Cafe blinds can be a big investment for your home, before you go ahead with purchasing and installing them, it’s important to consider if they’re right for you and your space. You might like to think about what your requirements are, your budget and the difference between cafe blinds and other outdoor shades. Here are some important points to consider before going ahead with your new purchase.
What makes cafe blinds unique
Unlike other outdoor shades, cafe blinds are made of clear PVC material. You’ve probably seen this style in restaurants or outdoor eating venues, as it’s perfect for providing completely unrestricted views and very aesthetically pleasing. These window furnishings are great for keeping the heat in, so will usually be rolled down and used in the winter months – great for your local eating venues.
In your home setting, it’s a perfect choice if you want completely clear views of your garden and outdoor space or if you’re expecting a long winter and want to keep access the your alfresco area. They are a great choice for families as it extends the space that children can play and makes it easy to keep an eye on them.
Another common choice for outdoors are shades made of polyethylene PVC twine. This option is perfect for the summer, as they provide protection from the sun and privacy from your neighbors whilst still providing clear views into the outside area.
Before purchasing cafe blinds, consider if they meet the needs of your family and outdoor space.
Cafe blinds will likely be a long lasting feature of your home, undoubtedly you will want them to last through the seasons. Higher quality materials are going to stand the test of time, and come at a higher price. When it comes to cafe blinds, it is worth investing in better quality materials and operation systems, as you will want them to look good and work well over the years. That being said, there are many affordable options n the market and opportunities to save money on installation. If you have standard spacing you are wanting to cover then you may be able to purchase ready-made systems and install them yourself for maximum savings.
There are many different systems on offer, you may want to consider your space and the needs of your family. If you have hard to reach spaces an automatic system might be the best choice for example. Manual systems might be the way to go for the best savings, or zip systems and clip systems might be the better options for families with small children that might be at risk around pulley systems.
Installation: DIY or professional?
Once you’ve made the decision to purchase cafe blinds, you should consider how to install. If you have the skills and know how, then DIY installation can save costs. However, if you’re not confident in your handyman abilities, it might be better to leave it to the professionals – an incorrect installation will end up costing you more later down the track. Professional installation services come with guarantee’s and are quick and easy.
There are quite a few things to consider when looking to invest in new window covers. Hopefully this article has provided some helpful tips, but before purchasing it is always good to enlist the help of local professionals.
Contact a local window furnishing expert and ask some questions or ask them to come and quote your space, they’re knowledge is invaluable and they will likely be able to suggest the bets options for your outdoor area.
Fergus Murray is the lead editor for Business News Ledger. Fergus has been working as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade having published stories in the New York Times, The Plain Dealer, The Daily Mail and many others. Fergus is based in Detroit and covers issues affecting his city and New York State. When he is not busy writing, Fergus enjoys jogging.