What are blinds?

Instantly changing the look of any space can be done easily and effectively by installing window blinds. Windows are just holes in the wall if you think about it. However, if you add a covering like blinds or shutters, they suddenly play a huge part in the overall look of the space. Window coverings don’t only serve that purpose; they also provide privacy and they filter the amount of light that goes through the window. The right type of blinds will enhance the look of a space, provide privacy, and control light.

Common varieties of window blinds

There are two primary types of window blinds that will fit different budgets and purposes.

Ready-made blinds

Ready-made or pre-fabricated blinds are produced in set sizes which can be trimmed or cut to fit any window.

Made-to-measure blinds

This type of window blinds are manufactured to fit a specific or measured window size. These two types are categorised into different varieties. Some of the most popular are Venetian, Vertical, and Roman.

  • · Venetian blinds

The most distinct characteristic of a Venetian blind is it has horizontal slats that are stacked one above the other. Venetian blinds are mostly made of plastic or metal. Its horizontal slats are suspended by tapes or cords, allowing them to be rotated in unison. Venetian blinds are also equipped with lift cords that pass through every slat. The lift cord allows you to move the bottom of the blinds upward when you pull the lift cord.

  • · Roman shades

Roman blinds or shades are window coverings used to block the sun. In the UK, they are called Romans or Roman blinds. Roman shades stack up evenly when opened. Another characteristic of Roman blinds is that they are smooth and doesn’t overlap. They can also be bought with blackout lining to fully block sunlight seeping through the window. Unlike Venetian blinds, Roman doesn’t protect from moisture or high temperatures so it is not suitable for bathrooms.

  • Vertical blinds

This variety of blinds is popularly used to cover doors and windows that slide from side to side. This is because they can be drawn to side instead of upwards. Vertical blinds are also less likely to accumulate dust because as the name suggests, they stand vertically.

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