When it comes to choosing blinds, there are two important criteria to consider: how they look (obviously!) and how successful they are at blocking the glare of the sun.
As the Met Office issue yet another yellow weather warning, those warm and sunny summer days seem an eternity away. But they’re not as far as you think! Daylight savings begin on Sunday 29th March, which means the days are only going to get longer, brighter and (hopefully!) sunnier.
Therefore, its time to starting thinking about your blinds.
While the sunny weather is much appreciated (especially after the never-ending UK storms) it can cause some problems. Sun damage to your furniture or restless nights due to the early-rising, late-setting sun can be frustrating; however, they can be easily solved with the correct style of blind.
Dim-out blinds utilise sheer fabric to filter out sunlight and protect your room from harmful UV rays. However, as the name suggests, they merely ‘dim’ the light, allowing enough in that you can still see what you’re doing. Dim-out blinds range from extremely sheer material to fabric that blocks 95% of the light. Anything stronger would be classified as ‘blackout’ (see below).
Perfect for your living room, kitchen and bathroom, these blinds can be drawn for privacy or to create shade on a hot summer’s day. They also shield your room from harsh UV rays that can bleach soft furnishings and permanently discolour wooden fittings. What’s more, as they only dim the light, they still promote a bright and spacious living area.
Are you a light sleeper? Do you love a lazy Sunday morning in bed? Do you work night shifts and sleep during the day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then blackout blinds are a must.
There is nothing worse than trying to sleep when the sun is glaring through your window. Especially in the summer, when the days are long and the nights last mere minutes! However, blackout blinds are the perfect solution. They prevent all light from passing through, keeping your room nice and dark and creating the perfect sleeping environment.
Venetian blinds consist of slim, flat, horizontal slats of either aluminium or wood. They can be raised or lowered, but most importantly tilted, once again offering privacy and shade from the glaring sun. You can adjust the slats to control how much light you want to enter your room.
Dovetail supply a wide range of blind brands from our Norwich showroom.
From Decora and Lonsdale to Regal and Velux, you won’t believe the choice available! Click here to find out more. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01603 488082, where a member of our team will happily talk you through our collection.
When it comes to choosing curtains for your home, who knew there were so many heading options?
Option #1 | Pencil Pleat
The pencil pleat is the classic heading choice for curtains where olds of fabric are tightly gathered to create a semi-cylindrical heading (visually similar to a row of pencils, hence the name “pencil pleat”). As a gathered heading, it allows you to expand or reduce the width of the curtain.
Option #2 | Pinch Pleat
The pinch pleat is suitable for all kinds of fabric. The pleats are hand-sewn and permanently fixed for a luxurious, tailored design. Our example photo shows a triple pinch; this means there are three pleats and then a space. Unlike pencil pleats, this heading uses far more fabric for a fuller final look.
Option #3 | Standard Gather Headings
The standard gather is a classic yet informal heading style. It is suited to curtains with a shorter drop and can be used with tracks or poles. It requires the same amount of gather as a pencil pleat curtain. The heading is very casual and therefore unsuitable if you favour a more tailored design.
Option #4 | Eyelet Headings
A contemporary alternative to more traditional hangings, the eyelet heading is suitable for all curtain fabrics. So named due to the metal rings at the top of the curtain, the eyelet heading creates large, even and soft pleats. They are suitable for poles with a diameter of up to 30mm.
Option #5 | Tab Top
Another contemporary heading, these curtains have fabric loops (or “tabs”) running along the top edge. The tabs are are threaded through poles or rods and require less fabric than other designs. Tab tops are popular as decorative curtains; however, they easily stick on the poles so often don’t draw easily.
We have a variety of blinds on show at our showroom.
With big brands available, including Decora, Regal, Sunway and Velix, you will be spoilt for choice! So spoilt, in fact, that you may find it difficult to decide which blinds to choose…
There are lots of factors to consider when making your choice: from style to fit, the decisions can be overwhelming. But fear not! As ever, Dovetail have compiled a handy guide on how to choose the perfect blinds for your home.
Dovetail have already written a blog on the benefits of blinds (which you can read by clicking here), so we recommend you read this before getting started. All finished? Good, let’s get going…
Step 1) What style should you choose?
Choosing a style of blind can be difficult. However, Dovetail have broken down each style below so you can see what room each are suited for, as well as how they work and their ease of cleaning.
Vertical Blinds: made of vertical lengths of fabric, vertical blinds can be tilted to control your privacy and the amount of light entering the room. These are perfectly suited to all rooms, including conservatories, bedrooms and bathrooms. Depending on the fabric, the blinds can either be hoovered, wiped clean or put in the washing machine.
