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How To Choose The Right Custom Blinds For Windows

It is important to always keep in mind that the blinds you select have a large impact on the look and feel of a room, so take your time and choose a style that is right for your home. Knowing a little about what’s on offer can help you to choose custom blinds for windows that best fit your needs and enhance the appearance of your home. To provide you with these answers, we have compiled this guide that outlines some of the more popular choices.

 

Whilst new products are introduced onto the market every now and then, there are 6 main choices when it comes to custom blinds for windows:

 

1.    Venetian

Made up of horizontal slats – usually in aluminium, timber or even PVC –suspended by cords that allow every slat to be rotated together, providing you precise control over the amount of light that enters the room and the level of privacy it has. These blinds are typically easy to install, low maintenance and come in a variety of designs and colours.

2.    Roman

Made of soft fabrics, when the blinds are down they lie flat against the window but when they’re raised they gather together into pleats. A stylish and sophisticated choice for any home, they offer a good level of privacy and light blockage. There is also a “hard roman” option, which sees a more structured appearance when the shades are raised.

3.    Roller

Made up of a stiffened fabric that can be rolled up onto a tube when not in use, these blinds are durable, easy to operate and economical to purchase. They are often chosen for their minimalist appearance and ability to blend into the background of any room (which is made possible from the array of colours available). A dual roller option is also available.

4.    Cellular

Also known as honeycomb, these blinds are made up of dozens of tiny cells that fold up when opened and expand when closed. This option represents the ultimate in energy efficient solutions for the home, as it aids in insulation and helps to lower your energy bills (less need for heating in winter and cooling in summer).

5.    Panel

The perfect accompaniment for sliding doors and large picture windows, these blinds operate similarly to sliding doors in that the panels stack on one side of the opening when opened. They’re quite durable and easy to clean, as well as having other uses around the home (including as a functional room divider if you have a large space to break up).

6.    Vertical

Made up of vertical slats usually linked by cords that allow every slat to be rotated together, providing you with precise control over the amount of sunlight that enters the room and the level of privacy it has. A variety of control options are available, allowing you to choose one that best meets your needs and your home’s safety requirements.

 

Which choice is the most cost efficient?

This is a difficult question to answer when it comes to custom blinds for windows, as it will depend on your choices (fabric, method of operation, window size, number of panels, etc). Generally speaking, however, rollers and verticals tend to be an affordable option when it comes to up-front costs. If you’ve opted for an option with good insulation, it is possible to see some long-term savings when it comes to energy bills that can make up for a higher up-front cost.