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Windows and blinds, they’re two things that have to go together. Lucy for you here at Make My Blinds, we know a thing or two about blinds, like how they’re made, how they work, how to install them and which ones to install in which window.
Because of the knowledge we’ve built up over the past however many years, we’ve decided to write what is quite possibly the most comprehensive guide to buying blinds for your windows. We’re going to cover every room in your home, and every type of blind (that we stock) to help you understand and work out what blinds to install in your windows.
Let’s start in a room that is important to everyone – the bedroom.
What blinds should you install in your bedroom window?
Bedrooms are an important room for everyone, and beyond what colour the walls should be, the blind can play a very important part in how well you can drift off to sleep, how long you spend asleep and how early you might wake up.
We recommend a blackout blind for your bedroom window; this is because a blackout material will stop all light from passing through it. So, if you have a blackout roller blind, Roman blind or vertical blind, no light will pass through the fabric. The important part of the wording here is that it’s only the fabric that is blackout not the full blind. So, with all the blinds we sell, there will be some light that seeps in around the edges. But still a lot less light than a dimout blind.
A dimout blind, or dimout fabric to be more precise, is a type of material that is thinner and will filter the light rather than block it fully. There are different thickness’ to dimout fabrics, but overall, they will let a fair bit of light through them.
So, with your bedroom window what is best?
Your best options are Roman blinds – with a blackout lining, a blackout roller blind, or a blackout vertical blind.
Roman Blinds in a bedroom – you’ll need to make sure you choose a blackout lining on your blind to ensure you block the light, but by doing this you’ll prevent any light from passing through the fabric. The best part about Roman blinds is that because of the way they are installed, you can have the fabric span the full width of the window recess, blocking any light from seeping in around the edges, the top and (depending on how well you have measured) the bottom of the blind. This makes a blackout Roman blind one of the best blinds for a bedroom window as it prevents light seepage and spans the full width of your window.
Roller Blinds in a bedroom – Roller blinds also come in a range of blackout fabrics, so you won’t have to worry about light passing through there, but the way rollers are made is that the control cord and the brackets take up some of the total span of the blind. So for example, if you order a 100cm wide roller blind and want to install this inside the window recess, 3.5cm will be taken up by the brackets and the control chain.
This means you won’t get full coverage across your window. The way around this is to install a roller blind outside of the window recess, and order it several centimeters wider than the window, typically 5/6cm wider on each side. This will help to prevent and limit the light seepage around the edge of the blind.
Vertical blinds in the bedroom – Vertical blinds too come in a range of blackout fabrics and can be used in a bedroom window, but they struggle in a similar way to roller blinds when it comes to giving your room a fully blackout look. Vertical blinds are made up from multiple 89mm wide vanes that hang off a headrail. What happens is that light can seep through between the top of the vanes and the underside of the headrail. Whilst this won’t be much, between that and the gaps at the edge of the blind, and possible seepage between the vanes where they touch, can cause light ingress into your room.
But wait, aren’t wooden blinds popular too?
Wooden blinds in a bedroom window – There’s no denying that wooden blinds are super popular in windows at the moment, but they suffer the same issues as a vertical blind – just horizontally. So although each wooden slat is fully blackout (it’s wood after all) the points where the slats touch and at the very edge of the blind, light can seep through. We’re not saying don’t use them, but just something to be aware of. With wooden blinds we would recommend installing them inside the window recess so that you have the smallest gap possible on each side to reduce the amount of light ingress into the room.
What blinds should you install into a bathroom window?
Bathrooms are a little bit trickier as there are a few things to take into consideration, like how humid the room gets, what the ventilation is like and how close the window and blind will be to the shower or bath.
Blinds that are moisture resistant – this is the best place to start, with any of our moisture resistant blinds you can install these into a bathroom safe in the knowledge that these won’t get damaged by the humidity in the air, but are not fully waterproof. In this range are roller blinds, vertical blinds, faux wooden blinds and aluminium venetian blinds.
