Window Blind Types

If you are considering window blinds or window coverings, you do have a wide array of options. There are many different kinds of blinds, shades, and window coverings along with many different window blinds makers and styles. Attempting to sort through the many choices for blinds and window coverings can be a very daunting task. This article is designed to provide some categories and classifications that can be used to think about window blinds and select window coverings.

Vertical vs Horizontal

One important category for window and door blinds is vertical vs horizontal. Vertical blinds can also be called track blinds. This distinction refers to the direction that the blinds appear in a door or window. Do they fall vertically, or horizontally? The choice can provide a big difference in look and have a large impact on the decorating scheme of the room. Most of the time, vertical blinds are used for larger openings like doors, while horizontal blinds are used for windows and smaller openings. However, this is not always the case.

Slat vs Solid Blinds

Slat blinds are what most people refer to as blinds. However, they are distinguished from solid blinds by the open spaces that appear between slats. The slats are often connected by a string that allows the blinds owner to open and close the slats to allow light in. Mini-blinds are a type of slat blind that has thinner slats than standard blinds. Hence the term "mini." Solid blinds, on the other hand, typically do not have slats, but instead are made out of one connected piece of material. Typically, these either roll up or can be folded to raise or lower them. Solid blinds are often referred to as shades or curtains. Recently though, the distinction between solid and slat blinds has become more blurred as manufacturers have come up with unique designs that blend the best of both worlds.

Blind Materials

The materials that are used to make window blinds very depending on the type and the look of the blinds. For slat blinds the materials that are most often used are vinyl and aluminum. These are the most cost effective and functional. However, they also provide a more basic look. Other slat blind use real wood, but cost a lot more. Another choice is faux wood, which is actually made of a composite material to provide the look and feel of wood for a lower price. In addition, many solid blinds are made of some type of fabric or a combination of materials. Woven wood, which is wood or bamboo, connected by strings or fabric is also popular in some homes.

Internal Parts

The parts that are used to make the raising and lowering mechanisms in the blinds can also make a huge difference in cost and the longevity of the blinds. This is becuase people are constantly opening and closing and raising and lowering blinds. The parts need to work and keep working they should also be quite durable. Some more fancy blinds contain motorized equipment that can be used to raise or lower the blinds. While we won't dicuss specific parts in this article, some parts to look at are the roller, the valance, and the mounting pieces.

Color, Texture, and Appearance

Of course, this is a very important consideration when decorating a room or purchasing blinds. The color of the blinds can matter as far as the overall decorating scheme. There are a wide array of colors available - particularly colors that may be currently in style. You may have to look more carefully to find a very unique or unusual color. In addition, the texture of the blinds matters too. A lot of the texture will depend on the material that is used. Wood will provide a more rugged, aged look. Aluminum or vinyl will provide a funtional look. Fabric blinds or a combination can provide a very distinctive appearance. A final thing to consider in this category is that blinds can regulate the light that enters a room. This can have a great affect on the rest of the furniture in your room. You should pay careful attention to how much light you want to enter and how well you can control it to create the desired affect.