Top down blinds are also known as top down bottom up blinds. They are a very versatile blind and provide a number of options for light control for any window. A normal blind will not function if it is fitted upside down to allow the top to be lowered, but a top down shade is specially designed to overcome this problem. Cellular blinds, otherwise known as honeycomb blinds, are often found in this design configuration, but other styles of blind are also made in the top down design.
A top down shade has a rail at the bottom of the blind, instead of at the top as in a conventional blind design. The cord system works to lower the blind from the top, which exposes the upper portion of the window while the bottom half remains covered. If you would prefer to have a blind with no cords attached, blinds can be purchased with fully automated control systems that have a small motor to drive the rail mechanism.
The main benefit of top down blinds is the different options it gives you for controlling the amount of light that is able to enter your room. Because you have the choice of lowering the top of the blind, instead of raising the bottom of the blind as in a regular blind design, you can alter the blind to suit the prevailing weather conditions. This allows you to maintain privacy whilst still letting light in to brighten up your room. This makes top down window blinds very useful in almost any room in the home.
If your living room is located on a busy street, you might be tempted to install old-fashioned net curtains across your windows to prevent passers by from staring in each time they saunter past. Net curtains are great for providing privacy in a room, but they are not so good for blocking the light out if you need some extra shade. They are also rather dated in appearance, and therefore do not suit many modern decorative schemes. Blinds are often the preferred choice, but if a blind is raised to let light in, all privacy is lost. A top down bottom up shade is the ideal solution to this perplexing problem.
Conservatories are another fantastic location for top down mini blinds. You can sit in your conservatory on a nice sunny day, sipping wine and reading a book, with the top half of your blinds lowered to allow light in. This way you will be able to avoid the irritation of your neighbors staring in as they clip their hedges.
If you want to avoid any inadvertent exposure incidents in your bedrooms, make sure you install top down blinds in there as well. You can keep the shade lowered from the bottom, but drop the top section to allow you to get changed in total privacy. Blackout versions of this popular blind are also available for bedrooms, thus offering the solution to sleep difficulties as well as privacy and light control issues.