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Tilt and Turn Windows - A nightmare for blinds?

Updated: Apr 11

If you have windows in your home that look like this, you're probably wondering if you will be able to finish off your room with nice new blinds.

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Tilt and Turn Window

Tilt and turn windows are usually fitted to a property when replacing windows that are above ground level. They benefit from being easily cleaned and act as a good fire escape window. Most often they will be used to tilt inwards slightly at the top to allow for ventilation or they can open inwards fully, much like a door, to allow full access for cleaning.

Due to the way this type of window opens inwards, your will be limited to the type of blinds you can have that are still going to be practical in this scenario.

It's definitely a more problematic window type, however it doesn't have to be a nightmare! There are a couple of solutions and we have overcome this predicament many times in homes around Dunfermline, Fife and Edinburgh.

Any blind that would be fitted inside the recess in this scenario is going to become damaged over time as you open your window. Although the window may only rest on the blind, depending on how deep the recess is, fitting inside the recess is not the best idea. You need to have full access to be able to use these windows as they were intended and blinds fitted inside the recess will prevent this. Not a safe idea either, should you need to exit via these windows.

So what's the solution? Well, there's a couple of options available to you, some more pleasing on the eyes than others, although others are a more cost effective solution. This is what they would look like in a Perfect Fit Venetian Blind. (Also available as a Roller Blind).

You can see how the Perfect Fit Blinds, look like they are part of the window and move with it, causing no chance of damage. They can also be slid right to the top to allow the window to be cleaned.

But what lower priced blinds are an option?

Essentially any blind type that when it is down, will not be damaged by the window opening slightly or any blind that can be pulled up out of the way of the opening window.

In our opinion a Roller Blind, fitted outside of the window recess and above the recess is a great alternative to Perfect Fit Roller blinds, when trying to keep costs down. When this is fully rolled up, it will sit above the recess, away from any passing opening window. It's also a great solution to the problem in a bedroom, where a blackout fabric could be used. Fitting above and outside of the recess with a blackout roller blind, will help completely blackout the bedroom, improving sleep quality.

In a situation where you have 2 tilt and turn windows in the one recess like our photos at the then a roller blind like this will definitely save you money. *2 tilt and turn windows = 2 perfect fit blinds (1 for each window).

You could also fit Wooden Venetian, Aluminium Venetians or even Vertical Blinds outside of the recess, if you really wanted too. Perhaps not as sleek or as pleasing on the eye, or indeed as quite as practical as perfect fit or roller blinds, but it can be done to good effect.

There will be a 'gather' with venetian blinds. So when they are pulled right up, all the slats will gather together meaning there will still be part of the blind hanging down in front of the window. So it's not ideal with the windows opening inwards, but it doesn't bother a lot of people who have chosen this option.

Vertical blinds outside of the recess would need to be fitted with either 3.5 inch or 5 inch brackets to enable them to turn and operated correctly. These are probably the least practical solution in this scenario and the least pleasing on the eye. The slats will almost always be in the way of the window and as they are more delicate, easier broken.

Depending on the recess though, variations on all these options are possible and to be best advised, please contact us for a Free quote. We will come to your home and take in to account all factors to offer you the best advice and blinds options available.

We are based in Dunfermline, but we offer our Free measuring and advice service all over Fife and Edinburgh.

For further information or to book an appointment with Liam & Kevin, Call us on 01383 725406 anytime, and we'll find a solution for you.

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