The definitive guide to best window shades of 2018

Introduction to Window Shade

window shades are made of soft fabric or similar material offering varying degrees of light control in your home.while they don’t have slats, shades come in fabric with a range of opacity allowing more or less light in.

do you want a soft light to diffuse through a room? or would you prefer a blackout window treatment that blocks all sunlight? you can do both with window shades. shades also support a number of different lift options and offer a full view when the window treatment is raised.

Venetian window shade blinds – for privacy and light control, the tillable slats allows you to see out but people cant see in. this makes them a great choice if your window is facing a street.

Venetian blinds allows you to control the light coming into the room too. they’re room darkening which means they suit living areas and bedrooms, anywhere you need to make the most light and privacy.

Timber, pvc and aluminium are the latest styles to choose from and with a range of colors like crispt whites, smoky grey, charcoals and mochas along with more traditional timber and sleek silver all look fantastic in modern home. they give you a look of on-trend plantation shutters at a much more affordable price.

Here’s 4 main reasons for choosing venetian blinds.

* privacy
*light control
*on-trend colors
* style

Roller window shade blinds– most people love roller blinds, the clean minimalist design gives your home a modern look, but the main reason they’re so well love is the versatility and functionality.

Roller blinds can be used throughout the home and can give contemporary and modern feel. block out roller blinds energy saving properties keep you warmer in winter and cooler in the summer.

like venetian blind’s selected zone interiors roller blinds on the other hand can be easy to install, blockout blinds are particularly suited to areas where total darkness and privacy is required like your baby’s nursery or your bedroom.

If you’re a shift worker for example and sleep during the day blockout blinds offers complete darkness and if you’ve got kids choose roller blinds for its practicality and ease.

So why choose roller blinds? here’s four main reasons:

* streamlined modern appearance, wide choice of fabric and colors.
* select blackout fabrics for energy saving and room darkness.
* easy to use simple functionality
* easy to keep clean

Cellular window shade blinds Рthese blinds are growing in popularity because of their cord free operation and energy saving benefits.

what are cellular blinds?

Well they are called cellular blinds because they are made of lots of honeycomb-shaped cells, the cells are lined with aluminium foil preventing light from passing through, the cells also trap the air helping to keep your home warmer in the winter and cool in the summer and ofcourse helping you to keep those energy bill down.

Because the bracket is fixed overhead, cellular blinds are perfect for rooms that needs total blackout like a home cinema, bedroom or living area, because they are super light they’re a great choice for hones with older people, in fact they are so light you can lift them with one finger.

But you know the best thing about cellular blinds?

They don’t have any external chords. all lift chords are external and out of sight giving you a modern and clean style. i believe that it’s one of the reasons you’re going to love these cellular blinds.

So why would you choose cellular blinds? heres four main reasons:

* total blackout
* energy saving
* no external chords
* super light and easy to lift

bottom up/top down window shade¬†– if you’re thinking about getting a honeycomb, venetian or roller shade, top down/ bottom up is an extremely popular option chosen by many people and one you should consider as well, here’s why.

top down/ bottom up provides additional light control benefits that a standard shade cannot offer. since standard shades raise and lower from the bottom of the shade only, they are limited in their ability to control light while maintaining privacy. The top down/ bottom option helps overcome this limitation by allowing you to lower shade from the top down raise your shade from the bottom up or a combination of both.

To maintain your privacy while allowing the natural light to flow into your room, top down/ bottom up allows you to lower your shade from the top of your window down to the bottom.

For blackout shades or any shade that do not allow light through their material the option to control the light is particularly beneficial because it allows you to have privacy during times that you also let the light in.

Finally a top down/bottom up option helps make your rooms brighter and more stylish with a view to the sky outside for light control, privacy and style top down/ bottom up is highly recommended.

How to put up a roller blind

window shades are not only a quick and inexpensive way of blocking out daylight and adding privacy, but they also add color texture and can make bold design statement or window space, there’s a two ways a blind can be fitted, on the outside of a window fitting or taking into the recess.


if you choose to hang your blinds outside recess, make sure that it’s wide enough to comfortably hang the brackets on the wall, if hanging inside you may have to cut the blind down to fit.

and if your window is very tall make sure the roller is long enough, this distance is known as the drop. now if you put your blind up on the outside of the window what that gives you is a much cleaner look when the blinds down, putting them on the inside means things like photographs or a vase of flowers can still be displayed.

if your putting your blind up on the outside of the window what we’re aiming for is to get an equal distance either inside of the window recess, this gives us our point which we’re going to fix out brackets to hold our blinds or if you’re fitting the blinds into the recess you have to take the exact measurement of the inside of the recess using a tape measure.

the good thing about a roller blind on window like this is that you dont have to worry about the measurements of the drop as the excess stays at the top of the roller blind. now as you we’re going to be fitting your blinds the inside of the window recess and then cutting it down to a custom width, you need to make sure that you allow enough of a gap either side so the blind moves up and down freely, one other thing you need to check before you actually buy your window shade is that it can be cut down to a custom size.


cutting your blinds down to fit your window space is very straightforward the first thing you need to do is to take the B’s off the bottom of the blind, now you need to roll the shade fabric onto a flat clean surface with the bottom of the blinds facing upward so you’re marking the back of the blind now you need to cut 90 mil off the ends of the blind so mark it off with the light pencil mark and continue full length of the blind marking the last mark on the actual roller itself, now with a straight edge get you pencil line.

now with a sharp pair of scissors and taking your time cut along your pencil line, you can also use a sharp craft pencil knife because if you do up some wood or something underneath, to ensure a clean cut make sure you’ve got a new blade and if you’re using scissors the long wall paper type make it easier to get a straight cut than using smaller ones and now you’re ready to cut the roller

to cut the roller now, roller blinds are usually made of either plastic cardboard or aluminium and can be easily cut with a hacksaw, remember you need to cut the same amount off of your buttom bead a you did with the roller blind, this also can be done with a hacksaw.



you now need to decide from which side you actually want to control your blind, finding the cord that pulls the window shade up and down and locating the bracket that actually fits with it you know that this bracket is the one that’s going to be fixed to whichever side of the window frame you choose.

now you have a couple of options for fixing your bracket, you can even fix into the timber frame or into the masonry work but before you drill into the masonry do make sure that you detect whether there’s any pipes or any cables in the way, always wear your dust mask and goggles and drill a pilot hole first also do remember when drilling is to leave enough room at the top of the bracket to that the blind can roll up.


using a bridle mark the top and the bottom of your bracket these are the points were you are going to fix the screws into. taking your time locating the screw into the hole you made with the bridle you need to fix the top screws using self tapping screws which can be screwed directly into the wood rail. if you’re using normal screws drill a small pilot holes first then repeat the same process on the other side of the window.

so as you did with the first bracket you need to measure down exactly
same distance to the top of your bracket then take the second bracket and mark the top and bottom holes and then take your screws.



all you need to do now is to fit the anchor and lift the blinds into position after that the jobs not quite done, the poly chords can be potential hazards to small children and young babies and they need to be secured to the wall with the safety bracket supplied with your blind. to do this hold the safety bracket in place and mark the screw holes, finally drill the holes, push in the raw plugs and screw in the bracket.


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  3. I’ve been thinking about getting some roller blinds for a while and I think that being able to read about how to put them up would be helpful. I’m glad that you talked about how you can use the m to add color texture and make a statement through your window. I’m going to have to see if we can find some good roller blinds and figure out what we can do to make the most of them! Thanks for the info!

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