Getting The Right Look For Your Window

The shape of our windows, as well as how we dress them make a very visible statement about the condition of the home on the inside. Faded, torn and shabby blinds seen from the outside give an impression of neglect, which may be an incorrect reflection of an otherwise neat and tidy home. However, first impressions are powerful, so homeowners need to be aware of this if they want their property to look its best.

Too Many to Choose From?

With so many different types of window blinds available, buyers can be confused about which ones suit their situation. Roller blinds, Roman blinds, Venetians, verticals and others provide a range of choices, but getting the right type for the style of window and the aspect can be challenging.
Large windows that have a scenic outlook, for example, would need a very different types of window blinds available to a small room at the back of a dwelling that struggles to get sufficient natural light. It is not as simple as picking one type of blind and using it for every room in the home.

Suggestions for Making Those Important Choices

From our point of view, however, it really does not matter what type of blinds you have in your home. Our business at Blind Concepts is to offer superior cleaning, repair and replacement services to our customers. Since we are able to provide those services for most blinds on the market, the choice is yours, but if you need some help, we offer these suggestions.

What Does the Room Need?

Start with the room itself. What does it need in a window covering? Does it need more or less natural light, is insulation against heat and cold required, is the window facing a main road so that privacy is an issue? The answers to these questions will give you the style needed, then the choices of fabric and colour will be easier.

Ever-Reliable Roller Blinds

Modern roller blinds have come into their own as stylish and chic decorator items, and once they are rolled up, leave an unobstructed view of the exterior. Clever fabrics address issues of light and insulation, and are available in a range of modern patterns and colours.

Romans or Venetians – Your Choice

For a touch of elegance, roman blinds offer a tailored look that suits a living room where curtains would be too overwhelming. Ever-practical venetians never go out of date, and their versatility suits almost every room in the home.
Choose whatever style of blind suits your windows without worrying about how to clean them. We will be here to do that for you when the time comes.

Everything Old Can Be New Again, Including Your Blinds

Blinds are essential in our climate to protect the interior décor and to control the flow of light and air. They also have an uncluttered, stylish look that is a perfect example of the “less is more” attitude to interior decorating. At the top end of the market they can cost many thousands of dollars, but there are also blinds for the budget conscious that still look great.

In fact, making old blinds look great again is exactly what we do at Blind Concepts. Our approach is a plus for the environment as we are recycling an existing product rather than using precious resources to create something new. It is also a boon for those wanting to save money but still have their windows looking fresh and modern.

Mass Produced, Low Cost Blinds Unlikely to Last

Everyone wants their homes to be inviting to friends and family, including people with limited financial resources. There are many low-cost options available for them to furnish and decorate their living spaces. Suppliers of budget furniture, homeware, flooring, lighting and window dressings all have cut-price products available. While these products fill a gap temporarily, they rarely last because they have been mass produced, using cheap material.

Maintenance and Replacement Restores Quality

In the case of blinds, there is another option available to homeowners that will deliver them a better quality product at a budget price. Often, blinds only look shabby because they need cleaning and some maintenance such as replacing a broken slat. This is much better than throwing blinds that are otherwise functional in a skip, which ends up in land fill.

We can restore the quality of damaged blinds by replacing slats, slat hangers, chains, cords or wands. This can be a simple repair of several slats, or the replacement of a complete set of blinds. We can also create a new style or colour scheme by using new slats in modern colours, which immediately update the room to a fashionable, contemporary look.

Suitable for Venetians and Other Types of Blinds

There are several different types of venetian blinds that respond well to replacement. We have had great success with aluminium blinds, wood composite, poly-resin and cedar types.

Our service is also suitable for verticals, timber and Holland blinds, as well as woodweave, oriental and Roman blinds.

Complete Solution for the Budget Conscious

Rather than waste money on buying cheap blinds that will not last, the homeowners will have their original blinds returned to them looking new and fresh, with all the functions operating smoothly. For those on a budget, especially if there are several windows to cover, this is an excellent option and will cost far less than buying complete sets of new blinds.

Our Top Tips To Upscale Your Home

Obviously, we at Blind Concepts are all about how to make your windows look good, so this is our Number 1 Tip to upscale your home.

We offer a range of ready and custom-made vertical blinds, roman blinds, oriental, plain or exposed batten and Holland blinds. Our services also cover Venetian blinds that include Aluminium blinds, wood composite blinds, 50mm poly-resin blinds with a timber look finish, and lacquered or oiled cedar blinds.