Waterproof blinds for a bathroom – Now, if your window is next to the shower or is in a position that means that a blind installed here is going to get wet, then you’ll need to consider a waterproof blind. There isn’t much to say about waterproof blinds, they kind of do what they say in the name – but you do have the option of roller blinds, vertical blinds and faux wooden blinds.
Now be aware that with these blinds there will be some metal components that could wear over time and with excessive water on those parts. If the top of the window is getting wet from the shower then we wouldn’t suggest installing a blind in there, but If it’s only the bottom part of the window, then something like a roller blind would be the best. Whilst the blinds are waterproof, you’ll still need to take care of them to prevent mould build up, so just simple things like cleaning it once a week or so will help to keep the blind looking its best and give you maximum usage from it.
What blinds should you install into a kitchen window?
Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in your home, especially if you’ve got a kitchen diner type home – you entertain, cook, eat, chat, drink in this area more often than anywhere else in your home. So with this in mind putting a little more effort and style into your window here can make the difference between your room looking a little drab, or looking amazing. Now, we’re into able to say what the exact blind is you should install, but simply guide you through the options below.
Blinds to dress your window with – If your kitchen window backs onto your garden without being overlooked then you probably don’t need a blind for privacy but instead more for show and to dress the window. For this we recommend two styles, one would be a Roman blind as they are a soft material in the window and do a great job of dressing the top of the window if kept raised. Or you can also choose a wooden venetian blind as these are super popular at the moment and can be left semi-raised in the window with the slats angled as needed to let the light in or to shade your room.
Blinds for privacy and light control – If your window doesn’t look straight onto your garden, or you need a blind to block the light or give you privacy, then you have a range of blinds to choose from.
Roller blinds in the kitchen window – Roller blinds are a staple blind of most people’s homes as they are just so versatile in terms of colours, patterns and being either a dimout or blackout fabric. What this means is that you can use almost any roller blind in your kitchen window – all you need to do is choose the colour or pattern to match. In a kitchen we would say that a blackout fabric is a bit overkill – unless you’re south facing – in which case you might want to be able to fully block the sun from entering the room. But otherwise we have a great range of patters and colours to choose from to help compliment your kitchen colour perfectly.
Aluminium blinds in the kitchen window – The beauty of aluminium venetian blinds is that you have way more flexibility with them than you do with a roller or Roman blind. With aluminium venetian blinds you can leave them down, and then simply angle the slats to allow light in and see out, or angle them up to block the direct sunlight and give yourself privacy.
Vertical blinds in the kitchen window – With our vertical blinds you can choose from a range of colours, and choose them as either a dimout or a blackout fabric. The beauty of these blinds is that you can keep them pulled across your window, and then spin the vanes to let more light in and see out, or angle then to give yourself the privacy you need, but also to give your room shade.
What blinds to put in your living room windows?
Living rooms are a very personal room that reflects your household's personality, some are neat, tidy and uniform, others are a form of organised mess. But whatever style you have, you’ll need a blind to compliment the room and who you are. As most houses in the UK have some form of bay window (most before 1980 anyway), we should devote some time to these windows for you.
What blinds to put in a bay window?
You only need to have a quick walk around your neighborhood to see what everyone else is doing. And most of the current windows will probably have white wooden blinds in the windows. This is for a few reasons, 1. They are super stylish and make a house look great from the inside and outside. 2, they’ll give you great light control as mention earlier, all you need to do is spin the slats and angle them to give yourself privacy and control over the light.
Depending on the type of bay window you have will limit the blind you can have in there, for example very thin windows under 40cm wide can’t have Roman blinds on them, but could have wooden, roller or aluminium blinds on them. The best thing to do in this case is follow our measuring guide for Bay Windows and from there work out the blind you want in the window. You’ll need to make sure you account for any handles or obstructions, but our in-depth guide will help you get the perfect measurements in your window.
