5 Materials Used in Window Blinds

Wherever you go in the world, you’re likely to find window blinds. And wherever you go, most of these window blinds will have a few things in common. They will, for example, be fitted on the window of dwellings — of places where people live. They will generally be around the same size of that window, or possibly a little bit bigger. And their job will be much the same; to control temperature in a room — either by keeping the heat of the sun out or by retaining warmth from within — or to provide privacy for the residents from the gaze of neighbours, passers-by and unwanted sticky beaks.

However, despite all these similarities, blinds come in a huge range of different forms. There are, for example, many varieties of blinds, from the horizontal slats of the Venetian blind style to vertical blinds, Roman blinds and even automated roller blinds. However, in this article we’re going to look at another differentiating point of window blinds — the materials used. After all, all over the world, window blinds are made from a range of different materials, each with their own range of benefits.

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A Brief History of Window Blinds

In the 21st century, window blinds are — along with curtains — the most common type of window covering. In fact, you’ll scarcely find anyone in Australia who isn’t familiar with window blinds of some variety. And that being said, the varieties are many, including Venetian blinds, vertical blinds, roller blinds and many more. In this article, we’ll briefly look at the history of this ubiquitous window covering, from its humble beginnings in ancient civilisations to its modern and technologically advanced incarnations.

Blinds in ancient times

The earliest records of blinds being used by human beings date back centuries to the nomadic tribes of African and Asian deserts. These primitive people used basic sheets to cover the windows of their dwellings in order to block out the harsh desert sun.

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Understanding Ultraviolet Radiation

We all know that Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is bad for us. We know that we need to wear sun screen at the beach and install roller blinds in our home in order to ensure we stay protected. But do you actually know what UV radiation (also known as UV rays) really is? Do you know why it’s dangerous? In this article, we’ll attempt to give you a simple explanation of how UV radiation works.

Let’s start with the basics…

At its most basic level, UV radiation is a type of energy travelling through space. This category of energy is known as electromagnetic radiation and also includes visible light, x-rays, infrared ways and radio waves.

The energy travels in the form of waves; a measurement of this energy, then, is what is known as a ‘wavelength’. The larger the wavelength, the less energy there is; visible light, for example, has a longer wavelength than UV radiation. This means that UV radiation has more energy and, thus, is more dangerous.

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5 Common Types of Window Blinds

Window blinds can be found in almost any home you’ll enter. They provide many household functions, from regulating the flow of air and light into your home to providing privacy, helping protect against theft and adding aesthetic value to your living spaces. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the most common types of window blinds, including mini blinds, Venetian blinds, Roman blinds, vertical blinds and roller blinds.

1. Mini blinds

A mini blind is a type of horizontal window blind that is formed by long and narrow slats. These slats are kept in place by a string that is situated inside the window. While similar to Venetian blinds in this regard, the difference with mini blinds is that they have much narrower slats; in fact, the slats of Venetian blinds are generally twice as wide as mini blind slats. To open and close the slats, you simply rotate a rod — clockwise for one direction, anti-clockwise for the other. To raise and lower the slats you pull on a string; generally, the direction you pull the string dictates whether or not the blinds stay up or go down.

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Discreet and charming – Panel glides

Sliding panels were originally a Japanese architectural feature. They became so popular that they’re now standard throughout the world. (Even the universal “sliding door” is actually a version of a sliding panel.) That principle works very well with blinds, too. Designers love panel glides because they’re great space savers, and they can be very elegant blinds.
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