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Concealing blinds in cavity boxes

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Concealing Blinds

Concealing blinds is vital for those looking for a seamless, clean finish to their home. With thought by the architect or during construction works, blinds can appear like magic from above doors, windows and below skylights. Otherwise, retrospectively fitting surface-mounted blinds and tracks can ruin planned eyelines. 

It is the difference between having an attention to detail versus compromise with regrets.

We are recommended suppliers of the Blindspace® system in the Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London areas. They are an innovative and patented solution for concealing blinds and recessing curtain tracks. Blindspace is sold through blind companies to ensure that the boxes are correctly specified for the blinds and curtain tracks. Builders do not have the in-depth knowledge of blind systems to get the best results. We can guide you through the whole process. Our tips and expertise can help elevate your build to the next level.

Why conceal blinds? 

Cavity boxes are a growing trend. Rather than the window covering being an afterthought, consideration is given earlier especially when:

  • The aesthetic is for contemporary, clean lines with blinds appearing as if from nowhere 
  • The doors and windows have slimline frames so blinds would overlap glass looking ugly
  • The glazing opens inwards restricting the type of blind that can be used
  • The blinds are to motorised and automated so require cabling to be run to them 
  • Full blackout for home cinemas or pitch-black bedrooms are required

What are cavity boxes?

The Blindspace cavity boxes are a cleverly designed pocket with a detachable cover flap for easy maintenance – this reduces the gap from where the blind appears to be as small as possible. 

They are designed to be included at architect or interior designer drawing stage to ensure that the space below lintels and steels can be found. 

If building work has already started, then we can work with the builder to find space to fit them.

Some standard sizes are stocked in the UK, with the bespoke sizes made to measure in Sweden.

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What can be hidden?

Window and door roller blinds and pleated blinds. Powered by Somfy motors and operated by remote control or automated systems like Loxone. Hide a single or two (translucent and blackout) blind at the opening.

Curtain tracks. Wave headed curtains across bifold doors can look amazing, except for the ugly tracks on your ceiling. Hide the mechanics away – both the track and motor – into a cavity. The curtain will just glide across with the smallest of gaps.

Skylight Blinds. Don’t compromise your roof glazing with cords and surface-mounted blinds. Plan ahead for the blind to appear from a four-sided slot and retract neatly back.

Where can boxes be used? 

Above windows and doors, around triangular and trapezium shaped gable ends, in skylights. The space can be found in ceilings and walls.

When should we talk about cavity boxes? 

At architect stage or before first fix. Future-proof your build – prepare now and decide the details of the blinds later.

How does it work? 

  1. Book a call with Ellen to understand the possibilities
  2. Give your architect DWG files or your builder PDF drawings
  3. Once ordered, lead times for standard boxes in stock are 7-10 working days. Bespoke sizes can take 3-4 weeks. 
  4. The boxes are cut to length – either exact or for cutting down on site. Full installation instructions are given. The builder installs. 
  5. We also give guidance on the electric supply, liaising with your electrician to get the right cable in the right place. 
  6. The boxes can be ordered with or without the blinds.

Is there an alternative?

Cavity recesses can be made by a carpenter but there are a number of problems which we have experienced with this approach:

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The cost, time and effort of making a plasterboard recess can cost more than cavity boxes
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The cavity may not be square and level – we may still need shelving or cassettes to achieve our exacting tolerances
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The cavity is smaller than specified so the hem bar is not hidden or the blind cannot fit
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he underside is open revealing all the blind
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A permanent cover is retrospectively put in place and plastered over – which has to be destroyed if maintenance and repairs are required
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The cavity is not a clean space so dust and dirt can ruin the blind fabric and damage the motor

If you cannot use cavity boxes for some reason, we have a number of methods to incorporate blinds into your room seamlessly.

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Roller blinds can be placed in cassettes and surface mounted
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Roman blinds and curtains can be covered by fabric pelmets, giving a more traditional look
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Daylight and Skylight Blinds are sited on bespoke, powder-coated aluminium shelving

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We understand that build projects are difficult to finance and budget for. We offer staggered payments to spread the cost, but make sure that there are no regrets, or anything is overlooked.

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