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All You Need to Know About the 8 Types of Blinds

All you need to know about blinds

Choosing the right type of blinds for your home can be a tricky process, especially when there are so many options available. In this article, we cover all aspects of window blinds for your home. Whether that’s deciding the types of blinds you’re looking for to the best linings and additional features, here’s everything you need to know. 

Types of Blinds

1. Roller Blinds & Double Roller Blinds 

What are Roller Blinds? 

Roller Blinds are made from a specially stiffened fabric attached to an aluminium roller tube. Operated by a winding mechanism that’s slotted into the end of the tube, it’s ever so simple to raise and lower the fabric for precise light control. Cost effective and durable, most Roller Blinds (dependent on the material) are water-resistant and easy to clean, making them ideal for a bathroom or kitchen.   

Watercolour Striped Teal Roller Blind

Watercolour Stripe Teal Roller Blind

What are Double Roller Blinds? 

Double Roller Blinds feature two Roller Blinds on a singular fitting. The front Roller Blind is made from blackout fabric, whilst the rear is a magic screen, each blind raising and lowering independently to provide precise light control day or night. This dual function gives these blinds incredible versatility, as well as a modern, contemporary look. 

Top Benefits of Roller Blinds: 

  • Easy to install and operate the blind
  • The versatile, lightweight fabric allows for your choice of patterns and/or colours 
  • A durable, cost-effective window covering 
  • Easy to clean fabric
  • Thermal or Blackout fabrics and linings available to help improve energy efficiency and shading 

Best Rooms for Roller Blinds 

Explore our buyers guide or view our collections below.

2. Roman Blinds 

What are Roman Blinds? 

Roman Blinds feature a soft fabric that gathers into neat folds when raised. With a chain control located at the side like Roller Blinds, they’re super easy to operate, allowing you to raise or lower them for precise light control throughout the day. From a variety of colours to exquisite patterns, they look perfect in living room and bedroom windows. 

William Morris Willow Jade Roman Blind

William Morris Willow Jade Roman Blind

Top Benefits of Roman Blinds 

  • Made from soft, luxury fabric that adds a sumptuous touch to your windows 
  • Its minimalist design offers a perfect opportunity to add patterns and colours 
  • Easy to operate and durable 
  • No Drill options available for easy installation 
  • You can add a Blackout or Thermal lining to improve functionality 

Best Rooms for Roman Blinds 

Roman Blinds

3. Pleated Blinds & Double Pleated Blinds

What are Pleated Blinds? 

Pleated Blinds are made by a folding panel of fabric, creating an accordion effect. Also referred to as Honeycomb Blinds with their hexagonal pockets, Pleated Blinds aim to improve insulation to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. Our Pleated Blinds are available with a DuoLight or DuoShade fabric:

  • DuoLight – DuoLight Pleated Blinds allows light to gently enter your home through the fabric to create a bright, airy ambience
  • DuoShade With opaque, blackout lined pockets, DuoShade Pleated Blinds drape your rooms in darkness for a complete blackout effect

What are Double Pleated Blinds?

Double Pleated Blinds are Pleated Blinds that feature not one but two layers of honeycomb pockets, designed to further help insulate your home all year round. We offer Double Pleated Blinds in the following styles:

Double DuoLight Arctic White Thermal Blind
Double Duo Arctic White Thermal Blind
  • Night and Day Duo – A Blind of two halves, this Double Pleated Blind variation combines two blackout and voile fabrics in horizontal strips for expert light control
  • Top Down Bottom Up Duo – A Pleated Blind combined with a free-floating mechanism that allows you to move the Blind up from the bottom or down from the top, making these perfect for blocking unwanted sunlight depending on your preference
  • Cordless Duo – Cordless Duo Blinds are Pleated Blinds that add a sleek, minimalistic look to your windows. Plus, with the additional safety benefits offered by a cord-free style, they’re ideal for households with children or pets  

Double DuoLight Arctic White Thermal Blind

Top Benefits of Pleated Blinds & Double Pleated Blinds

  • Helps improve insulation all year round  
  • Easy to clean fabric 
  • UV protection to prevent furniture from fading 
  • Versatile and modern design, blending effortlessly with any décor 
  • No Drill options available for easy installation within your recess and directly onto your BiFold doors 

Best Rooms for Pleated Blinds & Double Pleated Blinds

  • Conservatories 
  • Living rooms
  • Kitchens

Pleated Blinds

4. Vertical Blinds

What are Vertical Blinds? 

