Bespoke Blinds for Conservatories & Garden Rooms

Planning For

Garden Rooms often tend to the extremes, lacking privacy, cold in the winter and too hot in the summer and can be difficult to dress compared to other rooms in the home. With careful planning you will maximize the return on your investment as the right choice of blinds will mean that you can go in there on any day of the year at any time of day and have the perfect room to eat, relax or entertain in.

Rooms without blinds often end up being under utilised – How do you intend to use your room once completed?

  • As an occasional room for relaxing and enjoying the garden in to be used at certain times of the year.
  • As a Green House/Garden Room for growing houseplants in?
  • As a room to leave the pets in or for the children to play in?
  • As a family room to be used every day for the household to relax in?
  • As a family room to be used daily for living, cooking eating in as well as an area to relax, ie a kitchen/garden room extension)
  • As a room to enjoy media entertainment and the use of screens?

Blinds can be required for many different reasons, some of these can be overlooked, why would you need blind

  • Decoration, will you want the room to look furnished and complete? – Roof and or Window Blinds will do this.
  • Keep cool, is the room likely to be too hot in summer? – Roof blinds are a priority, window blinds secondary.
  • Keep warm, is the room likely to get cold in the winter? – Roof blinds are a priority to retain heat inside and window blinds and windows blinds with give you the extra cosiness you might need.
  • Privacy? – Window blinds are a priority, choose a material that is opaque, Roof blinds may be needed for this reason if you are over looked from above.
  • Glare? – roof blinds a necessity to reduce overall glare, window blinds too if you need to control direct sunlight when using the room.
  • Security? – need to add security when at home alone or away from home for long periods of times? Window blinds will be
  • As a Green House?’- Need to be able to control heat and light and if motorized can have a timer control to enable them to operate when you are not their giving the impression you are at home.
  • Media room – you will need to be able to darken the room if to be used in the daytime, roof blinds a priority and window blinds are secondary – both ideally.
  • Plants, pets or children – very important that the room temperature and light levels can be controlled, roof blinds are a priority, window blinds secondary.

Blinds can often be concealed if you choose a blinds supplier that has a strong link with your Garden Room supplier.

  • Cornice detail can be provided to allow the roof blinds to site behind or above when retracted
  • Blinds Pelmet – built in during construction, for window blinds. The size of this will depend on the product/supplier you choose
  • Blinds Box/Recess – built in during construction, espcially if you are considering a horizontal roof blind solution the size of this will depend on the product/supplier you choose.

What density will you require the blinds material to be?

  • Blackout 100% – not normally used in garden rooms or easily achieved and will require side channels, do these need to be built in during construction?
  • Dimout – can be achieved using a blackout material and a solution with the least No.of blinds
  • Privacy – easily achieved using an opaque material but not necessarily light reducing material
  • Screen – easily achievable with 1% 3% and 5% visibility but do not give not privacy at night time

What type of garden room are you having?

  • Orangery – it is difficult to provide for motorisation retrospectively and this needs to be considered carefully beforehand if possible
  • Conservatory – it is easier but still not ideal to run power retrospectively in a conservatory.
  • Contemporary Glass Building – these can be awkward to install blinds especially if it is an all Glass structure, Grants is able to arrange for Glass bonding of the brackets to enable this.

What density will you require the blinds material to be?

  • Blackout 100% – not normally required in garden rooms and is not easily achieved and will require side channels, do these need to be built in during construction?
  • Dimout – can be achieved using a blackout material and a solution with the least No.of blinds possible
  • Privacy – easily achieved using an opaque material but not necessarily light reducing material
  • Screen – easily achievable with

When we recommend motorization?

  • We recommend for ease of control to have motorized blinds where possible. These can be operated independently, as a group and or altogether – almost any solution of operation is possible.
  • We recommend motorization if you have roof blinds and intend to use them regularly
  • We recommend motorization if you have shaped blinds and intend to use them regularly
  • We recommend motorization for window blinds as you can then put them up and down easily every day
  • We recommend motorization if you have large number of blinds and intend to use the blinds every day or several times a week.

For more information go to Motorization

Will you require the blinds to be motorized?

  • Do you have the necessary power provision?
  • Power provisions will vary depending on size and product chosen
  • Low voltage motor solutions will require transformers, these would be positioned where they can’t be seen
  • Rechargeable battery solutions are improving all the time but are limited to certain products.

For more information go to Motorization


Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean when people say a garden room can tend to be ‘a room of extremes’?

Garden rooms without proper shading can be too cold in the winter months and at night. Conversely, they can be very hot in the warmer months or in bright sunshine. This can mean that furniture and furnishings will fade quickly with the high exposure to UV rays and the lack of insulation in the room can mean expensive heat loss. Finally, the large window areas can reduce one’s privacy and add to a sense of insecurity.

Will I really need blinds? What will they actually do for my home?

Blinds will keep the room cooler in the summer, especially if you opt for roof blinds. If these have a solar reflective backing this will increase their effectiveness (see table on the following page). Blinds will keep the room warmer and provide insulation to help conserve any heating provided – saving you from high energy bills. Including blinds will also provide privacy when required and will complete the look and feel of the room.

Our garden room is on order but is not yet built. Is it too soon to think about what blinds we may need?

It is never too early to think about blinds; sometimes, small alterations to the construction detail can make a big difference to how the blinds will look when installed. We recommend a no-obligation designer visit take place at least four and six weeks before the building goes up on site. If an order is placed in principle we will work with the garden room company to provide what is needed and then install blinds at a time when you are ready. In some garden rooms – particularly orangeries – it is very difficult to conceal the wiring or transformers later.


Lining Options

Solarwood ® is our own carefully engineered reflective backing. It increases the reflection of heat, glare and UV transmissions while allowing the soft light effect of the weave to continue to filter through.

The solar reflective lining option provides maximum glare, solar heat gain and insulation efficiencies. The high-performance lining is attached discreetly to the reverse side of the blinds. Providing additional privacy, this option is also recommended in rooms used year round or where excessive heat in a room is an issue.

Key Features

  • Made from fully sustainable resources
  • Filtered light through the weave can create a pleasing and relaxing ambience
  • Material is soft and relaxed offering a gently effective shading solution
  • Roman as standard; roll-up window blind option also available
  • Ideal for use within roof lanterns
  • Ideal for window blinds
  • Excellent solar heat reduction properties
  • Wide range of colour choices available
  • Can be custom-painted
  • Available with lining as an optional extra, offering greater privacy
  • Wide range of bespoke designs and borders possible through individual commissions

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