Deans – London’s original blindmakers since 1894

Deans of Putney have a history that spans three centuries as the leading UK manufacturer and installer of blinds and awnings. The company was founded in London by a policeman’s son, Tom Dean, in 1894 and was later taken over by his brother John. John Dean started out making canvas bags, which were in great demand as water carriers by the British forces across the Victorian Empire, especially in South Africa during the Boer War.

Between the two world wars, Deans established a reputation across the UK as major blindmakers. Deans were also well known in football, with the then owner being chairman of local football club Fulham during their inter-war heyday.

Award winning manufacturers

Deans manufacture and install a wide range of awnings and blinds including patio awnings, commercial awnings, shop blinds, canopies and many other types of products from their 12,000 square foot factory in Wandsworth, south west London.

Deans has always been supportive of the blinds, shades and shutters industry and has been closely involved with the British Blinds and Shutters Association since its inception and are proud to have been a founder member of the Association in 1919.

Outstanding craftsmanship

Deans believe that its employees are key to their continued success and a National Training Award Commendation in 1991 was followed up in 1993 by Deans becoming one of the first UK companies to achieve the prestigious Investors In People standard confirming their commitment to quality and training. Since 1993, Deans have received that accolade a further six times.