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Types of Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

Blinds can be categorized in several different ways, including orientation, material type, style, and how they operate. Regardless of how you categorize them, they are one of the most versatile window treatments available for your home.

Vertical Blinds vs. Horizontal Blinds

Blinds can be made with slats that run horizontally or vanes that run vertically. Which orientation you choose depends largely on the size of the window you want to cover and which way it opens. Horizontal blinds are seen more regularly because the majority of windows in homes are a manageable size and open up and down. Using horizontal blinds on this type of window allows you to raise or lower the blind to match the level of your window, so your blind is not being blown around by the incoming breeze. If you have extra wide windows, multiple horizontal blinds can be hung side-by-side to avoid having one blind that is too large to adjust.

Vertical blinds are often used on sliding glass doors because they open and close sideways and are easy to operate even though they are large. Another use for vertical blinds is to cover windows that open to the side rather than up and down. They can be moved to the side when the window is open to allow air in while still covering the part of the window that is closed.

Types of Materials Used in Custom Blinds

Wood – The grain in real wood blinds give a natural pattern to your window treatments. They can be stained or painted to blend into their surroundings or make a statement. Parkland® horizontal blinds are available in basswood, abachi, or ash that is harvested from managed forests. Vertical blinds can also be made with wood making it easy to match blinds of different orientations.

Wood alternative – Everwood® horizontal blinds look like wood, but are more able to withstand heat and humidity, making them a great alternative for a bathroom, kitchen, or sunroom. Like wood blinds, they are available stained or painted and offer a variety of decorative tapes.

Aluminum – Both horizontal and vertical blinds are available in aluminum. Unlike lower quality aluminum blinds from big box stores, Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds resist denting and bending, ensuring your blinds will continue to look like new for years.

Fabric – For a softer look, consider vertical blinds with fabric vanes. They quietly adjust to filter or block out light, or can be moved out of the way for an unobstructed view of the outdoors.

Vinyl – Vinyl vertical blinds offer the widest selection of colors, patterns, and textures. They are durable, easy to clean, and give you several light control and privacy options. If you like the look of fabric, but prefer the convenience of vinyl, Cadence® blinds have curved vanes that give the appearance of folds of fabric.

If you think custom blinds might be the right choice for your home but aren’t sure which ones will fit your windows and décor, let the window treatment specialists at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. help you make the right choice. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County, and all surrounding communities.
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