Everything to know about wooden blinds is here on one page. If not, ask, and I’ll add it to the FAQS immediately. Head on down the page or use the ‘nav bar’ which will appear below as you scroll. The page is broken roughly into general product info, questions to determine lasting quality, lead time, warranty, colours, plus how to measure and install. Basically everything you need to know to buy wooden blinds with confidence. It’s easy to get pricing, just hit ‘Get A Quote’, and you’ll have a proposal emailed to you before you know it. Looking forward to helping you with your wooden blinds – Ryan.
Entry Level – High End
Basswood or Marupa
2–3 weeks + delivery
Variable Light Control
2900 X 1400
Wooden blinds can be ordered as DIY and delivered anywhere in NZ that a courier van will go. Or if you want to sit back and let the professionals do it, we’ll install for you. We cover most main centres throughout New Zealand. Should an installer not be handy to your location, consider DIY, as wooden blinds are pretty straight forward. And with all the measuring and installation instructions just down the page, you’re set up to succeed.
Set the mood and level of privacy. That’s the great thing about wooden blinds; with a subtle blade adjustment you have full control over what light comes in and the view you get out. Blades can also be set to match the level of privacy required, any time day or night. Made from either Basswood or Marupa; wooden blinds always look sleek and modern in any home environment.
Wooden blinds really do add that modern style factor to your home. In this product category we have plenty of colour and blade size options to choose from across different price levels. The most common and economical wooden blind solution is the one with the 50mm blade size (in white or grey). Then there’s a range of natural coloured wood options in the 46mm blade size. If you want to make a real bold statement, choose the white 60mm blade, wooden blind.
A little known fact is how much lighter wooden blinds are when compared with PVC venetians. Being light and of strong construction the weight difference between these two venetian types is considerable – especially as your blind sizes increase. Why’s that important to consider? If you’re lifting the blinds up and down every day you’d much rather they were wooden venetian blinds, trust me. Lighter also means less wear and tear on the wooden blind cords over time. So don’t rule out wooden blinds; they are lighter and easier to operate and handle. Being lighter they also have less ‘ladders’ to obstruct your view and can span larger widths and drops in a single blind than PVC.
Once you’ve got your quote and the details sorted, your striking new wooden blinds aren’t far away at all. Allow for 10–15 working days to manufacture plus 1–4 days to courier or arrange installation, depending on where you live in NZ. Our wooden blinds are made in Auckland and overseen by staff with 20 years of experience in this product group.
What a range of wooden blinds all in one place; Choose either 46mm blades in Marupa, 50mm blades in Basswood, or the mighty 60mm wooden blind, also in Marupa, and only in white. The white and grey 50mm basswood wooden blinds are most economical, then the mixed wood colours of the 46mm marupa range, then jump up to the white 60mm wider blade size for hard to beat wow factor.
Choose a colour and ‘Get A Quote’.
Like most blinds, wooden blinds are easy to measure for when you follow the 3 easy steps below. Measure the width 3 times and the drop 3 times. This way you get around any warping in the frames and you read and provide those crucial millimetres correctly. Most wooden blinds go ‘inside the reveal’ (providing there’s adequate depth) and the following instructions are for that approach. Both ‘inside the reveal’ and ‘outside the reveal’ instructions are available as pdf’s, below.
With measuring tape in hand approach the window reveal requiring a brand new wooden blind. Remember to hold the tape measure level and measure inside edge to inside edge. Best practice says to measure the width at three different heights: at the top, middle, and bottom. The smallest measurement in millimetres is the one to use. This method of measuring gets around any bowing or warping in the window frames to make sure your new wooden blinds fit perfectly.
Now measure the wooden blind’s drop; again measure inside edge to inside edge – at the left, somewhere near the middle, and at the right hand side. Like above we take the lowest measurement. If you have older window frames and you see any high points in the sill; measure there too as that may well turn out to be your shortest measurement. This all ensures your wooden blinds ‘bottom rail’ sits neatly above the highest point in the sill. Ensure you hold that measuring tape perpendicular to the frame so the measurements you take are accurate.
Hit ‘Get A Quote’ and submit your wooden blind measurements. Width and drop and always in millimetres (mm). If you’re choosing the service option (ie: getting us to check measure and install) the measurements don’t have to be perfect however you still want your quote to be accurate. If you’re selecting the DIY approach your measurements should be exact before confirming your order.
