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Blind types explained

Not quite sure you know your Verticals from your Venetians? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Our handy guide will help you get to grips with the different types, and figure out what’s best to get your windows looking tip top.

Types of blinds

There are a number of blinds to choose from. They are:

  1. Vertical blinds
  2. Roman blinds
  3. Roller blinds
  4. Venetian blinds
  5. Wooden blinds
  6. Fauxwood blinds
  7. Pleated blinds
  8. Perfect Fit blinds
  9. Skylight blinds
  10. We also sell shutters

Jargon buster

Before we get started, here are some phrases that might be useful:

Cleat

Cleat: A plastic hook which Roman blind cords hook around

Louvres

Louvres or slats: Individual pieces of fabric or wood which are tilted for light and privacy control

Wand

Wand: Long and thin plastic device used to tilt or close blinds

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds

What is it?: Vertical lengths of fabric, tilted for light and privacy control.

Great for: All rooms.

Cleaning: Wipe clean, vacuum with the upholstery attachment or machine wash depending on the fabric. Contact our customer services team if in doubt.

How it works: Sidewinder and cord, or wand used to tilt and pull back blinds.

What else?: You can choose from two louvre widths: 89mm, with selected styles available in 127mm.

Wherever you want to use yours, we’ve a style for that. Choose from a wide range of special finishes available, including wipe-clean, PVC, Teflon and fire retardant (so we’ve got kitchens and bathrooms sorted).

Privacy and light control is wrapped up too. Select your favs from sheer, dim-out and glare reduction fabrics.

Roman blinds

Roman blinds

What is it?: Soft folds of fabric which waterfall when pulled up.

Great for: Bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms, or anywhere you’d like a more luxurious look.

Cleaning: Vacuum with the upholstery attachment, or dry-clean depending on the fabric. Contact our customer services team if in doubt.

How it works: Standard headrail uses a cord to lower and lift, which wraps around a cleat to secure. Deluxe headrails have a sidewinder chain.

What else?: Cosy Roman blinds are great for rooms which have a tendency to feel chilly.

Our Roman blinds are luxurious as standard. They’re all fully-lined, with blackout linings available across the range.

Customise your blind with a choice of white or metallic chains.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds

What is it?: Fabric wraps neatly around a tube at the top of the window.

Great for: All rooms.

Cleaning: Wipe clean with a dry cloth, or wet cloth for water-resistant options.

How it works: Sidewinder to lift and lower, as well as a cordless option.

What else?: Customise your blind with a pull, braid, pole, shaped hem or eyelets.

Velux® or roof windows? We’ve blackout and skylight roof options available.

We’ve got every room covered with our range of special coatings. Choose from wipe-clean, fire retardant, Teflon and PVC finishes.

Get creative with a choice of white or metallic chains, or go cordless if you prefer.

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds

What is it?: Metal horizontal slats which tilt to control light and privacy.

Great for: All rooms.

Cleaning: Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

How it works: Tilt rod to adjust louvres for light and privacy. Cord to lift and lower.

What else?: Stop peeping eyes with the horizontal slats.

Choose a Perfect Fit frame for a sleek finish.

Selected styles are available in 15mm and 35mm sizes, with all available in 25mm.

Wooden blinds

Wooden blinds

What is it?: Wooden horizontal slats which tilt to control light and privacy

Great for: Bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.

Cleaning: Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

How it works: Cords to lift, lower and tilt slats.

What else?: Keep peeping eyes out in overlooked rooms.

Customise your look with a choice of four slat widths: 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 63mm.

Make things super sleek with contrasting and coordinating tape instead of cords.

Fauxwood blinds

Fauxwood blinds

What is it?: Wooden effect horizontal slats which tilt to control light and privacy.

Great for: All rooms.

Cleaning: Wipe clean with a dry or damp cloth.

How it works: Cord to lift, lower and tilt slats.

What else?: A fantastic wipe-clean finish makes them perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.

Fauxwood blinds are a practical choice, with all the style of real wood.

Customise your blind with a choice slat widths: 38mm, 50mm and 63mm.

Coordinating tape instead of cords available across Innovations range.

Pleated blinds

Pleated blinds

What is it?: Concertina or honeycomb folds of fabric.

Great for: All rooms.

Cleaning: Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

How it works: Cord to lift and lower, or tab if opting for Perfect Fit.

What else?: Our EcoPleat range helps to keep spaces a comfy temperature all year round.

Also available in a Perfect Fit frame for a neat finish at uPVC windows.

Choose from our clever fabrics – blackout, wipe-clean and sheer options available. .

Perfect fit blinds

Perfect Fit blinds

What is it?: Blinds in a discreet frame that clips between the beading and glazing of uPVC windows.

Great for: All rooms.

Cleaning: Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

How it works: Tab operation inside a discreet frame.

What else?: Fits each window pane perfectly, becoming an integral part of the window.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the pick of our Venetian and Pleated blinds.

No need for drilling – device simply clips into your uPVC window frames.

These nifty blinds can be made to fit even small windows, and they can be operated even with windows open.

Skylight blinds

Velux blinds

What is it?: Single layer of fabric which fits within a frame.

Great for: Velux® and other brands of skylight windows.

Cleaning: Wipe clean with a dry cloth, or damp cloth for some styles.

How it works: Tab operation inside a discreet frame.

What else?:  This Roller blind style perfect for any Skylight window.

Both Web-Blinds and Velux® styles available.

Get snoozing in peace with our blackout options.

Keep mess at bay with wipe-clean options ideal for kids’ rooms and kitchens and bathrooms.

Shutters

Shutters

What is it?: Wood or craftwood louvred panels which sit within a frame.

Great for: Any room

Cleaning: Wipe clean with a dry cloth, or damp cloth for waterproof styles.

How it works: Tilt the louvres with a tilt rod or the slats themselves with a hidden tilt rod.

What else?:  Super luxurious styles that stand the test of time.

Make it totally you: wood stain and painted styles available.

Go café style with half-height shutters for the ultimate in privacy.

When you order shutters from us, our customer service team will call you back to make sure everything’s in check.