What Are Top Down Bottom Up Blinds?

What Are Top Down Bottom Up Blinds?

Floating Rail for Conservatory Windows
Posted: 30 Jul 2018

A “floating rail” (also sometimes referred to as a “floating stack”) allows for customers to have  top down bottom up blinds in their home.  Essentially, this means you can have blinds that ‘float’ in the middle of the window; with the tension of the cords ensuring that the blind doesn’t move or fall.

Duette Pleated Side Blinds

Maximum Shading with Top Down Bottom Up Binds

With this freedom, you can choose whether to operate your blinds from the top down or from the bottom up. This gives you the maximum amount of control over where you have your shading. You can precisely position the blind to block out just the area where the sun is entering the room; while keeping the rest of the glass uncovered so you can enjoy the view.

Duette Doors with top down bottom up blinds

The Floating Rail System – For Top Down Bottom Up Blinds

We can use a floating rail system with our pure™ range of pleated blinds, with both our own Solar Design™ single-layer fabric and the Duette® honeycomb style fabric, in a way which combines the flexibility of the floating real with the neat fit and design of our pure™ blinds.

The floating rail can only operate manually for rectangular side blinds. But the rails are often used in either normal windows or for a set of folding doors. Additionally, you could install these onto sliding doors as they don’t interfere with the mechanism.

Folding door Duette pleated blinds top down

The Tru Fit drill-free system is also designed to have a floating rail. While it has a different design than our pure™ Conservatory Blinds, and has the limitations of being a DIY system that’s not designed for conservatories; they can be a good alternate option if you’re looking for blinds with a floating rail in a set of folding doors or windows.

If you think you’d need an extra level of control over your window shading; speak to a member of our sales team and they can go through the different options with you to find a perfect solution for your home.


Arrange a free, no obligation, quotation with a member of our sales team. Get expert advice on the best type blinds for your conservatory, gables, lanterns and doors.


Customer reviews

The blinds were fitted at the agreed time and they are good quality. The blinds are as described and provide dappled shade. No problems with the blinds or the service received so far.
Mrs M Simpson
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Good choice of type of blinds and of fabrics. Excellent quality of materials and workmanship.

Dr & Mrs D, Chippenham
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The work was done efficiently in the time estimated by the installer. Clear instructions were then given on the operation and maintenance of the blinds. The installer was courteous at all times.

Lastly, the blinds worked well in controlling the brightness and temperature of the conservatory. We had good advice to select good colours for the materials: the blinds looked good too.

Dr & Mrs C, Wadhurst
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Pleated blinds are specifically designed for use in UK conservatories; so they can be made to fit any shape of conservatory roof or window much neater than generic blinds.



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