5 Things to Consider When Buying Cafe Blinds

Before investing in new outdoor blinds for your home, it’s a good idea to carefully consider what type of blinds you’d like to buy, how much money you’re looking to spend and what separates quality bistro blinds from other outdoor blinds. Here are 5 main points to bear in mind when you are browsing for new cafe blinds for your outdoor area.

The Difference Between Cafe Blinds and Other Blinds

Our PVC cafe blinds are made of durable marine-grade material and other forms of blinds offered, such as the Bella Vista shade blinds, are comprised of various forms of mesh fabric coated in PVC for durability. Cafe blinds are excellent at providing a barrier between you and the sun while still allowing you to clearly see outside and therefore not restricting your view. They are great for families with children who spend a lot of time outdoors, making it easier to keep an eye on them without having to be in and out of the house constantly.

While cafe blinds are excellent at helping to protect a patio or deck from wind or rain, they also alleviate a good portion of the danger associated with UV rays. Cafe style outdoor blinds continue to be a favourite among homeowners for both their practical applications and attractive appearance.


With so many different types of outdoor blinds available, it’s important to create a set budget on what you would like to spend and try to keep to it. Many custom made blinds will vary in price depending on what it is you’re after. If you want higher quality custom designed outdoor blinds and you prefer for them to be manufactured in Australia, expect to spend a little more than you would on a cheaper brand. The most important thing to determine is what you want from your new cafe blinds and seek the best style that suits your particular needs. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind how the cheaper options will look 2 or 3 years down the track. Is it worth spending a little more if it means they will last longer?

Aesthetic Value and Practical Use

The outdoor blinds you choose to decorate your home with should complement your general decor. If most of your home consists of hardwood floors, you may want your cafe blinds to have an earthy tone. If you have a hint of colour throughout your home and its facade, you may like to incorporate this in the colours you pick for your blind. Others may want something a little more modern and so may opt for a simplistic neutral colour.

Select the type of outdoor blinds that appeal to you the most. Are you after a manual blind, or would you prefer an automated blind? Do you prefer outdoor blinds situated in a track or are you after clip and tension blinds? Think about what you value and the price you are willing to pay for more premium options.

It’s also important to take into consideration the thickness of your outdoor blinds and their ability to filter out harmful UV rays. Australian Outdoor Living proudly only deals with extruded Marine Grade PVC, which is a single sheet of thick PVC, as opposed to the more common calendered PVC, which is two thinner sheets of PVC laminated together. Extruded PVC means better optical clarity and durability which means the chances of a ‘milky haze’ that you see in some cafe blinds is much less likely.


The Internet often contains a great deal of information and can get a bit mind boggling as you trawl through it all. Regardless of how much time you spend researching your new project, make sure you compare apples with apples. Some brands will be cheaper than others but are they providing the same quality, service and warranty as the next company? If you are well informed, by the time someone visits your home to quote on a job you will have a better idea of what you are looking for and will likely spend less time deciding which company to choose for the project.

Purchase and Install

Once you have selected the type of outdoor blinds you want installed at your home, consider enlisting professionals to do the work for you. This will ensure everything is done properly and you won’t be wasting time trying to repair some cafe blinds that should have been working well from day one.

Want to know more?

If you think bistro blinds might be the think you’re looking for to jazz up your verandah, check out our extra resources below for more info:

As you can see, there are quite a few things to consider when you a thinking of installing outdoor blinds. We hope this article has helped arm you with information and things to look out for.

For more information on what outdoor blinds may be best for your home, get in touch with a local expert and be sure to ask plenty of questions. You may like to speak with an experienced handyman or tradesperson who has experience with these products. Of course, you are always welcome to call Australian Outdoor Living.

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About Alex Kuchel

This is Alex. Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living (AOL). By day, she’s a member of AOL’s marketing team. She helps to conjure up ideas on how best to promote Australian Outdoor Living and enjoys working with a pretty awesome team of clever cookies. By night (and weekends), she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She’s a big believer in sun shine and does her best to enjoy it with those she loves most.”