What do you mean by 'doubled-up blind layout'?

A doubled-up blind layout is the opposite of an individual blind layout. It means that you have one large blind covering multiple panes of glass, as opposed to one blind per pane. This could refer to window blinds or, more commonly, roof blinds.

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You will probably find that most (if not all) blind retailers will assume a ‘doubled-up’ layout in any quotation (probably without even telling you) as it is normally much cheaper than an individual blind layout.

This is especially true if you are considering remote control operation because not only are big blinds cheaper, but this will significantly reduce the number of blinds (and therefore motors) required.

Although individual blinds are normally recommended, this varies with requirements: 

UPVC Roofs: Unless you have a UPVC conservatory roof built within the last 3 years, then you can normally have a doubled-up blind layout without any concern. It is only if your roof guarantee stipulates individual blinds with a 15mm air gap that you should avoid a doubled-up blind layout.

Timber Roofs: If you have a modular timber conservatory with deep main rafters but smaller jack rafters (which you often find on Amdega conservatories for instance) then doubled-up blinds are perfect (especially common with pinoleum blinds). Individual blinds would be recess-fitted between the narrow rafters, which may look wrong unless you have Pure Pleated Blinds (because only they can be made that narrow).

Appearance: A doubled-up blind layout often looks more attractive in very large conservatories, with well-proportioned shapes, especially pinoleum blinds, roman blinds and roller blinds.

Height: If you have a very tall conservatory, with a lot of headroom, then doubled-up roof blinds can create a more homely feel. Individual blinds tend to make the conservatory feel even taller.

Small Conservatories: The one situation where all the above should be ignored is in a small conservatory. Doubled-up blinds are rarely a good idea in a small conservatory as they tend to make the space seem even more closed-in.

Doubled-up blinds are not often the best solution for conservatories, but it very much depends on the conservatory shape, construction, glazing and size, as well as the specific blind type required and your own personal taste.

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