Pleated Blind FAQ’s from Select Blinds
Fitting blinds in your home or business will transform it into a new and fresh space. Blinds are so versatile and will make a room look bigger, keep it warmer and make it look modern and contemporary. Our Pleated Blind FAQ’s will tell you everything you need to know so you can decide if they are the right choice for you.
Blinds are a simple and versatile window covering which are now often used instead of curtains. There is a huge range of styles, materials, colours and patterns to choose from and it is really up to you how you want your room to look as to which style of blind and colour you choose. They can sit in the background looking minimal or you can choose to have them in bright and vivid colours or patterns to really stand out, the choice is yours.
Blinds will make your home or business look modern and contemporary, they fit your window perfectly and the style, colour and material you choose will ensure they match your decor. Blinds are easy to use, easy to keep clean and maintain and don’t overpower a room like curtains can do.
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What are Pleated Blinds?
Pleated blinds, also known as pleated shades have one continuous layer of fabric with no slats. The blind raises up into a small neat stack at the top of your window or door frame which allows a full view from the pane of glass when open. They are easily opened and closed by pulling or pushing a bar running along the bottom of the fabric. When a pleated blind is closed you can see the pleat definitions in the fabric and dependent on the thickness of the fabric you choose they will give a room shade or full blackout when closed. When they are half-open or fully open they allow the natural light to enter your room.
What are the benefits of Pleated Blinds?
- They can be made to fit wide or narrow width windows
- They can be made to fit any depth of window or door
- They come in a huge range of colours
- They can be made in different materials to suit the room they are being fitted in
- They can be made in blackout material
- They are easily maintained and just need to be dusted and have an occasional wipe
- They don’t collect dust compared to curtains or some other types of blinds
- They are great for any room; bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, playrooms, conservatories, kitchens, toilets, bathrooms, hallways, landings, door windows and doors
- They can give you full privacy in overlooked rooms when made in thicker material
- They can be made in thinner more transparent material so you are still able to see the shapes and colours outside when they are closed
They offer shade in a room
- They are lightweight and easy to open and shut with no weight to them
- Their versatility allows you to have them completely open or shut
- They are child and pet safe
- They are normally a cheaper alternative to curtains and some other types of blinds due to their simplicity
How does a Pleated Blind work?
Pleated blinds can be fitted inside a window or door recess or within your window or door frame and are opened and closed by pulling or pushing a bar running along the bottom of the fabric. The blind raises up into a small neat stack at the top of your window or door frame which allows a full view from the pane of glass when open. There is no weight to opening and closing them as the material is lightweight and they glide easily up and down. The pleated shade string, commonly called the cord, runs through a series of holes on the pleats. The evenly spaced holes allow the shades to raise up into a tightly compressed unit at the top of the window or door frame to provide a larger area of the visible window space compared to other types of blinds.
How practical are Pleated Blinds?
Pleated blinds are a contemporary window covering and are a really popular choice for both homes and businesses. When they are fully closed they cover the whole window or door pane of glass and when fully open you have the full view from your window or door. If you struggle to open and close heavier curtains or some other types of blinds then pleated blinds are a great option for you, they are very lightweight and the opening and closing chain mechanism make it even easier. This also makes them a great choice for businesses as opening and closing them is quick and easy. Made to measure pleated blinds will fit perfectly in any window or door frame with only an ‘mm’ gap to either side. They offer a stylish and minimal look and feel to any room and can be made in lighter tones and shades to match your decor or in brighter colours to be a statement in any space. Whether they are fitted inside your window recess or window panes they make your room look bigger, spacious and modern.
Made to measure pleated blinds are a cheaper option to made to measure curtains and they will transform, the way your space looks and feels.
How does a Pleated Blind open and close?
A pleated blind easily glides opens and closes by pulling a bar which is fitted to the bottom of the blind. The pleated shade string, commonly called the cord, runs through a series of holes on the pleats. The evenly spaced holes allow the shades to raise up into a tightly compressed unit at the top of the window or door frame to provide a larger area of the visible window space compared to other types of blinds.
What material can Pleated Blinds come in?
Pleated blinds are made from a pleated fabric and can come in thinner translucent fabrics through to thicker fabrics or blackout fabric. The type of material you choose will add to texture to a room and the colours of the material you choose will give you the finished look you are looking for.
When you are choosing your fabric you need to decide how much light you want to enter your room when they are fully closed as this will help you decide on your fabric. The thicker the material you choose the more privacy and thermally efficient they will be.