Wooden blinds are pretty easy to install yourself and with the following step by step instructions you are in safe hands. Wooden blinds usually go ‘inside the reveal’ and the instructions below detail this approach. If you need ‘outside the reveal’ instructions they are available as well as a PDF, below. Let’s get started…
The go-to tools of choice for any budding young wooden blind installer wannabe are a screwdriver, the supplied screws, pencil, tape measure and if you need a few extra feet; a step ladder. If you really know what you’re doing you maybe even swap out the hand driven screwdriver for a power drill version and the appropriate bit. Do a few last minute yoga poses to limber up and unpack your crisp new wooden blinds.
Don’t rush into this stage. Ground yourself in the here and now first. Think about the depth of the blind, the depth of the window reveal, where any obstructions are (latches or handles) and where the wooden blind will hang in relation to all this. Also, if you have ample depth to play with, how deep into the reveal you want to wooden blind to sit. 10mm back from the architrave looks good. So that’s probably about 15mm from the architrave to the front face of the bracket, as the fascia will take up about 5mm’s in front of the brackets. Hold the bracket where you want it and mark, with a pencil, where the screws will go. 2 screws per bracket is perfect. Through the side of the bracket or up through the top; you choose.
There’s a bracket for each end of the wooden blind. There will be one intermediary bracket included with wooden blinds over 1.7m wide. The back of an intermediary bracket should be in line with the back of an end bracket. Good thing you have that measuring tape handy.
Mark your holes, fit the screws, and secure those brackets.
TIP 1: Lie your wooden blind on the window sill (if safe to do so) or somewhere you can view where the ‘ladders’ are. The intermediary brackets (if any) don’t want to be placed directly where a ‘ladder’ is. A ‘ladder’ is the 'cordy' bit that hangs down and suspends the wooden blades in space.
Now that the brackets are secured tightly; leave one end bracket with its front hinge part closed securely and have the other end bracket open. Slide the headrail of the wooden blind fully into the closed end bracket from the side, then slide the other end of the headrail into the open end bracket from the front. Be sure to lift the headrail up on to any intermediary brackets. Close and make sure the bracket gate is firmly locked shut. When the wooden blind is safely home feel free to lower the blind and take in its awesomeness. Just before patting yourself on the back, line up, level, and secure that fascia to the wooden blind headrail.
Any of the wooden blinds chosen here come with 5 years worth of warranty. This covers any defects in workmanship or componentry under normal conditions of use. The warranty does not cover wooden blinds that have been unloved in your care, been subjected to misuse, negligence, incorrect installation, accidental damage or improper maintenance. Damage caused to wooden blind slats by naughty dogs chewing them isn’t covered either, sorry. General wear and tear isn’t covered.
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I have purchased some wooden blinds from Blinds Online and I cant get over the the exceptional service I have received from Ryan, any question I had Ryan answered quick smart any time of the day. The wooden blinds look amazing, will get more when the next project starts. Great service and outstanding quality.
Te Kauwhata, Waikato - Nov 2017
Awesome, so glad we've impressed and you find the wooden blinds exceptional, Terry. Very happy to help again in future. Please enjoy the wooden blinds. Thanks so much for the review.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Nov 2017
Blinds Online Ltd delivered me an excellent quality wooden blind and backed it up with very friendly and prompt customer service. I will use them again and recommend them unreservedly.
Kaiwaka - Sep 2019
Was an absolute pleasure, Phil. Well done, that wooden blind with the end return was a trickier one to explain how to measure and install correctly, as a DIY order. You did well and so happy you are so chuffed with it. Thanks for the photo of it installed; looks great.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Sep 2019
Blinds Online provided a great service for me and my rental properties. A reliable team and the wooden blinds were quality so I would certainly recommend them to others.
Glen Innes, Auckland - Apr 2018
Glad you like the wooden blinds, Simon. Thanks for your business and taking the time to write a review. All very much appreciated.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Apr 2018
Best service ever. Ryan was more than helpful, kept in contact throughout process. Finished product a+++. Easy to install. Very happy & would highly recommend Blinds Online for your wooden blinds. Great service.
Remuera, Auckland - Sep 2018
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Yes, best service!...that's pretty good. Thanks so much, Kim, you're most welcome. Enjoy the wooden blinds.
