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a black out blind will never completely black out a room unless the width from the top corners of the window recess is exactly the same down to the bottom. in reality no walls are that exact . there is always the mechanism to consider also. it has to go some where.a blind isnt a curtain its a blind. it has to be exact. if you have to have total darkness you will need to stick to curtains. Some people just expect to much. Hillarys blinds are not cheap poorly made blinds . the headrails on mine from hillarys are aluminium and lightweight steel. the material is 54% cotton. £800 for the whole house is a bargain and the service was excellent and easy. yes lots of choice but surely thats a good thing. how can you moan about that. and that includes the fitting. to fit 11 blinds would take me 2 days and i can earn £200 in 2 days so i look at it that i got all my great blinds for £600 . stop moaning. Hillarys are well alright. give them a break.
**Why I chose Hillary's ** We moved house before Christmas to a brand new home which didn't have any curtains or blinds and so we needed to get our windows dressed before we moved in properly. I had used Hillary's before for a black out blind before Hope was born and although I wasn't all that impressed with how well it fitted I thought I would try them again as they were having a sale and I put down the bad fitting at my previous house down to the individual who had fitted it. There always seems to be adverts on the television about the sale that always seems to be occuring and so I thought it would be a good idea to get Hillary's to fit out our windows seeing as they were going to be half price! Also, I didn't really have the time to start looking at other companies so just went with this one. **Making an appointment ** Well I certainly can't complain about the efficiency of the appointment booking system. I didn't even have to speak to a human! I simply went on the website and selected three times which would suit me to have my initial consultation and then within fifteen minutes I had recieved an email which told me which of them times I would have a blind specialist come to my house and arrange what I would like. I really liked how simple this was to do as I find it difficult to make phone calls sometimes whilst Hope is awake and making a lot of noise. **Chosing your blinds * When the man came to the house he turned up on time and armed with four huge folders full of samples of blinds. I personally found this quite daunting! He showed us what the different blinds were like and then basically left us to look through them all whilst he went to take measurements of all of the windows. My husband and I were completely overwhelmed by the amount of samples we were looking through. There were about 8 on a page and the folder was huge and bulging so you can imagine just how many we looked through! We weren't at all sure on what the prices were on any of them as there was no price guide of any sort so as we looked through we didn't know if we were picking ones that were in the sale or ones which were extremely expensive. There was huge variety, however, nothing was spectacular. They were all rather plain, a few had slight patterns and raised textures but there were none which were bright with bold patterns on which was disappointing as we would have liked something quite bold for Hope's bedroom. The man came back to see how we were getting on but we hadn't actually got anywhere! He explained which ones were in the sale and we were expected to remember all the ones he'd said as we flicked through! This was extremely difficult to do and it was rather frustrating. We were able to take the samples out of the folder to put them up against the walls in the specific rooms so we could see if it would look alright or not but again this wasn't too easy to do as the sample was tiny! In the end we had to ask to just be shown the ones in the sale as it was getting too confusing. We selected our blinds without much input- for example we went of a blind which opens sideways in the bathroom whereas with hindsight a pull down blind woul dhave been better as it would have taken up less window sill space. Once we'd chosen the blinds we were able to get a quote right away and I was actually quite pleased as for 8 windows and a patio door it came to £700 which included labour. We then arranged a date for when he would come to fit it. This was 3 weeks' time which worked out fine for us but perhaps if you were on a stricter deadline this would be too long but it was his earliest availability. **Blinds getting fitted ** The same man came again to fit the blinds and he arrived on time which was great as I don't like hanging around and I think it's not professional t oturn up late. He fitted the blinds in a very short amount of time, I think it took about 2 hours to do the entire house and minimal mess was created- there was just bits of plaster dust on some window sills and that was all. He was very polite and didn't stand around wasting time or making polite conversation, instead just got on with the job. He showed me how to work the blinds which was to show me about the child safety mechanisms and how the blinds pulled and then I had to pay the balance which was done by card in his machine. I was pleased with this process as it didn't eat into my day too much and he was very polite and just got on with the job. **The outcome ** I must admit that I was not impressed with the outcome. Yes the blinds were fitted and looked just like the samples but I could see that I should have chosen different blinds for some of the windows to what I had in terms of how they opened and closed because they took up different amounts of windowsill space. I think that the man should have given some advice and pointed out these things to me whilst I was choosing. I also wasn't happy