10 Things to Consider when Choosing the type of Blind for your Window

25 May 2017
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Deciding which type of blind to buy for your home can be a tricky task with an array of fabrics to choose from. Here are 10 things to consider when trying to work out which type of blind to go for in a particular room:

1. Cost. Obviously, this is the number one thing to consider when choosing a blind. If you have a reasonable budget, then you're best to buy a made to measure blind rather than a ready made one. Someone will come and measure the window so it fits perfectly. The blind will look smarter and be a better quality.

2. Type of window. Not all types of blinds will function properly on every window. If it's a skylight, then there are specific blinds for these windows. If it's for a patio door, depending on how it opens, people usually opt for a Vertical blind so the stack clears away to one side.

3. Direction of sunlight. If the window is South-facing it's going to get loads more sunlight streaming through the windows. This can lead to furniture damage and can fade upholstery in the room. Some fabrics are available with a solar protective coating which will reflect and filter the light more effectively.

4. Street-facing window. If the window has lots of people passing by, then you might want the blind for added security or privacy. The slats on both vertical blinds and Venetians can be angled to prevent people from seeing in as easily, but still allowing you to see out. Blinds are a modern alternative to net curtains with sheer fabrics available.

5. Type of room. If you want the blind for a kitchen, Venetian blinds work well, because they can handle the steam and humidity. Both moisture resistant and fire retardant fabrics are available for roller blinds.

6. Dim-out value. Consider how much light you want coming in the room. If you want to block out all the light, for instance in a bedroom where a child sleeps, then there are blackout fabrics available.

7. Appearance. If you are simply wishing to dress the window, consider softer fabrics to add an extra cosiness to the room if it feels chilly. There are plenty of fabrics available which will bring interior schemes together. However, always go for a neutral-coloured blind if you're likely to change the decor of the room.

8. Operating the blind. Make sure you will be able to operate the blind if the window is elevated and harder to reach. If you struggle with pulling cords, then Vertical blinds come with rods for easier operation.

9. Temperature control. Not only do blinds keep out the heat in the summer, but they can also help to insulate windows during the winter months. Consider Roman blinds with a thermal lining or shutters.

10. Maintenance. If you have a dust allergy or don't like cleaning dust, consider a roller or vertical blind instead of a Venetian. If choosing a roller blind, make sure you are able to wipe clean the fabric.