Sun protection for the window: practical solutions for home and office
The classic sun protection for windows is very clear: curtains and roller shutters. But there are now numerous other decorative options for indoor sun protection. Whether at work, in the kitchen and bathroom or in the bedroom: we present the most beautiful sun protection for the window. The options presented are primarily about decoration, privacy, and glare protection; if you want to keep the heat off in summer, it is better to use roller shutters or external blinds.
The pleated blind is a true all-round talent for indoor sun protection and the curtain’s toughest competitor. The pleated blind, sometimes called pleated blinds, is an evenly folded panel of fabric attached to rails that folds or unfolds like an accordion.
Normally, a tension cord is mounted in the window frame, which allows the pleated blind to be flexibly moved up and down. The simple installation using clamp brackets is particularly interesting in rented apartments, because it works without screws or drilling. If you want, you can also have the pleated blind mounted on the wall in front of the window like a roller blind and operate it with a pull cord.
With skylights, guide rails ensure that as little light as possible penetrates through the closed pleated blind on the left and right. This is where the honeycomb pleated blind, in which the fabric is applied twice, is often used: honeycomb-like air cushions form between two lengths of fabric, which contribute to thermal insulation.
Advantage: In contrast to the curtain, the pleated blind can be aligned selectively depending on the position of the sun. It is also suitable for shading unusual window shapes and skylights. The pleated blind is particularly suitable for skylights because it is more heat-resistant than a roller blind.
Possible applications of the pleated blind
Different window shapes are no obstacle for a pleated blind: Since the material is thin and flexible, the pleated blind can be used in any room as sun protection for the window. Depending on the application, transparent, translucent, or opaque fabrics are suitable. Most pleated blinds are made from cotton or polyester.
Two hangings can be integrated into the pleated blinds in the bedroom, for example a blackout fabric for the night and a transparent fabric for the day. However, even an opaque pleated blind does not provide complete blackout. We therefore recommend a honeycomb pleated blind for the bedroom: Here the tension cord is guided into the honeycomb so that there are no perforations, and it darkens better.
For the living room, a translucent pleated blind is best, this lets light in, but doesn’t let others see into the room. In the living room, the pleated blind conjures up playful lighting effects on the wall and creates atmosphere. In addition to practical cotton and polyester, pleated blinds made of fine materials such as satin, chintz or jacquard are popular sun protection for the window in the living room.
Blinds are for indoors and outdoors. Their biggest advantage is that they allow the incidence of light to be regulated individually, depending on the position of the sun – rotatable slats make this possible. In addition, blinds offer privacy without the room having to be completely darkened. The color of the aluminum slats can be chosen to match the interior design.
Possible uses of the interior blind
The interior blind is ideal privacy and sun protection for the window. When it comes to blackout, however, it must fit. The simple sun protection for the kitchen, bathroom and office is best suited.
Since the slats of the interior blind can be individually aligned, they offer good glare protection for office work. At the same time, they let in enough daylight and allow a view outside.
Steam, splashes of fat and blobs of dough: When cooking and baking, it’s almost impossible to avoid getting a bit on the privacy and sun protection on the window. Interior blinds are washable and therefore predestined for the kitchen.
Vertical blinds or slat curtains are mainly known from offices, medical practices, and public buildings. Today, however, they are also often used in private rooms as privacy and glare protection. The slats of the vertical blinds can be flexibly adjusted according to the position of the sun and the incidence of light and enable a balanced play of light and shade. In addition to simple, single-colored models, there are now numerous designs and different slat widths. The vertical blind is operated using a pull cord, reversible chain, or torsion bar.
Most people know the roller blind as a simple visual and sun protection for the window in muted colors – preferably opaque. Today, roller blinds have long since moved on from pure practicality and have evolved into decorative indoor sun protection with a wide range of possible uses. Especially with large window fronts, the roller blind scores with its modern straight lines. A cozy variant is the Roman blind:
Possible uses of the roller blind
The fabric of a roller blind is rolled up on a roller tube and can be unrolled as required. It is visually more appealing and easier to care for if the cloth is attached to the wall or ceiling in a discreet cassette.
The roller blind is available in transparent, semi-transparent or blackout, so it can be used for many purposes. With very high windows, it can be equipped with an electric drive. If rooms are exposed to extreme sunlight, a roller blind is suitable against massive heat build-up. However, we advise against installing a roller blind in the roof window: The heat can soften the fabric of a roller blind and, for example, be destroyed by uneven pulling when closing.
Sun protection for the window: nothing is impossible
There are numerous variations of sun protection for windows today. You can find more options in our Decorative Interior Sun protection section. Interior sun protection is often combined with exterior sun protection to offer optimal heat, privacy, and sun protection and at the same time to meet the aesthetic requirements, for example a blind with a Roman blind. It is best to get advice from a specialist retailer about sun protection for the window.