What are the best blinds for conservatories?

If you want your conservatory to reach its full potential, it is important to choose the best conservatory blinds for your space. There are numerous different types of blinds to pick from, each available in different materials and styles. In part, your decision will be made based upon personal preference, but you should also keep in mind the unique features of a conservatory when deciding which blinds to get. In this article, we will consider which are the best blinds for a conservatory based on several influential factors.

Temperature control

Temperature control is a vital factor when making the decision on conservatory blinds. Due to the sheer amount of glass involved, conservatories can become heat traps in summer and big sources of heat loss in winter. Shrewdly chosen blinds can be a big help in controlling temperature within a conservatory, aiding insulation in winter and discouraging heat absorption in summer.

Best blinds: honeycomb pleated blinds are one of the best options for temperature control due to their innovative design. The air pockets formed from the honeycomb shape provide an insulating layer which helps reduce winter heat loss and summer heat absorption.

Sunlight control

Conservatories are designed to let in light and break down barriers between your home and the outdoors. A blind which can shield your interior from harsh, direct sunlight but still let in plentiful light is ideal. It is unlikely you will want blinds which unnecessarily block the windows; Roman blinds can be guilty of this and, therefore, aren’t widely chosen. Furthermore, Roman and roller blinds can be susceptible to uneven discolouration as a result of all the sunlight exposure in a conservatory.

Best blinds: vertical and Venetian blinds are the top choices for sunlight control. Both types give optimum light control due the the rotatable slats which can diffuse direct sunlight without obstructing the entrance of light into the room.

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Cost

Cost will likely play a part in the decision on which window covering is best for you. The price of blinds will vary according to how big your conservatory is and which materials you choose, regardless of blinds style.

Best blinds: the cheapest types of blind, on average, are likely roller and vertical blinds. However, bear in mind that you get what you pay for, and you will not achieve a sleek, tailored, temperature controlling, long lasting, aesthetic triumph in your conservatory with basic, off-the-shelf blinds.

Durability

Blinds can be an investment, especially if you decide to go for bespoke options, so it is important they are durable. Durable blinds won’t fade, discolour or stain easily. For this reason, roller and Roman blinds aren’t very well-suited to conservatories as they are likely to discolour in the sun; insects, which are likely in a conservatory, often get caught in them too due to their opening mechanisms, leaving stains.

Best blinds: vertical blinds and aluminium Venetians (wooden and PVC Venetians are likely to warp in all the sun exposure). Neither of these options will be affected by abundant sunlight and their mechanisms aren’t susceptible to trapping insects. Furthermore, replacement slats for both can be easily acquired in case of localised damage.

Privacy

If you live in a built up area and have a conservatory, the privacy which blinds can create will likely be an influential factor in your decision. Blinds which can impede the line of sight into your conservatory but which don’t obstruct your view out are ideal.

Best blinds: blinds with slats are the best option. Vertical and Venetian blinds will give you optimal control over the degree of privacy you wish to achieve. Completely closing the slats will keep your space private, and material choices can include blackout finishes. The option is also there to completely retract the blinds to maximise the view out and the light coming in.

Suitability

Some blinds are more well-suited to a conservatory environment than others. An aspect which can initially be overlooked is the weight of the blinds. A uPVC conservatory with large windows will not necessarily be able to accommodate every style of blind. For example, Roman blinds can be very heavy and put undue stress on the conservatory’s frame. A blinds expert will be able to advise you on what is possible for your conservatory.

Best blinds: the weight of blinds much depends on the material used and many different styles have specific lightweight options. Lightweight pleated blinds, vertical blinds and aluminium Venetians are arguably some of the best suited to the structure of conservatories.

 

Paul James Blinds offer an enormous range of high quality blinds in many different colours, styles and materials for customers across Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree and Bury St Edmunds. Our range ensures that we will be able to provide a blind to suit your taste and any room of the house. Our team of experts, along with our bespoke service, means that we are ideally placed to create tailor-made blinds which will fit perfectly and compliment your conservatory. Paul James Blinds’ specialists can provide reliable advice and free, no obligation surveys to help you make an informed decision. Contact us today for further information.