00:22 – Vertical blinds standard chain mechanism
00:54 – Other options available
01:02 – Chain less bottom weight
01:22 – Benefits from having chain less bottom weights
01:29 – Drawbacks from chain less weights
01:55 – Sewn-in weights and its benefits
02:30 – Benefits from Chained vertical blinds
03:30 – Conclusion
Hi I’m Jason from the company, Blockout Blinds. Today, I’m going to be talking about those dreaded vertical blind chains.
Well, we all know vertical blinds and we all know that they have those chains the go along the bottom that connect the slats to each other as we can see in this picture here. But what if you have a lovely little fellow like you can see in this photo who loves to sit at the back door and wait for you to come in when you get home from work.
Well, if your vertical blinds have chains, this little fellow can’t do that because 1) he’s going to wreck the blind or 2) he’s going to get tangled up and wreck the blind.
So a lot of people don’t realise that there are options outside of these chains.
Chain less Bottom Weight Vertical Blind System
The first option we have as seen in this photo here, is a chain less bottom weight. Basically, it’s exactly the same as the first picture except the chains have been removed from the weight and in the little lug that the chains normally clip on to has been snipped off, not snipped off, but manufactured it that way. What this means is that there’s no chains any more and the dog can’t sort of get in or out or kids don’t get stuck in it.
But this does have one drawback whereas the chains on the weights because it’s linked up with the chains the weight can’t move left or right out of the pocket it’s in whereas these weights because there’s no chain, sometimes the weight that’s inside the pocket can start to move left or right until it fall out of the louvre which is not really ideal.
Sewn in Weight Vertical Blind System
So that then would bring us to our third option which I think is the best if you don’t like the chains and that’s called the Sewn-in Weight. Now what this is, is just a weight that’s sewn in. So they’ve taken away the plastic weight, and substitute it with the metal weight, it’s a little bit smaller in size hence it needs to be metal to keep it a bit more weight to hold the louvre straight. Then it’s actually sewn on all four sides all the way around so the weight cannot come out and there you go, you’ve got a fantastic blind without any chains and the weight won’t fall out either.
Vertical Blind Chains do exist for a reason
Now, while it’s good to have no chains on your vertical blinds, there is a reason for it. Obviously you have all your louvres hanging down and should you open the window and a bit of air comes in or open and shut them quickly, they will tend to sort of swing around. Now what the chains do, they allow the blind and the louvres to all swing in unison so they all swing around and they settle down relatively quickly. However, if you don’t have any chains and they get blown by the wind or you open the blind quickly, all the louvres will move around in different directions and they will take a little bit longer to settle down and all be hanging straight again.
So look, ideally, the main reason you will have these is really only for vertical blinds that are hanging down to the floor and generally, they’re on sliding doors or some people have windows where the windows go right to the ground. But look, if the window is sort of, you know, finishes off the ground, there’s no reason not to get the chains unless you just don’t like the aesthetic look of them. Otherwise, I’d keep them on.
So there you go, you have your normal weight with chain, you have your chain less weights and you also have your sewn-in weight which is the ideal option if you got dogs and kids around the blinds.
So I hope I’ve been a bit of a help for you today and until next time.