Wooden Venetian Blinds
Wooden Venetian Blinds
Most Wooden Venetian blinds made of 100% Basswood slating, and have been stained to bring a wide variety of colour finishes. Other wood types are available from our Premier range, such as Oak, Cherry and Mahogany. These types of precious woods tend to be much more expensive, and should be considered only if you want something really special, perhaps for that special room or project.
There are different types of wooden blind to suit every budget. Not all wooden blinds are the same; essentially, you get what you pay for. We tend to supply either a genuine made-to-measure blind, or a trimmed-to-fit blind. If you choose any of our wooden blind products from our company, you can be sure that even the trimmed-to-fit option is going to be excellent value for money, since LBC do not sell ‘any old rubbish!’
- Slats can be angled to give total privacy. It is also possible to give privacy and allow light to come in.
- Slats set at a certain angle will allow you see out, and stop people seeing in.
- Light can be directed around a room to reduce glare in certain areas. For example, reducing the glare on TV and computer screens.
- Blinds can be raised up to leave the window space clear and open. (also see limitations)
- Easy to keep clean when compared to standard aluminium Venetian blinds
- Most brands can be manufactured with woven cloth tapes for the classic wood blind look.
- There are minimum and maximum sizes associated with every product that we sell. Please check the individual product pages for this information
- Wood is a natural product, and warping of slats is expected to take place. It is more apparent on 25mm wide slats however. If a slat is going to warp, it nearly always happens within the first month of being installed into a new environment, and is very apparent. A certain amount of warping should be tolerated.
- Grain patterns and colour shades will be different across the blind, as with any wooden furniture product. There may also be knots which, whilst are a feature of basswood, they do not occur very often. Blinds are quality checked after manufacture to remove knots of a certain size from slats, but customers must still be aware that some blinds will have the occasional knot.
- The widths of blinds are made to a tolerance of 3mm, and the drops are made to a tolerance of 5mm. Therefore, blinds that are positioned next to each other may show a slight difference in height even though they have been ordered at the same drop.
- It is widely believed by customers that Venetian blinds provide a tight seal between each slat when closed. This not actually true, since the slats can never touch each other to create a seal. By looking closely at a Venetian blind, you will notice that the ladder braid always creates a division between each slat – even in the closed position, causing a gap of approx 2-3mm between each slat.
- Slats in the lower section of longer drop blinds (Over approx 1600mm) will not close as tightly as those slats nearer the top of the blind. This is because the power to close the slats (exerted by the tilting mechanism) becomes weaker as the blind becomes longer in drop. This is a limitation of any venetian blind.
- Knock-outs – All slats may have small chips from where they have been cut on a saw, often referred to as ‘knock-outs’. The edges of deluxe blinds are stained to eliminate the bare wood effect of knock-outs. Knock-outs are unavoidable regardless of the quality of supplier or wood used.
- Stacking heights for a fully retracted wooden blind is much deeper than that of aluminium Venetian blind. Wooden Venetian blinds are not generally recommended for patios doors because when retracted may reduce the head height to a unacceptable level. For actual stacking heights of wood blinds, please call.
- When you order multiple blinds with the same drop, or blinds which will be fitted at different fixing heights, but will situated next to each other; we cannot guarantee to get slats arranged into a perfect alignment with each other.
SUITABLE AREAS FOR USE
- Bay Windows
- Wooden Blinds are very suitable for bay windows. For help on how to measure Bay Windows for DIY installation please click here
- Please see notes above about light transmittance (limitations section)
- If you are measuring for bay windows, you will need to be mindful of the head rail widths so that you can allow for them on the angles. Please see our web page about bay windows.
- Usually fitted to the Pvc frame of the conservatory, and projected forward on special brackets to clear the window handles. It is a good idea to make us aware of this on your order.
- Not suitable where the blind will get splashed repeatedly, since the lacquer finish on the wood may react badly to strong detergents. If you must have a blind over the sink, please remember to pull it up before doing your washing!
- Not suitable where the blind is expected to get wet, or for excessively steamy rooms where there is no extractor fan. Whilst the wood has been kiln dried, excessive moisture may cause the blind slats to warp beyond the standard tolerances.