Different Types of Blinds

Vertical blinds have individual slats that run along a track at the top of the blind. Depending on the style, vertical blinds either open from side to side, or by parting in the middle. These blinds are a popular choice for patio doors and floor to ceiling windows. But, they can still be used over smaller windows as well.

Venetian blinds are the most popular style of blinds. They feature horizontal slats that attach with string or strips of cloth known as tapes. As Venetian blinds are raised, the bottom slat is pressed into the slat above it.

Mini blinds are very similar in operation to Venetian blinds. But, they feature slats of a smaller width than traditional Venetian blinds. The slats are usually about 1” thick.

Micro blinds are an even tinier version of mini-blinds. These types of blinds feature slats that are ½” thick.

Panel blinds are another popular choice for patio doors, as well as very large windows. Panel blinds feature sections that move along a track, which allows you to open and close them.

Pleated shades (sometimes referred to as pleated blinds) feature a piece of material that's pleated so that the shade forms an accordion-like pattern that can be raised or lowered. These shades have a similar look to Venetian blinds, while also “softening” the look of the window. But, they cannot be adjusted from side to side, like blinds. Pleated shades are usually made from fabric or paper.

Cellular shades, also know as honeycomb shades (or honeycomb blinds) look similar to pleated shades and are also made from similar materials. However, unlike a pleated shade, cellular shades are made of two different pieces of material.

Roman shades (also known as Roman blinds) are a very traditional window covering made from fabric or materials like jute or seagrass. There are several different styles of Roman shades available, but they all share one thing in common: As a Roman shade is raised, it folds into itself, similar to how a Venetian blind operates. Since the fabric of a roman shade continues to fold into itself, it can create quite a large stack of fabric at the top of the window when they're raised completely. So, while Roman shades offer a beautiful and timeless look, they do remove a portion of the viewable space of your window when raised.

Roller shades are available in several different styles that mount to the window in a variety of different ways. The most economical roller shades feature an external system that allows you to see all of the different mechanisms and mounting hardware of the shade (which can also help in the event of tangles!)

Tie-up shades are sort of like a cross between a window blind and a curtain . Tie-Up shades are available in a broad range of materials. These shades are constructed from a piece of fabric that features ties that extend beyond the bottom of the shade.

Solar shades are very similar to roller shades. Their purpose to reduce the amount of sunlight, glare, UV rays and heat entering the room from outside while preserving the window's view. If your main prerogative is to limit the effects of sunlight (and pretty much provide a pair of ‘sunglasses' for your window) then a solar shade is the best option.

Outdoor shades are usually made from heavy duty, weather-resistant materials, and are placed outside of the windows (or glass doors) that they are covering. Outdoor shades are often used on a patio door or window to reduce the amount of sun exposure and heat that's entering the area, although internal blinds like solar shades or skylight blinds (or conservatory blinds) are also often used for these purposes.

Skylight shades are available in many different styles including roller, pleated and cellular. These shades are designed to cover difficult to reach skylights. Conservatory blinds can also include skylight shades (used to cover and insulate the glass roofs of conservatories).

Smart blinds sync with a smartphone application and can be controlled in groups or individually. They can also be programmed to open and close at certain points during the day. Not only are smart blinds some of the most visually attractive on the market, but they can also help you save on energy costs.

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