Custom Blinds or Window Shades

February 1st, 2017 / / categories: 31 /

When it comes to covering your windows, you have numerous choices.  Two of the most popular are window shades and blinds.  While many assume that the two are the same, there is a vast difference between them and in fact, about the only thing they have in common is that they both cover windows.

Blinds are defined as hard window coverings with slats that hang either horizontally or vertically.  They can be made of vinyl, aluminum, or wood.  Blinds are usually opened and closed with pull cords and allow you to determine the amount of light that is let into the room as well as the amount of privacy. This is based on the tilt of the blind.  Additionally, there is also an insulating feature that can be purchased with this window treatment.


Bear in mind that each individual slat tends to attract dust.  Therefore, you will have to commit to keeping them clean. However, some can simply be wiped down, while others need to be removed from the window in order to be cleaned.  In addition, care must be used because the slats can get bent and broken and the pull cords can get tangled or break.  Moreover, the cords can be a choking hazard to small children.  Therefore, if you have children and blinds, you can either purchase a special kit or ask the manufacturer to send you the kit that allows you to remove the choking hazard.


Shades are defined as soft window coverings that are made of fabric, vinyl, woven woods, or grasses. The material used is on a roll and covers a large amount of the window.  Shades can be rolled up or pulled down and are more energy efficient when compared to custom blinds. The type of material used to make them usually determines the amount of light that is let into the room where they are hung.  There are a variety of different types of shades, including roller, honeycomb, pleated, roman, and woven. Roman shades are the standard shades that roll up or down. Honeycomb come in single and double varieties that look the way it sounds. Pleated shades have no holes and roman fold neatly when opened. Woven wood or bamboo tend to be fragile, but do not fray.


Shades are not as difficult to clean as blinds. Depending on the fabric, they can often just be vacuumed regularly.  Additionally, there are no cords to mess with, either.  Shades are also simpler to install and tend to be less expensive than blinds.  However, shades cannot be adjusted like blinds to allow natural light into the room.


Most Interior decorators, as well as other professionals involved in the window treatment industry, usually suggest different varieties of both when dealing with an entire house.  When you go to purchase window coverings, be prepared to answer a multitude of questions so that they can help you make the best decision whether you are dealing with one window or every window.

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