Integral blinds a perfect fit for holiday homes

Integral blinds can provide the ideal solution for the UK’s growing number of holiday homes due to the way they can help to maximise comfort and protect properties during unoccupied periods, according to Morley Glass.

The latest industry data from 2023 showed that the holiday rental market in the UK reached a new peak in August with 346,000 listings, of which 280,000 were ‘entire properties’ such as houses, cottages and apartments. It is an increasingly competitive marketplace, says Morley Glass, which means owners have to work harder than ever to make their holiday let stand out from the crowd.

It adds that interior features that require virtually no cleaning and are not easily damaged will pay dividends in the long term.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass, said: “Anyone who owns a holiday home or lets a property to holidaymakers ‘Airbnb style’ will know how important it is to create a welcoming environment that is aesthetically pleasing, as well as being durable and easy to clean and maintain.

“Interior décor and furnishings will not stay pristine for long, particularly with holiday lets where a high turnover of guests inevitably results in damage and wear and tear rates far in excess of what we would expect in our permanent homes.

“Well-dressed windows and doors, therefore, make an extremely positive impression in holiday homes. Curtains and traditional blinds may be well-suited to the décor of some properties, but where the goal is to add a wow factor, nothing beats integral blinds – and they can work well in both modern and heritage properties.”

Crucially, because the integral blind is permanently sealed inside an IGU, it will never become dirty or attract moisture or dust.

The only way the main integral blind unit can become damaged is if the IGU is smashed in a high impact accident or deliberate attack. The control system is mounted onto the window or door glass and designed to be highly durable, but should it ever become damaged, it is easy to repair using ScreenLine parts readily available in as little as 24 hours from Morley Glass.

All five control systems offered by Morley Glass as part of the Uni-Blinds range of integral blinds can be used in holiday homes to great effect. From the corded integral blind, the C System, to the smart-home compatible motorised MB System and solar powered W Smart, the range includes options to suit virtually every type of window or door and budget.

The control system that provides the optimum solution for holiday homes, says Morley, is perhaps the SV System. This is a Venetian integral blind that is controlled by a magnetic slider mounted onto the face of the glass – with no cords and no requirement for an electrical connection.

Pleated Uni-Blinds are also an option and these are also available with a magnetic slider control device, this time positioned on the base rail of the blind, called the S System.