Conservatories can be very tricky when it comes to finding a window covering that works well, so I wanted to show you today what I have chosen for my own for a bit of inspiration. They make a really simple window dressing idea for any awkward window, and are a great alternative to curtains and other types of blinds.
Part of our kitchen is a conservatory – which means lots of funny angles, nowhere to add a curtain pole or fix standard blinds. So I had to look outside the box a little, and that’s when I came across Perfect Fit blinds.
They are window treatments, so I wanted to show you what my own choice was for a simple window dressing for a tricky space, and why they work so well. If you have similar windows in your home this may be the answer!
Let’s go to the start – this is what my conservatory looked liked without any window treatments:-
There are several smaller windows, several large windows, a massive glass roof and two double doors leading to our garden. This is a LOT of glass which brings in lots of light (positive) but not much privacy (negative).
We are lucky though in that we are not very overlooked – probably why it took me nearly 3 years after the conservatory was built to get round to deciding on window treatments! – but nevertheless we wanted to create a sense of privacy, and also more cosiness because when it gets dark you can feel very exposed.
The space is quite tight for a dining area, so I really didn’t want any window treatments that would feel too bulky and bring the space in still further, and so some sort of blind seemed the best option. There was also no way a curtain pole could be fitted either.
In my day job I have used Perfect Fit blinds before with clients, and wanted to look at using these in the space – here’s a video on how they fit to the window:-
The blinds basically attach to the frame of each window, and you can get them in all sorts of colours and styles (roller, venetian, pleated) – so the various options appealed to me especially as I was keen to have blinds that felt like part of the rooms design (the room links to both our kitchen and family room and so you would be looking at the blinds A LOT!).
I measured the windows and placed my order – very exciting to say the least!
I went for a pleated blind (concertina effect) in a fabric that’s linen in style, has some texture to it, and is also slightly see through so still lets a good amount of light in even when the blinds are closed.
… the package came about a fortnight later.
Each blind had a little sticker on it to make identifying which window it was for a lot easier (the measurements were on it so I would advise keeping a copy of the measurements of each window and labelling a quick sketch of the windows so that you can easily see what’s what when it all comes)
It was all really easy to put together – Just take your time to ensure you get everything in the right place and make sure the cords are all where they should be as it would be easy to get one slightly out of place which would stop the blind from opening properly (although you can easily fix this).
It was then simply a case of fitting the brackets to the beading, which was relatively straight forward, using a credit card to measure the space worked well and only needed to be slightly adjusted when I put the frame into the window and started to click it into place (which took a little force on some brackets).
And here they are in place – I chose to have the blinds able to pull from the top to the bottom, and I only decided to have blinds for the larger panes of glass at the bottom of each window, and the double doors – as these would give us privacy and also be able to filter the sometimes harsh sun in the mornings when sitting at the table for breakfast.
It now feels much cosier and private when walking around the room, and due to the fabric I chose we can keep the blinds down in the day as well if required – as you can see from the picture below they let in loads of light still!
The picture below shows that the blinds can be pulled down as far as you want them to go – so you can get any effect you need – they also go up really high and so you don’t really notice them when they are not in use either which is a bonus when you want them out of the way.
The main benefit we have from these as well is that we can open the double doors with the blinds attached and they stay in place – making it really easy on a sunny day etc…. (just watch if there is lots of wind, but you probably wouldn’t have your doors open then anyway!).
These simple window dressing blinds also work really well in bathrooms, downstairs cloakrooms, kitchen windows and anywhere you want a little more privacy.
Please note – This is not a sponsored post – I purchased my blinds from www.newblinds.co.uk but other places you can purchase from include Direct Blinds, John Lewis**, Blinds 2 Go and 24/7 Conservatory Blinds**
So – what do you think of the choice of blinds? Are you tempted to try them out in your own home? I’d love to know so please leave a comment below.