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Client Feedback from Job in North London

Silent gliss track 3900 installed at 4.30m height in north London. A few days later, the client sent the feedback below. This is the standard I have set for myself and always aim to do better.

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curtain track fitted in torth London


We struggled for weeks to find a professional curtain fitter for our very long curtains, a few came to our place but none of them could do it. Then we found Topps, my wife and i can only praise the quality of his work and his dedication. He’s a real gem. He came a first time to take the measurements and see which tools he would need and then he came to our house, and very efficiently set up our curtains (~4.5m long), he stayed until late in the evening to ensure that the job was perfectly done and that we were satisfied. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable, high quality curtain fitter.

Eric and Kzeniya O, London

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Roller Blinds Fitted to a Straight Window in Ladbroke Grove

Roller Blinds Fitted to a Straight Window in Ladbroke Grove

Two words to describe this white sheer roller blind. Stunning and practical.

The simple look completely belies the amazing practical benefits of this blind. Working like magic at the window, the blind assure your daytime privacy, enabling you to enjoy the view out without anyone seeing in so is ideal for over-looked rooms.

In addition the screen fabric will put a stop to almost all UV rays giving you glare-free view!




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Roller Blind Fitted to a Bay Window in Ruislip

Roller Blind Fitted to a Bay Window in Ruislip

A new roller blind is a brilliant and cost-effective way of making a dramatic impact on updating the décor of your room. Roller blinds come is such a wide variety of styles, fabrics and colours that you’ll easily find one that suits your style. They’re also immensely practical in providing privacy and controlling glare, offering a sophisticated means of adjusting light levels.



Roller blind fitted to a bay window in Ruislip

I advice, measure, supply and fit all types of window blinds from brands such as Luxaflex®, Sunway®, Silent Gliss® Broadview®, Ashley Wild® and Louvolite®

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Plissé Shades by Luxaflex®

Plissé Shades by Luxaflex®

Plissé Shades from Luxaflex® feature crisp, pleated fabrics in an extensive selection of colours and styles, including lovely weaves, elegant patterns, and rich, appealing textures. Heat reflective Topar® coatings are available for enhanced sun protection. Plissé shades is an ideal solution for conservatories and other window applications where intense, direct sunlight is a factor.

Versatile, highly decorative, and always crisp in appearance, Plissé Shades are a perfect solution every window size and shape.

Plissé Shades are available in four fabric opacities, for precise light control and privacy, and offer a perfectly stable pleat pattern for every window size. Choose from a wide variety of sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque and opaque fabrics, as well from an extensive range of colours.

Day and night

Plissé Shades are available in a unique Two In One setup that combines two contrasting plissé fabrics or even a Plissé with a Duette fabric in one shade for one window. During the day, enjoy the view through a highly transparent, light filtering fabric; at night, switch over to a more opaque Plissé fabric to eliminate light and ensure privacy. Two different transparencies in one window with endless possibilities when it comes to your own, personal approach to colour co-ordination.

Top-down Bottom-up

The ultimate in versatility, Top-Down/Bottom-Up Plissé Shades from Luxaflex® offer you the ability to operate shades from the top down, the bottom up, or in combination of the two. Quite literally the best of both worlds-natural light and privacy all in one. An ideal choice for bathrooms or for street facing windows, Plissé Top-Down/Bottom-Up is also the perfect choice for offices that require complete control over window glare.


plisse lift cordPlisse Shades can be operated in many different ways:

Lift cord with cord lock

This type of operation consists of a lift cord with cord lock. The cord lock is in the headrail and the cord operating mechanism can be installed either left or right. (Applicable for the following window types: Standard – free hanging, Special shapes – free hanging)

Lift cord with cleat

Operation is by the means of a lift cord and cleat, which allows operation without a cord lock. The cleat can be mounted with a screw or is self-adhesive as supplied. The lift cord can be installed either left or right.
(Applicable for the following window types: Standard – free hanging, Special shapes – free hanging)

plisse endless cordEndless cord or Endless chain


If so desired, it is possible to have an endless cord operation. This cord is available in white, in lengths of 60 cm, 90 cm, 120 cm, 150 cm and 180 cm. The headrail and the cord, which runs through the fabric, are colour-coordinated.

plisse tabs(Applicable for the following window types: Standard – free hanging)


Handgrip (only in combination with tensioned cord)

This operating option is supplied with an adjustable handgrip on the operating rail. An extra option with this is the slide rod, which can be ordered separately. (Applicable for the following window types: ALL)

Crank rod

plisse crank operatiopnOperation is with a crank rod or motorized crank rod with battery charger. The operation mechanism is in the centre of the bottom rail (as standard in the conservatory window) or in the centre of the widest side (special shape conservatory window).

