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Choosing Window Blinds

Whether you like fabric or wooden blinds, shutters or simple curtains, the options can seem endless when it comes to simply guarding your privacy in the evenings. For many people having the same type of window treatment for the whole house is the easy solution. But different types of windows or doors will often need a different approach when it comes to blinds. Add to this the difficult shapes and sizes of conservatories and porches and you have a multitude of decisions to make.

French Doors

These can be difficult, as any window blind may get in the way when it comes to opening the handles. In addition if they are exterior doors then the blinds could become dirty when they are open to the elements. You will want to keep the doors consistent with the windows in that room so that the room has cohesion. It is best to choose blinds with small slats which can be lifted upwards to allow the light in during the day. Roller blinds are also a good option. In any case a bracket at the bottom of the window will be required to make the blind sit flat and not move around as the door is opened and closed.

Windows with odd shapes

Arches, bay windows and those with different sized section such as conservatories may be hard to cover with the basic blinds bought from DIY stores. Most specialist stores will be able to provide blinds which open in a fan shape which can be used for the top of an arch. A triangular window can also use the fan shape in a half opened position. Bay windows will need blinds around all sections of the window, but take care that they meet in the middle. Some blinds will have mechanism which allow them the either be pulled up or down. This is perfect for giving flexibility and making the most of a view or the position of the sunlight.


Insulation is important in skylight windows. Because they are positioned in the roof they are prone to losing heat, so good heavy blinds are a must. Because they will sit in a semi horizontal position, the blind will need a supporting rail along each side and a bracket to hold them in place when closed. For windows which are out of reach, install electric rollers which can be operated by a remote control.

Sliding Doors

In this case the vertical blind is perfect. While they tend to be seen as being ideal for an office the vertical blind is actually very useful in this application. They can be installed over the glass or inside the frame of the door meaning they will not get in the way when opening the door. They fact that verticals hang freely means that there is no rail to have to contend with when going in and out of the door.

Very large windows

The size of a window is a consideration due to the weight of the blind used to cover it. A heavy blind will be difficult to lift, may cause damage to the structure around the window and will have a large roller at the top which can be unsightly. It might be a better idea to have smaller blinds but on one rail next to each other. You can also split the blinds but have one valance across the top to hide the splits. It is also possible to buy blinds which come down rather than up to make opening them less arduous. A good mechanism will be required.