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Blinds buying guide

Before you block it out, Argos Home are here to shed some light on all things blinds, from types to room recommendations and finding the right fit.

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Types of blinds

Roller blinds

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Simple but effective, these blinds are one of the most popular choices for those exact reasons. They're easy to install, block out light well (even better if they're blackout) and can be cleaned easily.

They come in different designs - you can go for plain, choosing colours that complement your décor or patterns to inject a bit of fun and make a bigger statement.

Venetian blinds

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This stylish option consists of horizontal slats. You can control how much light is let through and the level of privacy you have by using the cord to adjust the tilt of the slats.

There are different materials available, with the two most popular being metal and wood. Metal blinds are very versatile and practical, whereas wooden blinds add instant warmth and style to your home. You can also get coloured venetian blinds if you wanted to introduce a pop of colour.

Vertical blinds

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These are made of fabric vertical slats. Like venetian blinds, you can control the light and privacy of a room by how much they are tilted. Vertical blinds can also be pulled back completely, making them a great choice for sliding glass or patio doors as you can open the doors without the blind getting in the way.

They come in mainly neutral, simple colours and because of the fabric material, can give a softer, warmer feeling than metal blinds.

Blackout blinds

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The most common type of blackout blinds are roller blinds that use a special blackout fabric. They're ideal for bedrooms as they block out light more effectively, meaning less sleep disruption caused by bright light flooding in.

Like ordinary roller blinds, they come in a variety of colours and designs.

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Kitchen blinds

Kitchens can get pretty steamy and humid so it's best to avoid wooden blinds as they become disfigured and crack when exposed to moisture. Aluminium venetian blinds, or polyester roller blinds, are normally the best choice as they can be easily cleaned without having to be taken down and are robust against the kitchen environment.

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Bathroom blinds

For bathrooms, blinds that are moisture resistant are a must. Polyester roller blinds are perfect as the moisture will slide right off. They're also great for making sure you get the privacy you need, while still providing a good amount of light. If you fancy something a bit different to roller blinds, aluminium venetian blinds will also work well.

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Bedroom blinds

It goes without saying that blackout blinds are a great choice for bedrooms, helping to block out unwanted light for better, undisturbed sleep. But if you're not as sensitive to light, and can sleep through, or get up early anyway, ordinary roller blinds or venetian blinds are good options too.

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Living room blinds

Want to add a bit of contemporary style to your living room? Wooden blinds work really well here, providing a warming feel, with good privacy and noise reduction. In terms of type, venetian and vertical blinds are popular choices as they look great and allow you to control the amount of light and privacy.

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How to measure for blinds

Do your windows sit back from the rest of your wall (recess), or in-line with your walls? There's lots of factors to take into account, but not to worry - we'll help you work out the sizing for a perfect fit.

Measuring for a window with a recess

If you want the blind to sit inside the recess

Measure a few different points of the recess as it may not be the same size everywhere - the best places would be either 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 the width by about 1cm, and for vertical blinds, reduce the length by 1cm. This will prevent your blind catching on the sides or window sill.

If you want the blind to sit 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.

For the width, instead of taking off the 1cm from the measurement, you should add 10cm (15cm for roller blinds). This will give you a good amount of overlap with the wall to prevent unwanted light coming in.

For the length, measure to the length you want the blind to finish at.

Measuring for a window without a recess

Measure the length and width of your window. We recommend that you again add a few cms 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 cms on the width for the operating mechanism.

Can you cut the blind to size?

You can adjust the width of most of our blinds if they are too big for your window. Our PVC venetian blinds are easy to cut to size using a blind cutter. Wooden or aluminium venetian blinds will require a hack saw and if you are cutting roller blinds you'll need sharp fabric scissors too. Your blinds will come with details of how to measure and cut to size.

Blinds and curtains together

Who says you just have to stick with one or the other? Why not dress your window with both?

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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. Choose bright colours or go even bolder and experiment with patterns and colours together. 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?

And if you need a bit more help picking your curtains, or want to know how to measure for them, check out our curtain buying guide.

BLIND SAFETY

The pull cords, loops, chains and tapes of blinds can be dangerous in the hands of children, so they should always be kept out of reach to avoid any risk of entanglement or strangulation. Here are a few more precautions you should take to keep your child safe;

  • All our corded blinds are supplied with a cord consolidator and a cleat / P clip. The consolidator is fitted to the cord and will open and release the cords if something becomes caught in the cord loops. The cleat/P clip provided in the pack should be fixed adjacent to the blind on the wall, at least 1.5m from the floor. These clips are mandatory, so check that components aren't missing from your pack before you start fitting your blind.
  • To make sure the cords are out of reach, move beds, cots and any furniture that your child could climb on away from the windows and blinds.
  • Don't tie cords together or try to create a loop or twist - stick to using the devices that come with your blind.

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