Many people consider window blinds to be the same as shades. However, there is a defining difference between the two types of window treatments. Blinds are considered to be ‘hard’ window dressings while shades are considered ‘soft’ treatments. This difference occurs due to blinds containing vanes, slats, or louvers while shades are made from fabrics that give them a softer look over blinds. Blinds are normally used in combination with draperies that help offset their hard appearance while shades are often used to decorate a window on their own.
The Benefits of Blinds
Blinds are designed with two main goals in mind: light control and privacy. The louvers of blinds can be adjusted in order to allow more or less amounts of light into a room. When the slats are opened fully, they allow a great deal of outside light into your home and when they are closed tightly they provide a solid privacy barrier.
Types of Blinds and Their Materials
The slats of window blinds can be made from various materials including wood, metal, plastic and fabric. The design operates like ladder slats which rotate to an opened or closed position by the use of a cord* or wand that turns a drum. Another cord or wand can be manipulated to raise the entire network of louvers to allow full view and light entry. There are several styles of blinds that utilize louvers.
Persian Blinds – This is actually the proper name for the common slat blinds used extensively in homes and offices. The slats lie horizontal, are usually made from vinyl or metal and can be rotated to approximately 170 degrees. The entire slat system can be raised for full viewing or lowered and closed for privacy. Venetian Blinds – These also consist of horizontal louvers which can be made from plastic, metal, wood, or bamboo. Venetian blinds have the distinguished feature of having strips of cloth or cordage attached between the slats which are called tapes. Venetian blinds can be pivoted to almost 180 degrees with slats overlapping each other for an intriguing effect. Vertical Blinds – As the name implies, the slats of these blinds run vertically. The louvers can be adjusted as with horizontal types, but vertical blinds draw to the side instead of upwards.
Mini Blinds – This style of blind has become popular over the years because of their extremely narrow louvers that measure around 1 inch. Even narrower louvers (normally only 1/2 inch) can be obtained via micro blinds.
*NOTE: Blinds using cords are not recommended for use in homes with small children who can be hanged or suffocated by the cords becoming entangled around their necks.
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