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Cordless blinds - any advice?

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newroundhere Mon 02-May-16 22:25:02

I'm looking to get a cordless blackout blind for the soon-to-be nursery for DC1 and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on whether a side winder mechanism (like this one) or a spring loaded pull mechanism (like this one) is better / less annoying?

All advice or experience of either gratefully received!

Playduh Mon 02-May-16 22:28:42

We loved our pull spring ones when DS was tiny (like your second link). Not so much when he got older and decided it was highly entertaining to play with them until one broke.

I'd go for the side winder if I were you!

newroundhere Mon 02-May-16 23:23:16

Thanks playduh, I hadn't even thought about that - at the moment I'm struggling to think about DC1 actually being here, let alone being able to break a blind!! smile

LegArmpits Mon 02-May-16 23:25:34

IKEA do fab blackout spring loaded blinds in different colours and sizes.

Bluecarrot Mon 02-May-16 23:41:39

A lot of reviews I read ion sidewinder ones are bad, so if going with one do your research in the exact brand you are wanting to buy.

We got the IKEA TUPPLAR blind for the nursery and it's fab. ( will eventually get around to covering it with fabric!)

amarmai Tue 03-May-16 00:38:57

we got the thermal spring loaded one for Blinds to Go and had problems with it as it had to be encouraged to go up. It was not cheap.

Playduh Tue 03-May-16 07:35:27

The ikea ones sound great. I'd have been much happier with our spring loaded ones if they'd been an IKEA type price.

Congrats on the baby OP.

newroundhere Tue 03-May-16 12:21:21

Thanks all - I will check out the ones in Ikea

Bluecarrot is it possible to cover them with different fabric then? One of the things that put me off the Ikea ones a bit was that they were very plain.

And thanks playdoh - 12 weeks to go today..... shock

Wendied Tue 03-May-16 14:25:51

We've just bought a cordless blackout blind from Web blinds. They've lots of different colours and choices of what to have on the end of the puller bit.

newroundhere Tue 03-May-16 21:33:22

Have you put it up yet Wendied? Is it any good?

Bluecarrot Tue 03-May-16 22:04:35

I don't see why you couodnt cover them, obv using a light material rather than upholstery weight. Just make sure to take extra depth of rolled up blind into account when installing the hardware.
I've also seen them painted.
They are so cheap I figured it's worth a shot!

Wendied Tue 03-May-16 22:57:23

Sorry - yes I have and it looks great. I'll upload a picture tomorrow when DS wakes up.

I chose quite a dark blue and the colour is great, very deep.

Wendied Wed 04-May-16 19:16:05

Sorry it's sunny outside so the picture isn't great.

newroundhere Fri 06-May-16 13:46:14

Thanks Wendied - looks good!

Do you find you need the curtains as well? I was hoping we might get away with just a blind but I guess there will be some light leakage around the edges....

I'm going to go to Dunelm this weekend and have a look at the side winding mechanism to see if it's any good.

Wendied Fri 06-May-16 19:08:51

We'd already put up the curtains before we bought the blind but I think you could get away without them as it's pretty dark in there.

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