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BlindsProfessional Fitting ServicesSmart BlindsMarch 18th 2024by The Absolute Blinds TeamElevate Your Space With Horizontal Venetian Blinds

In the world of window spaces, there are a number of options you can choose to achieve a blend of style, functionality, versatility and elegance but there is nothing quite like the appearance of horizontal venetian blinds. With their iconic design and practical benefits, venetian blinds have been a superior choice in interior design for many decades. Originally these blinds were made using the finest fabrics and cuttings of real wood. The expertise craftmanship of Venetian artisans and craftsmen allowed for the designs to become complex. Now with the advent of lightweight, man made metals and alloys and specially treated faux wood there is an even bigger choice of styles and designs to select from.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the numerous benefits and features that horizontal venetian blinds can bring along with tips and tricks when it comes to selecting, installing and maintaining them.

Understanding The Structure Of Horizontal Venetian Blinds

Horizontal venetian blinds consist of a number of horizontal slats that are connected by at least two or more cords or wires and suspended by a main headrail. From the side of the headrail, the blinds can be controlled by either a bead or a wand. The controls usually comply with the latest in safety regulations to protect, children and pets from getting harmed from using the controls and they are usually fixed to the wall with a clip and have a snappable element installed to break the chain or wand. The blind slats themselves can be made from various materials, including wood, aluminum, or vinyl, in addition to various fabrics. Each material offers its own unique benefits and characteristics. While not completely waterproof, the slats can be coated with a special film that can block moisture, dusts and some forms of bacterial spore. Horizontal venetian blinds have a well known feature to tilt, allowing you to control the amount of light and privacy in a room without raising the entire blind set. There is still the option the raise the entire set for easy access to cleaning the rest of the window space.

What Are The Benefits Of Horizontal Venetian Blinds?

Timeless Style

Well placed horizontal venetian blinds provide plenty of sophistication to a room, which makes them a versatile choice to add in to home décor. Whether you prefer the warming look of natural or faux wood, the sleekness and modern appearance of aluminum, or the classic feel and touch of fabric there is a style that suits everyone.

Versatile Light Control

One of the key advantages of horizontal venetian blinds is their ability to provide precise control over natural light. By simply adjusting the angle of the slats, you can regulate the amount of sunlight entering your room, creating the perfect ambiance for any occasion, whether that be a cold, sunless winter day or a bright summer evening.

Privacy Protection

Privacy is essential in any space, and horizontal venetian blinds offer one of the most effective solutions. With a quick tilt of the slats, you can not just block out light but also shield your space from prying eyes, striking a precise balance of privacy and light.

Energy Efficiency

Venetian blinds can also contribute to improved energy efficiency in your home. When closed, thicker slats can create an additional layer of insulation, helping to prevent heat loss during the colder months and reducing the workload on your central heating system. Conversely, during the summer, they can block out the sun’s heat as well as UV rays, not only keeping your space cooler and reducing the need for excessive air conditioning but also protecting your interior furnishings from getting damaged and also safeguarding your skin from any harmful effects. Summer chills on the couch will have never felt more comfortable!

Easy Maintenance

Maintaining horizontal venetian blinds is actually quite easy. Regular dusting and light wiping of the slats or occasional spot cleaning is all that’s needed to keep them looking fresh. Careful operation of the set can ensure a healthy system that will last for many years to come. With minimal effort, horizontal venetian blinds can retain their pristine appearance, ensuring long-lasting satisfaction and value.

Durability And Longevity

Horizontal venetian blinds are built to last. The thicker wooden or metal slats that are installed into various systems, can withstand a lifetime of environmental punishment from the elements, making them a durable system to invest in around your property.

