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The two different ways to fit blinds

May 31, 2011
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When you are choosing a blind for one of the windows in your home, one of the first things you will need to decide is whether you want the blind to fit into the window recess or whether you want the blind to hang outside the window recess.

There are positives and negatives regarding both of these choices, but in the end it’s really up to you which method you choose. Some of the advantages and disadvantages are described below.

Advantages:

Fitting the blind in the recess – If you fit the blind in the recess you can fit other window coverings to the front of the recess such as curtains.

Fitting the blind out of the recess – The measurements you take do not have to be exact and you can commonly buy a blind to fit ‘off the shelf’.

Disadvantages:

Fitting the blind in the recess – Exact measurements must be taken so the blind is manufactured to the exact dimensions. The blind is a little more difficult to adjust and access for cleaning or dusting is limited.
Fitting the blind out of the recess – The blind can get in the way and the look of the blind is not as ‘slick’ if it is recess fitted.

Choosing the right blind material and calculating the cost of your new blinds

May 31, 2011
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Many people choose blinds because they are cost-effective alternative to other window coverings such as curtains. But blinds are not just a ‘cheaper’ choice – they are also a beautiful bespoke window furnishing that can boost the appearance of any home.

When choosing a blind online, it can be difficult to get a feel for how the blind will look. It is for this reason that the better blind websites offer their users the ability to order free swashes of material or even free samples of the wood, so the user can see what the blind will look like when it arrives.

The better online sites also have an easy to use calculator, which works out how much your blind will cost. All you have to do is choose a type of blind and enter the measurements you have taken into the fields and you will get an instant quote. When the blind arrives it also comes with all the fittings needed to secure it to the window recess and the instructions are written in a clear and simple way.

You even get to choose which side of the blind the controls are fitted – it’s as simple as that.

Blinds are a decorative tool, with a purpose

May 30, 2011
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Blinds are the new way of decorating your homes. These useful and decorative substitutes to curtains are in high fashion these days. Blinds have come of age; they are now new age designer accessories and come in different forms, shapes, sizes, materials and colours. The variety on offer is amazing and the usefulness of blinds cannot be ignored. Blinds hold an added advantage over curtains and drapes. Blinds are not just decorative things, but can also e useful and serve a definitive purpose. When you choose blinds, you get two benefits for the cost of one.

Why do blinds score over curtains or drapes?

Curtains and drapes need the utmost care and handling. Maintaining curtains and handling them is often a time-consuming job. Blinds on the other hand are more user-friendly and can be handled with ease. You can also clean your blinds easily. They are also easy to install and provide much needed protection from the light and heat from the sun and of course protect your privacy.

In the past, blinds were considered boring and were used only in offices. Nowadays people are realising the importance of blinds and more and more people are buying blinds to use in their homes. Blinds are a great option since blinds are user friendly and are cost effective.

The increasing demand for blinds has proved that people want quality and usefulness and a decorative window covering that looks great.

Three easy steps to install Roman blinds in your home

May 29, 2011
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Window blinds are known to enhance the look and feel of your room. These blinds are responsible for adding that extra modern touch in your interior décor. With the help of window blinds, you can also control the amount of light that enters your room.

The thing that deters people the most from buying window blinds is the installation process, as it can be tedious and tricky. This guide will offer some valuable tips to help you install your beautiful blind and enhance the décor of your home.

Thing you will need:

• Brackets
• Screws
• Roman blind
• Hammer
• Measuring tape

It is extremely important to have access to the aforementioned items when installing Roman blinds.

Step 1: Measuring the dimensions of your windows

This is something that you need to do prior to purchasing the blind. Measure the dimensions of your window and determine how far you would like your blind to extend. Take accurate measurements and purchase the blind accordingly.

Step 2: Alignment

Ensure that the blind does not touch the top of the window frame. If you are planning to install two blinds, ensure that they overlap each other. Once the blind is installed, it should move freely between the brackets.

The rising use of blinds

May 28, 2011
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More and more people are now choosing blinds instead of curtains. Blinds are useful and attractive. They serve the purpose they are built for and they look great. On the other hand, curtains also look attractive, but curtains are not that useful. Blinds come in a wide range of types and styles and are becoming the first choice window covering as far as offices are concerned.

Varieties and features of window blinds

Wooden blinds are really useful and can regulate the light and air flow into your home. Fabric blinds are colourful and are designed to be used with that perfect living room décor. Metal and aluminium blinds can be used in your garage or in the bathroom as they are moisture resistant.

Blinds are also easy to use and easy to clean. Unlike curtains, blinds do not need regular washing. You can keep your window blinds clean by dusting them regularly or vacuuming them and cleaning them using a moist cloth once in a while.

Blinds can be used with curtains and drapes

Blinds are popular because they can also be used alongside curtains and drapes. So if you have curtains and you want to make your window look more interesting, you can buy yourself a set of window blinds to enhance the look of your room. Blinds are also a useful tool for your windows, which not only make your windows look beautiful, but also serve an important purpose.

Roman blinds vs. Venetian blinds

May 27, 2011
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You’re putting the finishing touch to your dream home. One of the things remaining is the window covering. You’ve narrowed down your choices to either Roman blinds or Venetian blinds. How do you decide between the two?

