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How Do Blinds Work?

8th Mar 2017


Sometimes I take for granted the luxuries I can access and use everyday inside my home: the stove, my bed, the couch, and my windows, just to name a few. But when I do take a step back and think about just how thankful I am for these things in my life, I sometimes go to the other extreme edge of my mind and really think in detail about these different things. Something that struck me when I first started in the curtains and blinds industry was just how blinds worked. Until I took the time to learn how (which I’ll share with you in just a moment), I always took blinds for granted. They would go up with the tug of a cord and back down with another easy pull. My privacy was protected, my home was decorated, and I moved on.

In case you’re in the same boat as me and are wondering to yourself, “How do blinds work?” then keep reading to find your answer. If you’d rather just continue to live in ignorance and shop online for blinds to hang in your home without too much more thought, then we can point you in the right direction.

Purpose of Blinds

Blinds are typically used to provide a layer of privacy, which could be easily exposed through an open window. Whether it’s the home or office, a window is pretty much an invitation for people on the outside to take a gander at what is happening behind the window. Blinds are a thin layer of fabric that can make all the difference for privacy protection.

In addition to privacy, blinds add a lovely touch to the room decor. They come in a variety of colours and can easily bring a room together. Moreover, blinds can help keep the temperature of a room regulated by not allowing excess sunlight in the room to warm the home too much or vice versa.

Roller Blinds Mechanism

Quickfit specializes in roller blinds, which are much easier to use and understand than horizontal blinds or other styles. Roller blinds consist of a small collection of pieces: the blind fabric, metal brackets, the top and bottom tubes, the chain, and the child safety lock.

The fabric winds around the top and bottom tubes. The bottom tube provides weight to keep the blind hung at an even level, while the top tube winds the fabric over it to raise the fabric and open the view out the window.

The blind itself is mounted into or above the window frame with the metal brackets. The top tube connects to two brackets on either side of the frame. One of the brackets also contains a pulley mechanism that holds the chain. In typical pulley fashion, the user pulls on the chain, which moves the mechanism inside the metal bracket and concurrently moves the top tube. One side of the chain raises the blind fabric and the other side lowers it.

Roller blinds are quite easy to repair and clean, but if you have questions, our team is happy to be of support.

Don’t take your blinds for granted, and shop online for roller blinds at Quickfit Blinds & Curtains to see how this clever mechanism works for yourself.