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Best Window Blinds For Kids Rooms

Purchasing blinds for your kid’s playroom or bedroom can be more difficult than you initially considered. There are so many blinds options available, which is the best for your little one.

You need blinds that are safe for children, block out light for sleeping, strong, and can be customised to make the room feel more child-friendly.

Here Are Some Things To Consider:

Do the blinds sufficiently block out light?

For a kids room, you want to have blackout blinds. Blackout blinds are blinds that stop light from entering the room when completely rolled down. You don’t want to have a room too bright so that it’s disrupting your child’s sleep.

Are the blinds child safe?

The biggest safety concern for blinds is the cord. The cord can become a strangling hazard to young children. You have the option of using a cord and securing it or going cordless.

Even if the cord is out of reach for the child they can still climb up on furniture and get entangled in the cord.

It’s best to secure all cords and not to place furniture or cots near the cord.

For more information, you can read this article.

Can they be customised for different colours and patterns?

For blinds in the rest of your home you normally want to go with a style that compliments your interior design choice.

For children’s room, you can get away with applying something a little more fun for the kid.

Consider patterns and colours that the child might like in their room.

Will they break from things being thrown or rough hands?

Let’s face it, kids don’t know how to be gentle and often break things. Blinds are no exception. If you buy into cheaper blinds the kids might be a bit too rough and end up breaking them easily.


So which blinds are good for kids rooms?


Below are your top 3 blinds options:

Roller Blinds

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Roller blinds are a great window covering for kids playrooms and kids bedrooms. They can be cordless and block out, plus high-quality roller blinds are durable and easy to clean.

You can get roller blinds made in many different patterns and fabrics to match the kid’s room. If you need a quote on how much this will cost give me a call on 0408 622 737.


Roman Blinds

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Roman blinds are another great choice for kids rooms. They add an elegant soft touch and any pattern can be added to match the fun feel of the kid’s room.

Make sure to request Roman blinds that will block out all light from entering the room.


Honeycomb Blinds

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Honeycomb blinds are great insulators and work well in kids rooms due to the cordless options available and their durability.

Although the fabric and design aren’t as customisable compared to Roman blinds and roller blinds they are still a great solution for kids rooms.


Note: blinds that are operated by rods often have kids hanging on them causing the rod to break off (and the kid to tumble to the ground).



If you take your pick from one of the above options while taking into consideration the lighting requirement, safety, design, and durability you’ll be on the right track to buying the right indoor blinds for your child’s playroom or bedroom.

For a professional consultation on your Melbourne home, you can fill out the form on my contact page or give me a call on 0408 622 737.


5 Reasons Not To Buy Cheap Melbourne Roller Blinds

In Melbourne, there are a lot of great blind manufacturers. There are also a lot of places to buy cheap roller blinds.

Cheap roller blinds are a bad idea. As the old saying goes ‘you get what you pay for’. When you buy cheap blinds you’re buying a temporary covering solution for your windows.

Don’t get me wrong, if your home is going to blow up in 6 months, or you’re looking for blinds in your garage or unused room then cheap blinds could be your best option. But in your home that you plan on living in, it is smart to get it right the first time.

In this post, I’m going to cover 5 reasons why cheap roller blinds are a bad idea to hopefully save you from making the same mistakes I see time and time again.

1. Look & Design

When you buy cheap blinds it’s noticeable. Your homes interior design can suffer. Cheap blinds often miss the mark on the right feel or style you’re going for.

For example, when searching for modern roller blinds in Melbourne, you may find cheap ones that look the part. Once you buy and install them you may notice they don’t quite look as good as your mates modern roller blinds that have been purchased and installed from a reputable Melbourne blinds company.

2. Durability

Cheap blinds are cheap for a reason. They are built with lower quality materials and imported from foreign countries.

Cheaper blinds bend, break, and fade. More often than not you’ll need to replace them within one or two years (if you have kids it could be even sooner). The cost of replacing them turns out more expensive in the long run.

When you get high quality blinds the first time they can last 15+ years without any problems.

3. Usability

You want a smooth light operation when rolling your blinds up and down. it’s not very pleasing to pull up rough or clunky roller blinds in the morning. Plus the harder your roller blinds become to pull up the higher the chances of something breaking.

4. insulation

If you’re buying cheap blinds to save money you can actually be losing money by increasing the price of your energy bill.

Well fitted, high-quality roller blinds act as an insulator for your home keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

5. Fitting

Get your roller blinds fitted right by a professional. It’s common to buy blinds that are the right size but don’t come with brackets or the brackets don’t fit!

You don’t want to have to buy the brackets separately or cut the brackets (looks cheap and nasty).

