Practical and attractive: roller blinds, venetian blinds, vertical and panel blinds

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International manufacturers of sun protection systems presented their novelties at Heimtextil.

Blinds and sun-protection decorations are tailor made for consumers’ windows. As Heimtextil recently showed, these products come in an infinite variety of fabrics, colours and patterns – from diaphanous voile, via patterned decorative fabrics, to thick black-out material. Modern folding roller blinds are sold in widths and heights of up to 350 cm. Instead of a separate electric motor, a roller blind can be furled or unfurled by remote control via a battery-powered mechanism in the roller. Because they are also suitable for difficult windows, pleated roller blinds are a hit among tailor-made window decorations.

Particularly popular are pleated blinds with honeycomb-like chambers. They form an air buffer, which significantly reduces heat loss in the winter and protects against heat and UV radiation in the summer. Demand is growing for double roller blinds with two rolls of fabric, one behind the other, and alternately light-proof and translucent panels. They permit the view in (or out) and the amount of light passing through to be varied exactly as required. The classic venetian blind is nowadays no less modern with slats in different widths, innumerable colours, painted or made of wood, bamboo or plastic.

But whether roller or venetian: many of the blinds shown at Heimtextil 2014 can be run up or down without a bothersome cord simply by touching the lower track. If the blinds do have cords, recent child-protection regulations forbid dangling loops. Instead, the cords must be held tightly or come away if subjected to a load of six kilograms or more. Today, there is no doubt about the suitability of vertical and panel blinds for the home thanks to the wide range of decorative colours and patterns now available.

Stefan Jakob

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