Pleated Blinds

Pleated blinds are suitable for all types of glazing and are ideal for roof and shaped glazing. This versatile blind can also operate from the bottom up as well as the top down when tensioned models are used.

A pleated blind consists of a length of permanently pleated fabric attached to various head and bottom rail configurations and operating in a concertina fashion to raise or lower the blind.

Blinds may be free hanging thereby operated via a cord and cord lock or manufactured to a constantly tensioned method to allow the fabric to be adjusted along its length of travel without the need for hanging cords making a suitable solution where young children may be present.

Typically pleated fabrics are light in weight and this, in conjunction with the ability for the blind to be manufactured to satisfy shaped openings, results in this product being especially suited for skylight and conservatory applications.

Pleated blinds are available in a variety of pleat depths, the most popular being 20mm and 25mm. Many pleated fabrics feature additional coatings to improve their solar and optical performance. The most popular are specialist solar performance coatings and metallised finishes.

Some systems offer a pleat securing method that ensures that pleat retention is always maintained.

Fabrics

Base cloth offerings allow finishes that produce translucent fabrics, semi opaque and opaque. Fabrics can be plain or patterned (including Jacquard or multi-coloured). Solar protective coatings and metallised finishes are typical of pleated fabrics offered - some meet flame retardant standards.

Types and operation:

Free hanging
Cord operation passing through a cord lock for operational control.

Tensioned
To be fitted in a rooflight or sloping window. May be fitted within a frame or face fixed to the frame. Both utilise tension wires through the fabric. They may be cord, wand, hand draw or electric motor operated.
Tensioned blinds can also be used on vertical glazing and some can be made free-floating so it is possible to operate the blind from the top down or the bottom up.

Shaped
Most unusual shapes are easily covered using pleated blinds e.g. rectangular, triangular and circular.

Dual function
Three rails may be used with a different fabric in each section e.g. with the mid-rail to the headrail, a 'daytime' fabric is in the window and from the mid-rail to the bottom rail a 'night time' fabric is installed.

Components

Head and Bottom Rail sections
Anodised or painted aluminium.

Cord
Made from polyester.

Brackets
From galvanised or painted steel.

Cord lock
Locking mechanism to secure the blind in the raised position.

Cleat
Used to secure cord instead of a cord lock.

Tension wire
In PVC coated steel or coated Kevlar cord.

Child Safety

Always consider window blind cord and chain safety in buildings where children live or may visit. See information on window blind safety here.

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