In the discipline of interior and home design, there is often the debate of whether form or function is the primary consideration. In both schools of thought, there is no question that both aspects are important—it’s just a matter of which one is contingent on the other. Designs can be planned out by considering the usefulness of the layout first—the optimal positioning of the furniture and the appropriateness of the lighting fixtures, and only then incorporating a design that fits them best. Or one can decide on a given aesthetic and base one’s subsequent planning and position from there. Whichever side one happens to agree on, there are essential objects which embody both design and function on equal footing.
Window blinds are an example. There is a need for them to be equally functional and stylish. Modern residences, commercial structures, business, and service places all prefer blinds to the traditional curtains nowadays. Never mind the vast difference in ease of manipulation and maintenance that blinds have over curtains, these modern aesthetic ‘accentuators’ are cheaper and more versatile than their pre historic counterparts. While curtains are unwieldy to draw and separate, there are multiple mechanisms that are employed on blinds that not only complement their style but also make their operation easier.
One of the most popular mechanisms for blinds is the more traditional rope and pulley system. The fabric is easily raised or lowered by pulling on the rope attached to the pulley embedded on the top rail. The most advantageous aspect of this mechanism is its relative cheapness yet comparable functionality when compared to the other types.
Another type is the spring-loaded pull-up-and-down type. This is most common for roller blinds. There is no need to exert one’s self when manipulating this mechanism. To drape the blind simply pull on the bottom of the fabric to the desired length and let go. The mechanism will automatically lock the blind in place. To put away the blind, simply pull on the bottom portion again and let go; this should disengage the lock on the blind and roll it up automatically at a safe speed.
Then there are the automatic blinds with arms and guides. These employ a rotor system to engage and disengage, dispensing of manual work altogether. Its arms guide it to the right position.
Of course, the best thing to consider when opting for any one of these mechanisms is the expertise of the installer. Blind installations are often the deciding factor for the overall functionality and lifespan of your blinds. Only commission experienced installers like Coastwide Shade Sails on the Gold Coast to make sure your blind installations achieve their purpose of reduced hassle, rather than adding to them.