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How to Remove Perfect Fit Blinds?

Your quick and simple guide to removing perfect fit blinds.

Wondering how you remove the Perfect Fit style of blinds from your home or commercial property? We are here to help. Simply follow the instructions below and you can strip back to bare windows in no time.

A Little About Perfect Fit Blinds from Paul James Blinds

Here at Paul James Blinds, we aim to be your end-to-end blind and shutters specialists. We provide excellent quality blinds solutions for your home. office, or property, so we know a thing or two about installation and removal of blinds. As an expert fitting service with years of experience, we are perfectly placed to advise you on safe removal of your perfect fit blinds.

Perfect Fit blinds are made to measure and fit fast to your windows. This makes them one of the hardest types of blinds to remove. Here’s how you can remove them at home, on your own. Remember, you can always call us on 0800 030 6038, should you need a helping hand. You can also book a free home visit to find out if you want blinds of your own.

How to Remove Your Perfect Fit blinds?

Perfect fit can come in different styles. You might have a pleated perfect fit, or a Venetian style one. Whatever type of blind you go for, it will always be made to measure, ideally fitted to your window to within a hair’s breadth.

To remove your Perfect Fit blind, you may need a screwdriver. You may not. First, make sure your blind is in the fully open position. Next, locate the top corners. If there is room, try to grip the blind on either side and pull firmly downwards on one corner at a time. If this isn’t enough to bring the framing away from the blind, you can slide a screwdriver into the space and leverage the corners out.

Once both top corners are free, the rest of the frame for your Perfect Fit blind should follow. If you try to do both of the top corners at once it may not work. If you don’t pull firmly enough, the bracket might not release the frame of your blind and again, it won’t come free. Be sure to work each corner individually and be firm.

Why Perfect Fit Blinds are Ideal for Your Home?

As you can see, Perfect Fit blinds are simple to remove. This means that they are easy to pop out and clean, then pop back into the brackets. You should clean your blinds with a soft cloth and hot soapy water. You may wish to use a fabric refresher/cleaner to clean a fabric perfect fit blind.

The Perfect Fit blind is ideal for blocking out as much or as little light as you want. It can be fully black-out, or it can be kept open for a brighter room. It is ideal for children and animals because there are no bottom strings for them to tangle. The ease of cleaning combined with the effortless installation process of our expert team, means Perfect Fit blinds are a firm favorite with clients, time and time again.

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Benefits of Automated Electric Blinds During Winter

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There are many benefits to automated blinds, whether you’re looking to retain heat, keep prying eyes out of your home or raise and lower your blinds without having to lift a finger, electric blinds are an ideal window dressing solution. They’re especially convenient in the winter; with a drop in temperature and a considerable rise in heating bills, you can stay warm and save money with the installation of automated blinds. With many colours, patterns and styles available, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Paul James Blinds.

Keep the chill out and let the heat in

Automated blinds can be preset to operate throughout the day, even when you aren’t home, therefore maximising natural warming properties as a result of any sunshine which will then be retained by the lowering of the blinds in the evening. It can also help to retain the heat which has been generated by your central heating, particularly as the temperature begins to fall. This feature is not only useful for keeping the house warm, but it can also help if privacy is of major concern to you.

Maintain privacy and security

When our homes are lit up during the course of the night, it can be easier to see in from the outside, leaving you vulnerable to nosy passersby. However, you needn’t worry about that with the installation of automated blinds. As well as having a choice between many beautiful colours, styles and patterns, you’ll be able to raise and lower your blinds without having to get up off the sofa or out of your bed.

Save money and energy

Around 50% of the heat produced within the home is lost through our windows, particularly if they’re poorly insulated. To prevent this, have a set of automated blinds installed to help retain heat and keep the cold out when you need it most. This will ultimately mean that you’ll use less energy in an attempt to keep the house warm, subsequently saving you money.

Ability to cover hard to reach windows

Conservatories and skylights are brilliant for letting copious amount of daylight and sunshine into our homes, particularly in the summer. However, a conservatory can get extremely cold during the winter, especially if it has a tiled floor. The best way to battle this is to add blinds to your conservatory windows, including the roof. It can be difficult to manually operate roof or skylight blinds, so to make things easier and more convenient for you, opt for automated blinds instead.

