Here’s why laminated blinds exist:
A neighbour has helpfully felled some tall trees in their garden, suddenly bathing your sitting room and kitchen in dazzling sunlight that you never thought you’d be entitled to. Lovely you might think. But then you realise that there are times during the day when the sunlight needs to be dimmed a little (either to protect furniture, carpets etc or just to give you some precious reading time without having to don the shades).
And with all that tree cover gone, suddenly you don’t feel as cosy and enclosed as you did. As you’ve never needed window dressings before, roller blinds have a certain, minimalist appeal as they’ll reduce to almost nothing when fully raised. But you’ve seen a few samples, and they’re either too crisp, or you can’t find the right colour to match all that furniture you’ve carefully assembled. No, you want a softer look in the right shade.
And this was exactly the conundrum that led to us visiting a lovely old coach house, nestled in a medieval lane in Oxfordshire (Headington in case you’re wondering). Bring on the laminated roller blind!
Our inquisitive customers had already identified a fabric from our range, to complement the accent colours in their Sitting Room. Without too much discussion we all agreed that laminated roller blinds presented the most practical and aesthetic solution.
Why? because they could be conveniently located below the arch of each window. When raised they would reduce, rather than block out the sunlight entering into the room, and when lowered they would produce a soft, cosy look. They were relieved to hear that their chosen fabric could be laminated onto a roller blind.
A few pointers to help you buy laminated blinds:
1. Be careful who you buy your blind from: sounds a bit obvious really, but a number of companies manufacture laminated blinds, some better than others. For a truly rolls royce product, make sure the edges of your blind are hemmed (see the photo at the top of this blog), rather than cross stitched or glued.
2. Choose the right lining: following on from point 1. above, if your blind supplier is worth their salt, they’ll give you a choice of linings (the material that the front fabric is laminated onto) – typically white, cream or dim out.
3. Reverse or standard rolled? Standard rolled blinds have the fabric falling over the back of the mechanism. With reverse rolled blinds, the fabric rolls over the front of the mechanism – the advantage of which is that you don’t actually get to see the reverse side of the fabric rolled around the mechanism (as you do with standard rolled blinds), as the mechanism is hidden behind the fabric. This is also a good option where you have door handles and locks that you want the blind to clear. With the fabric rolling over the front of the mechanism, the fabric is further away from the window and will have a better chance of avoiding your window handles and latches.