Making Sure You Choose The Right Venetian Blinds

When you are in the process of selecting the the right venetian blinds for your property, you should ideally take into consideration the following:

  1. The Material – Choose a material that complements your décor style and meets your functional needs. Wood blinds offer warmth and natural beauty, while aluminum blinds are sleek and modern. Vinyl blinds are highly durable and moisture-resistant, making them ideal for high-humidity areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
  2. Slat Size – Venetian blinds come in a range of slat sizes, from narrow to wide. Larger slats allow for more light and visibility when open, while smaller slats offer greater privacy when closed.
  3. Colour And Finish – Select a colour and finish that enhances your décor and adds visual interest to your space. Consider whether you want your blinds to blend in seamlessly with your surroundings or make a bold statement as a focal point.
  4. Motorisation – Accessibility to certain blinds might be a difficulty for some individuals, however having a motorised variant of your blinds that can be controlled through the click of a button or a special application on your phone can prove highly beneficial. Integration with smart homes can even allow for the setup of timed systems to control the

How To Install Horizontal Venetian Blinds

Installing horizontal venetian blinds is a relatively straightforward process that can be done by DIY enthusiasts or professionals. For a successful installation of any blind set, try following these steps:

  1. Firstly, Measure Your Windows – Accurate measurements are crucial for ensuring a perfect fit. Measure the width and height of your windows, taking into account any obstructions such as window handles or extra trim.
  2. Select The Mounting Style – Another great feature of these types of blinds is that they can  be mounted either inside or outside the frame. Choose the mounting style that best suits your preferences and the configuration of your windows but be careful in your choice – once a blind set is mounted inside the frame and it gets damaged or has a fault, it can prove more difficult to remove and repair. If you feel confident the blinds will have no damage over the course of their lifetime then it should be safe to proceed with this option.
  3. Install The Brackets – Use a pencil or a fine tipped pen to carefully mark the placement of the mounting brackets, ensuring they are level and evenly spaced. Secure the brackets in place using screws and a screwdriver or a light drill. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the brackets if you are using a drill.
  4. Attach The Headrail – Slide the headrail off of the blinds into the brackets and secure it in place according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Hang The Blinds – Once the headrail is securely in place and you have the positioning setup to your requirements, attach the blinds to the headrail by inserting the slat hooks into the corresponding slots. Test the blinds to ensure they operate smoothly and adjust as needed. Make sure there is enough give on the blinds to the sill.
  6. Finish The Installation – Install any additional safety features such as hold-down brackets, and make any final adjustments to ensure the blinds are level and aligned properly.

Maintaining Your Horizontal Venetian Blinds

To keep your horizontal venetian blinds looking their best after the, follow these maintenance tips:

  1. Dust Regularly – Use a soft cloth, duster, or vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dust and debris from the slats and headrail. Make sure that the cloth is not too wet as this might wear down any protective coating that protects the material from moisture or UV damage.
  2. Spot Clean As And When Needed – For stubborn stains or spills, spot clean the affected area using a mild detergent, washing up liquid or specialized blind cleaner and a clean cloth.
  3. Avoid Excessive Moisture – While vinyl blinds are moisture-resistant, excessive moisture can still cause damage over time and cause warping of the slat. Avoid using water or harsh cleaning solutions on wood or aluminum blinds. This can discolour and damage the slats.
  4. Inspect For Damage – Periodically inspect your blinds for any signs of damage or wear, such as bent or broken slats, frayed cords, or loose hardware. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the continued functionality of your blinds. Hairline cracks in wooden slats, creases and bends in metal slats are reason to immediately replace them.

Conclusion

Horizontal venetian blinds are a timeless and versatile window treatment option that offers a perfect combination of style, functionality, and practicality. Whether you’re looking to enhance privacy, control light, or elevate the aesthetic appeal of your space, these blinds are an excellent choice for any living or office space. With their durable construction, easy maintenance, and an array of customisable features, Venetian blinds provide a long-lasting beauty and value that will enhance the surrounding environment for many years to come. Invest in horizontal venetian blinds today and experience the transformative power of this classic window space solution.

If you are looking to have some of these installed yourself, then look no further than Absolute Blinds. Our team have had years of experience installing these systems and can help you find the fit that is right for you with a FREE made to measure solution. Simply get in touch here or give us a call on 0151 521 1777 or 0330 110 518.

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