Which Blinds are best for the Workplace?
Blinds are the obvious choice for a smart modern office when it comes to window coverings, but which types are best? Here are a few tips for choosing blinds for the workplace.
Letting the right amount of light in
If there are any desks situated near windows, especially if they are south-facing, it is important to choose blinds which enable you to customise the amount of light that is allowed in. It can be uncomfortable to work in direct sunlight so choose blinds that can shade out excess light on a bright sunny day.
Venetian blinds are a popular option here, and they are available in different lengths and slat widths, with 25 mm one of the most popular. They work well in smaller offices, but may not be so suitable for workplaces with very large windows.
Vertical blinds are another option, and these are also very popular for offices, especially those with larger windows. Like Venetian blinds, they enable you to let in as much or little light as required. It is sometimes possible to replace individual slats with vertical blinds rather than having to replace the entire blind, and they typically come with slat widths ranging from around 90 mm to 130 mm – a fair bit wider than typical Venetian blind slats.
Other materials are available that are specifically designed to cut glare for computer users. This type of fabric cuts out direct light, but it is translucent so you can see outside and enough light passes through to be able to work comfortably.
Blackout blinds are ideal for rooms where presentations using screens are regularly held, as they allow the maximum amount of light to be cut out for viewers’ comfort.
Other considerations for office blinds
If buying blinds for an office or other commercial premises, then they should be fire-resistant. Fire-resistant blinds are available in various materials, including faux wooden blinds, aluminium and textured materials.
Ease of maintenance is a key consideration for blinds for the workplace. Vertical blinds, depending on their material, are typically easy to clean and designed for office spaces. Venetian blinds with smaller slats can potentially be a little trickier, but they can usually either be soaked or the individual slats wiped over with a cloth.
Moisture resistance is another property to look out for. Generally the sturdier materials, such as aluminium, will be both easy to clean and moisture resistant. Many blinds are also coated to protect against fading and warping.
Of course, while key considerations for workplace blinds include light customisation, ease of maintenance, safety and longevity, it is also important to choose blinds that match the workplace décor, especially if it is a space where clients or customers will visit.
Vertical blinds and venetian blinds are available in a wide range of materials and colours. Contemporary offices often work well with aluminium blinds, themselves available in various finishes including matt, gloss or metallic. Colours such as white and cream are popular for their space-enhancing aesthetics, while colours such as blue, green and red add warmth and depth to a room. Black and brown are also great for smart modern offices, with the advantage of not showing dirt as easily as lighter-coloured blinds. Likewise, fabric roller blinds and blackout blinds are available in various colours.