with the black out blind and felt like kicking myself for going with Hillary's again. When we had the black out blind in our previous house I didn't think it fitted correctly and again the same thing was happening. We got black out blinds for two of our bedrooms and although no light could come through the thickness of the fabric it was shining through the sides. There is about an inch on each side where the sun shines through which t ome just defeats the object of these blinds. I wondered if this is just what happens with blinds but I have since found out that blackout blinds should not let any light in whatsoever even at the sides. Surely the people who work for Hillary's must feel embarrassed when they fit a blind and see how much light is coming round the sides of it! There are special child safety features on the mechanisms of these blinds which stop the chances of your child strangling themselves which I think is a very good idea and these were put on free of charge and explained to us how to use them. I was very pleased with these. I must admit that i am not especially impressed with any of the blinds, I don't look at any and think how lovely they are. There is nothing special about them whatsoever. **Conclusion ** There are several positives when it comes to Hillary's blinds. ONe of these positives is just how easy it is to make an appointment. Being able to just make it online is so simple as it means you can do this whilst you're at work or in a rush, it doesn't involve making phone calls and being put on hold. The man who came to the house was very punctual and fitted the blinds without any fuss. I was also pleased with the price, i had been expecting to get the whole house fitted with blinds would be quite an expensive affair so for it to be £700 I was pleased. What I wasn't pleased about was the fact that the choice of blinds was so vast that it was confusing. There was little input or advice from the man who just seemed to stand there or leave us to it whilst he went to measure windows. We were confused as to which blinds to chose and hadn't a clue about which ones were in the sale or not. I think that having some more input from the man would have been better and for the blinds to be organised in a way which made sense to us- in price order or something similar. There was far too much choice, however, there felt like there were very few that were any good. There were no blinds which were big and bold with exciting patterns on. I was disappointed with this. I was especially disappointed in the poor fitting of the black out blinds. This is obviously a fault with Hillary's themselves and not the specific employee seeing as this was the case in our previous house. The blackout blinds should not let any light in but these do and whats more is that black out blinds cost more than normal ones! If you are going to pay more then you expect them to actually work well and do the job which they are supposed to do! I am unsure of how many stars to give this. I do think that the quality of the blinds let this firm down dramatically which must be quite embarrassing for those people who work for them and have to deal with the customers directly. It's a shame that these people also don't get involved and try to explain more about which blinds would be a good choice. There seems to be no logical order in which they are displayed in the folder so I feel like I want to only give them one star but at the same time the man was punctual and he fitted the blinds in a short amount of time. I shall give them 2 stars which I think is quite generous but I don't recommend them. I think you could find a better company to fit your blinds and they may be more knowledgeable so could advise you better and hopefully fit them in a way which actually makes them do their job properly. I definitely think that although this company is a name you will have heard of it would be bettter for you to look somewhere else or even fit them yourselves as you could probably do a better job! From a company which is well known this kind of quality is appalling as far as I'm concerned. *Positives: Punctual Easy to make appointment Man polite *Negatives: Too much choice No specialist advice. Poor fitting blinds Lack of interesting looking blinds Prices confusing. While to make appointment for fitting
Terrible - it's really your luck who you get as an advisor. The blinds seem okay, if very overpriced for what they are (the 50 per cent off sale seems to be completely false). Our experience was that the fitter was dirty, smelly and incompetent. The blinds were fitted wrongly, interfered with the operation of our window (which we specifically had enquired about at the time of order and was told would not happen), they were squint, uneven at the bottom, there was a dirty finger mark on one, creases on another, and they all hit off the window handles so we couldn't close them properly. When the fitter came out to 'fix' this, he was rude and unpleasant, not apologetic, tried to rehang one and ended up damaging it further, and leaving dirty marks on it from his hands. Tried to tell us the creases would fall out eventually! He did not call customer services the next day to report the faults as he was meant to, i had to call them and they had to call him. He said again the creases would fall out. It's been impossible to convince them of the faults, instead I am treated like the trouble maker. All companies make errors, but how they are dealt with decides whether I use a company again. In this case, I have been treated badly, calls not returned, unapologetic advisors and generally just a really stressful affair. Now I have to wait until a 'senior fitter' comes out to give an 'unbiased' report on the state of the blinds. As yet, have heard nothing from them. No doubt I will need to call them up myself to chase this. I'd really advise people to stay clear! I wish I had.