Venetian blinds and Roman blinds both work using almost the same mechanism. Slats controlled by a pull cord in the case of Venetian blinds, and sheets of fabric puppeted by a pull cord, in the case of Roman blinds.

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds have a tilt rod attached, which when rotated, allows you to regulate the angle of the slats. Venetian blinds can be aluminium, cloth or even wood. Wooden Venetian blinds can be used to match your wooden flooring, by choosing a blind with the same wood stain.

Roman blinds

Roman blinds, on the other hand, cannot assure you the same level of privacy as Venetian blinds, because they can be moved only up and down. Roman blinds are perfect for living rooms, where total privacy is not required. Roman blinds are also a little awkward to clean, so if you have pets or children you might want to steer clear of these blinds.

However, Roman blinds add warmth, sophistication and a luxurious feel to the room, when an exquisite fabric is used.

A novel way to dress your window is to try to combine both these blinds. The Roman blind can be the showpiece, to give the window it’s elegance, while the Venetian blind can be installed on the window frame and be used as the ‘practical blind’, to ensure privacy.

The advantages of roller blinds

May 26, 2011
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Roller blinds are made of stiffened fabric, which can roll up vertically into an aluminium rod fitted at the top of a window. The fabric can be stretched down and rolled up using a simple conveyor string. This can be manually operated as well as motorised.

One of the main features of roller-type blinds is thermoregulation. These blinds help to regulate the amount of heat in a room. In cold countries, once the room is heated to the desired level, the blinds are drawn to trap the heat in the room.

A picture or a design can also be printed on the fabric of the blind, so that when the blinds are fully lowered, it adds to the beauty of the room. At workplaces, a pleasing picture acts as a motivator and increases productivity a brand image can also be used on the outside surface of the blind to improve brand awareness.

Roller blinds are well suited for kitchens, bathrooms and places with a lot of moisture and steam. In bathrooms, these blinds not only secure privacy but are also immune to frequent splashes.
If you do decide to go for roller blinds there is plenty of fabric choices. They are available in bright striking colours or natural blackout fabrics.

Blinds – The modern home choice

May 25, 2011
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Blinds are considered to be the ideal choice when it comes to protecting the privacy in your home. Most homeowners prefer blinds over curtains because they are easy to maintain and give your home a modern feel.

With blinds taking up very little space, owners can use the extra space for some other decorative accessory. It should be noted that blinds are available in many different kinds and types. When choosing you need to research the market carefully and opt for a blind that meets the needs and requirements of your home and gels well with the interior of your home.

Mentioned below are some of the different kinds of blinds available in the market.

Roman blinds

Roman blinds are one of the most sumptuous and luxurious ways to dress a window. The elegance, durability and flexibility they offer makes Roman blinds the ideal choice for your window.

Roll up blinds

One of the cheapest kinds of blinds available in the market is the roll up blind. They are commonly used as they are extremely durable in nature. Like any other blind, roll up blinds can be adjusted according to the needs and preferences of the owner.

Venetian blinds

One of the most commonly used blinds in most modern homes is the Venetian blind. These blinds provide high levels of piracy for their owner as and when needed.

With the huge availability of different types of blinds, you are never short of options when choosing a blind. It is important to research the market carefully and opt for a deal that is best suited to your needs and requirements.

Some easy methods to clean your blinds

May 24, 2011
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Window blinds have become very popular in recent years. Blinds not only serve the purpose for which they are intended very well, but also add style to your home. Blinds can also be used with curtains and drapes. Usually blinds are user friendly and can be installed and cleaned easily. Unlike curtains, blinds do not require timely washing. They can be cleaned easily and can remain looking as good as new if cleaned periodically. You can clean your blinds easily and effectively using some items you’ll already have at home. All you need is a little vinegar, water, two old socks and a bucket.

How to clean your blinds using socks, vinegar and water

Put the pair of old socks on each of your hands. It is a good idea to wash them first, wear plastic or rubber gloves and then place socks over the gloves. Mix a little vinegar and the water together to make a solution. This solution will help you clean your blinds. Now, dip your hands in the water and vinegar solution. You can now start cleaning your blinds.

Different blinds can be cleaned by different methods. For vertical blinds, you should start cleaning from the top of the blind and work your way down to the bottom. This way, you can clean both sides in a single go. You can repeat the process if your blinds are still dirty or if the blinds are not cleaned perfectly.

For metal blinds, you can use your vacuum cleaner to vacuum the dust from the surface of your blinds. Make sure to use the right attachment while vacuuming your blinds.

Decorate your glazed door with blinds

May 23, 2011
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Door blinds are back in fashion after a period of absence. Gone are the days of boring simple colours. They are now available in hundreds of shades, designs, textures and patterns.

Blinds make the entrance to your home or office look interesting and inviting. They are a great replacement for curtains which are much more expensive and heavier.

Door blinds come with hold downs to keep them from swinging in the breeze. Enclosed door blinds are also a very good option so hold downs are not needed. These blinds are also dust free as they are installed between two pieces of glass and hence protected from dust settling on them.

There are various other types of door blinds available such as wooden blinds, bamboo blinds and sliding door blinds. Wooden blinds or Venetian blinds also give your door a very elegant and classic appearance.

All in all, blinds have come back from the past in a completely new avatar. Their look, variety available and functionality are exactly the kind of makeover which your home or office doors need.

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