Wooden Blind FAQ’s
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Blinds cover windows and doors and have lots of benefits. They will keep the sun out during the day and keep you warm and cosy in the evening. They reduce the drafts that you can sometimes get from a window as well as give you the privacy you want. Most types of blinds can be fully open, shut or partially open or shut to give you the amount of light and privacy you want at that time. A lot of people choose blinds instead of curtains as they are less expensive, give you more versatility due to being able to have them partially open or shut, are easy to keep clean and maintain, as well as giving your room a modern and contemporary feel. There are so many different styles, colours and materials to choose from you will always be able to find a blind to suit your needs and decor.
What is a Wooden Blind?
A wooden blind is a window covering made up from slats of horizontal wood or MDF which has a plastic vinyl layer. The slats can be adjusted using a cord or handle at the side of the blind to let in or shut out the natural light. The whole blind can be lifted by a cord system or mechanism at the side enabling you to have the blind completely open so you can see the whole window and frame or partially open if you are looking for some light to enter the room or for some privacy. Wooden blinds are also referred to as Venetian blinds.
What are the benefits of Wooden Blinds?
- Wooden blinds can be made to fit wide or narrow width windows
- Wooden blinds can be made to fit any depth of window or door frame
- They come in different materials, colours and wood effect colours
- The colour you choose for a blind can match the decor of the room they are being fitted in
- The tapes which hold the slats in line can be made in many different colours
- Wooden blinds are easily maintained and need to be dusted regularly and wiped with a damp cloth occasionally
- Wooden Blinds are great for any room; bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, playrooms, conservatories, kitchens, toilets, bathrooms, hallways, landings, door windows and doors. Be aware that due to the slats you do still get some natural light coming through the blind even when it is fully shut
- They give you great privacy options in overlooked rooms or bathrooms and how much you open the slats and the direction they are angled at depends on the amount of privacy you will have
- They can fully or partially block the suns glare making them a great option
- The slats are easy to open, shut and angle using a cord or handle fitted at the side of the blind
- Smaller wooden blinds are really lightweight, the bigger the blind the heavier they get
- Simple pulleys and rods allow you to raise and lower the blind, as well as adjust the angle of the wooden slats if you want to allow some light in and not be seen from outside
- Their versatility allows you to have them completely open or closed, or partially opened or close
- The opening and closing cords and slat adjuster can be fitted to either side of the blind to suit the layout of your room
- The opening and closing mechanisms can be child and pet safe
- Wooden blinds can be a cheaper alternative to curtains and plantation shutters, although 100% wood blinds will be more expensive than MDF Venetian blinds
How practical is a Wooden Blind?
Wooden blinds are a modern and practical way of covering your window or door giving you complete flexibility on the amount of visibility and light you want to enter a room. The wooden or wooden style slats cover your window completely when fully closed and slot underneath each other at the top of the window and door frame when fully open, which then exposes your whole window or door opening. They can make a window or door a contemporary or stand out feature in your room, whichever you want.
They are easy to open and close with the side pulley mechanism or cord and the slats are easily adjusted with a cord or handle to the side.
When you are thinking about window coverings in a smaller room, curtains can sometimes overpower the room as they sit to the side of the window or door frame taking up some of the wall space. Wooden blinds can be fitted inside or outside of a window recess making your room look bigger, contemporary and modern.
If you have a few windows in a room then curtains can again be overpowering and wooden blinds are a simplistic window covering that repeat throughout your decor.
Wooden blinds can be a cheaper option compared to curtains, especially good quality material curtains. You will also find that you won’t have the temptation to keep replacing them as you would with curtains if you have a change of colour scheme in your room.
How do Wooden Blinds work?
Wooden blinds are fitted inside or outside of a window recess and are opened by a safe pulley mechanism or cord which can be fitted to either side for ease of opening and closing. The pulley mechanism or cord pulls the slats up into the top of the recess when open or over the window or door opening when the blind is closed. The pulley mechanism or cord takes the weight out of opening a wooden blind although this increases as the size of the window and blind increases.
How does a Wooden Blind open and close?