When roller blinds are fitted wrong you can end up with too much light entering the room on completely rolled down roller blinds


You don’t need to pay through the roof for high-quality roller blinds in Melbourne. Give me a call on 0408 622 737 or visit my contact page for a free measure and quote on affordable blinds that don’t lack in quality.

If you’re still after cheap roller blinds I can’t stop you. At least you have now been warned.



Roman Blinds Vs Roller Blinds – Make The Right Choice

If you’re after new blinds in your home but can’t decide if you should go with roman blinds or roller blinds this is the perfect post for you.

I’ve listed seven key points for deciding on the right blinds for your home. I’ll cover Roman blinds and roller blinds in all seven points while listing the advantages and disadvantages of each.


A big part of choosing the right blinds for each room is taking into account the amount of lighting control you need.

For example, in a bedroom, its best to have complete blackout blinds to stop outside light coming in when you’re trying to sleep.

Both can be purchased as complete blackout solution and rolled up or down to changed the levels of lighting in your room.

But sometimes you don’t want the all the harsh direct light passing through or want privacy and lighting. This is where Roman blinds and roller blinds differ.

You can get Roman blinds that are complete blackout when roller down or Roman blinds that allow a small amount of light through when rolled down. But you can’t get Roman Blinds that do both.

Roller blinds can do both. For roller blinds, you have the option of installing day night roller blinds.

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This offers the solution of blackout blinds at night and transparent blinds for privacy and blocking direct sunlight during the day.

Also, one thing to note is that when folded up Roman blinds cover window space at the top of window never allowing full light to enter the room.


Which are more expensive, Roman Blinds or roller blinds?

Roller blinds are typically on the cheaper end compared to Roman blinds. This being said, both have varying degrees of prices depending on the style, quality, fabric etc.. you choose.

At the end of the day, I recommend you always go for a higher quality blind to ensure they last longer than a year or two.

Window Type

Roller blinds and Roman blinds both fit on larger windows & small/ narrow windows. But it is less common to see Roman blinds fitted to larger window openings because fewer rooms and styles can pull it off.

Roman blinds are more commonly fitted in dining rooms, bedrooms, and living rooms/lounge rooms because of the soft look the fabric creates.


Both come in a wide range of patterns, colours, and materials.

Today roller blinds are more commonly used for a simple or modern taste in the home.

Roman blinds give a more elegant soft traditional feel and should be paired with a style that can compliment.

There is no definitive winner on which is best for style. It all comes down to the unique interior style of your home.


When it comes to window insulation your best option is day night roller blinds. They create a pocket of air between the blinds which acts as an insulator for your home.

Roman blinds do offer a small level of insulation and can be interlined for even more insulation but it is still slightly less insulated compared to day/night blinds.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Roman blinds can be vacuumed or for a more thorough cleaning they can be taken down and washed.

Washing Roman blinds takes a little more effort compared to vacuuming them as you need to pull the blinds apart until nothing but the fabric is left.

Roller blinds can be easier to clean… depending on the fabric.

When choosing your blinds and fabric make sure you know what it takes to clean them (sometimes a professional is needed).


For privacy, you want blinds that can completely block out any peeking eyes.

Both Roman blinds and roller blinds offer complete privacy.

If you’re after privacy while still allowing light to enter your home then double roller blinds are your solution.


In Melbourne, Roman Blinds and roller blinds are both very popular window shade solutions.

But they aren’t equally popular.

Roller blinds are the more popular option over Roman Blinds.

This is due to the fact that Roman Blinds have fewer room types and styles that they can work with.


There is no winner when it comes to Roman blinds Vs roller blinds. It comes down to your individual needs. If you’re in the market for new blinds and stuck with whats best for your home reach out to me on 0408 622 737. I’ll come to your home (Melbourne and surrounding suburbs only) and give you a free consultation and quote.

5 Tips To Choosing The Right Roller Blinds


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1. Remeber Lighting Requirements

Take into consideration your lighting requirements. If it’s a room for sleeping then blackout blinds are a good choice.

If you’re looking for blinds in a living room, double roller blinds are perfect for letting in a small amount of light without completely darkening the room.

2. Think About Style

Blinds are great for complimenting the style of your home.

Roller blinds come in many different colours and fabrics. This makes matching or complimenting your homes interior style very easy.

3. Consider Your Privacy

Daytime and nighttime privacy should be considered when choosing the right roller blinds.

You want to keep your belongings and activities private from your neighbours and other snooping foes.

4. Keep Your Rooms Warm

Blinds are great insulators but some are better than others.

Double roller blinds and honeycomb blinds are your best choice for creating an air pocket that insulates your windows stopping the cold or warmth from entering into your home.

