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Blinds are generally used in offices and homes to provide shade and privacy. One of the main attractions of blinds is that the amount of light they let in can be controlled by opening and closing the blinds to varying degrees.

However, the effect of the blinds on light, privacy and the look of the room is dependant on the type of blinds you choose. Here we outline the different types of blinds available in the UK today and offer you a few helpful hints for measuring and installing blinds.

Venetian blinds

Perhaps the most well known and most popular type of blind, Venetian blinds have horizontal panels and are made of wood or aluminium, which can be adjusted to the control the amount of sunlight allowed into the room. Venetian blinds are available in various widths and lengths and some blinds suppliers offer made-to-measure Venetian blinds.

These types of blinds are so well loved because they offer a clean, uncluttered look and you can choose a style or material to compliment the look of your room. There are many options from dark wood Venetian blinds to striking metallic blinds.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds are made from opaque or vinyl fabric that is wrapped around a dowel, which can be rolled up or down by using a cord system. Roller blinds are particularly popular in rooms where you might want complete privacy, such as a bathroom or bedroom. This type of blind offers a simple, practical but stylish option as roller blinds are available in many different colours and styles, such as straight, shaped or decorative hems.

Roman blinds

Roman blinds have a cord woven through the fabric that allows you to raise or lower the shade in a stylish pattern. This type of blind is available in many different colours, fabrics, such as most ranges of curtain fabrics, and styles, such as traditional Roman blinds with covered wood batten, cords and cleat.

Pleated blinds

Pleated blinds serve a similar function to Venetian blinds as their flat horizontal fabric panels can be adjusted to control the amount of light let into the room. If you want light to enter from the top of the windows, you can choose pleated blinds that have a "top-down" design.

This type of blind is available in a wide range of colours and fabrics, and gives windows a homely yet stylish appearance. Pleated blinds are also great for use in skylight, conservatory and shaped windows.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds have vertical panels that can be adjusted to control the amount of light that enters the room. The blinds can also be pulled to one or both sides of the window if you want to allow all the light to enter. Vertical blinds are available in different widths and lengths, and they are a popular choice for full-length windows, conservatory windows or patio doors.

Many people use vertical blinds to control the amount of light that enters a conservatory or sunroom in order to protect the furniture from damaging sunlight. Vertical blinds can be bought in a range of colours, textures and patterns, while many of them are also machine washable.

When it comes to measuring and installing blinds there are a few things you should remember. To get accurate measurements you should use a steel ruler, and it is worth bearing in mind that the blind should be unobstructed when it is fully extended to allow it to hang freely.