There are a few words you may come across when researching blinds that aren’t particularly common, so we’ve defined them below.
Aluminium Blinds:- Horizontal aluminium blinds are comprised of aluminium slates constructed like wooden Venetian blinds. They create a sleek modern look at a low expense with clean lines and colours.
Basswood – Hard-wood derived from North American or Chinese Bass Trees. The highest quality wood used in modern wood blinds, it resists splitting and cracking in adverse conditions. It is the most popular material for Venetian Blinds in the UK – we can supply in over 15 different colours
Blackout (opaque, block out, eclipse) – Refers to a blind that typically blocks 99% of outside light. For maximum light control an outside mount is required to remove gaps between blind and window casing. Recommended for bedrooms, media rooms, and other areas were total light blockage is necessary.
Brackets – Used to secure the window covering to the window frame.
Bay Window – A window or series of windows with at least three sides that projects from the exterior wall of a house. Will need multiple blinds to cover the window, measurement should really be done by a professional fitter.
Casement Window – A hinged window that opens either in or out, like a door, operated by a crank mechanism or by hand. Those that open inwards often preclude the use of blinds.
Cloth Tapes – Cotton tapes from 1″ to 2-1/2″ wide that extend down the length of blind. Often a feature of Venetian Blinds instead of control strings.
Controls – Mechanisms that operate blind. Controls are used to raise, lower, and tilt the blind. Controls can be a wand or a cord. Special control mechanisms are available on blinds such as continuous cord loops.
Cornice – A decorative board, often moulded or painted, that is attached to the top of a window to create an architectural finish. It can be used with or without a curtain.
Extension Brackets – For installations requiring additional space between the blind and the mounting surface
Head-rail – The hardware at the top of the blind that holds the mechanisms such as tracks and controls which operate the blind.
Hold-Down Brackets – Prevent bind from swaying by latching bottom rail to wall or door frame. Recommended for door blinds.
Honeycomb/ Cellular blind– Fabric shade resembling a pleated shade, but comprised of diamond shaped cells between the front and back sections of fabric. Air trapped in cells provide great insulation. Honeycomb shades are available in double and triple cells as well as 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1-1/4″ cell sizes.
Faux Wood Blinds – Horizontal blinds that mimic wood blinds. Made from a variety of plastics and composite materials. Great alternative to wood blinds in areas with high humidity, moisture, or rapid temperature changes.
French Door – A casement window that extends from the ceiling to the floor and features glass panes that run its entire height. Introduced at Versailles in the seventeenth century. Also called French windows.
Inside Recess – Shade fits within window frame.
Lift – Control that raises and lowers the blind. Most often a cord. Other special controls are available such as continuous cord loops.
Louvre – another word for ‘slat’ in horizontal and vertical blinds.
Jamb – A side jamb is the vertical moulding of a window; the head jamb is the horizontal moulding at the top.
Outside Recess – Shade overlaps window opening when mounted on wall above the window recess. The blind is larger than one inside the recess but tends to obscure less of the light when the blind is fully open.
Pelmet –a border, usually wood or cloth, above a window to conceal the curtain or blind fittings
Privacy Blind – Usually made from a coarse weave white or cream fabric that is translucent. With the blind covering the window one can still see out of the window but it is difficult to see in. Still lets a fair amount of daylight into a room. A modern, stylish take on the old fashioned net curtains.
Real (Oak/Ash) Wood – this should mean that the slats in a Venetian Blind are made from the specified wood and not Basswood or synthetic materials. This is a luxury product so check what you are purchasing.
Roller Blind – A simple cylinder containing a spring or clutch mechanism, around which the shade coils when raised up by means of a pull cord or continuous chain loop. Can be motorised and operated by remote control.
Roman Blind – A fabric shade with narrow horizontal rods at the back and a cord control mechanism so that the shade forms a series of softly tailored, neatly flat folds when it is raised. Nowadays mostly supplied with chain controlled head-rails that raise and lower the blind smoothly.
Stack – This is the area were the blind ‘stacks’ when drawn open. Horizontal blinds stack at the top of the window at the head-rail. Verticals may stack to the right, left, or to both as a split stack. It may also refer to the amount of width the blind requires to stack when drawn open. The size of the stack affects the amount of light that is obscured when the blind is fully open.
Tieback – A sash, tasselled cord, or separate length of straight, decorated, or shaped fabric that holds back a curtain panel.
Top-Down – Shade opens from the top to the bottom.
Top-Down/Bottom-Up – Open the shade from the top-down, bottom-up, or both.
Tilt – The control, either a cord or wand that tilts the blind slats to an open or closed position.
Valance – A finishing touch that runs across the top of a window. It can be either a short drape of fabric or a facing of wood or metal. The English often refer to a fabric valance as a pelmet.
Venetian Blind – The classic design of aluminium, plastic, or wooden slats joined by braided ladders and operated by cords.
Vertical Blinds – Blind in which slates or fabric run vertical. Made of PVC, fabric, or aluminium, vertical blinds stack to the left, right, or split between both. Very popular window covering most often used for large windows or sliding glass doors.
Wood Blinds – Horizontal blinds with wooden slats. Typically made of hard-woods such as bass wood. Come in painted tones or natural wood stains. High levels of humidity, moisture and rapid temperature changes can cause warping or splitting.
Woven Blinds – Roman shades made of wood, fibres, bamboo, or a combination.
The choice and range of blind designs is is too great to cover fully here, but if you are looking for window blinds come in to see us at our Dunnington Showroom and view our extensive style samples or choose fabrics from the thousands we have in our sample books.