Bay windows offer a beautiful and distinctive addition to any home, and can create a lot of space and light in a room, but they also come with specific challenges when it comes to choosing and installing window blinds. Bay window blinds need to conform to the unusual shape of the windows, and may need to be specially designed to ensure that they don’t end up obstructing one another. Thankfully, Expression Blinds is here to help!
The main challenges to bay window blinds are:
1. Complex Measurements and Customisation
One of the primary challenges with bay window blinds is ensuring accurate measurements. Bay windows consist of multiple panels set at different angles, which means that standard, off-the-shelf blinds rarely fit properly. Precise, custom-made blinds are usually necessary, which is where Expression Blinds comes in. We’ve been fitting bay window blinds for more than ten years and will be able to take the exact measurements required to custom-build your perfect bay window blinds.
2. Matching the Aesthetic and Architectural Style
Bay windows can be a focal point in a room, so it’s essential to choose blinds that complement both the window’s style and the room’s decor. This can be challenging, as the blinds must balance functionality with aesthetic appeal. During your free, no-obligation consultation, your fitter will be able to go through all of the available choices to help you find the best one for your needs.
3. Light Control and Privacy Issues
Bay windows typically allow a lot of natural light into a room, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Finding blinds that offer the right balance of light control, privacy, and visibility can be challenging as some blinds may block too much light, while others may not provide sufficient privacy, particularly in street-facing rooms or in densely populated areas. Again, your fitter will be able to talk through everything you’ll need to know to make the best decision possible!
4. Installation Complexities
Installing blinds in bay windows is typically more complex and time-consuming than standard windows. The angled nature of the window panels can make fitting the blinds a challenge, and often requires custom-blinds to fit properly. At Expression Blinds, all our work is custom-made to your specifications, so bay window blinds are a breeze for us.
5. Limited Options for Styles and Materials
Not all styles and materials of blinds are suitable for bay windows, as some of them just won’t work in the available space. Some blinds may not be able to be cut or shaped to fit the unique angles, so you’ll need to talk through what you’re hoping to achieve and how this can be done. This can be particularly challenging for homeowners who have specific design preferences or needs that they need to work around.
6. Potential for Uneven Wear and Tear
Blinds on bay windows can experience uneven wear and tear due to varying exposure to sunlight and usage. Some sections of the blinds may fade or degrade faster than others, leading to inconsistent appearance and the need for more frequent replacements or maintenance. A sturdy material or one that is particularly long-lasting will help to mitigate this.
7. Thermal Efficiency Concerns
Bay windows can be a significant source of heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Finding blinds that offer good thermal efficiency while still meeting aesthetic and functional needs can be challenging – you might want to consider thermal blinds or a particularly thick and insulating blinds fabric to help counteract this.
8. Issues with Uniformity and Symmetry
Maintaining a uniform and symmetrical appearance with multiple blinds in a bay window can be difficult. Slight differences in measurement or installation can lead to a disjointed or asymmetrical look, which can be visually unappealing. That’s why you should leave your bay window blinds in the hands of a seasoned blinds installer like those at Expression Blinds!
9. Challenges with Older or Non-Standard Windows
In older homes or those with non-standard bay windows, finding blinds that fit and operate correctly can be particularly challenging. Custom solutions may be necessary, which can be more hassle to find and arrange, thought they’re Expression Blinds’ speciality and we’d be delighted to help!
Can I Buy Blinds Directly Online?
As well as our custom blinds installation, Expression Blinds now sell blinds directly online through our online sales portal. We’ve got a wide range of blinds available, and the collection is increasing all the time, so you can just pick out the ones that you want, make a few measurements, and place the order with just a few clicks!
After the blinds are delivered, installing them is easy and straightforward. Just fit them the way you’d fit any blinds, and since they’ve been made to your measurements, you can be confident that they’ll fit perfectly – plus, since you’ve chosen to have the blinds custom made but fit them yourself, you get the best of both worlds, with high-quality Expression Blinds craftsmanship and a lower price tag. That sounds like a good deal to us!
What to Expect in Your Free Consultation
At Expression Blinds, we never employ commission-based salespeople, so the only goal our fitters have is helping you find the best blinds for your needs. One of the main ways that we do this is to begin all of our work with a free consultation, so you can make the best possible decision and our fitters can get all of the information they need.
At a time that suits you, our fitter will come around to take any necessary measurements, speak to you about what you need, and provide any advice that could help you to get the results you’re looking for. This step helps the fitter to understand what you need in more depth. Leveraging their expertise, our installers are equipped to offer informed advice, navigate you through the different approaches to attain your desired outcome, and perform exact measurements to ensure your blinds or shutters fit impeccably. Once you have made your decision, you will be provided with a written quote on the same day, giving you the peace of mind that the price is fixed and transparent. With Expression Blinds, there are no hidden charges or surprise additional fees.
Our Location and Service Reach
Our workshop and head office can be found in our home town of Lymm, Cheshire, and from there, Expression Blinds has been providing blinds to the North West region for over a decade. Our services cover areas like Liverpool, Warrington, Manchester, Chester, Blackburn, Stockport, Wigan, and St. Helens, as well as the whole of the North West itself – so if you didn’t see your town on that list, don’t worry! Just get in touch and we’ll do our best to accommodate you, wherever you are.
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If you’d like to talk to one of our fitters about blinds for your bay windows then give us a call today! You can get in touch with us anytime via our Contact Us page on the site, or give us a call at 0161 241 9686 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. We’ll be happy to help you with whatever you need!