Understanding Different Window Treatments

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds have individual slats that run along a track at the top of the blind. Depending on the style, vertical blinds either open from side to side, or by parting in the middle. These blinds are a popular choice for patio doors and floor to ceiling windows. But, they can still be used over smaller windows as well.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are the most popular style of blinds. They feature horizontal slats which attach with string or strips of cloth known as tapes. As Venetian blinds are raised, the bottom slat is pressed into the slat above it

Panel Blinds

Panel blinds are another popular choice for patio doors, as well as very large windows. Panel blinds feature sections which move along a track, which allows you to open and close them.

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades feature a piece of material that’s pleated so that the shade forms an accordion-like pattern which can be raised or lowered. These shades have a similar look to Venetian blinds, while also “softening” the look of the window. But, they cannot be adjusted from side to side, like blinds. Pleated shades are usually made from fabric Affordable Blinds offer a large selection to chose from.

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are a very traditional window covering made from fabric or materials. There are several different styles of Roman shades available, but they all share one thing in common: As a Roman shade is raised, it folds into itself, similar to how a Venetian blind operates. Since the fabric of a roman shade continues to fold into itself, it can create quite a large stack of fabric at the top of the window when they’re raised completely. So, while Roman shades offer a beautiful and timeless look, they do remove a portion of the viewable space of your window when raised.

Roller Blinds

Another popular shade option is roller shades. Roller shades are usually made from synthetic or natural fabrics and can be rolled up or down to suit your needs.

Roller shades are available in several different styles that mount to the window in a variety of different ways. The most economical roller shades feature an external system that allows you to see all of the different mechanisms and mounting hardware of the shade.

More stylish options are available which features valances, cornices or fascia’s which hide all of the components of the shade and provide a more polished look. Like Roman shades, roller shades are available in a broad range of natural and synthetic fabrics and often have additional features such as thermal or blackout linings.

Affordable Blinds offer both manual and motorised options these are very popular choices across Carlow

Skylight Blinds

Skylight shades are available in many different styles including roller, pleated and cellular. These shades are designed to cover difficult to reach skylights. Cellular shades are especially popular for skylights because of their insulating properties. Skylight can be manual and motorised. Sometimes, skylight shades are raised or lowered with a handle instead of a rod. Automatic versions are also available.

Motorised blinds

Affordable Blinds motorised blinds are becoming increasingly common thanks across Carlow thanks to Smart technology. We partner with Smartshade and Coulisse. All our blinds and shades are available in many traditional styles, as well as new, high tech styles.

Motion blinds sync with a smartphone application and can be controlled in groups or individually. They can also be programmed to open and close at certain points during the day. Not only are Motion blinds some of the most visually attractive on the market, but they can also help you save on energy costs.

If you’re interested in Motion blinds can be operated by Alexa

Wood Blinds

Wood blinds are a popular choice for most applications. They offer the natural beauty and warmth of wood, and they’re available in many different stains, types of wood and colors. Wood blinds are a strong choice for most rooms in the home, however, in rooms or areas where humidity and moisture are a concern, they aren’t the best choice. Since wood is a natural material that can expand and contract over time, wood blinds are susceptible to warping, splitting, cracking or breaking.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds provide the same beautiful look like wood. However, they’re made from synthetic materials, which makes faux wood blinds more economical than wood blinds. Since they aren’t made from natural wood, they can be used in areas and rooms with higher humidity, like bathrooms. Since wood blinds are so durable and affordable, they have become a very popular choice for any application.

Aluminium blinds

Metal blinds offer a similar look to plastic blinds and are available in an even larger variety of finishes. They’re resistant to moisture which makes them a great choice for bathrooms and humid environments.

Metal blinds are often available in different gauges. The smaller the gauge, the thicker and more durable the slats. Since they’re made of metal, these blinds tend to be the noisiest variety on the market which may bother certain people.

Avery popular choice for offices, Schools,Government buildings and so on.

Made To Measure from Affordable Blinds

Made to measure blinds are custom made for the customer by the manufacturer. With made to measure blinds, the customer can customize every single aspect of their window covering including color, finish, material, hardware configuration, and additional features. There are many different option of custom made window coverings.

Made to measure options are best for customers looking for the perfect option for their home, without the compromises you’d usually be forced to make with ready-made options. They’re also the best choice for homes with odd shaped windows that aren’t readily available in ready-made sizes.

Depending on the level of customization desired, it can take a week or more for the manufacturer to produce made to measure blinds. Once manufacturer delivers the blinds, they’re usually installed by the manufacturer or a trained professional. As you’d imagine, made to measure blinds and shades are considerably more expensive than the ready-made varieties.

We cover all of Carlow and surrounding areas Based in South Carlow 12,


About Affordable Blinds

Affordable Blinds covering most of Leinster bring over 20 years expertise to the window blinds industry. Affordable Blinds is based in Carlow 12 supply and installs all types of top quality Blinds, Plantation Shutters and Hospital rails and blinds at very affordable prices. At Affordable Blinds we go the extra mile to ensure that our customers requirements remains our top priority at all times. We offer quality customer service and take pride delivering this to each and every one of our clients.

Our Services

Our home consultation service is offered free of charge. It involves one of our experienced sales consultants meeting you in your home to discuss your Blinds and windows dressing options.
We offer a free no obligation measuring, quotation and fitting service.
We will assist you in selecting fabrics and will provide product and technical advice and a quotation, all completely free of charge.
Our sales team have years of experience offering you advice on the best product for your window coverings within your budget.
We will call out to your home and discuss your requirements at a time convenient to you – mornings, daytime, early evenings and in some cases, weekends. We will usually quote you at the time, or get back to you within a couple of days.

Contact us via email or phone us today to arrange a free consultation. 059-9182894.

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