You’ve got a room in your home, it has a tap, a sink and potentially other water operated appliances. ‘That room’ with all the water, no doubt, has specific considerations built into it. A tiled wall, perhaps. A hard material floor, likely. Plugs and outlets, not near the water!
If we’re agreed that distinct design is needed for your bathroom and kitchen, then we can begin discussing window blinds options for wet rooms.
Stage 1 – Materials
Design begins with materials. Things like glazed ceramic, varnished/treated wood, and glass are all common options for a humid space. These are easily wiped clean and non-porous, meaning they won’t absorb water and degrade early.
Our range of products all come with multiple options to suit your kitchen requirements. Fabric blinds can be made with a flexible PVC that is both durable and extremely easy to clean. Perfect for a damp environment. Hard material blinds have the choice of PVC or coated metal.
PVC & Metal benefits:
- Durable & naturally waterproof
- Great for even the most humid rooms.
- Easy to clean
- Just wipe down with a simple damp cloth.
- Heat retardant
- Keep your rooms at a stable temperature.
- Fire retardant
- Excellent for rooms with fire safety concerns.
Metal only benefits:
- Thinner material
- Metal slats can be made thinner than PVC or wood, making them sleek and contemporary.
- Environmentally friendly
- The aluminium used in metal blinds is extracted more eco-friendly than other metals and materials.
Stage 2 – Function
All blinds block out light, it’s their main purpose after all, but they’re not all the same. Some blinds can create total blackouts, whereas others offer more delicate control over the balance between vision and light.
PVC fabrics can be done in a dimout or blackout style, meaning you still have flexibility in what type of light elimination you want. These rooms usually don’t require a blackout fabric but if darkness is what you require, it’s worth looking at the different functions of each blind type. We’ll cover the most common here.
Rollers operate in a simple up-down pulley system, the downside to this is that you only have one option to brighten a room. This can make light enter the room unevenly or provide unwanted visibility to the outside world. The positive is that the mechanism is very simple, durable, and easy to repair or replace. It’s extremely rare that a roller has a malfunction.
Rollers have many options to help their form fit the function, some of these are:
Screen fabric – Linen
This is a fabric type that permits a good amount of light, while cutting out the harshness of direct light. It also works to reduce visibility, adding privacy.
Dimout fabric – Linen, PVC
This fabric is the standard and blocks visibility but allows a minimal amount of light through.
Blackout fabric – Linen, PVC
This blocks out all light and visibility, allowing 0% of light through, not accounting for light leak around the edges.
Rollers can be cassetted, meaning the edges of the fabric are locked into a track system, eliminating all light leak.
Tensioned pulley system
A tensioned system allows you to hand push/pull the blind to the desired level, making operation even easier.
These are powered by the great and magical electricity at the push of a button, either on a remote or even your phone.
Faux-wood (PVC) or metal venetians work exceptionally for bathrooms and kitchens. They provide structure from a design perspective, but they also allow you to bounce light around the room evenly as the slats allow light to enter across the entire window. The hard surfaces found in these rooms benefit greatly from a soft bounce light.
Verts are often made of the same fabric as rollers, making them equally viable for your kitchen/bathrooms. Verticals offer a middle ground between rollers and venetians, giving a softer appearance while providing great, even light control.
Whatever blind you choose, make sure you’ve considered how it functions and fits into you window space.
Stage 3 – Measure & fit
BBS will make sure you get a perfect window blind that fits snug as a bug, we consider all aspects of where and how the blind fits into your window recess.
What shape is the window space, how big is the windowsill, are there items on the sill, do the windows have protruding handles, do the handles block operation, what material are we fixing into, child safety points, accessibility to the controls?
We offer entirely free advice and entirely free surveys with no obligation attached.
There’s no reason not to call the North-West’s premier Window Blind service. We’ve fit out hundreds, if not thousands of kitchens and bathrooms across Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and everything in between. We’d be happy to get out and fit yours too.