Repurpose Your Blinds To Extend Their Usefulness

Re-purposing Blinds - Blind Concepts

Window blinds are essential to provide privacy, protect floor coverings and furnishings from harsh sunlight, and to allow the occupants to either invite in or block out the weather and the neighbours. The more windows there are to cover, the bigger the financial investment required to cover them, so when blinds start to look shabby, replacing them with new ones is often not an option.

Update, relocate or recycle

Depending on what style of blinds you have on your windows, if you are in this situation, you may be interested in how blinds can be recycled. Perhaps you want to update the look of some blinds so that they can be moved to a different room, and you may be able to refurbish some to stay where they are. There may even be a few blinds that are beyond redemption and rather than toss them into landfill, they could be recycled in a different way.

Whatever the need, here at Blind Concepts we offer a service that can address most of the issues our clients have with their blinds. We can clean, repair and replace a range of different types of blinds and our service even extends to creating new styles and colours for some types of blinds. We offer a same day service although more complex repairs may take longer.

Replace broken slats with different colours for a little pizazz

Do you have stained timber blinds in good condition except for a few slats here and there that are broken? The broken slats can be replaced but instead of opting for the same timber stain, add some pizazz by using different colours. Now the blinds have a feature point that draws the eye, complements the accessories in the room and invites comment.

Bland verticals can become interesting

Even though vertical blinds are not as popular as they used to be, that is no reason to throw them out if they are still serviceable. Again, by replacing several vertical drops in contrasting colours at strategic intervals, your bland verticals will be a study in recycling.

Lateral thinking, the key to recycling

The ultimate recycling challenge will come when your blinds are beyond saving. If you are disposing of slat blinds, take them apart and look for alternative uses for the cords and slats. Even if they end up as stakes and ties for your garden plants, they are still serving a purpose. Roller blinds can be dismantled, creating lengths of vinyl which can be used for shelf liners.

There is usually an alternative use for blind materials if you think laterally. That is what we do when we are called in by a client to look at their blinds to see what can be done to either clean or repair them.

Choosing Window Treatments Need Not Be Difficult

home interior with awesome blinds

Whether you are renovating an existing dwelling or furnishing a new home from scratch, your window treatments will have a major impact on the appearance and ambiance of every room. As well as how they look, your blinds and curtains protect your privacy and allow you to control both light and air. Getting the right mix can mean the difference between a drab dark living space and one that is inviting and changes with the climate.

The Best of Blinds

If you cannot decide between blinds or curtains, you may be pleased to know that you can have both in your home, depending on what you are trying to achieve. Blinds, for example, come in different styles and materials, don’t fade, are great for small rooms because they fit into the window recess and they are superb at controlling the light.

Curtains can be Cool

Curtains also have their good points. They are available in all kinds of styles, colours and fabrics, they can completely block out the light if need be, are generally machine-washable for easy cleaning and create visual interest as they respond to the movement of air. Just think about the calming effect a light, wispy curtain has on the psyche as it moves in the breeze.

Blinds are our specialty because here at Blind Concepts, we clean and repair window blinds, using our ultrasonic cleaning technology. This method gets into the nooks and crannies of all types of blinds, lifting out dust, dirt and grime and returning your blinds to you ready to hang. Our repair services include replacing broken slats and slat hangers, and replacing cords, chains and wands.

What Type of Room Is It?

The best advice we can give to the householder trying to choose the right window treatment is to consider things such as the room’s purpose, its aspect and of course, the budget allowed. For example, blinds are perfect for hard-working areas like the kitchen and bathroom, but if you have bedroom windows facing west, block-out curtains might be necessary in summer to keep out the heat.

The Best of Both Worlds – Why Not?

There is no reason why you cannot have both, of course. In formal areas, Venetian blinds that allow you to control light and air flow partnered with a stylish set of floor length curtains will add elegance and style to your lounge room. Choose curtains without pull cords for added safety in homes with young children or pets.

Whatever you choose, remember that you do not have to sacrifice privacy when choosing either blinds or curtains, or both. Take the time to research all the options and you really can have the best of both worlds.