West Yorkshire

How to Choose the Right Blind

The information below is all you need to know to buy the perfect blinds and you can quickly learn all there is to know from the comfort of your home.

There are many factors that should influence the type of blinds you choose. You need to account for how well the blinds will complement your furnishings and how they will complement the construction materials used in your house, office or other property. Having a consistent design style is important but there are certain exceptions to this rule including children’s bedrooms and play areas. You may also want to consider keeping a style consistent from the view outside of your West Yorkshire property.

But most importantly – design and style are very much down to the individual.
Choose blinds that best suit your own West Yorkshire tastes.

West Yorkshire Blinds Terminology…

Like many industries the window covering industry has some terminology that you may not immediately understand. When talking about window blinds, there are many different types of window blinds but the most popular can be categorised under 3 different types;

1. Venetian Blinds in West Yorkshire
2. Roller Blinds in West Yorkshire
3. Roman Blinds in West Yorkshire

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Venetian Blinds

Venetian Blinds are available in three different materials,

1. Aluminium (also known as mini blinds),
2. Wood
3. Ecowood (also known as faux -wood, eco-wood or PVC blinds).

Aluminium Venetian Blinds

Aluminium Venetian Blinds are often used in kitchens and bathrooms and in business offices. Almost always Aluminium Venetian Blinds and sold with 25mm slats. This is due to the flexible nature of the Aluminium slat. Sometimes Aluminium Venetian Blinds are known as Mini Blinds.

Aluminium Venetian Blinds are a very inexpensive way to cover a window and although the common colours are white and silver they can be found in a variety of colours to match the interior of your home or office in West Yorkshire.

Wooden Venetian Blinds

Wooden Venetian Blinds are a very stylish way to cover you windows and dress up the interior of your home. They are most commonly sold with 50mm slats but are also available in 25mm slats. Other slat size options can be found but are not commonly used.

Most wooden blinds are made of a very lightweight wood called basswood but they can also be found in a variety of oriental hardwoods and bamboo. Basswood is the ideal material due to its robustness – it warps less than other woods over time. Wooden Venetian Blinds are a perfect choice for large windows and are suitable for most windows in the home. The only area to avoid is places where there is moisture in the air like bathrooms. The most common wood type colours are lightwoods for example cedar, mid coloured woods like cherry and darker woods like mahogany. Wooden Venetian Blinds are also often sold in White.

Ecowood Venetian Blinds

Ecowood Venetian Blinds are becoming a very popular choice and are made from composite materials usually PVC or plastic but can include some wood. They are very popular because they are durable and easy to clean and they do not warp or discolour over time like wood. They are especially good for areas that may be exposed to moisture as they do not warp easily. The most common colour for Ecowood Venetian Blinds is white.

Roller Blinds

Roller Blinds are window coverings that can be opened by rolling the shades up on a cylinder that runs above a window. Roller Blinds are made from 100% polyester material. Roller Blinds typically come in two variants, Sunscreen and Blockout. Sunscreen Roller Blinds allow a certain degree of light to come through the fabric into the room, and Blockout, as the name suggests, Blockout all sun and glare.

Roller Blinds are also very inexpensive and therefore have been popular for years. A wide range of colours are available and the simple rolling mechanism of the Roller Blinds means they can last for many years without showing signs of degrading.

Roman Blinds

Roman Blinds are window coverings that are operated by rolling sections of the blind up into a stack. Roman Blinds offer a softer feel in your home and are the type of blind that can often be well matched to other furnishings. Various fabric types can be used in the manufacture of Roman Blinds but typically Polyester, Linen or Cotton fabrics are used. Roman Blinds also typically come in two variants, Sunscreen and Blockout. Sunscreen Blinds allow a certain degree of light to come through the fabric into the room and Blockout, as the name suggests Blockout all sun and glare.

Roman Blinds offer an attractive alternative to traditional window blinds and are well suited for living environments. They can be easily removed from the headrail for cleaning purposes. Roman Blinds are available in a range of stylish patterns and designs.

