Bay windows, with their incredible potential for light in a room and the wide-open views they allow, are a stunning feature in any home. However, finding the right blinds for bay windows can be challenging entirely because of the shape and arrangement that makes them so desirable in the first place! Let the expert bay window blinds fitters at Expression Blinds guide you through the various styles, materials, and designs available to find the perfect blinds for your bay window.
Understanding Bay Windows
Before choosing your blinds, you should think about the structure of your bay window. Typically, bay windows have three sides, with one central window and two angled side windows. The depth and angle of these windows can change from window to window, and will determine which blinds will work for your space and which might not. Some blinds and shutter types are simply too bulky to fit well in a bay window, while others are excellent choices no matter how your window is set. For more information on the bay window blinds available, you can take a look at our article on our top five bay window blinds ideas here!
Types of Bay Window Blinds
Roman blinds are a popular choice all over the home, but they are especially suitable as bay window blinds. They offer a soft, draped look when lowered and fold neatly when raised, so they don’t take up much space and won’t obstruct one another when in use. Roman blinds are also often an excellent insulation boost for a window, which is deal for bay window blinds as the multiple large panes of glass can be a heat sink for the room on cold days.
Venetian blinds can be made from wood, metal, or plastic, and offer excellent control over light and privacy. Their horizontal slats can be adjusted to various angles, allowing you to control the amount of light entering the room and even track the movement of the sun across the sky so that natural light can filter in without beams of sunlight glaring directly into the room.
Vertical blinds are ideal for larger bay windows. Their vertical slats create an illusion of height and can be drawn to one side for a clear view, while they’re flat enough to pair up well with curtains for added insulation. Like Venetian blinds, vertical blinds can also be adjusted according to light and privacy needs, and they’re durable and easy to maintain, making them a versatile, cost-effective choice for your bay window.
Roller blinds provide a sleek, minimalist look and pair excellently with curtains or other window treatments. They are easy to operate and can be rolled up or down to achieve the desired level of light and privacy, and are sturdy and easy to clean and maintain. Roller blinds are among our most popular blinds types, so ask today about whether they’d suit your needs – our blinds experts will be happy to talk through exactly what you need and what you’re looking for.
Measuring for Bay Window Blinds
Accurate measurement is key for bay window blinds, as the windows are close enough for their blinds to potentially clash with one another if the measurements are off. Measure each section of the bay window separately, considering the depth and angles to make sure there is enough space for the blinds to operate without obstruction.
Choosing Your Materials
A wide range of materials, colours and designs are available from Expression Blinds, and each material has its own advantages and disadvantages to consider. Here are a few of the options:
Fabric blinds, like Roman and roller blinds, offer a huge range of colours, patterns, and textures. They can add warmth and complement your interior décor, and can also be provided in specialist fabrics with unique properties, like thermal insulating blinds or wood weave.
Wooden blinds, particularly wooden Venetian blinds, add a natural, warm touch to the room. They are excellent for both traditional, rustic interiors and chic modern décor schemes, and they never go out of style. If you want something more durable or resistant to damp or other harsh conditions, we can also provide faux-wood blinds which look just as great but are even easier to care for.
Metal and Plastic Blinds
Metal and plastic blinds are durable and come in various finishes and colours. They are easy to maintain, tough and long-lasting, and can be ideal for homes or businesses where the blinds need to stand the test of time.
Selecting the right colour for your bay window blinds is the next step, once you’ve found your material. Neutral tones can blend seamlessly with the room, while bold colours can make more of a statement. Consider the room’s colour palette, the amount of natural light, and your design vision when choosing the colour of your blinds.
Patterns and Textures
Patterns and textures can add depth and interest to your room. Floral or geometric patterns can complement your interior theme, while textured blinds can add a tactile element or help to break up and soften reflected light for a cosier feel. Your fitter will be happy to show you all of the available patterns and textures for your blinds when you’re speaking to them, so you can see them first-hand and consider how they’d affect your room.
Light Control and Privacy
Consider the primary function of your blinds. If privacy is a concern, opt for blinds that offer more coverage. If controlling light is essential, adjustable blinds like Venetian or vertical styles are preferable. Either way, Expression Blinds will have the solution for you.
Why Choose Expression Blinds For Your Bay Window Blinds?
Custom-made blinds can be the perfect solution for bay windows with unusual dimensions or angles. They ensure a perfect fit and can be tailored to your specific needs, providing a far better result than any off-the-shelf option could. Expression Blinds have been fitting custom-made blinds for over a decade, and you can rely on us to provide a result that will fit perfectly, every time.
Proper installation is crucial for the functionality and appearance of your blinds. While DIY installation is possible, professional installation is recommended for complex bay windows, and the blinds fitters at Expression Blinds have the skills and experience to make installation a breeze, no matter how complex the windows.
Our fitters start every job with a free, no-obligation consultation where they can go through all of the available options and provide you with the tools you need to make the best possible decision for your blinds. They have the skills and experience to provide recommendations and advice that you can rely on, and are never employed on a commission-based level, so they have no other motive in the consultation but to help you find the best blinds for your needs.
Can I Buy Bay Window Blinds Directly Online?
If you just want to make your own measurements, order your blinds online and fit them yourself, you can – Expression Blinds now has an online sales portal to let you do just that! We have a range of blinds available on there, and that range is always growing – so all you need to do is find the ones you’re looking for, make your measurements, and in a few clicks you’re done!
Once the blinds arrive, installing them will be easy. You’ve already provided the exact measurements of the window, so you can just install them the way you would any other blinds and they’ll fit perfectly.
High-quality custom-made Expression Blinds blinds, but without the cost of a fitter? That sounds like the best of both worlds to us.
Need Some More Information On Bay Window Blinds?
If you’d like to talk to someone about bay window blinds, give us a call today or send us a message on our contact form! You can get in touch with us anytime via our Contact Us page on the site or call us on 0161 241 9686 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. We’ll be happy to help!