Venetian blinds: an iconic blind design, this style consists of metal slats in horizontal rows. Again suited to all rooms, the slats can easily be adjusted to control both privacy and the amount of light entering the room. The metallic material allows for a quick and easy wipe clean: no fussing about with hovers or washing machines!
Roller blinds: this style can easily be lifted and lowered around a tube situated at the top of the window. Fabric-based, the material can be wiped clean with either a dry or wet cloth. A great choice for any room, this blind comes in a variety of patterns, unlike the Venetian and vertical blinds which can be limited to a block colour.
Roman blinds: luxurious and sophisticated, Roman blinds are made from rolls of fabric that create a waterfall effect when lifted. Therefore, they are best suited to bedrooms or living rooms: anywhere to create a stylish look. As they are made of fabric, it is best to either hoover or dry-clean the blinds.
Pleated blinds: when rolled up, pleated blinds create a concertina effect. Available in a variety of fabrics and patterns, these blinds can easily be wiped clean by a dry cloth.
Step 2) What is the function of the blind?
It is important to consider the function of the blind. As mentioned before, blinds are great for adjusting the amount of light entering a room, while also allowing you to control your privacy. If your main concern is light control, Venetian blinds are your best choice. While they may not come in a wide variety of decorative patterns, they are effective and easy to use.
Indeed, if your blinds will serve a multitude of functions, it might be an idea to pair them with some curtains (which Dovetail also stock). This provides more flexibility for the room.
Step 3) Where are your blinds situated?
If you are thinking of placing your blinds in a place where there will be water involved (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms), roller blinds are your best bet due to their protective material coating.
Do you need a pitch black room to sleep at night? If you are searching for bedroom blinds, it may be best to choose some with a blackout lining. Now no light will be let in from outside, allowing you to sleep in complete darkness.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Visit our showroom on 226 – 236 Sprowston Road in Norwich where you can consult a member of our team, or give us a call on 01603 488082.
Dovetail supply a wide range of blinds and fabric curtains.
If you’re struggling to decide whether you want blinds or curtains for your home, we’ve compiled a list of advantages to help you decide which best suit your requirements…
Advantages of Blinds
1. Control the amount of light that enters the room.
It’s always annoying when the sun sits low in the sky while you’re trying to relax at home. It can create glare on your TV or phone, or cause you to squint uncomfortably when trying to have a conversation. But while curtains block out all natural light, you can simply adjust your blinds to the right length to satisfy your needs.
You can even adjust the slats on your blind to prevent the amount of sun that enters your room in the morning if you want a lie in. Indeed, if you struggle to get up in time for work, simply do the opposite!
2. Enjoy complete privacy in your home.
Blinds provide a level of privacy that curtains simply cannot provide. If you still want to enjoy natural light without having to sacrifice your privacy, you can install top-down shades. By lowering the shade from the top, natural light can come in whilst you enjoy as much privacy as you desire!
3. A timeless look.
One of the reasons blinds are so popular is that they are timeless. While many curtains become dated with time, often due to lavish patterns or colour schemes, the simplicity and durability of blinds ensure they stand the test of time.
4. A wide range of materials.
Blinds come in a wide variety of materials. This makes it easier for you to chose a blind that most suits your price range and compliments your room style. There are a wide range of materials you can choose from: wood, faux wood, plastic bamboo, aluminum… Materials that simply aren’t options if you want curtains!
Advantages of Curtains
1. Temperature control.
Curtains actually provide greater insulation for your home than blinds. Through the installation of a block-out curtain, you can stabilize your room temperature. Too cold? Keep the heat in. Too hot? Keep the cold out.
2. Greater durability.
In order to keep modern blinds clean, they can be wiped down with a damp sponge and mild detergent. However, this ultimately leads to breakdown, especially with blinds made of acrylic material, when exposed to the elements. Curtains are far more resilient to the elements and are also easier to replace or clean, therefore giving them a far longer lease of life.
3. Ability to block out sound and light.
There is evidence that curtains can block out sounds to up to 12 decibels! That’s perfect for if you live near a busy road where the constant traffic may interrupt your sleep. Blinds simply cannot offer the same level of noise insulation, nor can they block out the same level of light. If you like to sleep in the pitch black, black-out curtains are your best option.
4. Greater customization!
Curtains are extremely customizable as they come in all colors, patterns and styles. Do you have a particular theme in your bedroom or living room? You can purchase curtains to accent or enhance the color scheme of your room. While blinds can offer a variety of materials, they don’t have the same versatility of pattern or colours as a set of curtains.
Whether you decide to go for blinds or curtains, at Dovetail, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect match for your home! Visit our Norwich showroom at 226 – 236 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HT or give us a call on 01603 488082.