Choosing the best blinds for your home
Our guide is here to shed a little light on all things blinds, from types to room options and installation.
With clean lines and compact styling, blinds make for a modern and versatile alternative to curtains. They are easy to install, can be cut to size and are ideal for providing light control and privacy in rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms.
Types of blinds
Choosing your blinds
Shop by blind material
Measuring for blinds
How to measure for blinds
Once you've decided if your blinds will sit inside or outside your window recess, follow the steps below to find your perfect fit, or watch this simple step-by-step video.
Measuring inside the recess
Measure a few different points of the recess - the best places would be either the end and in the middle. The smallest measurement is the one you should use (do this for both width and length). If you're measuring for roller or venetian blinds, reduce width by 1cm, and for vertical blinds, reduce length by 1cm.
Measuring outside the recess
Follow the same steps as you would measuring the inside of a recess but just take the measurements from the outside edge instead. You should add a few centimetres on the width measurement to give you a good amount of overlap with the wall to prevent unwanted light coming in.
Measuring windows without a recess
Measure the length and width of your window. We recommend that you again add a few centimetres on the width measurement to ensure good coverage (10cm is ideal). If you're installing a roller blind, you should also factor in a couple of centimetres on the width for the operating mechanism.
Over time, blinds can accumulate dust and dirt, so it's a good idea to clean them every few months to keep them looking good.
Here are some top tips to help you take care of your blinds.
- If your blinds get dusty, use the brush attachment on a vacuum to lightly clean the top of each slat.
- For blinds that have a lot of dirt and dust build-up, simply run a damp cloth gently across the surface.
- To give your blinds a deep clean, you may want to use a purpose built cleaning tool.
How do I fit window blinds?
It's best to read through the instructions that come with your blinds, as not all types are installed in the same way.
Check out our step-by-step video guides below for easy tips on installing roller and venetian blinds.
Blinds and curtains
Blinds and curtains together
Blinds and curtains can work really well together, both stylistically and functionally. Not only can they look great, the two paired together offer more warmth, light control and privacy. The blinds that work best with curtains are roller and venetian.
If you want simple but effective, opt for neutral coloured blinds paired with either a slightly darker or lighter shade of curtain in a similar colour. If you're feeling a bit braver, there's lots of fun ways to pair the two up.
Generally, most people choose to have the pattern on their curtains and keep the blinds fairly plain. But that doesn't mean to say you can't do it the other way around or even have both patterned. It's completely up to you, so how will you pair yours?