Blinded by Choice: A Buying Guide
13 May 2013 | Blinds and Shutters
Are you sick of those daggy old curtains, of the sun glaring through your windows, or having the neighbours see right into your living area? A simple solution may be adding blinds to your home. Blinds are a great way to revamp the look in your home, give it a fairly inexpensive face-lift, naturally control lighting, as well as add privacy and style – but with so many varieties in the market, it can be hard to decide what to get, especially if you don’t know much about the different types.
A number of Andersens stores now supply a large range of blinds including Roller, Venetian, Vertical and Roman blinds. Here are some quick facts that may make your shopping experience a little bit easier;
A Roller blind does not have slats but comprises a single piece of material that drops from the ceiling, window cavity or door. It rolls down from the top and rolls back up into itself. These little blinds are very versatile and are great if, for example, you want to block only the top half of the window during the day. They are very modern, look nice and neat, come in a variety of sizes and of course, add that style to your home.
Vertical blinds are a more practical option, providing directional privacy and sun control by the angle of the slats. The slats are connected via the track at the top and are usually connected or weighted at the bottom so they don’t flap around too much in the wind. The whole unit can slide horizontally along a track within the door frame and open right up like a curtain and are great for areas with sliding doors. Whilst these aren’t really fashion blinds, they can look very stylish and generally come in a variety of colours and materials.
Venetian blinds are perhaps the most commonly found blinds in a home. Think horizontal slats, one above another. Venetian blinds are slatted blinds made of either metal or plastic; wooden slats are sometimes used but in most cases these are now usually referred to as wooden blinds or cedar blinds. The blind operates by a cord mechanism, by which all slats in unison can be rotated nearly 180 degrees, again offering either full block out or partial, this cord also allows you to drop blind down or move up within the window. At once extremely practical and very stylish, these tend to be the “go-to” blinds for those less adventurous.
Perhaps one of the most popular options at the moment for the really fashionable home, Roman blinds are different from standard window covering in that they stack up evenly when being opened, however when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical blinds. Generally you will find these in fabric rather than wood, plastic or metal – and as such, they come in any variety of colours and patterns. These blinds, whilst different from the “usual” make an amazing edition to the modern home.
We’ve briefly run through the difference between the “big four” blinds. Over the course of this month, we’ll be delving into more detail.
Of course, Andersens stocks a variety of great blinds – why not use our nifty little iDESIGN tool to find the perfect blind for your room