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Reducing Noise Levels with Blinds

Are there any blinds that will help reduce noise levels?

I get asked this question often and the good news is, yes there are several very effective solutions which can really help reduce noise levels and are really good heat insulators as well!

Some of the best solutions are as follows

Shutters

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Shutters are brilliant insulators of both heat and noise. Our Vazon, Alderney or Herm Ranges are the best as these shutters are made of much denser material than the others. Obviously though the noise reduction only works when the shutter slats are closed!

Honeycomb Pleated Blinds

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Pleated blinds come in a wide range of colours and these blinds have a honeycomb structure which traps a layer of air between the pleats of the fabric. This means that the shape of the blinds absorbs sound making these a practical and stylish choice.

Curtains with Acoustic Interlining

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Curtains with a special acoustic interlining can also be a good choice as the lining  absorbs the noise, so the fabric on the outside can be any from our huge range, giving a massive choice of colours, patterns and textures to choose from. You can also team the acoustic interlining with a blackout lining for the ultimate in darker and quieter bedrooms!

Wooden Venetian Blinds

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These are the  most cost effective way of achieving some sound reduction although not as effective as some of our other blinds, wooden venetian blinds are a stylish addition to any window

With so many choices there is bound to be one which will help reduce noise pollution and help you achieve a quieter room

For more information visit our Noise Reduction Products Page

 

 

 

 

Bedroom Blinds

Bedroom Blinds

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Blackout Roller Blinds work well in Bedrooms

Which blind will be best in my Bedroom?

This question is difficult to answer as it depends on what you are looking for in terms of light blocking.


Privacy

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Wood Venetian Blinds offer privacy and shade

If the most important thing for you is privacy then venetian blinds or shutters may be the answer. These types of window coverings will not blackout when closed as light will seep in around the edges and between the slats. Even so the easy privacy afforded is making these increasingly popular in bedrooms.

Bedroom Blinds Product Pages »


Blackout

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Having a window covering which blocks out almost all of the light is important for many people. The most cost effective solution for this is a roller blind.

There are many blackout roller blind fabrics to choose from which will darken a room effectively although it is important to remember that there will be light seepage around the edges of the blind and along the top. For even better blackout then consider using a roman blind with blackout lining or a honeycomb pleated blind as these will have much smaller gaps at the edges.

Curtains with blackout lining will also be very effective, although a Pinch Pleat heading will give better blackout than Eyelets as they can be fitted closer to the wall.

Of course if you would like Privacy and Blackout, this can be achieved with a combination of window dressings, and this layering  can also look very stylish and luxurious

Please remember though, there is no such thing as 100% blackout blinds, but using a combination of these window dressings then you can get fairly close!

Blackout Blinds Product Pages »

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Thermal Insulating Window Coverings

Thermal Insulating Window Coverings

As the weather is getting colder, ways of keeping the house warm and cosy are at the forefront of many thoughts.

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Just looking out at dark, grey skies can be enough to make you feel cold, so, choosing new thermal insulating window coverings is a great way to help reduce heat loss.

Of course, putting up any type of well fitting window dressings will help reduce heat loss, however there are several styles of window coverings which have better insulating properties. In this blog I am going to discuss some of these, however this is not an exhaustive list.

1) Lined Curtains or Roman Blinds.

Lined curtains and roman blinds have a natural air-gap between the face fabric and the lining which improves the thermal properties of them, and, if you wish to wish to improve this further , then the use of a thermal interlining can make a huge difference.

From personal experience, I have a thermal interlined curtain which I can pull across the doorway separating my Kitchen from my conservatory. Since installing this I have been able o turn down the heating in the conservatory significantly, without the rest of the house becoming cold as a result, which in turn has substantially reduced my heating costs.

2) Plantation Shutters.

These are one of the best types of insulative window dressings, tests which have been done show that installing shutters on a single glazed window can have the same effect on thermal and sound insulation as installing double glazing!

3) Roller or Vertical Blinds with a Solar Reflective Coating.

These type of roller blinds usually have a thin coating of aluminum sprayed on the back of the fabric to reflect more of the heat back out of the window in the Summer months, however, of course, the reverse occurs in the winter and more of the heat generated from your radiators in the Winter will be reflected back into the room. The roller blind is one of the most cost effective solutions.

As I mentioned before this is not an exhaustive list, however these window dressings do represent some of the very best types for thermal insulation

Wishing you the very best, warm and cosy New Year !

The Design Guru x

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The New Kylie Bedding Range

The New Kylie Bedding Range

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The New Kylie Bedding Range has now arrived at Surrey Blinds.

It’s that time of the year, the nights are drawing in and everything just seems a little bit drab and colourless, so why not transform your bedroom with our New Kylie Range of bed linens and cushions.

With luxurious textures and fabrics, and lots and lots of sparkle, its just what you need to bring star quality into your bedroom.

Why not team the bed linens with stunning velvet curtains or roman blinds at the window and cute shimmery scatter cushions and bolsters to really complete the look.

Here at Surrey Blinds we have a wide range of  fabrics which will compliment any of the range, as well as beautiful curtain poles and tiebacks dripping with twinkling crystals, so you can really go to town on your decoration.

To help you visualise how the New Kylie bedding Range could look in your home, why not pop in and see the display we have in our Guildford Showroom, it might be just what you need to beat the winter blues!

 

 

Roald Dahl Curtain and Bedding Range

Roald Dahl Curtain & Bedding Range

A Fantastic Roald Dahl Inspired Curtains and Bedding Range is now available at Surrey Blinds.

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Just the name ‘Roald Dahl’ evokes so many childhood memories for me, as well as recollections of reading these books to my children, and I am fairly sure that I am not alone in this.

I love the inventive words he uses and the images they conjure up fit so well that you know exactly what he is talking about. Whether its Lickswishy sweets or Scrumdidilyumptious chocolate, and the New Range of  Dahl inspired bedlinen shows this off beautifully well.

I would have loved decorating my children’s bedrooms with the New Roald Dahl Range of Curtains, Bed linens and quirky cushions – alas they are all grown up now – but I would have loved to have seen their faces as another piece of their imagination comes to life.

All of the images are carefully and faithfully reproduced from Quentin Blake’s extraordinary drawings and these are coupled with some of the most famous quotes from the Roald Dahl books.

Imagine going to sleep with your head resting on  a Golden Ticket, or hugging a pretty Sophie shaped cushion as you look out of the window for the BFG….

In our Guildford Showroom we have a display of the beautiful Curtains, bedlinen and cushions, so why not pop in to take a look?