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The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Perfect Vertical Blinds For Your Home

Vertical blinds have been a popular window treatment in Australia since their invention in the 1950’s. Mainly because of their durability and budget-friendly options.
Whether you’re looking for something that’s functional, durable or cheap, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know about choosing the perfect vertical blinds for your home.

How Do Vertical Blinds Work?

Vertical blinds consist of vertical fabric slats (also known as vanes or louvres) that are attached to rotating swivels on a sliding track.

The sliding track allows the blinds to be completely opened.
The fabric slats can be tilted or rotated on the swivel to allow different amounts of light in.

4 Reasons Why We Still Love Vertical Blinds

1. Vertical Blinds Are Easy To Clean

Because of their shape (vertical fabric slats), vertical blinds avoid becoming centres for dust. All you need to do is give them a quick dust every now and again, and they’ll be as good as new!

2. Flexible Light Control

Whilst vertical blinds won’t completely block out the sun’s rays, they do provide ultimate control with how the sun’s light enters your home.

For example, if you wanted privacy and light blocking with roller blinds, you would need two different blinds. One that blocked out the light, and one that gave you daytime privacy.

But with vertical blinds, you get two in one!

Vertical blinds can be fully opened to allow all the light in, fully closed to limit the light, and tilted to achieve anything in between.

3. Super Budget Friendly

Vertical blinds are extremely popular in rental properties and office buildings because of how cheap and versatile they are.

Instead of requiring two blinds or curtains to get full light control, you can do it with just one vertical blind!

On top of this, vertical blinds are made with only the sturdiest of fabrics, making them durable too.

4. Perfect For Sliding Doors

Sliding doors can be a tricky place to place window furnishings. You need something that can let lots of light through, but also enhance the function of your doors to the outside.

Sure, sheer curtains look amazing on sliding doors, but they can also be more expensive.

That’s where vertical blinds come in. Because vertical blinds can be fully opened just like a curtain, you can pull them right back from the door.

Where Can Vertical Blinds Be Installed?

How and where you install your vertical blinds can make a big difference to the look and feel of your room.
If you have any questions at all, our experienced team is available on 1300 772 807 to give expert advice.
Here are the options when it comes to installing vertical blinds:

In The Recess

In the Recess Vertical Blind Example
The blind and its track are installed within your windows recess.

Important notes:
  • Cheaper than architrave fitted blinds
  • Will blockout less light than architrave fitted blinds
  • Blinds in the recess look neater
  • A minimum recess depth of 70mm (for 89mm slats) and 90mm (for 127mm slats) is required
  • Watch out for any obstructions in your recess that would stop your vertical blind slats from rotating or opening

On The Architrave

On the Architrave Vertical Blind example
The blind and track are installed to the face of your windows architrave.

Important notes:
  • When installed on your architrave, the slats will stick out up to 90mm from your window
  • Perfect for sliding doors and large windows
  • Great for when your recess is shallow or obstructed

Vertical Blind Design Options Explained

89mm vs 127mm slats

This refers to the different width of the slats of fabric which make up your blind.

89mm slats
Slightly more expensive because the blind will require more slats
Larger stack area when fully opened
Slightly less projection into the room than the 127mm slats
127mm slats
Slightly cheaper because the blind requires less slats
Smaller stack area when fully opened
Slightly more projection into the room than 90mm slats

Chained Weights vs Chainless Weights

Every slat of fabric on a vertical blind has a weight at its bottom. This is to hold each slat straight and in place.

With this, there are two different options. You can have the weights free hanging, or you can have a chain that connects them together.

Chained Weights
The chain connects each weight to the one in front and behind.

This helps stabilise the blind and stop it moving around too much.
Small animals and children may get caught in the chains and damage your blind
Chainless Weights
Each slat of fabric and weight is free hanging.

This provides a cleaner and more seamless look.
Small animals and children may get caught in the chains and damage your blindIf placed on open windows, doors or in breezy locations, the blind will be less stable and can flap in the wind.

Left, Right and Centre Opening

Vertical blind have the ability to fully slide open. There are three layout options for this:

Left Stack
The blind stacks to the left.
Right Stack
The blind stacks to the right.
Centre Opening
The blind opens in the centre and stacks to both the left and right.

Track Colours

Vertical Blinds Track Colour Silver

Silver

Vertical Blinds Track Colour White

White

Vertical Blinds Track Colour Black

Black

Vertical Blinds Track Colour Ivory

Ivory

How To Measure For Vertical Blinds

Measuring for vertical blinds is super easy and only takes 5 minutes. Here’s the basics…

Click Here To See Our Complete Measuring Guide

For Recess Fit Vertical Blinds:

  1. Recess: Measure the depth of your windows recess (a minimum of 70mm for 89mm slats, and, 90mm for 127mm slats)
  2. Width: Measure the width of your window, inside the window frame, from the top of the window.
  3. Drop: Measure the exact drop of your window inside the frame

For Architrave Fit Vertical Blinds:

  1. Width: Measure the exact width of your architrave across the top of your window, add 100mm to each side (200mm total).
  2. Drop: Measure from the top of your window frame to where you would like the blind to finish.
    1. We recommend having the blind finish 100mm below your window
    2. For full length windows, we recommend you measure to 10mm off the floor.

How To Install Vertical Blinds

All you need is a cordless drill and maybe a step ladder. We provide all the screws and brackets you need.
  1. Pre Drill Holes
  2. Holes Using your drill, attach the brackets to the window
  3. Clip your track into place
  4. Attach your vertical fabric slats

FAQ

Vertical blinds can work with windows of lots of shapes and sizes. If you have an irregular shaped window, please call us on 1300 772 807 and we will help you find the best option.

Whilst vertical blinds do offer some insulation, and are good at keeping heat out, this is not their strongest function.

Basic vertical blinds start from $95. Use our instant price to see prices on all our products quickly.
All our blinds are 100% custom made, which means that lead times can vary. Allow for 2-3 weeks before delivery to be safe.

All of our blinds and curtains come with a solid 10 year warranty. For more information on our warranty, please see our warranty information page here