Cornwall LivingIssue #136
Concealed blinds are the ultimate way to add the necessary shading, darkening or privacy to a room without detracting from the design of your windows.
West Country Blinds have been designing and manufacturing bespoke blinds for over 25 years. Their experience and high-quality craftsmanship means they can solve the window dressing requirements for both domestic and commercial settings, working closely with trusted manufacturers, to ensure that your choice is the best fit for your home or office.
West Country Blinds has seen a new trend that has come to the fore over recent years; the concealed blind. This is a blind system that can be fully hidden when not required, resulting in a clutter-free design and timeless style. Working with the Blindspace® concealment system gives a wide choice and includes products for privacy, shading, room darkening, temperature and glare control. Blindspace® products are developed in Sweden, and together with partners such as West Country Blinds, continuously develops new solutions and resources, with both manual and motorised options. We take a look at some these fantastic products that could revolutionise the look of your windows.
The single blind configuration consists of a head box that is installed inside the wall or ceiling. This head box allows easy access for the installation of blinds at any time. Depending on the window and handles, the blinds can either come out on the window side of the box or on the room side. In many cases, multiple motorised blinds are installed in a series, allowing them to be operated independently or together.
To achieve optimal room darkening, blinds are crafted using blackout fabric and side channels. To install concealed blackout blinds, boxes are required on three or all four sides of the window. These boxes are the same width, creating a uniform frame around the window. The additional space within the side boxes is utilised when installing blinds that are wider than the window opening as they fit inside the head box.
Dual blinds can be concealed together, whether that be for small or large windows. There are several configurations available: two free-hanging blinds, one free-hanging blind with side channels, or two blinds with side channels. These combinations cater for different needs such as privacy and blackout, shading and blackout, or shading and flyscreen. Depending on the desired outcome, dual blinds can be concealed using just a head box, a head box with side boxes, or boxes on all sides of the window.
Floating corners are gaining popularity in luxury residential projects. When it comes to concealed blinds in corner windows, the most prevalent configuration involves single roller blinds housed in either mitred boxes or butt-jointed boxes. These blinds can face either the window or the room, with the latter option resulting in the smallest gap between the two blinds. Additionally, there are specialised blinds available that feature zippers, allowing them to seamlessly join together in the corner, leaving no gap.
Blinds and curtains
Blinds and curtains are frequently combined, and Blindspace® has created systems to seamlessly integrate manual and electric curtain tracks from well-known manufacturers, ensuring a sleek and uncluttered design. These curtain tracks can be installed independently or alongside single, blackout or dual blinds, and even in corner applications using curved curtain tracks. In addition, dual curtain tracks can be used to accommodate two sets of curtains on the same window.
Blindspace® has a specialised blind system specifically designed for gable-end windows which follow the structure of the roof and the window’s features. Bottom-up blinds can be hidden above sliding doors within custom-made boxes and pelmets, or even in the floor, allowing them to be raised using thin wires or side channels. These systems can incorporate either roller blinds or cellular blinds, which occupy minimal space when concealed.
Blinds can be hidden in various types of windows, ranging from small roof windows to expansive atrium skylights. The typical setup involves concealment boxes on all four sides of the window opening, with blinds installed at one end and side channels placed inside the side boxes. In cases where concealment boxes are used on all sides of the window, the hem bar of the blind can be concealed at the opposite end of the blind system. This arrangement ensures that only the fabric of the blind is visible once it is deployed.
West Country Blinds
Units 13 – 14, Marsh Lane Retail Park,
Marsh Lane, Hayle TR27 5JR