Vertical blinds

If it’s a cost-effective window furnishings you are looking for that allows you to control your light and privacy, vertical blinds are hard to go past. For the past 40 odd years vertical blinds have become a part of the Australian landscape. Plenty of other window coverings have come and gone, but vertical blinds have stood the test of time and still remain to be a popular choice of households and business places around the country.

Fabrics

There is an enormous amount of fabrics available that can be manufactured into vertical blinds. Although the majority of the installations we do are in plain fabrics, there is also plenty of patterns, textures and light filtering fabrics to choose from.

Generally the fabrics come in two different widths, 89 mm and 127 mm. The width you choose depends on what is going to be practical for your situation and what is going to fit with your desired look. They can be coordinated with other blinds around the home such as roller blinds, Roman blinds and panel glides. Vertical blinds are also available in a range of solid PVC blades which are 89 mm wide. These can be good if you’re after that little bit of extra insulation, and they do tend to close a bit tighter if you’re trying to block out the light during the day time.

Controls

Traditionally vertical blinds were controlled from a cord and chain to the side of the blind. This is still an option, however, with the child safety regulations that exist today it is advisable to look at using a wand control. There are a number of advantages to this, firstly, it gives you a much tidier look rather than having the chains and cord hanging down at the side, secondly where you have sliding windows opening at both ends of the window, the wands will allow you to control each end independently as opposed to the cord control which will pull both ends of the blind into the centre at the same time even if you’re only wanting to open one end of the blind.

Installation

As with most of the blinds, vertical blinds can be installed inside the reveal or on the face of the architrave or wall. The tracks that they are fitted on come on a variety of colours. Should you wish to disguise the tracks this can be done quite easily by putting a linear valance or pelmet over the top to finish the job off nicely.

Most of us would remember the link chains which run across the bottom of the blades. These are still available, however, people do tend to prefer completely sewn in weights. This means there is less chance of small animals or small children getting tangled up in them and eliminates the possibility of weights falling out or the chains breaking due to the sun’s harsh rays.

Cleaning

As with any blind or curtain, the key to keeping them looking fresh is regular cleaning. This can just involve quickly running over your vertical blinds with a feather duster every now and then to take any dust off the surface. Generally if they are in a situation where they are exposed regularly to condensation or moisture, there is a higher chance of mildew build up on the bottom of the blades. Mildew is caused by dust collecting on the surface of the blades then combined with the moisture in the air it can grow and leave marks on the fabric. Most fabrics have an element of mildew resistance, however, this does not mean they clean themselves, so they will still need some attention over time.