If you are decorating your new home, or just thinking of redecorating it, before opting for the traditional option of curtains, read this article. We talk about the different types of blinds and their main advantages.
But before getting into the matter, we have to see what a blind is.
What are blinds
They are decorative and functional elements that are increasingly fashionable since they provide more modern aesthetics. The night and day blinds are good proof of this.
It is a type of curtain that, instead of being collected and unfolded horizontally, it does so vertically. Although, in this sense, we will see later an exception that confirms the rule.
Apart from its decorative aspect, its main function is to filter light and vision.
Although cord and chain blinds are the most common, there is also the possibility of motorizing them.
Kinds of blinds
Blinds can be classified according to different aspects.
Depending on the fabric
The kind of fabric chosen is the one that determines the type of functionality, that is, the amount of light they let in and the intimacy they provide. Here we could divide them into the following types:
These types of blinds diffuse the outside light in a pleasant way. They also offer some privacy.
These practically completely reduce the entrance of light, and offer total privacy by preventing vision from outside.
Screen blinds are made with technical fabrics (there are different types) that allow light to pass through to the degree chosen depending on the technical fabric, but prevent the passage of UV rays and therefore heat.
according to design
Depending on the design, there is quite a lot to choose from. Next we will see the main options.
These are the most widespread. They have rods arranged at the same distance from each other, horizontally, that make the blind fold up like an accordion when folded.
The deployment and collection is powered by a cord.
It is the same as the previous one but without rods, which means that, when picking it up, it looks like it is puckered.
It only has a single rod in the lower part, whose function is that the blind is well stretched when unfolding it.
Venetian or slat blinds are different from the previous ones. They are not made with textile materials, but can be made of plastic, aluminium, natural wood, bamboo and, in general, any rigid material.
The position of the angle of the slats can be modified, opening or closing them, thus regulating the passage of light.
In addition to the cord to pick them up or extend them, it has a rod that, by turning, regulates its opening or closing.
Blinds night and day
We can find these of two different types, but both fulfill the same mission.
Some that are made up of two blinds, one on top of the other. One with a lighter and more translucent fabric and another more dense.
And a second type, which is a single blind but with two falls. It is made of alternating strips of opaque and transparent material. By extending the blind, we can match the transparent strips so that light enters and we have vision. Or we can not match them, so that the entire opening is covered by the opaque fabric.
In this way we can choose the privacy we want, as well as the amount of light we want to enter the room. Therefore, on the sunniest days we will place the blind so that the strips of the same type do not coincide, and on cloudy days the opposite.
This type of blinds also known as screen or roll-up technical curtainare those that are wound on a horizontal tube and are activated by means of a chain.
They are only made with technical fabrics that require minimal maintenance. Such materials can be polyester, PVC, a mixture of both, or fiberglass, among others.
The technical material offers additional advantages over textiles, such as moisture, dust and bacteria repellency, UV blocking, flame retardancy and, on the other hand, it also allows digital printing with personalized designs. .
Screen blinds are also widely used to divide interior areas, allowing in a matter of seconds to transform diaphanous areas into smaller and more structured areas, and vice versa.
Japanese blinds are the exception to the rule that we referred to at the beginning of this article, since the movement is horizontal and not vertical.
They are made up of panels placed vertically and overlapping each other, attached to a top rail along which they slide. At the bottom they have a counterweight to keep the panel stretched and straight.
Visually they are much lighter than the traditional curtain.
Advantages of blinds
There are many advantages that blinds provide. Among the main ones we can mention the following:
Choice according to needs
The enormous offer of different blinds allows us to choose the one that best suits our needs according to the degree of privacy we want.
light input control
They allow us to select the degree of light and heat that we want to let into the interior of the house.
As we have said before, roller blinds allow you to transform interior spaces into large areas, or into smaller and more intimate areas.
The blinds occupy much less volume than the curtains, providing larger spaces and greater visual lightness.
variety of styles
The enormous variety of styles, designs and materials make it possible to naturally integrate the blind into any environment.
One of its main advantages is that its reasonable price puts cheap blinds within the reach of any pocket.
His strong point is this. Its easy measurement and installation makes it possible for any DIY enthusiast, or being a minimum of “hands”, to place the blind impeccably.
Here we will not find ourselves with the main problem of the curtains: the measurement, which must be extremely precise so that, when installing them, they are not short or drag.
On the other hand, they have the advantage that the same blind can be installed both on the ceiling and on the wall. There are also specific blinds that are installed directly on the window sash.
And in case you still have doubts, as the icing on the cake, let me tell you that all roller blinds have the possibility of motorization. You just have to install the corresponding tubular motor inside the blind tube and that’s it. It is even easier than motorizing a blind.
You can choose between different engines. Actuated by a switch connected by cable to the motor. With remote control. Or, even, with the mobile through the corresponding APP. This last option also allows automatic opening or closing programming.
With all that said, it only remains for you to make the decision: Blinds or Curtains?