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  1. Are Vertical Blinds Outdated?

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    At A1 blinds, we don't think vertical blinds are going out of fashion. In fact, we feel like these classic designs are better than ever. Vertical blinds are one of the most popular styles ever, ideal for homes and businesses alike. However, because they've been around for so long, new designs have arrived, attempting to steal the thunder from vertical blinds.

    But, thanks to A1, you can invest in modern vertical blinds for your home. With a wide range of superb colours and patterns to choose from, you can craft bespoke blinds for your property. Not only that, but you'll still benefit from the timeless design of vertical blinds, which offers incredibly precise lighting control to give you the power to open or close your home off to nature.

    Vertical blinds offer superb value for money, work well for both windows and doors, and can even warm up your home. And with a custom design, you'll make your living space stand out even more. At A1 Blinds, our vertical blinds are still

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  2. What Are Perfect Fit Blinds?

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    Perfect fit blinds are an ideal way to cover windows and doors. With these blinds, you can get complete coverage for any glazing in your home. Your design will be made-to-measure, meaning that there'll be no gaps for light to get through if you want to block it out. And, when you drop your blinds, you'll get more privacy, more protection and more insulation as well.

    You'll also get a choice of perfect fit blinds for your property. With a range of patterns and colours to select from, you can customise your design to suit your home seamlessly. And, if you have a conservatory that could use some extra warmth, blinds can help with that too. Perfect fit blinds provide a strong layer of insulation, making your home warm and comfortable.

    At A1 Blinds, we're proud to provide perfect fit blinds for homes across the North East. We offer a broad range of blinds for your home, and you can get a made-to-measure fit with ease from our installation team. It's

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  3. Best Blinds for Patio Doors

    Blinds for Patio Doors

    What are the best blinds for patio doors? Well, depending on what you are looking for, the key to finding the right blinds for patio doors is ensuring that they work synchronously with your patio doors. This means that when you open, close and use your patio doors, you want you blinds to complement to room and door opening without them getting in the way.

    What Should I Consider When Choosing Blinds for Patio Doors?

    There are a few different blind styles that are very well suited to patio doors, but what is most important is considering a few important questions before making a decision.

    The first is to consider how frequently you use your patio doors. Are you needing them for regular access or are they more for light control? This will help you make a decision on which blinds are best for your patio doors.

    The second is what it is you are hoping to achieve with your blinds. Are you looking to control privacy? Heat loss? Are you wanting to control the

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  4. What Are The Best Blinds For Large Windows?

    Large Window Blinds

    One of the best parts about having large windows is that you can enjoy huge amounts of natural light in your home. However, making the most of that natural light is something that can be controlled by choosing the right blinds for your home.

    How To Make The Most of Large Windows

    When you are looking for window blinds for larger window spaces, it is important to consider what you are trying to accomplish with your blinds as well as how you would like them to look visually. There are numerous factors to consider depending on what you are after.

    Adding Privacy

    If you have large windows that face a street or can be overlooked by neighbours, perhaps you are looking for some added privacy without compromising the amount of natural light that enters your home. If this is the case, you may want to consider window blinds that give you the best of both.

    Our recommendation would be to opt for Vertical blinds, as these

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  5. What is the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

    Difference Between Blinds and Shades

    If you are looking for the ideal window covering for your home or commercial property, you may find yourself confronted with a few different options. Depending on the kind of windows you are looking to cover and the type of room they are in, its good to weigh up all the options so that you choose the best fit for your space. Blinds and shades are a great option for numerous different rooms, with blinds more suited to some spaces and shades more suited to others.

    What is the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

    The word “Shade” is simply the American term for “Roller Blind”. Here in the UK, a Roller Blind is a type of fabric blind that uses a piece of fabric on a roller to cover the window.

    Often, American and British usage of the words “Blind” and “Shade” get mixed across both countries, so we have put together this handy guide so that you can understand what people mean when talking about blinds and shades.

