Mini blinds are a kind of sheer horizontal window blind usually made from long, narrow slat panels held together with strings by a roller mechanism. Its slats tend to be no more than half the length of a standard vertical blind, and can be made from either aluminium, measuring about 15 millimeters or 25 centimeters, or wood, measuring about 25 centimetres. They are best used on windows measuring less than 17 inches, as well as tubular and rectangular shaped windows. If you have windows of any kind that receive strong sunshine (as much as they can tolerate), these blinds will provide the perfect shade from direct light. However, if you use mini blinds in rooms receiving direct sunlight, they will only work to provide a shade for the room, and won’t help in any way to reduce the amount of heat entering your home.
There are two kinds of light-controlling mechanisms on mini blinds. One consists of an aluminium body that has an open top, and a series of mini blinds suspended through the top. The other mechanism has a metallic frame attached to a transparent plastic disc, with tiny holes on the inner surface. By using either of these types of light control mechanism, you can choose how much light you want to let into a room and switch it off when you don’t need the illumination.
Another great thing about mini blinds is that they are very easy to clean. Unlike Venetian blinds that require special cleaning materials, such as wood polishing wax and window treatments fabric, mini blinds only need to be wiped down with a damp cloth. This is because the slats of the mini blinds aren’t exposed to any moisture, unlike their Venetian counterparts. And because the slats are normally made from wood, this is also a good way to get rid of unpleasant smells from your home. All you have to do is wipe the wood slats with a damp cloth.
Like wood slats, aluminum mini blinds can also be maintained easily. A simple wipe with a damp cloth will make them look as good as new. However, the one big difference between aluminum blinds and wood slats is that aluminum mini blinds can be damaged by scraping. So make sure to always use a cleaning solution on these slats to keep them looking shiny and new. You can also use a hair dryer to blow away any of the dust or dirt that gets attached to the slats.
As mentioned earlier, aluminum blinds are quite easy to maintain. However, if you are in the habit of cleaning your window treatment every month, then you should seriously consider purchasing a window treatment made from a material like aluminum, as this is the easiest material to clean and maintain. Cleaning your window treatment once a month will ensure that your mini blinds continue to look like new even after they have experienced years of exposure in the elements.
Another advantage of aluminum mini blinds is that they are very durable. They do not easily wear out when exposed to harsh sunlight and other elements. This means that you can pass them on from one generation to another. Now, there is no need to worry about the maintenance of your window treatments and all you have to do is dust off those slats, let them air dry and then wipe them down with a damp cloth.
What exactly is Zebra Blinds anyway?
Zebra blinds are basically roll-up blinds with fabric woven into the “bumper”. There is a single strip of fabric which has two horizontal bands: a plain fabric band and an eye catching fabric band. Bands look like they are one after the other, but in reality they are spread apart by a slight margin.
The zebra blind consists of horizontal bands which are all attached to each other, forming either a zigzag or a loop system. They can be open all the way or very tightly closed. When closed, they allow light in, but when opened, they provide privacy as well. This combination of providing light and also allowing some light through has made this type of window treatment very popular. They are most commonly used in offices and home windows, where light control is a major problem, but they are also being used to make large rooms more energy efficient by controlling the amount of natural light entering a room.
You can use zebra blinds of any color, although darker colors are generally used for larger rooms, while lighter shades are normally used in smaller rooms or offices. Natural light can be prevented from entering a room if the window is fully closed, but if the window is open, the shades will allow some light to enter. If this is done correctly, then the result is an even brightness in the room. To achieve this effect, the roller blind must be placed in a position such that the slats are parallel to each other.
Because zebra blinds have been designed to give a complete privacy and light control, it is not uncommon to find them used in conservatories or sunny windows. Because the slats of these vertical blinds can be turned, angled or turned in a variety of directions, they are very effective at ensuring privacy, while still allowing some light to enter. This allows people to enjoy the benefits of both a light control and privacy characteristic. This is especially useful in conservatories, offices or sun rooms where an eye catching feature is desired, but where light control is also desired.
Unlike some conventional wooden blinds, zebra blinds consist of a horizontal and vertical zigzag pattern, rather than a strip or solid panel. These differences allow the shades to be mounted at different heights and in different positions relative to each other, which can enhance the light control feature and privacy characteristic as described above. Mounting the blinds in a horizontal position usually results in lower costs and easier maintenance. The vertical ones can also be mounted in the same manner, although their height may need to be slightly increased to provide a decent level of privacy and light control. When choosing different sizes and different mounting positions, however, it is important to ensure that the size of the slats corresponds with the size of the opening.
Zebra blinds may be painted any color, although light or dark tones tend to look best when used together. Although there is a wide variety of paint options available for roller blinds, those who wish to match an existing decor or furniture should consider using sheer fabric as a coordinating backdrop. Other options for use with zebra blinds include fabric to painted patterns and other patterns, or even integrating the fabric into a pattern on the outside of the blind.