Blackout fabric does significantly blocks out the light entering a room from outside and this makes them a great choice for bedrooms if you work nights and want to reduce the amount of light entering during the day when you are trying to sleep or for young children.
What size can a Pleated Blind be?
The benefit of a pleated blind is that they are lightweight and this makes them a popular choice when you are trying to find a window covering for a large or small window or door. A good and reputable blind company will be able to advise you on the maximum width and drop and this will depend on the material used. You can use pleated blinds to fit windows, doors, bi-fold doors and french doors and they can be fitted inside or your window or door recess or within the frames.
Can Pleated Blinds be cut to size?
Pleated blinds can be cut to size but it is a difficult process that often goes wrong and ruins the blind. When you trim a pleated blind at both or either sides you risk not having a straight-line drop and the material fraying over time as the edging of the material won’t be hemmed. Made to measure pleated blinds won’t cost as much as you think and can often be the same price as standard off the shelf pleated blinds so its always worth asking a professional blind company what their prices are as they will normally fit them for you and will last longer.
Should Pleated Blinds rest on a window sill?
Pleated blinds work best when they are closed when they are resting on a window sill, however, if you don’t have a window sill you can have them made to drop right down to the floor or to the point where you want the blinds to reach to achieve the look you want.
What is a made to measure Pleated Blind?
Made to measure pleated blinds will be manufactured to fit your exact window or door opening and recess with only an ‘mm’ of the window showing each side when it is shut. Professional blind companies will come out to your home or business and measure your windows and doors exactly and will normally then come back and fit them when they have been made, taking away the need for any DIY. If the blind company isn’t in your area then they will advise you how to measure your frame and you can send them your measurements for them to make them made to measure for you.
What are off the shelf Pleated Blinds?
Off the shelf, pleated blinds tend to come in standard widths and lengths and they don’t always fit your window as perfectly as a made to measure blind will. You also won’t have as much material and colour variations to choose from when you are buying them ready-made.
What colours can Pleated Blinds be?
Pleated blinds can be made in a huge range of colours and fabrics and they are great in really bright or neutral colours making them really versatile to suit your style.
What sort of windows can a Pleated Blind be fitted in?
Pleated blinds can be made to measure to fit most type of windows and doors and your main decision when choosing them is your fabric and colour choice. Pleated blinds look best when they are fitted inside a recess or to the frame of your window or door so they sit flush against the wall when they are fully closed.
Are Pleated Blinds easy to fit?
Pleated blinds are relatively easy to fit yourself, however, good blind companies will measure your windows or doors, make your blinds to measure and then come back and fit them for you. This takes away the stress of measuring them correctly and/or fitting them. The blind fitters will be highly experienced and have the tools and know-how to quickly and efficiently fit your blinds whilst you sit back and relax. If you do decide to fit your blinds yourself then there are normally 2 fixture brackets and 4 screws to use. Be careful when fitting yourself as the type of wall you are fixing the blind to will determine the wall plug that you need to use to safely secure your blind.
Can you have a blackout Pleated Blind?
Yes, you can have blackout pleated blinds and they are a really popular choice and a great option in bedrooms if you have children or you work nights and need to sleep well during the day.
What windows do Pleated Blinds fit into best?
Pleated blinds are so versatile and they can fit into any type of window or door, whatever the size. If your windows and doors aren’t standard sizes then you should really consider made to measure blinds that will fit perfectly.
What rooms do Pleated Blinds suit?
Pleated blinds will suit any room or space in both homes and businesses. Their simple design will give you a minimal and modern look and they will make a room look bigger, brighter and lighter due to the minimal amount of fabric used. They are a really practical and cost-effective option for bedrooms which we would recommend using blackout pleated blinds for, kitchens and bathrooms as they are easy to keep clean, living areas for a contemporary look offering you privacy when you want it. stairways and hallways and bi-fold or french doors.
What type of property are Pleated Blinds for?
Pleated blinds look good in any type of property, whether it is new or old and in homes and businesses. If you have a lot of windows in your property or just in one room they are a great look and very cost-effective.
Can Pleated Blinds be fitted for a door?
Pleated blinds can be fitted for a door with a windowpane and are great for bi-fold and french doors. They can be made to fit onto the uPVC of your door frame which means they don’t hang when closed or when the door is open.
Can a Pleated Blind be fitted inside the recess of a window or door?
Pleated blinds can be fitted inside or outside of a window or door frame. Inside mounted blinds, will give you the cleanest look and they can be mounted as deep or as shallow as you want into the window or door recess depending if you want them to sit flush against your wall when they are fully closed.
Will Pleated Blinds keep a room warm?
