Thursday, 5 February 2009

Blinds For The Kitchen

When selecting blinds for your kitchen, you should consider that they will be in a room that you will occupy for a large part of the day. Studies have shown that for the 16 hours that a homemaker is awake, nearly 5 hours a day are in the kitchen. That is nearly 33% of the day. In fact, often the room itself is occupied third most in the house, after the bedrooms and the TV rooms. With that in mind, maybe the cheap ugly choice of blinds is not the best choice for you. I mean, geez- if you will stare at ugly, won't that spoil your appetite.

So, let's look at the good choices for blinds in the kitchen that complement the space and improve the value in that room. The concerns in a kitchen are that these are bright rooms which need to be kept bright during use, and they are rooms which can get wet and dirty quite easily. These concerns are important, and we can find products that comply well with these guidelines.

Since illumination in the kitchen is of primary importance, this brightness can be enhanced by the addition of blinds to the windows which will create a certain look and provide certain abilities to control exterior light. Controlling of exterior light and creating privacy is popularly achieved with mini blinds that can be raised as well as just tilted. Screen materials, which only allow the desired amount of light, are also in much demand for blinds. There also are many washable materials being used.

Because certain areas of the kitchen are subject to “intensive" use, wood blinds are not recommended because of the possible warping effect whenever exposed to water and high humidity. Whenever fabric blinds are used, low priced non-washable fabrics should not be used. Only washable fabrics that repel debris and dirt are recommended in kitchen blinds. Keeping in mind that no fabrics can be washed thoroughly, fabric blinds should not be machine washed or scrubbed aggressively.

The majority of fabrics used in kitchen blinds can be manually and gently washed in cool water and mild soap. Rinsing well is important and hang to dry. In the case of vertical blinds, rehang the louvers onto the track and place a towel under the fabric louvers while dripping dry. There are some interesting, attractive fabrics which are made specifically for blinds, which use a special treatment to make them washable. Look for these, but always assume that you cannot wash these in a machine, that will cost you your entire investment.

What of PVC blinds? Well, I am glad you asked. PVC is okay to use, in that it is not susceptible to water, and can help to moderate the light, however, remember that PVC is only safe is it is not heated up. If your kitchen is not well ventilated, or the blind is close to the windows, it is not recommended to use PVC blinds. This is not a chemistry lesson, but you should understand that the 'C' in PVC stands for chloride. If your blinds are exposed to too much heat, then the slats can cause a release of unhealthy and dangerous chemicals. Also, PVC blinds can absorb colors from smoke, and can be the hardest types of blinds to clean.

Several profiles of PVC for are available for blinds - flat, curved and expanded foam. The expanded foam profile is widely promoted to be used for kitchen blind applications. One must always carefully choose where PVC blinds are to be installed. Surrounding areas to the blinds may not experience abnormally high temperatures. However, windows themselves can reach unbearable heat, and the kitchen, when cooking for extended times, can also reach these high levels of calefaction. This contrasts with the common times of cold from air conditioning, as well as radiant cold from outside. These changes must be able to be withstood by your blinds.

Kitchens can be will appointed with beautiful appliances and countertops. Why not ensure that your blinds add to that look and do not detract. Consider the various options and make sure you are ready to manage the light with your blinds. Also, ensure that the material that you select for the blinds is not only safe, but also easy to clean. The elements in the kitchen can be beautiful and fun, but they can also be dangerous. Ensure that your blinds are safe in the way that they are installed and that they do not interact negatively with the rest of the space.

About The Author:
Judith Persit is a student of interior design. She started in this direction due to a search for design options in window treatments. Ms. Persit writes about roller shades. Roller shades can be interesting, you can learn more about shades at her website with many pictures.