Looking for some new window coverings to adorn your new vinyl replacement windows? You’re probably looking at lots of curtains and blinds, trying to decide which one suits your home the best. While curtains are fantastic, blinds certainly do have a lot of advantages. They give you the chance to let in as much or as little light as you like and you can always adjust them as the mood strikes you.
But which type of blinds would work best for you? There are lots of different options out there, so let us help you figure it out.
Horizontal blinds are the type of blind that you’ll most commonly see used as window coverings in homes. But not all horizontal blinds are created equally. First, there are mini blinds, which are a very popular choice. They’re the most inexpensive type of blind and, as the name suggests, they have smaller slats than other types of blinds. You can find mini blinds in lots of durable materials such as vinyl and aluminum. Mini blinds can be used in just about any room in the house, so it’s easy to see why they’re such a popular choice.
Plantation blinds are another very popular type of horizontal blinds and have larger slats than mini blinds. Thanks to how great they look in so many different styles of decor and how they can help insulate your home, they’ve been referred to as “the ultimate window covering.” Plantation blinds come in vinyl, wood, and faux wood and can be used in any room you’d like. They’re also the only type of window covering that can help add value to your home since they’ll stay with the home when you sell it.
Wood blinds are another type of horizontal blind. Depending on the decor of your room, wood blinds could be a more stylish choice than using blinds made out of something like vinyl or aluminum. Since wood blinds can have a more sophisticated look to them, they’re great for rooms like bedrooms, living rooms, dens, and home offices; anyplace where a room’s decor is important to keep in mind.
Unfortunately, since wood blinds don’t react well to moisture in the air, they shouldn’t be used in kitchens or bathrooms. The biggest downside to wood blinds is that they can be fairly expensive. However, there are a lot of great faux wood blind options that look just like the real deal, but are less expensive and can be used in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms if you want.
Do you have a sliding glass door that leads out to a deck or patio? Vertical blinds are ideal for covering these types of larger windows. Just like any other type of blind, vertical blinds can be opened and shut as needed to let light in and they can be drawn in to be out of the way of the way if you want to go out to your patio or deck. Vertical blinds are available in a multitude of materials, including vinyl, sheer fabrics, faux wood, and aluminum. Vertical blinds are also a great option for other types of windows that are wider than they are tall.
If you have young children to worry about, you’ll want to make sure they’re protected from the strangulation hazards that pull cords on blinds can pose. Many blinds nowadays come with cord free designs and blinds that aren’t cord free typically come with accessories to keep them safe around children.