Pleated blinds will keep a room warmer than if they weren’t there and how much they insulate depends on how thick their fabric is.
Does a Pleated Blind keep a room cool?
Pleated blinds keep a room cooler as they block the direct sunlight from entering a room when they are closed, this makes them a great choice for conservatories which tend to get really hot in the summer.
Can Pleated Blinds be used in an office?
Pleated blinds are a great option in an office as they are easy to keep clean, open, shut, they offer a minimal look and reduce the sunlight entering the room, reducing the suns glare on screens during the day.
Can Pleated Blinds be used in any type of property?
Pleated blinds are a great choice for any property, whether it is domestic, commercial or office and they can suit any age or style of property.
Will Pleated Blinds give me privacy?
Pleated blinds can give you privacy when they are fully closed and it depends on the type of fabric you have and its thickness as to how much privacy they give you. Thinner and transparent material pleated blinds will block a view in and out and you will just see shapes and shadows which means you still have the benefit of some natural light entering the room.
Can a Pleated Blind be partially open?
Pleated blinds can be partially open or closed and if it’s a sunny day and you want to block some of the light out then having them 2/3rds closed will do this.
Are Pleated Blinds safe for children?
Pleated blinds are completely safe for children.
How do I measure for a Pleated Blind?
A window should have a minimum recessed space of 2 3/8″ for an inside mounted blind. First, measure the width of the window from the top of the opening to the sill in 3 places different points and use the smallest dimension for the width of the blind. Most manufacturers will normally deduct up to 1/4″ – 1/2″ but it’s a good idea to check this with them before you give your measurements for your order. Alternatively, use a blind company that offer a free measuring and fitting service as if there is a problem with the blind when it comes to fitting it they will rectify it.
Where should I buy Pleated Blinds from?
You should buy your pleated blinds from a reputable blind company who specialise in a huge variety of blind styles and will have a huge range of colours and fabrics for you to choose from. They will have the expertise to advise you on the best blind for your room, decor and budget and will offer free measuring, making and fitting service which makes choosing your blinds and getting them fitted easy.
Do Pleated Blinds need a lot of maintenance?
If blinds are fitted professionally by a blind company then they will be really secure. You may need to tighten the screws after a few years of use and you just need to dust your blinds and wipe them with a damp occasionally to keep them looking new and fresh.
Is it best to get my Pleated Blinds made to measure or buy them ready-made?
We would always advise you to get pleated blinds made to measure to ensure they fit your window or door opening and recess perfectly. You can cut them to size, however, it’s difficult to do without damaging them, getting clean straight lines and ensuring the material edging of the blind doesn’t fray.
What are the benefits of a made to measure Pleated Blind?
- They are made to measure your window and its recess perfectly
- They will let minimal light in through the side of the window when they are closed
- You can choose from a huge range of materials, textures and colours to match your style and decor
- They don’t cost much more if anything at all, compared to standard ready-made pleated blinds
Will a Pleated Blind reduce the sunlight in a room?
Pleated blinds will reduce the sunlight entering a room when they are fully or partially closed. Transparent pleated blinds will offer privacy and a reduction in sunlight, without blocking the whole view and natural daylight out when shut.
About Select Blinds
At Select Blinds we take pride in our ability to manufacture your blinds to your specific order. Using a range of materials and fabrics, we can take your needs, specifications and instructions and use them to create beautiful blinds in any style, material or colour.
We keep a wide range of popular blinds in stock which can be modified and to fit your windows perfectly. Whether you’re looking for an individual item made to measure, or something that’s off the shelf, we give you the ideal choice.
We understand that fitting blinds can be a real hassle and sometimes a DIY disaster so when you buy your blinds from us we will measure, deliver and fit them for you free of charge.
Measuring: We’ll arrange a visit to your property and take detailed measurements to ensure they fit perfectly
Delivery: From our premises to your door free delivery
Fitting: Sit back and relax, our experts will have your blinds fitted in no time, with no mess or hassle for you
No hassle, no effort, no additional costs just buy your blinds from us and you will get the rest free
What areas in Scotland do Select Blinds Cover?
If you are looking for Pleated Blinds we have a wide selection of standard blinds in stock for you to choose from, or we offer a free measuring and fitting service for your home or business in Glasgow, Stirling, Coatbridge, Bathgate, Motherwell, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride and the surrounding areas. Contact us today on 0808 239 8032 and one of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have or can arrange your free visit from one of our experts.
We cover; Glasgow, Stirling, Coatbridge, Livingstone, Bathgate, Motherwell, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride and the surrounding areas across Central Scotland.
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