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How to choose blinds?

When the word "blinds" comes up, most people usually think of window shading. However, when it comes to deciding what type of blinds to get for your home, the choice isn't always so clear. That's why we've prepared an article for you in which we'll discuss 3 basic types of blinds.

Types of blinds

It's a shading element composed of multiple slats. You can tilt and adjust the amount of light passing through them. The slats come in various shapes and can be made from different materials. Blinds are divided into:

  • outdoor blinds,
  • horizontal blinds,
  • vertical blinds.

Another form of shading that is often referred to as blinds is pleated blinds. While these are made from a single piece of fabric, the horizontal folds give them the appearance of slatted blinds.

Outdoor blinds

The most popular form of outdoor shading is external blinds. Their slats are made from durable aluminum. The surface is painted in various RAL colors, allowing them to harmonize beautifully with the facade or windows, enhancing the final appearance of the house.

External outdoor blinds on windows of a family house

Advantages of outdoor blinds

Getting these blinds comes with several advantages:

  • they function as a natural air conditioner and prevent overheating of the room inside the house (blinds reflect sunlight away from the window surface, preventing heat from entering),
  • in winter months, they reduce heat loss,
  • due to the tilting of slats, shading can be smoothly adjusted up to complete blackout (during the day, you can let in natural light without direct sunlight; in the evening, close the slats to darken the room),
  • noise reduction,
  • they are resistant to weather conditions and pests,
  • they ensure your privacy (with closed blinds, the interior is not visible from outside),
  • they can serve as a partial security element (difficult entry for burglars through windows, can be integrated into a smart home system and programmed for automatic tilting, creating the illusion of presence even in your absence),
  • easy control - either manually with a handle or more conveniently with a motor,
  • quality materials ensure long lifespan.

Types of outdoor blinds

The basic types of outdoor blinds for windows are Cetta, Zetta, and Setta. The difference lies in the shape of the slats, indicated by the first letter in their names - C, Z, S.

We can further categorize blinds based on the installation method into flush and subframe:

  • Flush outdoor blinds are primarily designed for retroactive installation on an existing facade. The top part of the blind is covered by a metal sheet that remains visible even after installation.
  • Subframe design is intended for installation within the facade, with the blinds retracting into a concealed box.

Horizontal blinds

This type ranks among the best-selling interior shading solutions. The slats are made from aluminum. They are easy to maintain and operate. There are various options available, making it easy to choose blinds for both old and new windows.

Aluminum horizontal blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds consist of fabric slats hung in a rail. They are often used in offices and commercial centers, but they are also suitable for homes. There's a wide variety of fabric colors to choose from, allowing for combinations. Since these blinds can cover large areas, you can customize their operation (manual or motorized) and orientation (drawn to one side or parted like curtains).

Dark vertical blinds in a studio

Types of blind materials

When considering indoor blinds, you can also focus on the material they are made from:

  • aluminum blinds,
  • wooden blinds,
  • fabric blinds,
  • bamboo blinds.

Your decision on which blinds to choose will depend mainly on the space where you want to install them. For large window surfaces up to 20 m2, fabric blinds (vertical blinds or their variation - Japanese panels) are suitable. As the most economical option for shading, horizontal aluminum blinds are suitable, and they are also well-suited for damp areas (bathroom, toilet). If you appreciate natural materials in your home, consider wooden or bamboo blinds.

One of the significant advantages of all these types of blinds is their ease of installation. With our instructions, you can easily handle the installation yourself.

When blinds aren't enough

Despite all the mentioned advantages of blinds, you may find that you need something different. If you live on a busy street, have windows close to a busy road, or need to have a dark room during the day, you might want to consider outdoor shutters.


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