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How to use natural daylight to create optimum light levels in office interiors

by John James

The aesthetic and health benefits of natural daylight have been well documented over the past decade by designers and researchers alike. Daylit environments are known to boost occupant productivity...

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Overheating in commercial buildings

by John James

As we enjoy (or endure?!) the longest heat wave for over 40 years, this blog looks at the issue of overheating in offices, what the common factors are that contribute to this challenge and the...

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Fire retardant curtains saved lives at this private boarding school

by John James

If you are having blinds or curtains installed at your school, college or workplace this summer, the following pictures are a timely reminder to make sure they are fire retardant to BS5867. Our...

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Avoid this mistake when specifying blinds

by John James

It is entirely possible that blinds are sometimes seen as a minor item along with a whole lot of other fixtures and fittings that can be taken care of by a ‘use-what-we-did-on-the-last-project’...

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Why blinds in modern office interiors will be inadequate without metallised screen fabric

by John James

Roller blinds with screen fabric have long been the window blind of choice for architects and interior designers working on office projects. Screen fabrics are PVC coated fibreglass or polyester...

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Why domestic blinds should not be installed in schools

by John James

The above picture says it all and we come across it often in schools – budgets are stretched so why not buy blinds at low prices from a domestic blinds e-commerce website and get the site manager...

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What is the maximum window height that a roller blind can cover?

by John James

Floor to ceiling glass is increasingly common in offices and residential apartments and roller blinds that are capable of covering the entire height are favoured by specifiers, interiors designers...

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Considerations when choosing printed blinds

by John James

Advances in printing mean that almost anything can be printed on – including blinds. Printed blinds are an excellent way to promote corporate messages for businesses and create inspiring...

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A cautionary tale of going for ‘cheap’ blinds…

by John James

Because of their relatively low value, blinds are typically not high on the priority list of buying decisions. The following real-life example highlights some of the consequences of putting price as...

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What are the best blinds for gable end windows?

by John James

Gable end windows not only look stunning, they also flood the room with natural daylight at ceiling level giving any space an airy feel. It’s important that any window blind solution used is as...

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How much space do electric motors on blinds need?

by John James

Electric blinds are becoming increasingly popular, especially in offices and high-end residential projects. Within this post, we will cover where the electric motors for blinds are mounted so you can...

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Why is glare from the sun an issue in winter

Why is glare from the sun an issue in winter?

by John James

Although winter is the darkest and coldest season, glare through an office window can be more of a nuisance than in summer. Glare problems persist all year round, but during the winter it’s...

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Fire Retardant Blinds

Why do blind fabrics have different fire retardancy ratings and what do they mean?

by John James

Fire retardancy is an important factor to consider when choosing window blind or curtain fabrics. Recent tragedies such as Grenfell Tower are a reminder of the importance of installing fire retardant...

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Can a white roller blind screen fabric cut out glare?

by John James

In our daily visits to architects and interior designers we’re noticing that white screen fabric is a really popular choice when selecting blind fabrics. This blog explains the pros and cons of...

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How wide can you make a roller blind?

by John James

Roller blinds are the most popular type of window blind especially in schools, offices and high-end residential projects. Modern building design often includes large glazed areas to maximise natural...

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