Summary: How much does a it cost to buy and install blinds, average blind installation costs and average cost of blinds.
Blinds are a popular choice of window dressing in many UK households. The versatile nature of blinds means they can shade the room from the sun on a hot day, provide some privacy whilst still allowing light into the room and also be completely drawn away so the view outside is uninterrupted.
However, blinds for many are more than just a functional piece of interior furniture; they are also a contemporary part of the room’s interior design. With so many styles and options to choose from there is a blind available which will complement any room styling and function.
|Roller blinds (m²)||£10 – £70 (m²)||2019||n/a|
|Venetian blinds (m²)||£20 – £150 (m²)||2019||n/a|
|Panel blinds (m²)||£25 – £400 (m²)||2019||n/a|
|Labour||£25 – £45 (Per hour)||2019||n/a|
Factors to Consider
When choosing a blind for your home there are many options of material, size, style and colour and while much of the choice will be based upon taste, these options also affect the price considerably. So, make sure you set a budget for dressing your windows and stick to it.
One of the most inexpensive types of blind available is the roller blind. They are usually pieces of vinyl or textile material, fitted to a roller and can be pulled up or down by a cord. They are very versatile, being easily cut to fit most size windows and can be used on skylights as well. The vinyl versions are good for kitchens and bathrooms as they can be wiped clean to avoid a build up of grease or condensation.
Venetian blinds are a popular choice in many homes. These are made up of horizontal pieces of metal, wood or plastic which can be tilted to change the amount of light coming into the room or the direction at which it enters. A cord is also fitted which can be used to retract the blind to the top of the window for a clear view of the outside. They are difficult to cut, particularly the wood choices, so it’s often better to get them professionally cut even if you plan to install them yourself.
Panel blinds are most commonly seen in offices, but have their place in domestic settings too. These are vertical panels, usually of textile material, which can be drawn across the window and then angled to change the amount and direction of sunlight coming into the room. These can be cut by hand but are supplied in a range of lengths which will fit most standard sized windows. They are very versatile as the number of panels can be added to or taken away to increase or decrease the width of the blind.
Another cost effective option are roman blinds. They are textile and use a cord to gather the material at the top of the window. In the right setting they give a focal feature to the window as the gathered material can be very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. They are supplied in a range of widths and lengths and are one of the easiest designs to fit.
It is also possible to purchase blackout blinds which are perfect for a child or baby’s room as they block out up to 100% of the light. For energy conscious householders, solar blinds contain pockets of air trapped in the material which provide an insulating barrier to reduce heat loss in the winter months. In tests they have proved to be as effective and in some cases better than heavy lined curtains at reducing heat loss through windows in the home.
For most situations installing blinds is straightforward. Usually all that is required is to drill some holes and fit the blind straight in. However, for blinds on skylights, large panel blinds or blinds in a conservatory it is advisable to use a professional blinds fitter. Most types of blind are available in a wide range of widths and lengths to suit all common window types, however if you have an unusual shape window you may need to get them made to measure which will, of course, add to the cost.
Costs to consider
Simple roller blinds made of polyester material can be found as cheap as £10 for a 1.7m length. The most simple of the Venetian blinds can be found for around the same price, but wooden Venetian blinds can cost a good deal more. For standard slat width wooden Venetian blinds the cost per blind can be up to £100, whereas a wider slat which is a popular choice for the contemporary home can be as much as £130 per blind.
Basic panel blinds as seen in office buildings cost from around £25 per metre, depending on the material. Decorative panel blinds with contemporary designs can cost up to £400 for a 3m x 2m window.