It’s my hope that everything you need to know about vision blinds is right here on one page. Whether it’s measuring, installing, or product questions and concerns, just scroll down or use the pop-up nav bar to go directly to the answers to your burning vision blind questions. When you’re ready, hit ‘Get A Quote’ for prompt pricing. This product is either supply only for the DIY types or get us to check measure and install for you. Here and ready to assist – Ryan.
Mid Range – Premium
3–4 weeks + delivery
2800 X 2600
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 36 Crooks Rd, East Tamaki, Auckland based showroom during weekdays, 9–4pm. Get up close and personal with the vision blinds. View the available fabrics to see what will work in your home, with your décor. Showroom visits are by appointment only to make sure someone is there for you. This can be arranged with Vivienne on 0800 222 036 extn 802 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please CC me in at email@example.com.
Once all the details have been confirmed and your order underway – the standard manufacturing lead time for vision blinds is 3–4 weeks, 15–20 working days. Add to that 1–2 days freight for the North Island or 2–3 days for the South Island. Hit the ‘Get A Quote’ button now, I’ll quote your vision blinds, and step you through what’s needed to get these happening.
Vision blind fabrics include sheer metallics, natural wood weaves, and more delicate subtle tones. There are four different vision blind fabric ranges available; All Italian inspired – Capri, Florence, Milan and Venice with 18 visually striking colourways in total (as below). Capri comes in most affordable, followed by Florence, then Milan and Venice 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 & Milan Max Width: 2800mm, Florence & Milan Max Width: 2600mm.
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 (2 screws per bracket), 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 2 screws per bracket and 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 462+ Online reviews | 4.9 & 98% on profiles
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
Please be aware how vision blinds were intended to be used and operated – they are a very delicate blind choice!
Vision blinds are an extremely delicate blind choice. 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 as they will invariably be lifted completely up and down often. Please be aware vision blinds are made from delicate fabrics and require much TLC. They look stunning however are not as durable as roller blinds or other blind choices.
It is also important to choose who you have make your vision blinds carefully. Right throughout their manufacture, as well as their operation, vision blinds need to handled, cut, and assembled with a high level of care and experience. There are factories I have access to that I don't have make my vision blinds. Don't make buying decisions of vision blinds based solely on price; you will be disappointed. Rough handling or inferior copy-cat fabrics and componentry will lead to complications and frayed fabric edges in time.
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. This is important as there are Chinese rip-offs in the market which have proved themselves not to last. 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.
Are different vision blind fabrics, different prices?
Yes. The four available vision blind fabric ranges are at different price levels. CAPRI is the most economical. FLORENCE is the next fabric range up. Then MILAN and VENICE are equally priced at the high end. Different colours within a specific range are all the same price though. For example: all colours in the CAPRI range are the same price.
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: White, Grey and Black.
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 vision blind. Bottom-rail colours match the cassette (headrail) colour and are available in: White, Ivory, Black and Anodised Silver. The bottom-rails like the cassettes are all professionally powder-coated to be durable and create a superior looking finish.
What is at the top of a vision blind?
A 'cassette' houses the vision blind at the top of it and comes in a range of colours to match the bottom-rail colours. The colours available are: White, Ivory, Black and Anodised Silver. 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.
Should I use vision blinds over ranch-sliders?
No, this isn't the best idea or location for vision blinds in my opinion and experience. They are a very delicate blind choice and having them over ranch-sliders will invariably mean they will be lifted up and down, completely, and often. Vision blinds should really be utilised as a static blind only, lifting them the 50-60mm 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.
Do you have those child safety devices for the vision blind control chains?
Yes we do. They are generally called a 'chain tidy' or a 'child safety device'. They aren't compulsory here in NZ and are an extra $5+gst, per device (per vision blind). Please specify how many you need when ordering as they don't come as standard with your vision blinds. The downside using 'chain tidies' is it restricts the outward angle you can operate the vision blind control chain at; so you do need to be able to get close to the vision blind to control it when there is a 'chain tidy' in play. They come as white only in a round design.
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 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.
How many screws per vision blind bracket is best?
Use two screws per vision blind bracket. No more, no less; perfect.
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 clients) or we'll be measuring for you (Service clients). The factory will pack the correct vision blind brackets depending on what mounting method has been specified.
Can you motorise vision blinds?
At this stage we do not offer motorised vision blinds, sorry. Manual chain control vision blinds only.
What window reveal depth do I need to comfortably house a vision blind?
The minimum window reveal depth required to house a vision blind so the cassette doesn't protrude from the window space is 68mm. Window reveals deeper than this are fine as then you have some 'play' as to what depth within the reveal you install the vision blind. If you have plenty of depth, recessing the vision blind about 10mm into the reveal looks good. If you only have that minimum 68mm depth of reveal then a flush look works aesthetically too. Always consider what handles and latches there maybe in the window reveal and whether these will impede the vision blind's safe operation or not.
Can I 'outside mount' my vision blinds?
Vision blinds can be outside mounted and there have been people that have wanted this approach. You'll get outside mount brackets suitable for this method of installation with your vision blinds, if you measured and ordered them as 'outside mount'. Would I personally outside mount vision blinds? – I don't think vision blinds work terribly well outside mounted. The cassette that houses the vision blind at the top would look quite bulky on the wall or architrave (in my opinion). And the fabric that loops down wouldn't be safely within the window reveal. Again not the best look in my opinion and the delicate fabric is hanging, exposed, just asking for someone to catch something in it as they pass by.