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We’ve been in our master bedroom now for well over a year, but last week we finally got blinds put in.
It had taken us a while to decide what style we wanted to go for; we had curtains, but they don’t block out much light and in the summer the sun shone straight through, waking us up even earlier than the kids usually did.
The double glazed windows in our bedroom are far too big for a standard, cheap IKEA blind, and with a mental lintel above the window frame it would have been a tough DIY job to get them installed properly, so we decided to go with made-to-measure blinds installed for us.
The downside to this was of course the cost; they were much more expensive than buying standard blinds and fitting them ourselves, however a year and a half of using cardboard boxes to block out the light has shown that we really needed to get someone in to do it!
Choosing the right type of window blind to go into the bedroom
There are lots of types of window blind to choose from and several of these could make a good choice for a bedroom.
These are the blinds we considered:
In our previous bedroom, we had roller blinds made with blackout material.
Perfect for children’s rooms because they block out any natural light or street lights, roller blinds can be bought fairly cheaply if you want to install them yourselves, or alternatively you can get made-to-measure blackout blinds which stop any light at all from getting through.
Roller blinds are easily altered if you go the DIY route, as you can buy blinds of any width and carefully cut them to size.
You can get them in a wide variety of colours and patterns, but the main downside of roller blinds is that they can get mouldy if your windows have poor ventilation, and be hard to clean.
Venetian blinds consist of horizontal slats made from metal, wood or plastic, which can be pivoted to control the amount of light that passes through.
You can pull a cord to raise the slats to the top, and then pull it left or right to lock and release them.
Venetian blinds can be as long or short as you’d like and slats can be removed to make them shorter. The thickness and depth of the slats can also be varied. They won’t block out all the light, but they do a fairly good job.
Venetian blinds can be made of uPVC, metal or wood and can be cleaned with a cloth.
Roman blinds are a long length of fabric that folds up when you pull down on the cord.
The blinds were thin and wouldn’t be much help at blocking light out. Our Roman blinds went mouldy easily and we took them down fairly quickly after moving in. Although I’m sure they work for other people, and are prettier than slatted blinds, they’re not for us.
Vertical strips of fabric which open and close by twisting a plastic wand, these always remind me of offices! Much more suited to long windows, they definitely weren’t the window blinds for us.
Which blinds did we choose?
After weighing up the options, we decided to go with uPVC Venetian blinds which would be mould resistant and easy to clean. They can’t be bent like metal blinds and can span the entire width of the window without sagging.
They come in a huge variety of colours, but we chose white to match the wall.
I think they look rather good!
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