5. Think About Cords

If you have small children you should consider a safe option for cords.

Cordless roller blinds are the best option for keeping your kids safe around your roller blinds when you’re not looking.

Bonus Tip – Choose Quality

Choose high-quality roller blinds for your home. Don’t skimp out and go for the cheaper option in roller blinds.

You’ll find then fading, tearing easily, wearing fast and looking overall less appealing.

Get it right the first time and you’ll have beautiful high-quality roller blinds for years to come.



When its time to upgrade your roller blinds or install new ones give Dean Miles a call on 0408 622 737 or shoot him an email on sales@milesaheadblindsandawnings.com.au. You’ll receive the best price in Melbourne and a 5-year warranty for all roller blinds installed by Dean.

The Ultimate Buyers Guide For Outdoor Blinds 2018

What Outdoor Blinds Should I Buy?

This post should be read by anyone looking to get outdoor blinds for their home or workplace.

It covers the best outdoor blinds, all the different types of outdoor blinds available, answers common questions, and helps you make a confident decision on what is the best blind system for your windows or outdoor area.

As you read through this post keep in mind your specific blinds needs such as:

  • Blocking out the sun
  • Blocking out the wind
  • Blocking out the rain
  • Keeping bugs out
  • The quality of product you’re after
  • Insulating your outdoor space
  • Your budget
  • Level of maintenance/ cleaning needed

The goal is that by the end of this post you will have a much better understanding of what your best option is.

Without any further introduction, let’s get into all the different types of outdoor blinds available in the market.


Spring Awnings

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Spring awnings retract up and down guided by a rail attached to the wall or post. They are typically made from canvas and aluminium and are operated from the outside.

Alternate names: Retractable outdoor blinds, retractable awnings, straight drop awnings, side awnings

Common places they’re installed: Locations that don’t allow much horizontal room such as narrow walkways. Mainly installed on windows but are occasionally installed in outdoor areas for extra shade.


Pivot Arm Awnings

Pivot arm awnings look similar to spring awnings but can typically extend further out and have a slightly different functionality.

They roll up and down guided by a pivoting arm fixed to a wall or post. Pivot arm awnings can be locked in various positions acting as an overhead awning or a full window shade.

They come in a wide range of styles and colours.

Alternate names: Retractable drop arm awning, convertible awning

Common places they’re installed: Suitable for windows to block out the sun and circulate the flow of air.


Fold Arm Awnings

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Fold arm awnings act as a shade from the sun. When the awning isn’t needed it can be folded back allowing the sun to shine through.

You can choose from many different modern styles and colours.

Alternate names: Retractable awnings, foldable awnings, extendable awnings

Common places they’re installed: Any outdoor area that requires temporary shade.


External Window Roller Blinds

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External window blinds are blinds that cover your windows from the outside providing shade from the sun.

External window blinds can be motorised and positioned to roll-up inside your wall for a less obtrusive look.

Alternate names: Sunshade blinds, outdoor window blinds, external window roller blinds

Common places they’re installed: Over windows.


Ziptrak Blinds

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Ziptrak blinds are one of the more common outdoor blinds solutions. With their modern look and feel they effortlessly glide up and down on a track guided design without any cords or zips.

These outdoor blinds will not only block out the sun and wind but keep pesky bugs out of your outdoor area.

You can buy cheaper versions at stores such as Bunnings Warehouse but their quality and durability lack in comparison to Ziptrak blinds.

Alternate names: Cafe blinds, cafe curtains, PVC blinds, patio blinds, verandah blinds, pergola blinds, bistro blinds, alfresco blinds, track blinds, porch blinds

Common places they’re installed: Outdoor living & entertainment areas.


Zipscreen Blinds

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Zipscreen blinds can often be confused with Ziptrak blinds. Although they are very similar there are a few key differences:

  • Zipscreen blinds lock all the way down with a latch while Ziptrak blinds have a centre release mechanism.
  • Zipscreen blinds are attached to the side channel by a small zip, Ziptrak binds are attached by their patented track guided design.
  • Zipscreen blinds can be slightly more expensive compared to Ziptrak Blinds.

Alternate names: Cafe blinds, cafe curtains, PVC blinds, patio blinds, verandah blinds, pergola blinds, bistro blinds, alfresco blinds, track blinds, porch blinds

Common places they’re installed: Outdoor living & entertainment areas.


Clear External Roller Blinds


The external roller blinds I’m referring to here are an alternate roller blinds system similar to Ziptrak or Zipscreen blinds, but normally of a lower quality.

