What are the best outdoor blinds for me?

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Here’s how to choose the right outdoor blinds for you

Outdoor blinds come in many shapes and sizes, so it can be hard to choose outdoor blinds that are right for you. To make it easier, we’ve put together some handy tips to help you pick the right style of outdoor blind for you.

Basically, you have to think about your priorities. If you value the view from your backyard but would still like to sit outside all year round, the best choice for you would be clear or tinted cafe blinds.

If you would prefer to protect yourself from the harsh sun and nosey passers-by, a set of shade blinds would be the ones for you. They offer a high level of protection and privacy from onlookers, while still allowing you to appreciate your view.

If you’re looking for complete sun protection and unrivalled privacy, choose from our range of opaque blinds. They are the premium option when it comes to both privacy and weather protection.

For more information about each of these types as well as which operation systems would best suit you, just scroll down. Otherwise, fill out a free measure and quote form and one of our friendly team members will be in touch.

How do I choose outdoor blinds?

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.

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

What are the best outdoor blinds for me - Cafe style outdoor blinds, Australian Outdoor Living.
Cafe style outdoor blinds.

Who will love cafe blinds?

We’ve found our café blinds to be quite popular in the hospitality industry.

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’s 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,” he said.

“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 among homeowners with larger properties who are blessed with plenty of space and privacy.

Properties 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 taut and neat

Opaque blinds

What are the best outdoor blinds for me - Black Opaque Outdoor Blinds, Australian Outdoor Living.
Black Opaque outdoor blinds.

Who will love Opaque blinds?

Our Bella Opaque blinds are the best choice if you value your privacy.

They’re 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.

Our Opaque series is the best option for you if your backyard is always pestered by the sun.

They provide a UV Protection Factor of 30+ and block out 98-99 per cent 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 blinds.

Who will love shade blinds?

Outdoor lovers who love their view – but not the view of their neighbours looking in.

If your property overlooks your neighbour’s, 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.

They are the perfect type of outdoor blinds for the suburban property.

Shade blinds 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 both the privacy and the view

Which outdoor blinds will you choose?

We’ve tailored our custom-designed blinds specifically to suit your home and your local climate. Browse our range of outdoor blinds today to revitalise your backyard space!

Ready to renovate?

Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including:

Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.

Shade blinds are available in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, NewcastleCanberra, and Brisbane.


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