Blinds are a very popular alternative to the conventional curtain or drape, and have the wonderful versatility to be sited indoors or outdoors.
Indoor blinds can provide shading for an exposed bay window or loft skylight, while outdoor versions can provide shelter for patios, verandas, gazebos, pergolas or any other outdoor entertainment area. In the harsh sunlight that we get in South Africa having blinds is often imperative.
Blinds can be operated in many various ways icluding via a manual pulley, draw chain system or motorised remote operation. Choose your method based on your budget and consider also the amount of use the blind will get in its location. Motorised blinds often come with a remote control function for great functionality and convenience.
Blind suppliers can offer a variety of services, including a full service, which typically takes care of all stages in the process from manufacture, supply, fitting and after sales care. This can include any number of the following services:
· manufacturing of a range of indoor and outdoor blinds
· retail of blinds and related accessories
· consultation and measurement at your home
· design and custom fitting of blinds in your home
· repair of faulty blinds and adjuster mechanisms
· sale of accessories related to shading such as sun and rain awnings
Types of Blinds
Venetian – this is the most common type of blind, these are available in a wide variety of materials including wood, faux wood and metals. Choose a vane or slat size to suit the interior styling and mood of the room or space. Ask a professional what they think and ask to see visuals of past jobs or they may be able to show you actual samples in their store, factory or workshop.
Vertical – these are ideal for large expanses of space and vertical blinds are also less liable to collect dirt and dust.
Roller - these typically work via a chain mechanism and are popular when using a solid fabric. Choose clear or solid materials depending how much light you need and also if you don’t want to block out a spectacular or lovely view. Perhaps you need these types of blinds to help block the wind but you still want your view.
Roman – these are often manufactured in a fabric of your choice for a stylish, low profile look.
What to Consider?
Practicality - the situation of the room or site for the blind will often govern what blind you should choose. The amount of sunlight and exposure to the elements should be carefully considered. Also bear in mind the durability of the material your blind is made from, especially in some of the harsher climates in South Africa, such as the windy Cape.
Durability - choose durable products with stainless steel fittings to ensure maximum longevity, especially outdoors.
Style - the style of your home will often influence what type of blind you are able to choose.
There are numerous styles and types of blinds, so consult with your supplier for advice on which type suits your particular application and budget.
How Much Do Blinds Cost?
The cost of blinds is determined by a combination of type of material, style and size. Don't forget to factor in the cost of installation unless you are going the DIY route. Be careful of DIY unless you are an expert especially if you are working with electricity.
Fabric roller blinds are a very cost effective option, as are standard sized Venetians. Roman blinds, especially those using custom fabrics, natural timber blinds/shutters and blinds with any special features are generally more expensive - as are motorised options!
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