You’ll be able to raise and lower your blinds, keeping the heat in and the cold out, all without having to get up from your seat. With a range of colours, styles and patterns to choose from, we’ll be able to provide you with a beautiful set of automated blinds to perfectly suit your needs and your home.

As well as conservatories and skylights, automated blinds can be fitted to other hard to reach windows throughout your home, so you’ll be able to achieve privacy, temperature and full light control at the push of a button.

Here at Paul James Blinds, we have a variety of window dressing solutions available. As well as modern, high-quality automated blinds, we’re also able to offer roller blinds, Roman blinds and Venetian blinds, all of which can also help to retain warmth throughout your home. For more information about our range of stylish blinds or shutters, get in touch with a member of our friendly, professional team today – we’re always happy to help. 

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Best Blinds for the Winter Season

With winter just around the corner, it’s important to keep your home warm and cosy, but that doesn’t just mean turning the heating on. In fact, you’ll be able to save money on your energy bills by investing in a brand new set of blinds to help keep the cold out and the warmth in. But choosing a set of blinds that can prevent heat from escaping can prove to be quite the task, but fear not because Paul James Blinds are on hand to help with choosing the best blinds for the winter season. We believe that the following blinds will help to keep your home toasty this winter when expertly installed by one of our team.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds are incredibly versatile. Available in a range of different colours, patterns and materials, roller blinds are perfect for injecting contemporary style into your home. Ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories, roller blinds provide a simple, yet sophisticated window dressing solution to perfectly complement your home and personality.

Our roller blinds are also available in blackout and Perfect Fit options, making them ideal for use on skylight windows, especially as it begins to get darker earlier. Perfect Fit roller blinds will help to keep the room warm and prevent heat from escaping through the windows. It also optimises privacy control, something which is paramount for many people who are looking to have blinds installed. With a magnificent level of light control, too, roller blinds can be enjoyed all year round.

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Roman blinds

Here at Paul James Blinds, we have a team of highly-dedicated, talented designers who will be able to help you choose a set of Roman blinds that are right for you. With a soft concertina effect when raised, and a smooth layer of high-quality fabric when lowered, Roman blinds are incredibly versatile, making them perfect for any room within your home.

Roman blinds are designed and manufactured with exceptionally thick material, helping to keep the cold out and the heat in. Not only are they conveniently practical, but they’re incredibly stylish, injecting elegance and sophistication wherever you decide to hang them – unrivalled by other blinds.
They’re an ideal alternative to traditional curtains, so if you’d like a change this winter, then opt for a set of Roman blinds. As well as retaining warmth, they offer impressive light and privacy control when required, especially as the days become shorter. Keep your home toasty this winter with a quality set of Roman blinds.

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Blackout blinds

We supply made to measure blackout blinds available in a range of different colours, styles and fabrics to suit every room in your home. From neutral, classic shades to bright, vibrant tones, we’re guaranteed to provide you with a set of blackout blinds which are right for you.

Blackout blinds are perfect for optimum light and privacy control, making them ideal for placement in children’s bedrooms, playrooms, or top-floor rooms where skylight windows are located. They’re also available as Perfect Fit blinds, ensuring they remain flush to your windows to prevent heat from escaping.

Blackout blinds can also aid in noise reduction, so if you live next to a busy road or a public place and wish to dull out unwelcome sounds, then blackout blinds could be the window dressing solution for you. With blackout blinds, you’ll also benefit from optimum light and privacy control, as well as enjoy a warm, cosy house throughout the winter months.

Here at Paul James Blinds, we’re dedicated to providing customers with an extensive range of high-quality blinds that can help to keep your home warm this winter. If you live in Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree, Bury St Edmunds or the surrounding areas, and are on the lookout for a set of brand new, stylish blinds to help keep your home toasty over the colder months, get in touch with us today – we’re more than happy to help.

The Best Blinds for Hayfever Sufferers

The Best Blinds for Hayfever Sufferers

On average, 1 in 4 people in the UK suffers from some form of hayfever. Hayfever – or allergic rhinitis to give it the more technical name – is the inflammation within the nasal passage triggered by allergens, usually pollen. 

