Will 2023 be a Happy New Year for these rabbits?

Happy New Year!

As the 2022 festive season is sadly now over, it’s time for us at Blindingly Obvious to roll up our sleeves, reach for the toolbox once again and burn off those excess calories by getting back to business as usual – Providing our customers with the very best bespoke, fitted window blinds available throughout Kent and SE London.

Broadwitch Hauntfest – A brief update

Halloween entertainment event

With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, we thought it was only fitting to give you a quick update on the much-loved Broadwitch Hauntfest which has been in existence for the last 21 years.

Broadwitch Hauntfest closes its doors

The Broadwitch Hauntfest has always provided great entertainment each Halloween for over two decades. If you’re a family, there was a whole heap of ghoulish goings-on to keep the kids busy and for adults, there was a ton of terrifying evening entertainment as well. However, we’re sad to announce that its 21-year run is now at an end.

Take a trip to the 1980s at The Orchard, Dartford

The 1980s

As we’re based in Dartford, the Orchard Theatre is pretty much on our doorstep so there’s always something to entertain us locals all year round. On this occasion, we thought we’d give a nostalgic nod to a show at the end of September that pays homage to the 1980s.

What is a Witch Window?

A witch window

If you’ve never heard of a “Witch Window” you may be tempted to think it’s a wonky, rickety window on a witch’s house but of course, you’d be wrong. Whilst witch windows are far more common in the US, it’s pretty rare to see any in the UK. So, if you’ve never heard the term before, here’s what a Witch Window actually is.

6 ways to get a better night’s sleep

Tips for better sleep

It may not always be blindingly obvious, but there are a few oft-overlooked factors that can prevent you from getting a decent night’s sleep. Of course, some things are more obvious than others. For example, it’s a no-brainer that’s it’s not a good idea to down a large mug of coffee half an hour before bedtime or get into a blazing row just prior to climbing under the duvet.

Unfortunately, there are also factors outside of the home that are difficult to avoid such as work-related stress and it’s not always easy to deal with these if you’re feeling overworked and underpaid. Nevertheless, there are a few things that you can control; your sleeping environment being one of the main ones. With this in mind, here are a few tips to consider that could help you get a more restful night’s sleep.

The Benefits Of Using A Professional Window Blind Fitter

A professional blind fitter and installer

A lot of modern homeowners want to take a proactive approach to decorating their homes, delving into DIY and getting as many jobs done about the house as they can without calling in a professional’s help. However, there are some jobs that homeowners simply shouldn’t tackle on their own.

Of course, if you’re doing something as simple as putting up a shelf or assembling flatpack furniture, you’ll probably encounter no major issues with trying to complete the job yourself. But when it comes to installing blinds, you should definitely consider turning to a professional window blind fitter. Why, you may ask? Essentially because a simple mistake with measurements when it comes to fitted blinds can turn your DIY project into a complete disaster.

The Velarium – The Roman Colosseum’s giant “blind”

The Colosseum in Rome had a Valarium

Window blinds aren’t a new invention. In fact, in their more primitive guise, it’s likely that they date back many thousands of years, with Persian and ancient Egyptian records both documenting the use of window coverings in one form or another. As we mentioned in our previous history of Venetian blinds post, the Ancient Egyptians had been using slatted blinds for centuries, quite often fashioning them from reeds whilst in China, strips of bamboo were commonly used as an alternative. Although there isn’t any conclusive proof of where and when they were used for the very first time, it’s clear that “blinds” have been around for a very, very long time.

The curious story of Deadman’s Island, Kent

Deadman's Island at Sheppey in Kent

It never ceases to amaze me that, even after living in Kent for many, many years, there are still parts of its history that I’ve never heard of; Deadman’s Islands is a case in point. If you’re wondering where it is, Deadman’s Island is located at the mouth of The Swale river just outside Queenborough on the adjacent Isle of Sheppey. It’s a flat, muddy marshland that’s home to a myriad of stunning birds who breed and nest there and as such, is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Island also boasts an impressive collection of fauna and other plant life.

Wooden vs. Faux Wood Blinds – Which are best?

What is the difference between wooden blinds and faux blinds?

If you’re considering blinds for your home and aren’t sure whether to opt for genuine wood or faux wood as your preferred choice, we’ve set out a few tips below to help you decide. First, let’s take a look at both materials:


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that wooden blinds are, of course, made of wood. If authenticity is important to you and you want something that’s 100% natural, then wooden blinds may be the right choice for you. They come in a wide variety of stains and paints so getting a colour that compliments your existing decor shouldn’t be an issue. Wooden blinds also tend to be slightly lighter in weight than their faux counterparts so they’re often better suited to larger windows.

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