For those of us who need a dark room for a good night’s sleep, the blackout blind can be a salvation. However beautiful our curtains are, they might not be enough to keep the light out, particularly in the summer months when the dawn breaks very early or for shift workers trying to sleep in the day.
At Fittexpert we have fitted a great many blackout blinds. We will measure and fit the perfect blind all of which can be completely tailored to wherever in the house you need them, perhaps in the bathroom, in your bedrooms and in any other areas of the house where you would like to have greater light control.
A lot of people will associate blackout blinds only with better sleep and blocking out the light and it is true that having an early night or living on a well-lit street are the most common reason for thinking of having black out blinds fitted. More and more people, however, are choosing black out blinds to help them create an ambience in the likes of increasing popular media rooms, particularly when projectors are used.
Ask us about the large range of blinds and dazzling array of colours that we have, that can be matched to your own interior design and make a real statement in any room.
Curtains and blinds haven’t always been used in the way that they are now; they have had many uses over the centuries. One of the very first uses for curtains was to hang over tents in the middle-eastern dessert. Its purpose was not only to provide privacy, but also a very primitive form of air conditioning after wetting them with water to take some of the brutal heat off. It probably wasn’t the best air-conditioning but certainly effective.
It wasn’t unto the 17th century that windows started being made much larger than the very small windows previously made due to expense. During this time, the Victorians made full use of curtains for many different reasons including to help with insulation in their cold homes and to show off to guests. Victorians typically hung three pairs of curtains at their windows; one thick outer pair, a lace-like middle pair and a third thinner pair. The middle pair was the only one to be opened usually.
It was only in the 1940’s that ready-made curtains were being supplied to stores and by the 1950’s curtains were an essential home component, used to match the architectural style of the home. It’s safe to say that curtains have come a very long way since windows were wooden or marble slats, often proving to be very drafty. Today, their main purpose is to provide privacy and for some, to show off artistic taste, and fortune.
It’s Fittexpert’s mission to cater to every customers needs, whether they’re looking for curtains that will control how much light enters the room or if you’d like your curtains to showcase your fabulous taste in fabrics – we have something to suit your desires. Different styles of curtains achieve different atmospheres; if you’re unsure of what may look best in your home, speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
As curtains create a big impression, we’re passionate about quality, design and a keen eye for detail – it’s sometimes the smallest details that count the most. With Fittexpert, you’ll greatly benefit from the wealth of experience we have, our friendly approach and superior quality window dressing expertise at great value. You’ll also have full access to copious selections to choose from, from luxurious curtains to exquisite blinds.
It is a question that many a homemaker has asked. Should we have blinds, curtains or both? Should we keep the theme the same through every room or change it from room to room? Smart blinds for the study and luxurious curtains for the lounge? What about the bedroom? Blinds to block out the light on their own or with curtains that can be pulled over, that match the bedding? Decisions decisions! Well, in the event that you don’t have an interior designer, Fittexpert are here to help!
Window blind with dress curtain
At Fittexpert have been helping our customers make decisions about their window dressings for many years. Fashions come and go but one thing that you can be sure of is that Fittexpert have their finger on the pulse of current trends and can offer the very latest in window dressings and all the fixings that will make the best of every single window in your home. From the smallest room to the largest, the style and superb finishing that Fittexpert offers will make your windows the classiest in the street. Blinds or curtains, curtains or blinds, we will help you decide and install the perfect solution for you.
Wood venetian blinds offer the perfect window dressing solution for any interior. These blinds are characterised by slats which are suspended horizontally. The slats are tilted to accurately control the light passing through into your room to create a warmer feel. An ideal addition to compliment wood floors and furniture in either a contemporary or traditional setting.
Wood Venetian Blind Fitted – Royal Connaught Park, Bushey
Picture the scene – an elegant and sumptuous four-poster bed fit for a King or Queen the heavy brocade curtains tied back with a gold braided curtain tie back that sets off the bed to its absolute decadent best.
Well these days at Fittexpert we don’t sell many four-poster bed curtain tie backs to royalty but we do know that many of our discerning clients value the elegance of the curtain tie back to grace their own ‘palace’ front rooms!
