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Selecting Blinds by Room Decor and Function

Every room in your home, as you know, serves a different purpose, so its important to take those functions into consideration as you choose a blind for every room.
The blinds, shades or window coverings that you select should support and add to the function of the room, as well as add to its overall look.
‘You probably would not use a sliding glass door for your bathroom for obvious reasons, and in the same way, selecting a fabric blind with a dry clean only label probably isn’t the right selection to go on the window above your cooking range.

If you are seeking privacy, for say a bath, or bedroom, then you will want a blind that provides that, not a sheer or transparent one.

You would perhaps select a blind that blocked uv light but permitted viewing if your window faces a magnificent view and no one else can see into it from the bedroom, while if your room faces that window of a neighbor you will want to select a blind that will block their view and offer privacy.

Unlike the bath, your kitchens don’t usually need to be considered for privacy unless you are prone to cooking wearing minimal clothing, which can be dangerous at best, so while you will not be so concerned with privacy you will in fact need to take into consideration other factors such as ease of care.

In a living room, you will perhaps want to cut down the light a bit but not totally darken the room. In this instance a cellular shade or blinds is the perfect way to soften the light, protect your soft furnishings such as curtains and carpet and still not eliminate all the natural lighting in the room.

Enmergy efficient blinds will help you immensely if your goal is to cut your utility bills and retain heat in the wintertime, and block it during the summer.
Energy efficient used to mean bland and boring but that has in fact changed immensely in the past few years, where utilitarian now means lovely elegant and stylish.

Décor
Selecting your window blinds to match your decor is simply not as difficult as you’ve been told
Take into account the period or theme of the room.. a colonial one will take wooden blinds, while a bath, which has nautical overtones will easily take a canvas blind, which has the added benefit of being easily water proofed.

Classical, rustic, romantic or modern your style can be found and complemented using one of the sleek blinds that are on the market today.
Take some time to browse through our categories and see if you can’t find something that suits the moods of your room and you.

Outside Mount Method

If the installation requires you to hang the vertical blind on the wall or outside the window frame, you need to mount it using an outside mounting method. To do this you need to use the measurements of the blind’s height and add about ¼’’ to it.

Then using a measuring tape, measure from the floor up, the new height and mark the spot. Then screw in your first screw there. Next place an installation bracket on the wall about 3-4″ from the end of the headrail. Afterwards, insert a screw in the bracket and screw it in. Make sure the bracket is level and screw in the second screw. This will prevent the bracket from moving. Next, place the additional brackets across the headrail. Then place the clip release flange towards the wall or window. Finally tighten all screws so the brackets are securely mounted.

Next you need to install the headrail. You need to decide which side you wish the control chain and traverse cord to hang from. Then center the headrail to the mounting clips. Afterwards, place the front lip of the headrail into the groove at the front end of the clip; rotate the back of the headrail up until it finally snaps into the back.

After that is complete, time comes to attach the vanes. To do this you need to pull on the traverse cord so the vane holders spread out. Then rotate the chain until the openings in the stem faces outwards towards you. Next, hold the vane and push it up into the vane and proceed by then pulling the vane down until it locks into the hook.

Finally comes the mounting of the tension pulley. It should be placed on the bottom baseboard or wall. There should be two holes in the base where the screws go in at. Once the pulley is attached and secured, place the loop of the vertical cord in through the top part of the pulley.

Then choose the knotted end that is the farthest from the traverse cord and chain and pull until the tension pulley becomes taut. Get a marker and mike a small marking dot at this point and follow up by releasing the traverse chord. Now pull the chord back out to where you marked it with the marker and tie a knot at that location. Next, put the loop back into tension pulley and traverse verticals. If it works right, cut off the access string below the knot.

Making Roller Blinds

1. First, stiffen the fabric by following the directions given on the back of the Fabric stiffener box. Then allow it to dry and proceed to press it.

