Blinds: understanding the fundamentals

The blinds industry has evolved over the past 20 years from a purely functional product into a plethora of window dressings. Not only do different types of blinds add aesthetic appeal to your home, with a wide range of styles and colours, even the most decorative blinds generally serve a functional purpose. Today we are breaking down some of the fundamentals of blinds as window coverings.

Broadly speaking the many different types of blinds can be grouped into the following categories:

·      functional blinds,

·      decorative blinds and

·      fashion blinds.

Within each of these groups, one has an extensive band of values. While it is true that all blinds and window treatments have the following features in common:

·      Light control, by allowing more or less light through the window,

·      View control/privacy, through maximising or minimising how much of the window is exposed.

·      Insulation, by preventing or permitting air in and out of the window, blinds can insulate you from the chill winds outside.

Some broad groupings of blinds are, for example:

·      Venetian: available in a number of types, material and appearance options to suit your unique taste and style

·      Roller blinds: these offer the same options as Venetian, with the distinction that Roller Blinds are usually made of a single, large sheet of the chosen material and appearance while allowing a similar level of control and versatility.

·      Fashion blinds: stretch from novelties (e.g. Sheerweave, custom printed blinds, double roller blinds like Vision,) to decorative printed and plain colour elements.

When it comes to light control with different types of blinds, one differentiates between the following categories:

·      Transparent (you can see it through it)

·      Translucent (allows light to pass through it) and

·      Opaque (block-out).

Any one of these characteristics is available in the various blinds groupings.

Blinds constitute an economic alternative to curtains as a window dressing. Contact us to find out more.

Make your home unique with beautiful blind designs

As window blinds continue to rise in popularity in South Africa, and more and more homeowners from all walks of life choose this option to dress their windows, exciting new blind designs continue to enter the market. The exciting thing about this is the fact that more people are able to express themselves through unique and beautiful designs.

Now you can make your window dressing a statement of your style, and use it to make your personality shine through in your home. With so many styles and designs to choose from, you are bound to find something that appeals to you. Let’s take a closer look at some of the many blind designs and styles available to you today:

  • Shutters
  • Skylight blinds;
  • Outdoor blinds;
  • Venetian blinds;
  • Honeycomb blinds;
  • Sliding panel blinds; and
  • Roman panel blinds, to name only a few.

Partner with blinds express for exciting custom blind designs

We are a leading blinds company operating throughout the entire South Africa. Our company is renowned for our custom-made blinds, as well as our stunning blinds showroom. One of the many things that sets us apart in an increasingly crowded marketplace is that we are able to deliver custom designed and manufactured blinds to meet our customers’ specific needs.

There is no need to settle for a one size fits all solution when you have experts at hand to breathe life into your vision for a beautiful blinds design. Our expert consultants are available to lend their eye for design and to work with you, helping you to choose the blind design that best suits your particular style.

As we aren’t tied to any single manufacturer, we are best positioned to offer you an extensive range of products, colours and style. Our rates are guaranteed to suit your pocket. While we continue to monitor our suppliers to ensure their quality meets our high standards, you are always guaranteed excellence and value for money when partnering with Blinds Express. Contact us to discuss your blinds needs in greater depth.

Let your individuality shine through with custom-made blinds

One of the best things about opting for custom-made blinds is the fact that you get to design something that fits the aesthetic of your home, room or office perfectly. While there are many beautiful designs out there, oftentimes you just want someone to help bring your vision to life. Now you can, thanks to our customised blinds service.

As one of the leading blinds companies in the country, we’ve become renowned for our custom-made blinds, as well as our gorgeous blinds showroom. Our professional and seasoned consultants and dedicated team, all of whom bring an expert eye for design, work in close tandem with you to help select the best design for you, or to come up with something totally unique.

Partner with a Leading Full Service, Family Owned Blinds Company

We are proud of being a leading full service, family owned blinds company, with a presence in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our business started under the name Curtain Library more than three decades ago. Since then, we’ve completed thousands of blinds installations, for both our residential and commercial clients.

