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  • What's the difference between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

    Conservatory is mainly glass with a few panes of steel in between. An orangery has more brick work in it, so typically there'll be bifold doors, brick pillars, a solid ceiling, and then some kind of skylight or roof lancet above it. It depends whether your orangery is then south facing or north facing as to what you want to in terms of the blind. The blind could be there to control glare and heat, or it might actually be helping you keep that room really much warmer.

    Firstly, triangles are really quite difficult to put blinds on. In an bedroom, they're even harder to make completely blackout or very dim out. So, if you like to sleep in the dark and not be woken up in the summer at four am when the sun rises, I really would think again about having shaped windows in a bedroom.

    Sometimes we get told the architect has designed a skylight in a bedroom, but they like to sleep in the dark. Okay, stop there. Why on Earth do you need a skylight right above your bed? You probably need some light in your room, but I'm sure there's somewhere for a window. If you have to have a skylight, and that's the only place you can get light and ventilation into your bedroom, then please plan your blinds beforehand. We can then make sure that the blackout is complete, and so at dawn on a summer's day you're not being woken up, and we can make it as quiet and pleasant as possible.

  • What are the blind options for my conservatory?

    Welcome to 90 Seconds With The Boss. I'm Ellen and I'm here to help you live wiser. Today's questions is ...

    What's the best blind for my conservatory?

    The best blind for your conservatory depends on whether it's north or south facing because there's real big difference in whether you're trying to control glare or heat loss, temperature in the summer or temperature in the winter. We have a wide selection of fabrics and solutions because we've been doing it so long. The most popular is a pleated blind. This is a pleated fabric that literally looks like a piece of fabric, but has been pleated. What's it's got is pearlized backing and this reflects the solar gain back out the window, so it's very, very practical. They're also really hard wearing. I know they don't look like much, but they can live for up to 20 years. Live? Live? [inaudible 00:00:55]. The next fabric is what we put in our roof rollers.

    This is the original conservatory blind and it's ideal for rectangles and very simple triangles. You can't do awkward shapes. This, that's the side you see. That is the side that would face up to the sky. This is what you put in south facing really hot conservatories because it's got the best reflection. You can still see through. It still lets light in, but it controls that heat really well. Finally, we have [penolium 00:01:29]. These are ideal for Amdega or Westbury or Hampton wooden conservatories. It is literally pieces of wood, very think slats bound together and it provides shading. But, it's in a roman so that you get a very traditional look. It's beautiful and they can be color matched to the wood in your conservatory.

    What you can't have in a conservatory, though, is [inaudible 00:01:56] blind. There's just not enough structure integrity to have that one big blind going across. What all of these blinds do is follow the shape of your conservatory roof so that you get that lovely light feeling and high ceiling. Our time is up today. If you have another question about conservatory blinds, please leave it below. Otherwise, I'll see you next time.

  • What blinds are right for my conservatory?

    Welcome to 90 Seconds With The Boss. I'm Ellen and I'm here to help you live wiser. Today's questions is ...

    What's the best blind for my conservatory?

    The best blind for your conservatory depends on whether it's north or south facing because there's real big difference in whether you're trying to control glare or heat loss, temperature in the summer or temperature in the winter. We have a wide selection of fabrics and solutions because we've been doing it so long. The most popular is a pleated blind. This is a pleated fabric that literally looks like a piece of fabric, but has been pleated. What's it's got is pearlized backing and this reflects the solar gain back out the window, so it's very, very practical. They're also really hard wearing. I know they don't look like much, but they can live for up to 20 years. Live? Live? [inaudible 00:00:55]. The next fabric is what we put in our roof rollers.

    This is the original conservatory blind and it's ideal for rectangles and very simple triangles. You can't do awkward shapes. This, that's the side you see. That is the side that would face up to the sky. This is what you put in south facing really hot conservatories because it's got the best reflection. You can still see through. It still lets light in, but it controls that heat really well. Finally, we have [penolium 00:01:29]. These are ideal for Amdega or Westbury or Hampton wooden conservatories. It is literally pieces of wood, very think slats bound together and it provides shading. But, it's in a roman so that you get a very traditional look. It's beautiful and they can be color matched to the wood in your conservatory.

    What you can't have in a conservatory, though, is [inaudible 00:01:56] blind. There's just not enough structure integrity to have that one big blind going across. What all of these blinds do is follow the shape of your conservatory roof so that you get that lovely light feeling and high ceiling. Our time is up today. If you have another question about conservatory blinds, please leave it below. Otherwise, I'll see you next time.