Accessible Blinds for Skylight Windows

Accessible Blinds for Skylight Windows

Skylights can be a real pain if they’re positioned somewhere where direct sunlight ends up in your way. Sometimes this is sunset while you’re doing dishes in the kitchen. Other times, you’re trying to watch TV and the living room skylight is shining right on the screen. Unfortunately, skylight windows are impossible to put blinds on… psyche! You can absolutely put blinds on skylights. The tricky part is making them accessible – because not everyone wants to block off their skylights 100% of the time. Fortunately Domir Blinds offers accessible blinds for skylight windows.

What Kind of Blinds Can You Put on Skylight Windows?

It’s true that skylights being placed in the ceiling can cause some trouble with most blinds. After all, you need your blinds to draw somewhat horizontally instead of downward. The good news is, this is possible! Instead of using standard, slatted blinds, you’ll have to use something solid instead.

By solid blinds, we mean something like a window shade, window screen, or roller blackout shade. These are one solid piece of composite fabric. The reason these work so well for skylight windows is…

How Do You Keep the Blinds in Place?

… side channels! Side channels are mounted on the window frame so that they align with the position of the shade or screen. Then, when you pull the blinds down, the sides of the shade or screen remain inside the channels. The shade or screen is guided the right direction and held in place, even in gravity-defying positions.

Accessible Blinds for Skylight Windows

The question now is, once the blinds are in place, how on earth do you open and close them? Back in the old days, you might have had a long stick with a hook on the end. Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on such troublesome techniques these days. Instead, you can simply get motorized blinds

Motorized blinds mean installing a motor in the fascia of the blinds (that’s the part where they roll up). Then, you can access them right from a smart device, like your phone. Enjoy the morning sun shining down on your living room floor in the morning. Then, in the evening, when you’re trying to watch NCIS, you can pull out your phone and banish the setting sun from your TV screen.

Order Custom Blinds from Domir

Domir Blinds doesn’t just offer high quality blinds, we also offer custom blinds. If you want a roller shade or screen in a specific color, we can make it happen. 

In fact, we also offer print-on blinds. These are similar in style to roller shades. What sets them apart is that you can have a design printed onto them. These are usually used in store windows for ads or logos. However, you can have simple things printed onto them as well to spice up your interior. For skylights, a silhouette of a bird might be a cute design choice.

The sky is the limit, and you can see it just as much as you wish with accessible blinds for skylight windows.

Is Waking to Sunlight Good or Bad for Sleep Quality?

Is Waking to Sunlight Good or Bad for Sleep Quality?

Sometimes we get questions in our heads that stick with us until we find an answer. Those questions are often driven by irritation. Have you ever woken up to blinding sunlight pouring through the window and wondered if this is actually messing with your sleep in an unhealthy way? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Domir Blinds specializes in all things window-covering and sunlight-managing. Here’s what we can tell you.

Is Waking to Sunlight Bad for Sleep Quality?

There’s no straightforward answer to this specific question. The fact is, if your sleep is being interrupted and you’re being forced awake before you’ve had enough sleep, then yes, the sunlight is bad for your sleep quality. However, the issue here is really the timing of the sunlight rather than waking to it in general.

Is Waking to Sunlight Good for Sleep Quality?

On the other hand, one might experience waking up to sunlight after they’ve had plenty of sleep. Getting sunlight directly in your eyes can be overwhelming. However, that’s more the amount of sunlight rather than the sunlight itself.

The Answer

No matter which question you ask, there are specific elements that are ‘yes’ and certain elements that are ‘no.’ So, now that we know it’s a nuanced subject, what’s the actually useful information?

Circadian Rhythm

Circadian rhythm is really where everything comes together. In order to answer this question of yours, you have to know about this function of the human mind and body.

Circadian Rhythm is the scientific name of what people usually call their internal clock. The fact is, your circadian rhythm is trained into you from a young age. If you get up every day at 6am and go to bed at 9pm as a kid, your body will get used to this. Your brain will associate the rising sun with waking up. The sensory onslaught of sudden light alerts you to the change in time and lets you know the day is beginning.

