Blinds are an essential for any room. Blinds provide privacy and help you limit and control the entry of light into a room. They also impact the design and interior of a room. Hence, you need blinds that are both functional and stylish. With so many different types and styles of blinds on offer, it can be difficult to know the differences between them and which blind you need.
With this in mind, our guide will break down the different types of blinds to help you choose the right blind for your needs that will enhance your living space. We also provide useful installation information so that you can understand how each blind differs in its installation and you are well-equipped for buying the best blinds for your needs.
Roller blinds use a rolling mechanism. They are composed of a single piece of fabric that wraps around a tube at the top of your window. Roller blinds can be rolled up or down to suit your needs. Roller blinds are available in a range of shades and styles including blockout, sunscreen and light filtering.
Blockout Roller Blinds
Blockout roller blinds are roller blinds made from a material that completely blocks out all light, making them ideal for those looking for complete privacy or complete darkness. They look great in any room in the house as they bring an elegant look to any room.
Sunscreen Roller Blinds
Sunscreen roller blinds partially exclude light from outside but not to as great an extent as blockout blinds. As a result, they let in some natural light to comfortably illuminate your interior whilst still protecting furniture from sun damage, creating the ideal environment for any home. They provide privacy whilst still allowing you to look outside and enjoy your surroundings.
Light Filtering Roller Blinds
Light filtering roller blinds let some light into the room with the blinds closed, allowing a comfortable level of light to enter the room. These blinds are good for those who do not need high levels of privacy. They are available in a range of styles and materials to suit all interiors and decor.
Installing Roller Blinds
- Position the roller blind either inside the window frame (inside mount) or on the window frame (outside mount).
- Install the mounting brackets by placing the control bracket in the desired location and pre-drilling 2 holes before securing the bracket with screws.
- Attach the blind to the brackets by inserting the idle mechanism into the idle bracket so that it is engaged. Then align the chain control mechanism with the control bracket before pushing the blind into the control bracket with the chain hanging down.
- Use the chain to draw the blind up and down to ensure it operates effectively.
- Attach the child safety device to the wall beside the blind.
Double Roller Blinds
A double roller blind is a dual blind that combines blockout roller blinds for darkness at night and sunscreen roller blinds for daytime protection and privacy, all on one bracket. This blind offers the best of both worlds as you have complete control over light and privacy. They are a versatile blind and will enhance any room.
Installing Double Roller Blinds
- Position the double roller blinds either inside the window frame mount or on the window frame outside the mount.
- Install the mounting brackets by drilling two holes before securing the bracket with screws. Repeat on both sides.
- Attach the blind to the brackets by inserting the PIN mechanism into the PIN hole on the bracket. Align the chain control mechanism with the control bracket and push the blind into the bracket with the chain hanging down. Repeat this for the second roller blind.
- Test the blind by drawing the chain up and down.
- Secure the child safety device to the wall.
Vertical blinds are vertical lengths of fabric that run along a track at the top of your window which can be adjusted using a cord for light and privacy control. Vertical blinds are easy to use and are drawn to the side or middle rather than up or down like a roller blind. Stylish and contemporary, they are versatile in any room in the house or office and are particularly good for sliding doors and covering larger windows.
Blockout Vertical Blinds
Blockout vertical blinds are made from a durable, lightweight material that eliminates all light from entering the room. They are adjusted smoothly using a cord so that you can easily ensure complete darkness and privacy in a room.
Installing Vertical Blinds
1. Mount the brackets to the frame above the window in a straight line.
2. Pre-drill holes for screws and screw the brackets in place.
3. Install the track for the vertical blinds by tightening the cleat in the end of each bracket before clipping the track into the cleats.
4. Hang the vertical pieces of fabric onto the track and test using the cord.
Venetian blinds use horizontal slats that can be tilted to control light and privacy. Venetian blinds are easy to use as slats are adjusted using a rod and the blinds are lowered using a cord. They are available in a range of colours and styles to suit any decor.
Aluminium Venetian Blinds
Aluminium venetian blinds are affordable, robust, durable, lightweight, long-lasting, and easy to clean. They have a clean, sleek, slim design and come in a range of colours. As aluminium is water resistant, they work particularly well in bathrooms.
Installing Venetian Blinds
- Mount your venetian blinds by positioning the end brackets approximately 100mm from the end of the blind.
- Spread the rest of the brackets evenly across the blind at max. 900mm apart.
- Position the front edge of the track into the front hooks of the installation bracket and push up towards the track to snap them into position. If the fascia is not attached, clip them on using the clips on the back of the fascia. If the fascia hang clips are not attached, screw them onto the fascia and hang them on the headrail.
- Install the cord cleats by fastening them to the wall 1600mm above floor level.
- Install the hold down bracket for child safety by attaching the base of the hold down bracket to the window or sill.
Roman blinds use one length of fabric that evenly gathers into pleats when raised and waterfalls or falls flat when down. Roman blinds are lightweight and easy to use as they are controlled by a simple cord or chain. They add a touch of elegance to any room.
Blockout Roman Blinds
Blockout roman blinds are elegant and modern. The blind is cord-operated so the material falls to a precise height and gathers in neat folds. Blockout blinds use an opaque material that completely excludes light for total darkness and privacy.
Light Filtering Roman Blinds
Light filtering roman blinds reduce but do not exclude all natural light, so can be used to reduce the temperature of your room by limiting the entry of sunlight. These blinds are lightweight and easy to use, utilising a reel locking mechanism so that you can control the amount of light that enters the room for a comfortable environment that suits you.
Installing Roman Blinds
- Position the blinds in the window frame or wall.
- Install the mounting brackets directly onto the architrave or wall with all brackets spaced evenly and level.
- Attach the blind to the bracket with a screw vertically into the headboard of the blind.
- To lower the blind, pull downwards on all cords together to release the cord lock and raise the cords to the desired location. To raise the blind, pull downwards until at the desired position then with a quick upwards motion the cordlock will lock the blind in position.
Blinds That Will Enhance Your Living Space
From roman blinds to venetian blinds, roller blinds to vertical blinds, blockout blinds to sunscreen blinds, hopefully this guide has helped you understand the differences between each type of blind and their installation methods. You are now well-equipped to choose the right blinds for you that will provide you with the function you need as well as add a touch of style to your room and enhance your living space.