More often than not, the term ‘blinds' refers to both blinds and shades. While all different types of blinds and shades serve the same basic function, there is a fundamental difference that separates the two. So, before we go any further, let's make sure we understand what makes them different.
Blinds come in a variety of different types, materials, and sizes. All blinds have individual slats, which adjust up and down. Blinds can also tilt from side to side, which allows you to control the amount of light entering the room.
For most blinds, a cord located on one side of the blinds allow you to adjust the blinds up and down. A rod located on the other side of the blinds controls the tilt of the blinds, allowing you to open the slats, or close them.
Shades also come in many types, materials, and sizes. Unlike blinds, they're made from one piece of material, instead of individual slats. For this reason, they can be adjusted up and down, but not side to side