AVOID AT ALL COST!!Possible the worst company I have ever had the misfortune to deal with. Their customer service is so bad it is hard to detail all the issues I have had in a small review!!So many promises made, all of them broken.It is now a month after my expected delivery date with many assurances that they would get back to me(which they didn't) and have just been told (after me chasing them again)they have "lost" my blinds and have no idea where they are,but would I like them remade?They still have half the £ for my blinds so if I hadn't chased them what would have happened? I am now away to cancel my order as I don't want to spend another minute of my life dealing with such an atrocious company.I can not recommend enough that people stay away from them!!
I have used Hilarys for blinds twice, both were bay windows so a tricky fit and large in terms of blind sizes. The price for both was £600. I initiated the enquiry over the internet, they called and we met, they do the measuring up - they take the risk. The one bay had a wooden slatted venetian and was two thirds of the overall cost. I was recommended by the representatives to go for a metal style venetian as they come in various colours, and also the loading wouldn't be as great on the false ceiling within the bay, however I opted to stay with the wooden as it was in the lounge. So the message here - there weren't trying to sell the most expensive - I was given options. The upstairs bay did have a metal slatted venetian. Both blinds are of excellent quality and took about 2 weeks to be manufactured. A mutually acceptable time was arranged for fitting and the fitting took about 2 -3 hours. I like most people don't have perfectly flat ceilings and this presented a logistic to overcome, but overcome it was without fuss. The representatives were pleasant and unobtrusive, in comparison to blinds I'd had made via Debenhams 5 years earlier the prices were comparable and there are frequently offers emailed and put through the post - keep a look out for these.
Back in the summer we had several windows replaced in our house. For a couple of the windows we decided not to put the curtains back up, but thought we might have blinds instead. July went by, then August, then September. And what happened about our blinds? Well, to be honest, absolutely nothing. I just didn't seem to get round to finding any companies who would make and fit the kind of blinds we wanted. And then October came. Having grown tired of waiting for me to get my act together, my husband spotted a leaflet which had been delivered through the door. Hillarys Blinds was the company from whence this leaflet came. And I can tell you I was a bit shocked when I arrived home from work to discover my husband had phoned them and arranged for a representative of the company to visit, with a view to measuring up our naked windows. For ease of writing I am going to call the representative Mr X. He came to see us on a Monday morning, bringing 2 large bags of samples with him. He struck me as very experienced, professional and friendly. He understood what we wanted and did not try to sell us any fancier options. Without any fuss or bother he measured up and quoted us some prices for the blinds we were interested in. This was basically for vertical blinds. One of the windows is a large bay window, needing 3 blinds to cover it. The other window is a flat window, but still quite big. I braced myself for the quote, having an absolute maximum figure of £300 in my head as a guide to what I would be prepared to pay. The quote was just a few pounds over the 300, but we decided to accept it as Mr X said the prices were already discounted since we were putting in an order for several blinds and the more you order, the more you save. He said it would be roughly a fortnight before the blinds were made and ready for fitting, but he would phone us as soon as possible to let us know a date. We paid half the money on credit card on the same day, the balance to be paid on fitting. After he'd gone we did 'umm and aah' about the price a little. Should we have shopped around a bit more? Was the cost too high for 2 windows? One problem with pricing up blinds is that it's quite difficult to work out the actual cost for yourself. Obviously ready-made blinds would have been very much cheaper, but neither my husband nor myself are very adept at DIY. I've put up roller blinds in the past and even though I've been really careful it's been hard to get that quality finish that you would expect from a professional. Because we are not very practical people we don't have the tools and the know-how necessary to make a decent job of putting up blinds ourselves, and in any case that large bay window is such an awkward size that perhaps we would not have been able to get a ready-made blind to fit it. So, all in all, we decided that the £300 would be well spent if it ensured our blinds would be a nice quality and properly fitted. About 10 days after we had placed the order Mr X rang to say our blinds had been made. He made an appointment to return and fit them a few days later. On his second visit he was again polite and friendly. He made no mess while fitting the blinds and did not mind our dog paying him a lot of attention. While he fitted the blinds I left him to it, so I could get the full effect of walking into the rooms and seeing those new blinds at the windows. At last - the moment of truth! Would we regret paying so much money for our blinds? Well, I couldn't believe how much of a difference those blinds made to both the rooms. Mr X had made such a neat job of putting the blinds up and the colours of the fabrics just looked lovely. Mr X showed us how the cords worked to alter the angle of the blinds and how to draw the blinds back if we wanted to. He was finished in about 45 minutes. After he'd gone I kept walking into both the rooms to keep looking at our new blinds. We were both so pleased by the results. Would I use Hillarys again? I would have to say a cautious yes. It's only the price that I think is maybe a bit high. There is nothing I can criticise in terms of the service we received or the quality of the finished blinds. Possibly you might get a better deal if you could find a smaller, local company and if I had been more organised that's probably the type of firm I would have gone for myself. However, my husband took the initiative on this one and I have to say that I am very satisfied with my experience of Hillarys. Thank you Mr X for a smashing job!
