Kiaora! – Learn everything you need to know about vision blinds – it's all here on one page. Whether you need general or very specific information about vision blinds the FAQS section is packed with goodness. Nervous about measuring or installing? – check out the easy steps measuring guide and the install like a pro guides. Read independent customer reviews specific to vision blinds. Get around with the handy 'nav-bar' below, and at any time hit 'Get A Quote', to give me the dimensions – you'll have a quote back, fast. DIY or SERVICE, you choose what's best for you. And if there's something missing, just ask me personally – Ryan.
Mid Range – Premium
Dual Use – Blockout & Filtering
Order before November 26
2800 X 2700
Genuine Louvolite Components & Louvolite Fabrics (UK sourced)
No other blind is quite like the vision blind. It brings together practical attributes with a higher level of elegance. The vision blind combines roller blind ease of operation, with the similar versatility and light control of a venetian. Innovative and functional the vision blind utilises two layers of a translucent and opaque striped fabric. The front layer of horizontal stripes moves independently of the back layer allowing the stripes to pass one another, creating an open or closed effect depending on where you stop the vision blind. Vision blinds are operated much like a roller blind, with a control chain, and can be raised or lowered to the desired height.
Vision blinds soften excessive sunlight in general and by sliding the fabric into an ‘opaque-opaque’ position the vision blind delivers full privacy while showcasing the eye-catching designer fabric of your choice. They can also be fully raised for uninterrupted views of outside when needed. The vision blind fabric rolls into a sleek stylish open style cassette which has an optional fabric insert to soften its presence in the window space. Vision blinds deliver an ideal balance of privacy and light control while simultaneously making a fashionable statement.
While the vision blind is manufactured using only high-grade fabrics and proven lasting quality componentry, it is a more delicate option for your home’s windows. There is a higher degree of care required in operating vision blinds; especially in regards to the angle you pull the control chain. The fabric is delicate and pulling the control chain across the fabric's edge will cause damage and fraying over time. Think about the environment the vision blinds will be in and who will be using them. As is standard with curtain and upholstery fabrics, a degree of colour fading and shrinkage are completely normal and can be expected over the lifetime of your vision blinds.
When getting multiple quotes ensure you ask the right questions. Not all vision blinds are manufactured equally – to the same standards, using the same componentry, and even with the same level of fabric, despite them looking the same. Like other industry leaders, Louvolite fabrics and componentry have their generic copycats. Vision blind fabric is delicate and needs to be handled and cut in a specific way if you want them to last. Ask others how long they’ve been manufacturing vision blinds in particular and what brand of componentry they use. Confirm you’re getting genuine Louvolite vision blind fabric or whether it’s a cheaper substitute. Generic componentry copies don’t have the same smoothness of operation nor do they have the same level of UV inhibitors in the plastics to ensure the longevity of your vision blinds. Same goes for fabrics – you need to know the fabrics being used are designed for NZ UV levels.
In their open striped position, vision blinds soften excessive daylight and ease the glare on your eyes while also minimising UV damage to your floors and furniture. Obviously, in their striped closed position they block UV light altogether.
Your brand new vision blinds are available as DIY (supply only) throughout NZ; delivered direct to you anywhere within NZ. Or if you’d prefer us to check measure and professionally install then we cover most main centres and where we don’t I’m pretty good at finding recommended installers we can use. If choosing the DIY route, we do supply full vision blind measuring and installation instructions; they are further down the page for your reference and consideration. Hit ‘Get A Quote’ to, you guessed it, get a quote.
Vision blinds are a more expensive window covering in general. Some companies cut corners to deliver these cheap; I don’t as the handling and cutting of these more delicate fabrics is crucial to your vision blinds lasting the distance or not. While at first glance vision blinds may seem expensive they are delivering what sometimes takes two blinds to accomplish. Filtering and blocking sunlight depending on your needs. There are different price levels to consider as well depending on the vision blind fabric you choose. If you still find vision blinds to be over budget the obvious alternatives are a mix of roller blinds and/or perhaps wooden venetians. Head back to the 'products' section on the home page and research the different types of roller blinds or discuss your needs and budget with me directly.
To really appreciate how a vision blind works and looks you may wish to visit our 16 Darragh Road, Feilding based showroom during weekdays, 8am – 4:30pm. Get up close and personal with the vision blinds. View the available fabrics to see what will work in your home, with your décor. The showroom is always attended at these times so no need to phone ahead. Just let the staff know Ryan at Blinds Online sent you.
Once all the details have been confirmed and your order underway – the standard manufacturing lead time for vision blinds is 2–3 weeks including freight. Hit the ‘Get A Quote’ button now, I’ll quote your vision blinds, and step you through what’s needed to get these happening.
