Outdoor Blind Selection

Things to consider when choosing the right type of outdoor blinds

There are many different types of outdoor blinds and awnings available to choose from. It is important to be well informed so that you can choose the most appropriate one. It's especially advisable to get local advice from someone in the area. Creative Shade Solutions has been setting up outdoor blinds in North Lakes, Redcliffe, Caboolture and Bribie Island for many years. We've done work from Brisbane North all the way up to the Sunshine Coast.

Some outdoor blinds or awnings are more suitable than others and the type of outdoor blind or awning you require will depend on the following factors:

  • Location (e.g. on a second story window or balcony)
  • Budget
  • Structural fixing points
  • Size of the area you are covering

Outdoor Blind Types

Auto Standard

This is a picture of an auto standard blind awning using acrylic canvas fabric. The auto standard awning can be made from other fabrics such as Vistaweave mesh or PVC. This type of awning is economical, sturdy and easy to operate. The roller is spring loaded and can be manually pulled up and down with the side attachments moving up the bar channels; you simply hold the middle bar, twist away from you and slide it up. You will need side supports to fasten the sliding bars too, and they can not be operated with a winder or motor, so you may be restricted with the height you wish to install them at. They are supplied in width from 1100mm through to 4500mm, with a drop of up to 2700mm.

Rope and Pulley

The rope and pulley system is another economical and highly effective shade solution. The rope goes around a bottom bar and through a pulley system up to the top of the blind and you can manually pull the blinds up and down using the ropes. You can then latch the ropes when finished to a support on the side. You may use commercial grade zips to secure the blinds to the sides or use latches secured to the concrete as shown in this picture. A bottom bar is inserted in the bottom of the blind to add weight to the blind and keep it sturdy. They range from 1100mm up to 6000mm wide and up to a 3500mm drop. Rope and Pulley

Wire Guide

The wire guide blind is ideal for setting where there are no posts to secure to. The wires running down the sides of the blind will help to keep the blind secure and the blind is operated through a cassette from the top. The wires are embedded into the ground to keep them secure. Though a more expensive option, they offer great stability and provide stylish looks for interior applications. They start at 1500mm wide up to 4000mm and can drop up to 3300mm.

Straight Drop

Much like the wire guide blind, the spring-operated drop blinds are suitable for an area where you don’t have secure channels, zips, tracks or side posts. They are also a great option for those on a budget, however, it is recommended to use straps to secure the blinds to the floor and/or a gearbox with a winder to wind up and down. They range in size from 1150mm to 4500mm with a 2700mm drop.


The channel outdoor blinds look neat and tidy and can really spice up the outdoor setting. While they are sturdy and supported by the channels of either side of the blind, it is recommended that you wind them up in the event of a storm. The channel system is one of the more expensive systems for outdoor blinds as there are more components and labour involved during installation. However, they are very durable and the tracks can last 10 years and beyond. You will need side supports to secure the channels, such as posts or pillars, and they can be operated with a gearbox and winder or motor. You can use a variety of fabrics, and they come in sizes from 800mm wide up to 4800mm wide and can drop up to 3300mm.

Additional options

There are also some additional extras that you may require for your awning, depending on what it is you are trying to achieve. Some outdoor blinds come with some additional extras, these may include:

  • Gear Box - The gearbox is used to allow the operator to wind the blind up and down. The winder and gearbox will help to keep the fabric tight.
  • Hood - The purpose of the hood is to protect the fabric from the sun when it is rolled up, it also gives the blind a nicer appearance.
  • Motor – Our motorized awnings and blinds are manufactured by Alpha and come with a 7-year warranty.
  • Wind sensor - The wind sensor is another optional addition and will activate at certain wind speeds to ensure the outdoor blind or awning is not damaged during a storm.
  • Valance - The valance is a 100mm strip of fabric sewn on the bottom of the blind, its main function is for appearance and it helps to disguise the stitching.

If you are looking for some ideas, then head on over to our gallery – Outdoor Blinds and Awnings Gallery. This gallery shows jobs which we have done in North Lakes, Redcliffe, Caboolture and Bribie Island. There are also images from jobs done in other parts of Brisbane North, all the way up to the Sunshine Coast.

Book a quote or call 0437 345 905 to discuss your options.