These roller blinds are for outdoor living areas. Some just block out the sun, rain and wind while others can offer a complete lockout system like Ziptrak & Ziptraceen blinds.

Alternate names: Bistro blinds, alfresco blinds, outdoor shade blinds, outdoor roll-up blinds, shade cloth blinds, cafe blinds, cafe curtains, PVC blinds, patio blinds, verandah blinds, pergola blinds, bistro blinds, alfresco blinds, track blinds, porch blinds, deck blinds

Common places they’re installed: Outdoor living & entertainment areas.

External Plantation Shutters


Great for controlling the level of wind entering into your outdoor space and also good for privacy from your neighbours.

Alternate names: Patio shutters, exterior shutters

Common places they’re installed: Outdoor living spaces.


External Venetian Blinds

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External Venetian blinds are often fitted to windows with 100% block out. They are generally motorised and can be mounted to the wall in multiple different ways including in-wall mounting.

They are great for controlling the amount of light entering your indoor room and also good for privacy.

Alternate names: External timber blinds

Common places they’re installed: Windows.

Roller Shutters

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Roller shutters provide a high level of security. They can be used outdoors on windows or on Door openings.

Roller shutters can be motorised and are good insulators saving on your power bill.

Common places they’re installed: Windows & Door openings.


Common Questions

What are the cheapest outdoor blinds to buy for outdoor living areas?

Blinds and shutters are normally the cheaper options over awnings.

What are the most popular outdoor blinds for outdoor living areas?

Currently, Ziptrak Blinds are trending and are the most popular outdoor blind solution for outdoor living areas such as pergolas.

Which outdoor blinds are the most reliable for outdoor living areas?

This depends on your individual needs. All of the blinds above are highly reliable as long as you purchase high-quality products.

What are the most popular outdoor blinds for windows?

Roller blinds are the most popular external window blinds on the market. They provide a modern feel and can be customised to compliment or match many different styles.

What external blinds are best for security?

Roller shutters are by far the most secure external blinds for security purposes. Second are Ziptrak blinds and Zipscreen blinds with their ability to completely enclose an area and lock at the bottom.

What outside blinds are best for privacy?

Most blinds are great for privacy. As long as the blinds are made from a fabric that isn’t see through you can maintain full privacy when they are fully rolled down.

What outdoor blinds are best for insulating my outdoor area?

Ziptrak and Zipscreen blinds provide a barrier from the heat or cold due to their complete lockout system stopping the cold or warmth from leaking into your outdoor area.

What are the cheapest outdoor blinds to buy for windows?

Lower quality plantation shutters and Venetian blinds are the cheapest options on the market for windows.



You now know your options and have a good understanding of what is best for your situation.

One thing to keep in mind is that while some blinds might be cheaper they may also lack in quality. It’s best to pay that little bit extra for blinds that won’t fade or break shortly after installation.

As for the installation. You can get a professional to do it for you or you can you try it yourself. Most go with a trusted professional so they know they are choosing the right blinds and so its installed hassle free.

I give my clients a 5-year warranty on all products I install so they have extra peace of mind knowing that it’s done right.

If you have any further questions or would like a quote for blinds or awnings on your Melbourne property you can contact me here.




Top Energy Efficient Indoor Window Blinds


Energy efficient window dressings can lower your power bill by keeping the cool outdoors in the Summer and heat indoors in the Winter.

In fact, in a home without window coverings, up to 40% of heating and cooling can be lost through your windows.

While there is no official energy rating standard for window blinds in Victoria, this post will educate you on the window dressings that can save you money on your heating and cooling in the long run.


Roller Blinds

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I recommend double roller blinds (also called dual roller blinds or day-night roller blinds) for the best thermal option in roller blinds.

Double roller blinds include two different blinds on a single bracket. With two layers of fabric, double roller blinds create air pockets that help control the temperature in your home when fully rolled down.

Place the inner roller blind as close to the window as possible for the best results.

Honeycomb Blinds

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Honeycomb blinds (also called cellular shades) are designed to trap air in individual cells within the blinds. This creates a barrier between the temperature inside and the temperature outside.

These cells inside the blinds make them super-insulating and one of the most energy efficient blinds on the market.

They come in many different colours and can be cordless for kid safety.

You can get honeycomb shades with a single layer of combs, 2 layers of combs or 3 layers of combs (for more extreme climates). The more layers the higher the insulation but also the greater the cost.

Roller Shutters

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Roller shutters are normally installed outdoors but are great for insulating your home.

Because they are fitted outside they stop the heat or cold before it gets inside your home. You should go with solid exterior roller shutters for the best barrier against the heat or cold.

Exterior roller shutters are a more expensive option for keep your windows insulated but they also add other benefits such as the ability to be motorised and added security.


