What are the Different Kinds of Blinds and Shades?

Window treatments in your home are dual purpose – to provide privacy and to make windows aesthetically pleasing.

If you are shopping for blinds or shades, there are so many types, it can be overwhelming to know which is which. So, what are the different kinds of blinds and shades? Let’s look at them here:

1) Venetian Blinds

Venetian Blinds have horizontal slats and come available in many different widths and materials such as aluminum, wood, faux wood, vinyl or plastic. The amount of light which a venetian blind lets in is dependent upon the material.

The horizontal slats are held together by cords and when the cord is pulled, the blinds rise up or down. The slats can be rotated 180 degrees, depending on your desired level of privacy. When fully closed, the slats overlap one another, so they are quite private.

One nice feature with venetian blinds is that you can manipulate the slats so that you are able to have both light and privacy, even when the blind is fully lowered.

2) Mini Blinds

Mini Blinds are venetian blinds that have thinner slats. A typical venetian blind has slats that average 1.5”-2” in width, where mini blinds average 1” slats. Micro blinds are even skinnier, with slats that are usually ½” in width.

3) Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are similar to venetian blinds in that they have slats and move in unison by a cord, but they are hung vertically. Vertical blinds are typically used to cover sliding doors because they are easy to open fully, but have thick slats (usually 3”-4”), which overlap to give privacy when fully closed.  They run on a track which gets installed at the top of the window or door.

A nice feature about vertical blinds is that if one slat is damaged, the slat is easy to replace, without having to get an entirely new blind. Vertical blinds are usually made of vinyl, or fabric attached to plastic.

4) Cellular Shades

Cellular, or honeycomb shades are so-named because the two pieces of material used to make the blinds are glued and pressed in a way that when looking at them from the side, they look like cells.

Cellular shades are popular because the space in the “cells” traps the warm or cool air from the outside and causes them to be very energy efficient.  Though available in room-darkening or light filtering fabrics, you either have use the blinds fully lowered, or raised.

5) Roller Shades

Roller Shades are made of heavy fabric or vinyl which is rolled around a dowel, and is secured to the top of your window in a way that the blind can be pulled down or rolled up. These shades are typically used for darkening purposes and the only way to have light is when the blind is rolled up.

6) Roman Blinds

Roman blinds are made of different types of materials, usually fabric or wood, and lay flat when fully lowered. When a cord is pulled, however, it folds up neatly.

Some versions of roman blinds balloon, so instead of folding neatly when raised, it scrunches up and gives a ballooning effect. These blinds can be made of light-weight fabric so when lowered, it still lets a lot of light in.

What’s your favourite type of blind or window covering?

Author: Edwin

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