WIDE SLIDING DOOR BLINDS IN DEVON
A set of sliding doors can be one of the trickiest parts of a conservatory to find blinds for, as you need to find a solution that both works with the operation of the doors, but is high enough in performance that the blinds will still reduce heat and glare and make the room more comfortable.
This is all the more challenging if you want to leave the doors open for large parts of the day but don’t want to keep operating your blinds or having them in the way for people and animals to repeatedly brush against and damage.
This was a bigger problem for some recent customers in Devon, who not only had a set of sliding doors but the doors themselves were wider than is normally found, meaning that they were having a lot of difficulty finding a company that could provide blinds that would fit and work neatly. Luckily, we were able to help.
When we fit blinds to a set of sliding doors, we often find that the best solution is to fit the blind that goes in front of the non-moving part of the door slightly away from the glass, using a bracket to hold the fabric out in front. This is so there is enough space between the blind and the door to allow the other, moving, part of the door to slide behind it.
This means that the blind that stands out slightly has to be free-hanging, which would normally be complicated by having cords or chains (which are not practical or allowable under child safety laws) so we used the child-safe SmartCord® system to ensure easy operation while still having no dangerous looped cords. Because we are able to recess fit our blinds into the actual frame of the moving part of the door, it’s able to easily move behind the blind without getting in the way.
Thanks to our years of experience making and fitting unusually shaped blinds for conservatories, we were still able to use this technique with blinds that were wider than normal door blinds – in this case each blind was over a metre wide on each side. We used our own pure™ Pleated Blinds, as they are able to give the neatest possible fit when recessed into a window, and also retract away to a small stack when not in use – even when the blind goes from ceiling to floor as these door blinds do.
To complement the door blinds, and to give total control over the temperature in the room, we fitted the rest of the conservatory with pure™ Pleated Blinds that have specially curved rails that allow them to be neatly fitted to UPVC glazing beads without causing unsightly gaps.
Despite being completely washable, all of these fabrics have a solar reflective coating on the back. The customers opted to have a darker colour fabric – Crush Oyster – for the sides and doors, and a lighter colour – Crush Taupe – for the roof.