When it comes to blinds in the Uk, pleated blinds are one of the most popular choices. You might be wondering if they are the right type for your home?
Luckily our review and buyers guide covers all the questions you might have. Read until the end to see if fitted pleats are the best blinds for you, as well as where to get a good deal in the UK…
What are Pleated Blinds?
These Blinds are a classic, and still very popular window blind for adding shade and colour to a window.
They’re highly adaptable, most manufacturers offering 50 to 100+ patterns, colours, and shades.
And for conservatories and rooms prone to heating up under the sun, they’re ideal for reducing the temperature and/or blocking out the sun with performance fabrics.
Why Choose Pleated Blinds in the PF System?
The PF system eliminates the need for cords, so there’s no free hanging cord you need to pull to raise or lower the blind. Instead, it uses a “tab control system”.
This makes it very easy to control the position of the blinds and have the level of light you desire. It’s also important for homes with children, because it increases their safety.
All you need to do is hold the tab, then raise or lower the blind to the position you like. It’ll then completely remain in position.
The other huge benefit is that it’s fitted to the window frame, within a frame system. So the blind won’t swing out when opening the window or door, and you’ll still be able to access the door handles without having to move the blind first.
Benefits of Pleated Blinds
The clip-in frame allows installation directly against the window/door/conservatory, without any drilling, screws, or holes in your property, saving the guarantee from being voided
The frame holds the blind against the window, so you can continue to use it without interruption, and without it swinging out getting in the way
Can Block Light
For conservatories, bedrooms, or rooms prone to strong sunlight, blackout options will reduce sun temperatures and completely block light from entering the room
Variety of Colours and Fabrics
Any fabric can be used, so you can match your whole home, regardless of whether you use the PF system.
The Downsides of Pleated Blinds
The tab control system will easily allow you to control the light entering the room. All you need to do is raise or lower the blind to the position you would like it. But this doesn’t provide as much control as a Venetian would, for example. Venetians can be tilted to angle the light differently, whereas, with Pleats, you’ll need to either block it all – or not at all.
For most people that won’t be a big deal, but it’s something to consider.
Cost of the Frame
The PF frame is an additional cost to a standard blind, which is something to consider. Though if you need your windowsill space, or regularly use the window or door, it is definitely worth it.
The frame can only be installed on 95% of uPVC windows. While 95% is a huge percentage, there is a small amount that it isn’t compatible with. We advise speaking to an advisor to help with this, Hillary’s is our top recommendation as they are experts.
Where to Get Pleated Blinds?
You have a couple options when it comes to buying a pair of pleats online depending on how much work you want to put in.
The option that we would recommend for pretty much everyone is to book a FREE appointment with Hillary’s. They will bring samples of frames and slats so you can get the one that you like the most. Click below to book with them.
The DIY Option
If you like to do things yourself and have a lot of experience with installing things then you can pick up some pleats from web-blinds by clicking the button below. The downfall is that sometimes things look a bit different online than in person.
The Verdict on Pleated Blinds
Pleats are a sleek and stylish way to filter the light entering the room, while beautifully furnishing the window.
The PF frame improves that experience by increasing accessibility to the windows/doors, removing the need to ruin your guarantee, and allowing simple usage without cords.
If you would like to get speak to a local advisor and have your windows measured for Pleats, we recommend Hillarys.
If you want to see more options check out some easy fit blinds.