John Lewis Remote Controlled Blackout Roller Blind, White £33; reduced from £110 (£36.50 delivered)
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John Lewis Remote Controlled Blackout Roller Blind, White £33; reduced from £110 (£36.50 delivered)

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Found 3rd Aug 2015
Remote control blind reduced from £110 to £33 + postage (free if your total is over £50, or £3.50 otherwise)
Sorry, only the small size (61 cm wide) is left - it wasn't me that took all the rest!
Remote control blinds are EXPENSIVE - the mechanism alone retails for over £100, so this is a bargain if you are looking for that kinda thing...
There are some bad reviews on the website, but mainly because the instructions are a mess (they are!); mine works fine and the remote is really quite a smart looking affair.
Anyway, here's John Lewis' blurb:

This remote controlled blind makes it easy to control of the amount of light you let in to your room and is great value, costing far less than a made to order equivalent.

The control works with a battery wand that can be fitted behind the blind, which is attached to a motor in the tube of the blind by a neat power cable. The remote control device raises and lowers the blind and is able to stop at any chosen level.

The blind can be cut to size and the brackets top fixed or face fixed. The blackout finish makes it ideal for use in bedrooms and it's cordless, making it safe even for use in children's rooms.
Blind Design Plain Blind
Style Blackout Blind
Type Roller Brand
Colour Palette Black, White & Grey
Cordless YES
Drop 177cm
Material 100% cotton

24 Comments

not bad

Damn bigger ones oos

so, could you buy this just for the mechanism, and attach a bigger blind too it?

you can buy this fabric on the roll for cheap and safety pin it onto the back of your curtains. They stay up forever.

Would these be ok for velux roof Windows?

Original Poster

Deedie

so, could you buy this just for the mechanism, and attach a bigger blind … so, could you buy this just for the mechanism, and attach a bigger blind too it?


Yes - but the diameter of the new blind's tube would have to be either exactly the same, or (more likely) larger - to enable you to enter the motorised tube into it. You'd cut the tube from the one supplied and insert and glue it into the new tube - so, not easy but possible.
On the other hand - it would be perfectly possible / quite easy to change the fabric.
It's John Lewis, so it can't hurt to buy, examine and return if you decide against.
But - it is a shame the larger ones have all gone!

Original Poster

jh787

Would these be ok for velux roof Windows?


Not unless you make your own side runners - the Velux windows are at an angle to the vertical, so the fabric would just hang vertically unless some side guides were installed...

Original Poster

Please someone - get me to 100 degrees - it would mean the world to me. It is my sole ambition in life...

DrBones

Please someone - get me to 100 degrees - it would mean the world to me. … Please someone - get me to 100 degrees - it would mean the world to me. It is my sole ambition in life...


there ye go dr bones your life is complete

Original Poster

Oh 100 degrees - at last! Thank you, thank you...
Can I just mention a few people who helped me get here:
1) My mum, she gave birth to me (did little else, but that's a biggie)
2) My wife: Sure, she called me 'stupid' and she said my diy skills were as bad as my skills in the bedroom
3) My brother - he took delivery and ensured that the delivery man got away with delivering an open package that he'd 'nicked' the mechanism from
4) John Lewis - just for being there (need I say more?)

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goldengirlz

you can buy this fabric on the roll for cheap and safety pin it onto the … you can buy this fabric on the roll for cheap and safety pin it onto the back of your curtains. They stay up forever.


I didn't really understand that?

cold... causes obesity

DrBones

I didn't really understand that?



You can buy these in fabric shops, by the metre. This is just a piece of thick fabric that stops the light coming in.

You just measure the width and legth of your curtains (flat). You can use safety pins to hold it up, against the back of your normal curtains. When you close the curtains the black out blind closes with it, and when you open your curtains, the black out blind pushes open too. Easy. They stay up forever. Hope you understand that?

ordered cheers

Original Poster

dribspak

cold... causes obesity


Not really, I was obese before I ordered this. Sure, it hasn't helped...

goldengirlz

You can buy these in fabric shops, by the metre. This is just a piece of … You can buy these in fabric shops, by the metre. This is just a piece of thick fabric that stops the light coming in. You just measure the width and legth of your curtains (flat). You can use safety pins to hold it up, against the back of your normal curtains. When you close the curtains the black out blind closes with it, and when you open your curtains, the black out blind pushes open too. Easy. They stay up forever. Hope you understand that?



But what if you want blinds and not curtains?

Have to vote cold I'm afraid. Bought some John Lewis blinds before and they are cheap for a reason. The fabrics themselves are half decent but the fittings are really poor quality, marginally better than Ikea.

We've since had to switch to made to measure ones from Bloc Blinds and Luxaflex (both sold by John Lewis). Luxaflex are by far the best you can get and are not too badly priced at all if you order online instead of JL.

OOS

Awww, just missed it. Probably for the best though coz I really don't need one.

Original Poster

all gone...

goldengirlz

You can buy these in fabric shops, by the metre. This is just a piece of … You can buy these in fabric shops, by the metre. This is just a piece of thick fabric that stops the light coming in. You just measure the width and legth of your curtains (flat). You can use safety pins to hold it up, against the back of your normal curtains. When you close the curtains the black out blind closes with it, and when you open your curtains, the black out blind pushes open too. Easy. They stay up forever. Hope you understand that?



They are called blackout curtains, this is for a blind.

all sizes now OOS

benjai

Have to vote cold I'm afraid. Bought some John Lewis blinds before and … Have to vote cold I'm afraid. Bought some John Lewis blinds before and they are cheap for a reason. The fabrics themselves are half decent but the fittings are really poor quality, marginally better than Ikea. We've since had to switch to made to measure ones from Bloc Blinds and Luxaflex (both sold by John Lewis). Luxaflex are by far the best you can get and are not too badly priced at all if you order online instead of JL.



are you talking about these motorised blind specifically, or are you just talking about a completely different set of blinds?

goldengirlz

You can buy these in fabric shops, by the metre. This is just a piece of … You can buy these in fabric shops, by the metre. This is just a piece of thick fabric that stops the light coming in. You just measure the width and legth of your curtains (flat). You can use safety pins to hold it up, against the back of your normal curtains. When you close the curtains the black out blind closes with it, and when you open your curtains, the black out blind pushes open too. Easy. They stay up forever. Hope you understand that?



Yeah, but I have to get my fat a$$ off the sofa to get up and close the curtains.

These are remote controlled. So my fat a$$ could stay put as I plunged myself into darkness. Perfect.

I actually looked at remote controlled curtain track when I renovated a few years back. Everything else (including power sockets and lights) is controlled from a single Logitech Harmony remote in my living room. Getting the curtains remote controlled as well would have been the icing on the cake. But when I looked into, all the solutions were expensive, fiddly, and unreliable by all accounts. So I didn't bother.

£33 for one of these was pretty good. All the curtain track I saw (albeit a few years ago) was all into the hundreds ....
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