A guide to venetian blinds

Venetian blinds are amongst the most popular types of blinds on the market today and in this guide we talk you through the types of venetian blinds available, and how you can get the best deal when shopping for venetian blinds for your home.

Types of venetian blinds

Aluminium Venetian Blinds

Aluminium venetian blinds offer a modern alternative to traditional curtains and are far more practical and more maintainable. They offer a more contemporary look when compared to wooden blinds and are an affordable way to increase the privacy of your home, whilst being able to let light in as and when you like.

Aluminium venetian blinds are particularly popular within corporate settings, with offices and factors finding them as a particular favourite.

Wooden Venetian Blinds

Wooden blinds offer just as practical a solution as aluminium venetian blinds, but may be more suited to those that are looking for warmth and a more traditional look. Wooden blinds have also seen a surge in popularity because of the recent rustic decor.

Where to buy venetian blinds

When searching out your perfect set of venetian blinds, bear in mind that the internet is pretty much always the most cost effective option. Today, thousands of suppliers sell online, and offer a range that far surpasses what any retail outlet can offer.

You may also wish to wait until certain times of the year that are known for drastic discounts in the home decor stores; in particular you may find that January, and the beginning of the spring and summer months are the best for discounted deals.

Choosing the right size of slats - the slats need to be proportionate of your windows. Pick smallers 1/2 to 1" wide slats for small to medium windows. Larger slats 2, 2 1/2" are a better suit for larger windows. 

Factors to consider when choosing venetian blinds

Child Safety

Considering child safety is vital when purchasing blinds; the recent spate of deaths and near strangulations have caused blind manufacturers change their designs to incorporate "wands" rather than cords. However cord blinds are still the most popular type of blind, and so if you plump for this option, you should consider how your cords will be kept out of reach for little hands.

Venetian Blind Care Instructions

- Venetian blinds are extremely easy to clean and if you take care they should last through the years and remain looking great. In particular, you will need to ensure that aluminium venetian blinds are not bent during the process of cleansing, as this can leave your slats looking bent.

- To clean your venetian blinds just use a clean, soft cloth with soapy water to rid your blinds of dust and dirt.

- When cleaning and maintaining your blinds you must ensure that you've read the full product care instructions that they came accompanied with; this will also ensure that any guarantee remains valid should you wish to return them.

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