I am making a blind measuring 152cm wide x 206cm long and just want to check whether you think that 4mm wide fibre glass rods are good enough for the job? The blind will be interlined and the fabric is on the heavy side. Thanks, Beth
Yes 4mm fibre glass rods are good enough we have used them on blinds up
to 260cm wide. However things to bear in mind with this heaveir wider
1. Space your cord rings no more than 35cm apart across the blind to spread the weight.
2. You will probably need a geared mechanism not a standard one, if using a chain pull to lift that weight blind.
3. On a wide blind sometimes a long aluminium bottom bar can warp (particularly if the blind is above a radiator)
My blind is 75cm width. I am using a blind kit, not sure what distance to allow between each ring widthways - would you advise 2 rings or 3 across.
We would usually use 2 cords for this width. However Kits in the UK
should now be compliant with EU safety legislation and have break outs
at the end of each cord. The fewer cords you have the more likely the
break out is likely to release under the weight of the blind (interlined
blinds are heavier than lined). So there could be an argument for using
the number of cords supplied in the kit as these new breakouts will be
design to only take a certain weight.
More info is written in the instructions in Step 8.
What tool do you use to trim fibre glass rods? I made the mistake of attacking it with scissors and got some nasty splinters!
Also I am getting a table made up to make blinds and curtains as orders from friends and family are coming in! Can you advise on dimensions? Thank you
We use cable cutters from Screwfix
Our table is approx 270cm x 160cm, big is best but you need to be able to reach into the middle.
I'm making a blind with a join in.
I can't get the rods through the join in the rod pocket as it keeps catching on the overlap of the join.
How do I join it so the rod goes through the joins please?
This is an eternal problem. we tack the seam open before sewing the rod pockets.
If you cant get it through, unpick the seam at the pocket, get the rod through, then slip stitch it closed.