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Which is the best blind for you?

This guide is aimed at helping you choose the right blind for your window by giving you the general good and bad points of each blind type.

  • Roller blinds
  • Roman blinds
  • Venetian blinds
  • Vertical blinds
  • Pleated blinds
  • Pinoleum blinds
  • Austrian and Festoon blinds
  • Silhouette blinds

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Roller blinds

Roller blinds are made from fabrics that have been processed to stiffen them. They come in a wide range of fabrics, colours and patterns. You can get roller blinds in blackout lightstop fabrics ideal for children's rooms, or sheer fabrics that work as a voile curtain. Specialist moisture resistant fabrics and thermal insulating fabrics available.

Positive points

    • Economical for large windows
    • Minimal stacking room needed
    • Durable

Negative points

    • Flies can get squashed if they are not quick!

Things to consider when buying

    • Whether to fit inside or outside window recess.
    • Whether to reverse roll fabric so fabric falls from the front of roller to avoid window handles and the like
    • To have the control chain to the left or right
    • How opaque the blind is to be. Remember that sheer blinds would give little privacy at night when lights are on in room
    • Traditional spring or sidewinder beaded chain control

Roman blinds

Roman blinds can be made with most medium to lightweight fabrics. They fold up in flaps and when let down hang as a flat panel of fabric. They give a neat tailored look that is not too fussy. You can make an unlined Roman blind in a sheer fabric that works as a voile curtain or can be lined in a blackout fabric to stop the light. Interlined Roman blinds can also be made.

Positive points

    • Great modern look
    • Uses fabrics so choice of colour and pattern has no limits

Negative points

    • Cords need replacing with regular use
    • Stacking room needed above to avoid blocking light

Things to consider when buying

    • Fabric cost to be added to making price
    • Can use blackout lining to stop light
    • Use lightweight fabric for large blinds to reduce weight
    • Can be supplied with sidewinder or stop lock control as an alternative to the standard cord that needs a cleat hook to hold blind in place.
    • To have the control cord on the left or right

Venetian blinds

The Venetian blind are made by connecting slats together and being able to angle them as well as being able to raise the blind. Slats made from aluminium or wood. Cheap blinds made of pvc not recommended.

Positive points

    • Durable
    • Can peek through like a private eye!

Negative points

    • Can collect dust and are difficult to clean
    • Blackout not possible with this type

Things to consider when buying

    • Wooden venetians need more stacking room above window and are more expensive than the aluminium type.
    • To have the control chains on the left or right
    • Width of slat required

Vertical blinds

This type of blind has vertical slats that are suspended or a corded track. The slats can vary in width and come in a variety of processed fabrics. Aluminium and wood slats are also available. You can tilt or angle the slats to adjust the amount of light or privacy you get. You can draw the slats back by the corded track. Suitable for angled windows.

 

Positive points

    • Economical
    • Can stack to the left, right, in the centre or at either side

Negative points

    • A dated look

Things to consider when buying

    • Width of slat required
    • Whether you want slats to stack back to the left or right
    • How opaque you want the blind slats
    • Width of slats .... they come in a modern 3.5 inch (89mm) or a 5 inch (127mm) that is a little 70's looking now!)
    • To have the control chains on the left or right

Pleated blinds

Also known as Plisse or Duette. These blinds are made from pleated processed fabric that creates a durable blind that looks very modern. We are selling many more of these because of their new look, versatility and large fabric choice. The new Topari solar reflective finish insulates in winter and keeps room cool in summer. 

Positive points

    • Stacks slim to allow in as much light as possible. Great where there is little room above
    • Great for irregular shaped window
    • Fits in recess with minimal gaps
    • Economical
    • Can be coated for insulation, solar reflective, antibacterial and dirt resistant qualities

Negative points

    • errr...nope... none!

Things to consider when buying

    • How opaque you want the slats to be
    • To have the control chain on the left or right

Pinoleum Blinds

This type of blind are made of natural materials and give a rustic look. Wooden strips are joined together and roll up from the bottom. Used often in conservatories for that colonial look.

 

Positive points

    • Economical

Negative points

    • This type of blind does not give privacy at night
    • Bulky and needs plenty of space

Things to consider when buying

    • Right or left hand control
    • Choice of wood shade
    • Have you enough space for blind to roll up

Austrian and festoon blinds

These are gathered fabric blinds that were all the rage in the 80's. The Austrian blind has gathers across the top of the blind only. The festoon has gathers across the top and gathers down the drop of the blind so using more fabric than the Austrian. They give a swagged effect along the bottom of the blind. Both types are corded in the same way as a Roman blind.

Positive points

    •  Uses fabric so you have an unlimited choice

Negative points

    • Uses plenty of fabric
    • More expensive
    • Dusty and hard to clean

Things to consider when buying

    • Choose festoon for sheer or lightweight fabrics
    • Left or right hand control
    • Needs plenty of stacking room above window to avoid blocking light

Silhouette

This is a clever blind that is made of two layers and types of fabrics that is constructed in a way so that you can give total privacy or partial privacy like a sheer voile curtain. It is similar to a Venetian blind in the way it works but is made of fabric.

Positive points

    • Two blinds in one
    • Versatile

Negative points

    • A little expensive

Things to consider when buying

    • Left or right hand control
    • Can I afford them?
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