Although vertical blinds have a cord and a chain that hangs to the side of the blinds, common sense would tell you to secure these in such a fashion as to avoid a hanging or strangulation hazard. A simple cleat can solve the problem that is most apparent on vertical blinds that are hung on windows that are flush, or nearly flush with the walls. Blinds hung at windows that are more deeply recessed, like the style of sash windows in older properties that used to have internal shutters are less of a problem though for the sake of safety, securing the chain and cord is only sensible especially if the room is used by young children.
One of the safety aspects of vertical blinds is that they can obscure the contents of a room from unwanted investigation by those who do not have your best interests at heart. There can be added security for your home or office with a battery-operated device that is easily installed to your vertical blinds that automatically opens or closes your blinds at times you set. Coupled with an automatic light control system in your home or office you can return to an illuminated room with the blinds closed – welcoming, practical and safe – a great deterrent to any potential break-in. Some models of remote control devices actually do away with the need for the cord or chain to dangle at the sides of the blinds.
Vertical blinds can offer the only solution to large architectural glazed features where is it essential that light is controlled to protect artefacts within. Elegant atriums and spectacular archways that wish to retain their impressive contours can all be dressed with vertical blinds [with a specialist head rail] to cope with differing lengths of drops for the slats where the configuration is unusual and non-standard. These fabulous features can be controlled electronically, automatically or manually to reveal a magnificent view and allow natural light to fill the space in a way that electric light can never mimic. Museums, modern churches and heritage centres often try to pay homage to and recreate the feel of the period by which they are influenced yet still meet health and safety compliance. Matching modern and ancient in this way means that safety standards can be met and users can benefit from the cleanliness and efficiency these types of blinds allow. Where blackout is needed for presentations perhaps, vertical blinds can again fulfil the purpose, as they are available in either a light-diffusing finish or a blackout one in the fabric you choose.
Stained glass windows, historically, provided a decorative means for allowing light into a room. They are extremely expensive to install and equally expensive to repair. Behind an altar there might be an impressive window to allow light into a church and usually the dimensions preclude the use of curtains as impractical. Can you imagine trying to draw heavy brocade or velvet curtains across the expanse? Vertical blinds can be easily operated to control the level and direction of light coming through so that the congregation isn’t blinded by sunlight when they are trying to concentrate on the service, the sermon or the hymn sheet.