Accessible Blinds for High Windows

Accessible Blinds for High Windows

It’s incredibly common for office buildings, clinics, and much more to have high windows in them. These let in lots of natural light and create a more attractive building. However, they pose a bit of a problem for anyone who wants the ability to block out unwanted sunlight. Installing blinds over them is one thing, but controlling those blinds is another. Domir Blinds has the perfect solution for those needing accessible blinds for high windows. Let’s check out what it is!

Motorized Blinds

If you’ve heard of motorized blinds before, this is probably a pretty obvious solution. However, tons of people struggle with high, inaccessible windows every day, and have no idea they could be motorized. Motorized blinds are just like any other blinds, but with one huge difference. At the top of the blinds, there’s a motorized mechanism, allowing you to control them from out of reach. 

Motorized blinds are the ideal solution for any high windows. If you find your office or other kind of interior flooded with direct sunlight as the sun rises or sets, these are a must-have.

Automated Blinds

Not only are motorized blinds able to be controlled indirectly, they can also be automated. If you have a specific time of day that you want your blinds to open or close, simply set them up to do so at those times. They’ll continue to open and close at those times unless told to do otherwise. This is convenient for stores that want privacy when closed, offices where the rising or setting sun can cause visibility issues, and anywhere with high windows.

Accessible from Anywhere

How exactly do you control motorized blinds? Is there a control panel that’s mounted on the wall? Or, perhaps there’s a remote that comes with them? Wrong on both accounts. Motorized blinds have evolved with the times and can be controlled from any smart device just by downloading an app.

This convenient ability to control your blinds from anywhere makes it possible to check if they’re opened or closed, even from far away. This kind of unrestricted access is especially useful for those with plants that need controlled daylight while you’re away. Or, if you’re the sole controller for a set of office blinds, you can adjust them at the request of others working at the office, even while you’re off the clock.

Convenience in Any Style

You may be wondering, what do motorized blinds look like? Surely they’re simplistic and utilitarian. Fortunately, this is not the case. Any of the blinds offered by Domir can be made motorized. Motorized blinds are made accessible by attaching the motor to any blind design. That means accessible blinds and stylish ones too.

If you’re interested in creating better accessibility for blinds on high windows, Domir is the place to call. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help you get started or make an order.

Different Blinds Cord Types and What They’re Good For

Different Blinds Cord Types and What They're Good For

Most people don’t put much thought into blinds cord types. They seem pretty unimportant, generally. However, each cord type has its benefits and drawbacks. Each one works better in a different environment. So, what’s the lowdown on blinds cord types?

Standard Pull Cord

The standard pull cord is something everyone is familiar with. These pull cords are thin and long, usually in bundles of 3 strings, and typically have a small plastic cone or bulb on the end.

The most prominent reason these cords are one of the most popular blinds cord types is because of how fast they are to use. You can pull the blinds up in under a second, and put them down just as fast. This makes them great for in-home use and use in offices.

Where standard pull cords fall short is in safety and appearance. If looking for a very neat appearance, a cord that hangs freely is not the ideal look. When the blinds are open, a standard pull cord can be so long that it drags on the floor. This is both unattractive and can become a tripping hazard. Not to mention, even when the blinds are closed and the cord is retracted, it’s still long enough for small children to play with, making it a strangling hazard.

All in all, these are very good for casual settings where small children won’t have access to them. To improve safety, they can be draped over the fascia or even braided to make them shorter.

Pulley Chain

Pulley chains are frequently seen on shades, screens, and honeycomb blinds. These little chains are the kind made up of little, round spheres and are typically attached to the wall. To use them, you simply pull on one side. One side will make the blinds go up, and the other will make the blinds go down.

These are common in settings that are meant to be clean and tidy in appearance. For instance, in a meeting room with window shades. The cord can also be allowed to hang freely, allowing some personalization, rather than anchored to the wall. However, this diminishes the clean, controlled appearance of them. 

Another benefit of this cord type is that it’s fairly safe for small children. While children may try to mess with them, if they’re anchored to the wall, there’s little they can do with them.

The downside to these pulley chains it that they’re much slower to use. They typically have more resistance than standard pull cords – a tradeoff for their tidiness. Another element that slows down their use is their proximity to the wall. Fitting your fingers between the chain and wall can be ever so slightly slower than a pull cord and is less comfortable.

Cordless Blinds

And, last but not least, we have cordless blinds. These can work one of two ways. There are manual, cordless blinds, which involve grabbing the bottom of a shade and pulling quickly. This movement unlocks a spring-loaded coil, allowing the shade or blinds to move upon their own. Then, they can be pulled back down, and will stay put when let go.

Secondly, there are motorized, cordless blinds. These don’t require any contact at all, and can be controlled from an app on  your phone. These are, no doubt, the cleanest, safest, and easiest blinds to use.

No matter what kind of blinds you’re after, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call at Domir Blinds and we’ll ensure you leave with a set of blinds that make you happy.

How Grocery Stores Benefit from Print On Blinds

How Grocery Stores Benefit from Print On Blinds

Have you ever noticed how large, chain grocery stores have these neat, vinyl advertisements on their front windows? These are usually pinned up with suction cups and say something about a sale or touts their low prices. These can be somewhat expensive, but there’s a cheaper and more multifunctional alternative. Smaller grocery businesses can benefit from print on blinds instead. Here are some of the cool perks to buying print on blinds for your grocery store.