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MANAGING DIRECTOR - Sep 2018
A very happy customer - I couldn't have asked for more in terms of service, advice and quality of product (wooden blinds)!
Stonefields, Auckland - Feb 2015
You're most welcome, Mairi. Glad you like the wooden blinds and the service received! Cheers.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Feb 2015
From start to finish Ryan communicated throughout the process and made it easy for me to get the blind I wanted and to install it. Clear instructions were given on measuring and also installing so I knew everything would fit. I would definitely purchase wooden blinds again from them.
Remuera, Auckland - Sep 2019
Woohoo thanks Cherie! Enjoy the wooden blind and so glad the experience was a breeze. All the best; till next time, cheers.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Sep 2019
This is the second time I have used Blinds Online, Ryan is easy to deal with, informative, with a good selection of product and price. Efficient service from quote to install, thank you.
Torbay, Auckland - Dec 2017
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Always a pleasure, Caroline. Thanks for writing a review, thanks for your return business, and enjoy the wooden blinds throughout your home.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Dec 2017
Are wooden blinds really that much lighter than PVC venetians?
Yes, wooden blinds are considerably lighter. Lighter to lift, to lower, and even to angle the blades. As the size of blinds gets larger, this weight aspect, and the comparison between PVC and wooden blinds becomes much more noticeable. Being lighter, you'll have far less wear and tear, over time, on the cords that raise and lower your wooden blinds. You'll be getting wooden blinds re-corded a lot further in the future, if at all, compared to PVC venetians. Another overlooked aspect, relating to weight, and PVC venetian blinds is that it is harder and takes more technique to get those bottom-rails to sit level once the blind is raised. This may not be an issue if your blinds are left down most of the time. I feel people often request PVC blinds as they think they are less cost when compared with wooden blinds; this isn't the case with our 50mm range of wooden blinds, which are very comparatively priced.
Are wooden blinds ok in bathrooms?
Depends on your bathroom layout, how moist things get, and how well ventilated it is really. I often err on the side of caution and recommend PVC venetian blinds for the wetter areas of the house as it's impossible for me to know how you use your bathroom and how well ventilated it is or not. In saying this I have had plenty of clients over the years that have vetoed my 'playing it safe' call and gone with wooden blinds and they've been perfectly fine. I've also been in plenty of homes over the years that have had existing wooden blinds in their bathroom, and while I'm their to replace them, it's because they are old, not because of water damage. If the wooden blinds are going to come under direct contact with water definitely use PVC venetians instead. If you'd prefer wooden blinds because you're looking at match them completely throughout your home, or you like how light they are to operate in comparison to PVC, and your bathroom is well ventilated, and gets time to properly dry out, then wooden blinds are fine.
In short, wooden blinds are fine in bathrooms as long as there is good ventilation and they aren’t coming into direct contact with water. If there is any doubt then PVC venetians are the way to go.
What brackets do I need to install my wooden blinds?
All the brackets required are supplied with your new wooden blinds. They are most commonly supplied attached (taped) to each of the individual wooden blinds, on the headrail. Each blind has a left end bracket and a right end bracket. These are stamped as (L) and (R) and have a hinge gate which faces into the room with the hinge at the top. Wooden blinds 1.7m and wider have an intermediary bracket required and will be supplied, again taped to the headrail of the blind needing it. This is to provide extra support for wider wooden blinds. For full install instructions, please refer to the 'INSTALLING' section higher up this product page.
Should there be bigger light gaps at the bottom of my wooden blinds (when closed) than at the top?
This is standard across all brands and types of venetian blind without exception. When the wooden blind blades are tilted closed, the blades don't close as tightly the further down the wooden blind you look. While the tilt mechanism (located in the blinds headrail) is great at closing the blades closest to the top of the wooden blind; the further down you go the bigger the gap between closed blades will be. While this isn't hugely noticeable in general it can be most noticed on full drop wooden blinds because of their greater drop and because of the angle these bigger blinds are usually viewed from; stood in front of the blind, looking down. The gaps can't be avoided; it's physics in action; distance, weight and ladder stretch are all preventing the tilt mechanisms from ever closing the blades near the bottom as tightly as the blades at the top. Your privacy isn't jeopardised however the light leaks will be greater near the bottom of full drop wooden blinds. The phenomenon described here is to set the right expectations when choosing wooden blind products for your requirements. Again, this is standard across all brands and types of venetian blind.
