A guide to choosing your new blinds or curtains.

Blinds, Curtains, For the home

Well-chosen blinds and curtains can transform a room. However, when it comes to deciding what to go for, the task can seem rather overwhelming. With so many different blind types and fabrics on offer, how do you know what is best for your home? With some expert help you can find the perfect solution for every room.

Whether you want blinds or curtains or both, we can help you choose stylish and practical options that will suit your home to a tee. With over 40 years’ experience making and fitting blinds and curtains there isn’t much we don’t know. Here are a few tips from the Norwich Sunblinds team.

Off the shelf or made to measure?

With readymade blinds different sizes might be available but the dimensions will most likely be limited, whereas when you choose made to measure, your blinds (and curtains) can be adjusted to fit any window whatever the size or shape. When you purchase from Norwich Sunblinds, whether you choose blinds or curtains (or both), they will be bespoke and designed for an exact window in your home. We even offer shaped blinds for awkward shaped windows.

What’s more, with made to measure you can get the style and look you prefer. With readymade off the shelf options there are often limited fabric designs and colours available, whereas we offer a wide variety of choices ensuring that you can find something that works perfectly in your home.

The right fittings and fixtures can make a real difference. When it comes to curtains, ideally you need co-ordinating curtain poles, pelmets and tie-backs. This isn’t always possible with readymade options. We will source yours to exactly match your made to measure curtains.

Crucially, with readymade options you have to do all the measuring and fitting yourself. Being a fraction off with the measurements can result in blinds or curtains that don’t fit properly and frankly look a bit of a dog’s dinner!  Our friendly, highly trained  staff do all the measuring up and fitting for you, saving you time and hassle and crucially ensuring a perfect fit.

We get it right first time, whereas purchasing off the shelf can be risky and also costly if you get it wrong. The key is not to settle for the first thing you see, with made to measure you have plenty of options which we can discuss with you during a home appointment.

Your blinds and curtains are made to measure in Norfolk with Norwich Sunblinds

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Skilled workers will make your new blinds and curtains

Blinds or curtains?

A question we are often asked by our lovely customers is whether they need blinds or curtains. Although this can be down to personal preference in terms of look and style, a lot depends on what your priority is. For example, is privacy an important consideration or do you want to be cosy?

If privacy is a top priority, you might want to consider a venetian blind, vertical blind or vision blind in your living room and bedrooms. These blinds will give you the benefit of being private while also letting daylight in. You would need to close the curtains completely to prevent people looking into your home, which is impractical during the day.

Blinds are much better if your priority is ease of light control. Vertical and roller blinds filter the light whereas with curtains you can only open or close them to block out bright sunlight.

Curtains are ideal if you are looking to increase insulation during the cooler evenings. By drawing the curtains, you will create a really cosy atmosphere in your home. Of course, you might choose to go for both. Choose blinds for increased privacy and ease of light control and combine with curtains in a luxe thick fabric to create added warmth.

Blinds or curtains, or both?

The Norwich Sunblinds team can help you choose.

Two boys playing hide and seek with beautiful curtains and perfect fit blinds

Two boys playing hide and seek with beautiful curtains and perfect fit blinds

Which blinds are best for which room?

When looking at what blinds are best for which room you need to consider a range of things from the type of window to how you use the space.

The most popular blind type is a roller blind which can be closed, opened or adjusted to suit your requirements. Roller blinds work well in most rooms and are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms if they are moisture resistant. They are available in a huge range of colours, fabrics and finishes, making them work for most room styles. However, roller blinds do have a minimal, sleek look, making them especially suitable for contemporary homes.

Venetian blinds are the most versatile blind type as they are suitable for all room conditions and allow reflected light through while preventing sunlight from streaming into the room. They are especially good for home offices and living rooms. You can opt for venetian blinds made from aluminium. We also offer bespoke venetian wooden slat blinds, which are highly sought after, made from high-quality basswood in our Norfolk workshop.

If you are looking for a touch of luxury for the living room or bedrooms you might want to consider Roman blinds. With their lavish folds of fabric, they especially suit more traditional homes. As Roman blinds are made from curtain fabric you might like to pair with curtains to create a complete look for your home.

Homeowners with bi-fold doors might want to consider allusion blinds which combine the look of a fine curtain with the versatility of a blind, enabling you to simply walk through the fabric when the doors are open. You could also look at vertical blinds, which allow you to control the light by simply angling the louvres. Motorised blinds are also a popular choice for bi-fold doors as they are not only convenient but bring added security benefits with the timer function.

Pleated blinds are ideal for awkward shaped windows and conservatory roofs. If you are covering a large window, several blinds might be better than just one enormous one.

Whatever room you need blinds and curtains for, the Norwich Sunblinds team can help. Visit our Norfolk showrooms or book a home appointment and we’ll take it from there.

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Shoji blinds look stunning in any room handmade in the UK

Whatever you choose, all our blinds and curtains come with a five-year guarantee. Your blinds and curtains will be made to measure and manufactured by expert craftspeople.

During a home appointment we can advise you on what will best suit your home. Book yours today!