What Blinds Would You Recommend for a Lantern Roof?

We generally recommend the same blinds for lantern roofs as we do for normal conservatory roofs: Our pure™ Pleated Blinds  or our pure™ Pinoleum Blinds, depending on your own personal preference.

The exact type of blinds that can be used also depends on if you want blinds that are fitted to the actual rafters, or blinds that run along the base of the lantern.

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There are two main ways of fitting blinds to a lantern roof:

Lantern Roof Blinds

We can fit the blinds to the rafters using shaped roof blinds, in the same way we would for a standard conservatory roof. Using an individual blind layout, this means we're able to provide an effective shading solution without having to totally cut off the extra space a lantern roof gives you. Because of the height of most lanterns, we generally recommend remote control operation for these types of blinds.

For these types of blinds we recommend using blinds that have been designed to fit inside the more complex shapes found in a lantern roof, such as our pure™ Pleated Blinds, or our pure™ Pinoleum Blinds. Duette® blinds may be possible in some circumstances, depending on the exact shapes found in the roof.


Lantern Roof Blinds

The second way to fit blinds to a lantern roof is to use horizontal ceiling blinds to cover just the base of the lantern. The main benefit of this method is that it dramatically reduces the amount of blinds that are required - down to about one or two blinds - which makes it a much more affordable option.

It also means there is more space above the blinds for heat to build up and dissipate, so the blinds aren't subjected to the extreme levels of heat that can easily exceed 60 °C (140 °F). It also means that, come winter, the amount of air you need to heat is much smaller, making the room easier and quicker to warm up.

The main disadvantage is one of aesthetics: the support micro-cables are still visible running across the base of the lantern, even while the blinds are retracted - you can just about make them out in the image above.

For this style of blind, we recommend blinds that are able to cover large areas and still retract away neatly, such as our pure™ Pleated Blinds or Duette ®  Pleated Blinds. Duette® blinds are especially suit able for this type of layout, as all of the control cords are hidden within the blind itself, and they will provide extra insulation in the winter.

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