The right window treatment can block harsh sunlight and UV rays while filtering out natural light to maintain ventilation. The window treatment can also give you and everybody in your home some much needed privacy and can help to regulate temperature. The capability to insulate results in energy efficiency and pleasant temperatures inside a home. The value these window treatments bring to our home in terms of beauty and comfort is also unparalleled.
Fortunately, you can find all these requirements in blinds. Blinds are window treatments that comprise of multiple horizontal or vertical slats that are strung together and are usually operable by a chord. Blinds can give you insulation, energy efficiency, privacy and protection from sunlight if you choose the right type of blinds for your home, based on your priorities. Not to mention, they are versatile to the extent that you can find blinds that match or contrast with your walls and interior décor.
If you’re looking for a good place to get started, you can look into blackout blinds, cellular blinds, thermal blinds, wooden and even faux wooden blinds depending on whether your needs are privacy related, light control related or temperature related. Blinds also have a control mechanism that is easy to use. Nowadays, they also come in motorised models and ones that are also controllable by voice command.
What are pleated blinds?
To put it simply, pleated blinds are basically blinds that are made out of pleated fabric. To put it into context and to give you a better sense how pleated blinds will look and perform it might be apt to compare these blinds to cellular blinds.
If you have heard about cellular blinds or if you have seen them, it makes it so much easier to not only visualize but also understand the implications of pleated blinds (that being the effect they can have on your home).
Cellular blinds (also known as honeycomb pleated blinds) are blinds that are made up of fabric that comprise of cells or honeycombs. These cells or honeycomb help in trapping hot air during warm days and preventing it from adding a burden on the air conditioning, resulting in energy efficiency. Pleated blinds are very similar. While cellular blinds comprise of layers (usually two or more) that are attached at the pleats, pleated blinds on the other hand, just have a single layer.
What are the advantages of pleated blinds?
Pleated blinds offer many features which is why it is a popular window treatment in the market. The various benefits that these blinds offer can be categorised in the following ways –
- Insulation – It is true that not all pleated blinds incorporate a honeycomb structure. Most pleated blinds in fact, are adorned with a single layer of fabric. Despite this, they still have an insulating effect. The fact remains is that they do not insulate to the extent that cellular blinds do.
For instance, cellular blinds can be useful for places with extreme temperatures, but they can be counterproductive in places with pleasant weather. Too much insulation can be a problem too. In situations like these, pleated blinds become a better option in treating windows. The effect of natural insulation also means that you will see a reduction in the amount of money you pay for heating/cooling the home.
- Light control and filtration – Pleated Blinds usually have the Top-Down-Bottom-Up control mechanism. This means that you have the ability to control how much light can enter your rooms and you can also control where the light will fall within the room. With the Top-Down-Bottom-Up control mechanism, you have the unique benefit of allowing light in your room while still maintaining privacy.
- User friendly – Most pleated blinds come with a cord that you can use to open and close the blinds. If you feel like deviating from the classic approach you can go for the motorised options as well. You can hook them up with a remote control and even your smartphone. These options are recommended for encouraging child safety and promoting ease of use.
How do I remove my pleated blinds?
You might have to remove your pleated blinds from the window frame. You may have to clean them, service them or replace them for a bit. Either way, you need to know how to remove these blinds during such occasions. Now, adhere to the following steps to be able to remove your blinds without professional help –
- The first order of business is to keep the blinds fully open. The main reason for this is to make sure that you do not damage your blinds unintentionally. To do this, pull the cord down so that the blinds move upwards to its fullest extent.
- The next step is to find the cover which can be found at the top of the blind. The cover isn’t always a part of the blinds but if it does exist it must be removed so that you can have access to the brackets which cement the blinds in their position. Gently tug at the cover if your blinds have one. If you don’t have a cover, you can skip this step.
- Now you have to check for the location of brackets. Pleated blinds, just like many other types of blinds have different mounting methods that depend on the manufacturer. Use a minute or two to take a look around the top of your pleated blinds to find the brackets. The brackets can either be above the blinds or sometimes they can even be in front of them.
- Once the brackets have been located, you can now go about loosening the blinds. Use a screwdriver to open the latch that are fastened to the blinds. Once you start loosening them, they start falling towards you. You must keep this in mind while loosening your pleated blinds.
- Once your pleated blinds have been loosened, all that is left to do is to remove them from the brackets. Gently hold on to the top of the blinds. Use your other hand to reach around the blinds and pull them towards you from the middle. If they do not budge, you should go through the previous steps once again to see if you’ve done everything right.
Conclusion Pleated blinds are amazing additions to your living room and bedroom. They come in many shapes and sizes. You can even get blackout pleated blinds for your bedrooms to block sunlight to give you some much needed sleep during the night and sometimes, even during the day. They can enhance the look of your room by allowing different settings under filtrations of sunlight as well. All in all, they are highly recommended window treatments.