I used Hillarys Blinds some time ago, about six months roughly. I went onto their website and booked an appointment for someone to come around. The booking was very easy indeed. I got a telephone call and email to confirm the appointment. When they representative came around, he was very friendly. I was surprised to learn that the rep measured, priced and if I placed the order, came back and fitted the blinds. This was nice, but did leave me concerned about the quality of the fit. Anyway, the pricing was about average, but they did have a special offer on, so I got my large kitchen and dining room quoted at £99 per vertical blind. The guy was very thorough, rechecking the measurements again. I then placed the order. About two weeks later I got a call to arrange the fitting of the blinds. Back he came, installed and all neat and no mess within about 30 minutes. Since then I have been very happy with how they look. It makes the windows look very classy and well dressed. My only compaint is that the pulley strings for opening and closing, get tangled with the plastic bead pulley for angling the blinds. They seem to tangle even when you just look at them. Apart from that I am very pleased and will definitely get my other windows done. However, I will opt for having the pulleys installed at either end to minimise the tangling (if this is an option, I think it is).
I visited Hillarys.co.uk a few months ago to get some ideas for blinds for my conservatory and found it to be full of different blinds from vertical to Roman style, the roller blinds looked really interesting and the colour ranges were exceptional. There was just too much choice so I decided to take them up on their offer of a free home visit, I phoned them using the free phone number and a very helpful lady gave me a choice of any day and the time to suit myself so I opted for the following Sunday afternoon. I explained that I really did not have any idea exactly what I wanted but she assured me that the advisor would bring plenty of samples and would give me all the advice I needed to make the right choice. He arrived on time with two brief cases and showed me the entire range while I was browsing through the colour switches he quickly measured up the windows so that he could quote me on every type of blind that interested me. After about an hour I did decide to go for vertical blinds and chose the colour and type of material, he was extremely patient I must admit. The entire price was 465.00 pounds less 50% discount so I had a bargain at 232.50p and that was with free fitting. I was so impressed with this price I ordered a natty Roman Blind for the kitchen and this cost after discount 62.00p. I paid him half the money and he told me that the remainder could be paid after fitting in a week's time; this was done the following Sunday afternoon in about thirty minutes. I am really impressed with this firm, from visiting their web site I now have great blinds in the conservatory and a really posh kitchen blind for far less money than I thought that I would have to spend. I notice on the website that they now do wooden window shutters in natural wood tones and painted shades, I like the sound of these but they are not in the sale I notice so I will have to do a bit of saving up first. Visit their site and take a look for yourself at the prices and ranges I give them five stars for quality, price and excellent service.
I recently moved house and was looking for a replacement for my net curtains when i stumbled across a company called Hillarys blinds - www.hillarys.co.uk. Had never heard of them before but from their website the blinds looked good quality and there was a big range to suit my tastes. Made an appointment online and the local Advisior came round (to my surprise it was a woman - though she told me her husband did the fitting) and showed me the different blinds i could have. I chose Venetian blinds in wood (actually pretty cheap considering what other people had told me about the price of blinds!) and true to her word her husband came back to fit them a couple of weeks later. All in all this was a good experience i was a little unsure of some coming round to my house to sell me something at first - though at least i had asked her to come round and it wasn't a cold caller! I now have lovely blinds in two of my windows and everyone comments how nice they are when they come round.