2. Cut the fabric to the needed size. Make sure you use a set square. This will get you a perfect square shape.

3. Next, lay the fabric down completely flat on a flat surface. Make sure it is wrong side up. Then turn up 1.5″ (3.75 cms) at the bottom edge and stitch close to the raw edge. Now this measurement should be only a little bigger than half the circumference of the dowel. It will be capable of being adjusted to fit any size dowel.

4. Then cut the dowel about 0.75″ (2 cms) shorter than the width of the blind and slide it into the casing.

5. After that, lay the blinds down flat and by using a pencil, mark, by drawing a line across the width, 0.5″ (12 mm) down from the top edge. If the blind is going to be set to roll from behind the roller, mark the line on the right side of the fabric. If not, mark the line on the other side of the fabric.

6. Place a sheet of double side adhesive tape along the marked edge at the top.

7. Lay the roller on a flat surface.

8. Take the protective strip off of the adhesive tape and press the top edge of the fabric onto the roller. You need to make sure the fabric is aligned exactly along the marked line on the roller.

9. By hand, roll up the blind. Then slot up the brackets and pull the blind down.

10. Work the blind until it matches your desired tension.

Solar Control with Venetian Blinds

All blinds regulate the natural light and solar heat in some way. Venetian blinds however do so in an effective manner. Due to their adjustable slat angle, you can adjust the slats to match up with the natural light and heat of the particular season. And often times they blinds are a bright white color or polished aluminium, allowing for the maximum controlling of light and solar heat.

Venetian blinds can install on the window’s interior or exterior. By installing them on the exterior the Venetian blinds can reduce the cost of air conditioning significantly. In many now developing nations where air conditioning is not widely used, these blinds are a popular control of the heat and sunlight. After all, blinds were originally invented for that very reason back during ancient Egypt.

The exterior blinds allow only 10% of the solar heat in a single pane window when fully closed. Interior blinds however can allow around 40% of the solar heat in a single pane window. However, while more than an exterior installed blind, it is still a significant reduction in solar heat.

Automatic blinds controlled by motors can even change the position of the slats as the sun’s light angle changes throughout the day, allowing maximum regulation of the solar light. Today, they can even be controlled to allow different levels of light in depending on what part of the blind it is.

At the top it can completely block the light while the bottom allows about 10% of it in. It is all up to you! Even more exciting is that today; available in exterior installations is the option of having an anemometer-controlled motor. This senses the wind speed and adjusts the blinds so during high speeds, they can retract into the housing, preventing any major damage. The options seem unlimited. They can be adjusted to fit any space, whether you want to allow light in for working or to simply block most of it.

With all that nice technology like the anemometer-controlled motor, it would be a shame if you could not figure out how to work it. Do not worry! Most of them today are controlled by simple switches. This switch is clear on what they do and simply adjusts the blinds based on how you decide. You can even set them in advance to decide what to do during certain light levels. The technology is there to help; now all you have to do is hit a switch and enjoy.

How to make a Plain Roman Blind

Once you measured the amount of fabric you will need for the actual creation of your Roman blinds, you can begin the easy and quite fun process of actually making them.

