Blinded by Choice: A Buying Guide

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 of your home, give it a fairly inexpensive face-lift, naturally control lighting, as well as add privacy and style. 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, Roman, and Panel Glide blinds. Here are some quick facts that may make your shopping experience a little bit easier.

Roller Blinds

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 you want to block only the top half of the window during the day. They are modern, streamlined, and come in a variety of sizes.

Roller blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a 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. They’re great for areas with sliding doors. Although these aren’t really fashion blinds, they can look very stylish and generally come in a variety of colours and materials.

Vertical blinds

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are perhaps the most commonly found blinds in a home. Think horizontal slats, one above the other. 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 can be rotated in unison nearly 180 degrees, again offering either full or partial block-out. This cord also allows you to drop the blind down or move it up within the window. At once extremely practical and very stylish, these tend to be the “go-to” blinds for less adventurous home decorators.

Venetian blinds

Roman Blinds

Perhaps one of the most popular options at the moment for the really fashionable home, Roman blinds are different from standard window coverings 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 a variety of colours and patterns. These blinds make an amazing addition to the modern home.

Roman blinds

Panel Glide Blinds

Panel glide blinds are constructed of flat panels of fabric which slide across the track. The expansive size of these blinds make them suitable for larger doors and windows. The excellent coverage panel glide blinds provide also mean they’re perfect for home theatres as fewer sneaky shafts of light can get in. The large panels create a clean, fuss-free look that will speak to the sensibilities of any decorating minimalist.

Panel glide blinds

For more information on the features of the different blinds available, visit an Andersens store and see the variety we have in stock. Visit your nearest showroom and our friendly, experienced consultants will help you choose a suitable blind solution for your home.

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