A wooden blind opens and closes using either a pulley cord system or mechanism that can be made to fit either side of the blind. A sperate cord or wand is fitted enabling you to adjust the slats if you want to open, close or partially open or close the slats.
What material do Wooden Blinds come in?
100% wooden blinds come in many wood colours and MDF Vinyl blinds come in wood effect, white, cream, beige, grey or bright colours. The colour you choose depends on your rooms colour scheme and how much you want your blind to stand out.
What is the best blind slat size?
Wooden blind slats generally range from 0.5 inches up to 2.5 inches wide. The slat size affects the finished look of your window or door and the amount of light you want to allow through when open or partially open or closed. If you have a smaller window then smaller slats tend to look better and larger slat widths if you have a larger window or door. Smaller slat widths will let in more light when closed compared to the wider slat widths.
What size can a Wooden Blind be?
The weight of your wooden blind will depend on the width and depth of your window or door and whether it is a 100% wood or an MDF wood style blind. A good blind company will be able to advise you on the maximum width and depth a wooden blind can be and if necessary will be able to advise you if you should think about having 2 blinds covering one window if it is too wide for one blind.
Can off the shelf Wooden Blinds be cut to size?
Wooden blinds can be cut to size but it is a difficult process that often goes wrong. It is really tricky to ensure that each slat is cut to the same width and with a perfect edge, so if your window or door isn’t a standard size then we would always recommend you have them made to measure. Made to measure wooden blinds often don’t cost much more compared to standard blinds that you buy from a shop and they will be guaranteed to fit the width and depth of your window or door.
Should a Wooden Blind rest on a window sill?
Wooden blinds look and work best resting on a window sill or ledge when they are closed. If there isn’t a window sill then you should measure the length to the point where you want the blinds to reach which is normally the bottom of the window or door opening. Made to measure wooden blinds will be the exact depth of your window so when they are fully closed you won’t have spare bunched up slats at the bottom making them look professional, contemporary and a perfect fit.
What are made to measure Wooden Blinds?
Made to measure wooden blinds can be manufactured to fit your specific window or door opening and recess with only an ‘mm’ of your window opening not being covered by the blind either side when it is shut. Professional blind companies will come out to your home and measure your windows and doors for you, and come back and fit them when they have been made. If there are any problems when fitting them then this is the responsibility of the blind company to rectify as they have measured them on your behalf. If the blind company is not in your area then they should advise you how to measure your window or door and you can then send them your measurements for your made to measure blinds. Good blind companies will not charge you for their measuring and fitting service so always ask this when you speak to them.
What is a brought off the shelf Wooden Blind?
Off the shelf, brought wooden blinds come in standard window widths and lengths and they won’t fit your window as perfectly as a made to measure wooden blind. The choice of material and colour won’t be as expansive as you will get if you decide to have them made to measure by a professional blind company. Wooden door blinds are not as easy to buy as standard so if you decide to have a wooden blind fitted for a door opening then we would advise you have them made to measure. Professional blind companies will have a range of door blinds which can also be fitted to your PVC window frame ensuring they don’t swing when they are closed or when the door is open.
What type of material can Wooden Blinds come in?
Wooden blinds can come in 100% wood or an MDF coated in a plastic vinyl. Wooden blinds will come in a choice of wood colours and MDF blinds come in many colours and wood effects.
What are the benefits of MDF Blinds compared to Wooden Blinds?
- MDF blinds can be made to look like wooden blinds, however, they are normally much cheaper as MDF costs less than 100% wood
- They are really easy to wipe clean as the surface is smoother than wood, this also makes them less prone to dents, scratches and sun damage
- If you are thinking of getting wooden blinds for a bathroom or kitchen where there is more moisture then MDF blinds are a better option as their coating doesn’t allow the moisture into the core of the blind which can sometimes make them warp or damage
- MDF wood effect blinds have a hardwood core which provides a robust holding for screws when fitting them
What colours can a Wooden Blind be?
Wooden blinds can be made in any wood colour available from your blind company and often come in light, dark or painted white, grey or beige colours. They are a great option when you want a neutral or natural window or door covering.