Terrible service. Just before moving house on we received a leaflet from Hillarys Blinds advertising a Half Price Easter Sale, this seemed like perfect timing as we wanted to have blinds in most rooms of the new house rather than curtains. I called Hillary's the day after moving and they said they would send somebody around the next day to give us a quote. We had an advisor come around who quoted £1000.00, this seemed very expensive however we really didn't know what blinds cost and we were told it was a really good deal. I asked about the half price offer and was told that the only products on half price were those that they couldn't sell as they wanted to get rid of the stock, certainly not what the TV advertisement or leaflets were implying. We did however gullibly accept this. I wasn't keen on accepting this quote on the spot so the advisor told us that if we did, he should get the blinds by the following Friday when he would call and would come and fit them himself! We decided to accept this offer, but then I noticed the quantities of blinds on the paperwork did not add up to the amount of windows he was quoting for! He said it was a mistake and corrected our paperwork - and his own copy with a biro, and said he would get it changed on the order also. I signed his corrected copy. Hillarys quickly took £300.00 from my credit card as a deposit. The following Friday came and went, annoyed that what we had been told was not correct, but we accepted that maybe things were getting knocked back a couple of days because of the Easter break. We still had not heard anything after 3 weeks so I called Hillarys Blinds to find out where the blinds were and not only had they not made them, the quantities were incorrect as the sales advisor did not call and correct them like he told us he would! I was told this would be chased up with the advisor and sorted out. I was hoping to at least get a call back to let me know what was going on, but I didn't, so the next morning I called back again and found out that still the complete order for blinds had not been entered! I was told pretty much the same thing again so again waited for an update. Nothing again, called back that afternoon and still they were doing nothing to get this order sorted out. The person I spoke to this time did however say she reported it to the Area Manager. I was later told they would need to send another advisor to measure again(?!?) but that it wouldn't be until the following Monday (4th week). Well that day has come and gone and not even a phone call to make an appointment let alone a visit. We have now had to put curtains in the bedrooms upstairs as we continue to wait. We still have nothing in any downstairs windows. Other relevant information: Hillarys blinds advertise free fitting, measuring, and advice, however they themselves sell blinds that you fit yourself at http://www.web-blinds.com/ for considerably less than we are being charged, and we were told we were getting a "3 for 2" offer also, that simply does not add up. The claim that the blinds on offer are ones that they can't sell also does not add up, as I am also told they manufacturer blinds on demand and do not sit on stock. Seems to me that the incredably thin "buy one get one free" blinds have been manufactured just for the offer. Both the "3 for 2" and "buy one get one free" offers are being "offered" without revealing how much the products actually cost, or did cost before the sale as the agent comes up with a quote him/herself, how can advertising these offers be legal? (It reminds me of the never ending DFS sale scam that The Bulls* Detective reported on!) Advise (just in case there is anybody else out there as easily conned as we were): never agree to a quote while the advisor is still there. I wonder how many customer deposits for unordered blinds are being used to fund the current TV campaign, which has turned into a Spring Sale. Still waiting for blinds....