  1. To begin with you need to cut the fabrics to the size required while adding an additional 2 (5 cms) to the width for side seam allowances and 2″ (5 cms) to the length for hem allowances. If a patterned fabric is used, make sure it is cut so the pattern matches up on both sides.
  2. Cut the lining out to precisely math the exact measurements as the upper fabric while leaving out any extra allowance that may have existed for pattern matching.
  3. Take the fabric and lay it down right side up on a flat surface.
  4. Next, lay the lining down flat and on top. Be sure to have them wrong side up and matching up the raw edges. Then smooth out all of the wrinkles and creases and pin the two together.
  5. Stitch and pin down both sides along the bottom edges around 1″ (2.5cms) from the raw edges.
  6. Trim the bottom two corners and proceed to make a second row of stitches across the bottom, 0.25 (6 mm) in from the raw edge. Between the channels, between the 2 rows of stitches, insert a dowel.
  7. Take out all of the pins. Next, turn the blinds right side out.
  8. Press the blinds and press out and flatten the seams.
  9. Place the blind on a flat surface and again, pin the two layers together.
  10. 2″ (5 cms) down from the top raw edge, use a pencil and draw a line across the width of the line.
  11. Divide the rest of the length of the blind into equal sections (between 8″ and 12″ (20 and 30cms)) with a half section at the bottom edge and mark.
  12. Using a pencil, draw lines across the blind at those marks. The lines should be parallel to the edge at the top and be right angles to the sides. This ill make sewing lines for the pockets.
  13. To develop he pockets that will be needed to hold up the dowel, cut some strips of lining fabric3″ (7.5 cms) wide and as long as the blind is wide. Cut 1 strip for each whole pleat.
  14. Fold every strip in half (width ways) right sides together and matching the raw edges.
  15. Now, machine stitch across one end and down the length 0.5″ (12mm) in from the one raw edge.
  16. Turn it right side out and press it.
  17. Pin the folded side of the pockets onto the pencil lines you drew.
  18. Sew the pockets onto the blind at these marked lines.
  19. Slide a wooden dowelling into each pocket and sew the open ends.
  20. Hand sew the plastic rings to the outer edges of the pockets.
  21. Turn down 1″ (2.5 cms) to the wrong side, at the top edge and press.
  22. Stitch and pin the sew side of the Velcro across the top and on the wrong side. Close it to the fold. Stitch both sides the same direction.
  23. Hang the blind by pressing the two Velcro pieces together.
  24. Screw an eyelet into the underside of the batten directly above each line of rings on the blind and 1 at the end of the batten to the side that the blind will be operated from.
  25. Cut the nylon cord into three and knot one length to a bottom ring. Through each line of rings, thread the chords. Through the eyes on the batten taking all three cords to one side of the window.
  26. Trim the end of the cords level. Then thread them into the acorn and knot them.
  27. Position a cleat at a convenient height.
  28. Pull up the blind, winding the cords round the cleat.

How to make Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are one of the most popular styles of blinds today. Due to their design and refreshing look, they are often known as one of the most stylish ways to decorate a window. What is even nicer is they can be made from many a material and weight of fabric. Now it will be revealed how to estimate the fabric quantity needed to make your dream blinds.

Fabric, Lining – Strips of wooden or plastic dowelling, 1.25″ (3 cms) less than the blind’s width.
Small plastic rings, approximately 0.5″ (12mm) in diameter.
Wooden or brass acorn.

Nylon cord, 3 x (twice the length of the blind + the width of blind).
Wall cleat.

Stick and sew Velcro enough for the width of the blind.
Wooden Batten approx 1” (2.5cms) x 1” (2.5 cms) x the width of the finished blind.
4 screw eyelets.

Estimating the Fabric Quantity

1. Place and secure the blind track or wooden batten in position. Fix the blind to the top of the window frame.

2. Attach the adhesive side of the Velcro to the edge (front) of the batten

3. Measure from the top of the track or batten to a chosen length. Add some allowance for the hem to be made or for pattern matching

4. The length of the lining will be the same as the fabric requirements

5. To find the width of fabric needed, measure the track or batten and again allow for the necessary seam allowance. Divide this number by the width of the fabric and round up to the next whole number.

6. The amount of widths of lining required will be equal to the number of widths needed for fabric

How to make a Plain Roman Blind:

Once you measured the amount of fabric you will need for the actual creation of your Roman blinds, you can begin the easy and quite fun process of actually making them.

1. To begin with you need to cut the fabrics to the size required while adding an additional 2” (5 cms) to the width for side seam allowances and 2″ (5 cms) to the length for hem allowances. If a patterned fabric is used, make sure it is cut so the pattern matches up on both sides.

2. Cut the lining out to precisely math the exact measurements as the upper fabric while leaving out any extra allowance that may of existed for pattern matching.

