Today, many glass balconies gain extra space and expand apartments. And to be able to equip there a pantry, or even a place to work or rest, and be protected from wind, rain, and frost. However, the plastic structures most used for glass also require design and sun protection. Most often, shutters are used for this. They reliably protect against the scorching sun and do not heat up the balcony, thereby reducing the interior temperature. In this blog we will provide you some useful information to help you to choose blinds on the balcony.
As a rule, for balconies and loggias, horizontal blinds or roll structures are used. These types of blinds on the balcony are much more practical than vertical options, and their price is quite acceptable. After all, the latter are attached to the ceiling or in the window opening. And on the balcony, where there is a minimum of space, every square centimeter will count. So which designs are better to choose – traditional horizontal slats or roller blinds?
As blinds on the balcony, this is the traditional and most common option. It has been known for a long time and does not lose its popularity. Blinds consist of many horizontal slats that can be adjusted at an angle of inclination. Thus, the window on the glazed balcony or loggia can be completely closed, blocking the access of light, or you can adjust the intensity of its flow as needed. Lamellas can be plastic, metal or wooden. For glazed balconies and metal-plastic windows, it is best to choose light but durable aluminum slats. Blinds are easily controlled with a cord; the whole structure is easy to install.
Roll structures are distinguished by the fact that the canvas here is solid. The curtain can either be lowered completely by closing the glass or raised to the desired height. The intensity of the light flux can be adjusted using the density of the web material itself. It can be completely opaque, with a reflective exterior – ideal for south-facing balconies and full sun protection. The canvas can be translucent, transmitting from 40% to 60% of the light, or transparent, decorative. A good option for blinds on the balcony is the “day-night” canvas: it is double and consists of dense and transparent strips that can be placed in such a way as to completely protect from the sun or allow light to enter.
As for colors, it all depends on your preferences and imagination. Depending on which room the glazed balcony is in, you can choose the color. Dark blinds that protect from light are suitable for a bedroom and a nursery, for a rest room. Light translucent or transparent will look good in the living room, kitchen, and dining room. In the nursery, you can also hang bright colorful roller blinds with prints on the loggia. Horizontal aluminum blinds in white are a versatile option.
Blinds on the balcony with glazing can be done with your own hands. Here is one of the easiest options in which they can be made from paper wallpaper.
1. Cut wallpaper equal to the width of the window and add 30 cm along the height of the window.
2. Fold the canvas and bend the paper well (you can use a ruler for uniform folding).
3. To assemble, mark a point in the middle, then use an awl to punch a through hole the entire length of the canvas.
4. You can make two holes on both sides of the canvas, set back 3-4 cm from the side.
5. Pull a string or string through the hole, put a clip lock on one end and tie a knot.
6. On the other end of the curtain, glue a strip of cardboard to the sheet.
You can hang curtains on the windows with double-sided tape, which is glued to this piece of cardboard and the window frame or tie the free end of the rope to the eaves.