the energy bills. Blinds play an active role in keeping intact the beauty of your home. All minor discrepancies should be avoided, to ensure that you’re getting the most out of the brilliant blinds offered by us.

5 Ways to Ensure Your Privacy At Home

There is nothing that can take the fun out of a good night’s dinner at your home, besides people prying in through the windows. Privacy is something that we have compromised with the turn of the century. With threatening stalkers looming around at all times, it is indeed high time that you took privacy within your home a bit more seriously.

Keeping in mind the seriousness of the issue, we have decided to compile a list of things you can do to ensure a fool proof setup within your home.

Lock The Windows

Locking our windows is something we all tend to neglect. The perceived importance of the task is not comparable to others, which is why we don’t put a lot of effort in this regard. The neglect shown here can prove detrimental for both your privacy and safety. To ensure that you are safe from the evil outside, lock the windows across your house. Locking the windows will not really be helpful in major intrusions, but they can help protect your privacy and ensure the safety of children within the house.

Use Blinds On Your Windows

Do you have any peeping Tom within your vicinity? Do you live across a busy street? Do you want to upgrade your privacy while at home? If you nodded your head for any one of the questions above, then you are desperately in need of window blinds. Blinds are perfect for maintaining your privacy within the comfortable realms of your home. Not only do the blinds keep you safe from the prying eyes of those outside, looking to catch a glimpse, but they also come in handy when you want to manage the temperature and lighting within your house. Blinds have multiple benefits, and saving you from the embarrassment of being stared at by pedestrians is just one of them.

Meet Your Neighbours

Your neighbours can either be the biggest threat you have to your privacy, or your safeguard from any intrusions. To solve this conundrum, you need to go meet them. Try assessing your neighbours. If you find them trudging around your house more than often, then you need to be wary of them. The fact that they live just an arm length away is an indication of how important your neighbours are for your safety and privacy. Helpful neighbours can be your go-to option in the case of an emergency or a sudden intrusion.

Light Up The Night

Peeping Toms have a tendency to come walking during the night. To scare them away, you can light up the exterior of your home. For even better protection, you can have motion light sensors installed. The lights outside will light up if there is someone moving around in your territory during the night. The sudden influx of bright lights is going to scare away anyone who is a threat to your privacy at night.

Secure The Doors

The door is your entrance to your house, but if neglect is shown it can be an opportunity for someone to obstruct your privacy. While having see-through glass patches on doors is a brilliant design idea, it can prove threatening for your privacy. You can secure your doors and any see-through patches in them by using door blinds that are easily available nowadays. The use of blinds will help you maintain the brilliant look you have achieved through the design by not compromising on your privacy.

Ensuring the privacy of your family is an extremely important thing to do nowadays. The use of blinds greatly helps, in this regard, by making your home a safe haven for you and your family.

Ways to Get More Light into Your Room!

No one likes rooms that are dark and gloomy, and if you’re struggling to brighten up your room and remodel your home, you need to find ways to get more light into your room. Fortunately, there are lots of easy ways you can go about doing that. With these tips you do not have to wait for bright and sunny days to get any semblance of natural light into your room.

Getting sunlight into your room is important, since not only does it supply the body with vitamin D, but also warms up people and improves their mood. Therefore, you should do everything in your power to ensure that you get natural light into your dark room. Making it warmer and cozier will also have a positive effect on the interior of the room.

If you’re looking for ways to get more light into your room, here are a few suggestions you can try:

A new coat of paint

One of the main reasons why so many rooms struggle to get enough light is because they are painted in dark tones. You can instantly change the look and feel of a room by applying a fresh coat of paint in a lighter and brighter tone, which will reflect light. You can even get special emulsions in the market, which enhance the colors of the room, when natural light touches it, it will make your room appear more spacious and brighter.

Glossy kitchens

A great way to get natural light into your kitchen is by adding more gloss into the room. You can do this by getting high-gloss, white unit doors, which will help in reflecting and bouncing light around the room. There is a reason why high-gloss kitchens are so popular these days, because they aren’t expensive and are a great way to add natural light into the home.

However, to ensure that you get the right amount of light in, you need to have good artificial lighting, otherwise you will not benefit much from it.

Mirrored furniture

You can choose to get mirrored furniture into the room if you want you to bring more light into the room. It will help reflect light and by hanging mirrors on the walls, or getting mirrored or glossy furniture, you can make the room feel and look bigger. You can also get shiny or glossy tiles for the floor, which will maximize the light coming in and will brighten up the room with all the light bouncing from the floor to the walls and the ceiling.

Change the Windows

You can also ensure brighter rooms by changing your windows and getting larger floor to ceiling windows that will allow natural light to enter the room. It can make a big difference in the overall appearance of the room and will also help your room appear larger as well.

If you’re looking for ways to get more light into your room, get in touch with Wilsons Blinds today!

Tips & Tricks for Saving Energy In 2017

Including tips on how to manage your blinds for an optimal temperature

2017 is halfway through. With heightened attention towards saving energy, 2017 can well be called the year of energy efficiency. People are using methods they have acquired about saving energy, in their homes. The increase in the interest shown towards the trend of saving energy is why we consider it pertinent to make a list of tips and tricks for you to save energy in this revolutionary year of change.