Pollen is in the air for a large part of the year, usually March through to October, with spikes in severity throughout summer. It can be difficult to totally eradicate the symptoms – especially when outdoors – but there is a way that your blinds can help with reducing the impact of pollen within your household.

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Which blinds help with hayfever?

Louvolite, having been producing blinds since the 1960s, have now developed a special type of treated fabric which helps to tackle hayfever as well as dust mites. They call the material Pollergen, which has been designed by their very own chemists, following on their tradition of innovation within the company. 

Aside from this, having normal blinds won’t necessarily help to prevent pollen and other allergens getting into the house, but the shade and cooling impact of a blind can be something of a relief for anyone suffering from the symptoms of hayfever.

 

How do Pollergen blinds work?

Easily distributed through the air due to their microscopic, lightweight nature, pollen can often enter your home through your windows – even when they’re not open all the way.

Developed specially by Louvolite, Pollergen blinds are treated with a chemical which captures pollen and dust when it lands on the surface of the material. This means that up to half the allergens coming into your room can be captured and neutralised. The neutralisation of pollen on the fabric means that even if the blinds are rustled or jostled, the microscopic particles released won’t impact anyone who suffers from hayfever.

Pollergen blinds by Louvolite even have the seal of approval from the British Allergy Foundation, giving you peace of mind that they really are one of the best options out there for anyone suffering from hayfever. While they don’t promise total relief from hayfever, they’re a powerful defence against the particles which trigger the allergic reaction.

 

Can I clean Pollergen blinds?

You can clean Pollergen blinds in much the same way as ordinary blinds, using a lightly damp cloth to wipe the surface of the blind. Don’t worry about the treatment on the material, it will naturally come to the surface of the blind to provide the same constant protection from allergens.

Coming in a variety of styles and colours, you don’t have to compromise on your decor in order to tackle allergens in your home. To find out more about the Louvolite Pollergen range, look no further than Paul James Blinds. Our team are dedicated to helping you find the right blinds for your needs and can provide them in a range of styles and fabrics. We’re trusted blinds suppliers and installers with over 8 years of experience and serve Sudbury, Colchester and beyond

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What are the Best Blinds for Bifold Doors?

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.

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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.

 

 

What Blinds Are Best to Use in a Bathroom?

What Blinds Are Best to Use in a Bathroom?

Bathrooms are a unique area of the home where both hygiene and relaxation must come under consideration when making interior design choices. The truth is, blinds for bathrooms should possess some specific qualities for cleanliness and privacy reasons, whilst also contributing towards an atmosphere of tranquility. In this article, we’ll outline what blinds are best to use in a bathroom, and how to balance practicality with style when making your choice.

What Blinds Are Best to Use in a Bathroom?

4 best types of blinds for your bathroom

 

Why are these the best types of blinds for your bathroom?

  • Roller blinds: Heavy, thick fabrics are unsuited for a bathroom, as they are difficult to clean and vulnerable to mould. Roller blinds are created from more lightweight materials that are easier to clean and maintain. Also, most roller blinds are actually moisture-resistant, making them ideal for a bathroom setting. They also offer full coverage, and therefore fantastic privacy to what is arguably the most private room of any home, and with such a wide selection of colours and patterns on offer, you have the freedom of choosing a blind that will perfectly enhance your bathroom’s ambiance.
  • Venetian blinds: Privacy is of paramount importance in a bathroom, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on style or lose out on natural light to achieve this. The slatted design of Venetian blinds allows you accomplish a subtle balance between light filtration and privacy through careful adjustment of the slats. Not only that, but Venetian blinds boast a timeless elegance that makes them a beautiful addition to any room of the house.
  • Aluminium, uPVC blinds and shutters: Wood is not a suitable material for the moisture-rich environment of a bathroom, which can cause wood to warp and become misshapen. uPVC is cheaper alternative that boasts a waterproof quality that makes them ideal for a bathroom space. Aluminium is also another strong candidate, and has the additional benefit of being resistant to rusting. Both uPVC and aluminium are very simple to clean and maintain, and still manage to preserve their shape and attractiveness in this humid environment.
  • Faux-wooden blinds and shutters: If your heart is still set on the rustic appearance of wooden blinds or shutters, there’s a waterproof solution available that comes in the form of fauxwood. Made from PVC, and decorated to mimic the appearance of wood, this material is simple to clean and resistant to moisture damage, whilst still giving your bathroom the natural, organic look you’re searching for.

