How consumers buy window decorations in the Netherlands

Did you know that most Dutch consumers buy their window decoration online?

The Netherlands is one of the most progressive countries in Europe when it comes to internet. It is therefore not surprising that when looking for window decorations the first to consult the internet and get inspired. The online window decoration of the number of websites per head of the population is nowhere greater than in the Netherlands.

One of the most important websites in window decorations from the Netherlands.

What is the most popular window covering?

Window fashion is different all over the world. So it is in Europe. And then there is difference between the different countries. So is Germany a typical honeycomb shade country. Most windows are small what might make this choice more common. France is a roman blind country and so is Italy. Eastern Europe loves venetian blinds and roller blinds. In the Netherlands there are at least four different window decorations that come close. Wooden venetian blinds you see often.  Also the honycomb shade is chosen. But most popular are roller blinds en zebra blinds. These two dominate the market for some years now. In Holland the roman blind market is growing. So is the marktet for shades. The soft textile venetians give the light that enters the room a magical glance. It brings the atmosfhere in a room to life.

Ordering proces through the internet.

Dutch consumers look crtical at products and are aware of the dangers that come along with online shopping. A shop is checked out first. Then free samples are ordered to see if the coulor matches theire imagination and fit the interiour. Domotica becomes more and more important and is an unique selling point. After approval of the free fabric sample an order can be placed.  Big amounts are often paid by creditcard so what is bought is ensured. When done right, online shoppng can be a true relief.


Give your existing roller blinds a second life and contribute to the envirement.

The fabric is worn out, but hte system is still working. Thanks to:

To give a roller blind a second life does not sound that bad.
We live in a disposable society with the major retail chains in the lead. Take a look at a pre-packaged roller blind that hangs at the hardware store. The packaging appears to be more expensive than the fabric. Every roller blind has quite a lot of volume. For example, a sea container with roller blinds is largely filled with air. If you then look at what has been spent on energy before the roller blinds are in front of you, you are a little bit scared.

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Which roller blind fabrics are all available separately?

When you browse the internet, you will encounter few companies that will tailor the fabric for roller blinds. That was a bit disappointing. In the Netherlands and Belgium we came across two websites where you can have the fabric made to your own liking. From just cutting the fabric to the complete replacement of the fabric, complete with self-adhesive adhesive edge on the top and a beautiful edge finish on the bottom. That way you save money but you also contribute a bit to a better environment. The system gets a second life, you have to throw away less, pay less and you do not need to drill or screw again to hang the roller blind. If you add up to 50% with a saving, you will be a little bit cheerful.

Choose from transparent, semi transparent and blackout roller blind fabrics. Let them cut to size and stick the cloth on the tube of your existing system. Your roller blind is ready. It can now take another 5 to 10 years and your interiur really lives up to it.

Venetian wooden blind production in Europe

Venetian blinds are very trendy. In Holland they call them ‘houten jaloezieën’.

What’s so special about venetian blinds?  They are there for af few decades. Wooden blinds are very trendy in the Netherlands. This is mainly because the product has been properly evaluated and has gone with the times. Originally, the product was mainly produced in Asia, countries such as Indonesia with lots of hardwood and tropical woods were also part of the cradle of the wooden venetian blind. Complete container loads came to Europe and the discounters and do it yourself branch have made the product popular.


small sizes

In the beginning, only small sizes were shipped from Asia. After all, the container had to be fully loaded. Gradually the evaluation of the product made the production more profesional and the sizes originally up to 120 cm wide became larger. There were also various blade widths of which 25 and 50 mm are now the most popular. The width in which wooden blinds are custom-made nowadays is quickly 300 cm wide. In case of a wooden blind, make sure that the package weight is large and the raising of the blind can give problems, especially for people with little strength in their hands.

European Quality

Europe has very nice woods. In the past, these were dismissed as old-fashioned. Take for example the oak wood. It is one of the best and most beautiful woods in the world. The so-called mirrors in the wood are very special and the wood is alive. You can give different treatments such as brushing. You now know that oak blinds are growing rapidly. In addition, European trees are harvested responsibly. Read this interesting article about forrestry in the world.  Because European production is handled responsibly with wood, the purchase of European wood species contributes to the environment. The wood also needs to travel a much shorter route to the end user. There is also a lot of environmental gain here. The most important thing for the consumer is that the oak blinds are particularly beautiful and an asset to any interior.


Security cameras are getting better

The quality of security camera’s is rising.

You certainly will remember a television program where robbers or burglars are shown on foottages taken from home security cameras.  Often these cameras only had 420 lines wich is reasonable if one stands very close to the camera. But that is usually not the case. The last decade the image quality is rising fast and cameras are getting much smaller.  A good example are the small drone camera’s today, or the camera of your smart phone. One thinks as such a small camera is so good, why not a security camera. The reason is that the camera has to perform during day and night. Night vision for a long time is obtained with infra red light.  The disadvantage or IR is the recognicion of people at night. This because the foottage is deformed as through IR you see heath.

Starlight cameras

This is a new technique in wich the camera has very low lux. This is the light sensitivity. The lower the lux the more the camera sees at night. Starlight only needs the light of a street lantern to see colour at night and to reproduce it on your screen. Thee are pure starlight camera’s, but there are also combinations with infra red for dark areas and for guarding large areas. The disadvantage of infra red is also that the camera is seen at night and that it attracks insects. It means the camera has to be cleaned more often.


 a starlight camera with auto patrol.

The starlight camera shown above can auto track people and zoom in 30 times. That gives great opportunities for day and night.  When central mounted it is easy to guard a large area with just one camera. Ofcourse the foottage can be seen on your smarthone and alarms can be programmed and sent direct to you.

European inventions in Window blinds

Window blinds had quiet some evolution during the last 20 years and can be divided in several product catogories. So there are beside the longest existing venetian blinds also Roman blinds, roller blinds, panel blinds, zebra blinds, honeycomb blinds and window dividers.  We will take al look at companies that did some nice work during the last few years.


Roller Blinds

Are at this moment the most poplular blinds in the world. The simple design and reasonable price made it a great hit starting in the 60’s of the last century. The fabric an systems have evolved to big sizes with beautiful head covers and bottom rails meeting demands of tomorrow by making them smart connected to the internet. Roller blinds can be obtained in translucent, semi translucent and black out. The black out fabric is especially made for bedrooms.

Venetian Blnds

The inventors of the venetian were Hunter Douglas with the brand ; Luxaflex‘ The 50 mm version was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s. Today there is a great hunger for vintage and these wide slats are modern again.  So is the wooden version as on the image above.  Venetian blinds can be obtained in 16, 25, 35, 50 and 70 mm in width and are best to keep the sun outside.

Zebra blinds


This has become a very popular blind during the last five years. The convenience of using the blind translucent or closed has made this a hit worldwide.  The fabric is available in thousands of patterns and colours, mostly made in Korea and Turkey. In the begining the maximum width of the fabric was 240 cm. Nowadays even 320 cm belongs to the possiblilities.

Window Divider


This is a new invention of the Company; Hewo. They are the patend holder in Europe. With a windo divider it is possible to divide a window into parts with cords hanging in front of the window. It is ideal for privacy and rooms that still need a lot of light. They are some kind of horizontal panel blinds.

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