Likewise, if you’re used to going to bed when the sun goes down, your brain will associate darkness with sleep. As the sun begins to set, you’ll begin to get sleepy.

Circadian Rhythm in Modern Days

Because we don’t typically get up with the dawn and sleep with the dusk like people did just a few hundred years ago, circadian rhythm is a bit trickier these days. You might turn a lamp on at sunset and then turn it off to sleep at midnight. So, what happens when the sun comes shining into your room at 6am? If your home is set up to facilitate it, you’ll usually just sleep through it until you’ve had enough sleep or your alarm goes off at 9am.

However, if you sleep with a lamp on or sit in the dark all day, your circadian rhythm will begin to get messy and unstable. If your brain doesn’t have strong light/dark associations with sleep time, you may find yourself prone to insomnia. Our brains are surprisingly good at connecting things to sleep and wake states. This is why sleep hygiene is so important.

The Solution

So, in the end, waking to sunlight is actually great for sleep quality. That is, so long as it’s not waking you up before you’ve had enough. 

If you find your sleep being cut short too early by the sun, there’s an easy solution: get some blinds. Slatted blinds won’t do the trick. If your window faces east and you go to bed late, get some blackout blinds. That way, the morning sun won’t disrupt you. Don’t mind a little light, but need it to stop shining directly onto your face? Opt for something like a window screen or the Ninet, which allows diffuse light in.

You can even go the extra mile and really work on setting your circadian rhythm, you can also opt for motorized blinds. Even if you go to bed at 2am and wake up at noon, you can get your sleep in the dark with a blackout shade. Then, when noon comes around, your motorized blinds can be set to open up, letting the light in and alerting you to “morning.” All of these blinds options are available right here in Toronto from Domir Blinds. Give us a call if you have questions regarding our blinds or ordering process.

How to Repair Torn Fabric Blinds

How to Repair Torn Fabric Blinds

Investing in your home by buying something beautiful like fabric blinds is a great idea. But, they can be pricy. So, if something unfortunate befalls one set of fabric blinds, replacing them might not be an option. Instead you can repair them. It’s not impossible to repair torn fabric blinds. Let the experts at Domir Blinds help you with the task.

Get Free Replacements

The first thing to consider is if you can get free replacements – of the fabric part of of the entire set of blinds. Many companies offer replacements if the damage occurs within a certain time after buying. Check with your blinds company if you can get assistance with replacing your blinds. It will save you time and money.

Sew Them Beautifully

If the tear in your blinds is small, you can repair torn fabric blinds with beautiful embroidery. This will stitch the edges of the hole back together. Therefore, the hole will be unable to get any larger and the gap will be covered.

If you’re handy with a needle and thread, search online for embroidery patching and pick out a design that suits you. There are floral patterns, geometric shapes, and more that can add a touch of character to your blinds. Even better: some of these designs are possible to achieve without having much access to the back of the fabric you’re stitching. These designs will allow you to hook your needle under the edge of the hole and loop the thread through without disassembling the blinds.

Patch Them Invisibly

If you’re working with a hole that’s not missing any fabric, you can patch it invisibly. If an animal or bug has eaten a hole through your blinds fabric, you won’t be able to do this. However, if the hole is only a slit through the fabric, you can patch it invisibly.

To do this, the first thing is finding a patch of the right thickness. If the fabric of your blinds lets light through, you’ll need to get something thin that will make very little difference to the amount of light coming through. If your blinds are light-blocking, you’ll have an easier time and can use a thicker patch. To test the effect on light flow, slide the patch behind the front layer of fabric and see if it’s visible when the sun is coming in. If even the thinnest fabrics are visible, you can even opt for a piece of flexible plastic. Make sure it’s very bendable, like the stuff used in packaging that displays a product inside the box. It will need to bend with the blinds when they open and close.

Brush a small amount of fabric glue onto your patch and carefully slip it behind the torn layer of fabric. Ensure the fabric is flat and the gap is closed before pressing the patch to the back of the fabric. Adjust the tear as needed to hide it and leave the patch to dry.