As we bring an exceptionally talented and gifted team to each project we undertake, you benefit from their extensive product knowledge, ensuring that you receive a finished product that matches your exact expectations, expertly installed. Let us help you benefit from all the advantages that window blinds have to offer.

Why Choose Custom-Made Blinds as Your Preferred Window Dressing?

There are so many reasons why countless South Africans choose window blinds as their window dressing of choice. For one, it helps you to achieve better control of natural light entering the home. What’s more, it’s a hassle free, low maintenance window dressing sure to last for years to come.

As we aren’t tied to any single manufacturer, we offer the broadest range of products, colours and styles. To learn more about us, and to enjoy access to competitively priced custom blinds, speak to us today. We look forward to helping you enjoy the full benefit of beautiful window blinds.

New Outdoor Blinds Trends

s it time for a new look for your outside windows? If you’re overhauling or redecorating your patio or lapa, it’s time to take a look at the latest trends sweeping outdoor blinds industry. Each year brings its own new designs, styles, colours and functional additions in the world of indoor and outdoor blinds.

There is a great deal of innovation and stylish function that go into the design of these beautiful blinds. So let’s take a look at some of the great trends sweeping 2017’s outdoor blinds industry, and why you should care about it.

Shade, Security, Style and Safety Is Where It’s At

 Today’s modern outdoor blinds achieve a lot for your outdoor space. They can fully retract up to open up the space, or come down to seal it when needed. So when the wind turns, or the bugs are out, or the sun’s simply too sharp, just close the blinds and you’re back in a cosy indoor space.

 When the wind is up, the blinds need to go on lock-down. They can be fastened with clips (as a lightweight option) or made with full-on steel channels and a locking bar at the bottom. Coming later this year, if all goes according to plan, will be an outdoor blind that is automatically zipped on both sides as it rolls down. Watch this space for more news about this exciting new product.

 Choose Blinds Express for Beautiful Outdoor Blinds

We are a full service and family owned blinds company based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. For many years, we’ve been supplying South African property owners with beautiful and quality, durable and long lasting outdoor and indoor window blinds, and we continue to set the standard for excellence in our industry.

Let us help you make the most out of your outdoor spaces. Tap into our large buying power and look forward to accessing the best quality blinds at competitive rates.

Outdoor Blinds Trends – make your outdoor area amazing

Is it time for a new look for your outside windows? If you’re overhauling or redecorating your patio or lapa, it’s time to take a look at the latest trends sweeping the outdoor blinds industry. Each year brings its own new designs, styles, colours and functional additions to the world of indoor and outdoor blinds.

There is a great deal of innovation and stylish function that go into the design of these beautiful blinds. So let’s take a look at some of the great trends sweeping 2017’s outdoor blinds industry, and why you should care about it.

Shade, Security, Style, and Safety Is Where It’s At

Today’s modern outdoor blinds achieve a lot for your outdoor space. They can fully retract up to open up the space or come down to seal it when needed. So when the wind turns, or the bugs are out, or the sun’s simply too sharp, just close the blinds and you’re back in a cosy indoor space.

When the wind is up, the blinds need to go on lock-down. They can be fastened with clips (as a lightweight option) or made with full-on steel channels and a locking bar at the bottom. Coming later this year, if all goes according to plan, will be an outdoor blind that is automatically zipped on both sides as it rolls down. Watch this space for more news about this exciting new product.

Choose Blinds Express for Beautiful Outdoor Blinds

We are a full-service and family owned blinds company based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. For many years, we’ve been supplying South African property owners with beautiful and quality, durable, and long lasting outdoor and indoor window blinds, and we continue to set the standard for excellence in our industry.

Let us help you make the most out of your outdoor spaces. Tap into our large buying power and look forward to accessing the best quality blinds at competitive rates.

How to measure for different types of blinds

Measuring for different types of blinds is easy! You don’t need to break your back to determine the correct measurements for your windows’ blinds. Instead, you can quickly take care of coming up with the correct measurements to ensure you get the correct blinds to beautifully complement your windows.

