Pleated blinds buying guide

Abi Clewley

BY Abi Clewley

Published: 12 September 2023 Updated: 25 March 2024

Pleated blinds are a versatile and stylish window treatment option that offers a unique combination of functionality and aesthetic appeal. Whether you're looking to enhance your home's ambiance, control light and privacy, or elevate your interior decor, Pleated blinds have you covered. In this comprehensive buying guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know before selecting the perfect Pleated blinds for your space.

What Are Pleated Blinds?

Pleated blinds, also known as plisse blinds, are constructed from a single piece of fabric that's folded into crisp pleats. The pleats create an accordion-like structure that can be raised or lowered to control light and privacy. When fully raised, they stack neatly at the top, allowing an unobstructed view and maximising natural light. These window blinds are a popular choice for their unique texture, versatility, and ability to blend seamlessly with various interior styles.


Things to consider

Before embarking on your pleated blind journey, it's important to identify your specific needs and preferences. Are you looking to enhance the aesthetics of your space, control sunlight, or increase privacy? Are you interested in energy-efficient options? Understanding your requirements will help you make an informed decision.

Benefits of Pleated Blinds

Light Control
Pleated blinds provide exceptional control over the amount of sunlight entering your space. By adjusting the angle of the pleats, you can easily diffuse or block light according to your preferences, reducing glare and creating a comfortable atmosphere.

Privacy Enhancement
The pleated structure allows for partial coverage while maintaining your privacy. This makes them an excellent choice for spaces like bathrooms and ground-floor rooms where privacy is paramount.

Energy Efficiency
Pleated blinds contribute to energy efficiency by trapping air between the pleats, acting as a barrier against heat loss in colder months and heat gain during summer. This can help reduce your energy bills and create a more comfortable environment.

Aesthetic Appeal
Pleated blinds add a touch of elegance to your windows. With a wide range of colours, patterns, and textures available, you can easily find pleated blinds that complement your interior decor and create a cohesive look.


Why do people prefer Pleated blinds?

While various window coverings compete for attention, pleated blinds have distinct advantages that set them apart from their counterparts.

Pleated blinds are incredibly versatile, suitable for both small and large windows. Their compact stack when raised allows for an unobstructed view, making them perfect for sliding doors or windows that provide picturesque vistas, unlike for example Roman blinds or Wooden blinds which still have a substantial stack when raised that restricts natural light.

Style and Texture
The pleated fabric adds depth and texture to your space, creating a visual interest that's hard to match. This textured appearance enhances the overall aesthetic of your interior. You can even choose sheer blinds for a barely-there look.

Easy Customisation
With a wide selection of fabric options, colours, and patterns, you can easily customise pleated blinds to align with your decor vision.

Functionality and Form
Pleated blinds strike the perfect balance between functionality and form. They offer excellent control over how much light enters the room and privacy control without compromising on style. They're also suitable for a wide variety of rooms thanks to a range of coatings that can help repel water, stains or sunlight.


Where to Use Pleated Blinds?

The adaptability of pleated blinds is one of their standout features. They can be seamlessly incorporated into various spaces throughout your home. From living rooms to bedrooms, conservatories to kitchens, pleated blinds enhance the ambiance of any room. Their sleek and unobtrusive design makes them an excellent choice for both contemporary and traditional interiors.

Living room blinds

Pleated blind are an ideal choice for your living room, with their privacy offering that balances light levels, their ability to reduce glare not to mention the great choice of fabrics and myriad colours available, allowing you to co-ordinate with existing furniture, artwork, rugs and accessories and easily pull a look together across the whole room.


Kitchen blinds

Made to measure pleated blinds for your kitchen can really enhance this room, which can often throw up challenges. With windows behind sinks or worktops you end up worrying about dealing with splashes of water or culinary ingredients on your blinds if they're lowered, or avoid this risk and raise them, allowing light to flood and leave you struggling to see what you're cooking. Choose a pleated blind that has a stain repellent coating and you no longer have to compromise, enjoying the best of both worlds.



One of the most important things people look for in bedroom window blinds is privacy, and pleated blinds offer that in spades. If you only want a single blind, then opt for one with some added texture - Parchment Eggshell Crush, for example, because you'll get that visual depth that creates a snug feeling while the full coverage of the blind helps to maintain privacy. You can also choose to have pleated blinds installed in a Trilite or Twinshade style, which offers a two-in-one look, so you can choose sheer blinds and standard pleated blinds in a combination, for a day and night look. And of course you have a wide choice of colours so you can easily pair them with bedding and colour schemes in the room.



Pleated bathroom blinds offer a high level of privacy which is certainly valued in bathrooms. Again, you have the benefit of a great range of colours to choose from and you can also vary the installation style such as using Transition blinds, also known as floating, which can be raised and lowered from the top or the bottom, dependant on which part of the window you need to be covered. If the blind is going to get wet or be in a steamy atmosphere opt for one with a treated finish such as Toplar, which helps repel water and steam to prolong the life of your pleated blind in these rooms.


Home office

The slimline nature of pleated blinds makes them a popular choice for a home office, helping to keep a streamlined appearance that won't distract attention and gives a visual cue of functionality. Again the choice of colour offers a high level of appeal too, having a greater variety of choice than many other blind types, and they're also ideal for filtering the light to reduce any glare on computer screens.



A conservatory is where pleated blinds can really shine and prove they are the right blind. Choose a fabric that offers a specialist coating, such as our customer favourite Solartex Chintz Barley which helps reflect the sunshine and you'll be able to enjoy your conservatory year round, as it will be cooler in summer yet retaining heat in winter for the ultimate in temperature control. To really benefit from this, opt for electric pleated roof blinds which offer motorised controls. A simple remote control can open and close your roof blinds easily but you can also opt for smart electric, which allows operation via an app on your phone or voice control with compatible Amazon or Google devices.


Special windows

Pleated blinds are ideal for all sorts of unusual windows. With bay windows you have the challenge of a large area made up of multiple windows so the light can be coming from multiple angles at the same time, and if, as is often the case with upvc windows, there's only a narrow framework around each of the windows then installing individual single blinds at each of the windows can result in a crowded and untidy look. The streamlined nature of pleated blinds avoids this, especially when they've been made to measure. Skylight windows, or sloping windows can also be a challenge due to the small space, and again thanks to their slimline state pleated blinds rescue the day in these windows. With skylight windows, due to their closer proximity to the floor it's vital to have a child safety device fitted if you opt for corded pleated blinds, but tab operated versions are also available.


Are Pleated blinds easy to care for?

Pleated blinds are relatively easy to maintain. Regular dusting or gently using the upholstery brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner will keep them looking pristine. For deeper cleaning, follow the manufacturer's guidelines to avoid damaging the fabric.

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Cost Considerations

Pleated blinds come in a range of price points depending on factors like fabric quality, customisation options, and brand. While budget is important, cost saving isn't always the bottom line and you need to also consider the long-term benefits and durability of your investment and know that made to measure blinds not mean a professional fit to your exact specifications and that the only problem you'll have is making a choice on the style and colour.



Pleated blinds exemplify the fusion of sophistication and practicality in the realm of window treatments. From their elegant pleated design to their exceptional light control and energy efficiency, these blinds have earned their place as a go-to option for homeowners seeking a perfect blend of style and functionality. When compared to Roller blinds, Venetian blinds, wooden blinds, blackout blinds and vertical blinds, they have pluses and minuses so it's important you take an overarching view when making a decision. Whether you're aiming for a modern aesthetic or a timeless appeal, pleated blinds have the versatility to enhance any space while providing unparalleled benefits for years to come.

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