London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 17, 2009 -- Now that seems like an odd question for anyone to ask themselves! We choose whatever it is we just happen to like don't we? Well, yes but that doesn't mean it's suitable for the purpose i.e. You might love heavy fabric lined Roman blinds but they are likely to be a disaster if you try and put them in the kitchen or a steamy bathroom. So here is a rundown of all the various types of blind, what you can use them for and more importantly what you can't.
1. Venetian blinds.. these come in a variety of slat widths and sizes and opening and closing them is a vertical affair so the golden rule here is don't go too wide 4 to 5 feet is about right. As you go wider they become heavier and more difficult to negotiate. They can be used in any room including bathrooms and kitchens.
2. Vertical Blinds.. Where an extra wide blind is required, verticals come into their own here as the weight is distributed horizontally therefore opening and closing a very wide blind is easier. For this reason verticals are ideal for offices and commercial buildings with huge windows. You can have one continuous blind which is served by one main control. Verticals can even go round corners (ideal for bay windows) Again they can be used in any room as they come in fabrics and metals and plastics.
3. Pleated blinds... are a folding concertina like design which makes them great for cutting into odd shapes like triangles etc. for applications such as conservatory ceilings. They can also come in thermally efficient fabrics (Honeycomb blinds)
4. Roller blinds.... Share the same characteristic as pleated blinds in that they too can be cut into odd shapes. One particularly exciting development in roller blind design is that you can now get your own photos or graphics printed onto them for a uniquely personal result. One thing to remember though is that the photo / image needs to be as high a resolution as possible due to being enlarged to such an extent but this isn't a problem if you have one of the newer generation digital cameras with over 3megapixels resolution but the more megapixels the better here!
5. Roman Blinds... are the answer for those who love curtains but want a new and more defined look. They look much neater than curtains and open and close vertically. We've already mentioned that they are not really suitable for kitchens or very small steamy bathrooms but discretion is required say if you have a huge well ventilated kitchen and the blinds are not immediately overhanging the cooker or sink for instance.
6. Wooden Blinds... are stunning in any setting but high moisture levels should be avoided to avoid warping. Their larger slats make them easier to clean than conventional venetians. There are also Woodweave blinds which are more like a fabric made from natural wood fibres these roll up and down like a roller and have cords and fasteners which attach to the wall in the same way as regular roller blinds.
7. Velux blinds... are easy to install. Every Velux window has a unique code written into the frame that contains all the measurement information you need so no need to actually measure up. These are traditionally roller style blinds as they hug the window frame via rails along the vertical sides. This keeps them parallel to the window as many velux windows are built into sloping ceilings.
We at Blinds Online hope you have found this useful. You can also find this info on our website http://www.blinds-on-line.co.uk where you will find comparisons on Hillarys blinds, Web-blinds and Blinds Supermarket who offer three independently unique services ie DIY fitting, Home Visiting service or a low budget range for whichever blind type you choose.