What Are the Best Outdoor Blinds for Me?

Outdoor Living

You’ve got to love outdoor blinds for the way they provide shade from the harsh Aussie sun, protection from chilly winters, and privacy from nosy neighbours. You want to be able to enjoy the outdoors, but when the sun is beating down on stifling summer days, many of us can barely find the courage to leave the house. Likewise, with cold winter nights, you’ll never be coaxed outside.

Enter outdoor blinds. They can provide excellent shade, keep out the heat and in winter, they can transform your patio into an extension of your home.  With outdoor blinds, you can entertain in your backyard all year round. But there are three main types of blinds, all of which will make a drastically different mark on your outdoor space.

So, how do you know which style of blind will suit your home and lifestyle?

From café blinds to shade blinds, we break down all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Café Blinds

Clear Cafe Blind for Outdoor Area

Who Will Love Them?

We’ve found our café blinds to be quite popular in the hospitality industry, where café and restaurant owners can coax customers outdoors – even in the middle of winter – all thanks to the protection and insulation offered by café blinds.

Here what former professional cyclist turned café owner Robbie McEwan had to say about café blinds:

“With what we’ve got now, the place looks probably even better with the blinds down than it does with them up! … It’s just given the café such a nice, new, fresh, clean look. Because we’re very close to the beach we needed something that closed off to keep the weather out, could handle the wind and keep our customers dry and warm and comfortable.”

They’re also extremely popular amongst homeowners with larger properties, where they’re blessed with plenty of space and privacy. These country properties, set on hilltops or other locations exposed to the elements, can benefit greatly from the wind protection offered by café blinds.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • They preserve your view!
  • They’ll protect you from sun glare, wind and rain.
  • Our Bella Bronze range is tinted for further UV protection
  • Our gear rolling mechanism keeps the blind always taut and neat.

Opaque Blinds

Black Opaque Outdoor Blind

Who Will Love Them?

Blockout blinds are perfect for those who cherish their outdoor space but feel like they’re constantly being watched. It’s hardly going to draw you outside!

It’s also perfect if you’ve done all you can to beautify your balcony or verandah, but are helpless with your neighbour’s unsightly and unruly backyard. Opaque blinds will create a safe and comfortable outdoor environment for your small apartment or balcony.

If you have a north-facing backyard and are pestered by the sun all day long opaque blinds are the best option for you. They provide a UV Protection Factor of 30+ AND block out 98.9-99% of UV rays – so if you’re looking for respite these blinds are perfect for you!

Why You’ll Love Them

  • You’ll enjoy superior UV protection with Bella Opaque’s tighter 2×2 weave
  • You can choose from colours ranging from Midnight to Latte
  • No prying eyes!

Shade Blinds

Outdoor Shade Blind in Backyard

Who Will Love Them?

Outdoor lovers who love their view – but not the view of their neighbours looking in. If your property has a high prospect overlooking your neighbours, shade blinds may be the best choice for you. Shade blinds prevent others from seeing in, but their special pinhole material still allows you to see out.

It’s the perfect type of outdoor blinds for the suburban property. It will integrate your backyard scenery with your deck or verandah and your indoor space – all without compromising your privacy.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • Our Bella Vista blinds come in a wide range of colours, from Marble and Jade to Ocean.
  • Our unique weave offers excellent airflow.
  • You get the privacy – and the view too!

What Will You Choose?

Custom-designed blinds are tailored specifically to suit your home and your local climate. This ensures your blinds are a perfect fit, so you can sit back and enjoy. Browse our range of outdoor blinds today to revitalise your backyard space!


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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.”