Add a Touch of Professionalism

The first thing that makes print on blinds such a catch is the ability to add some professionalism to your store’s look. Many small grocery stores are short on space, and you can see that through the window. While it’s hard (and expensive) to change the size of your store, it’s not hard to make it appear neater from the outside. Prevent potential customers from seeing shelving or product stacks right in front of the window by giving them something attractive to look at instead.

Not to mention, any window can benefit from a clean design covering it. While it’s nice to get sunlight inside, there’s little you can gain from the view in. Apart from night time, when the interior lights are still on, no one will be able to see in from the outdoors. In that case, the sentiment that you can only hurt yourself comes true. Keep the dark, uncertain view of the interior from affecting potential customers’ opinion of your store. Instead, offer them something solid in the form of a print design. What can you offer with a print design? Let’s take a look.

Spread Your Brand

The first thing you should consider including on your print on blinds is your brand. If you’re not well known to most locals, presenting a memorable logo and the name of your store is the first step to changing that. If you are well known to the locals, it never hurts to reinforce a positive impression with them. People are far more likely to try out a new grocery store if they have some impression of its brand. Take the first step in providing that impression by displaying that brand in your windows.

Share Great Deals

Aside from your logo, grocery stores benefit from print on blinds by using them to display great deals being offered there. If your store gets a lot of foot traffic because it’s beside a gas station, you may sell a lot of cold drinks. Make a small discount for buying more than one and have an eye-catching design that says as much. Your sales just went up! This strategy can be applied to any kind of product. Find what you sell the most and use people’s interest to your advantage.

Grocery Store Blinds Are Functional

While print on blinds are a fantastic way to add flavor to your exterior grocery store design, we can’t forget their original function. Grocery stores benefit from print on blinds in their base function as well. Block unwanted sunlight from inside the store and allow a gentle glow instead. Use side channels to keep any pesky rays from slipping through near dusk. Plus, blinds improve insulation, which keeps your store temperature more stable in the hot and cold seasons.

When you’re ready to make a small investment in print on blinds, we’re ready and waiting. Call us at Domir Blinds and get more information on our products and how to order.

How Do Blinds Affect Your Home Insulation?

How Do Blinds Affect Your Home Insulation?

Did you know windows and blinds play a huge role in your home insulation? There’s so much focus on the walls and the type of insulation filling them that people frequently forget about windows. Windows can make or break your home’s insulation. You know that saying: a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Well, a window can be your home’s weakest link. Let’s talk about how you can keep your home well insulated by buying the right blinds.

Windows and Insulation

What many people don’t know is that modern windows are actually insulated already! You might have some guesses about how. Some people assume having two panes of glass is inherently insulating. The truth is, there is an actual gas between the panes that insulates the window.

Windows have been made with gas insulation for decades. The gas used is completely transparent and is denser than air. That makes it great for keeping out heat or cold. While there’s a lot to be said on how insulation works, what’s really important is noting that windows are already insulated. However, this insulation is not as strong as a solid wall with insulation inside of it. Therefore, your window is still your weakest link.

This is especially important to note if your home is old or you’ve never had your windows replaced. After decades of use, windows will begin to lose the effectiveness of their seal and the gas will begin to leak out. Therefore, they lose their insulation over time.

How Do Blinds Affect Your Home Insulation?

If you want to improve your windows’ insulation so that they’re slightly less of a weak link, blinds are the next step. If you can’t afford to replace old windows, good blinds can also help make up for the loss of insulation in the window itself.

Because of how insulation works, the more layers between one temperature and another, and the material those layers are made of, improves the insulation. The layers and materials keep the temperatures separate. Therefore, adding blinds to the mix helps keep the cold or heat that’s managed to make it past the window from getting to your interior as fast.

Which Blinds Insulate the Best?

To get the best insulation from your blinds, you’ll want one or more of a few different qualities.

  1. Multiple layers in blinds make them better insulators. The more layers, the more effective they are than a single layer of the same material. Because of this, honeycomb blinds, which have cells of air between their layers, are a good choice. Sheer vertical blinds are also great, as they have two layers of fabric.
  2. Blinds that completely cover a window are better insulators because they block gaps where cold or heat can get through. The same way a draft from an open window or rays of sunlight can get in past a gap in your blinds, temperature that’s transferred through the window can get through these spaces easier as well. Blinds like roller shades with side channels completely cover all gaps between the window frame and blinds. Sheer vertical blinds can also help minimize gaps by being pulled flush with the window frame.
  3. A thick fabric is also more effective than something thinner, as it’s harder for any affected air to get past it. The double layer of sheer vertical blinds includes a thicker layer that’s heavy enough to block out sunlight entirely.

Buying Quality Blinds

You can probably guess how ineffective standard, slatted blinds are for home insulation. With so many gaps and, frequently, being made of metal, these blinds do virtually nothing to insulate. Buy quality blinds from Domir and keep your home the temperature you pay the electric company to make it. Don’t fall victim to poor window insulation wasting your money.

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