No matter how nice your home looks like from the inside and outside -One of the most important finishing touches that will compliment your homes décor when done properly is the furnishing of your windows. Only then will you appreciate the full effect of your interior and exterior design - giving the room & your dwelling another lease of life. This is one area that can so easily be overlooked - there is no doubt that a blank looking window in any household is off putting. But not as off putting when seeing badly fitted blinds or curtains installed. You know the ones - either too big or too small for the window, in the hope that the gathering pleats will cover the entire length of the curtain rail. Or the lack of curtain hooks that when opening & closing, the curtain just slides off. The most annoying one of them all is the length of the curtains touching the floor, layers of fabric just picking up dust - excess material that can easily furnish another window. The same theory can apply to blinds - a badly fitted blind or a ready made blind that doesnt quite fit your window frame will look amiss. So instead of enhancing your glass window with a fabulous image you will end up with an unfinished look - a look that will not be pleasing on the eye. I am not one for curtains and never have been - I just dont like them, not into the tie backs, valances, pelmets, pinch pleats, pencil pleats, curtain hooks or lined fabrics. Have no time for all that fancy stuff - I much prefer simple yet very practical stylish blinds. So, my next port of call was to find myself a company that supplied and fitted a wide range of quality made to measure blinds - and that I did. The company I had the pleasure in dealing with is called Hillarys - they are the leading made-to measure blinds company in the UK and with more than 35 years of experience under their belt. Hillarys have no showrooms or outlets that you can visit. Instead they have a national network of consultants & advisors that visit you - all contacts and appointments are done via their website or by telephone. All my negotiations with this company were carried out either by phone or in person and so there was no need for me to use their website. [A quick overview when making an appointment by phone] Telephone - Initial Contact Advice given/questions answered Appointment made Consultant arrives @ your home - Windows Measured. Samples Shown - Different designs & colours Price quote given there & then If satisfied deposit paid and fitting date given Hillarys provide a FREE home consultancy therefore if youre not happy with the price or samples shown you just simply walk away. You lose nothing financially but gain ideas and the experience can also be used as a good marker when comparing prices elsewhere. The advisor will take care of all the measuring and fitting as well as offer constructive and on the ball advice - all you have to do is pick out a blind that will suit your decor and all this is done in the comfort of your own home. The sales consultant sure doesnt come empty handed either as you are most definitely spoilt for choice - Equipped with a full range of designs, samples & fabrics all at the ready to be viewed and compared to your interior furnishings and surroundings. Finding the right colour/shade contrast to match your ambience is not easy when visiting department stores but when doing it at home it couldnt be simpler - You place the blind/sample strip against the wall , the sofa , the furniture , the tiles , the floor , the bedding or even your carpet - instantly giving you a colour match image. You can play around with so many colour combinations & styles in such a short period of time - a time consuming process when visiting outlets. Its so much easier on the eye and a much quicker approach used when making that final decision on the product selected. One does not have to imagine what it would look like because the end result is staring you right in the face. This has to be the best and safest way when picking out the perfect colour blind combination to suit your home - you just cant go wrong. [I like what I have seen so tell me more] Once you have selected the desired design, fabric and colour then the Hillarys consultant will issue you a printed invoice. This will show the type of blind, the name of the colour selected as well as the final price. The invoice is clearly displayed and also broken down into sections so you can easily distinguish one window from another or one room from another. At this point of the consultancy you have two options - you can either mull over the information and then contact Hillarys in your own time if you plan to pursue it further. Or you can finalise the deal by paying a deposit and giving the go ahead to place the order. All consultants carry a small computer device that gives them access to verify credit & debit cards. I opted for the latter and paid a deposit there & then - once payment is authorised you are given a fitting date which can take between 3 to 6 weeks. [Blinds have names as well - Did you know that?] Thats right folks the word blinds on its own doesnt really give you the full picture - you need to take that a little step further and be more specific when picking out a style. Having used blinds on my windows from my previous home I already knew all the terminology used in order to distinguish one style from another. So for all those people who are completely alien on this subject let me enlighten you. The following blinds are unique in their own way: Venetian Blinds (aluminium or wood) Vertical Blinds - Fabric Roller Blinds - Fabric Roman Blinds - Fabric Pleated Blinds - Fabric Woodweave Blinds - Natural Fibres E.g. Bamboo The above come with a wide spectrum of colours as well as more than 200 hundred fabrics to pick from - Exclusive individual styles ranging from plains, naturals , patterns and if you really want to be different you can go as far as picking out a leather or suede fabric look - Not for me but there is always someone out there whos into leather lol - Dont worry to much though if the different blind names have confused you because the Hillarys consultant will soon bring the to your attention all the different styles available - showing you samples and explaining the different mechanisms involved. All done in a friendly and patient manner. - Outstanding service. [Venetian - Vertical - Roller - Blinds] Without going into too much description on what they look like - pictures on another site if interested(Ciao.co.uk), the above three blinds are the ones I selected to furnish my windows- The Venetian blinds were fitted in all of the 3 bedrooms, bathroom and shower room as well as the conservatory. The roller blind was fitted in the kitchen and the vertical blind was fitted in the living room. In total Hillarys fitted twelve blinds - the conservatory needed 5 blinds, hence sheer volume of glass. I opted for plain natural colours with a slat width of 25mm aluminium style Venetian - Venetian slat widths also come in 15/35/50 mm. However, vertical blinds only come in two slat widths 89mm or 127mm. I opted for the 89mm as well as a natural light colour fabric. And finally the roller blind I chose was a plain dark green fabric with the traditional acorn plastic pull. [I control the sunlight - The sunlight doesnt control me] We all know how effective lined curtains are when blocking out the sunlight but how effective are they when trying to let in a measured amount of light into a room? Absolutely not effective at all - On the other hand the mechanism of the blind gives me full control of light exposure. You simply pull or turn the control chain allowing you to tilt the slat widths to any desired angle - you can combine light and privacy or pull open completely revealing a clear view and as much sunlight exposure as you want. The roller blind however, do not have any slat widths but the mechanism used in this kind of blind is just as effective when filtering a measured amount of sunlight into a room. Roller blinds can be pulled up & down and be positioned at any level of the window thus allowing you full control over the amount of daylight entering a room. Who was it that said you cant control nature? lol - The pull chains are safe, practical, easy to use, stylish, durable and more importantly blend in nicely within the window frame as well as youre blind - creating an elegant look. [Maintaining & keeping your blinds clean] When purchasing your blinds from Hillarys you are automatically informed that all of their blinds are thoroughly tested to meet British Standards - rigorous tests on light , humidity and temperature are a way of making sure they are made from the highest quality as well as extending the life expectancy for years to come. Special properties such as UV - light degradation, this ensures the blind will retain its colour throughout its working life. The fabrics have many assets such as flame retardant, light reflective, machine washable, water resistant, heat reflective and anti-static finish that helps prevent dust. However , the aluminium Venetian slats when collecting dust are very easy to clean and wipe down - making sure the slats are fully closed you work your way from top to bottom , this can be done with a simple duster or a damp cloth. All blinds come with a 12 month guarantee. [How did Hillarys perform?] As a worker & a guest in my home the Hillarys fitter worked accordingly, politely, with ease and cleanliness. All work done and finished was at a very high standard -The work schedule was met and this was expertly executed. You couldn`t help but notice the fitter had a high level of skill simply because there never seemed to be a problem during the installation period and if there was one I was never made aware of it. Communication levels between me the fitter & other members of staff at Hillarys were excellent, one of the reasons why it all ran so smoothly. Therefore from quotation through to installation I found this company to be friendly, efficient and acted in a professional manner. They are very flexible when it comes to fitting your blinds - If by any chance you cannot make the allocated date then you can re-schedule for a day that suits you. This can easily be done as you are a given the mobile number of the fitter and you can liaise with him whenever you like without having to speak to the office. I opted for a Saturday as that was the day that suited me best - the fitter arrived around 10.00am and all my 12 blinds were fitted and fully completed in about 4 hours. - Yet again an outstanding service provided. [Price & value for money] I could easily roll out the figures and tell you what I paid for my entire windows to be fully furnished with blinds but these price figures would realistically give you the readers a false reading. Pricing a blind for a window will be different for all individuals the simple reason being they are being made to measure - hence made especially for you. We all have different widow sizes as well as different tastes and needs - additional accessories such as an array of control options, choice of fabrics, trims, poles, different style blinds make it very difficult to point you towards an exact price. However, having dealt with this company I can assure their prices are value for money and whats more Hillarys have on-going promotions and brilliant deals that will suit all budgets & I mean ALL budgets. You will be impressed at the quality and the array of choices this company can offer. The remainder of my outstanding balance was paid directly to the head office via the phone and all paid up after the fitting was completed. [Company Details] This company is well worth noting down if youre planning to furnish your windows with blinds - No need to look elsewhere as these people are the REAL deal. Hillarys Blinds Colwick Business Park Private Road No 2 Colwick Nottingham NG4 2JR Telephone: 0800 587 6418 Website: www.hillarys.co.uk [My closing lines] Blinds are versatile, practical and very stylish and no matter how awkward your windows are blinds are a great solution. Whether your home has tricky small windows, bay windows, bow windows or even sloped windows blinds will accommodate all shapes and sizes - creating a modern and orderly effect in your home. To be able to customise your window furnishings to suit your décor is a nice feeling but the feeling is enhanced even more knowing you have full control over how much sunlight is filtered into a room - something curtains lack. They are excellent value for money, easy to maintain and well worth the long term investment. Hillarys have done a superb job in my home and wouldnt hesitate to use them again if ever I needed to. Highly Recommend!! Thanks - Written by .. © Strood 2007 @ 11.55 on 07/11/07