Custom Group were approached by an FFE provider with a challenge – could we install 45 electrically operated, framed Shy 85 blinds in 1 week during the school half term holiday? Sounded tough, but the Custom Group planning team quickly got to work.

Picking installation method

With such a tight time schedule, we needed blinds that would be fairly straightforward to install - but of course would also meet the customer’s needs. We work in partnership with SHY, and after discussions with them, it was concluded that if the blinds were installed using the SHY ‘shelf’ system, this would considerably reduce the installation time. The shelf system involves a rigid metal frame which the blind sits on top of, and is quick and straightforward to fit. It also gives the blinds a very neat appearance from underneath.

A hardworking team with a good strategy

This project required a watertight strategy and schedule to be finished on time. We decided to set two of Custom Group’s eight installation teams to work on installing the blackout blinds, whilst another team concentrated on another order for general venetian blinds.

Our approach was for the 1st team to install the frame and then secure blind into position on top of the frame. This took approximately the same amount of time as the 2nd electrical team, who had to connect each blind to the fused spur, set the blind limits and test the operation. As the timings were comparable, this allowed the electrical team to pretty much follow on from from the first team.

After a shaky first day, where only 5 blinds were installed, the teams quickly got into a routine and momentum gathered – completing all blinds to the customer’s satisfaction by midday on Friday!

Quality custom blinds for the education sector

Custom Group were able to master this project thanks to their years of experience in supplying blinds for the education sector, among many others. We have public sector purchasing contracts with a large number of schools across the UK, making us the biggest contractor in this sector.

Our curtains and blinds are made on-site in our factory in Ilkeston, UK. We make quality a priority, so that the products we supply will last for years to come. We offer blinds and curtains for schools, colleges, universities and other educational establishments, and can find the right products and solutions to meet any project needs. Find out more about our work in the education sector here.

Please contact us on (0115) 9306060 if you would like more information on our range of electrically operated blinds or to discuss a potential project with us.