Deciding to build a conservatory is a big decision, so you’ve got to get the décor absolutely perfect.
An important aspect of a conservatory interior is the blinds you choose for the walls and roof windows. Your choice isn’t just about the aesthetics of your conservatory, you need to consider the level of light control and their insulation properties too.
With such a huge range of blinds available on the market, it can be difficult to know what is right for you. To help you decide what type of roof blinds you need, we’ve put together a handy guide that explains the ins and outs of every blind under the sun. When running through this comprehensive guide it is also worth considering what type of roof structure you have before purchasing your roof blind.
Types of Roof Blinds
Pleated blinds are a common choice for a conservatory window. Pleated blinds are typically made from translucent polyester cloth and fold up neatly out of sight when opened.
If you choose Velux pleated blinds, there is a huge range of colour options and sizes to suit your conservatory.
Advantages of Pleated Blinds
- Softly diffuses light
- Folds neatly out of sight
- Heat reflection for the warmer months
- Heat conservation in the colder months
- Easy to open and close
- Wide range of colours
Disadvantages of Pleated Blinds
- A more expensive option
- Don’t block out natural light
- Require regular cleaning
- Must be properly maintained to ensure the pleats don’t flatten
Uses for Pleated Blinds
Pleated blinds are great for awkwardly positioned roof windows and conservatory windows as they can be adjusted to fit many window shapes. Their neat nature also makes them a good choice for tilting or turning windows.
Another common type of blind is the roller blind, which can be used throughout your house as well as for roof windows and conservatories. With a huge range of fabrics available, you’re sure to find roller blinds that’s perfect for your conservatory.
Advantages of Roller Blinds
- Simple to use
- Versatile style
- Block out natural light and offer UV protection to prevent sunlight damage
- Low maintenance
- Easy to install with just 2 fixture brackets
Disadvantages of Roller Blinds
- Depending on the positioning of the blind, they may prevent the windows from opening fully, decreasing ventilation.
- Not suitable for narrow or odd shaped windows
Uses of Roller Blinds
Roller blinds are typically used inside the home, for bedrooms, home offices and kitchens. However, in recent years, they’ve become a popular choice for conservatories. That being said, they are not suitable for roof window blinds as gravity may not be on your side…
Venetian blinds are an affordable option, often chosen for their versatility and durability. Their characteristic overlapping slats are held together with string, allowing easy adjustment. The overlapping slats can be made from materials like wood, PVC and aluminium to match your style.
Advantages of Venetian Blinds
- Great value for money
- Suitable for a wide range of windows, including roof windows
- Sunlight can be easily controlled with many positioning options
- Durable and easy to maintain
Disadvantages of Venetian Blinds
- Overlapping slats allow in natural light, even when closed
- Need regular cleaning
- More difficult to install
Uses of Venetian Blinds
One of the most versatile type of blind, Venetian blinds can be used throughout your house for a rustic look. In your conservatory, venetian blinds are a good choice for both the vertical and roof windows, especially if you like full control of natural light.
Usually made from soft fabrics, Roman blinds gather into neat pleats when they are raised for a classic, luxurious look. While they are a popular choice for bedrooms and lounges, Roman blinds are also a good choice for your conservatory.
Roman blinds are available in a huge range of materials and colours, meaning there’s always something to match your décor.
Advantages of Roman Blinds
- Elegant style with lots of options
- Excellent at blocking natural light
- Velux blackout options available
- High heat control potential to can keep the heat in during winter and out in summer
Disadvantages of Roman Blinds
- Difficult to install and dismantle
- Even in the fully raised position, they can obscure the view from the window
- Susceptible to trapping moisture, leading to regular maintenance to avoid mould
Uses of Roman Blinds
Roman blinds are excellent for large windows, as they can cover wide spaces without using too much material and taking the focus away from the interiors. However, due to the way they fold, Roman blinds are not suitable for small windows as they may obstruct too much of the view.
Vertical blinds are mostly used for conservatories due to their clean, unobtrusive look. Hanging from a beam or rail at the top on the window, vertical blinds can be adjusted to control the amount of light flooding the room.
Advantages of Vertical Blinds
- Easy, versatile adjustment
- Increase the perceived size of the window, making the room feel bigger
- Affordable choice
- Available in a wide variety of colours and styles
- Don’t accumulate dust
Disadvantages of Vertical Blinds
- Poor light blocking performance
- Low heat controlling potential
- Noisy when being moved
- Can be bulky when folded up
- More likely to be damaged over time
Uses of Vertical Blinds
Vertical windows are perfect for large windows where light blocking is not a priority, such as a conservatory or patio door. On the other hand, vertical blinds are not a good option for small or narrow windows.
Perfect Fit blinds
For those who don’t enjoy DIY, Perfect Fit blinds are the best option. With no need for drills and screws, Perfect Fit blinds are fitted between the glass and neoprene gaskets of UPVC windows.
Advantages of Perfect Fit Blinds
- Easy to install with no screws or drilling required
- Avoids damage to the window frames
- Available for Pleated, Venetian and Roller blinds
- Useful for awkward windows
Disadvantages of Perfect Fit Blinds
- Not an option for Vertical and Roman blinds
- Not always applicable to conservatory windows
Uses of Perfect Fit Blinds
Perfect Fit blinds can be used for any UPVC window or door for a neat finish. While they are widely used for conservatories, in some instances Perfect Fit blinds can’t be fitted, so it’s important to check all your windows and doors are suitable before you purchase.
Now you understand the various types of conservatory blinds, you are now equipped to search for the best blind for your living space.