Conservatory Pleated Blinds

Pleated Blinds Advice and Price

Pleated conservatory blinds can give a very attractive look and hence finish to any conservatory. In my opinion they are the nicest looking of the conservatory blinds you can fit. So, what do you need to consider when buying pleated conservatory blinds, what options are available and how much are you likely to pay for pleated blinds?

What do pleated blinds look like?

Pleated conservatory roof blindsPleated blinds can used on both the window and ceiling of your conservatory. These are some images of the blinds in the roof of my conservatory. Hard to get a good image of them, but they do look nice, much better than the bare poly carbonate roof! You can see that the blinds themselves concertina up when closed. In the case of these conservatory roof blinds they pull downward and when full open are folded up at the bottom. Pleated window blinds would likely do the opposite i.e. pull up from the bottom and when open be folded up at the top - if you see what I mean!

How are they held in place?

Wire guides for pleated conservatory blindsThe pleated blinds are usually on wire guides to keep them close to the glass (or poly carbonate) and help maintain their shape when they are opened or closed. An image of the wire guides can be seen here. Some manufacturers also put their pleated blinds inside a frame work so that the edge of the blind is boxed in. This means that when the blind is closed there is a greater amount of light block out than for example with the ones in my conservatory. You will pay more money for this and is only really necessary if you want pleated blackout blinds.

Suitability for a conservatory

They are available in a wide range of colours and fabrics. The materials used to make the pleated blinds have to be treated so that they will not lose their colour or degrade due to the intense light, heat and humidity in a conservatory. Normal pleated blinds, perhaps for a living room or bedroom are made to withstand the light but not the humidity and heat in a conservatory. Ask the manufacturers before buying as to whether the pleated blinds are suitable for a conservatory (obviously only if not from a specialist conservatory blinds retailer).

Conservatory Temperature Control

Pleated conservatory roof blindsConservatory pleated blinds can have different levels of effectively ‘sun block' applied to them. This is usually just on the sun facing side and acts to block out and reflect some of the incoming radiation and hence heat from the sun. This works to degree but my experience is that if your conservatory is south facing i.e. gets a lot of direct sunlight then the blinds alone will not be enough to keep it cool for use on a hot day. It's important to also have additional cooling such as plenty of ventilations (perhaps full-length opening windows or a good ceiling mounted extractor fan) or even conservatory air-conditioning. The blinds themselves can be thermally insulated and this means they also act to reduce the amount of heat loss from the conservatory during the winter months.

So, pleated blinds can reduce the temperature of the room during the Summer and keep it warmer during the Winter but I would say that if you really wanted extra living space with more control over the environment then why not build a conservatory with a tiled roof and glazed walls (like an orangery) or perhaps a full extension - both options would be more expensive.

How do you open them?

Opening pleated conservatory blinds may seem an odd question but there are several answers if you have pleated roof blinds. Which option is best depends on the amount you are willing to pay and how much convenience you want.

Cost of pleated conservatory blinds?

The table below gives some examples of cost for blinds as found in searching the web for online stores that allow you to estimate the cost.

Conservatory Blinds Type

Conservatory type

Fabric type

Width (m)

Length (m)

Price

Pleated 

Victorian

Solar Design

3

3

£1750

Pleated

P shaped

Solar Design

6.5

4.5

£3356

Pleated

Victorian

Cellular

3

3

£1640

Pleated

P shaped

Cellular

6.5

4.5

£3300

Pleated

Victorian

louvolite

3

3

£1360

Pleated

P shaped

louvolite

6.5

4.5

£2350

Pleated

Lean to

Solar Design

3

2.4

£780

Pleated

Edwardian

Solar Design

3

3

£1686

Pleated

Edwardian

Cellular

3

3

£1700

Pleated

Edwardian

louvolite

3

3

£1400

Pleated

Lean to

Cellular

3

2.4

£750

Pleated

Lean to

louvolite

3

2.4

£650

Prices valid early 2007

Pleated Conservatory Blinds Summary

Very attractive blinds for your conservatory available in wide range of colours and materials pre-treated for harsh conditions in a conservatory. Pleated blinds can reduce the temperature of the conservatory in Summer and keep it warmer in Winter. Pleated conservatory blinds are held in place using wire guides and maybe a frame and can be opened using a cord, wand, crank or remotely using a motor. They are also one of the more expensive types of conservatory blinds to fit.



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