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Best Types of Blinds for Schools

Posted on 16th January 2014 by Gemini Blinds

Choosing blinds for any room is challenging, but selecting blinds for a school environment is even more so. You’ll naturally want something practical and low-maintenance that makes the space feel warm and inviting without being distracting for students. As blinds play such a big role in creating the ideal learning environment for your classroom, it’s important to choose the right ones.

But what are the best types of blinds for schools? And what factors do you need to consider before making your choice? The team at Gemini Blinds is here to help. 

What to consider when choosing school blinds

  • Safety: Most blinds feature various moving components and long cords which can prove a hazard around young children, so it’s vital to choose child-safe products. Here at Gemini Blinds, we adhere to all ‘Make it Safe’ guidelines and follow the strictest regulations to ensure the safest possible installation.
  • Maintenance:  Blinds that are in busy areas, such as classrooms and hallways, have to withstand a lot more than the average home blind, with all manner of paint, mud, food and drink stains a constant threat to their appearance. What’s more, most school caretakers just won’t have the time to thoroughly clean the blinds of each room. Therefore, it’s best to opt for a low-maintenance style that is easy to keep clean.
  • Durability: Whether you’re watching something on a screen or trying to allow more natural light in, school blinds will typically have to be adjusted more regularly than the blinds in your home. There’s also the risk of accidental damage to consider because, as you’ll well know, young children aren’t known to be the most careful. Therefore, it’s essential to choose a durable style of blinds that can withstand this level of wear.
  • Privacy: In certain circumstances, you’ll want a bit of extra privacy – perhaps your students are taking a test and you don’t want them distracted, or maybe you’re having a sensitive meeting. You’ll want blinds that protect privacy without sacrificing natural light and leaving you sat in the dark.
  • Aesthetics: It’s important to remember that a classroom is supposed to be an inspiring environment, especially in creative subjects, so you’ll want to choose blinds that reflect this rather than a drab, boring design.

Best blinds for schools

Roller blinds

Roller blinds are a favourite amongst teachers, and it’s little wonder. Practical, convenient and easy to operate, they are one of the most popular styles for a school environment. Here at Gemini Blinds, we supply roller blinds in an extensive range of patterns and colours, so there’s sure to be a design that suits your classroom. As roller blinds are typically operated by a pull cord or chain, we can also install all the necessary child safety devices to ensure your students are protected.

jungle children blinds in bedroom

Blackout blinds

Sometimes there will be occasions when certain rooms in your school require total darkness – perhaps you’re giving an assembly or putting on a sneaky end-of-term film. Blackout blinds are the perfect solution as they completely block out glare or excessive natural light to give you complete control over the level of light. Not only that, but they help to prevent heat from escaping through the windows, making them ideal for the cold winter months.

Black blinds for darkening the room

Motorised blinds

Electric blinds allow you to effortlessly control the level of light with just the touch of a button – a godsend for any busy teacher who doesn’t want to disrupt the flow of the lesson by adjusting the blinds. Not only does this maximise convenience but, with no cords or chains, motorised blinds feature an entirely child-safe design.

Vertical blinds

Many classrooms have been designed to maximise the level of natural light with big, floor-to-ceiling windows. Vertical blinds are especially well suited to these larger windows and boast long, vertical slats that are easy to angle and adjust. Typically made from sheer or lightweight fabric, vertical blinds maintain privacy while still permitting plenty of natural light.

vertical blinds in classroom

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds feature horizontal slats that are typically made from wood, faux wood, aluminium or plastic. These durable materials are moisture-resistant, meaning any stains or marks left by sticky hands can be easily wiped away; this makes them a great choice for a school environment where spills are common. Some styles of Venetian blinds can also be adjusted by twisting a wand rather than pulling on a cord or chain, making them a practical yet stylish choice for any classroom environment.

burnt orange venetian blinds in kitchen

How to make blinds child safe

When you work with a trusted professional like Gemini Blinds, we’ll ensure that your school blinds are child-safe and compliant with all BS EN 13120 regulations. If you do decide to opt for corded blinds, we’ll install the following safety features to ensure all the children in your school are protected:

  • Cleats
  • Chain tensioning device
  • Anti-tangle toggles
  • Safety chain breaks

For more than 40 years, the team at Gemini Blinds has been working with schools across the North West – including Chester, Manchester and Liverpool – to supply and install a wide range of practical, stylish blinds. With an extensive variety of colours, patterns, styles and finishes available, we’re sure to have a product that creates the right atmosphere in your classroom. We comply with all regulations and ensure every installation is completed with safety in mind.

To find out more, get in touch with our friendly experts today.

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