Blackout Roller Blinds

Which blind for which room?…

It is also worth considering a number of more practical factors when looking at blinds for different room types. Some of these are listed below…

Living Room / Living Areas:

For rooms that take a lot of natural light in, sunscreens roller blinds are a good option. They allow you to keep your privacy during the day whilst also adding a stylish modern look. Equally Roman Blinds are a good option.

Kitchen:

Windows by a sink should be easy to clean and not suffer from water damage. It is for this reason that Aluminium Venetian blinds and Ecowood Venetian Blinds are a better option than Wooden Venetian Blinds. Sunscreen Roller Blinds and standard Roller Blind fabrics are also easy to clean and quite often used in kitchen areas.

Bedrooms:

Blockout Roller Blinds and Roman Blinds are the most popular choices for bedrooms for total privacy and to block all light.

Bathrooms:

Moisture in the air shouldn’t normally affect the quality of window blinds, but prolonged moisture can begin to affect blinds after a period of time. If the blinds are likely to get direct water pressure, Aluminium Venetian Blinds or Ecowood Venetian Blinds are the best option. Any polyester based Roller Blind fabrics are not recommended and neither is Wooden Venetian as they wood is likely to warp. Most wood blinds are treated with a coating to resist water, but eventually they will break down when in continual contact with moisture.

Nursery / Play Rooms / Children’s Bedrooms:

Safety is the most important factor here. Your blinds should come with safety Chain Guides. It is imperative these are used. It is important to also ensure that Chain Guides are well out of the way of cots, beds and other furniture. Keeping the room dark is often an objective for children’s bedrooms. Blockout Roller Blind are best suited for this.

Decorating Advice by Type of Window…

Sliding Doors:

For sliding doors Roller Blinds are often the best option as they roll up tightly at the top and take up less space than other blinds types. With Venetian Blinds and Roman Blinds the slats or fabric can take up an additional 200mm when wound up to the top – this will take up valuable space in the walk through or it means you will have to install the blinds high above the top of the sliding doors.

It is also essential to make sure that door handles do not obstruct the blinds movement. Roller Blinds can be reverse rolled away from the handle to miss any obstructions.

Roller Blinds

When fitting on the face of the door, any product would be suitable, just remember to add around 200mm onto your drop measurement so that when the blind is wound up it is out of the way of the door area.

French Doors:

With French Doors it is recommended that you use the same products as those already on windows in that room this will keep your look consistent.

Another thing to keep in mind, when placing an order for blinds that will cover a door, is the location of the tilt control and the lift control. You will want to have the controls for the blind on the side of the hinges and not the handle. They can get in the way and become a nuisance if they are near your door handle when you are trying to come in and out, they are less likely to get in the way of the hinge.

Windows with a Nice View:

When you have a window with a nice view it is recommended that you install a Sunscreen Roller Blind. This product will ensure that you can continue to enjoy the view in West Yorkshire.

Blind Depot – A fresh and unique approach to window blinds in Australia

Blind Depot is a specialist supplier of high-quality window furnishings. Our enthusiastic team delivers fresh and unique solutions with tailored styles and sizes to meet any customer need.

We pride ourselves on sourcing the most effective products on the market that are of the highest quality. Many Blind Depot products are manufactured in Australia to your specific requirements and are made to measure so we can ensure that we deliver the perfect solution to suit your needs.

Whether it is Venetian Blinds, Roller Blinds or Roman Blinds, Blind Depot offer the West Yorkshire public the very best in contemporary styles of window furnishings. As a forward thinking company, we are heavily involved in eco friendly fabric’s and materials and where possible offer our customers environmentally friendly options

How To Measure, Install and Maintain Roller Window Blinds

 West Yorkshire

Roller shades are an inexpensive solution to window decorating. They are readily available and can be customized to your style in a variety of ways. Roller shades can be room darkening or just filter the light. Simple, elegant or whimsical -- you can let your creativity flow while maintaining a decorating budget.

