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Who hasn't experienced it: you move into a new flat or house and there are no blinds in front of the windows. And to top it all off, the biggest windows also face the street and anyone can look in. Roller shutters are an expensive affair, especially if they have to be retrofitted.

Why not try blinds? Venetian blinds mean that you don't need roller shutters or elaborate curtains. They not only protect you from sunlight and the associated heat, but also from the eyes of curious neighbours.




Summary

  • Blinds come in many different materials, colours and sizes.
  • There are several criteria you should consider before making a purchase. The most important are: Material, installation, motorisation and colour.
  • The installation of blinds is not witchcraft and you do not need any great knowledge to do it yourself.

The Best Blinds: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for blinds

There are various criteria for blinds that are very important when buying. To give you a quick overview, we have listed them for you.

In order to give you a better understanding of all of them, an explanation of the individual list items follows.

Material

When choosing the material, it is not only your preference that counts. There are blind slats made of aluminium, wood or plastic, but also glass or steel. The most commonly sold ones are made of aluminium. There are advantages and disadvantages depending on the material. Glass, for example, looks beautiful, but does not offer full darkening and is less stable than steel, for example.

You should think about the area of application. In an open office, where the blind is only needed for privacy and everything is more protected, you can choose glass slats, whereas you should rather not do this if you have small children.

Mounting

The blinds can be mounted either by fixing them to the wall or by using clamp brackets. With the first option, you need a drill and, logically, this will leave traces afterwards if you take the blinds down again. On the other hand, this is, of course, usually more stable than mounting with clamp brackets.

Clamp brackets are simply hooked onto the edge of the window and do not need to be mounted further. This means you do not need any tools such as a drill. A big advantage: You do not leave any residues and can replace the blinds more often and more easily without damaging the wall.

In both cases, you need little technical knowledge and tools. The installation instructions are always enclosed and, if necessary, can also be found online.

Motorisation

Not all blinds can be operated electrically. There are some that you can buy directly with a motor, others not. However, if you absolutely want a particular blind that would be delivered without a motor, you can easily order it separately and connect it. This does not require much knowledge either and manuals are included.

Colour

Here it's all about your preferences. You can give free rein to your creativity and you are sure to find something you like. Depending on the material, the choices are either larger or smaller, but still diverse.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about blinds answered in detail

You have now learned quite a bit about the selection criteria, but perhaps a few questions remain unanswered. We have summarised and answered the most frequently asked ones.

For whom are blinds suitable?

Blinds are suitable for everyone. It doesn't matter whether you are looking for blinds for your rented flat, your own home or your workplace. They not only serve to darken the sun, but also to provide privacy. So you don't urgently need a roller shutter or curtains. In addition, blinds take up little space and can create a fascinating play of light.

Venetian blinds have something in common with roller shutters and curtains: they create beautiful light effects. (Image source: Anna Neskrashevich / Pexels)

What types of blinds are there?

Types of blinds are mostly divided into material and area of application. We have already listed the materials above and now we come to the second. In this case, the area of application can refer either to the room or to the type of window. Since we have already dealt with the rooms in the previous sections, this is more about the type of window.

Not all blinds are suitable for all windows. Free glass windows in open-plan offices require different blinds than your normal kitchen window and again different ones than your skylight. So you should consider the room and the type of window and make sure your blinds are suitable for sloping ceilings if you want to use them for that.

How much do blinds cost?

Blinds come in a wide range of costs, but don't worry, that also means there's something for every budget. To give you a quick overview, we have created a clear table for you.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (10 - 30 €) Aluminium blinds in many sizes and colours
Medium-priced (30 - 60 €) Aluminium or wooden blinds in many sizes and colours
High-priced (more than 60 €) High-quality aluminium blinds with integrated electrics

As you can see, there is something for everyone. Remember: cheap is not always worse in terms of quality, but more expensive is not always better either.

How do you install blinds?

The question is easy to answer: child's play. OK, all joking aside, installation really isn't witchcraft. It all depends on the blinds, but you can either buy them integrated in the window, with wall or ceiling mounting or with clip-on brackets. In the first case, of course, you don't have to do anything. In the second case, you drill two holes at the top of each side of the window and mount the blind according to the mounting instructions. In the latter case, all you have to do is clamp the blind to the window frame and you're done.

Conclusion

Venetian blinds have a wide range of applications and usually a large number of design options. They are suitable for everyone and can save you a lot of money on installing roller shutters, for example. They are easy to install and maintain and can be adjusted as desired, unlike curtains.

If you are thinking about getting blinds, let this article be a sign: Yes, you should. They start at small amounts and we'd say it's at least worth a try.

(Cover image: Pixabay / Pexels)

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