Bifold doors are growing in popularity, and are fast becoming firm favourites in many homes across the UK. But what are their benefits, and which blinds suit them best?
What is a Bifold door?
A bifold door is a type of sliding door in which the panels fold away against each other, creating an accordion-style effect. They are most commonly fitted between an interior room and a garden, and offer excellent views, great light filtration and an aesthetically-pleasing design.
What Are the Benefits of Bifold Doors?
- Ideal for conserving space
- Attractive concertina design
- Offers uninterrupted views of your outdoor space
- Provides easy access to your garden
- Lets natural light filter through into your home
Why Does a Bifold Door Need Specific Blinds?
A bifold door requires specific blinds that fit properly, and some designs will be better at achieving this than others. Bifold glass doors allow lots of lights and heat to enter an interior space, and whilst often this is a beneficial feature, it can also lead to glare and overheating if not properly managed. For the purpose of effective light and temperature control, it’s advisable to treat the glass panels to some made-to-measure blinds – for the sake of both your comfort and energy bills.
What Blinds Are Most Suitable for Bifold Doors?
- Roller Blinds: This style offers a simple design that will not detract from the impressive appearance of the doors themselves. Straightforward, easy to use, and available in a range of colours and styles; all of these benefits make roller blinds a superb and practical choice for your bifold doors.
- Roman Blinds: Fitting each glass panel with a Roman blind will grace your bifold doors with a soft, elegant appearance. This is due to the gentle, folding of the blinds material, which will in turn complement the folding look of the doors themselves. But be aware that this style will require a little extra room at the top of the door to fold up.
- Venetian Blinds: This timeless classic is recognised by its slatted design, which allows users to carefully control heat and light levels by adjusting the slats to open, partially open, and closed. Bifold doors have a large surface area of glass, and therefore perfectly suited to this high level of control. However, do bear in mind that Venetian blinds are slightly more time consuming to clean, and may require more room to open and close compared to other more slim-line styles.
- Remote/Motorised Blinds: For total convenience, nothing can beat motorised blinds. With one push of a button, homeowners are able to control the movement of their blinds with total ease. And because bifold doors are often comprised of many individual blinds, a remote control will prove to be a huge timesaver.
- Perfect Fit Blinds: If you want to keep your bifold doors pristine and free from drill-holes, perfect fit blinds are the answer. This design sits perfectly in the door frame and close to the glass, thus eliminating the need for drilling and making it a no-mess operation. And due to the close-fit design and the lack of gapping, your furniture will experience no vulnerability to UV rays entering when closed.
If you’re looking for bespoke blinds in any style, colour, design or material, look no further than Paul James Blinds. Established for over 8 years, we have built a firm reputation as trusted blinds suppliers and installers, which is largely owed to our huge range of options and our high standards of customer service. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for advice or to arrange a free home visit – we serve the areas of Sudbury, Colchester and beyond.