Our vision blinds are made in NZ
Vision blind fabrics include sheer metallics, natural wood weaves, and more delicate subtle tones. There are currently six different vision blind fabric ranges available – Capri, Ferrarra, Lazio, Parma, Portofino and Rimini offering 27 visually striking colourways in total (as below). Capri comes in most affordable, followed by Ferrarra, then Parma, then Lazio, Portofino and Rimini equal at the higher end. Choose vision blind colours to complement your taste and the décor of your home.
NB: There are different maximum fabric widths (blind widths) that come into play depending on the vision blind fabric chosen: Capri, Ferrarra, Lazio, Parma, Portofino & Rimini all have a max width of 2800mm.
If you’re having your vision blinds installed for you, by us, the measurements you provide for quoting can be approximate. For the DIY crowd, read on and learn how to measure for vision blinds like the pros. Basically measure the width 3 times and pick the lowest measurement. Doing this will mean your vision blinds will fit perfectly every time. Vision blind ‘inside the reveal’ and ‘outside the reveal’ instructions are available as PDF’s below. Wherever possible, vision blinds are best suited inside the reveal in my opinion. The following measuring instructions are based on 'inside fitting’…
Grabbing your favourite measuring tape, measure the width of the reveal in three places: at the top, middle, and bottom. Hold the measuring tape level for accuracy and measure from inside edge to inside edge of the reveal. Don’t make any deductions yourself; the factory does this. If you need help, enlist an obliging family member or bribe the neighbour with promises of returning their hedge clippers at long last. Make note of the smallest width in millimetres – this will be the measurement you’ll use for your vision blind.
The drop measurement isn’t as crucial as the width however good measuring habits are, well, good. Hold the measuring tape perpendicular to the top of the sill and again, measure inside edge to inside edge in millimetres – not metres, centimetres, or inches, just the ever-accurate, trusty, good old millimetres.
Once you’ve measured, hit the ‘Get A Quote’ button and enter your vision blind width X drop in millimetres (mm). If you want us to check measure and install, we don’t need exact measurements now. For quoting, approximate dimensions will be accurate enough. Exact measurements will be required before manufacture if you are a DIY client.
Like most other blinds you get to decide whether you want the vision blind control on the left or the right. There’s no right, (sorry), correct, answer, just whatever’s best after weighing up the following thoughts…“well I want the control chain away from any opening windows in case it blows about or gets caught, ideally”…“and I want the control chain on the most aesthetically pleasing side depending on room layout”…“however it all needs to be practical and easy to reach as well”.
All vision blinds are tested and leave the factory in tip top operating condition without fail. While they are packaged very well, sometimes things happen in transit to test our will. Please always sign goods as ‘subject to inspection’ regardless of how things look from the outside, and if there’s visible damage to the package, sign for as ‘damaged’. Once accepted and signed for we cannot make a claim for damages, if there are any, and life just gets hard. Don’t panic, this isn’t common; however you’re now armed with good information just in case.
Vision blinds are relatively easy to install yourself and with the below step by step instructions, it just got easier. Most vision blinds are installed within the window reveal and the below instructions step you through this approach. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3…
Once you’ve done your pre installation warmup stretches you’ll need the following: a screwdriver (or power drill with the appropriate bit), the provided screws, and potentially a step ladder, pencil, & measuring tape. You may be a born natural and not need the last 3 items. Carefully unwrap your vision blinds and move to step 2.
There are two types of bracket included; for the most part most people will be installing their vision blinds inside the reveal – so use the simpler bracket version; the one without the 90º bracket part. Mark the position of the vision blind brackets, at a desired depth within the reveal, picturing where the blind will sit and what obstacles it needs to miss, namely any door or window handles or latches when the vision blind goes up and down.
For a vision blind up to 1m wide attach 2 brackets approximately 75mm from each end of the blind. For vision blinds wider than 1m, intermediate brackets should be spaced evenly as per the following guidelines:
Up to 1m wide use 2 brackets. 1–2m use 3 brackets. And 2–3m use 4 brackets to secure your brand new vision blinds.
TIP 1: Use 1 screw per bracket if inside mounting and 2 screws per bracket if outside mounting. Ensure the bracket ‘release lip’ is at the back of the vision blind.
Nice work, now it’s time to fit the vision blind to the secured brackets. Offer the vision blind to the brackets with the cassette tilted away from you. Locate the front lip of the vision blind cassette into the front of the bracket, then push the cassette upwards into the back lip of the bracket. You should hear and feel the vision blind click into place. Ensure all brackets have securely grabbed hold of your vision blind.
Your new vision blinds come with a full 3 year warranty covering any defects in components and workmanship under normal conditions of use. Warranties don’t cover vision blinds that have been subject to misuse, negligence, incorrect installation, accidental damage or improper maintenance.
