Blinds made to measure to help children sleep longer?

hillarys venetian blindEver since the clocks turned to summer time back in March our girls have been waking early – too early. We’re all light sleepers as it is but 6 am – really?

Their bedroom also faces west and so on hot sunny days their bedroom becomes a furnace making it difficult for them to sleep in the evening. Pulling down the roller blind I had in situ was not solving that problem, neither was pulling the curtains so I did some research.

I would have very much liked some plantation blinds but have you seen the prices! £750 per window was just a little too steep for me I’m afraid so the next best thing was Venetian blinds made to measure fitted in the recess. I liked the idea of wooden ones.

Enter Web-Blinds, they had proposed working together and invited me to look through their website which I did and thoroughly enjoyed, not only that they have some very useful videos on how to fit blinds both in the recess and outside too but they have an enormous range of blinds to choose from.

I clicked on wooden blinds and measured my window as proposed by Web-Blinds and once all the boxes had been ticked and checked I sat back and waited for my delivery.

It took some time but I don’t know if this was because I was receiving them as a review product however once arrived they were extremely easy to fit, only they weren’t wooden and the slats were the smaller ones! I obviously hadn’t ticked all the correct boxes after all and what’s worse they are made to measure and husband was quite clear, once successfully up (I have told you he’s not the best DIY man haven’t I?) they is not comin’ down.

hillarys venetian blind

So how are we getting on?

Well it does make the window pretty but I wish they were the wooden ones as I feel they’d look better than this metal version. I also wish the slats were thicker as I imagine they’d close out more light which does get through.

I do love the angling of the blinds and am using it lots at the moment with the beautiful weather we’re having.

hillarys blinds

The girls love their new toy and I can hear them larking around upstairs once they’ve bene put to bed taking turns to fiddle with the pole that twists the slats up and down.

They do keep the room cooler but they’re not keeping all the light out. I will definitely order the larger slatted wooden ones for the other back room, our guest room

Disclosure: I received a blind in return for this blog post all opinions are my own.


  1. July 10, 2013 / 2:45 PM

    Interestingly, I actually paid a vast sum for this very same blind for my daughter’s room last year. I was so disappointed as they had sold them to me as completely blocking out the light – they did no such thing! Obviously it was better than an ordinary curtain but the sun still came in nonetheless and my daughter was forever fiddling them open and shut. As I had paid so much money, I eventually managed to get the money back. I hope you have better luck!

  2. AnnieMammasaurus
    July 10, 2013 / 7:52 PM

    We have blackout blinds in all our bedrooms and they make a huge difference. The problem I found, and it’s the same with any blackout blinds is that the light does tend to seep in through the side edges, but that’s just a minor issue as on the whole the difference is vast!
    I’m just looking for some very wide white slated blinds for our lounge so will give Hillarys a lookie as I am struggling to find any big enough so far!

  3. emmaand3
    July 11, 2013 / 9:16 PM

    ooh I’m currently about to review too! Im lucky that light or anything doesnt bother Erin. she sleeps and sleeps!

  4. HonestMum
    July 13, 2013 / 2:20 PM

    Fab review, your daughters are too adorable. We have made to measure blinds in all the bedrooms and now I can’t sleep without them!

  5. lauralouise90
    August 12, 2013 / 10:29 AM

    That’s a really interesting point – having blackout blinds does make a difference, but i’ve found that our patterned roller blinds also do a great job of blocking out the light. Personally I wouldn’t go for Venetians in the bedroom as you’re always going to have a slit of light coming through…

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