We can clean, repair, replace or upgrade every blind in your home.

Tip 2

Sometimes your home may just need a colour upgrade. Some colours can be a bit faddish. If you are over the bright yellow of the 70s and mission brown of the 80s why not upgrade to a different shade?

Tip 3

Spruce up your front door. You can do this by changing its colour, updating, or upgrading your door mat, adding a plant on either side, or even tiling, paving or adding faux timber slats.

Tip 4

Add some life to your home’s rooms or outdoor areas by adding some hanging potted plants. They can be pretty flowery offerings or even practical plantings such as herbs you use in the kitchen.

Plants help you clear the air and static energy and even help reduce EMFs from electrical sockets.

Tip 5

Decluttering will give your soul a chance to relax. It has been proven that clutter can cause stress so start to actually let go of some of your stuff. Even letting go of something sentimental but still put away in the cupboard, can open up the flood gates to receiving more than you ever dreamed.

Tip 6

Mow, weed, and clip. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy plantings to have a nice looking yard. You will be surprised how just taking a little time to actually pull those weeds, mow your lawn and clip any low hanging or straggly branches can improve the look and feel of your home.

Tip 7

Rearrange. You know what they say – a change is as good as a holiday. Why not have a go at rearranging the furniture and décor of your home. They say that good Feng Shui in your home starts with the correct placement of these items.

Give it a go and see how you feel. If you don’t like it, change it.

Tip 8

Clean it. If it looks dirty give it a clean. For outside you would be surprised how a high pressure cleaner will bring up your pavers, paths, and driveways.

Tip 9

If it’s broken fix it. Replace torn fly screens, patch holes, and repair fence palings. Give your home some love today!

Blind Repairs For DIY Enthusiasts

If you are a little handy around the home you may find that you are able to repair minor blind issues yourself.

Blind Concepts are the leaders in blind repairs and replacements. We service Brisbane and its surrounding areas and offer today some ways of conducting minor blind repairs.

Please bear in mind we said if you are handy around the home. Some of these tasks should only be attempted by experienced professionals.

Vertical Blinds

These blinds can look great and the beauty of them is you can colour match with your décor.

Today we are going to address some of the common complaints with this style of blind.

Slats Won’t Rotate Or Are Not In Line With Each Other: There are a couple of reasons why this may happen. They may have been hung onto the rails when the hooks were in the closed position or they have snagged against a window catch or door handle, something resting near the blinds, or each other.

In both these cases you need to turn the chain until you hear a clicking noise, keep gently turning until the clicking stops. You may have to pull the chain both ways and complete this clicking exercise.

Once you have done this you should notice that the hooks all face in the same direction, allowing you the opportunity to rehang your louvres.

Venetian Blinds

These blinds look great when clean and in good repair. They do take a little more care and can be quite painful once they are a little worn. A little love will bring them back to their glory, however.

Cleaning Venetian Slats: There is no easy way around doing this at home. The only way to do this is by using a mild detergent and cleaning every single slat. Don’t try those finger slat cleaners; they look good but do very little.

Alternatively, you can take them down and pop them in the bath for a light scrub, then allow them time to dry.

As this job is so painful why not consider taking advantage of our ultrasonic cleaning service?

 

Blind Repairs – Save Money and the Environment

Amazingly, it is incredibly easy to repair most damage to all styles of blinds without having to replace the whole unit.

The experienced and talented team at Blind Concepts are able to complete repairs on all styles of blinds. These include:-

• Vertical blinds

• Timber blinds

• Holland blinds

The range of blind repairs available does not stop there, however, as they are also able to repair venetian blinds.

The materials of this style of blind vary but Blind Concepts are able to tackle all materials. These include:-

• Cedar (lacquered or oiled)

• Wood composite

• Timber look Poly-resin finish

• Aluminium.

Blind Repairers Extraordinaire

As already mentioned, it is amazing how a tired, old or damaged blind can be made new again. The most common types of repairs involve:-

• Wand repair

• Cord repair

• Bottom chain repair or replacement

• Vertical blind slat hanger repair or replacement

• Commercial and Residential refits.

Don’t despair if your broken blind issue is not mentioned here. Please give the company a call before you decide to buy a whole new blind and let them examine, consider solutions, and quote.

You will not be disappointed. It’s obligation free, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Old Blinds Made New

The crew at Blind Concepts have such amazing talent that they are also able to retro fit your old blinds and make them new. This can be achieved by simply replacing the existing slats with a different style or colour.