What sort of windows can a Wooden Blind be fitted in?
Wooden blinds can be made to measure to fit most windows and door openings. They can be fitted inside or outside of your window recess and look best when they are fitted inside.
Can a Wooden Blind be fitted to a door?
Wooden blinds look great covering door frames like in the picture. Professional blind companies can also fit them to attach to your PVC window or door frame so that they don’t swing when closed or when the door is open.
Are Wooden Blinds easy to fit?
Wooden blinds can be easy to fit yourself, however, good blind companies will measure your window, manufacture your blinds to your measurements and then come back and fit them. This takes away the stress of measuring them incorrectly and/or fitting them.
When you are fitting blinds yourself you need to take into consideration the wall plugs that you will need depending on the wall they are being fitted to.
Professional blind companies fitters will be extremely experienced and have the tools and know how to quickly and efficiently fit your blinds with minimal mess and no gaping holes. If you do decide to fit your blinds yourself then there are normally 2 fixture brackets and 4 screws to use.
Can you have a blackout Wooden Blind?
No, wooden blinds cannot be fully blackout as the slats let in some light even when fully closed.
What windows do Wooden Blinds best fit into?
Wooden blinds are really versatile and can fit into most types of window and doors. If your window isn’t a standard size then made to measure wooden blinds are your best option and even if they are standard sizes these can still vary so made to measure will always look better in the end.
What rooms do Wooden Blinds suit?
Wooden blinds really can suit any room, they are really versatile and will give you a minimal and modern, contemporary look, open, closed or partially opened or closed. They will make a room look brighter, bigger and lighter due to their uniform slats. They offer privacy while still allowing the light to flow in from their easily adjustable slats and they work perfectly in small and large rooms.
What type of property are Wooden Blinds normally used for?
Wooden blinds will look amazing in new or older style homes or businesses. Their modern look and ease of use make them perfect if you have a lot of windows in your property and are really cost effective compared to curtains or plantation shutters.
Can a Wooden Blind be fitted for a door?
Yes, wooden blinds can be fitted to a door and they can look amazing, giving your room a feeling of great height from the top of your door to the floor when fully closed or the slats partially open. If your door opens inwards then you have to be careful not to open the door when the blind is shut so this is always a consideration when you are choosing the type of blind to fit your door opening. If this is the case then a wooden blind that can be fitted to your PVC window frame is always a good option.
Can a Wooden Blind be fitted inside the recess of a window?
Yes, wooden blinds can be fitted inside of a window or door frame recess. Inside mounted wooden blinds give you the cleanest look and they can be mounted as deep or as shallow into the window or door recess as you want.
Can a Wooden Blind be fitted on the outside recess of a window?
Wooden blinds can be fitted outside of a window or door recess and they can extend past the frame if you want them to.
Where should I buy a Wooden Blind from?
If you want a wooden blind to last then we would always advise that you buy them from a reputable blind company. A specialist blind company will have a greater choice of material and colours to choose from and will have the expertise to advise you on the best blind option for your room, decor and budget. Most professional blind companies will offer free; measuring, making and fitting service to make the whole process really easy for you.
Will Wooden Blinds keep a room warm?
Wooden blinds will keep a room warmer compared to not having any window covering, however, bear in mind that the slats will let some air through from the inside of your window.
Does a Wooden Blind keep a room cool?
Wooden blinds can keep a room cooler as they block the direct sunlight from entering when they are fully closed or the slats partially open. A lot of people choose wooden blinds for conservatories or sunrooms as they give the best of both worlds allowing some light to still shine through.
Can Wooden Blinds be used in an office?
Wooden blinds are a great choice for an office as they are easy to open, shut and to keep out the suns glare by adjusting the slats without removing all of the natural light. They offer a clean, minimal and contemporary look even if you have lots of windows.
Can a Wooden Blind be used in any property?
Wooden blinds are a great choice for any property, domestic, commercial or office environments as well as new build homes, 40’s, 70’s built properties as well as older Victorian style properties.
Will Wooden Blinds give me privacy?
