Most Common Materials used for blinds
Fabric blinds – Fabric blinds are good because they come in a variety of colours and patterns to suit your homes decor and they are also relatively cheap. Waterproof fabrics are even available for bathrooms.
Metal blinds – Aluminium is the most common metal used in blinds due to its lightweight flexible properties and the fact that it is cheap. Metal blinds have the advantage of being easy to clean but you need to be careful that they don’t rust or cut your fingers.
Wood blinds – Wooden blinds are a good choice because they insulate well, block out light effectively and can be painted or stained to suit your homes decor. The main drawback is that wood warps and cracks in humid conditions, so they are not ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
PVC/Vinyl blinds – uPVC window blinds have become popular because they are extremely durable and easy to clean. They are available in different colours and designs and help to insulate your home.
Most Popular Types of Blinds
Blinds are a stylish alternative to curtains
Roller blinds – made of stiff fabric, roller blinds operate on a cord pulley system. The blind literally rolls up when raised and straightens out when lowered. Roller blinds are affordable, come in a range of styles and fabric types and are ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Venetian blinds – these are popular because of their ability to allow different amounts of light into a room. Venetian blinds are made of usually wooden or metal slats which can be tilted to various degrees according to the amount of light desired.
Roman Blinds – also made of fabric, roman blinds fold up and hang straight when lowered. They are a more elegant and expensive type of blind available in a range of fabrics, colours and styles. Roman blinds tend to suit living rooms and are a good alternative to curtains.
Vertical blinds – vertical blinds work best on large windows, especially ceiling to floor ones. They come in uPVC, metal and a variety of fabric colours and operate on a pull cord system.
Honeycomb blinds – this is a relatively new type of blind designed with energy efficiency in mind. The hexagonal fabric design of the blind conserves heat by trapping air in tiny cells. This creates an extra insulating barrier between the window and inside of the home.
Blackout blinds – blackout blinds are normally used in bedrooms and are made of a dense material which blocks out sunlight. They are ideal for light sleepers or those who work at night.