 

For a wide range of bathroom blinds and shutters, look no further than Paul James Blinds. We craft and supply a huge range of bespoke blinds and shutters, tailoring the style and fit to your exact requirements and personal taste in decor. Our technicians offer free home visits and measuring services, operating across the areas of Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree, and Bury St Edmunds. Get in touch today to chat to our friendly team.

 

 

 

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What Makes A Good Blinds and Shutter Fitter? [Infographic]

 

 

Blinds Fitter Skills Required

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Not everybody can make it as a blinds and shutter fitter. If you’re keen to enter this growing industry, you’ll need some specific qualities and skills to make you stand out from the fray.

Skills required to be a great blinds and shutter fitter are: 

  • Precise
  • Friendly
  • Driving licence
  • Works well independently
  • Carpentry Skills
  • Design skills
  • Good Knowledge of Materials
  • Technical
  • Good communication
  • Team player
  • Experience with power tools
  • Flexible
  • Trustworthy
  • Reliable
  • Tidy working practices
  • Good time management
  • Fit
  • Cares about people
  • Respectful

As more people discover the excellent benefits of blinds and shutters, the demand for skilled fitters is growing. Whether you’ve been a blinds fitter for years, or are just about to step onto the career ladder, this area of work requires a few key traits to ensure you deliver excellent customer service and high quality products every time.

So, what skills do you need to become a professional blinds and shutter fitter and why?

Technical Skill: A major part of your role will be creating bespoke, made-to-measure products. Crafting blinds and shutters to exact customer requirements takes a level of technical skill, so experience in a similar role or industry will be beneficial e.g. carpentry, design. Certain types of blind and shutter fitting require either a higher level of skill, or a specific type of skill. For example, installing plantation or wooden shutters requires carpentry skills, specialist tools, and lots of patience.

Friendliness: This seems like an obvious one, but its importance cannot be stressed enough. For the short time you are inside a customer’s home, you will be the face of the business. How you interact with the customer will therefore reflect upon your company and its future. Everyone feels a little nervous inviting strangers into their home, and that’s why a friendly, approachable manner goes a long way to put the customer at ease. Don’t overdo the chumminess, however; ultimately you’re providing a service, so ensure your professionalism shines through as well.

Knowledgeable: Expect to be asked your specialist opinion on anything from the right style of blinds for a room, to the properties of various materials, to the motorisation options available. Customers will anticipate a high level of knowledge from you, and whilst you may not know the answers to everything, be as prepared as you possibly can.

Communication and Teamwork: To avoid delays or miscommunications, make sure you keep everyone updated on a project’s progress, including the both the customer and the team members back at the store.

Driving License: If you work for a blinds company that covers a lot of ground, such as Paul James Blinds, you’ll need a full driving license to get around. Most customer service is conducted inside the client’s home, so the ability to travel is essential.

Good Time Management: Time is of the essence when it comes to customer service, and your punctuality will contribute to the overall impression a customer has of you and the business you work for. While shoddy jobs are not encouraged, you should still be working with efficiency to ensure you don’t eat into the next customer’s time.

Experience with Power Tools: Whether you’ve dabbled in DIY, or are a power tool professional, any experience at handling power tools is important to fulfil your role effectively.

Confident and Independent Working: Occasionally, depending on the level you enter a role at, you may be given a working partner to show you the ropes. Other times, you will be expected to pay measuring and installation visits on your own. It’s these occasions when you will need to take a confident and independent approach to your work, using your initiative more often and with assurance.

Trustworthy and Reliable: The key to repeat business is the customer feeling totally reassured by you and your service. For this, you will need to display that you can be trustworthy and reliable. These traits can be reflected by things we’ve previously discussed, such as a confident approach, good time management, technical skills, but can also be showcased by more simple things such as tidying up after yourself.