3. Take the fabric and lay it down right side up on a flat surface.

4. Next, lay the lining down flat and on top. Be sure to have them wrong side up and matching up the raw edges. Then smooth out all of the wrinkles and creases and pin the two together.

5. Stitch and pin down both sides along the bottom edges around 1″ (2.5cms) from the raw edges.

6. Trim the bottom two corners and proceed to make a second row of stitches across the bottom, 0.25” (6 mm) in from the raw edge. Between the channel, between the 2 rows of stitches, insert a dowel.

7. Take out all of the pins. Next, turn the blinds right side out.

8. Press the blinds and press out and flatten the seams.

9. Place the blind on a flat surface and again, pin the two layers together.

10. 2″ (5 cms) down from the top raw edge, use a pencil and draw a line across the width of the line.

11. Divide the rest of the length of the blind into equal sections (between 8″ and 12″ (20 and 30cms)) with a half section at the bottom edge and mark.

12. Using a pencil, draw lines across the blind at those marks. The lines should be parallel to the edge at the top and be right angles to the sides. This ill make sewing lines for the pockets.

13. To develop he pockets that will be needed to hold up the dowel, cut some strips of lining fabric 3″ (7.5 cms) wide and as long as the blind is wide. Cut 1 strip for each whole pleat.

14. Fold every strip in half (width ways) right sides together and matching the raw edges.

15. Now, machine stitch across one end and down the length 0.5″ (12mm) in from the one raw edge.

16. Turn it right side out and press it.

17. Pin the folded side of the pockets onto the pencil lines you drew.

18. Sew the pockets onto the blind at these marked lines.

19. Slide a wooden dowelling into each pocket and sew the open ends.

20. Hand sew the plastic rings to the outer edges of the pockets.

21. Turn down 1″ (2.5 cms) to the wrong side, at the top edge and press.

22. Stitch and pin the sew side of the Velcro across the top and on the wrong side. Close it to the fold. Stitch both sides the same direction.

23. Hang the blind by pressing the two Velcro pieces together.

24. Screw an eyelet into the underside of the batten directly above each line of rings on the blind and 1 at the end of the batten to the side that the blind will be operated from.

25. Cut the nylon cord into three and knot one length to a bottom ring. Through each line of rings, thread the chords. Through the eyes on the batten taking all three cords to one side of the window.

26. Trim the end of the cord’s level. Then thread them into the acorn and knot them.

27. Position a cleat at a convenient height.

28. Pull up the blind, winding the cords round the cleat.

Covering Your Roll Up Window Blinds

Roll up window blinds are wonderful for their room darkening effect, but until recently haven’t been as stylish or fashionable as we might wish them to be.

Available in fabric or in Vinyl , they are now available in colors, but still aren’t as easy to match to our window coverings or our wallcoverings as we might wish them to be, available primarily in only plain colors without the prints that are the seasons best and most interesting part of the room

Some of the prints that are all the rage this year, for both summer and fall are larger print leaves, ivy, ferns and oak leaves, fall tones or deep russets and dark greens.

Those fabrics are available in any good fabric store and the vinyl roll up blinds are easily covered to bring them to something incredible that will show case your room and your windows, putting them in the spotlight.

Vinyl roll up blinds are the easier to work with and require only minimal effort to make the glue or hot glue adhere to the blind, and create a designer look for a nominal cost.

Depending on the size of your window and blind, you will require

Aileens Tacky Glue, or some other type craft glue

A yard to two yards of fabric of your choice

Designer edging if desired.

Taking an iron, iron the edges of the fabric to create about a half inch seam or edge allowance

Using hot glue, and beginning in the center top, run a bead of glue down the middle of the blind from top to bottom

and press the fabric onto the blind.

Run a bead of glue top to botton about every 8 inches.

Run a bead of glue across the top, as high up or as close to the roller as you can get it.

Repeat this across the bottom of the blind, pressing tightly to adhere them.

Add a designer edging to the lower edge of the blind, and perhaps a pull cord that contrasts with the fabric.

Voila..   inexpensive and easily accomplished.