Ideal for large windows, Vertical Window Blinds are comprised of multiple vertical louvres that rotate and move from left to right, allowing sunlight to gently filter into your room.  

Laurent Silver Grey Vertical Blind

Laurent Silver Grey Vertical Blind

Top Benefits of Vertical Blinds 

  • Practical and stylish wherever they’re placed, from your kitchen and bathroom to your conservatory 
  • Block sunlight while still retaining an almost perfect view of the outside 
  • Can easily be adjusted to allow just the right amount of light in and out of your rooms 
  • Ideal blinds for commercial buildings, from offices to hotels with their minimalistic, contemporary look and flame-retardant material

Best Rooms for Vertical Blinds 

  • Kitchens 
  • Bathrooms  
  • Conservatories 

Vertical Blinds

5. Shutter Blinds 

What are Shutter Blinds? 

Shutter Blinds are strong, durable window coverings with horizontal slats that tilt up and down. Ideal as a living room, bathroom, and conservatory blind, Shutter Window Blinds are also UV resistant to prevent your furniture and flooring from fading. 

San Jose Brilliant White Shutter Blinds

San Jose Brilliant White Shutter Blinds

Top Benefits of Shutter Blinds 

  • Modern design and highly durable, with slats that won’t warp or crack 
  • Ideal option for large windows 
  • Improved privacy throughout the day 
  • UV resistant 
  • Available as a No Drill Shutter Blind that clips directly to your uPVC windows
  • Helps improve insulation all year round 

Best Rooms for Shutter Blinds 

Shutter Blinds

6. Venetian Blinds 

What are Venetian Blinds? 

Venetian Blinds have horizontal slats that are controlled by a twistable rod, perfect for sunny, south-facing rooms. A popular choice for any window size and highly versatile, they blend effortlessly with all interior schemes. Made from easy to clean aluminium, they’re available in matte and gloss styles. 

Strata Brushed Gilver Venetian Blind

Strata Brushed Gilver Venetian Blind

Top Benefits of Venetian Blinds 

  • Easy to clean and maintain with strong, durable slats compared to fabric blinds such as Roman and Roller Blinds 
  • Modern, contemporary design 
  • Highly versatile in any colour, pairing with neutral and vibrant interior schemes 
  • Precise light control with tilting mechanism
  • Also available in no drill styles

Best Rooms for Venetian Blinds 

  • Living rooms 
  • Kitchens 
  • Bedrooms 
  • Bathrooms 

If you’re looking for more information, read our Venetian Blinds buyers guide.

Venetian Blinds

7. Real & Faux Wooden Blinds

What are Wooden Blinds? 

Our Real and Faux Wooden Blinds are Venetian Blinds made from real wood and PVC respectively. Featuring sleek, horizontal slats that are perfect for controlling the light and protecting your privacy. Here are the benefits of Faux Wooden Blinds and Real Wooden Blinds: 

Ideal Home Pebble Beach Wooden Blind
Ideal Home Pebble Beach Wooden Blind

Benefits of Faux Wood Blinds 

  • Additional water-resistance for your kitchen and bathroom windows 
  • Same aesthetic appeal as real Wooden Blinds but a more cost-effective solution 
  • Easy to operate, with robust slats that rotate up and down as well as pull into a neat stack for versatile light control

Best Rooms for Faux Wood Blinds 

Faux Wood Blinds

Benefits of Real Wood Blinds 

  • Perfect for south-facing windows that receive high sun exposure, with durable slats that won’t warp in the heat unlike Faux Wood Blinds  
  • Ideal for layering with curtains in living rooms and bedrooms 
  • Helps to keep your rooms insulated and improve energy efficiency 

Best Rooms for Real Wood Blinds 

Real Wood Blinds

8. Retractable Awnings

What are Awnings?

Perfect for the bright, summer months, Retractable Awnings allow you to enjoy customisable shading in your garden. Operated via an easy to crank mechanism and available in contemporary colours and a choice of ready made sizes, Awnings make it simple for you to add both style and functionality to your space.

