When shopping for blinds the final decision usually comes down to two popular choices: Vertical blinds or Venetian (horizontal) blinds. There are many factors to take into account when deciding which type of blinds to put in your windows. These include the size and shape of your windows, the functions you want the blinds to perform, and the style of your room or house. Because both types of blinds look and perform differently, it pays to make a checklist of your needs before choosing one style over the other.
Vertical blinds are wide slats that hang vertically from a track mechanism. They are attached to a chain, which in turn is attached to a cord that can be pulled to open or close the blinds. Usually the blinds can be pulled to one side altogether, or they can be separated in the middle and stacked on either side of the window. In addition, many vertical blinds can be rotated to allow varying degrees of light in.
Some Benefits of Vertical Blinds:
- Good for tall or large windows or doors
- Good for windows that open from side to side
- Add height to a room
- Not easily damaged by wind
- Do not collect dust or dirt easily
- Fast to operate
- Do not require a lot of strength to open and close
- Can prevent insects from entering a room
- Can prevent heat from escaping or entering a room
- Come in many different materials and colors
Vertical blinds are a great option for those who have large windows or patio doors to cover. As the slats can be closed completely or rotated slightly, they are a good way to allow light in while preventing insects, hot air or cold air from creeping in. In addition, they do not get as dirty or dusty as the horizontal versions. In terms of design, they can make a room seem taller and more airy, and they can be customized to any design theme as they come in many colors and fabrics, such as suede, vinyl, plastic, and canvas.
Venetian Blinds are thin horizontal slats that hang on top of each other on a ladder system. The ladder system is connected to a rotating drum that can be twisted to rotate the slats 180 degrees either way in order to regulate light and air. In addition, a pull cord is used to pull the blinds up by stacking them at the top of the hang rail. The same cord can be used to drop the slats down. There are even motorized versions of this type of blind.
Some Benefits of Venetian Blinds:
- Good for smaller windows, or tall thin windows
- Good for windows that open by raising and lowering the pane
- Easy to maintain as they can simply be wiped clean
- Do not stain easily
- Regulate light and air to a high degree of precision
- Can be motorized
- Often inexpensive
- Come in many different colors and textures
If your home has small or thin windows that operate by raising and lowering a pane to open and close the window, Venetian blinds may be a good option for you. They allow the user complete control over the amount of light and air that comes in as the slats can be rotated back and forth. In addition, they are very easy to maintain. Most versions of these types of blinds are made of PVC, plastic or wood, so they are easy to wipe down and do not stain easily. Furthermore, the wide variety of colors and textures mean that they can be matched to the furniture or color scheme of any room.
The decision between Vertical blinds and Venetian blinds ultimately rests on the type of windows you have, the functions you want in your window covers, and the style of your space. Vertical blinds are great for those who have big windows or doors to cover, need a bit of temperature control, and want to get creative with the material. For those who have smaller windows, and want easy maintenance and more control over the amount of light coming in, Venetian blinds may be a better option.