Aitken Soft Furnishings
Bespoke Window Dressings and Soft Furnishings for the home

Our speciality at Aitken Soft Furnishings is making high quality, custom-made Roman Blinds for homes in and around Hampshire.

How Your Roman Blinds are made

All blinds are hand-sewn with the rod pockets being formed from the lining material rather than using rod pocket tape. This gives a professional finish and ensures that no machine stitching is prominent on the main fabric.  The roman blind face fabric, lining and interlining (if chosen) are secured together with very small stab stitches sewn through all layers of fabric. This ensures that all the fabrics move together as one.

Roman Blinds can be made with Standard or Cascading pleats, borders and panels, shaped or pleated bottom borders or trimmed with beads and tassel trims to give that extra special finish.


All blinds are lined as standard, with a high quality cotton sateen lining. Blackout lining can also be used if you want to reduce the amount of light that comes into a room and is particularly effective for window dressings in children's bedrooms. Standard Linings are supplied in Ivory, Pearl or White and the Blackout lining used is a good quality 3-Pass lining available in Ivory or White.

Interlining a Roman Blind offers some thermal protection from cold and draughty windows and also gives a "fuller feel", especially when used with lightweight fabrics, such as silks and polyesters.  Lighter-weight interlinings are used such as Domette (a natural fibre material), or Saril (a synthetic, man-made material) which is a slightly less expensive option.

Roman blinds are made-up complete with a headrail system of your choice:

- The traditional method of a strung blind fixed to a fabric-covered wooden baton
- A strung blind fixed to an aluminium headrail, a modern version of the wooden baton
- A Rotary Chain headrail system which features a neat bead chain sidewinder and is a more substantial headrail to take the weight of wider/heavier blinds. Chains come in white upvc as standard, but chrome, brass or nickel finishes are also available.


Cord Safety Information

New Safety Standards were issued on 28 February 2014 - BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014 refers. All window dressings made by Aitken Soft Furnishings that involve cords and bead chains will be supplied fully compliant iaw with the regulations.

Whilst all styles of blinds look fabulous in your home, please remember that the cords and looped bead chains, particularly on blinds, can be a potential danger to babies, young children and vunerable young adults.  A hazardous loop can be formed, which could result in injury or strangulation. Young children between the ages of 0-48 months are particularly at risk. The cords behind blinds are also now recognised as a hazard.

Safety devices currently used to help prevent accidents are:

P-Clips for locking bead chains in place against a wall thereby removing the loop hazard,
Breakaway devices for bead chains which allows the chain to break under pressure,
Breakaway cord connectors for multiple side cords and single cords which breaks away under pressure,
Breakaway toggles fitted at the rear of blinds which allows the cords to be released when under pressure,
Cleat Hooks which allow excess cord to be be wrapped safely away. Cleat hooks should be fitted no lower than 150cm from the floor. All the side cords and acorn should be secure around the cleat hook and if it does not, an additional cleat hook should be used.


More information about blind safety in your home can be found at the following websites:

"Make It Safe" 2014 Leaflet at The British Blind & Shutter Association website -
"Blind Cord Safety Campaign" Information at Royal Society for The Prevention of Accidents website -

                  All photographs were taken with the kind permission of our clients and are copyright to Aitken Soft Furnishings 2012. All Rights Reserved 




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