History of glass and how windows are made

Although we supply a range of blinds for all types of windows and doors, we thought we'd take a closer look at that thin, clear, seethrough stuff that comes between our internal blinds and the world outside... Glass.

In Italy, before glass became commonplace as a medium to seal windows and protect homes from the weather outside, Roman Blinds were commonly used instead. The Romans typically used a cloth soaked in water to hang over their open windows in order to prevent dust from blowing in, and also to shield the interior from the hot sun. Whilst these blinds bore little resemblance to their modern-day counterparts, the idea soon caught on and spread to other areas. Nowadays of course, all of our windows have glass in them... but, how did that happen?

Transform your home in the new year

For many people, the start of a new year is the perfect time for a makeover - either of themselves or other aspects of their life. This article isn't concerned about dietary tips, giving up smoking or cutting down on alcohol after all those great deals at the local supermarket. Nope, we're happy to leave you to decide if these things need a spruce up in your life or not.

Today we're looking at ways you can bring a fresh look to your home if one of your New Year Resolutions involves tackling something about the way your house looks. For us here at Blindingly Obvious, this is certainly on our radar. Whilst ours has nothing to do with blinds (too many books, shoes, clothes and paperwork are on our New Year hit list!) you may be thinking about how your new year is the perfect time for a new look indoors. If it is, here are a few things to get you started.

Cosy winter warmers

Most of us spend a heck of a lot of time trudging around the shops looking for the perfect prezzie for friends and loved ones over the festive period. If you've been agonising over whether to get uncle Harry even more socks or perhaps a bottle of whisky this Christmas instead, you're probably ready to burst with stress. If you've been braving the throng at a big retail outlet like Bluewater in Greenhithe, you're probably tired, dazed and ready for some much needed "you" time.

If you're looking for a way to pamper yourself, you could book a massage or perhaps a spa day, or you could treat yourself to some new blinds... Whilst this may not seem like an obvious way to spoil yourself rotten, it's not as daft as you think.

Ice skating Sidcup

The festive season is a quieter time for us at Blindingly Obvious so before we put our feet up by the fire and crack open the Christmas sherry, we thought we'd take a minute to let you know what's going on in our neck of the woods this holiday season.

If they've let you off early from work so that you can spend time at home with the family, our top tip for places to visit this week is Ruxley Manor Garden Centre. Only a stone's throw from Dartford, Ruxley Manor always has plenty going on during the month of December.

airplane window blinds

If you have a conservatory, uPVC windows, tilt and turn inward opening windows or bi-fold doors, you should consider either Perfect Fit or Intu blinds.

Unlike most other rooms in your home, your conservatory (if you have one), obviously has many more windows. Whilst this is great for soaking up the summer rays from all angles in warmer weather, it can pose a problem if you have standard aluminium Venetian blinds fitted. As they're predominately made of metal, they absorb the sun's heat and radiate it into your conservatory, which can make things a tad sticky on hot summer days.

How about curtains?

Curtains aren't particularly ideal either. They can fade quickly, require regular washing and can be tricky to initially fit. If your conservatory isn't heated in the colder months then curtains can also be prone to damp and mildew.