Switch It Off, If It’s Not Being Used

All electrical appliances need to be switched off when they are not in use. Electronic appliances, which remain switched on, even when not in use consume a considerable amount of energy. To save yourself from a hefty bill at the end of the month, switch of all electronic appliances. From your Oven to your TV, everything needs to be switched off or unplugged, after you’re done using them.

Master The Act Of Adjusting Your Blinds

Interestingly enough, your blinds play a very important role in saving energy. Blinds which are adjusted keeping in mind the season and the needs of the day, help in maintaining a moderate temperature within the house. In summers, make sure to hang your blinds down once the early morning birds are done singing their lullabies. The supersonic shield provided by the blinds will not let the sunrays penetrate into your house. By blocking sun rays, blinds will maintain a brilliant room temperature, eradicating the need for all Air-Conditioners to be turned on.

During winters, you can use your blinds effectively to let sufficient amount of sunlight in. The sun is rarely seen during the season, but whenever you see the ball of fire peeking from within the hovering clouds, open your blinds to let the sunlight in. Once the sunlight comes in, it will provide the warmth you were so desperately looking for.

Hang Your Laundry

Tumble drying your laundry might sound like an easy option, but the process will end up increasing your bills. The best way out from this expensive conundrum is to hang your laundry. Hanging your laundry can be even more fruitful it is particularly windy or sunny outside. The sun will weave its magic and dry your clothes without any wastage of energy.

Heat Your Home With Cooking

Winters can be tough if you don’t have proper methods, to keep your home warm, implemented. If you do not have any plans to heat up your home without wasting energy, then you might like the thought of heating your home while cooking. Once you are done cooking, leave the oven door open. The oven will emit heat to keep the surroundings warm. This way around, you can cook your food and manage your room temperature in one go.

Don’t Turn The Heating Up

Turning down your thermostat by just 1°C, can result in savings of up to a 100 pounds, during the course of a year. Thus, keep your heating limited and beat the cold through other methods. One interesting and effective method you can implement is to wear more clothes and socks. Get cosy in more clothes and reduce the temperature of your heater. Moving around the house with more clothes on would mean that you are ready to battle the cold without turning your thermostat to boiling temperatures.

Managing the temperature inside your home, without the use of energy, can be tiring task, but if proper steps are taken you can reach the optimal temperature. Once the optimal temperature is achieved, you can feel proud of your efforts as a responsible citizen of the world.

How to Flawlessly Decorate Your Windows During Bank Holidays?

The weekend with the bank holidays is a prime time to re-do the interiors of your house. Most Britons maximise on this opportunity to do all the window dressing jobs they have been procrastinating for a very long time. Windows are the essence of every home —they let the sunshine in and give you a view of the outside world. Therefore, it is crucial that you take the right measures to decorate your home’s windows flawlessly. Window dressing will enable you to control the amount of light that is filtered in and make the rooms more attractive. So, if you have decided that you will be lucrative in the upcoming bank holidays, here’s is a how to go about it.

  • Begin with the Bedroom

The best option for bedroom window dressing is roller blinds. You can roll the sheets up or down to dictate the flow of light in the room. There are roller blinds available in the market with the blackout option if you are petulant in the mornings and do not like the sunlight to disturb you. Alternatively, you can also opt for thermally-insulated curtains but the if you like minimalist appearance roller blinds are the best option. You can also pair the roller blinds with sheer curtains to get an overall diffused effect.

  • Blinds for the Kitchen

Bank holidays is the perfect time of the year to get rid of the Roman blinds that have been on the kitchen windows. Even though these really do look eye-catching, they trap the cooking smells, steam and may develop mould. Search for water resistant blinds. Polyester roller blinds and faux wooden Venetian blinds are great options as they are both resistant to water and easy to clean. Simply wipe away the accumulated dirt. Faux wooden Venetian blinds also do not warp in the summer heat and their slats can be adjusted to control light according to your needs. aluminium venetian vertical blinds or roller blinds are also great for humid environment of the kitchen.

  • Change the Bathroom Blinds

Firstly, if you have curtains in the bathroom, it is time to replace them with the blinds as they are troublesome when it comes to cleaning. Just like the kitchen window dressings, bathroom blinds should also be carefully chosen in order to prevent mildew and mould. Avoiding picking a material that can trap moisture or steam. Go for polyester fabric blinds rather than linen, silk or cotton curtains. Real wooden blinds are not a great option so go for treated and faux wood options. Roller blinds are available in a variety of colours and designs and can maintain privacy. The adjustable slats of the Venetian blind can give you the control of the direct sunlight.

  • Choose the Right Colour

The key to flawlessly redecorate the windows is to choose the colours of the fabric accurately.  Scientific research has proven that colours affect our psychology. The soothing effects of the blue colour can be optimized on in the bathroom and bedroom blinds. Whilst the living room can be decorated in green or neutral colours. Light colour will create a sense of openness, space, and reflect heat. However, make sure that the colour you choose for the window dressing matches or complements other fabric in the room, such as the upholstered furniture. If you are opting for wooden blinds, then select a tone that matches the trim of the windows.

The practical Venetian and roller blinds, and the colourful fabric blinds will enable you to rejuvenate the look of your house this summer, so make the most of your bank holidays!