I'm not sure my small wooden blinds are operating quite right?
At times, smaller sized wooden blinds can seem a little tricky or 'stuck' to operate. They don't glide or fall down quite as easy as larger wooden blinds. The right operating action is required even more than normal; keeping the cord away from tripping the cord-lock mechanism. There isn't the same tension on the cord as there is with larger heavier wooden blinds, so the cord is slacker going through the cord-lock and can trigger it to lock. It also comes down to knowing that sometimes smaller wooden blinds need a little encouragement, a little human assistance, by gently pulling the bottom rail in conjunction with keeping the cord taught on that optimum angle as it passes through the cord-lock. Smaller wooden blinds just don’t have the same weight as larger ones do; the weight to drop efficiently and pull the cord though the pulleys and runners, like larger wooden binds do so effortlessly. Operating smaller wooden blinds successfully comes with experience and knowing what I've described is expected with smaller lighter wooden blinds. All blinds are fully tested before leaving the factory. Have a go operating your wooden blinds with this in mind. If you still feel there is an issue with your wooden blinds let me know. I can send someone to assess them onsite (within Auckland) however there will be a call-out charge if they are found to be operating as they should. I hope this sheds some light on a largely unknown aspect of smaller wooden blinds.
How are the different sized wooden blinds priced in comparison to each other?
When it comes to wooden blinds I use two different wholesale manufacturers. Neither of them alone really offer all the wooden blind colour and size options people want (which is why I offer both ranges). Both suppliers make lasting quality wooden blinds that I am very happy to offer and have done so for many years now. The 50mm wooden blind range is most economical, has a 3 year warranty, are made of Basswood, and come in 4 colours: White, Grey, Pebble and Alabaster. The 46mm range has more natural wood colour options for those wanting that style. The 46mm range of wooden blinds are more expensive than the 50mm range. Then there's the 60mm (white only) wooden blinds which are significantly more expensive than all, however that additional 10mm on the blade width really provides for an extra bold statement in your home. The 46mm and 60mm wooden blinds come with a 5 year warranty and are made of Marupa. I'm always happy to provide alternative quotes if you were considering different options.
What is the narrowest wooden blind you can manufacture?
The narrowest reveal width we can make either a 46mm or a 60mm wooden blind for is 220mm wide. From 220mm up to 309mm there is only enough physical space in the headrail for the tilt control cords only; not the cords that lift and raise the blind. It's important to know that 46mm and 60mm wooden blinds from 220-309mm wide will only be supplied with tilt cords, and that these are located in the middle of the wooden blind. At 310mm, and wider, both tilt and lift control cords are present and can be located on either the left or right, as you specify. The minimum reveal width for the 50mm range of wooden blinds is 300mm wide. Both tilt and lift control cords are on the same side, either L or R as you specify.
What sort of longevity should we expect from your wooden blinds?
Wow that's a hard one. Everyone operates wooden blinds differently. If you look after them, clean them, and operate them with care and some basic knowledge they'll last a long time. I've been selling wooden blinds for 11 years now. I choose suppliers carefully, and haven't ever had negative feedback or complaints about them. Basic operating care would involve not raising or lowering them with reckless abandon; lift and lower with care. Also be conscious of what angle you are holding the control cords, when lifting and lowering the blind. Make sure they are running into the headrail on the smooth parts of the cord-lock mechanism and not rubbing against any sharp metal parts they shouldn't be, which will wear the cords out faster than expected. The woods we use (Basswood or Marupa) are also known for their stable nature and long history within the blind manufacturing world.
What warranty do you offer on your wooden blinds?
All our wooden blinds are made well. If looked after, cleaned regularly, and operated with care, they'll last many years beyond their warranty periods. I choose the suppliers I use carefully. The 50mm wooden blinds have a 3 year warranty. The 46mm and 60mm ranges have a 5 year warranty. Please read the full warranty in the WARRANTY section.
What is the lead time on your wooden blinds?
All wooden blind ranges we offer are made in about 2 weeks however please allow 2-3 weeks total to allow for freight to you (DIY) or to your installer (SERVICE). They are all manufactured in Auckland and overseen by staff with 20 years of experience in wooden blinds.
What runs along the top of the wooden blinds you offer?