At the ‘Get A Quote’ stage just provide the basics: your details, the vision blind widths and drops for each window, and whether your project is DIY or is needing us to install for you. You’ll have a quote fired back before you know it, and if proceeding you’ll be prompted to add any further finishing details we need for manufacture. Like vision blind control sides: left or right, and the componentry colours etc.
Over 620+ Online reviews | 5 & 98% on profiles
Ryan worked tirelessly to find more fabric options for the Vision blinds I was after and went over and above my expectations with his efforts, sending me numerous samples and answering all my questions very efficiently. Once materials were chosen and measurements confirmed the whole process went quickly and smoothly. Though part of the job seemed to be a bit demanding for a DIY installation he was able to guide me through it in detail and I had no trouble doing it myself. 5 1/2 stars!
Glenfield, Auckland - Dec 2020
Woohoo thanks Gabriele. We got there. Yes that was a demanding job in terms of DIY. I am always concerned with whether I can articulate remotely what a client is required to do, on those more challenging jobs, so we all end up with the desired result. Thanks for your efforts! Enjoy your vision blinds.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Dec 2020
I love the vision blinds, they allow me to let light in when I want it without people being able to see inside then with a small change, I can make them block the light. So they are very versatile. And on top of that they look really good and fit perfectly with my apartment. Installation was done on the agreed day and time and was done very quickly. Overall well impressed!
Patrick van der Velde
Otahuhu, Auckland - Apr 2019
| 4 Stars |88% Rating
Hi Patrick, thanks for the vision blind and service feedback. And thanks for your business. Glad you like the vision blinds; all the best.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Apr 2019
Know how vision blinds were intended to be used and operated – they are a more delicate blind choice!
Vision blinds are a more delicate blind choice to say roller blinds. They should really be utilised as a static blind only rather than lifting them all the way up and down daily. Vision blinds can of course be pulled up and down like a roller blind if needed however this defeats the purpose of having such an expensive window treatment that provides both blockout and light-filtering in the one system. The best way to operate a vision blind is to keep it in its down position, lifting it the 50-60mm to alternate between the blockout and sheer modes. Ranch-sliders are not a good location for vision blinds, in my opinion, as they will invariably be lifted completely up and down often. Please be aware vision blinds are made from delicate fabrics and require 'tender-loving-care'. They look stunning however are not as durable as roller blinds or other blind choices.
It is also important to carefully choose who will be making your vision blinds. Right throughout their manufacture, as well as their operation, vision blinds need to handled, cut, and assembled with care and experience. Do your due diligence and don't make buying decisions based solely on price; you may be disappointed. Rough handling or inferior copy-cat fabrics (there are many) will lead to poor vision blind performance as well as frayed fabric edges quickly.
Whose componentry and fabrics do you use for your vision blinds?
Our vision blinds exclusively use genuine Louvolite head tubes, componentry and genuine Louvolite fabrics. All UK sourced and manufactured in NZ. It is important to know there are Chinese rip-off components and fabrics in the market, which have proved themselves not to last well. Genuine higher grade plastics and parts ensure the vision blind will operate smoothly, safely, and last a decent length of time. Problem areas for lesser copy-cat vision blinds are fraying edges and fast fading fabrics. They just aren't as smooth to operate either. The vision blinds we provide are manufactured to the highest of standards with parts and fabrics designed to last and handle our NZ UV conditions. How do I know there are plenty of lesser quality vision blind options available? – Because I'm approached often and asked to sell them. They don't stack up quality wise and I make a point of researching who's selling what and testing them out. Ensure genuine Louvolite vision blind fabrics and parts are used to ensure lasting quality vision blinds.
Any important things I need to know when operating my new vision blinds?
The most important thing you need to know and do (or rather not do) is don't pull the control chain across the edge of the vision blind fabric. Vision blind fabric is delicate and repeated rubbing from control chains pulled on incorrect angles will damage and fray the edges of your vision blinds. This is misuse and isn't covered by your warranty. Please pull control chains smoothly and in a direction out towards you rather than across the edge of the vision blind fabric. Show the whole family the importance of this when using your vision blinds.
What is at the top of a vision blind?
A 'cassette' houses the vision blind at the top of the blind and comes in either Black or White. Vision blind cassettes can come with or without a fabric insert strip that runs along the front of the cassette. The fabric insert matches your chosen vision blind fabric and having it included looks best in my opinion. It provides styling and breaks up the 'bulk' of the vision blind cassette. If you don't like the fabric insert you could always pull it out after installation. Vision blind cassette housings, like the bottom-rails, are all professionally powder-coated for a superior finish and to provide extra durability.
What are the vision blind control chain options?
The control chains for vision blinds are all made from high-grade plastics and are available in colours: Beige, Black, Cream, Grey and White. There is also Stainless Steel at an extra $10 per blind. Vision blinds can also be motorised (POA).
What bottom-rail options are available for the vision blind?