Here at Paul James Blinds, we focus on each and every client’s individual needs to create bespoke blinds and shutters. Our window dressings are fitted by a workforce of professional craftspeople, all of whom are committed to excellent customer service and producing high quality end results. For more information, simply get in touch with our specialist team today.

We cover Colchester, Chelmsford, Bury St Edmunds, Braintree, Witham, Ipswitch, Stowmarket and the surrounding areas. We have a shop in Sudbury where you are very welcome to visit us and  look at our blinds, shutters and materials.

 

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Choosing Blinds for Large Windows

Large windows can make for a light, airy and attractive home. However, when it comes to finding the right coverings or dressing for them, you can run into difficulties. Under most circumstances, windows which are on the larger size will likely require made to measure blinds and special consideration. What may be appropriate for a standard window may not be practical for large ones. Let’s take a look at some of the things you should consider when choosing blinds for a large window.

Weight

Larger windows mean that more material will be needed to cover the area and, inevitably, this results in a weightier window covering. This can make some types of blind impractical as the extra weight will put the mechanisms under too much strain. For example, the heavy swathes of fabric used in a Roman blind make them a bad choice for large windows; wooden blinds for wide windows are also a poor choice as the slats will begin to bow under their own weight.

Choose a lightweight option to ensure suitability for your large windows. Vertical blinds are a good choice and there are many choices of fabric for the slats, including translucent or opaque options. Panel blinds are also ideal for long windows, providing great shading but without excessive, weighty fabric.

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Movement

One of the most common instances of large panes of glass is in patio or bi-fold doors which are in need of covering. In these cases, it is important that you choose a blind which won’t obstruct the movement of these doors. Vertical blinds can be a good choice here as they can be retracted horizontally, allowing the slats to be completely folded back and kept out of the doorway when needed. Alternatively, perfect fit blinds are a good choice if ease of movement is a key concern as these can be fitted directly to the window frames. This means that the door can move unobstructed by the blinds, even when they are closed.  

Motorisation

For big windows, you may want to consider motorisation instead of a traditional opening mechanism. This can be particularly useful if you have tall and hard to reach windows where normal mechanisms would have to be adapted significantly under the circumstances anyway. Motorised blinds will require less effort and be easier to operate in comparison to a standard pulley or wand mechanism.

Motorisation can provide valuable security benefits too. The blinds can be programmed to close at particular times to keep out excessive sunlight or prying eyes. What’s more, it is possible for the system to be operated by an app, allowing you to close your blinds even when you’re away from home. Both these features can help give the impression that there is someone in your home and deter intruders.

Thermal control

Big windows can contribute to big temperature fluctuations in a room – such as in conservatories. The uncovered glass can cause the room to heat up excessively in the sun and lose internal heat in the winter months. To mitigate these effects, blinds with insulating properties should be sought. Honeycomb shaped blinds – such as Duette blinds – can be a great solution as their structure provides insulating air pockets which enhance thermal control.

Light control

To make the most of your large feature windows, you will want to make sure, even with blinds, that you can still harness the amount of natural light and expansive views that they allow. Blinds with rotating slats are a great option here as they allow you maximum control over the amount of light admitted into your home. What’s more, they can enhance privacy by blocking the line of sight into your home, without blocking out the admittance of daylight. Vertical blinds or lightweight Venetian blinds can both achieve this.

 

Paul James Blinds provide customers with an impressive range of high quality blinds. Our years of experience and skilled team mean that we are well-equipped to create bespoke blinds for any room or home – even for windows that are large or unusually shaped. Get in touch with our helpful team to discuss your requirements and see how we can help. We offer our high standard services throughout Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree and Bury St Edmunds.  

 

 

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What blinds are best for my child’s room?

A child’s room should be fun and stimulating so that it is somewhere they enjoy to spend time and play. When decorating the room accordingly, you will want to give due consideration to which blinds are best for children’s rooms. There are plenty of options when it comes to styles and patterns that would look lovely as children’s blinds. However, there are several points for consideration when deciding upon a blind’s suitability, which we will be looking at in this article.

Safety

When designing a child’s room, their safety should be the main concern. Some blind operating mechanisms – those that are opened via a cord or chain – can be a safety hazard for young children. Looped cords pose a strangulation risk to young children and should therefore be avoided in a child’s room.

