- Why blinds?
- Verti panel Blinds
- Vertical Blinds
- Panel Blinds
- Venetian Blinds
- Roller blinds
- Bamboo blinds
- Roman blinds
by Bev Bennett from Ed's Blinds
The old story that windows can only be covered with curtain
fabric has long since been discarded. Today there is a large
range of very beautiful blinds that can take the place of
curtains. Ask your Blind company to introduce you to these new
blinds. In the home owners situation the decorative blinds are
the most popular with the control of light and privacy being a
close second. In the corporate world it is for the practical
Verti panel Blinds
The verti panel is similar to the standard Vertical Blinds but
the blades are wider 250mm and can have wooden highlights in
contrasting colours at the bottom instead of bottom weights. The
highlights can also be attached half way up the slat to enhance
the décor. There are no chains connecting the bottom of the
blades together as on the standard vertical. These have a very
new modern look particularly on large floor to ceiling windows.
These come in narrow vertical blades made of various fabrics and
block out materials up to 127mm wide with a wide variety of
colour’s and designs. These are now known as office blinds but
today once again are getting to be popular with home owners.
These are a few of the uses of the vertical blind:
a) They control the sun’s rays and light entering a room.
Depending on the fabric selected this can be minimal to almost
total block out.
b) Due to the wide range of fabrics available they are also
c) By selecting a suitable fabric they can provide a level of
Not recommended for bathrooms and kitchens as the steam can
cause a problem.
They hang vertically but do not swivel. The width of panels
are from 200mm to 1.1m depending on window size. The first
panel is fixed and the others stack in behind when open.
There is a large range of fabric in different colours
textures and designs which take these blinds out of the
normal into the most exquisite blinds available at the
These blinds are especially suited to sliding patio doors or
These are supplied in aluminium, natural wood or artificial
wood vanes which hang horizontal in the window the more
popular are the 25mm and 50mm. These blinds control sun and
light up to a point but due to the vanes not closing
completely on the longer drops, it is not suitable for total
block out conditions.
The aluminium type come in various colours including wood
grain, multi coloured, hammer, perforated and metallic
finishes. Popular for offices but also kitchens and
bathrooms. Can be fitted on Glass doors, usually in offices.
Not really suitable for the sea facing apartments and
The Basswood type are suited to both offices and domestic
use with the artificial wood being better for damp or high
heat areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Basswood can be
matched with your furniture and wood fittings or in
contrast. They look particularly good in boardrooms, studies
or wood panelled rooms. The white is also very appealing.
Ideal for privacy. Depending on the window position . By
tilting the vanes, will allow visibility out but not in from
outside plus enough light in or out.
These roll up & down vertically as a panel up to 2.m wide.
They are controlled by a chain or built in spring. The
fabric needs to be flexible enough to roll up. Some of the
vertical blind fabric’s are suitable and there is a large
selection of different fabrics for roller blinds. They are
often installed to control light by using block out material
one company supply’s a channel down the sides to totally
control the light.
a) Very good at blocking out sun & light. Used in Lecture
rooms and bedrooms that need total darkness.
b) Are installed under Venetian Blinds for decorative
situations needing light control as well.
c) Ideal for privacy using block out fabric.
d) The Sheerweave roller blind is good in that one can see
out but not in unless there is a light on in the room.
Bamboo Blinds ( Indoor Types).
Similar to Roller blinds as a solid panel up to 2.4m wide,
but rolls up from the bottom by means of a cord. This fabric
can be imported Bamboo or Woven Wood weaved into a sheet
which is cut to size.
a) They do help with sun & light control and some styles can
come with a backing for better control.
b) With backing they give total privacy. Dampness can cause
a problem on the coast or in bathrooms
Bamboo Laguna (Outdoor Types).
These work the same as indoor blinds especially made of
natural fibre and treated to withstand rain & sun in outdoor
use on patio’s etc. Note: They are not “Storm Blinds” and
cannot stand up to gale force winds and heavy rain. Very few
blinds can and should not be left down all the time.
These hang like a Bamboo blind but rise up in small panels
which stack at the top partially under a pelmet made of a
matching fabric. The fabric is usually curtain material to
give the necessary flexibility which is more critical than
for Roller Blinds and Bamboo.
a) As they are usually made up with a backing they do give
control over light but should not be used in direct
b) They are highly decorative due to the large range of
curtain fabrics to choose from.
c) With the backing they provide privacy.
Rola Ray Blinds
This blind is made from heat resistant translucent film
that reduces the amount of sunlight and heat coming
through the window without totally blocking out the
view. Helps to keep a room cooler and protect the
furniture from the UV rays
Operates like a roller blind but without the spring
a) Comes in a range of densities to control the sun’s
rays and can be opened when
not needed or for those winter months when it is cold
and one needs the heat from the sun.
b) Not decorative.
c) Does not provide privacy at night with room lights