Increasingly, you can find blinds on windows instead of curtains and curtains in modern rooms. Indeed, this design is gaining more and more popularity. In this regard, all new types appear, but such a type as plastic blinds remains a constant "favorite".
Advantages and disadvantages
Plastic blinds are called window constructions, consisting of horizontal or vertical strips (lamellas) of PVC. As a rule, they consist of a cornice, runners, a chain that connects the strips, weights, a control cord, lamellas.
The cornice is the basis of the entire structure, on which the lamellas are fixed. Runners are small plastic devices that help the lanes move. Weights are necessary to increase the weight of the lamellas. With them, they do not swing from side to side. The control cord allows you to unfold the strips, push them apart and connect them.
Initially, such a structure had only one function - it was protection from light and prying eyes. Today, blinds also perform the function of decoration and layout in the room. In this regard, plastic slats are decorated with wood, metal or other texture.
This type has several more advantages:
Easily give in to wet cleaning;
Simple and light in installation, dismantling;
Okay protect from light and sunlight;
Wide assortment of color and stylistic compositions;
Harmoniously fit into any space.
Among the shortcomings, one can note the acquisition of a yellow tint from the sun, but this happens only with the cheapest models.
Depending on the direction of the lamellas, the blinds are divided into horizontal and vertical. It is preferable to hang horizontal PVC blinds in the kitchen, bathroom or balcony. They perfectly withstand high humidity and temperature.
In the event of grease or other contamination, the blinds can be easily washed.
To do this, it is enough to run a damp cloth over the dirty surface. Some housewives clean plastic structures with a vacuum cleaner. Blinds with horizontal stripes are compact enough that they are ideal for small spaces. Due to the strict and laconic appearance of such structures, they fit well into the office space.
For large rooms and windows, vertical blinds are more suitable. They make the room proportional and comfortable. Since plastic is highly durable, they can be used as screens and partitions. At the same time, they will become real helpers when zoning a small apartment. In combination with curtains, they can act as a curtain. This combination is appropriate in a living room or bedroom. According to reviews, it is good to use a vertical plastic structure as a decor for a room or in creating an interior of various styles.
In order for the blinds to look appropriate and beautiful in the room, you need to choose them correctly. To do this, you need to know a few simple rules:
Blinds should be selected based on the size of the window. It is better to entrust this task to a measurement specialist who will take into account all the nuances;
Consider the color and texture of the blinds. Light designs are suitable for a room with a small area. They will also be appropriate in the living room or children's room. Darker or brighter shades are best used in large rooms, bedrooms or kitchens;
Check the structure carefully for defects. The lamellas should open consistently, without squeaking and sharp fluctuations;
Focus on price. Too underestimated can talk about low-quality material that quickly becomes unusable. Naturally, such a product is not worth taking;
Initially, think over the ways of attaching the blinds to the window. It is recommended to purchase a structure with brackets for plastic frames. And if the blinds are attached to the cornices, then they should be several centimeters wider than the window. When attached to adhesive tape, the blinds should not be too long. It should reach the windowsill;
Decide on a way to control the structure
It is necessary to take into account such a nuance as the opening and closing side of the lamellas. They should not interfere with the opening of the window itself.
You will learn more about how to choose blinds in the following video.
After buying a structure made of plastic slats, the question arises of how to hang them. There are two main ways of attaching blinds: with and without drilling. The first type involves fastening with screws and making holes. This method is preferable for vertical structures. Often they are fixed to walls or ceilings, sometimes they are attached to cornices.
Blinds with horizontal stripes are attached to the window frame with or without drilling. In the second case, blinds are attached using adhesive double-sided tape directly to the window or using a bracket.
The tape option allows you to firmly attach the blinds both to a window that does not open and to a hinged system. A special tape can withstand this construction for several years. This method is considered by experts to be the most reliable and simplest.
The bracket method is also considered a reliable method, but it is not suitable for tilt-up windows and blind windows. The brackets are fixed to the window frame and the blinds are attached to them. Craftsmen recommend fixing the brackets with double-sided tape. This method will save the frames from drilling and deformation of the seal. The positive aspect of such attachment of blinds is their quick and easy removal and attachment back.
Mounting by drilling, although it is considered the most durable way, dismantling without drilling is quick. This method also has the following advantages:
Leaves no holes cracks or deformations of frames;
It is an economical option. It saves not only money, but also time and effort;
Easy to change and fix back
This way allows you to cope with the fastening yourself without the participation of masters.
Blinds are more and more firmly included in human life.
Their original purpose has changed, and now they can be used as apartment decor. Plastic blinds are still the leading choice for these designs. They are appreciated for their affordability, easy maintenance, practicality and durability.