As a finishing touch the curtain tie-back can make a bold statement or a subtle one.
Kick back with a Tie Back
And of course every pair of curtains is only as good as the pole or rail that they hang from.
A heavy-duty metal bay track can transform your bay window and is suitable for all weights of fabric.
SG 3900 track – Suitable for bays or straight windows
Fittexpert can also build tracks on site to fit your window exactly. Metal gliders are silicone enriched for smooth long lasting action and brackets that can be wall or ceiling mounted. With a life-time guarantee (moving parts excluded) this curtain track, even if the curtains hanging from them are not in the court of Henry the Eight (Henry VIII), will provide good, strong and reliable service in your own castle!
Before the advent of heating or air conditioning there was not always a choice between being warm and having light! Originally curtains were used to define spaces, around four-poster beds for instance where they were also used for privacy.
The earliest curtains were made from animal hides and were always placed over a doorway, secured with hooks although as they were rather stiff there was not drape as such. The first curtains were made in linen and flax and spun in ancient Egypt.
While we might not be supplying curtains to the pharaohs anymore, at Fittexpert we treat all our customers like royalty. Whether they live in a pyramid or a semi we will offer them the benefit of all our experience and top quality window dressing with an abundance of choice and everything from sumptuous curtains to innovative blind solutions to suit very home.
There is nothing ancient about the service that Fittexpert offers our customers. We keep our eye on all the advances and trends in our industry so that we can pass this on to you offering the best choice and an attention to detail that would delight even the fussiest pharaoh!
The curtain pole as a decorative rather than just a functional item started its life in the United States of America in the second half of the 19th century. The genius behind the curtain pole and the man who first patented it in 1892 was Samuel Scottron who was a prominent African American inventor. He registered his invention as ‘the curtain rod’
And there is no doubt that the right curtain pole can be an eye catching and very complimentary addition to your widow decoration. Whether it is the expensive sounding swish of the pull cord curtain or the more rustic charm of the wooden curtain pole with a tab curtain hanging from it, it is the finishing touch to your room.
At Fittexpert we always offer our customers the best such as Fabricant who have long been supplying contemporary and traditional curtain accessories to some of the world’s most notable addresses. The Integra range offers products from one of the UK’s leading manufacturers with their quality ready-made window furnishings. Silent Gliss offer curtain poles for bespoke situations for those customers who want the very best in quality, design and technology.
At Fittexpert we love to give our customers the benefit of our experience and to look at the all the possibilities available to make a style statement in any kind of home.
Since the early Venetians, who had a reputation for being great traders, brought the idea of the blind from Persia to Venice the classic elegance of the Venetian blind is something that has never gone out of style. Once freed, those who had been kept as slaves by the Venetians are then thought to have brought the blind to France for personal comfort and as a means of making a living. Cheekily renaming the blind to make it their own, the French name for Venetian blinds is “Les Persienes.”
Aluminium venetian blind
With today’s colour palate a venetian blind can be matched to any interior colour scheme. Offering privacy and in ranges of wood or contemporary aluminium slats these blinds will enhance any interior. Whatever size the window you can have a blind that will fit it perfectly and offer a stylish way to offer a cool interior when temperatures outside soar or to give you darkness for a perfect night’s sleep. There are not many design ideas that can claim to have stood the test of time as well as the Venetian blind and at Fittexpert we have a wealth of choice to suit every lifestyle and every interior.
Wood venetian blind
Sheer roller blind offers a light and decorative touch for your windows with the benefits of natural daylight in your home. A sleek alternative to old fashioned net curtains that helps maintain your privacy. The blind allows you to see out, without being seen. The unique sheer sunscreen fabric is designed to eliminate glare, reflect UV rays and diffuse light, while providing excellent daytime visibility.
The ideal window blind for rooms that are over-looked by other properties or rooms next to busy streets with passing pedestrians and traffic. It reduces glare and UV rays making it ideal for sunny rooms so you can watch television without glare and protect your furniture from fading.
Sheer roller blinds come in a range of stylish and contemporary colours, although warm neutral shades are a versatile choice, as they complement virtually any style of decor.