How to choose your blinds in Adelaide

How to choose your blinds in Adelaide
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Looking to invest in a new set of blinds but aren’t sure which to get? Fret no more – this article covers everything you need to know about choosing the perfect set, which you can find at Burns for Blinds.

Along with providing privacy and light control, blinds are a great way to add charm and style to your home or office. And with so many options, you’re sure to be able to find the right set for you.

Note: This article covers blinds, not curtains or drapes – these are loose fabric panels.

Venetian blinds

Venetians consist of horizontal slats made of metal or wood which tilt to monitor light and privacy. They typically come with a rod which can be turned or pulled to adjust the slats, and a cord to lower and lift the overall blind.

Where to use

Venetian blinds are versatile, simple and stylish, making them suitable for a range of properties and virtually any room.

Perks

  • Versatile and stylish
  • Provides great privacy
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to maintain

How to clean

Simply wipe them clean with a dry cloth.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds consist of a piece of stiffened fabric attached to an aluminium or timber rod at the top of the window. They may be spring operated, motorised or have a chain mechanism. They come in a range of colours and styles, allowing them to suit many different properties.

Where to use

They are great for virtually any room, though if using in damp areas make sure to use a water-resistant finish.

Perks

  • Range of colours and styles
  • Range of fabrics and finishes
  • Versatile
  • Easy to maintain

How to clean

Wipe clean with a dry cloth or a wet cloth if your blinds are water-resistant.

Blackout blinds

Blackout blinds are essentially roller blinds which are made with opaque fabric and are fitted to the window in order to completely block out light (although most do not block out 100% of light, it’s usually around 95-99%). You can operate them using a handle.

Where to use

They are great for theatre rooms where you want complete darkness.

Perks

  • Comes in a range of sizes
  • Blocks 95-100% of light
  • Provides excellent privacy
  • Easy to clean

How to clean

Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

Vertical blinds

A classic solution consisting of vertical strips of (usually polyester) fabric which can be tilted to control light and privacy. They come with a plastic wand which can be used to tilt or move the blinds.

Where to use

Their simple appearance and range of colour choices make them suitable for most rooms. Avoid using them in damp areas like bathrooms unless they have been coated with a moisture-resistant material like acrylic.

Perks

  • Versatile and classic
  • Affordable
  • Customisable

How to clean

Vacuum using the upholstery piece or wipe gently with baby wipes.

Ziptrak blinds

These are track-guided (for smooth, seamless raising and lowering) and are perfect for connecting outdoor and indoor spaces thanks to their heat and UV-resistant material. They come in either hand-operated or motorised models.

When and where to use

Use them to connect indoor and outdoor areas in the home, café or restaurant, or use them in the living room or bedroom.

Perks

  • Made to measure
  • Easy to operate
  • Stylish
  • Reliable
  • Heat and UV protection
  • Provides shade

How to clean

If cleaning outdoor blinds, wipe down with a sponge and a mix of blind cleaner and water. Hose off after cleaning (avoid high pressure hoses) and let dry. If cleaning indoor ones, wipe down with a bit of soapy water and let dry.

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