Conservatories are wonderful for helping to bring sunlight and warmth into your home during the warmer seasons, but in autumn and winter they can be cold and even inhospitable. Sunny days can also present problems, allowing too much bright light in and making the conservatory an uncomfortable place to spend time in. The answer to both of these problems is in choosing the right conservatory blinds.
As an attractive and inexpensive means of shutting out unwanted sunlight and keeping in much needed warmth, blinds for conservatory roof, doors and windows represent an excellent solution to some of the most common conservatory problems. But there are a variety of styles to choose from with different types having their own features and benefits, and it can be difficult to know which kind will suit you and your conservatory best. Here are some tips on choosing blinds for conservatory roofs as well as windows and doors.
Types of conservatory blinds
Consisting of a top head rail and fabric section that is drawn downwards with a manual control system, roman blinds are a simple and elegant choice for any conservatory. The fabric is available in an almost limitless array of colours and design styles and there is also the option of a lining that can change the blind from being a normal light-filtering shade to one that can provide a complete blackout. Stiffening rods are placed within the fabric at specific points to make sure of neat folds when the blind is drawn up. This type is a popular choice of conservatory door blinds, as well as for windows and roofs.
Perhaps the most popular type of window blinds, roller blinds can also do a great job in a conservatory. Able to provide much needed privacy in the evening, they are also much admired for the fact when they are rolled up fully, the blind fits neatly into the top cassette and lets the maximum amount of available light to come in through the window. As with roman blinds, there is an extremely wide range of designs available, and manufacturers are able to provide a made to measure service, so that you can get roller blinds that will fit your conservatory’s windows and doors.
Usually, but not always, made with fabric, pleated blinds have an attractive concertina effect and thanks to a network of supporting steel wires, there is very little sagging, even in conservatory roofs. Available with a choice of operating systems, including pole, cord and motorised, pleated blinds for conservatories are as convenient as they are attractive and stylish. For some people one of the downsides of pleated blinds is that they take more window space when the blind is up than other types. For many people however, pleated blinds are a popular choice as they provide a pleasing light-filtering function and look great in modern conservatories.
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There is also a great deal of variety in the types of materials that can be used to make conservatory blinds. Pinoleum is a type of woven wood that is used in roman and roller blinds, and provides a pleasing natural colouring to conservatories. For UV protection and extra shielding from sunlight, many people opt for fitting conservatory blinds that have a special solar finish.
Sometimes known as sunblinds, these are an increasingly popular choice for those who want to be able to enjoy the view from their conservatory, without suffering under the glare of the sun.
The above images are courtesy of:
- Roman Conservatory Blinds – www.surreyblindsandshutters.co.uk
- Roller Conservatory Blinds – www.acblinds.co.uk
- Pleated Conservatory Blinds – www.sthblinds.co.uk