Benefits of Retractable Awnings

  • Versatile shading solution for your garden – As Awnings can be extended out to cover your patio or retracted in, gain precise light control at any time of day outside of your home
  • Easy to clean and maintain – They can simply be wiped down with a microfiber cloth, meaning you won’t have to worry about leaves and other light debris falling onto the fabric
  • Improves your privacy – Awnings are a great way to keep your privacy at the forefront while enjoying the summer sun

Learn more about our Retractable Awnings.

Additional Features & Linings  

1. Electric Blinds 

What are Electric Blinds? 

Electric Blinds are essentially like any regular set of Blinds, the difference being that they feature a rechargeable battery powered motor that allows you to raise or lower your blinds from the comfort of your sofa or when you’re on the move.

Also known as smart Blinds and automated Blinds, they’re usually operated via an app or smart device, adding a modern touch to your windows. Our Electric Blinds are operated by the touch of our Tuiss SmartView App available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Electric Abelia Rose Quartz Roman Blind
Tuiss Abelia Rose Quartz Roman Blind

Our Electric Blinds Collections 

2. Thermal Blinds  

What are Thermal Blinds? 

Thermal Blinds differentiate from regular blinds by having a a heat-reflective lining and are perfect for helping you shade your rooms throughout the day. At Blinds 2go, we have thermal options available on many of our Roller, Pleated and Vertical Blinds.

There’s even a thermal interlining option on our Roman Blinds too! For the ultimate in thermal efficiency and blackout, our TotalShade Pleated Blinds are ever so practical, with aluminium lined pockets that are even capable of reducing the outside noise – perfect for tall street-facing windows!

Double DuoShade Ivory Thermal Blind
Double DuoShade Ivory Thermal Blind

Our Thermal Blinds Collections 

Explore our Thermal Blinds

3. Blackout Blinds 

What are Blackout Blinds? 

Blackout Blinds are designed to block out unwanted sunlight and improve privacy by incorporating opaque fabric within the blind. Blackout Blinds are especially practical in bedrooms where the need to block out light is greatest, helping to ensure a perfect night’s sleep, every time.  

Tuiss Bijou Linen Alabaster Roman Blind
Tuiss Bijou Linen Alabaster Roman Blind

Our Blackout Blinds Collections 

Explore our Blackout Blinds collections. 

4. No Drill Blinds & Shutters 

What are No Drill Blinds? 

Fitting seamlessly within your window recess, No Drill Blinds are designed to be fitted hassle-free and tool-free! An increasingly popular choice, many suppliers are now offering no drill options on a vast array of blind types. If you’re looking for easy-to-install blinds, Blinds 2go™ have a range of No Drill Blinds available:   

PerfectFIT Pure White Shutter Blind
PerfectFIT Pure White Shutter Blind

Our No Drill Blinds Collections

Explore our Click2Go and Twist2Go range

5. PerfectFIT Blinds 

What are PerfectFIT Blinds? 

PerfectFIT Blinds are also no drill and feature an integrated frame that effortlessly clips onto your conservatory and patio doors as well as UPVC windows.

With no tools required for installation, these blinds can be up and running in a matter of moments – and with the durable, practical outside frame, you’ll prevent light seeping from the sides as the blind is completely encased compared to regular blinds! 

PerfectFIT Chromium Thermal Blackout Black Roller Blind
PerfectFIT Chromium Thermal Blackout Black Roller Blind

Our PerfectFIT Collections 

Explore our PerfectFIT range

6. Sheer & Voile Blinds 

What are Sheer and Voile Blinds? 

Sheer and Voile Blinds are made from a translucent fabric that allows natural light to filter into your rooms while protecting your privacy. A perfect option for kitchens overlooking a garden and any ground floor windows, we have the following styles available: 

Twist2Go Oculus Pearl Roller Blind
Twist2Go Oculus Pearl Roller Blind

Sheer & Voile Roller Blinds 

With a contemporary, minimalist look, Sheer Roller Blinds and Double Roller Blinds are ideal for creating a bright, airy ambience.  

Privacy Sheers 

With the aesthetic appeal of a voile Curtain but with the functionality of a Vertical Blind, Privacy Sheers feature vertical strips of light filtering and blackout fabric for improved light control. 

Sheer & Voile Roman Blinds 

Benefit from the beautiful style of a Roman Blind combined with a Sheer lining that allows natural light to seep through the fabric.  

Sheer & Voile Panel Blinds 

Ideal for large windows, the translucent fabric means you can enjoy filtered light and a view to the outside while protecting your privacy.  

