- By Faye Crawford
- Published 05/6/2011
- Article Writing
IntroductionIf DIY is not your forte then perfect fit blinds may offer a solution to your binds need. They are simple to assemble, require no drilling and can be fitted within minutes. The perfect fit system is designed exclusively by Louvolite and their revolutionary idea has meant that you will no longer have the worry of dangling operating cords or the though of a small breeze from an open window moving your blind knocking all your belongs off your window sill.There are many different types of perfect fit blind – Venetian, roller, pleated and wood Venetian but in this article we are only going to focus on perfect fit pleated blinds.Description;The best way to describe a perfect fit pleated blinds is that it is a pleated blind housed within a perfect fit frame. The perfect fit frame consists of 4 Aluminum sidepieces, which are joined together with corner joints, which are held together with 4 screws on each corner. The frame is secured to the existing window frame with brackets that simply side in-between the windows glass and the beading. The already assembles frame simply clicks into place when inserted into the window frame.Measuring for a perfect fit blindThe measuring up for a perfect fit blind is just as simple as fitting the blind itself. The only measurements that are needed are the width of the window that you can see through and the drop. For people that are not overly confident on their ability to measure the easiest way to ensure accurate measurements is to measure the top, centre and bottom of the window glass that you can see through and keep the smallest measurement. To measure the required drop for the perfect fit blind the same method applies, measuring the left, centre and right drop and again keeping the smallest measurement. The only other measurement you need is the depth of the window, taking this measurement is very simple, like before if you are not very confident, measuring multiple corners will help to ensure accurate measuring. To measure the depth you need to put a straight flat edge – like a ruler across the corner of your window frame that you are fitting the perfect fit blind into. Then measuring up from the window glass to the underside of the ruler take a measurement. Typically windows measure between 12mm-30mm in depth.
Another aspect to keep in consideration is the location of any handles on your window. A window handle can obstruct you fitting the frame however this does not mean that if you have a handle on your window then you cannot have a perfect fit frame. The following rules of thumb occur for different beadings to space to handle. On a square beading the most amount of distance between the edge to the window frame where the beading starts and the edge of the handle closest to the window glass is 25mm. on any other type of beading then anything as low as 6mm clearance is needed. If you are ever unsure about this then you should ask for a sample piece of frame that way to can put the frame onto the window and see your self if there is a clearance. If there isn’t a clearance that is not a problem any experienced blind sales person will be able to recalculate the width or drop of your window to accommodate for the handle bein
g on your window.Perfect Fit Pleated BlindsA perfect fit plated blind is excellent in any size window, the pleats are very neat in appearance and when the blind is fully risen on a long blind – such as a door blind the stack of the fabric is hardly noticeable (20mm + bottom rail) meaning that if you wanted your blind up on a beautiful spring day then you can still receive the advantage of having full viewing area of your window. Perfect fit pleated blinds therefore are especially good for a conservatory as the small fanlight windows will still be able to have the pleated blinds on them but when risen you would not even know there was a blind on the window!perfect fit pleated blinds come in a range of colours, which will allow you to find a pleated blind to suit any room. The pleated blind range consists of virtually every colour that you would find however neutral tones, whites and creams generally tend to be the most popular so suppliers tend to put most of their textured materials into those colours. There are many different textures available in the pleated fabrics some look very effective on their own and others look their most effective with light shining through. Some pleated fabrics are also patterned either lightly patterned or completely patterned to suit all tastes.Another good aspect to pleated fabrics is that unlike other perfect fit blinds their material can be blackout, solar reflective, and all fabrics offer insulating properties however some more than others. The pleated blinds with the blackout materials that have a duet fabric is the best blind to have if you are looking to block about 95-98% of the light out, the duet structure means that unlike other pleated fabrics, you will not see any holes in the fabric where the operating cord runs through and unlike the perfect fit roller blinds there is not so much of a need to allow for a gap to be left for the blind to operated properly. Although the blind will not be a blackout blind as some light will bleed from around the edges it will not be as much light as the perfect fit roller blinds. If it is solar reflective material you are looking for which is highly advised in a conservatory, which can often be a sun trap then the solar reflective backing (SPC, SRC, ESP or Perlex – names given from different suppliers) will help keep out unwanted UV rays, and act as a source of climate control helping to keep heat out during the summer and keep heat in, in the winter. Fabrics that offer insulating fabrics would also be the ones that are solar reflective but also there are some honey comb fabrics, the idea behind the honey comb structure of these materials is that they trap small pockets of air that will help keep heat in.Another fantastic feature of the perfect fit pleated blinds is the many different ways that they can be operated. The operation could be the traditional top down, or if you were to fit the blind upside down then bottom up. There is also a third way and that is the dual-operated café style pleated blind. This blind can be made to work the two ways already mentioned plus you could place the material at any point along the drop to allow you the maximum control of just how much privacy you can have.Concluding points.perfect fit pleated blinds can offer you the most amount of versatility compared to the other types of perfect fit blinds, this allows you to have just the right amount of privacy, heat protection and the right amount of light transmission.
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