Luckily, there are many alternatives to the common loop cord mechanism. Wand operated, hand operated or electric blinds are all perfectly safe options for a child’s room. However, if you have decided upon a cord/chain loop blind, you can improve its safety with features like loop breakers, cord tensioners or cleats. In fact, due to new safety legislation, loop cord blinds can’t be legally installed by a professional now without one of these safety features present.

Aid sleep

Every parent knows the importance of your child getting a good night’s sleep, and blinds can help achieve this. Blackout blinds will ensure your child’s room is dark and tranquil at bed time, even in those light summer months! Being in a darkened environment can help encourage sleep and signal to your child it’s time for bed. The blackout function will help in the early hours too, ensuring that light mornings don’t wake your child and prevent them from getting an uninterrupted full night’s sleep.

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Durable

Sometimes kids can be unruly and incautious and so you will need blinds which are durable enough to meet this challenge. For example, as attractive as Venetian blinds are, a slat can be easily broken or damaged and so this style is probably best avoided for your child’s room. Roller blinds are a sturdy option and come in a range of patterns and materials, with useful fabric choices being wipeable or washable.

Colours and patterns 

When it comes to choosing the pattern and colours of the blind, the range offered by a good blind retailer – such as Paul James Blinds – means you will be spoilt for choice. Seeing as the blind will be for your child’s room, why not let them help pick it? You can make it into a grown up and fun opportunity for them to help design their room. A lot of kids will jump at the chance to help make the room their own and get some input over such decisions.

 

Paul James Blinds offer an extensive choice of high quality blinds to their customers around the areas of Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree and Bury St Edmunds. Our skilled fitters can install numerous styles of blinds and shutters, creating a seamless, professional finish every time. For advice or further product information about blinds for children’s rooms from blind and shutter specialists, get in touch with our team today.

 

 

What is the difference between shutters and blinds?

What is the difference between shutters and blinds?

When choosing window coverings for your home, you may come to find that there are many more options than you initially thought. If curtains are not for you, you still have the choice between blinds or shutters. While a decision may be made primarily based upon aesthetics, there are several functional differences to consider too. In this article, we will be delving into the differences between shutters and blinds and looking at the unique characteristics of each.

Blinds

Blinds are a form of internal window covering which come in a huge variety of styles and materials. Blinds are only attached to the top of your window and hang down freely to cover the windowpane. Generally, they open vertically and are controlled by cord pulls; however, horizontally opening options are available. Blinds can be opened as much, or as little, as you wish, making them a versatile option for achieving privacy and admittance of light. Slatted blinds – such as Venetians and vertical blinds – offer the greatest control as the slats can be oriented as you wish, letting in light whilst still giving privacy.

What is the difference between shutters and blinds?

Pros:

  • Vast range of styles – e.g. Venetian, vertical, Roman, roller, pleated – and materials possible
  • Very affordable
  • Options to suit any room – e.g. blackout blinds for a bedroom, aluminium Venetians for an often steam filled bathroom
  • Variable light admittance
  • Can be fitted to unusually shaped windows
  • Take up very little space

Cons:

  • Quite susceptible to wear and tear – e.g. worn blind cords
  • Fabrics can fade over time
  • Depending on style, can require regular cleaning

Shutters

Shutters are window coverings which can be installed internally or externally on your windows – for the best comparison to blinds, we shall consider internally fixed shutters.

Shutters are a permanently fixed, precisely fitted window covering which are attached directly to the window frame. Shutters are made from sturdier, thicker materials than blinds, often wood. They operate similarly to Venetian blinds in that they are made up of horizontal slats which can be rotated, allowing good light control. The controlling mechanism for the slats is generally a rod. Shutter panels can be opened completely and will swing away horizontally from the window, like opening a door.

Pros:

  • Highly durable
  • Timeless appeal, won’t need regular updating
  • Can provide improved insulation, keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer
  • Great light control and air filtration
  • Rod operating mechanism is safer than the cord or loop option on most blinds
  • Can create total privacy when closed
  • A more unusual window covering, makes your house more individual and can even add value to your home

Cons:

  • Can be relatively expensive
  • Take up more space than blinds
  • Can block light flow more than blinds, so are best used on larger windows

 

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