There is only one bottom-rail profile for vision blinds. It's an oval shape and is specific to vision blinds as it needs to allow the vision blind fabric to slide through it as you lift or drop the blind. Bottom-rail colours are available in: Black or White. The bottom-rails like the cassettes are all professionally powder-coated to be durable and create a superior looking finish.
Are vision blinds suitable for all homes and situations?
Think about who and how people will be using the vision blinds in general. Do you have kids, pets, or a clumsy husband? How rough are people going to be with the vision blinds in general or will you have control over them for the most part? Vision blinds may not be the best choice on thoroughfares such as sliding doors which get a lot of traffic. These are a more delicate blind type and should be treated as so to ensure the vision blind's longevity. It’s the fabric edges you want to be most mindful of – not dragging the control chain across the fabric edge, and pulling the blind up rather than letting humans slip out the door while the vision blind is still down thereby rubbing or snagging on that fabric edge.
Should I use vision blinds over ranch-sliders?
Ranch-sliders aren't the best location for vision blinds in my opinion and experience. They are a delicate fabric choice and having them over ranch-sliders will invariably mean they will be lifted up and down, completely, and often. Vision blinds are best used as a static blind, lifting them the 50 or 60mm only to alternate between the blockout mode and the sheer light-filtering mode. Vision blinds can be raised all the way up and down like a roller blind however this does defeat the purpose of having such an aesthetic and expensive window treatment. The best way to operate a vision blind is to keep it in its down position and adjust slightly as described above. Please know vision blinds are made from delicate fabrics and require TLC. They look amazing however are not as durable as roller blinds or other blind types.
Is there anything important I need to know when receiving my vision blinds?
Yes. Please always sign for vision blinds as ‘subject to inspection’ regardless of how things look from the outside. If there’s visible damage to any of the packages, sign for as ‘damaged’. Once you've accepted and signed for your vision blinds we cannot make a claim with the courier company for any damages. Don’t panic, damage isn’t common, however in the event something is broken we're in a good position to claim against the courier company (if signed for as above). So you or I don't end up paying for damage caused by others. All vision blinds have been tested and leave the factory in perfect working condition.
Are vision blinds a good light blocking choice; are they similar to blockout curtains?
If blocking out as much light as possible is your main concern I would not recommend vision blinds. They are not designed to provide the best room darkening results. The side gaps are a little wider than roller blinds at approximately 18mm per side, and while the actual blockout strip portions of the vision blind fabric are blockout, (i.e; no light passes through that section of fabric) there will be light leakage between the stripes due to the nature of the product having two layers of fabric hanging with space in between them.
Vision blinds are more design and function combined than the best blockout solution available. They do an OK job, however if room darkening is paramount then blockout roller blinds would provide a better solution than vision blinds. Or if you want the ultimate room darkening solution and have a bigger budget then ask me to quote ZIPTRAK INTERIOR roller blinds which remove light leaks altogether. (Ziptrak Interior blinds are a SERVICE only product due to their more complex installation procedure).
Are different vision blind fabrics, different prices?
Yes, different vision blind fabric ranges sit at different price levels. All colours within a specific range however are all the same price. For example: all colours in the CAPRI range are the same price as each other. CAPRI is the most economical vision blind range (Level 1). FERRARA is Level 2. PARMA is Level 3. LAZIO, PORTOFINO, and RIMINI are all the most expensive, at Level 4.
How many screws per vision blind bracket is best?
There are different brackets supplied whether you are 'inside mounting' or 'outside mounting' your vision blinds. Use one screw per inside mounted vision blind bracket, and two screws per outside mounted vision blind bracket. Screws are included with your vision blinds.
Are the brackets for an 'outside fit' vision blind the same as the brackets for an 'inside fit' vision blind?
'Inside fit' vision blind brackets and 'outside fit' vision blind brackets are different however during the measuring and ordering stage you'll be specifying which way you've measured for (DIY) or we'll be measuring for you (SERVICE). The factory will pack the correct vision blind brackets depending on what mounting method has been specified. Screws are also included with your vision blinds.
Can vision blinds be motorised?
Yes. For larger budgets and for those that like to push buttons and have things magically happen, we can motorise your vision blinds. If a motorised quote is over budget you can of course manually control your vision blind with a standard chain control.
Is there a showroom in which I can view your vision blinds?
There is a showroom available however it isn't terribly handy to most NZ locations. Our vision blinds are made in Feilding. If you are local or close enough please visit 16 Darragh Road, Feilding. The showroom is open weekdays only and always attended, 8am – 4:30pm. View vision blinds and the available vision blind fabrics all in the showroom. Let the staff know Ryan at Blinds Online sent you.
If it is not practical to visit the showroom we can certainly send out the loan fabric range. We ask that you kindly return it when you have finished. Please email me your postal address if the quote is looking good and you want to view the fabric samples next. All the vision blind fabric colours can also be viewed online.