For an inside mount installation, make sure your window has 70mm depth to accommodate the blinds you’ve selected. Next, determine the precise window opening size by taking 3 measurements across the inside width of the window (at the bottom, middle, top) and 3 measurements for the drop (at left, centre, right). Then give us the smallest measurement for Width x Drop. Make no deductions. The factory ensures your product fits snugly in the window and will operate properly.

Inside mounted roller blinds will come with a vertical gap between the shade and the window frame of approximately 20mm on either side, in order to accommodate the operating mechanisms. It’s important to specify the exact width and drop, as it is to determine the dimensions to which your product will be manufactured.

Need help choosing from the many different types of blinds available? We have you covered

At Blinds Express, we’ve worked tirelessly to grow into one of the leading suppliers of beautiful and quality window blinds in South Africa. We have a wide variety of different types of blinds available, and all our products come with manufacturer’s warranties. After all, if we don’t illustrate faith in our products, why should you? Whether you are in search of day-night blinds, vision blinds, or sliding panel blinds, we have what you’re looking for.

Visit our showroom where you can see our sleek and modern blinds in person, and explore more than 7p types of window-mounted displayed blinds. To learn more about us, and find out how we can help you enjoy excellent value for money while dressing your windows beautifully, speak to us today. We look forward to helping you enjoy all the benefits of a beautiful window

Why more and more South Africans are choosing motorised blinds

More South Africans than ever are interested in motorised blinds. One of the biggest reasons has to be the convenience factor. In recent years, home automation has become even smarter, and even more intuitive. South African households are catching on, and enjoying the ride.

By motorising your blinds, you automate the repetitive task of opening and closing your blinds manually. Your motorised blinds allow you to easily adjust your window treatments, with the mere touch of the button. You can now lie on the couch, enjoying your favourite TV show without having to get up and manually open or close the blinds. It’s just one of the many reasons behind the growing popularity of motorised blinds.

Another reason why motorised blinds continue to grow in popularity among homeowners is that it offers increased privacy. Whether you have a bathroom on the ground floor or the first floor, closely situated neighbours can cause you to require greater privacy. Hit a switch to lower your blinds before using your shower, or when you’re getting ready for bed. It really is that simple.

Motorised blinds can also be automated. For instance, they can be programmed to open automatically in the mornings, and lowered in the afternoons to block the afternoon sun. This can help create the illusion of activity even when the owners are away, a valuable safety feature. Alternatively, they can be connected to a light sensor, leaving the blinds open until the light of the sun triggers them to close. Automated blinds can also be linked into home automation systems if desired.

Here’s why we’re your first choice for quality motorised blinds in South Africa

Make Blinds Express your preferred choice for sourcing quality, durable and convenient motorised blinds in South Africa. Our team is always at hand to provide you with all the information needed to make the decision that’s right for your household.

To learn more about our company, and for all the information needed to make an informed purchase decision regarding your motorised blinds, speak to us today. We look forward to hearing from you, and to helping you enjoy even greater value for money from your new beautiful blinds.

Secure your property with stylish and practical security shutters

More and more South Africans are looking at ways to secure their properties without leaving them feeling like they’re living in a prison. With beautifully designed and masterfully manufactured security shutters, you can achieve just this. These interior shutters are mounted in front of a window or door, and can be closed and locked to protect and cover the openings as needed, or opened up completely to give access to the doorway or window.

Available in a tasteful range of colours, security shutters complement your home’s overall aesthetic. They keep your home secure without detracting from its visual appeal.

Using security shutters for light control and privacy

In addition to boosting the security of your home, security shutters also help with light control. With the shutters closed, the horizontal vanes can be tilted open or closed to control light, achieving the same effect as venetian blinds. Close the vanes to darken the room when watching a movie, or open them to let the light in. When closed, the vanes also ensure privacy by preventing anybody from looking into your home. The shutters are equally secure with the vanes tilted open or closed.

