Why Every Office Needs Blinds

As I write this I’m squinting at my screen ever so slightly. It means that almost every day I end up with a slight headache. It’s not my eyesight that’s the cause as you might think though, it’s the office I’m sitting in. It’s in a listed building and on one side there are some lovely and practical vertical commercial blinds. On the other side though (the side I sit on, incidentally), there’s no blinds at all. For the morning this is fine, but as the sun moves round I end up with a lot of glare on the screen. It’s not very useful.

Luckily for me my company have provided anti-glare screens, so while my laptop is impossible to look at in the day, my monitor isn’t too much of a problem. It’d be much easier if I could just turn around and close the commercial blinds, tempering the light and stopping those headaches.

Who should provide blinds for offices?

When you work in an office, most of your day will be spent looking at a screen, and therefore it’s absolutely paramount that you’re provided with the right equipment. While it’s the employer’s responsibility to make sure your chair gives enough support and that your monitor is angled just so, whose responsibility are commercial blinds? If your company own the building, providing blinds, changing carpets, and making sure everything is looking spick and span is down to them. However, if you’re working in a rented building on a rolling contract then maintenance is usually the responsibility of whoever you’re letting the building from.

When it’s listed the rules are a bit tricky about whether you can drill and where, but you should still be able to get permission to fit commercial blinds.

Why it’s such a problem

It can be incredibly distracting to have glare to deal with when you’re trying to get your work done that it’s really in the employers best interest to make sure workers don’t have to deal with that. The other issue can be the sun shining directly into your eyes while you’re working opposite a window without commercial blinds.

Most modern, purpose built office blocks come equipped with everything the modern worker needs to make sure they’re completely comfortable while they’re working. This means that there will be central heating, air conditioning, plenty of outlets for plugging in a plethora of technology, and blinds which are designed for use in offices.

What makes office blinds different?

Most blinds that you’re likely to find in residential properties are designed to make a room dark, or to give privacy. This isn’t really too much of a problem in office blocks, and instead their main role will be climate control and tempering light. You won’t want black out blinds, or even anything which blocks out too much light unless the room will be used for a projector. In a boardroom or meeting rooms, you might want to go for black out, but otherwise, you’ll simply want light blinds to stop your employees struggling with glare.