Many people now have folding doors as a part of their conservatory and orangery. They provide an easy way to let light and air into a conservatory during the warmer months. This does mean that when buying blinds for a conservatory with a folding door; you need to think about what blinds would best work with the bi-fold system. We are frequently asked what blinds are best for bifold doors?
pure™ Pleated Blinds
Our pure™ Pleated Blinds are an excellent option for bi-fold doors. Because of the small profile of the pure rail; they can be recess fitted into the frame of each part of the door. This means that they can be fitted into doors that open internally without interfering with their operation. Because folding door blinds are taller than standard side blinds; the stack of the fabric when the blinds are retracted will be larger than normal. However, thanks to the design of the pure™ Pleated Blinds. They can still retract away more neatly than any standard blind system.
As with pure™ Pleated Blinds, Duette® blinds can also be recess fitted into the frames of the door. Duette® Blinds are often used in bi-fold doors due to the extra insulation the honeycomb structure of the fabric provides. and the rectangular shapes of the doors are ideal for the Duette® fabric. The main disadvantage of Duette® when compared to our Solar Design™ Pleated fabrics is that, due to the double-layer design of the Duette® fabric, the stack of the blinds will be bigger when they are retracted.
pure™ Pinoleum Blinds
Pinoleum Blinds are a type of Roman Blind so they cannot be recess fitted into a set of bi-fold doors, as the size of the fabric stack when the blinds are retracted would not allow you to properly close the doors. However, if the doors fold back externally then it is possible for our pure™ Pinoleum Blinds to be fitted above the doors, and hang just in front of them. The main downside of this approach is that it means the blinds will start to move in the wind should they be extended while the doors are open, but some people like to use the pinoleum wood weave as a compliment to the existing style of their conservatory.
It is possible to use other types of blinds, such as roller blinds or vertical blinds, with bi-fold doors; although as with Pinoleum Blinds they can only be fitted above the doors, if the doors fold back externally. It is technically possible to have blinds in a Perfect Fit frame recess fitted into the frames of a bi-fold door, however it requires the doors to have a larger-than-normal bead depth to allow for the frame to fit. The Perfect Fit blinds still have the same disadvantages that they have in normal conservatory windows. This is the frame covers up a portion of the glass and they only use classic pleated fabrics; which have not been designed to be used in a conservatory.
In the colder months, bi-folding doors can lose a vast amount heat through their metal frames. However, combining our large folding door roller blind and individual Duette® blinds or pure™ pleated blinds for each panel; is a great way to keep your room feeling warm this winter.
Overall, it’s easy to fit blinds into a set of bi-folding doors and have a neat result that doesn’t interfere with the door’s operation. If you’re looking to add blinds to your conservatory and it has a set of folding doors, arrange an appointment with a member of our sales team and they will be able to see exactly what type of blinds would be suitable for your doors.