7. Day & Night Blinds 

What are Day and Night Blinds? 

Day and Night Blinds, also known as Zebra Blinds, feature horizontal strips of opaque and sheer fabric that offers privacy or shading when the strips are aligned, perfect for bathrooms and kitchens. Explore our Day and Night Blinds range. 

Double Roller Pure White Double Roller Blind
Double Roller Pure White Double Roller Blind

8. Door Blinds 

Compared to blinds for regular windows, door blinds require specially crafted frames that attach directly to your door panel. For these, you’ll want a practical, stylish blind that pairs effortlessly with your décor. Whether it’s for patio doors, BiFold doors or sliding doors, there are a variety of blinds you can choose, including: 

Panel Blinds 

Panel Blinds are Vertical Blinds that feature wider strips of fabric, sliding from left to right and from open to close easily.  

EasiFit Blinds 

Clicking into place on large windows, EasiFit Blinds are pleated blinds controlled via a free-floating system, allowing you to open your blind from the top down and bottom up.  

BiFold Door & Patio Door Blinds 

BiFold Doors have panels that fold into a neat stack when opened. ClickFIT Pleated Blinds are ideal for patio and BiFold Doors, offering a minimalist design and precise light control. They’re also no drill, allowing you to install them in a matter of minutes. 

9. Skylight Blinds

Expressions Dark Grey Blackout Blind For Keylite Windows
Expressions Dark Grey Blackout Blind For Keylite Windows

What are Roof Window Blinds? 

Skylight Blinds have a unique click in place frame, preventing your blinds from hanging down into your room. Made from a fabric that’s durable and easy to clean, they also come with light filtering and blackout fabrics for shading your way.

Blinds 2go offer Skylight Blinds that are compatible with, DAKSTRA®, RoofLITE®, FAKRO®, Keylite® & VELUX® Windows, with a plethora of patterns and colours available.  

Telescopic Control Rod 

A telescopic control rod is a device that allows you to reach your roof window blinds with ease, clicking onto the bottom of your roof window blind. Extending between 1m and 2m, this device is especially useful for blinds on tall windows and other hard to access areas. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Measure for Blinds? 

At Blinds 2go, we aim to make measuring for your new blinds hassle-free. Whether you’re thinking of a recess or exact fitting, a blind for an angled bay or square window and more, we’ve got you covered. Check out our nifty measuring guide here.

What is the Difference Between a Recess and Exact Fitting? 

For a recess fitting, your blind will sit between the walls of your window recess, whereas for an exact fitting, your blinds will sit on the outside to cover the recess completely.  

How to Install Window Blinds? 

How you install your new blinds will vary; for all blinds that require drilling, you’ll first want to decide where you want to install the brackets – including face-fixing, top-fixing, or side-fixing.

Whereas with No Drill Blinds, they’re designed to fit between the recess with either a click-in-place or twist-in-place mechanism. 

Refer to one of our easy fitting guides with your order to learn more, featuring step-by-steps and video tutorials to help you get your blinds up in no time! You can find these in your order confirmation email or on the product’s page on the website.

How to Clean Blinds? 

As blinds are an investment for your home, you’ll want to keep them looking as good as new for years to come. Explore our cleaning guide for tips on how to maintain all types of blinds, from dusting to removing stains. 

What are the Best Blinds for Bay Windows? 

Due to the many angles of a bay window, it can be tricky to find the right type of Blind that enables you to create a focal point while preventing harsh sunlight from coming into your room. Our top picks for the best bay window Blinds include: 

  • Roller Blinds – Roller Blinds are super cost-effective and are available with a range of linings to customise shading to your needs 
  • Roman Blinds – With a luxury soft fabric and an array of colours and patterns, you’ll be able to generate instant charm at your bay window while benefitting from ultimate shading and privacy when closed 
  • Vertical Blinds – Minimalist and elegant, deflect light effectively by rotating their fabric louvres or pull them to a neat stack to let light flood into your room 

How to Fit Blinds to uPVC Windows Without Drilling? 

No Drill Blinds are the perfect solution to installing Blinds to your uPVC windows without the need of any tools or drilling. With our innovative ClickFIT system, simply push the brackets into the corners of your uPVC window frame, attach the top headrail of the Blind, clip the bottom headrail into place and you’re good to go.