As compared to Curtains which have been used since centuries, Blinds are a newer entrant in the realm of Window Treatment options. But Window Blinds today have matured enough to offer a commendable alternative to Curtains. And in the context of functionality & ease of use they even outperform the erstwhile Curtain.
Devised from a fairly simple system of slats which are held together by cords that run through them, Blinds have the ability to regulate the amount of light needed with tremendous precision. Just by a twist of the rod, the slats can be tilted to control the quantum of day light required for the indoors. And if privacy is needed they can be turned all the way to shut the view completely. Slats can also be stacked tightly by a simple pull of the cords causing the blinds to fully open letting the sun shine through.
Besides the manual way of controlling, motorised blinds are a sophisticated alternative of operating blinds, either through a handheld remote control or wall switch. These are quite common in Singapore corporate boardrooms and high class event facilities.
When and Where to use Blinds?
Blinds are the preferred option to cover glass panels and large windows of offices and commercial establishment in Singapore, mainly due to the professional and smart look they offer to the interiors. These days Window Blinds have been accepted for home décor as well due to the choice of fabrics available on hand. One may however choose the decorative appeal of Drapes if they wish to have a regal look for their rooms.
When it comes to functionality and user-friendliness it’s hard to find an alternative to Blinds because of the ease they offer in controlling light and privacy. Sliding and opening regular Curtains would seem to be a chore in comparison to the effortless operation that Blinds have to offer.
Cleaning Blinds however could be a task if the room is prone to dust and dirt since horizontal slats are prone to holding the debris.
Types of Window Blinds
Horizontal Venetian Blinds typically are made of metal or plastic for their durability. However the use of wooden slats or Bamboo to give the natural look to the interiors are also quite prevalent nowadays. Vertical Blinds are mostly available in fabric or flat/embossed plastic. The use of fabric material for blinds provides a greater amount of variety of patterns, colour and texture to choose from.
Besides the established Blind Types, popular variations are the Roller Blinds and Roman Shades. Roller Blinds, also known as Window Shades typically come in the form of a screen of stiffened polyester that can be rolled up and down a horizontal pole by means of a pulley mechanism. While the length of the screen drawn down will determine the brightness and light, the shade and opacity of the screen is also one of the factors that controls the amount of light. Roller Blinds can be further beautified by choosing fabrics with prints and colours, adding scalloped edges and so on.
Roman Shades, usually made out of cloth fabric are characterised by slats that stack up uniformly when shut. And when open appear as segment sheet that covers the window to its exact size.
We at Best Fit Drapes offer a range of options to choose from for Window Blinds. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you with interior décor ideas.