Choosing blinds for the windows in your home is unfortunately not quite as straightforward as it may seem. |
There are many different styles of blind to choose from, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Before you start looking at types of blinds, take some time to ask yourself a few questions and consider the specifics involved. You will need to consider issues such as why you want a blind rather than curtains, what protection the blind should offer, how easy it needs to be to operate, and what material and colour you want.
Once you have considered these factors, take a look at the different styles of blind available.
Roller blinds - Roller blinds are a single sheet of material that lies flat against the window. They roll up to let in a maximum amount of light.
Venetian blinds - Venetian blinds are made from horizontal aluminium slats that go across the window. The angle can be varied to let more or less light in.
Wood Venetian blinds - These are the same as Venetian but made from wood slats.
Vertical blinds - Vertical blinds come in a variety of materials, from fabric to PVC and wood effect, and are stiffened so they keep the shape. The vertical slits are controlled to let light in and the whole blind can also be pulled to the side.
Roman blinds - Roman blinds fit flat across the width of the window and are pulled up into folds to let the light in.
Pleated blinds - These are made from fabric that is pleated as it is pulled up.
Some blinds will be better suited to certain situations, and it may be possible to have a large window divided up into narrower blinds for ease of use and better control.
The material used in the blinds can be an important deciding factor as it will affect the look and feel of the room. Fabric blinds come in many colours and patterns and are easy to personalise. Aluminium or wood blinds may not be as pleasing aesthetically in all rooms. It is also worth mentioning that window sizes in certain countries may be different so buying UK blinds may not be the same as buying them in the USA or other parts of the world. Therefore, you are sometimes better off buying blinds in your own country.
You should also bear in mind who is using the blind and how much maintenance and cleaning is required. Children's rooms will be better with simple roller blinds as they are easy to operate with less chance of tangling. Rooms that get dusty will make Venetian or pleated blinds a nightmare to keep clean.
In kitchens and bathrooms moisture-resistant materials should be used, and in rooms where you need good control over light, such as an office, Venetian blinds are ideal. Black-out blind material is also available in many types of blind, giving a completely dark environment to aid sleep.
Before settling on a style of blind, take advice from an expert and have them measure the window accurately so you get a realistic cost. The price will vary depending on exact requirements, so ask yourself which factors are the most important.
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