A buyer’s guide to blinds

Blinds are becoming ever more popular in today’s homes following a relatively quiet period after the 1980s where they once adorned every home in the country. This is unsurprising given that modern day blinds are more wide ranging, practical and cost effective than ever before. These factors also make blinds a popular choice for offices and factories. In this guide we introduce you to the blinds for the home or office.

The wide ranging types of blinds

There are three main types of blinds, in addition to bespoke blinds that are designed as according to your specific instructions. Obviously the latter are more expensive, but may be more suitable for those that are looking for a very particular design or material.
Venetian Blinds
Venetian blinds come with horizontal slats made from various materials, and include everything from wood to aluminium metal. Venetian blinds tend to be mostly used in the bathroom and kitchen as they are not affected by water, are easily cleaned and practical.
Roller Blinds
Roller blinds are a particular type of blind that has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years. Being more popular than ever, they come in a wide variety of fabrics, colours and patterns.
Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds are a great option for large living room or patio windows as they can help lengthen windows to make them look longer and more dramatic. They are also one of the cheaper blinds, which mean that you won’t have to spend a fortune furnishing large window areas. They can also have the added advantage that they can also be drawn to one side as and when required.

Factors to consider when choosing your blinds

Choosing where to buy from
One of the best places to buy your blinds from is the Internet. This medium undoubtedly offers a bigger range than any home décor superstore, and ensures that you find the kind of blinds that you’re looking for, in the correct colour and material.
Traditional large retailers like John Lewis offer many ready made blinds as well as bespoke service. But it is the specialist blind companies like Sanderson, Hillary's and 247blinds that not only have great prices but also an amazing range of choice.
Taking your measurements
The two key measurements that you need to know are width and length also known as the drop) of the blind; and you should always allow a few centimetres on either side of the window.
How practical do you need your blinds to be?
Whilst those fancier blinds (such as roman blinds) may look great today, they may not be looking so perfect tomorrow if you have small children. You should also carefully consider how you’ll clean your blinds, as certain fabrics (such as faux leather) will be harder to clean than others (such as dry wipe finished fabrics). Wooden blinds also need some care with time. In case you are buying blinds for your bedroom consider they should prevent the light coming through the window. A good solution is choosing blackout blinds. Considering the style and the design of the room you must make your choice whether fabric, aluminium or wooden blinds will suit you best. And not the last - but the colour and the pattern should be decided too.
Consider making a feature of your window
If you’re looking to brighten up your room at a low cost, then consider using your blinds as a feature. To do this you can simply choose a bright, contrasting colour. This works particular well with roller blinds, where a bright block of colour can brighten even the most drab of rooms.

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