Most modern blinds will function in one of three ways. They will either possess a set of pulleys, a consistent threading mechanism, or a rod that can be rotated.

All systems will offer similar functionalities (to open and close roller blinds and shutters). The way in which each type works will vary however and understanding how each option works can go a long way in choosing the right blind for your needs. We’ll be taking a closer look at the unique way in which each of the three types work, as well as the functions that they suit the most.

Pulley systems

These types of options are very versatile and can be used in homes and commercial premises in equal measure. They typically appear in the form of two individual strings – one that can be pulled down to raise the other (which will then roll the blind up, or down). The biggest benefit of this type of system is that if one piece breaks, or suffers with damage, it can be replaced easily without affecting the other string.

Consistent roller systems

Similar in nature to the above system, a consistent roller will instead work by being pulled in one direction to raise a blind, and then the other direction to lower it. The pulleys will be connected to one another to allow for a circular motion which can be continuously pulled to the full length of a blind. Although string is commonly used, there are heavier duty alternatives that rely on the threading of beads. These can be much more durable and can last for years with minimal trouble.

Rotating rod systems

These types of blind controls are ideal for shutters that use lightweight materials. They can struggle if heavier resources are used instead, such as hardwood and metal. The rods are typically attached to a component that allows them to swivel up to 360 degrees. By turning the rod in one direction, the internal mechanisms will rotate the blinds either up, or down.

Other types of blinds

Although the above three are the most common, there is another type that relies on the combined features of the aforementioned options. These blinds will often feature a pulley system, as well as a rod. The pulleys will allow the entire blind to be raised and lowered, whilst the rod will make it easy to swivel the individual panels so as to allow light in, or deter it.

These shutters can often be fairly fragile in nature and it’s uncommon to find any material outside of aluminium in their manufacture. That being said, they are still ideal for use within homes – particularly bedrooms and bathrooms. The final thing to consider is that different blinds will pose varying values.

This mainly relates to the type of material used in the construction, as opposed to the way in which the blind works. Wood shutters are often the most expensive, followed by aluminium and then plastic (PVC). Aesthetics may be important, but functionality is always worth prioritising, especially if you’re keen to ensure that your blinds remain usable well in to the future.