What are the best blind types for schools?
The main three things you need to consider when choosing school blinds are - child safety, frequent use and increased heat and light control. The fabric you select should normally also have a flame-retardant finish to meet fire regulations.
According to our experience, roller blinds have always been the top choice for commercial projects, including schools, universities, nurseries and colleges. Let’s look at more detailed overview plus alternative blinds you might choose.
Roller blinds are one of the best choices for commercial use. These have the least moving parts, which is great for child safety and durability. They don’t take any of your sill space and give you great privacy and light protection.
We offer over 280 roller blinds for next day delivery, in a wide range of colours and patterns which makes this blind type extremely easy to fit to a variety of interiors and colour schemes. Plus, all our roller blinds come with a child safety device which ensures all cords and chains are out of the way.
Vertical & venetian blinds
Both vertical and venetian blinds are another great option when it comes to increased light and temperature control.
Vertical blind slats can be drawn across the window to any position and tilted from fully open to fully closed giving great light control and privacy.
Venetian blinds are another great option for privacy and light control. These blinds can be raised to any position using cords and tilted by a control wand or cords. These will be great for colleges and universities, where young children are not around as much.
Electric blinds are inherently child and pet safe, as they don’t have any hanging chains or cords, and they are perfect for hard to reach windows or for extra convenience when required.
Now that you know what blind type is the best for finishing your school project, let’s look at the top fabric types.
Blackout blinds have a special coating that prevents any light passing through and gives maximum light exclusion and privacy. Blackout blinds also help with solar and thermal control. And you aren’t restricted to a black colour finish, blackout fabrics come in all colours and are even available with patterns and children’s designs.
Solar control fabric
Blinds marked as ‘solar’ usually reflect a higher percentage of solar radiation than others, reducing the amount of visible light coming through the windows. Which is perfect for classrooms facing the sun during the day as it helps to reduce glare on white boards and screens. A silver coloured back coating is often used to maximise the amount of solar radiation reflected.
Moisture resistant fabrics
If the blinds are likely to be splashed, we recommend PVC blinds. All PVC blinds are moisture resistant and waterproof as well as flame retardant and blackout, which makes them an extremely practical option.
Flame retardant fabrics
Very often flame retardancy is a legal requirement for schools and other educational organisations. The flame-retardant finish is applied to the fabric in manufacturing and doesn’t affect the look or operation of the blind making them suitable for both – commercial and personal use. Popular flame-retardant fabric options are palette for dim-out, Banlight Duo or Unilux Pvc for blackout, and Atlantex Solar for glare and thermal performance.
Next Day Delivery
Over 1,300 of our most popular blinds are available on the next day delivery, all made to fit your measurements. Perfect for these last-minute finishing touches.
Now that you know the best-fit blinds for your project, feel free to call us on 0370 218 7042 or visit our website for a quote.