Hard window treatments explained.

Hard line. What to consider when choosing ‘hard’ window treatments.

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James Dunlop Textiles
Photography James Dunlop Textiles

Hard window treatments include Roller Blinds, Shutters, Sunscreen Blinds, Venetian Blinds, Vertical Blinds and Wooden Blinds. They can be used in conjunction with Curtains, Swags + Tails, Top Treatments and Pelmets to create superb window treatments.

Here we outline the types of hard window treatments available, their features and what to consider:

Pleated Blinds.

  • Either a single pleat or a honeycomb design.
  • Stack into a minimal space, come in a wide range of colours and are available as a blockout or semi-transparency.
  • The honeycomb style of Blinds is the best type of Blind for heat retention – they have an air pocket to trap heat and are therefore energy efficient.


Roller Blinds.

  • A fabric Blind that comes in a wide range of textures, colours, and light elimination qualities.
  • Can be controlled by spring operation, chain control or motorisation.
  • Great in contemporary situations on large windows with little or no stacking ability and anywhere clean modern lines are required.


Shutters (Wooden)

  • PVC style are great for wet areas.
  • Available in a stained or painted finish.
  • Come with a fixed timber frame and adjustable horizontal blades.

Venetian Blinds (Aluminium)

  • Great for use in wet areas.
  • They are also available with varying amounts of overlap or perforations to control the amount of light.
  • Adjustable horizontal blades.


Venetian Blinds (Wooden)

  • Great for use in wet areas.
  • Good privacy + light control.
  • Adjustable horizontal blades.


Vertical Blinds.

  • Lowest cost window covering available.
  • Minimal stack back.
  • Adjustable vertical blades.

Key points: The finishing details often make or break a job. The following points will help you achieve the best end result of a job:

What type of Blinds?

  • Back roll (or standard roll) gives better privacy as the fabric is closer to the glass and frame.
  • Front roll (can be called reverse roll) covers the Roller and falls from the front of the Roller, and gives a visually better look. It also allows the Blind to pass window catches.
  • Make sure all blades are the same width within the same area.

dollar curtains + blinds has specialised in crafting custom made window coverings in Melbourne for over 50 years. Contact us today, visit a store or book a free design, measure and quote. Our Interior Consultants can help you to make the perfect choice.

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