Choosing the Right Type of Window Blinds
Recently decided you need new blinds, but are overwhelmed with all the different types and choices? Well, you have good right to be. It is hard to go through every type of blind and make a decision you don’t want to go back on. But with this article, I hope it will give you some insight on the different types, choosing the right one for you, and how to stay within a budget.
There are so many different types of blinds; it’s hard to get started! But the good thing about almost all of them is that you can usually easily find them at a discount price somewhere. There are sun control blinds that can let light in without causing a glare, wood window blinds, shutters, shades, verticals, metal rollers, mini, mural, faux wood, velux, bamboo, arch, venetian, roman, and vinyl window blinds, among others, but those are the general overview of what you can look at, for a good discount and a good choice for the decorative sense of your home. But, let’s get more specific.
Mini blinds come in several different slat widths, and the slats are made from several different gauges of aluminum, so there are different thicknesses to choose from. Basically, the higher the gauge, the thicker the slat, and the thicker are the better quality. Venetian blinds are horizontal slat blinds, and encompass everything in the blind market that meets that criterion. Faux wood or “PVC” blinds have become quite popular in the past 15 years. Their slat widths are generally 2 to 2 and ½ inches, and come in a selection of white and wood colors. They are very durable, UV resistant, and waterproof. Composite blinds are much like the PVC blinds, but are heavier and ideal for large window coverings. Wood blinds, obviously, are made from real wood. The premium wood blinds are made from American Basswood, and the value wood blinds are made from assorted Oriental hardwoods. Basswood is good because it resists warping. To make a good decision on what you want, you must understand the room and window you are shopping for first.
You should always examine the window treatments you are working with, because they will have a direct effect on what window blinds you should choose. It’s all about what look you want. If you want a festive look, a heavy look, a light and uncluttered look, or a fun look, these can all play in on what kind of blinds you have. You must figure out if you want something showy, durable, clean-cut, or, all of the above. Choosing your own set of blinds is a matter of personal preference, so remember, there is no wrong answer.
This is the general overview of blinds. There are so many finer details to cover, but this article should help you get your start on which direction you’re thinking about going in. There are so many different types of blinds, and they all serve such different purposes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices. But remember, so long as they suit your tastes and needs, there is no wrong choice for your new set of blinds!