Cover Large Holes

Covering large holes can be done in one of two ways. 1) Patch it with a visible patch in a fabric you like and that fits in with your interior. 2) Buy a piece of fabric the same or extremely similar color and style as your blinds and cover the blinds entirely. If you’re going to go to the effort, it might be best to simply disassemble the blinds and replace the front layer of fabric entirely. If you don’t want to disassemble them, you can layer this new piece of fabric on by stitching it into the back piece where the blinds fold, to ensure it takes on the correct shape.

Removing Stains from Fabric Blinds

Removing Stains from Fabric Blinds

Anyone who’s had kids or pets knows that nothing fabric stays fresh and crisp forever. With fabric blinds, mysterious stains can show up out of nowhere! Even a coordinated and sensible adult will end up with stained fabric blinds if they hang them above the kitchen sink. Doing dishes can splatter all kinds of substances up onto the over-counter window. The same goes for anything covering it. Even so, there’s no need to fear. Domir Blinds, Toronto’s leading blinds company, is here to offer you some solutions for removing stains from fabric blinds. The mess isn’t permanent, but Domir Blinds’ quality is.

Disassembly Optional

The first thing you’re probably wondering is, “Do I need to take the blinds apart to clean them?” Fortunately, it’s not nearly that complicated. As long as all parts of the blind are waterproof, you can leave them completely intact.

While it is possible to separate the fabric from any aluminum or plastic slats inside, you don’t have to. In fact, the slats inside could probably benefit from a rinse anyway. Dust can get in from the sides of your blinds and settle on them. Getting rid of that dust wouldn’t hurt anyone.

The Easiest Method for Removing Stains from Fabric Blinds

If you’ve ever tried spot cleaning a stain on hanging blinds, you know it’s a delicate dance. And, in the end, your stain is usually not removed entirely. Even if you can get it partly removed, it’s often still visible. It’s just so hard to clean something when it’s attached to a swinging conglomerate of moving parts. That’s why the best method for removing stains from fabric blinds starts with taking them down.

Blinds can usually be taken down by simply loosening a few screws that mount them to the window frame. Before unscrewing the mount, be sure to pull the blinds all the way up so that they’re completely collapsed at the top. This will make them easier to transport. 

When you’ve removed them, set the screws aside so they don’t get lost and take your blinds to the bathtub. That’s right! The bathtub is going to be your best friend when you’re done with this. Fill the tub about 1/3 of the way with warm, soapy water. Then, put in your blinds. Now that you’re stationary again, opening them up a bit will be necessary for the cleaning process.

Chemical and Soap Options

If you want to use more than one chemical, be sure to empty the tub and thoroughly rinse your blinds first. Many deadly gasses are made by mixing otherwise harmless household chemicals.

If you want to remove smells or weaker stains, using some vinegar would help. You can try your luck with pouring a couple cups into the water and swirling it around, or you can put some in a spray bottle and spray it all over the fabric surface.

For completely white blinds, using bleach is unlikely to cause any damage. Test a little on a far corner of the blinds fabric first if you’re unsure about how it will react. If it turns out alright, pour a cup into the bathtub.

If you have another stain removing cleaner that you prefer, feel free to try it out. All blinds are different and so are all stains, so it will take some experimenting. Just be cautious when doing so. We don’t want your blinds fabric to end up discolored from using the wrong agent.

Finishing Touches

When you’ve successfully removed the stains from the fabric of the blinds, rinse them well. It’s a good idea to drain all of the soapy water and sluice the blinds through some clean, shallow water. After that, using a detachable showerhead will make it possible to target any remaining soap.

Finally, press on the blinds without crushing the slats in order to squeeze out as much water as possible. Once you’ve done this, repeat the action with a towel to absorb as much as possible. Then, remount them in the window with a couple of dry towels in the sill below them. They’ll air-dry like this in about 24 hours. If it’s summer, open the window to speed up the process and ensure they get fully dry.

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