Roller blinds in a living room window – Roller blinds are not only practical, but they are a staple of most peoples homes. Roller blinds are great as they come in a huge range of colours and patterns, dimout and blackout, but also can be made to a maximum width of 340cm. That’s wide enough to cover even the widest front window. There is also a cost factor in that roller blinds and vertical blinds are some of the most affordable ways to cover larger windows. We would recommend choosing a dimout blind for your living room window, unless you’re south facing, in which case you might want to have a look at a blackout option to help prevent any glare on your TV in the late summer evenings.
Roman blinds in a living room window – Roman blinds are a great substitute to curtains as they are still a soft furnishing in the window but are more practical as you can raise and lower them to a height that works for you. With curtains you’re very much stuck with them open or closed as they go from left to right. With a blind you can gradually lower it during the day to shade your room from direct sunlight. Roman blinds come in a range of patterns and plain colours so you can pair the perfect set in with the rest of your décor.
Wooden blinds in a living room window – Wooden blinds are reigning supreme at the moment, not only are they right on trend at the moment in the ever interesting window covering industry, but they are very practical as you can angle the slats to let the light in, or to block it out. As mentioned in the bay window section earlier, these are a type of blind that you can see on almost every street in the country and are a way to make your home look better from inside and out.
Vertical blinds in a living room window – If you choose to install a vertical blind in your living room window, not only will you be able to cover a window that is up to 5m wide (very, very rare for a living room window) but you’ll be able to have them in either a dimout or blackout fabric. With a range of colours to choose from too – you’ll be able to find the perfect shade to match in with your décor. Like the roller blinds, if you’re looking to install in a south facing window, then you might want to consider having a blackout fabric there to help stop the sunlight glaring on your TV.
What blinds to put in your conservatory, French doors, patio doors or bifold doors?
If there was an award for trickiest room in the house to cover, conservatories would win hands down. This is mainly because they’re not just one or two windows, more like 20 on average. That’s a lot of glass to cover, regardless of what blind you choose. Also, you’ll want something sympathetic to the conservatory that you’ve just built. But what are your options?
Make My Blinds Conservatory blinds – Lucky enough we have a whole section dedicated to our conservatory blinds. We have two options to choose from, our EcoFit blinds and Perfect Fit blinds. Each are specifically built to work on UPVC windows, so these cover French Doors, Patio doors, some Bifold doors and most importantly conservatories.
What are EcoFit blinds? – EcoFit blinds are a type of blind that clips directly onto the glass. Through some specially designed brackets that push into the space between the rubber beading and the glass at the top and bottom of the pane, these blinds then run on tensioned cords in a way that let you have the blind at any height in the window. There are a range of fabrics too that can be used on this componentry, we have a single pleated fabric, a dimout honeycomb fabric and a blackout honeycomb fabric. Each of these have their pros and cons. But these blinds can be installed without using a drill or screwdriver, which is pretty fancy.
With the single pleated fabric, you have a wider choice of colours to choose from, but unlike the honeycomb fabrics they won’t help to trap heat in your room. If you choose a dimout honeycomb fabric they will trap heat in during the winter and help to keep the room at a more constant temperature in the summer. If you choose the blackout honeycomb blinds, they have an aluminium lining inside that helps to trap more air inside them, giving the blind a thermal property.
What are Perfect Fit Blinds? – Perfect Fit blinds are a unique type of blind in that they are made up of two parts, the first is the aluminium venetian blind, which is then housed inside a custom-built frame. These blinds won’t require any drilling to install, instead, the brackets slide into the space between the glass and the rubber beading, and from there the frame with the aluminium blind clips onto the brackets. Now you can raise and lower and angle the blind as you want. Perfect Fit blinds are great on UPVC windows, so these cover French Doors, Patio doors, Bifold doors and conservatories.
So there you have it, hopefully, the most informative blog about what blinds are best for your window, but as always, if you want to read up and learn more we have dedicated blogs to each blind type that will go into much more detail about that blind. Or if you want to talk to an expert, please use our live chat, or give us a call on 0800 368 8441 and we will be more than happy to help.