We use neat, professionally made wooden fascias that run along, and conceal the headrail of the wooden blind. The fascias are made of the same wooden material as the wooden blind slats you have chosen however they are wider than the wooden blind slats. Fascias are 70mm high which looks smarter than 'others' narrower fascias, and covers the gap between the top slat and the bottom of the headrail. Our fascias are attached by dual-lock industrial velcro. I've seen some companies use only double sided tape which over the years dries out, often making their fascias fall off. Fascias are the same colour as the wooden blind slats you have chosen. If 'inside mounting' your wooden blinds and you have adequate reveal depth, I feel setting the blind back so the face of the fascia is about 10mm back from the face of the architrave looks good. If outside mounting your wooden blinds (which is not too common these days) there will be fascia 'end returns' as well to cover the end of the brackets and make things look neat and tidy. The fascias for the 46 and 60mm ranges have mitred corners (when outside mounting) so that the front fascia and the fascia end returns meet seamlessly. The one down side of the 50mm range (and only if they need to be outside mounted) if that the factory who manufacture these do not do mitred corners. I can provide fascia end returns in this case however they will be a butt join and not mitred. Many people wouldn't notice this however it is good to know to set the right expectations. Inside mounted wooden blinds have one fascia length along the top; neat and tidy.
Would you recommend wooden blinds over ranch-sliders?
No. In my experience I don't feel wooden blinds or venetians in general are a good blind choice to cover thoroughfares. Each time you want to use the doorway you'll need to raise the wooden blind up, and what most people don't think to consider is the 'stack height'. For example a wooden blind with a drop of 2 metres creates a 'stack height' of 250mm when raised. Unless you walk around on your knees a lot, you'll be ducking under your blinds like entering a Japanese Ryoken or hitting your head and swearing, 'why didn't I listen to Ryan! Wooden blinds on full drop windows, which aren't points of access are ok, however it's still good to consider 'stack heights' and how you live and want to use your blinds. NB: Aluminium venetian blinds aren't so bad as they have a much smaller stack height.
What are the 'stack heights' of your wooden blinds?
'Stack height' refers to the height of the blind when fully raised. How much window real estate (height) it takes up. It includes everything; the head-rail, slats, and bottom rail. Approximate 'stack heights' for your reference are as follows: The 46mm, 50mm, and 60mm wooden blinds all have the same stack heights. A wooden blind with drop of 600mm, has a stack height of 125mm, 800mm drop has a stack of 142mm, 1000mm = 160mm, 1200mm = 178mm, 1400mm = 196mm, 1600mm = 214mm, 1800mm = 232mm, 2000mm = 250mm, 2200mm = 268mm, 2400mm = 286mm, and a 2600mm wooden blind drop has a stack of 304mm. If you need to calculate stack heights for drops in-between these values, please extrapolate.
What is the largest wooden blind you can manufacture?
We have three different wooden blind ranges; the 46mm (slat size), the 60mm, and the 50mm range. The maximum size 46mm and 60mm wooden blind we can manufacture and still offer our 5 year warranty for, is 2400 wide X 2000 drop. At 2300 and 2200 wide we can manufacture to a drop of 2000mm. At 2100 wide we can do 2100 drop. At 2000 wide, 2200 drop, at 1900 wide, 2300 drop, at 1800 wide, 2400 drop, at 1700 wide, 2500 drop, and at 1600 wide and narrower, the max drop we do is 2600mm drop. We can manufacture slightly outside these maximums however we do not offer a warranty. The main factor being the extra wear and tear on the cords at these oversized dimensions. If you were needing wooden blinds over these stated sizes and were happy with no warranty you would be best to operate the blind as 'tilt only' for the most part and 'assist' the blind when lifting it by putting your hand under the bottom rail and taking some of the weight while pulling the control cords and raising the wooden blind. Otherwise please consider splitting 'oversize' spaces into two smaller blinds.
Same goes with relation to the warranty (3 year) for the 50mm wooden blinds however the maximum sizes are: 2900 wide X 1400 drop, 2800 X 1500, 2700 X 1700, 2600 X 1800, 2500 X 1900, 2400 X 2000, 2300 X 2000, 2200 X 2000, 2100 X 2100, 2000 X 2200, 1900 X 2300, 1800 X 2400, 1700 X 2500, 1600 X 2500, and 1500 wide and narrower have a maximum warrantable size of 2600mm drop.