Why buy security shutters?

There are so many reasons why it makes sense to choose these shutters for your windows and doors. To start with, you receive year-round security for your home, without it detracting from the enjoyment of your home.

There are quite a few other reasons too, including:

• A visual and physical deterrent to would-be burglars and intruders;
• Light control and some insulation from heat, sound and other outdoor elements; and
• Added privacy, security and protection.

These shutters can beautifully complement any modern South African home.

Choose quality security shutters from Blinds Express

At Blinds Express, we are proud of our long history of exceptional service in the industry, providing our valued clients with the quality they’ve come to expect from an industry leader. We continue to work hard to raise the standards for excellence in our industry, and to populate the market with fine quality, durable and reliable window and door shutters. Our preferred make of security shutters are Taylor Shutterguard® shutters, which offer a range of innovative security features.

We’ve worked with many businesses and homeowners to help them bring home the great advantages of security shutters. If you would like to learn more about us, and find out how we can help you enjoy the great advantages of state-of-the-art security shutters for your property, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Secure your property with quality security shutters

Here’s how your property benefits from quality and durable security shutters

One of the main advantages of investing in quality security shutters is that these shutters secure your home and business premises from invaders and intruders. It is difficult for intruders to remove the shutters as they are closely fitted to the window or door, and therefore can’t be pulled away without a great deal of noise and effort. The vanes are specially secured against being forced apart, offering additional security.

While security shutters are an excellent deterrent to intruders in a physical capacity, they also act as a visual deterrent, as would-be intruders see the shutters clearly from the outside. It indicates to them that the property owner is security conscious and that breaking in would take a lot of effort. Chances are that they’ll rather move along to a less secure property that would be easier to target and gain entry to.

These are only a few of the many reasons why homeowners from all walks of life prefer to invest in state-of-the-art security shutters for their properties. Keep your property looking great and secure at the same time, with aesthetically pleasing security shutters sure to make any intruder think twice before attempting to break into your home.

Choose Blinds Express for durable and beautiful security shutters

At Blinds Express, we specialise in supplying beautiful shutters and blinds for both residential and commercial properties. With more than 30 years of experience, we continue to set the standard for excellence in terms of product and customer service. We remain committed to capturing the style and essence of our clients in all our designs.

Our team of dedicated industry professionals works hard to deliver the solutions our customers have come to expect from us. If you would like to learn more about what we do, and how it can benefit you, then contact us today. We look forward to providing you with all the information needed to make an informed purchase decision and to keep your home safer with effective and strong security shutters.

Express yourself with beautiful custom-made blinds

Here’s how custom-made blinds can help you make the most of your living space

There are so many types and styles of window blinds. From Sheerweave rollers to Venetian blinds and everything in between, you will never run out of options when it comes to choosing blinds. It is no surprise that more and more homeowners are choosing beautiful custom-made blinds for their homes.

These blinds are designed and manufactured according to client specifications, ensuring that each is unique. But more importantly, it gives the homeowner a say on the design of the custom-made blinds that will decorate their living space for many years to come. You do not need to accept a mass-produced, one-size-fits-all window blind if you do not want to.

If you have a specific style and design in mind, you can have your blinds custom-made without breaking the bank. It really is that simple. No wonder so many people prefer investing in customised blinds for their homes and living spaces.

Choose Blinds Express for stunning, quality custom-made blinds

For many years, we have been at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation in the custom-made blinds industry. We continue to work hard to provide our valued clients with the expert service and advice they have come to expect from us, as well as to far exceed all expectations placed on us.

Our team of dedicated industry professionals continues to lead the way in excellence and will work with you to bring your vision to life for beautiful, unique window blinds. Tap into our lifetime of experience and expertise, and let us help you take the décor of your living space to the next level.

You will be hard-pressed to find another supplier as passionate about window blinds as we are. Contact us today for all the information you need to have beautiful window blinds custom-made. We look forward to helping you bring your custom window blinds to life.