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Can vertical blinds be fitted in bay windows?

Can vertical blinds be fitted in bay windows?

If you’re a repeat visitor to our blog, you’ll have noticed that we’re having a vertical blinds fad at the moment. There’s something amazing about seeing these once-ignored window dressings now finding their way into family homes. Vertical blinds have long been hailed for their ability to reduce dust collection, cover larger windows and even make our ceilings look higher. And now, they’re being used in more places than ever. One of the key questions we keep getting from customers looking to introduce these elongating blinds into their homes is, ‘Can vertical blinds be fitted in bay windows?’. So, let’s look at that here today. 

What are vertical blinds?

Firstly, let’s explain what vertical blinds are. In contrast to roller blinds or Venetian blinds, vertical blinds were most commonly found in offices or hospital buildings. They are long-length window blinds. Each full set has a number of vertical slats (also known as louvres) that hang from a top guide. The slats all rotate 180°C in unison. This allows you to fully cover a window or expose it for light and privacy control. You can also slide all of the slats over to one side which makes them perfect for glass doors too. 

Bay Window Vertical Blind

Vertical blinds were first developed to help reduce the extended dusting and cleaning needed with wooden blinds. Because they have no horizontal surfaces, they can be dusted clean or gently vacuumed with the dust attachment. They can also be more easily adjusted by people with limited mobility or strength than roller blinds. You don’t have to pull down on a cord to roll them up. Instead, most styles come with a wand mechanism that simply needs to be twisted. If you’re looking to cover large windows or doors, there are very few options that successfully challenge vertical blinds. 

What windows are they best for?

The beauty of vertical blinds is just how versatile they are. All of the styles available here at Lifestyle Blinds are made to measure using your dimensions. This means that they’ll hang to the exact length you need. Whether that’s right to the floor or just covering the recess. This is also one of the things that makes them so versatile for a wide range of windows. You can have vertical blinds manufactured to fit any window. From those in your kitchen through to the patio door leading off of your conservatory. Equally, the option for both standard 127mm or slimmer 89mm slats means you can choose the most appropriate option for the width of your window too.

Vertical blinds can also be fitted both inside and outside of the recess. If you have an opening door, like a French Door, you can have the blinds fitted outside of the recess. It will successfully cover the window without hindering the movement of the door itself. 

What windows are they suitable for?

These options make vertical blinds suitable for a wide host of windows, including:

  • Patio doors
  • Bi-fold doors
  • French doors
  • Sliding doors
  • Large windows
  • Bay windows

So, in answer to the question of this blog - yes, you can definitely install vertical blinds on bay windows. To ensure the sleekest results, work with a professional window blind installation company. They will help you get the look you’re seeking. 

If you look at houses throughout the UK, you’ll notice the wide variety of different-looking bay windows. You can have box bay windows, semi-hexagonal bay windows, semi-octagonal bay windows, triangle bay windows… the list goes on. When choosing the right vertical blinds, you should follow the same thought process as buying any window blind. Consider colour, functionality and purpose. An additional consideration is whether you want a curved headrail or individual rails for each side of a square/boxed bay window. 

Fitting vertical blinds to curved bay windows

Flexible curved headrails allow vertical blinds to be fitted to match the curve of bay windows. In doing so, you’ll only need a single rail. One that allows all of the slats to move together and in unison. Curved headrails allow you to achieve better light control and privacy because of the increased contact between each slat. To keep a room as dark as possible with just vertical blinds, look for a curved headrail. If there’s any confusion or complication during this installation, we highly recommend contacting a professional blind installer. They will make sure you get the fit as accurately as possible. 

Fitting vertical blinds to square bay/box style windows

Vertical blinds work just as well on square or box-style bay windows. Here, you have two options - treat the entire bay window as a single recess and fit the blinds outside of this, or fit individual headrails to each section of the window so they can be operated individually. The first option can reduce the available floor space in a room, making it more challenging to get the most out of your interior style. However, if you want to use the bay window as storage or keep items, such as kids' toys, hidden from view, it can be a brilliant option.  Have a look at our measuring instructions on how to measure vertical blinds for box bay windows.

However, our favourite way to use vertical blinds for bay windows is to have an individual headrail fitted on each section. This way you can adjust each section to suit your light requirements, giving you more flexibility when it comes to privacy too. And, you can make sure to optimise natural light and temperature in the house too - a vital way to reduce household bills. 

So, yes! Vertical blinds can 100% be fitted with bay windows and can look incredibly stylish when done right. All of our made-to-measure vertical blinds come with full installation instructions, making it incredibly easy to fit them without the costs of additional labour. However, if you do need additional support or advice, get in contact with our friendly and professional team who are also on hand to help support you at all times.