A Guide to Blinds and Shutters:
Conservatories, Sunrooms and Glass Extensions

Baywindow colonial style blinds
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bespoke angled roof blinds
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Blinds Turquoise Venetian Style
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Classic Contemporary Bedroom Blinds
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Class Modern sunroom Blinds
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Conservatory Patio Door Blinds
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Contemporary Deep Blue Blinds for Home Office
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Living Room Classic Shutter Style Bay Windows
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Pleated Office Bedroom Blinds
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Steeple Conservatory Blinds
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White Conservatory Blinds
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Window and Roof Conservatory Shutters
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(Ideas and Inspiration courtesy of Thomas Sanderson)

Types of Blinds

Conservatory Roof Blinds
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Roof Blinds
Metak Venetian Conservatory Blinds
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Metal Venetian
Narrow Pleated Consevatory Blinds Light Blue Style
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Pleated
White Vinyl Consevatory Blinds
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Vinyl

Types of Shutters

Bay Window Blinds
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Bay Window Blinds
Cafe Style Window Shutters
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Cafe Style
Classic Window Shutters
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Classic Style
Micro Pleat Window Blinds
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Micro-pleat
Pattern Window Blinds
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Patterned
Shaped Window Shutters
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Shaped
Solid Window Shutters
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Solid
Tier Window Shutters
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Tiered
Wooden Guided Shutters
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Guided


Regardless of whether your in the process of planning a new glass extension or you’ve already completed it, you’ve probably realised that you need to consider the best soft furnishing option to provide curtain cover during the night and maintain comfortable temperatures during those hotter summer months.

Broadly speaking there are three different options to consider namely; curtains, shutters or blinds. Which option would suit your home best generally comes down to a combination of desired form and function.

In this article we look more closely at the features and benefits of blinds and shutters, explaining what to look for, how to decide which option works best for you and we showcase a few options in our gallery.

So what are some of the benefits of blinds and shutters?

  • They can help keep out pests and insects
  • They can block direct sunlight and thus reduce the effect of potentially harmful solar rays which can be hazardous to health
  • Blinds and shutters can be set at various angles which can give you privacy from the outside world whilst still allowing those inside a view to the outdoors
  • Furniture and paintings can have their lifetimes increased by reducing their exposure to direct sunlight
  • The levels of ambient light allowed into a particular space can be adjusted to suit
  • Blinds and shutters are much more compact than curtains in terms of space and can be installed into spaces of unusual shape and sizes
  • Blinds and shutters are very accessible and can be used opened and closed in hard to reach places where curtains would ordinarily be difficult to open and close

How to decide on what could work best for you?

  1. Look around at different options online and pick up a few interior design magazines. Pinterest and Google image search will have hundreds of options when it comes to getting together ideas and inspiration
  2. Search for companies that manufacture blinds and shutters online and see if they seem to have something similar to the products that you’ve already identified as potentially being a good match
  3. For each of the companies check out their website to discover what they offer in terms of product and service (cross check companies online with reviews). Many companies also offer to send you their brochure for free which is usually available as an instant pdf download or it sent via a post.
  4. Request a design consultation so that you can see the product up close and start looking at which style would suit your home. Measurements can also be taken at this stage which can allow for a quotation to be calculated at a later date.
  5. Compare several different companies products and get a quotation from each of the companies that you’d potentially be interested in.

Remote controlled blinds - are they just a gimmick?

Once upon a time not that long the idea of curtains and blinds that open and close themselves automatically was a vision of the future and more recently it has been considered a luxury only afforded by the rich and famous. These technologies have progressed significantly in the last few years and the competition in the space has helped make them affordable and within the affordability. Nowadays the systems that control your curtains or blinds can be controlled from the comfort of your armchair using your very own smartphone. Its possible to set schedules according to your own routines and habits so that you can programme the system to give you a lie in at the weekends or help jump start you during the week by allowing natural light to seep into the room and give you a helping hand in waking up each morning. Figures have also proven that criminals look for certain indicators that a property may be vacant with lights and curtains considered one of the most rudimentary signs of vacation. With the aid of automatic blinds and curtains you can be sure that your house never looks vacant to watchful eyes and thus vastly reduce the risk that you return from vacation to find you’ve been the victim of a breaking.

Comparing prices and quotes - what to consider?

Price range can vary massively but generally speaking you get what you pay for - there are cheaper options out their but generally speaking the finish, style and build quality would be reflected somewhere along the line. If your still in the planning phase of building your extension, its best to include these costs as part of the overall project costs as they are generally considered to be an essential.

Blind and Shutter Compatibility

  • Compatible with many types of windows including: casement, sash, tilt & turn and velux windows
  • Compatible with many types of doors, including: sliding, in-swing, out-swing and double doors
  • Blinds offer soft-close, retractable design which can be fitted to any size window or door

Things to look out for when seeking a supplier?

  • Variety and options - the bigger the selection the more likely you are to find your perfect match
  • Maintenance and aftercare - 5 Year warranty
  • Reputable company - reviews from satisfied customers, how long has the company been around for? size of company
  • Payment plan - is there an option to pay over a set period of time on installments? If so, what are the repayment terms and interest rates like?
  • Local dealers - essential for good quality aftercare service

What does Thomas Sanderson offer?

  • Craftsmanship - Made in Britain with over 20 years experience in the business
  • Choice - over 250 fabrics and colors to give thousands of styling combinations to suit
  • Inspiration - be inspired, received the Thomas Sanderson catalogue without any obligation
  • Free Design Service - Professionally fitted and blended to your décor
  • Reviews - literally thousands of independent reviews from satisfied customers, read them here
  • Coverage - Thomas Sanderson provide a great local service from their network of approved designers, surveyors and installation expert
  • Lasting maintenance package - cleaning, refitting and balance, check smooth operation, replace any defective parts
  • Payment plan - competitive finance packages offered with Hitachi secure finance plans
  • Guarantee & Aftercare - 5 Year Warranty
 
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