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Hypo-allergenic Blinds

Which are the best blinds to choose if you have an allergy?

There are many types of window dressings which have Hypo-allergenic properties or are easy to keep clean and hygienic. My top 3 types are:

Shutters.

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Shutters are easily cleaned and can even be wiped down using a damp cloth

Shutters are really easy to clean and keep free from dust. They can even be wiped down with a damp cloth (just follow with a dry cloth for a streak free finish). This makes them an excellent choice for anyone who suffers from dust allergies or for putting anywhere which requires an Anti-bacterial blind.

Roller Blinds

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Anti-microbial Copper Operating Chains are ideal for health care environments

There are hundreds of roller blind fabrics which are treated with chemical coatings to make them Hypo-allergenic and guard against certain strains of bacteria. At Surrey Blinds we have a huge range of fabrics which have been treated in this way, including many colours and patterns so they don’t have to be boring. Using an Anti Microbial Copper Operating Chain in a Silver or Gold coloured finish gives additional protection where needed. Roller Blinds are ideal in health care environments as well as in kitchens and bathrooms, where cleanliness is vital.

Privacy Wooden Venetian Blinds

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Some Wood Venetian Blinds can be treated with a Hyginilac Coating

Wooden Venetian blinds can be treated with a Hyginilac Wood Lacquer coating which kills off bacteria for 10 years, making the blinds ideal for anyone who suffers from an allergy.

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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.

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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!

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Blinds and Child Safety

Blinds and Child Safety

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The law regarding blinds and child safety is nearly 2 years old and here at Surrey Blinds we have really seen the changes that this has bought. Initially it felt like an uphill battle, trying to explain the changes to our customers, but we have seen a remarkable change over the last 18 months with so many more of our customers choosing child safe options.

Here are some of our favourite Child Safe window dressings

Shutters

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These window dressings transform any window they are fitted in, we have seen a huge increase in the number of people who are installing shutters and have literally hundreds of testimonials from customers saying how fantastic they look.

Motorised Roller Blinds

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Motorisation is really beginning to come into its own, we can now motorise Roman Blinds, Wood Venetian Blinds and Pleated Blinds as well as Roller Blinds.

The most popular of these is the roller blind. This is available as battery operated, rechargeable Battery operated as well as mains powered, and the technology is getting better and better. Come into our Guildford showroom to experience our super quiet Creation Baumman Roller Blinds range.
All of our motorised roller blinds come with sleek remote controls, and there is also the option of wireless wall mounted control panels, just to ensure you can’t lose the remote!

Vertical Blinds with Operating Wand

Child Safety Rating 10/10

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All our vertical blinds now come with wand operation, instead of the traditional cord and chain, for Child Safety.

In addition to this our vertical slats all have a completely enclosed weight at the bottom, doing away with the stabilising chain which used to connect the slats at the bottom, this gives the Vertical Blind a sleeker and more modern look.
Altogether a super safe blind

Always looking to make blinds safer

Design Guru x

Bathroom Blinds

Bathroom Blinds

What are the Best Bathroom Blinds?

Which are the best blinds for bathrooms?

Roller Blinds are fantastic in Bathrooms

Bathrooms gets the most moisture from steam and splashing to condensation on the mirrors and windows. This moisture can cause potential damage to some types of window dressings.

There are some types of Blinds which can withstand this moisture, some of the best types are as follows;

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Shutters

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Vinyl Shutters work very well in moist conditions

Many people will be surprised to see Shutters on this list, however there are two shutter ranges which are designed specifically for bathrooms. The Surrey Shutter is an extremely well priced Poly Vinyl shutter. It is available in 3 louvre widths and 3 colours. However, if you need the colour to match with other shutters in your home, there is also the Herm shutter which is available in 5 louvre widths and 6 colours.


Roller Blinds

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Roller blinds are often used in bathrooms. The fabrics they are made from can be treated to make them as water resistant as possible. There is a huge selection ranging from moisture resistant to fully waterproof fabrics, in both plain colours and patterned.
As well as the fabrics it is very important that the roller blind tube, brackets and mechanism are also moisture resistant. All the roller blinds we supply have aluminium tubes, Powder coated metal brackets and nylon mechanisms which can withstand even the wettest of settings.


