How to Choose the
Right Type Of Window Blind
When choosing blinds for your home you need to consider a
few basic things. You are going to want the blinds for just
one, or a few of the following 4 reasons -
1 - to control the light coming in to the room
2 - to be private
3 - to control heat
4 - to be fashionable
Lets start with perhaps the most
versatile of blinds, the Vertical Blind. A vertical blind has
louvres that slide out on a headrail to cover the window. Close
the louvres and they make a "wall" of fabric. Open them and you
can see through the gaps. Put the louvres at an angle and you
can stop people seeing in or out from one direction, but still
let light in. They are also the most economical for covering a
large area. Many people still think of them as office blinds,
but things are changing with a large choice of leather effect,
suede, PVC etc.
Next in line, the Venetian blind. This blind goes
horizontally across the window. The blind can be up or down,
and the slats turned to control the light. With these blinds
you can tilt the slats to stop people looking up or down, but
still let light in. The main problem perhaps is that they can
collect dust. One of the best ways to clean them however, is
with a feather duster.
Wooden Venetians are incredibly popular at the moment as
they are very natural and give a warm feeling to a room.
Roller blinds are the most basic of blind. They are either
up, down or somewhere in the middle. You get little chance to
control the light other than blocking in completely. Still very
popular as they are quite contemporary with clean lines, they
can also come in lots of patterns and colours including some
very good blackout options for people who like to be kept in
Roman blinds are a variation on the roller but are much more
luxurious (and therefore expensive). A piece of fabric folds
upon itself. Again, you can't really control the light, but for
fashion they are very good.
If you are looking to control the heat
you can get most blinds made of a fabric with a special backing
to reflect the heat. The most common place to control the heat
is a conservatory, and pleated blinds come into there own.
These blinds are basically rollers but with a fold every 25mm
or so. These are used 95% of the time on conservatory
I hope this helps.
By Paul Turner