Choosing the right blinds for your window application doesn’t have to be tricky. With a variety of different windows used in houses, there are different types of window coverings that will suit different window applications. Considering your window type as one of the first steps when it comes to choosing window coverings. Below are some of the common window types found in Australian homes and the best types of window coverings to use.
Before you get started on the different window applications and which blind might works best for you, it’s a good idea to consider your other needs and wants when it comes to buying blinds. Below are a few examples of what to consider when buying blinds.
- Room: Consider the room the blinds will be installed in and the most common activities the room is utilised for.
- Purpose/Function: What do you want the blind to achieve? For example, blockout sunlight.
- Style: Consider your interior décor style and how your blinds will help to enhance the space.
- Colour: Combined with style, the colour of your blinds can either blend the blind within your room or make a statement.
- Material: Ensure your blind is made from the right type of material to suit your rooms function and purpose. For example, choose a water-resistant blind for the bathroom to ensure longevity.
- Energy Saving Properties: Consider utilising blinds as a way to save on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
Window Application Types
The slider window is the most common type of window application found in Australian homes. Traditionally, slider windows have one fixed panel and one moveable panel that slide to the left or right horizontally. The best thing about slider windows is that majority of blinds available on the market can be installed. With this being the case, consider some of the other factors mentioned above to determine the type of blind to install on a slider window. Some common blinds used for slider windows are Roller Blinds, Venetian Blinds and Bottom Up Honeycomb Blinds.
Bay windows look beautiful in a home however can be a little bit tricky to cover with window blinds. Depending on how your bay window is configured, you may need to consider how these blinds will work if they are butted up together. Bay windows are traditionally made up of three windows that protrude from the house. Whilst most window blinds will work for a bay window, as seen in the image below of Honeycomb Blinds, the Roman Blind or Venetian Blinds have a style that is well suited to the bay window aesthetic.
Similar to the slider windows, sliding doors usually consists of fixed panels and moveable panels. The slider door is often found in rooms which lead straight out to the backyard, patio or deck. Because this window application can encounter a decent amount of foot traffic, it is important to consider how the use of the window blinds will affect this. Whilst most window blinds will work with a sliding door, most commonly the SmartGlide Vertical Honeycomb Blind is used. Depending on your door configuration there are a number of different options for how the blind can operate (e.g. left stack, right stack, centre opening). The SmartGlide Vertical Honeycomb Blinds stack back neatly to allow full access to the sliding door without causing any obstructions.
Casement Windows and French Doors
Both casement windows and French doors have the same style with the glass panel covering only a section of the window or door with aluminium or timber used to complete the rest of the window or door. This can make them a little tricky to cover however there are specifically designed window blinds that work best. The Smartfit Honeycomb Blind is used to cover just the glass panel in the window or door and has no headrail making it an unobtrusive window blind. The biggest advantage to the Smartfit Honeycomb Blind is that when the blind or door is used, the blind will remind snug and not bang against the glass.
The skylight window is usually built into the roof and is either flat or on a slant. This allows alot of sunlight and moonlight to flood the space. When skylights need to be covered to blockout sunlight and protect furniture and flooring, due to the nature of the skylight, specifically designed window blinds need to be used to avoid sagging. The Skylight Honeycomb Blind is designed to ensure that the skylight is still usable, folding back into a small stack offering full view or complete closure.
Single or Double Hung Windows
Single and double hung windows move up and down vertically within the window frame. This means that most window blinds will operate well for this type of window however the Top Down Bottom Up Honeycomb Blind is a common solution. Operating similarly to the double hung window, the blind can be operated from the bottom up and the top down. This gives you the ultimate flexibility when it comes to privacy and light control. Another solution is the Venetian Blind as the slats can be tilted to allow light and air flow as well as completely raised for full access to the window.
Considering your window type as the first factor when it comes to buying blinds is essential. This will help to narrow down your options. To further determine the perfect blinds to suit your windows, also consider the other factors such as the room type, the function of the room and how style and colour will work in your space.