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Frequently Asked Questions About Vertical Blinds


03 Nov
03Nov

Are vertical blinds outdated? 

Vertical Blinds are still extremely popular. Whilst they are not the revolutionary product they were 30 years ago they remain the privacy blind of choice due to their versatility – they can control the effects of direct sunlight and supply privacy due to the infinite adjustment of the slats / vanes without totally blocking light.   

What is replacing vertical blinds?

The main products chosen as an alternative to vertical blinds are wooden and faux wood venetian blinds. By having adjustable slats, albeit horizontal and not vertical, wood and faux wood venetians offer the same level of privacy and light control as vertical blinds.   

Are vertical blinds expensive?  

Vertical blinds are a very cost effective option in comparison to other options such as curtains 

What is the average cost for vertical blinds? 

As vertical blinds are custom made to fit each individual window and there is no standard size window each blind has to be priced individually. 

Are vertical blinds a standard size? 

No, Vertical blinds are custom made to fit each window. 

How do you update old vertical blinds? 

If the tracks are in good condition, it is possible to simply the replace the existing vanes for new ones in a more contemporary design and colour.

How long do vertical blinds last? 

Good quality vertical blinds will last for many years even when being used several times a day. If they are handled and operated correctly the main issue will be the effects of sunlight – the vanes eventually will fade and the plastic components will eventually become brittle, but they should last 10 years or so. 

Should vertical blinds touch the floor? 

Full length Vertical blinds should finish off the floor. 

Why are vertical blinds so popular? 

Quite simply because of a combination of cost, privacy and light control that is hard to surpass.

 How far should vertical blinds be off window sill? 

Approximately 3cm off the window ledge 

Is it hard to install vertical blinds? 

Vertical blinds are easy to install for someone with basic DIY skills. This link gives full instructions on how to fit. 

How wide can you get vertical blinds? 

Vertical blinds can currently be made up to 4.8m wide 

Can I change the Colour of my vertical blinds? 

If the headrail is in good condition we can supply replacement slats / vanes only. 

Can you replace the fabric on vertical blinds? 

The vanes / slats on vertical blinds can be replaced without replacing the headrail. 

Are vertical blinds easy to fit? 

Very easy for anyone with basic DIY skills, a full instruction sheet can be found here 

Are vertical blinds old fashioned or out of style? 

No, with such a wide range of fabric types, colours and designs vertical blinds are more contemporary and up to date than ever. 

Are vertical blinds blackout? 

Not every fabric is blackout but they are available. 

Are vertical blinds washable? 

Unless specifically stated, vertical blind slats should not be washed. The generally accepted method of cleaning is to vacuum them with a soft brush attachment on a low power setting . It is also possible to wipe them with a damp cloth whilst in situ. 

Are vertical blinds suitable for bathrooms? 

The short answer is yes, but it is advisable to choose a slat that is made from vinyl or pvc as they are moisture resistant and wipeable  

Can vertical blinds be washed? 

This is not advisable as water will reduce the stiffness of the blind 

Can vertical blinds be repaired? 

Some problems can be easily rectified, others not – it is best to consult a supplier 

Can vertical blinds be blackout? 

Vertical blinds are available in blackout fabrics 

Can vertical blinds be washed in the washing machine? 

This is not advisable as it can remove or reduce the fabric stiffness, making them hang limply 

Can vertical blinds be painted? 

No 

Can vertical blinds be shortened? 

Theoretically yes, but replacement slats are not expensive and more cost effective when taking into account such factors as carriage etc. 

Can vertical blinds be dry cleaned? 

No 

How do vertical blinds work? 

Each individual slat or vane is hooked onto a series of connected ‘trucks’ in the track that run inside the head rail of the blind. When you pull the blind wand or control cord open or closed, the blinds slide in unison one way or the other on the track.  In addition, by turning the wand or pulling a tilt cord the vanes can be turned to be either fully open or closed, or set at the desired angle. 

How do you clean vertical blind slats?  What should I clean my vertical blinds with? 

Always try to clean by dusting or gently vacuuming with a brush attachment. Take care not to crease the louvres. Stubborn stains should be wiped gently with a damp cloth and mild detergent, do not get the louvres wet or they will warp and not hang straight. 

How much vertical blinds cost? 

Vertical blinds are made to measure and each blind has to be priced individually.   

How are vertical blinds fitted? 

The headrail is pushed into place in brackets that are face fixed to the wall or top fixed to the rebate. Instructions can be found here

What are vertical blind slats? 

Vertical Blind slats are the stiffened strips of fabric that hang vertically from the track with weights at the bottom. 

What are vertical blind vanes? 

Vanes are another term for vrtical blind slats and are the stiffened strips of fabric that hang vertically from the track with weights at the bottom.   

When should I replace vertical blinds? How long do vertical blinds last? Good quality vertical blinds will last for many years even when being used several times a day. If they are handled and operated correctly the main issue will be the effects of sunlight – the vanes will fade and the plastic components will eventually become brittle, but should last 10 years or so.   

Where can I buy vertical blinds near me? Where can I buy vertical blinds locally? 

The Fabric Stores, Unit 1, i2 Centre, Hamilton Court, Hamilton Way, Mansfield NG18 5FB t: 01623 422163    e: info@thefabricstores.co.uk     www.thefabricstores.co.uk   

Where do I mount vertical blinds? 

Vertical Blinds can be face fixed to a wall or top fixed to a window rebate. 

Which vertical blinds are best? 

Good quality made to measure blinds from a reputable local supplier where you can physically see and feel the fabric will always trump an internet retailer and will not necessarily be more expensive.   

Which way do I turn vertical blinds for privacy? 

Vertical blinds can be rotated in either left or right, whichever affords most privacy based on the situation.   

Will plasterboard hold vertical blinds? 

Yes, vertical blinds are not terribly heavy.

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