Choosing the right blinds can make a big difference to the look and feel of your conservatory. As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits there are numerous practical reasons to choose conservatory blinds. There are a range of different styles available to suit your individual needs.
Benefits of conservatory blinds
Blinds can help to regulate the temperature of your conservatory. Conservatories can get uncomfortably hot in the Summer, blinds can reduce both the heat and solar glare. This allows you to enjoy reading a book or simply relaxing in your conservatory without being disturbed by the sun or an uncomfortable heat. In winter months and on colder days blinds can provide insulation. This makes blinds energy efficient and can benefit you economically. Blinds also give you freedom over the amount of privacy you require. Conservatory blinds mean that it is easy to control how much people can see whilst still allowing light to enter, this is particularly important if your conservatory is overlooked by neighbours. Your conservatory can be left potentially vulnerable at night as others can see in, conservatory blinds also increase security providing you with peace of mind.
Types of conservatory blind
The sides of your conservatory and the conservatory roof require different types of blinds. The conservatory roof is most suited to pleated blinds. These consist of horizontally pleated fabric that when pulled up, sits on top of the window. These are specially made to fit conservatory roofs meaning that they will look neat and lie flat against the window providing insulation. You can also purchase fabrics that are specifically designed to reduce the glare of the sun, you should consider this if you have a south facing conservatory or receive a great deal of sunlight.
There are many more options available when looking at blinds for the sides of your conservatory. Vertical blinds are a popular option. These are vertical slats that are attached to two cords that can be twisted. Vertical blinds are stylish and allow for a great deal of control over light and privacy. It is also worth considering Venetian blinds. These are horizontal slats that are attached to a cord. These blinds come in a variety of different colours and materials and make an excellent conservatory blind. Roller blinds are also available, these are relatively low cost and come in a large variety of colours and fabrics. The soft look of Roman blinds can produce a warm homely feel and are particularly good at blocking out light. For a natural modern option you could consider woodweave blinds. These are made from natural fibres woven together, commonly bamboo. This makes woodweave blinds a particularly good insulator. These blinds are made from renewable resources and so are ethically sound.
You have the option of either installing your blinds yourself or getting a professional installation. If you have plenty of DIY experience and sufficient time you will be able to install the blinds yourself. Many companies provide advice over the telephone if you are experiencing problems. However, if you do not have DIY experience it is advisable to seek the help of a professional. It may be possible to arrange a free or reduced cost fitting when purchasing conservatory blinds with some companies.