Deciding on the perfect blinds

Blinds bring a clean, modern look to any room. Easy to fit and even easier to care for, they can be used individually or to complement curtains.

We've detailed all you need to know about selecting the right blinds for your home. From choosing the style and picking the materials to handy measuring tips - all you need to make sure you get the most from your blinds.

Choosing the right blind for your room

Blinds are incredibly versatile and can provide attractive window furnishing for any room in the house. They are ideal in rooms with a more practical use such as kitchens, bathrooms or home offices; in addition to offering total blackout benefits for bedrooms and stylish sophistication in a lounge.

When deciding what type of blind to choose it's worth considering which room it's for. Take a look at our blind guide below, to make sure you have the right match for your room.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds are practical, durable and great value for money. Our roller blinds are made of long-lasting specially-treated fabrics that are easy to wipe down and keep clean, making them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.

Roller blinds

Blackout roller blinds

Blackout roller blinds are made from thick fabric that stops light from entering a room.

Blackout roller blinds

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds offer a unique look. They consist of horizontal slats that can lowered, raised, or most importantly tilted - giving great control over the amount of light that comes into your room. We stock both wooden and aluminium Venetian blinds, so you can decide if a traditional or modern style is most suitable.

Venetian blinds

Bamboo blinds

For great value, look no further than our range of bamboo roll-up blinds, with automatic cord lock. They offer an easy to use and easy to maintain solution that's especially effective with smaller windows.

Bamboo blinds

Roman blinds

Roman blinds consist of soft folds when raised, which remain straight when lowered. They are operated by a cord mechanism attached to either slats or dowel rods sown into the lining. Roman blinds are great for achieving a sophisticated, contemporary look and are available in both fabric and bamboo - allowing for trimming, if required. All of our blinds come complete with fittings and instructions to ensure easy installation.

Roman blinds

Vertical blinds

Why not design your own blinds to create an individual, contemporary look? Vertical blinds consist of vertical slats that can be twisted via rods on either side of the blinds, to vary the amount of light you choose to have in your room. You can also recreate the 'curtain look' by using cords to tie the blinds back to each side of the window.

Argos stocks an extensive range of mix 'n' match vertical blinds in a choice of 10 individual designs. Selecting the right vertical blinds for your room couldn't be easier, just follow these two simple steps.

  • Firstly measure the width of your window - choose the headrail that you will attach your blind to. We stock a full range of headrails for windows measuring 2ft to 8ft wide.
  • Secondly choose your style of slat - we stock different types of slats in a variety of lengths and finishes to off-set the furnishings in any room. Lengths can be easily trimmed to fit any size of window, guaranteeing a great made-to-measure appearance.

How to measure and fit your blinds

Follow our step by step instructions to ensure you take the right measurements for your blinds.

Tip: Use a metal tape measure for better accuracy as plastic tape measures can stretch.

Firstly, decide whether you want your blinds to sit inside or outside the window recess.

Choose inside the recess if :

You want the blinds to give a neater, tailored look. But remember, it's very important to ensure the recess is deep enough for the blind to fit in the gap.

Choose outside the recess if :

You want your window to appear larger. Choosing to fit your blind outside the recess is generally an easier option and is ideal when your window isn't square, or too shallow for a recessed fitting.

Measuring inside a recess

Make sure to take note of any obstructions that may stop the blind from being lowered correctly, such as dado railings and tiling. You will need to take any obstructions into account to ensure a perfect fit for your blind

Make sure to take at least 3 measurements - and use the narrowest for the width and the shortest for the length, or drop. It's very important to measure at different points as not all windows are straight.

Measuring inside a recess

Measuring outside a recess

Decide how far on each side of the window you would like the blind to overlap. We recommend at least 10cm on all sides. This prevents light filtering through and also accounts for the operating mechanism.

Always make a note of any obstructions that may get in the way of the blind hanging properly - such as radiators, door knobs and dead bolts.

Measuring outside a recess

Trimming your blinds to size

Some of our blinds such as our bamboo roll-up, roller blinds and vertical blinds can be trimmed to size - making sure they are the perfect fit for your window. Make sure you check that the type of blind you select is suitable for trimming prior to purchase

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