A Guide to Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are among the most common window coverings found in homes and offices today. Attractive, cost effective, and easy-to-install, these blinds are a great addition that is flexible enough to fit the décor of any room. In fact, these window coverings can completely transform the look and style of your home, and may even stand out as the feature of a room. That being said, this guide to Venetian blinds will give you more information about the types of blinds available, their benefits, installation considerations, and even blind maintenance.
Types of Venetian Blinds
Typically, Venetian blinds are made from a number of materials including aluminum, wood, or some kind of plastic. Aluminum Venetians create a chic, sophisticated, contemporary style while also providing great durability. Aluminum blinds come in a wide range of colours and will match the design of any room.
Alternatively, wood blinds can be made from a wide range of woods including bamboo, oak, maple, or cherry. Wooden blinds typically provide a more classic style, but they are highly adaptable when it comes to décor. Wooden blinds are not only stylish, but affordable as well and they are becoming a much more popular choice for home window coverings.
Finally, Venetian blinds may also be constructed from PVC or other types of plastic. These are usually the most affordable type of blind, but they can still make an attractive addition to any room. Sometimes styled as faux wood while at other times more similar to the styles you'd find in aluminum blinds, plastic Venetian blinds are versatile and inexpensive.
Benefits of Venetian Blinds
Venetian blinds are an ideal choice for home- and business owners who want to increase their privacy, block out light, or even just change the style of a room. Because Venetian blinds give you more control over the amount of light entering a room, they are increasingly popular when compared to curtains or other window coverings. Moreover, because of the range of materials used to make Venetian blinds, these are really one of the most adaptable window coverings available.
In most cases, homeowners should feel confident installing window blinds on their own. If you are not a handy type, you may want to consider hiring a professional to install your blinds, but the following tips should help make self-installation a breeze:
  1. Always measure your windows in millimetres as most blind manufacturers advertise the size of blinds in millimetres.
  2. Decide whether you want to install your blinds as window face or recess. Window face blinds will cover the entire surface of the window, while window recess blinds are installed within the confines of the window frame.
  3. Face measurements should include the exact width that you'd like your blinds to cover. As a general rule, you'll want to allow an overlap of between 50 and 100mm from the window frame. Similarly, you'll want to measure the drop (or height) of your blinds depending on where you want the bottom of the blind positioned.
  4. Recess measurements should include the width of the recess from one side of the frame to the other. Brackets will be fitted on the inside of your window frame, so be sure to measure the width at least 3 points to ensure the window frame is uniform. Remove 10mm from each side to give you some flexibility in case there are any variations in your wall. Also, measure the drop (or height) of the window recess from top to bottom.
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