Venetian Blinds FAQ’s discussed by Select Blinds
Choosing blinds for your home or business is tricky are there are so many styles and colours available. Read our Venetian Blinds FAQ’s to find out if a Venetian Blind is what you are looking for.
What are Venetian Blinds?
A Venetian blind has horizontal slats, one above another and can be made of metal, plastic, wood effect or wood. Wooden Venetian Blinds are normally referred to as Wooden Blinds. The slats sit above each other when they are open and when they are closed they slightly overlap to give you more privacy and darkness. Venetian blind slats can be angled to allow more or less sun or daylight in and the whole blind can be pulled fully open by a cord system at the side to allow a full view from your window.
What are the benefits of a Venetian Blind?
- A Venetian blind can be made to fit wide or narrow width windows
- They can be made to fit any depth of window or door
- A Venetian blind can come in many different colours and materials to suit your decor
- They look modern and minimal
- They make a smaller room look bigger compared to having curtains
- They are easily maintained and need to be dusted regularly and occasionally wiped with a damp cloth
- They are great for any room; bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, playrooms, conservatories, kitchens, toilets, bathrooms, hallways, landings, door windows and doors
- They give you partial or full privacy in overlooked rooms and can be partially open or closed by adjusting the slats or fully opened or closed by using the cord system at the side
- They can be adjusted to remove the suns glare from a room without blocking out the natural light completely
- They are easy to open and shut with no weight to them
- Their versatility allows you to have them completely open or shut, or partially open or shut
- The opening and closing mechanisms can be fitted to either side to suit you
- The opening and closing mechanisms are child and pet safe
How practical is a Venetian Blind?
A Venetian blind is a modern and contemporary window covering and you have so many options when it comes to being open, closed or partially open or closed.
They are easy to open and close with the mechanism and there is no weight to them.
Smaller rooms can be overtaken with curtains as they take up walls space either side of your window opening. A Venetian blind can be fitted inside a window recess or just outside offering a minimal and contemporary look and feel, making your room look bigger, spacious and modern.
Off the shelf and made to measure Venetian blinds will cost you less than curtains as they are a simple design and use less costly material
How does a Venetian Blind work?
A Venetian blind can be fitted inside or outside of a window recess and are opened using a safe pulley mechanism or cord which can be fitted to either side of the blind for easy opening and closing. The pulley mechanism or cord will fully open the blind giving you a full view from the window and the second cord you use to tilt the slats when the blind is closed to give you partial privacy or deflect the suns glare.
There is minimal strength needed to open and close a Venetian blind as the pulley mechanism or cord removes the weight of the blind.
How does a Venetian Blind open and close?
A Venetian blind opens and closes with a pulley mechanism or cord system which can be made to fit either side of the blind to make it easier for opening and closing.
What material do Venetian Blinds come in?
Venetian blinds now come in so many different colours and materials including; metal, plastic, wood effect or wood.
What colours can Venetian Blinds come in?
It depends on the material you choose, however, there are so many variations now including white, grey and black through to wood effect, stainless steel and bright or neutral colours.
Can I have a patterned Venetian Blind?
It isn’t possible to have a patterned Venetian blind due to the slats, however, you can have different effects for example wood effect.
What size can a Venetian Blind be?
A good and professional blind company will be able to advise you on this as the material used to make them will make a difference in their weight and the width and depth that is possible.
Can a Venetian Blind be cut to size?
A Venetian blind can be cut to size but it is a difficult process that will often go wrong and leave you with an unusable blind or one that looks like it has been hacked. Made to measure Venetian blinds don’t cost much more than buying off the shelf so its always worth spending just a little bit more to ensure they look great and last you a long time.
Should a Venetian Blind rest on a window sill?
What is a made to measure Venetian Blind?
A made to measure Venetian blind will be made to fit your exact window opening and recess. There will be a slight gap at either side but this will only be a mm or two. Professional blind companies will come out to your home and measure your window opening and then come back and fit them when they have been made to your bespoke measurements.
What are off the shelf Venetian Blinds?
Off the shelf Venetian blinds come in standard widths and lengths and they tend not to fit your window as perfectly as a made to measure blind will. Off the shelf blinds also don’t offer as much colour and material choice as made to measure ones will.
What type of material can a Venetian Blind be made in?
A Venetian Blind can be made of metal, plastic, wood effect or wood and come in white, grey, black, wood effect, wood, neutral or vivid colours to suit your decor and style.
Can I achieve blackout shading with a Venetian Blind?
You will achieve a good level of light protection with a Venetian blind, however, they don’t offer true blackout shading. The slats are designed to overlap each other a fraction when they are tilted in the closed position, however, there is always some light that penetrates through during the day.
What sort of windows can a Venetian Blind be fitted in?
Venetian blinds can be made to measure to fit in almost any type of window or door and your main choice is whether to have them fitted inside or outside of the recess and the material and colour you choose.
Is a Venetian Blind easy to fit?
