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Blinds for bi-fold doors

When it comes to shading for glazed doors there are several options available. Your final choice will depend on the door configuration. For example opening in bi-folding doors could snag on curtains or blinds. In this regard consideration should be given to the type of shading you might want prior to choosing your door configuration. In most instances bi-fold doors are better opening outward into the garden and in this regard they should not impact on your choice of blinds or curtains. The following guide should help you in finding the perfect blind for your new doors.

Roller blinds

Perhaps the simplest and the best way to shade bi-folding doors is using roller blinds. The clean, modern lines compliment the doors and the choice of colours and fabrics available can be tailored to match in with your decor. Silent Gliss, a brand leader, is sold through John Lewis who offer a made to measure service so this is a good place to start. Whilst they offer a measure and fit service you might be better placed to call in store to discuss the best options and look through the the different styles, colours and textures available. In every instance if you are ordering your doors from Viva we will provide a drawing of these upon receipt of your deposit. You can take this drawing with you to any blind shop to help both you and the advisor understand the set up and work out a cost.
Choose between manually or electrically operated blinds.
roller blinds over a set of modern aluminium doorsroller blinds over bi-folding doors
Electrically operated roller blinds

With a little research on google you will find there are two main types of electrically operated blinds : battery operated and those that will require wiring up to the mains. Both are usually operated by remote control. There are arguments in favour of either type and ultimately your choice will come down to personal preference and cost. In most instances the blinds can be synced to open and close at the push of a button.

Blinds for Sliding Doors

panel glide blinds by silent gliss
For sliding doors consider panel glide blinds which are essentially sliding panels of modern fabric suspended from a track attached to the ceiling. Like the roller blinds these can be operated by hand or electrically. They can be stacked in the same manner as your choice of doors. Choose from a huge array of colours and fabrics to match your interior at John Lewis. The latest track system is curved which allows the panels to stack around a corner – leaving your view unobstructed. Available from John Lewis here.




Integral blinds

a venetian blind shown inside a glass unitIn most instances on bi-folding doors it is possible to have integral blinds. A venetian blind is essentially sandwiched between the glazing of the doors. This is a neat solution is offered in three popular colours Рwhite, silver and light grey. The blinds are manually operated using a pull cord to raise and lower the venetian blind as well as offering the facility to tilt the leaves. The manual system will cost in the order of £300 per panel so a three door set will add approximately £900 (inc vat) to the cost of the doors.There is an option of electrically operating these but the cost is eye watering. In most instances we find our customers come back to electrically operated roller blinds which offer so much more choice to match in with the interior and decor.


Useful Links :

Read more about the options available directly on the John Lewis website here.

Alternatively find your nearest Silent Gliss supplier here.