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Considering Blinds?

Choosing the right kind of window covering can be time consuming, and sometimes difficult, when not knowing all the odds and inns of each type. With choices ranging between shutters, curtains, blinds and awnings, it is important to know which will benefit your home and why. 

Blinds have become more popular over the years as it offers such a wide variety of options. With choices ranging from vertical to horizontal, slat to solid, colour, style and fabric; choosing the perfect blinds can be mind boggling.

Where to Start:

Before choosing the colour and style of blinds, you need to determine the purpose of the blinds and whether the blinds will fit within the window frame, or extend over the perimeter of the window frame. It is found, especially in older buildings, that the recess is deeper, and therefore the blinds must extend over the edge of the frame.

To define the purpose of the blinds ask yourself questions such as; how much light do you want to let in? Is it being used for a window, or a doorway? Is it for insulation, privacy or decorative purposes? When you answer these questions, go through the following types of blinds and analyse which best suits your needs. It is then when price, colour and style come into question. The benefit of having blinds, instead of curtains, is the fact that the amount of light coming in can be adjusted with a pull of a cord.

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Different types of blinds.

  1. Sunscreens –These blinds are often used in living areas as it limits the day time glare without completely blocking outside views. Reducing the cost of air-conditioning due to keeping the majority of the heat out is a benefit of sunscreens. A downside to this style, however, is that privacy is limited at night time when interior lights are on.
  2. Vertical Blinds – Vertical blinds are found in all types of fabrics and colours; and therefore you can set your own price range by the type of vertical blinds you are looking for. Vertical blinds are easy and fast to operate. It also requires less cleaning as it does not hold dust as much as other blind types. Vertical blinds are, however, known to break faster than horizontal blinds.
  3. Roman Blinds – There are various types of roman blinds and  they are made from a single piece of material which elegantly folds into pleats. All roman blinds have the same concept and are often used in rooms where privacy and no light is wanted; such as bathroom and theatres. An advantage of this style is that the thickness of the material varies in accordance to personal preference.
  4. Holland Blinds (Roller Blinds) – Holland blinds are very simple, but can portray an elegant touch to a room at a very reasonable price. It is available in a large number of colours and fabrics and therefore fits into any room. These blinds can be simply used on its own or in combination with curtains in large areas. The blinds are very easy to maintain, as cleaning is minimal. Holland blinds are distinguished from other blinds as it comes with the option of either manually opening it by chain pulls, or can be motor operated by control.
  5. Aluminium and Timber Venetian Blinds –Aluminium is lighter than timber venetian blinds, as timber can be bulky. It is also a much cheaper option, compared to timber, if cost is of concern. However, timber blinds is often the choice in living areas, rather than aluminium, to keep a natural feel to the room. Aluminium venetians, on the other hand, is often used in bathrooms. Venetians comes in different colours and the wood can be dark or light. Aluminium is easier to clean than wood, but it is all up to personal preference. 
  6. Panel Glides – Panel glides are often used when large window areas or doorways need to be covered. Depending on the material used, panel glides are occasionally used as room dividers. Panel glides have a modern look to it and these Asian-style blinds can be altered to personal style to whether sunscreen or privacy blinds are needed.  Stacking also varies from left, right or centre. Rather than rolling up, panel glides slides across the area covered.
  7. Cedar Blinds –Cedar blinds is also a type of wooden venetians that comes in two different shades. The blinds are of light weight and easily operated. A major benefit to cedar blinds is its low maintenance. Cedar wood does produce its own oils, and only needs to be treated every few years according to some experts.
  8. Bamboo Blinds – Bamboo blinds are becoming a popular way to style a room as it is more affordable than other window covering.  Some bamboo blinds, however, does allow rays of light to come through so it often not used in rooms where privacy is needed.  Bamboo blinds does, however, come in a variety of styles and straw thicknesses, so personal preference is accommodated with this eco-friendly blind. 

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What Materials or Fabric Should You Use:

In the end this comes down to personal preference, but there are issues to consider.  Blinds do not only provide privacy, but will keep the designated area cooler when the proper blinds are used. This often cutting energy bills, as air-conditioning is not always needed. It is therefore important to choose the right blinds for the purpose intended.

Some rooms get more light than others. Sun can damage furniture, and therefore, in several circumstances, you will have to go for the thicker material blinds to not only cool down an area, but protect furniture from extreme sunlight.

If you are considering wooden blinds, keep in mind that they can be pricier than other fabrics. Wooden blinds also do not handle moisture well and it is therefore important to consider the moisture levels in your room.

If you are going for that natural look, and price is of concern, bamboo it the cheaper option over wooden blinds. Bamboo blinds are also believed to be environmentally friendly, depending on how it is treated at manufactures. As bamboo is naturally renewable, this fast growing plant is biodegradable, which make it an eco-friendly option.

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Blinds can be installed in two different ways, and therefore measurements differ depending on the blind fit. When measuring cut for a window it is important to know if the blinds are measured for face fit or recess fit. This depends on whether the blinds will be located on the outside of the window frame (this being the face fit) or whether the blinds will hang inside the recess (this being recess fit).

When measuring, always use a metal measuring tape as this provides accurate results. Taking note of where any window handles are is also important. Always measure in millimetres.

Measuring for face fit –    

  1.  Measure the width from exactly where you want the blind to hang on the outside of the window edge to the other side. People usually allow for roughly 50mm overlap either side.  
  2. Measure the length by measuring where you want the drop to start and finish. Once again, a 50mm overlap is sufficient.
  3. Redo the measuring several times to eliminate any errors.

   Measuring for recess fit -

  1. When measuring the width, measure it from the inside of the wall from side to side. Do this in three different spots along the drop of the window and note down the shortest distance.
  2. Make sure you always measure in a level line.
  3. Measure the length from the top of the recess to the bottom. Once again, do this in three different locations along the width of the window and note down the shortest distance.
  4. Redo the measuring several times to eliminate any errors.

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