AT MADE TO MEASURE BLINDS we’re often asked which type of blind is the best value across our whole range.
People also ask about the qualities of each blind on offer.
To help answer those questions we have compiled a league table of blinds within this blinds buyer’s guide.
The table sorts blinds by type, listed from lowest price to highest. Prices valid at the time of uploading this blog post.
There are four price tables within each product type.
Depending on the fabric chosen, we have chosen the base range fabric from each product, then selected a common size window for the study – 175cm width with a drop of 110cm.
This provides the best like-for-like comparison.
Please bear in mind that each blind type offers a different feel and look and serves a different purpose, so price is not always the best way to compare blinds – but since you have asked the question we wanted to provide the best answer we could.
There are many variables and each customer will have a different priority.
- Level of privacy
- Light-blocking ability
- Room type
Some blinds work better in different rooms, so that the type of blind you choose for a bathroom or kitchen will be different to that for a bedroom or lounge.
To help remove some of the variables we have provided a description of how each blind will perform.
1st place – Roller blinds
Window size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £42
This blind has the ability to be raised and lowered inside or outside the window. It has a sidewinder control unit controlled on either side.
Available in plain and pattern fabrics mounted on an aluminium tube. As an optional enhancement you can add decorative shapes to the bottom.
- Commonly used in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom as a blackout option – offers sun protection for furniture in the lounge and full privacy when in the closed position
2nd place – Vertical blinds
Window size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £51
A vertical blind offers a different functionality. It has vertical slats/louvres mounted on an aluminium headrail. 89mm 127mm wide options available in plain and pattern fabrics.
Louvres can be rotated 180 degrees front to back and stopped at any angle. They travel along the headrail and there are multiple control options on how you draw and open the blind.
- A very popular replacement for net curtains due to its ability to offer light but with a restricted view it is not unusual to see this blind in every room of the home, it also offers a blackout fabric for the bedroom or acts very well as a privacy option matched up with curtains offers full privacy when in the closed position
3rd place – Venetian blinds
Window size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £52
A venetian blind is similar to the vertical blind in terms of functionality but it has aluminium slats 15mm and 25mm wide mounted horizontally.
The blind can be raised and lowered and the slats tilt front to back to allow light to enter the room. It also offers privacy from inquisitive eyes.
The slats are a metal so will block more light than a vertical blind.
- Popular in every room in the home, commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens, and offers full
privacy when in the closed position
4th place – Roman blinds
Window size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £86
This blind is made from soft furnishing fabrics cottons and polyesters. Available in plain and patterned fabrics, all lined as standard with the option of a blackout lining.
A roman blind with a blackout lining offers the most effective way of blocking light for bedrooms because it is the closest fitting to your window size of all the blinds available. This will depend on how square the window is to begin with.
Mounted on an aluminium headrail that allows the blind to be raised and lowered to any given position within the window.
Offered with the cord and cleat system i.e. a nylon cord that is wrapped around a cleat to hold the blind at your desired position, or the popular but more expensive sidewinder headrail on a one length control cord system this is simpler to use, a
- Popular choice for bedrooms and the lounge and offers full privacy when in the closed position
5th Place – Wooden Venetian blinds
Window size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm price starts at £87
A very popular blind. One of our favourites, this blind also offers great versatility with how you control the light entering the room.
The wooden slats are mounted horizontally on a metal headrail that tilts front to back for privacy.
The whole blind can be raised and lowered to any given position within the window and is available in four slat sizes – 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 63mm.
The larger the slat size the more light enters the room when in the open position, but then also it’s darker the bigger the slat when in the closed position.
- Popular in every room in the home and offers full privacy when in the closed position
6th Place – Pleated blinds
Window size for this study – width 175cm x drop 110cm – price starts at £110
Becoming popular for several rooms within the home, pleated blinds started life as a blind for the conservatory. Polyester fabrics mounted on aluminium headrail formed in a pleat, the blind can be raised and lowered within the window to any given position.
The fabrics have a thermal coating on the back that help to reflect the sun’s harmful rays and reduce the heat on hot sunny days.
Will perform equally well in the winter months to help keep the heat in the room.
- Full privacy when in the lowered position, available in plain and patterned fabrics
- PLEASE NOTE: Prices valid at the time of uploading this blog post – November 2013