Venetian blinds are relatively easy to fit yourself, however, good blind companies will measure your window, make your made to measure blinds and then come back and fit them for you to save you time and any DIY hassle. Blind fitters are highly experienced and have the tools and know-how to quickly and efficiently fit your new 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 to will determine the type of wall plug that you need to use to safely and secure fit your blind. To ensure you have beautiful blinds that fit perfectly, contact Select Blinds and we will measure, manufacture and fit your blinds for you in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Central Scotland.
What windows are a Venetian Blind best for?
Venetian blinds are so versatile and can fit into any type of window transforming the look and feel of a room. If your window isn’t a standard size then made to measure Venetian blinds are the best option for you.
What rooms do a Venetian Blind suit?
Venetian blinds can suit any room, style and decor and they offer a minimal and modern look from their simple design. They will make rooms look bigger, brighter and lighter due to the minimal overlap of the blind against the walls either side. They offer full or partial privacy and are easy to clean and maintain.
Can Venetian Blinds be fitted for a door?
Venetian blinds can be fitted to a door or a doors window pane. If you are having Venetian blinds fitted to a door that fully opens then you should have the perfect fit ones which fit your window frame to prevent them from swinging when the door is open.
Can a Venetian Blind be fitted inside the recess of a window?
Venetian blinds can be fitted inside or outside of a window or door frame. Inside fitted Venetian blinds tend to give you the cleanest look and they can be mounted as deep or as shallow as you want.
Can a Venetian Blind be fitted on the outside recess of a window?
Venetian blinds can be fitted outside of a window recess and they can extend just past the frame either side
Where should I buy Venetian Blinds from?
Always buy your Venetian blinds from a reputable blind company who will have more of a choice and the expertise to advise you on the best blind for your room, decor and budget. They will also offer free measuring, making and fitting service which makes choosing your blinds and getting them fitted really easy. If you are in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Central Scotland – Select Blinds can offer you perfect fit Venetian blinds in 100’s of combinations of colours and materials. We also offer free fitting.
Will a Venetian Blind keep a room warm?
Venetian blinds can keep a room warmer compared to if they weren’t there, however, they won’t insulate your room as much as a thicker curtain would.
Does a Venetian Blind keep a room cool?
Venetian blinds can keep a room cooler as they will block or partially block the direct sunlight from entering which makes a room hot in the summer.
Can a Venetian Blind be used in an office?
Venetian blinds are a great option for an office as they are easy to keep clean, open, shut, and offer a minimal and contemporary look as well as reducing the suns glare on screens throughout the day.
Will a Venetian Blind give me privacy?
Venetian blinds can give you full or partial privacy depending on if they are fully closed or partially closed using the angle of the slats.
Can a Venetian Blind be partially open?
Venetian blinds can be partially opened or closed and if it is a sunny day and you want to block out some of the light then having the slats angled will do this.
Is a Venetian Blind safe for children?
Venetian blinds are safe for children as long as the pulley cord is child-safe so always check this before you buy them. Most made to measure blinds will have this safety feature automatically. A child-safe cord will separate if there is any weight applied and it can then be rejoined again after.
Can you see through a Venetian Blind?
It depends if they are open, closed or partially open or closed with the slats angled, you have a choice of full or partial opening on Venetian blinds.
How much is a Venetian Blind?
Venetian blinds will vary in price depending on their material and the size of the blind. Shop around and don’t be afraid to say to a company you have had a cheaper quote and ask them if they can do anything on their price. Professional blind companies will be able to explain any differences in price. Buying off the shelf standard sizes Venetian blinds may be slightly cheaper, however, there aren’t many windows which are standard size and if they are they will all vary by mm. A made to measure Venetian blind will fit your window opening perfectly and will last for many years.
Does a Venetian Blind need to be maintained and looked after?
If Venetian blinds are fitted properly when they are first installed then they will be really secure. After a few years of use, the screws may need tightening in the wall fixings and its always a good idea to check this if they are feeling less secure. You can dust your Venetian blinds easily and wipe them with a damp cloth once in a while to keep them looking fresh.
Is it best to get my Venetian Blinds made to measure or buy them from a shop?
We would always advise you to get Venetian blinds made to measure to ensure they fit your window opening and recess perfectly. You can cut Venetian blinds to size, however, it’s tricky without damaging the blinds and getting clean straight lines.
What are the benefits of a made to measure Venetian 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 range of materials and colours to match your style and decor
- They don’t cost much more compared to standard off the shelf Venetian blinds
Will a Venetian Blind reduce the sunlight in a room?
Venetian blinds will reduce the sunlight in a room when they are fully or partially closed and you can angle their slats dependent on how much sunlight is entering a room.
Which areas of Scotland do Select Blinds Cover?
Select Blinds covers; Glasgow, Stirling, Coatbridge, Livingstone, Bathgate, Motherwell, Edinburgh, East Kilbride and the surrounding areas across Central Scotland.
If you are looking for Venetian Blinds we have a wide selection of standard ones to choose from, or we offer a free measuring, made to measure and fitting service in your home or business in Glasgow, Stirling, Coatbridge, Bathgate, Motherwell, Edinburgh, East Kilbride and the surrounding areas. Contact us today on 0808 301 9018 and one of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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