There is a wide variety ofwindow blinds available almost any
need or décor offering shading, privacy and warmth. Get to know
the features of the blinds you choose and select an installer
who has experience of fitting these blinds. If you are not buying
made to measure and your blind does not fit exactly you may
have to trim it. This can be a bit tricky and needs precision
and some specialist tools.
Venetian Blinds Venetian blinds are typically
made from metal, PVC or timber slats that are affixed to
a cloth tape. They work by a cord attached to a pulley
system. Venetian blinds are available in a range of
colours, sizes and width and allow you to control the amount
of light and air that enters the room at any given time.
Venetian blinds are particularly good if you are after a
modern look in your home.
Vertical Blinds vertical blinds are composed
of strips of fabric or timber that are suspended from a
head rail. They are similar to Venetian blinds but
the slats are vertical rather than horizontal. Vertical
blinds are extremely practical and are great for larger
areas such as large windows or sliding doors. If you
want to be able to control the amount of light and air that
enters your home, vertical blinds are a good choice.
Panel Drapes - similar to vertical blinds -
panel drape blinds have a multiple tracking system that allows
flat panels of material to slide across the window or door
that is covered. The panels can be centre-opening or
situated to one side, depending on where the particular blind
is being used. These blinds work particularly well in
contemporary homes and are ideal for large areas of glass.
Honeycomb Blinds honeycomb blinds have
a unique honeycomb cell construction that traps air in the
cells, making them ideal for insulation purposes.
Honeycomb blinds are structured in such a way that the top
and the bottom of the blind can be operated independently,
meaning that you can have the top of the blind open for
light without compromising privacy. These blinds are
available in a wide range of colours and textures and can
be fitted to almost any type of window, including skylights,
arched windows, and angled windows. This type of blinds
is not very popular in the UK hence you may have to source
them from abroad.
Roller/Holland Blinds roller blinds are
made from stiffened fabric that simply rolls on to or off
a tube when it is raised or lowered. They can be scalloped
at the bottom and have the addition of braids or other trim
to match the décor. Double roller blinds are
also available and this is where two blinds are fitted to
the same bracket. Usually one blind is transparent
to let the sunlight through while the other is a heavier
blind to block out the light and to provide privacy.
These blinds are functional and economical.
Pleated Blinds pleated blinds have horizontal
pleats that form a concertina, or accordion effect.
They fold into a small area when fully raised so they are
ideal for situations where you want to maximize your view.
Pleated blinds are useful for windows that are on an angle
and skylights and look particularly good against small windows
Roman Blinds roman blinds are soft fabric
blinds that fold into pleats when they are raised.
The folds can be either flat folds or tear drop style.
Roman blinds have the advantage of being able to use any
of the fabrics that can be used for curtains, making them
very versatile. However, to fully block out light,
consider adding a block out lining.
Conservatory Blinds As the name suggests,
these types of blinds are fitted against the glass of a
conservatory or summer room. It is best to buy them from
a specialist manufacturer as they have to be carefully fitted
to your room. Conservatory blinds block out sunlight and
can also help keep warmth in during colder weather.