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  6. What Are The Best Blinds For Bedrooms?

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    What Are The Best Blinds For Bedrooms?

    When it comes to choosing the best blinds for your bedroom, there are a few things you may be thinking about. Not only is there the consideration of style and colour, but also the shape and size of your window opening and the level of light you want to reach your indoor space. Choosing the perfect blinds for the bedroom is imperative as the level of light in your sleeping space can play a vital role in the quality and health of your sleep.

    With this in mind, it is important to understand the options in a bit more detail so that you can make an informed decision for your home. We have put together this handy blog to help you get a better gauge of what is available.

    Blinds for Bedrooms

    How Can Blinds Affect The Way You Sleep?

    The amount

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  7. How To Recycle Your Blinds

    How To Recycle Your Blinds

    How To Recycle Your Blinds

    Here at A1 Blinds, we are keen to ensure that when buying new blinds and thinking about what to do with your old ones, they are just headed straight for the bin. Recycling or reusing your unwanted blinds is a great way to get rid of your unwanted window coverings and do your bit for the planet. As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to see if you can donate, sell or gift your old blinds before looking to recycle your blinds, as this is one of the easiest ways to recycle them.

    What Are Your Blinds Made Of?

    One of the biggest factors to consider is the materials used in your blinds. Aluminium, wood and fabric are some of the most common that you will find in window blinds. There are also other materials that may be involved, including plastic, or even a combination of other materials. It’s a good idea to check what materials your blinds are made of first before recycling them. Check to see if your blinds have a label that describes the

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  8. How to Clean Venetian Blinds

    How To Clean Venetian Blinds

    How to Clean Venetian Blinds

    If you are lucky enough to own a set of Venetian blinds, cleaning them often will ensure they look as fresh and stylish as the day they were first bought. Dust can build up quite quickly on Venetian blinds, so it is important to keep on top of it so they don’t get too dirty. As they have a slanted, slatted design, it can be easy to miss them when cleaning your house, but they are just as important as any shelf or table!

    Most of the time, you can easily get away with some light cleaning on your Venetian blinds to keep them looking clean and fresh. However, on occasion is it worth giving your Venetian blinds a deeper clean to really get into those areas you could’ve missed with a lighter clean.

    Clean Venetian Blinds

    Look After Your Venetian Blinds

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  9. The Best Blinds for Skylights

    Blinds for skylights

    What are the best blinds for skylights? Skylights can let natural light shine into your living space, but they could let the cold in during the night. Due to this, adding blinds to your skylight or roof window could help you take more control over your home's climate. With your blinds, you can block out excess sunlight or cold air in an instant, while you can still benefit from your skylight in full. However, there are plenty of types of blinds out there that could work for skylights. As a result, it's not easy to tell which ones are the best. But when you invest in blinds for skylights with A1 Blinds, you'll get a broad selection of quality options, all designed to keep you in control of your home.

    The Benefits of Blinds for Skylights

    Blinds can make a big difference for skylights. That's because you can get all the benefits of skylights without the drawbacks. With the option to pull the shutters down over the glass section, you'll be able to stop cold air from entering

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  10. How To Clean Vertical Blinds

    How To Clean Vertical Blinds

    Do you want to find out how to clean vertical blinds? Then A1 is the number one for advice and information on blinds. We make made-to-measure blinds with leading quality, and we have 35 years of experience. However, that experience has also given us the knowledge to help you maintain slightly older blinds. Your blinds can go through a lot over the years, meaning dirt and dust can collect on them. As a result, they might need a clean. In this guide, we'll show you how to clean your vertical blinds, and tips to make the process much quicker. And, if you want vertical blinds that are effortless to clean, A1 offers high-quality blinds that are machine washable!

    How To Work Out When To Clean Vertical Blinds

    If you have vertical blinds in your home, then they might start to look past their best over time. However, it isn't an issue you can't fix. Over time, dirt and dust can collect around your blinds, causing their vivid colours to fade and the rest of your home to look

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