Blind and mosquito net buying guide
Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester22 guides
- Window type
- Type of blind
Why go for blinds?
In recent years, the sheer range of blinds available - as well as the technology behind them - has developed to the point where you can say there's truly one to suit every window!
As well as offering an opaque surface to block out light and prevent intrusive views, interior blinds also act as a thermal shield. To choose the perfect blind, combining style and convenience, start by asking yourself these two questions:
- What type of window am I covering?
- Why do I want to cover the window?
It goes without saying that you can't put Roman blinds on a bay window, but one with vertical louvres or Japanese panels will work a treat! On the other hand, on a tilt-and-turn window or a glazed door, Venetian or roller blinds are both feasible options. In general, each blind lends itself particularly well to a certain type of window.
What different types of blinds are there?
Vertical louvred blind
Blinds: what different materials are there?
Voile (light cotton or cotton blend)This material comes in Roman, vertical slat, roller, Venetian, pleated and Japanese blind formats. So basically every type out there! The density and fibre composition of a particular voile fabric are important factors in determining its use. When choosing, consider blackout power and light filtering ability.
Venetian blinds are even available in wood, giving your living space an exotic touch. Wooden blinds offer unequalled blackout power and are available in a range of colours. Cleaning is simple (microfibre cloth) and various accessories are also available.
AluminiumAluminium blinds are popular, especially Venetian, for use in offices. Many varieties are on offer, with a range of finishes and colours. Also easily cleanable with a microfibre cloth!
PaperPaper blinds are less common, though they do exist in Venetian, vertical, pleated and Japanese formats. Despite what you might expect, paper blinds are also easy to clean (microfibre again!) and create an original feel in your space. Blackout power depends on paper density.
Mosquito netsA mosquito net, as the name suggests, is designed to keep off the mosquitoes in the heat of summer. Of course, with this end in mind the range of formats is a little more limited - Venetian blinds are no obstacle to flying insects! As such, mosquito nets are typically similar in form to the roller blind.
Blinds: how to choose the right dimensions?
Attaching your blind to the wall or ceiling
The required width can be calculated as the width of the window plus 5cm; the required height equals the height of the window - both dimensions including the window frame.
You also need to consider overall width (including winding mechanism) and the height off the floor at which the mechanism will be installed.
Attaching your blind to the window frame
The width of the frame equates to to overall blind width - mechanism included. Also note the width and height of the glass to be covered.
How to install a blind?
Standard blind installation
However, some blinds are installed at a specific distance from the window - useful when you want to keep space between the two, for example to control humidity in a poorly ventilated bathroom.
Special tips for installing Japanese blinds
For PVC windows, some fitting systems avoid drilling - simply locking into the seal of the window frame!
And for outdoors, it's an awning you want!
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Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester 22 guides écrits
After years of doing DIY, home improvements and interior design during my free time, I decided to turn my passion into a career.
Since 2006, I've helped people all around the West Midlands with their renovation and construction projects. The passion I have for my job, along with my love of learning, has motivated me to find innovative solutions for myself and my clients.
I'd say that truly living one's dream is also about transforming the space you live in and the everyday objects in that space. My family loves what I come up with and the new ideas that I bring into their lives!
One of my absolute favourite things is using colour to brighten up interior space. I'm also really interested in giving advice on how to hide clutter in the home. No matter how good we are at spring cleaning, keeping clutter to a minimum is a big challenge! In my professional and personal life, I've gathered tons of great tips and I'm ready to share my ideas so you can dive into your next big - or small - project!