What You need to know before purchasing indoor or outdoor blinds

Looking into some indoor or outdoor blinds for your home? Here’s what you need to know. 

“It’s too bright”
“It’s too hot”
“It’s too cold”
“I have a great view but how do I get the best out of this, to decrease glare while improving privacy?”

Tired of the dusty old curtains that you have up years ago?

Perhaps, now it’s a good time to consider installing blinds in your home for a new and modern look?

Since blinds are more compact, sleek, perfectly fitting, less maintenance and visually appealing, indoor and outdoor blinds have been increasingly popular as a form of window treatment.

Selecting the right blinds for your home or workspace can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the space, as well as how you and your family or co-workers interact with it.

There are a variety of blinds solutions available in the market, ranging from roller blinds, roman blinds, vertical blinds, venitian blinds, panel glides, ziptrak interiors and so on for indoor systems. While, you’ve heard about Ziptrak, Zipscreen, eShade, eZip to name a few for outdoor systems. Options are available everywhere but, what are the top 3 key considerations when choosing indoor or outdoor blinds for your home or workspace?

#1 System

Blinds comes in an array of system, style and colors.

Side control or spring operated? Block-out or light-filtering? Chains or without chains? Pelmet or without pelmet? Timber or aluminium? Fabric, clear or tinted PVC?

What is the best blind system that will stand up no matter what the weather has in store – saying warm in winters and keeping cool in summers? And the list goes on…

Every blind system has its own benefits and pitfalls. Always consider what is right for you and your situation.

Most blinds today fight the elements like harsh sunlights, wind, rain and insects. Along with these functional and practical requirements, designs and styles play a critical role too in creating the ideal atmosphere. Whether it’s traditional, modern, minimalist or simply comfortable, everyone has a specific taste or vision they wish to achieve.


#2 Control Option – Motorized or Manual

Control chains, cords and pull sticks are the common blinds control system, which almost always work well. However, these systems can be out of alignment or damaged over time or with mishandling. Child safety is also a common consideration, and is in the heart of most blind owners. Always a good practise to ensure that all child safety clips are secured to the wall, and it’s recommended to check this twice a year. Never place a child’s cot or bed near any blind cords or chains.

In the recent years, there’s been a gradual shift towards smart homes with the rise of intelligent devices or commonly known as virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Home Assistant. As we embrace the new world, modern blinds now come with an option for in-built intelligent architecture. Easy integration with any smart home assistant devices, you can now take total control of the blinds, individually or centralized, anytime anywhere.

#3 Price

Almost always, you’ll find yourself caught between the price tags. Some prices may result in more grief in the long run compared to the initial cost savings. It’s always important to decide based on the functionality “Does the blind meet the objective you are trying to achieve?” and durability “Does it last more than 5 years?”

Do not settle for less unless you are dressing up the window for a guest room, rental and short term home ownership.

Custom blinds as compared to those you can get off-the shelves do have a pricing gap, and in most cases, it’s worth paying more for made-to-measure perfectly fitting and quality products.

Blinds are long term investment for your pleasure and enjoyment, on top of providing light control and privacy.

It’s always ideal to invest in good quality blinds which offer impressive light and vision control with great value for money.

Once you have considered all the above key points, it’s important to have an experienced Design Consultant to assess, measure-up and recommend the options available for you to select the best-fit blinds system solution.

Then comes the methods of installation. As the saying goes “ Your product is only as good as the person who installs it”.

You could have purchased the best product in the market but it equates to nothing if it is installed incorrectly.

In a nutshell, before embarking on your project, consider your needs with systems, control options, position, window hardware, styles, designs and even safety features before you make a selection.

Regardless of the size of window or problem you have, there is always a smart solution to it.

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