A practical guide to Blinds
Finding the right window blinds can be a complex and time consuming procedure, but it can also be a lot of fun. The wide range of styles, designs and colors can at first seem a little daunting, but if you take things one step at a time you shouldn’t have any difficulties finding something to suit your taste and budget.
Firstly you’ll need to think about what you want to get out of your blinds. It’s amazing how many customers overlook the practical aspects of a blind and instead rely solely on their aesthetic appeal. For example; Matchstick blinds look great, but with the early morning sun flooding the bedroom you’ll soon realize that you’ve made the wrong choice. Instead opt for a blackout blind that will ensure a good night’s sleep and keep the room cool on balmy summer days. Similarly wooden Venetian blinds would add a touch of class to any kitchen or bathroom, but if they haven’t been damp-proofed they will soon warp and look tired.
Once you’ve addressed the functional questions the real fun begins. Blinds have come a long way since they were first conceived a couple of millennia ago. Today’s blinds are available in a dizzying array of styles, ranging from oriental bamboo blinds (ideal for conservatories) to smart brushed-aluminum Venetian blinds for a contemporary feel. Technology hasn’t stood still either and blinds can now be tailored to fit any window shape and raised, lowered and tilted by remote control.
Of course not everybody is able to afford the latest gadgets and gizmos, but the recent growth in online retailers means more competition; which is music to consumers’ ears. Prices are being driven down and there’s more choice than ever, but the best bit is that suppliers are now bending over backwards to win your business. On a practical level this means; free measuring and free installation, as well as price-match promises. If you’re prepared to have a go yourself you’ll no doubt save a few bucks and to make sure that nothing goes wrong we’ve crammed the following pages with plenty of useful tips and advice.