Selecting the Right Window Coverings for a Classroom
In the education system, students need you to create the ideal learning environment in order to be successful. As such, windows can encourage learning or they can distract from learning and it all comes down to the window coverings.
Schools use many different styles of window treatments in different areas of the school. Window treatments are available for classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums, libraries and administrative offices or basically any area of your school that has windows. You should choose window treatments that need little upkeep and are very durable with safety at the top of your list of needs.
Custom Roller Shades
Roller shades when customized can be used in any or all windows of a school. You can choose the thickness of the fabric for each different room for practicality. For classrooms, you will want to block the glare from the sun so students can easily see what the teacher is presenting to them without eyestrain. Reducing the visible light in the classroom makes electronic and blackboard presentations possible without glare and without darkening the entire room. It also allows teachers to see the students and make sure that they are engaged in the classroom lessons.
Schools have a broad range of tasks and activities that happen which dictate durability and function in the window treatments. Custom roller shades work well in office or administrative areas, science labs that require special equipment use and note taking and room darkening for auditorium windows. They also work well for video and media presentations in cafeterias or gymnasiums as well as music and art rooms to keep valuable instruments and artwork from being damaged by UV rays. Roller shades can create just the right amount of light for comfortable reading conditions in a library as well.
Faux Wood Blinds
If you want the rich and natural beauty of wood blinds, but at a much less expensive cost, you can add faux wood blinds to your school windows. Faux wood blinds are more durable to withstand curious and active children, they don’t fade or warp and they are easy to clean. The best avenue is to choose a cordless option to promote safety in a school and protect the children from harm with dangling cords that they can become trapped in.
These are the most traditional blinds that are found in classrooms due to affordability. Aluminum blinds have come a long way and are available in a large amount of colors from which to choose now, so they are not dull or ordinary as they once were. Aluminum blinds have the color baked onto them so they don’t fade and they are constructed with very durable materials to last a long time without having to pay a fortune. You can also choose a cordless option in these blinds to protect the safety of children in a school.
Vertical blinds work really well as window treatments for very large windows. They travel side to side on a track instead of lifting and lowering like traditional blinds. When placing traditional blinds on a large window, they will likely be hard to lift and lower because of the width and height of the window. The opening and closing mechanism would wear out quickly in such an application. The solution is vertical blinds with an unbreakable carrier that lasts for many years to come so it is durable and dependable. You can get vertical blinds that are manufactured without lead additives and with fire rated slats for the perfect companion for classrooms and all applications in a school setting. These are even available in decorator colors to match your color scheme in any room with windows. You can choose child safe wands or a cord and chain operation for vertical blinds and you can choose to have the stack of slats when drawn to be on one side of a large window, a split draw on both sides or a center stack draw.
Cordless mini blinds have always been a window treatment used in educational facilities. You can decide from vinyl or aluminum slats in a one inch width or a two inch width in vinyl. These mini blinds are easy to operate and you have great lighting adjustment when you tilt the slats. You can tilt them upward for more light high in a room or tilt them downward for more light near the floor. Mini blinds are available in a cordless option for schools and they also feature flame testing approved and lead testing approved window treatments. A clutch tilter prevents the slats from breaking, which can happen when they are over-tilted. You also get a color coordinated wand on mini blinds for a seamless match. Mini blind are made much sturdier than they used to be and contain a sturdy roll formed metal head rail for durability and dependability.
Classroom Security Blinds
We all understand the curiosity of students, no matter what grade level. When class is in session, anyone walking past the closed door can be see in the small window of the door. This distracts students when they lose the attention to the teacher and wonder who is in the hallway. The solution to this is a custom made classroom security blind. These security blinds can be made in any length and width to cover the window on a classroom door completely. Since they are customized to your measurements, you can also choose your materials for them, such as mini blinds, roller shades, aluminum blinds or faux wood. Customization allows you to get the exact appearance you want in a classroom and it gives you the biggest choice of colors and patterns as well.
Choosing window treatments for all of your school needs allows you to vary different window treatments according to what type of room the windows are in and if you want partial shading or a complete black out treatment.