Wooden blinds will give you as much or as little privacy as you want. The easily adjusting slats can be fully open or closed, or partially open or closed and depending on which direction they are tilted in depends how much passers by can see in.
Can a Wooden Blind be partially open?
Yes, wooden blinds can be partially open by pulling the slats up to expose part of your window opening or fully closed with the slats partially open. They are so versatile and enable you to keep all or some of the sun or natural light in or out of a room.
Are Wooden Blinds safe for children?
Wooden blinds now are safe for children as long as the pulley cord is child safe so always check this before you buy. Most made to measure blinds will have this safety feature automatically whereby a child-safe cord will separate at a certain point if there is any weight applied to it which is then easily rejoined.
What width can a Wooden Blind be?
Most wooden blinds maximum width will be 3000mm (3 Metres) but a good and reputable blind company will advise you on this. If your window recess is a lot wider than this then you can consider having 2 blinds fitted which will seamlessly join together in the middle giving you the look you want.
What depth can a Wooden Blind be?
Most wooden blinds can be made to fit an average door height. A lot will depend on the width of your door or window opening as well as if the opening is wide and there is a large drop this can make a wooden blind too heavy to fit safely and open and close. Again a good professional blind company will be able to advise you on this.
Can you see through Wooden Blinds?
It is hard to see through a wooden blind when they are fully closed as the slats gaps aren’t wide enough to see through. If the slats are partially open it depends on which way they are tilted as to how much someone passing by will see.
How do I measure for a Wooden Blind?
A window should have a minimum recessed space of 2 3/8″ for an inside mounted wooden blind. You should measure the width of the window from the top of the opening to the sill in 3 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, we would advise you to use a blind company that offer a free measuring and fitting service as if there is a problem when the blind comes to be fitted they will rectify it.
How much are Wooden Blinds?
Wooden blinds will vary in price depending on the material used and the size of the blind. Buying off the shelf standard size blinds may be slightly cheaper, however, even standard sized windows are not always the same and they will all vary by mm’s so a made to measure blind will fit your window opening perfectly and will last for years.
Do Wooden Blinds need to be maintained and looked after?
If wooden blinds are fitted properly when they are installed then they will be really safe and secure. The screws may need tightening in the wall fixings after a few years and its always a good idea to check this if it isn’t feeling secure. You should dust the slats on your wooden blind regularly and wipe them with a damp cloth periodically to keep them looking new and fresh.
Is it best to get a Wooden Blind made to measure or buy them from a shop?
We would always advise you to buy wooden blinds made to measure to ensure they fit your window opening and recess perfectly. You can cut wooden blinds to size, however, it’s tricky to do and will never look as clean cut as if they were made to measure.
What are the benefits of made to measure Wooden Blinds?
- They are made to measure your window and its recess perfectly
- They can be fully open or shut
- The slats can be adjusted to let in as much or as little light as you want and to give you as much or as little privacy as you want
- You can choose from a huge range of material and colours to match your decor
- They don’t cost much more if anything at all compared to standard off the shelf wooden blinds
Will a Wooden Blind reduce the sunlight in a room?
Yes, wooden blinds can reduce the sunlight entering a room when the slats are adjusted. This protects your furnishings from sun damage and keeps it cooler in the summer.
Will a Wooden Blind protect my carpet and furniture from sun damage?
Yes, a wooden blind will protect your carpet and furniture from sun damage without the need of blocking out the light completely.
Why would you choose Wooden Blinds over curtains?
Wooden blinds are a modern, minimal and contemporary window covering compared to curtains. Curtains can only be completely open or closed compared to wooden blinds which can be partially open or closed. Curtains can overpower a room and they will cover some of the walls on either side of your door or window when open. Wooden blinds are normally a cheaper alternative to good quality curtains as the material cost is often less. Wooden blinds offer an efficient and cost-effective solution to window coverings giving you as much light and privacy as you want at any time.
What areas in 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 Wooden Blinds we have a wide selection of standard ones to choose from, or we offer a free made to measure; measuring and fitting service in your home or business in Glasgow, Stirling, Coatbridge, Livingstone, 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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