(Debbie Williams)

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Roller shade
  • Stencils
  • Acrylic paints
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Duct tape
  • Cut vinyl
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fray check
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Over the past few months, I’ve been working on my latest cloud-connected smart home project: an automated controller for my blinds. I’m naming this project Helen, after Helen Keller, an inspirational American author.

I’m always improving, and never satisfied, so this project has changed components a few times to get to the state where it’s at now:

Blinds

Bali solar shades from Home Depot, with motorized option.

The motorization is supplied by Somfy, who basically has the monopoly on motorized shades. They come with a nice, simple, remote control.

Controller

My most very favorite cloud connected device, the Particle Photon.

For the uninitiated, the photon is a super simple cloud-connected Arduino. Particle has great customer support, a busy community, and open source almost everything they do. I can’t speak highly enough.

A microcontroller (i.e. Arduino) lets you write a little bit of software (firmware, technically) to blink LEDs or set output pins high (3.3v) and low (0v). The photon extends that by giving it a cloud interface.

Hardware Hacking

My idea was to simulate pressing the actual buttons on a real remote control, with a Photon. I bought a second remote control, and extracted the circuit board. I very carefully soldered some wires to the small pushbuttons on the remote. I connected those (via optoisolators) to outputs on my Photon. And that’s it, in a nutshell. Here are some pictures:

Firmware

My remote control has 3 buttons: open, close, and “my” (an overloaded stop button). So I created 3 Particle Functions, used 3 pins for output, and connected those outputs to 3 optoisolators. I put the very simple Arduino code/sketch on GitHub.

Note: I lied a little bit. I actually have 2 blinds, and 9 functions, but the idea is the same.

Android Client

A simple app with custom material style skeumorphic interface.

I used Inkscape to trace the actual remote, and draw a vector-based material style UI. I used Floating Action Buttons for the buttons. I used the Particle API for Android. I threw it all together in a Kotlin app.

Voice Client

Google Home -> IFTTT -> Particle

So what’s the next step? Well, controlling it by voice. Now my kids regularly ask our Google Home to “ok Google, please open the blinds”. IFTTT made this almost trivial. I created a new recipe, with Google Assistant as the trigger: “say a simple phrase”, and Particle as the action: “call a function”. That’s all there was to it!

Conclusion

Nothing in this project was super ground-breaking, but the end result was very fun!

The History of Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds may have originated in Persia, not the canal city of Venice, Italy. Or, they may date right back to old Egypt. Wherever their birthplace, the Venetian blinds have actually worked as attractive alternatives to curtains for almost 3 centuries. They have undertaken some style updates through the years — most especially the creation of the mini blind — but the standard concept of a flexible variety of horizontal slats remains unmodified.

Origins

Slatted blinds have existed for centuries. Old Egyptians made blinds from reeds, while the Chinese made use of strips of bamboo. Real story of Venetian blinds’ invention is unknown, yet many experts date the very first examples from around 1760. Early Venetian blinds were made of 2-inch wood slats put on hold along towel bows.

Tale

One legend states that early Venetian traders brought the tones home from Persia. Then, in the late 1700s, released Venetian servants that resolved in France presented the shades there. In France, integrated Venetian blinds are known as “les Persians.”

Impacts

Venetian blinds promptly got appeal both in homes and also public structures. St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia covered its windows with Venetian blinds in 1761, and pictures of Independence Hall also show Venetian blinds. The RCA Structure (today the GE Structure) in New york city City came to be the very first huge commercial building in the United States to utilize Venetian blinds after it opened up in the very early 1930s.

Popularity

Venetian blinds got to peak popularity in the USA in the 1930s. In 1936, suppliers in New York City placed $210 million worth of the tones on the marketplace. The blinds were made of wood or steel in a wide range of shades as well as utilized in homes and businesses.

