The Retroblinds have micro-perforations that allow users to easily tear the blinds to fit any window
Spotted: As most homeowners and renters know, window coverings such as blinds and curtains are very helpful for regulating room temperature and ensuring privacy. But they can also be expensive and require specialised expertise to install. A group of young, Scottish entrepreneurs hope to disrupt the world of window coverings with a new system that can fit any window and installs without the need for tools, hardware or glue.
The system, dubbed Retroblind, was designed especially to help those who move frequently and stay in temporary accommodation. Founder Denny Schenk came up with the idea when he moved to Scotland and had a hard time keeping his flat warm. He wanted to install blinds, but his landlord pointed out that he would lose his deposit if he made any alterations that damaged the window frame—a common problem for renters.
The Retroblinds have micro-perforations that allow users to easily tear the blinds to fit any window. They are then fitted to the windows using a suction cup mechanism that does not require any tools or make any holes in the frame. The blinds are made of a material that helps to keep rooms warm in winter and cool in summer, saving on both heating and cooling costs.
Schenk explained to Springwise that helping everyone with energy conservation was a key goal for the project. “At first glance the design seems to be a simple innovation, like the innovation of the staple might. In reality, it will reduce energy waste for an audience who would not otherwise seek a solution because there are too many barriers; whether it be access to tools, not damaging the property, fit, etc. We have turned putting up blinds to an impulse buy and along with it, energy conservation.”
Recently, it has seemed that everyone is interested in windows. This is not surprising, as they play a major role in energy efficiency. At Springwise, we have seen a number of window-based innovations, including noise-cancelling windows and windows that can act as solar cells when heated.
Written By: Lisa Magloff