Faux Wood Venetian Blinds

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Faux Wood Venetians look elegant in the Bathroom

If you love Wood Venetian Blinds, then a Faux Wood Venetian Blind is a fantastic option. These Poly Vinyl blinds will not warp or twist in moist conditions, unlike traditional wood venetian blinds.
Faux Wood Venetian Blinds are available in a number of different colour options as well as 2 slat widths 38mm and 50mm.

There are, of course, other types of blinds which can be used in Bathrooms . If you would like to book a consultation please give us a call

Kitchen Blinds

Kitchen Blinds

“Which are the best Blinds for your Kitchen?”

This is a question I am asked on a regular basis, and of course there are many different options.

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Kitchens often don’t have a focal point, so using a bold decorative blind at the window can really transform the room.

This can give the area a new lease of life without the expense of changing the kitchen.

Roller Blinds

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Decorative Roller Blinds can look fantastic in the kitchen

A blind which is easy to keep clean is the best idea in the kitchen. So a wipeable Roller blind is a great, cost effective solution.

Some fabrics are impregnated with a chemical which helps prevent cooking smells from clinging to the fabric. These blinds stay fresh and free from smells and are available in a wide choice of colours and patterns.

Venetian Blinds

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Many people like venetian blinds which allow privacy as well as letting some light in.  Aluminium venetian blinds are the most cost effective of all the venetian blinds and come in a wide variety of colours. Be warned though, they can be a little difficult to keep clean due to the size of the slats.

Another popular blind for the kitchen is a Wooden Venetian, or, if you are concerned about moisture, a Faux Wood Venetian (this is made of a Poly Vinyl, so you can be assured it will not Warp). Wood and Faux Wood Venetian blinds also come in a variety of painted colours and stains, so can also be used to make a statement in the kitchen.

Shutters

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Shutters are becoming one of the most popular window covering solutions.

These can used to great effect in kitchens, again allowing Privacy and light. Shutters really easy to keep clean as the strong slats can be wiped with a damp cloth.

Shutters are available in a range of neutral colours, or, if you are feeling brave, you can have them painted in pretty much any colour you want!

There are, obviously, other blinds you can use and if you would like any further advice you can always book a consultation with one of our expert advisors.

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Hope this helps

Design Guru x

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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Plantation Shutters

Why Choose Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters look amazing in most windows, but did you know that they are incredibly practical, excellent insulators of both heat and sound, and easy to keep clean.

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Shutters are fast becoming one of the most desirable window coverings on the market.

They are available in a range of louvre widths. From the cute 47mm, ideal for smaller windows, to the wide 114mm suitable for wide expanses.

They are available in a wide variety of standard colours, as well as the popular option have them custom painted any colour you like.

Shutters can be fitted in a variety of different ways, adding even more flexability to this product.

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Cafe style

Cafe style shutters, known more commonly as half height shutters, cover just the bottom part of the window. These can work extremely well in rooms where privacy and light are required.

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Full height

Full height shutters completely cover your windows, giving total privacy as well as the best insulation.

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Tier on Tier

Tier on Tier shutters allow you to open the top shutter panels whilst leaving the bottom ones covering the windows. This gives you a Cafe style look during the day, and Full height at night.

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We can come out, measure and give you our honest advice as to the shutters which would look best in your house

The Design Guru x

Cleaning Blinds and Shutters

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Cleaning blinds is one of the topics I am asked about frequently. As with most things in life, there are different rules for different types of blinds but as a guide here are my top tips …..

Shutters – Use an Ostrich Feather Duster once a week or once a fortnight to keep the dust levels down, the ostrich feathers are very fine and easily flick the dust from the shutters. Once in a while it is advisable to wipe shutters down with a damp cloth and dry with a soft cloth to keep them looking in top condition.

Wood and Aluminium Venetian Blinds – Again an Ostrich Feather Duster is the best way to keeping Wood Venetian Blinds clean, the fine feathers flick easily behind the cords – but it needs to be done on a regular basis to prevent the build up of dust.

Roller Blinds – Cleaning roller blinds depends on the fabric chosen, some can be dabbed with a damp cloth to remove stains – don’t scrub the fabric as this can break the fibres and leave them sticking out of the fabric which spoils the overall look. If you don’t know whether your fabric is suitable then check before you use this method.

Roman Blinds and Curtains – For a thorough clean these window coverings can usually only be dry cleaned, and I would also advise using a vaccume cleaner with a low suction setting to remove any surface dust.

Hope this helps!

Happy Cleaning

The Design Guru x