What Are the Best Outdoor Blinds for You?

You’ve got to love outdoor blinds for the way they provide shade from our harsh Aussie sun, respite from that chilly southern winter, and privacy from those nosy neighbours.

There are a lot of options for stylish and practical blinds – some might even say too many! How do you know which outdoor blinds will suit your home and lifestyle?

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

Why Buy Outdoor Blinds?

Come on, isn’t it obvious? Aussies love summer! You want to be able to enjoy the outdoors, but when the sun is beating down on those stifling summer days, it’s just hot pavement, UV rays, and that oppressive heat. And those winters can sometimes get so chill, you’ll never be coaxed outside.

Enter outdoor blinds. They can provide excellent shade and keep out the heat.  In winter, they can transform your patio into an extension of your home so you can enjoy the fresh air while being protected from stormy weather.

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.

Café Blinds


Who Will Love Them?

Rather, we should say: Who won’t love them!?

But in all honesty, we’ve found café blinds to be particularly popular in the hospitality industry, where café and restaurant owners can coax their customers outdoors even in the dead 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 popular among homeowners with larger properties, where they’re blessed with plenty of space and privacy around them. Those 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


Who Will Love Them?

Simple. Those who feel encroached upon on all sides by neighbours, neighbours, neighbours! Blockout blinds are perfect for those who cherish their outdoors 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 prettify your balcony or verandah, but are helpless to do anything about your unsightly and unruly neighbour’s backyard. Opaque blinds will create a safe and comfortable outdoors environment for your small apartment or balcony.

And finally, if you have a north-looking outdoor space pestered by the sun all day long and you’re just after a teensy bit of respite, 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.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • You’ll enjoy the ultimate 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


Who Will Love Them?

Outdoor lovers who love their view – but not the 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 lets you still 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 on 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.”

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