When ordering a new set of blinds for your home, it can be hard to know where to start! With so many types of blinds to choose from, instructions to follow, and retailers to choose from, it can be daunting for a DIY novice to go about getting new blinds for their homes.
This is why we’ve made this handy guide looking at Venetian blinds and everything you’ll need to know from start to finish, from measuring your windows, all the way up to putting the blinds up in your home. So read on and discover how you can easily get a set of new blinds in your home this year!
Measure Your Window Space
The first thing you should do after deciding to purchase a new set of venetian blinds, is to measure your window space. The size of your window is an important measurement as that will dictate the size of blind you will need for the window. Getting the size for your blinds right is incredibly important, measure too large and your blind won’t fit in the window, or measure too small and your blind won’t cover the window.
Luckily, measuring for venetian blinds is incredibly easy! Just get your measuring tape, then measure the window’s recess from side to side and top to bottom. You’ll want to take these measurements from three locations in the recess as they aren’t always straight, then select the smallest measurements to ensure the blind doesn’t get caught up on the side of the recess.
Decide What Type Of Venetian Blind You Desire
Next, you’ll have to decide what type of venetian blinds you will want for your windows. For the most part, there are three main types of venetian blinds which you can pick from, those being: metal venetian blinds, faux wood venetian blinds and real wood venetian blinds.
Metal venetian blinds are made up of multiple thin aluminium slats which are connected by strings, these are the lightest and often cheapest type of venetian blind as they’re made from lightweight aluminium rather than heavy wood.
Faux wood venetian blinds are made from plastic slats which are designed to look like wood, which are held together with strings. Faux wood blinds are often cheaper and more lightweight than wooden venetian blinds as the plastic used for the slats is lighter, but these are still often heavier and more expensive than an aluminium venetian blind.
Real wood venetian blinds are unsurprisingly, made of wooden slats which are connected by strings. Real wood blinds are usually the most expensive type of venetian blind as wood is a more costly material than plastic or metal. Also, these real wood blinds are also quite heavy, as they’re made mostly of solid wood, rather than lighter materials.
Order Your Venetian Blinds
Now that you know the size your blind will have to be and what sort of blind you want to purchase, it’s time to order your window’s new blinds. To purchase your blinds you’ll want to find a reputable online blinds retailer that sells Venetian blinds like DotcomBlinds.
Once you’ve found your online retailer, you’ll want to peruse their offerings for Venetian blinds and order some free samples of their products so you can see the look and feel of the blinds in person before committing to a purchase. Ordering samples is incredibly important when shopping online, this is because everyone has different settings for their screens, so what you see on the web page, may not be exactly what you’d get in reality.
Once you have ordered your samples and selected the blind you want to purchase, it’s time to return to the retailer’s website and place your order online. Simply just find the product you have in mind (samples will usually have their product name on), enter your measurements into their price calculator and purchase your new blind.
Install Your New Blinds
After ordering your blind, you need to kick back and relax for a few days whilst they manufacture your made to measure venetian blind and wait for it to arrive.
When your blind gets delivered, you’ll have one final task ahead of you – Installing the blind!
Installing Venetian blinds is often a very simple affair, often you’ll simply need to drill the blind’s brackets into place and then secure the blinds themselves into the brackets. But instructions for installation may vary based on where you purchased your blinds, so make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for easy installation.
Now, after all that work you have successfully measured for, ordered, and installed a new set of stylish Venetian blinds in your home!