Pleated Blinds - Design Characteristics

Try pleated blinds in the conservatory

Pleated blinds

In terms of the history of blinds, pleated blinds are relatively newcomers. Pleated blinds were born out of the standard Venetian blind, with folded fabric in place of the horizontal slats.

These folds of fabric give a much softer, more romantic look; hence their popularity in traditional homes. Despite the fact that they billow slightly when down, the pleats concertina closely together when raised leaving a tidy finish.

Pleated blinds can be fashioned from a variety of materials depending on the level of light you want to enter the room. The amount of light is determined by the translucency of the fabric; not to be confused with the fabric’s transparency (which is whether or not you can actually see through it). If you find yourself woken by sunlight every morning it might be worth considering combining pleated blinds with a blackout blind underneath.

Pleated blinds popular for conservatories

Pleated blinds are becoming an increasingly popular choice for conservatories as they provide both privacy and light. Conservatory blinds are often constructed from metallised fabrics, which reflect the sunlight and keep the room cool. They can also be treated to repel dirt and damp.

The latest addition to the marketplace is the ‘double pleated blind’ where a honeycomb design hides the cords used to operate the blind (they also work well at keeping out the cold). Double pleated blinds are particularly suited to large windows as the fabric is stiff and stable. If you are after something extra sturdy, you can get pleated blinds made with double-walled fabric (again there is a double layer of fabric, but once opened the fabric on the window side becomes taut and the interior side remains pleated).

Thanks to advances in manufacturing technology pleated blinds now come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. And thanks to the public’s ever changing palate there’s now a spectrum of patterns and colors to suit every taste.









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