If you are considering a revamp of any room in your house but are on a tight budget, this is definitely a service you should seriously consider.

You will be able to change the look and feel of a room for a fraction of the price when you replace the slats instead of the whole blind. Why get rid of what isn’t broken?

This will not only save you money, but also the environment, as you reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill.

Wide Service Area

Servicing the areas of Greater Brisbane, both north and south of the river, Logan City and Ipswich, nowhere is too far away for our crew to go.

Speedy Turn Around

Service is completed in as little time as possible. This usually means within 24 hours but this may vary depending on the amount of damage incurred that needs rectifying.

 

Common Problems with Blinds

When it comes to blinds, there is very little maintenance involved. Things can go wrong, however. Cords can deteriorate and break, slats can snap or bend and runners may need to be replaced from time to time.

You can fix some of these issues, but for others, you will need to call in a professional blinds repair company.

Some Common Problems:

Vertical Blinds

You may find that the stem that holds the slats in place is broken. In some cases, this is going to be quite difficult to repair but with newer blinds, this problem has been given some consideration and the stems are usually replaceable nylon ones.

The easiest way to know is by the age of the blinds – any blinds made prior to 2000 will not have replaceable nylon stems. Another way to tell is by looking at the stem itself – if it has yellowed or won’t come out easily, it is not nylon and repairs should be left to the professionals.

If it is nylon, you can have a go at repairing it yourself if you feel confident enough. Do some research first to make sure that you can find the matching stem. If you are unsure, it is best left to professionals – messing up this repair could mean needing a new set of blinds.

A common problem with vertical blinds is that the cords are subjected to a fair amount of wear and tear and they may snap after a while. This is always caused by friction and can be due to the angle at which the cords are being pulled.

Using the wrong angle causes undue friction on the cord or can make it jump the wheels altogether increasing the likelihood of snapping. Should the cord be pulling tightly, check to see if you can ease it back onto the wheel.

Once the cord has snapped, you have to have the track restrung.

Horizontal Blinds

Valances that fall off tend to be a common problem here and this is usually due to the valance clips breaking. A quick fix is to use a strip of Velcro to put the valance back up. The chances of being able to find the right size clip are slim.

If the cords snap here, you could attempt to fix them with a knot. Restringing will generally be more expensive than having a replacement blind put in, so consider this option carefully.

Cellular Blinds

In general, broken cords are the worst problem here. If your cord is on a continuous loop, it is pretty simple to replace if it breaks. Should the cord not be on a continuous loop, you will have to have it restrung. This may work out costly so get a quote first.

By and large though, blinds are easy to maintain and not very troublesome at all.

 

A Budget Friendly Option for Replacing Blinds

In today’s world we tend to live in a throwaway society – if something
starts looking a bit old or is slightly damaged, we tend to throw it out and
replace it.

This is not good for our budgets or the environment and so many people
have started to look for an alternative way of living.

Damaged Blinds

When it comes to blinds, it may seem that there is little alternative to
replacing the entire set because of damage to some of the slats or parts.

Blind Concepts offer a convenient and economic solution to replacing a full
set of blinds. They offer a replacement service.

Basically. they will come in and inspect the blinds. Slats or portions of the
blinds that are too badly damaged are removed and replaced. The undamaged parts
of the blinds are left in place.

Financial Benefits

For the consumer, this means that they are not paying for something that they
don’t need and this can result in significant savings in terms of money and time
– you don’t need to worry about uninstalling your old blinds or re-installing
new ones.

It is also a great way to get your blinds to last that much longer.

Environmental Benefits

For the environment, replacing only the damaged portions means a significant
reduction in waste materials that need to be disposed of. Considering that there
are fewer resources required to replace damaged portions as opposed to whole sets
of blinds, the environmental impact of manufacturing is also reduced.

Revamp the Room

You can also use the replacement service offered by Blind Concepts to create
a fresh new look in a budget-friendly manner. You can choose to have a new set
of slats placed in the existing fittings.

You can choose a different colour, finish or even a different type of
material.

This is a great way to give your room a quick update – replace old fashioned
slats with a more contemporary or classic look that will not date as quickly.

It can also help to create a totally warmer or cooler look in your rooms.
Wooden slats are very good for creating a warmer feel whereas aluminium slats
tend to make a cooler impression.

By using a blind replacement service, you can rest assured that you are
making a wise move financially and an environmentally responsible move as well.
Get a whole new look with a clear conscience and without breaking the bank.