(Applicable for the following window types: Standard – conservatory/ceiling situation, Special shapes – conservatory


Electric controls

For more operating convenience, a full electrically operated Plisse Shade is available. The motor is installed in the headrail and operates the cord-winding system. The colour of the cord is adjusted to the product and the headrail is also colour-coordinated. The minimum width of the window furnishing with this operating option is 65cm.

plisse motorisationThe various possibilities for electrical operation are:

  • Switch operation
  • Remote control operation
  • Central operation of several Plissé Shades
  • Central and individual operation of several Plisse Shades

Looking for help finding the right window fashion for your home? Send me an email and I will be more than happy to help.

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Blind Safety Device Cord Lock

A new blind safety device, designed to be the simplest, safest and most universal product on the market.

blind safety device

Cord Lock Away is a child safety wand that uniquely raises the height of the accessible cord/beaded chain out of a child’s reach. Once fitted, the device remains in place and the upper region of the cord/beaded chain can be used to operate the blind in the usual way.

Fits over continuous looped cords and chains including ones with cord connectors.

Fitting the devices takes just a few minutes with a screwdriver provided.

Cord Lock Away brings its safety benefits as soon as it has been fitted, but it can optionally be attached to the wall using the included wall holder.

It is designed for all blinds with continuous looped cords or chains and comes in two sizes, one for windows and the other for longer windows, patio doors and conservatories.

The device will also protect dogs and cats, who may become entangled in a looped cord after jumping up to a window sill.

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The Dangers of Blind Cord and How to Make it Safe for Children

The Dangers of Blind Cord and How to Make it Safe for Children

The cords and chains of window blinds can pose a serious risk to babies, young children, particularly those under the age of three who could strangle in the loop of cords and chains from window blinds. It is important that you take steps to make sure your children are safe. 

What you can do if you already have blinds in your home

If you already have blinds fitted in your home there are some practical, simple precautions to help reduce the risk to babies and small children:


  • ensure all operating blind cords and chains cannot be reached by children.
  • tie up the cords or use one of the many cleats, cord tidies, clips or ties that are available
  • do not place your child’s cot, bed, highchair or playpen near to a window blind
  • do not put sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near to a window blind as children love to climb

What to do if purchasing a new blinds for your home

The majority of blinds now comes with a safety cord clip. If your home or place is where babies or small children live or visit, insist on having this installed with the new blind, alternatively look for a blind that does not contain cords or chains or has concealed cords. Some options include:make it safe

  • wand operated vertical blinds
  • spring operated roller blinds
  • gear operated blinds
  • automated system that allow you to operate your blind using a remote control
  • concealed cord systems where the inner cords of the blinds are held under tension and there are no operating cords

These tips should help to protect your child from possible serious harm. You should be aware that all risks cannot be eliminated. Parents and others should always keep window blind cords and chains out of the reach of children and follow the safety instructions.

Using safety devices may reduce the risk of a child being strangled but nothing can be considered risk proof.

You can consult a member of the British Blind and Shutter Association (BSSA) for advice on the most appropriate blinds for your home. They can also give you further information on ways to make existing blinds safer, alternatively send me an email and I will be more than happy to help!


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How to Measure for Blinds in Simple Steps

How to Measure for Blinds in Simple Steps

Before starting, decide whether you want your blinds in the recess or outside the window.
For a neat fit that blocks out the light choose to fit your blinds inside the recess. For windows that are not straight or have lots of obstructions choose to fit your blinds outside the recess. This way you will be sure of a perfect fit for your blind.

Blinds inside the recess – Recess measurement

Inside recessWidth – Measure the inside width of the window at the top middle and bottom. Use the narrowest width measurement.

Height – Measure the height of the window at the left, centre and right. Use the shortest height measurement to the nearest millimetre


Blinds outside the recess – Exact measurements

outside recessWidth – To minimize light leakage it’s recommended that the blind overlaps the window recess by least 50mm each side.

Height – When measuring the height take into account the required space for the mounting bracket, a flat surface of a minimum 70mm is advisable.



Things to Remember

Always use a steel tape measure for accuracy
Measure in centimeters and round each measurement to the nearest 0.1cm.
Measure all windows, even those that appear to be the same width and height.
Remember to specify ‘Recess’ or ‘Exact’ size
Look out for any obstructions such as window handles, tiles, dado rails etc and take their position into account if necessary.
Measure twice to avoid a costly mistake.


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