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THE DIRECT DICTIONARY  

Though we try to make everything as simple as possible when it comes to buying and fitting our blinds, we know that there can be some baffling terminology involved! Here, we've popped all of the lesser-known terms together with a brief description. We hope it helps, and let us know if there's anything you think we've missed!
 
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Face fix

Instead of fitting the brackets to a ceiling or lintel (top fix), you can fit them to a wall or window frame. This is known as a face fix.
For example: "That's an excellently hung blind - it was a good choice to face fix it on the wall, it looks very neat."
 

Finials

A term used to describe the decorative ends that can be found, in this context, on a curtain pole.
For example: "Your new curtains are lovely, but those decorative finials on the curtain pole really help to complete the look."
 

Finished drop

This term refers to the length of the blind once it's been hung.
For example: "Those new blinds hang so perfectly - you must have measured the finished drop very accurately."
 

Lintel

A lintel is an often load-bearing part of the window, sitting over the top of a window. The lintel can be either structural or ornamental, but when hanging blinds, it's mainly relevant if you're looking to have a top fix blind.
For example: "That's an excellently hung blind - it was a good choice to top fix it on the lintel, it looks very professional."
 

Louvres

Louvres is an alternate term for the hanging blind slats in a vertical blind.
For example: "It's a lovely day outside. Can you turn the louvres to let some light in?"
 

Pelmet

More commonly found when curtains are used instead of blinds, a pelmet is a concealing framework that can be hung above a window to hide a curtain pole or headrail. Decoratively, they often match the fabric of the curtain.
For example: "My windows are nearly fully dressed, we're just waiting for the pelmet to arrive so we can hide away the curtain rail for good."
 

Pencil or pinch

This phrase refers to two common types of curtain pleat. The pencil pleat fabric is of double fullness at the gathering point, whereas a pinch's fullness is two and a half times at the gathering point, meaning that the latter requires more fabric.
For example: "Those curtains are lovely and heavy - they must be pinch pleated."
 

Recess

A window recess is the measurement you take when your window sits far back enough in the wall for there to be a gap enough at the front of the recess for a blind to fit.
For example: "You've cleverly managed to get you blind to fit in your window recess ever so snugly - the finish is very tidy."
 

Spigot

A spigot is a small peg or plug that can be found on some brackets, helping to secure the main blind in place.
For example: "I've nearly hung the headrail of this blind, I just need to clip this blind into the bracket making sure the location spigot is in the lowest slot in the bracket."
 

Top fix

Instead of fitting the brackets to a wall or window frame (face fix), you can fit them to the ceiling or lintel. This is known as a top fix.
For example: "That's an excellently hung blind - it was a good choice to top fix it on the lintel, it hangs perfectly."
 

Wands

Here, a wand refers to the long plastic or wooden stick that can be turned to open or close some types of blind.
For example: "The sun is lovely outside - turn the wand and let some light in through that blind."