Technologies

John Hampson of New Orleans gets credit rating for designing or patenting a device to change the angle of Venetian blinds’ slats that continues in operation today. That device is typically a plastic pole near the top of the blind.

Kinds

Hunter Douglas was the initial company to create a light, aluminum Venetian blind in 1946. The miniature blind, including a one-inch slat, came on the market in the 1960s, adhered to in the 1990s by the half-inch mini blind. Today, two-inch timber blinds have restored appeal.

Wooden Venetian Blinds

Made to Measure Curtains & Blinds in dubai Getting chosen your perfect curtain fabric, with our help you are able to create something fantastic and control every element of the design. Whether you are looking for extra long curtains or even curtains for a bay window, you can have perfectly fitting, custom made curtains, blinds as well as soft furnishings in the fabric, style and finish you want.

Our custom made curtains as well as blinds are beautifully hand made to the highest quality by our experienced team dependent here in Sussex. Whether you choose a classic or contemporary style they will be made utilizing traditional sewing techniques with a great attention to detail and once ready will be very carefully packaged and delivered to your door ready to hang.

How to measure for curtains as well as blinds

We have created a handy guide on how to measure for curtains, which will help you provide us with the right information. If you are measuring curtains for a bay window you can have these types of as either one pair or as two pairs, a centred pair having a single curtain either side. If you have any other queries or want to talk to all of us then please contact us, we’d be more than happy to talk you through the procedure.

Designing Your Curtains

If you are not sure where to start then please take a look at our manual on how to choose the right handmade curtains below. Here you will find technical advice and style inspiration to help you create your perfect custom made curtains and blinds.
Get a quote for the new custom made curtains or custom made blinds from the Fabrics & Papers group today.

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Curtain Fabric
The first decision is usually the curtain fabric, the beauty of getting made to measure curtains is that you can choose just about any fabric. We have a wonderful range of drape fabrics including floral, silk, tartan, plain linen and a wonderful selection of children’s fabric.

Eyelet Curtains — These are popular for a more contemporary look with the choice of eyelet colour to suit your room. These can only be used on a pole and do not suit the Pelmet. They are perfect for people who wish to have their curtains to fold back firmly without spilling onto the window.

Hand double or triple pleat Drapes — These both create a lovely formal look, their hand finished style creates a very neat appearance and would suit either a pole or monitor.

Inverted Pleat Curtains — The Inverted pleat is designed for people who require a toned finish to their curtains; it gives a more contemporary look than the double or three-way pleat and is better suited to heavier fabrics. The Inverted pleat should be utilized on a pole.

Pencil Pleat Curtains — This is a good everyday style, it is a strapping heading which means they are good value as the makeup cost is less than others. Pencil pleat does look great with a pelmet if you wish to add something extra to finish your windowpane. Can be used on a Track or Pole.

Simple Gather Curtains — These have the relaxed and soft look and we always allow a one inch stand up with this design. A simple gather can be used on a track or pole and works well with materials from our English Country Linens.

Adding trimmings and comparison binding can add style and colour to your curtains. We would normally allow 2” for a contrast binding and this can run around all edges, the leading side and bottom or simply the leading edge. Alternatively you may want to use a pretty fringe, enthusiast edging or braid to finish off your curtains. Fringe or fan edging within the leading edge works particularly well if you are having a fixed curtain with a drape stagnated by a matching tieback or holdback.

Tie backs are used for two reasons; a few may use them as a practical tool to hold the curtain back off the windowpane, others may simply want them as a finishing touch to their window therapy. Whilst many people have tiebacks made in a matching fabric, you can also have rope tiebacks and these may pick out a feature colour within your room or match in. String tie backs normally feature tassels and sometime crystals so can be used to put in a little glamour to your room. Another alternative is a fixed tieback, these are with regard to drapes over a bed, or fixed curtains, but also give a very smart complete. Of course many people find they don’t have a need for tie backs and the curtains can simply suspend in place.


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