Blinds are commercially made window coverings that can have either vertical or horizontal slats, have an accordion or honeycomb construction or are woven from natural or synthetic reeds. In one style, slats are sandwiched between two sheer fabric layers that diffuse light when the slats are open. In yet another style, slats are laminated vertically to a single fabric layer for a curtain effect. The mechanisms for opening and closing blinds range from simple cords and easy-to-operate continuous chains to remote-controlled electronic devices.
Option for Window BlindsBlinds are available in a wide variety of stock sizes and colors plus unlimited custom sizes and styles. These allow you to control the direction and amount of natural light while providing some small degree of insulation. Some blind styles will adjust to allow a breeze to flow from the window into the room by tilting or raising the slats.
- Horizontal Blinds – Venetian blinds have 2-inch wide wood, aluminum, or vinyl horizontal slats; miniblinds are 1 inch wide. Visible cloth tape or cord on the left and right sides plus strings running through the blinds are of a matching or customized color.
- Vertical Blinds – These vertical slats of vinyl, aluminum, wood, non-woven or laminated, also custom fabric measure 3 to 4 inches wide. They draw completely to one side and are a good choice for sliding glass doors and large plate-glass windows.
- Accordion or Honeycomb Blinds – Natural-fiber reeds from grasses or bamboo or synthetics like vinyl are laid horizontally and woven together to produce a semi-transparent blind that rolls up from the bottom. They are inexpensive sun-blockers on a porch or in a sunroom.