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Pelmets are good for preventing heat loss above the window. As long as the pelmet creates an air barrier it can be made of any material and will serve its purpose.

You can purchase temporary pelmets or permanent ones, either way, make sure they are fitted flush against the wall to stop air from leaking out the top.

Insulated Thermal Curtains



If you prefer curtains over blinds, complete block out curtains that are weaved or are made of heavy fabric like wool with a thermal lining are the best curtain energy saving solution.

Plantation Shutters

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Lastly is plantation shutters. While they aren’t the best insulating window treatment solution on the market, they do deserve a mention because they provide the option of letting in a small amount of light while also keeping a level of added insulation.

Wood plantation shutters are slightly better insulators than the cheaper PVC plantation shutters.



Now you know the best indoor window blinds to keep your home insulated all year round.

If you still want more then you can combine two of the options above for that extra layer of protection.

Looking for more info? Contact me on 0408 622 737 to book your free consultation, measure & quote.



41 Shade Awning Design Ideas For Outdoor Comfort


Awnings come with a wide range of benefits from providing shade from the sun to adding value to your property. If you’re in the market for outside awnings and need inspiration and ideas for your backyard or outdoor space we’ve got you covered.

I’ve put together a list of attractive and creative outdoor awning designs and styles that will get you thinking about whats possible for your Aussie property.

Sit back, take your time looking at the pictures, and soak in all the different awning options, colours and designs available in the list below.





If you’re looking for awnings on your property and are living in the Melbourne region contact me on 0408 622 737 or fill out the form below and we can discuss the best options for your home.

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The optimum guide to choosing the right Blinds, Shutters and Awnings!

Home is where our heart is. At the end of the long, tiring day, what we look forward to is going and relaxing in our cozy and elegant house and in this modern era, latest interior trends and designs are playing a vital role in converting a house into a home. For instance, a simple change in the window furnishings can revive the aura of your entire dwelling. The best way to achieve it is by replacing your old and traditional curtains with modern and elegant blinds, shutters and awnings.

Whether you’re renovating your existing den or moving into a brand new place, there are some points to be kept in mind while choosing the right blinds, shutters and awnings for your ambience.

  1. Ambience, Style & Decor

Make sure the blinds, shutters or awnings you select, complements the style and décor of your place to give it a rich and cozy look.

  1. Location & Surroundings

The location of your property plays a vital role in choosing the right blinds, shutters and awnings. If you stay in the countryside, use neutral colours or else use bright colour blinds for your city house. You might need to consider shutters for protection against sun, wind and storms or for city houses you can choose from the wide variety of interior shutters that protects and controls the circulation of air and light in the house.

  1. Purpose

Before finalising any blinds, shutters or awnings, consider the purpose you’re installing it for. While they provide privacy and protection, they can also control the heat, light and air entering in your accommodation and thus minimise the energy bills. Consider the purpose; it will help you select the best one.

  1. Climate

Climate is the one important factor that you need to consider before choosing that perfect awning for your place. For extreme climatic conditions, there are awning models that are designed with insulation and climate control features.

  1. Safety

No matter what, your safety is always the prime concern.  Go for a taut and well-protected blind. Retractable awnings are also high in demand.

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Mistakes to avoid:

  1. Cheap stuff.

When choosing blinds, shutters or awnings always go for quality products. You might feel like you are spending more, but quality will last for six to eight years, while cheap, low-quality coverings would deteriorate within a year or two.

  1. Matching everything.

Every window in the house doesn’t need to be furnished the same. Go with the décor of every room and choose the colour and fabric of the windows accordingly.

  1. Style over function

Make sure that the style doesn’t hinder the functionality of the window. For instance, outdoor blinds, shutters or awnings should be made from tough and all-weather fabric.

  1. Choosing the wrong blind or shutters

While choosing blinds or shutters, keep in mind that vertical blinds are good for large & wide windows while horizontal slats are ideal for smaller and narrower windows.

  1. Wrong Measurements and Ill-fitting

Don’t make a mistake of assuming that all windows are of the same size. Correct measurements of windows are necessary for well-fitted blinds or shutters. Take help of experts to get it installed properly and giving your home a perfectly stylish look.

Choosing the right window accessory is not a daunting task; seek an expert advice for easy, affordable and best solutions. With more than 10 years of experience, Miles Ahead offers a wide range of blinds, shutters and awnings for their property in Melbourne. They also give a choice to choose from different fabric, patterns and colours to give you the perfect options complementing your place!

If you are looking for high-quality blinds, shutters and awnings, feel free to reach Miles Ahead at 0408 622 737.

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