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
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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
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
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MANAGING DIRECTOR - Apr 2018
Are wooden blinds really that much lighter than PVC venetians?
Yes. Yes they are considerably lighter.
This means wooden blinds are noticeably lighter to lift, to lower, and even to angle the blades. As the size of the wooden blind gets larger this aspect becomes more and more noticeable. Being lighter, you'll have far less wear and tear on the cords that raise and lower your wooden blinds, over time. You'll be getting them re-corded a lot further in the future when compared to PVC venetians.
Another overlooked aspect to this is that if you do have PVC venetian blinds that you lift and keep up a lot, it is harder and takes more technique to get those bottom-rails to sit level once the blind is raised.
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.