Bamboo blinds are window coverings or shades woven from natural, eco-friendly bamboo. It is a woven piece of art that can dress up any window. Depending on the degree of light infiltration desired, the weave can vary from a loosely arranged pattern to a tighter, more intricate one.
The speciality of the bamboo material is that it has a natural cooling effect which is ideal for the Singaporean sun. When an intricately woven bamboo blind is shut, it can completely block out the sun, while a loosely woven one allows a beautiful patterned hue of light to penetrate through. Added to which bamboo is classy, while being naturally warm and inviting. It has a unique way of dressing up a window unlike any other material.
Bamboo blinds are highly adaptable and can suit almost any ‘interior theme’ due to their neutral appearance and availability in various wooden shades. If one opts to however, one can fashion the look of an entire room around its bamboo blinds, and create a personalised earthy environment. Hence the role bamboo blinds play in the aesthetics of your home, depends entirely on how you choose to display them.
Process and installation of bamboo blinds
Bamboo blinds are available in two main styles – the Roman and Roller Blind varieties. But the process that the bamboo undergoes is the same for all.
The bamboo is cut when raw and disinfected. It is then dried, pressed and woven into the desired pattern. Adhesives are used to paste together the various parts and then the bamboo sheet is converted to the blind design of choice.
Installation hardware is also similar for any Bamboo blind. The blind is mounted on brackets, attached to the either the wall around the window or within the window frame itself, depending on how close one wishes the blind to be to the window.
Bamboo blinds are available in natural wooden hues or then treated with white-wash or coloured tints. They are not always successful in maintaining complete privacy during night time in a well lit room. Hence, they can be fitted with liners or blackouts for the purpose of nocturnal privacy.
How to maintain your bamboo blinds
Due to bamboo’s tendency to collect mildew, the blinds do need regular cleaning. A regular dusting with a feather duster or soft, clean cloth is recommended. If one prefers to use a vacuum cleaner, it is necessary to use a soft brush end to avoid scratching the wood. In case of neglected bamboo blinds, a thorough wash with soapy water, vinegar or bleach mixture may be required. It is important to dry the bamboo blinds completely, preferably in the direct sun as they may begin to collect mildew if washed and kept in damp room.
Ideally, this type of blinds need to be washed thoroughly once a month to maintain their condition and look.
Advantages of bamboo blinds
Bamboo is one variety of grass that grows faster than it is cut, making it a viable, eco-friendly option. It is sturdy while being lightweight. When maintained, bamboo blinds are long lasting and therefore, good value for money. And according to feng shui principles, keeping bamboo in the house brings good luck!
So in case you wish to introduce the Bamboo look to your home, you may contact the team of professionals at Best Fit Drapes for the best advice and deals for your Bamboo Blinds.