85 Window Blinds and Shades

If you’re looking for a clean, simple window treatment that is easy to maintain and aesthetically pleasing, then blinds may be just up your alley. Depending on your style preference and budget, a range of window blind styles are available — just be sure to pay attention to durability, weight and quality while shopping. More 
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Are blinds right for me?

Often the least expensive option on the market in terms of window treatments, blinds are easy to maintain, have a clean appearance and don’t take up extra room. They allow you ultimate control over privacy and sunlight. You can pull up the shades to expose the window, angle the slats slightly, or close them entirely.

What types of window blinds are available?

The general difference between types of shades are in the material used to make slats and the size of the slats. See below to learn about the available options.
Vinyl blinds: Generally the least expensive option, vinyl units are lightweight but can be flimsy, bend easily and are usually available only in smaller slat sizes.
Aluminum blinds: These are slightly more expensive than vinyl, however they’re of better quality while still being lightweight. They’re available in a large range of sizes, colors, and finishes, including metallic or soft suede.
Faux wood blinds: Available in one and two-inch sized slats, faux wood shades imitate the real thing without warping, fading, or cracking. They are easy to clean and are moisture resistant, but also more expensive and the heaviest horizontal blind option.
Real wood blinds: These are actually lighter in weight than faux wood and will give a room a natural, organic feeling. While these shades will block a considerable amount of light, they’re likely going to be the most expensive option.
Vertical blinds: Like the name suggests, this type of blind has vertical slats instead of horizontal slats, which swivel open or closed, and pull to the side of your window.

What’s the difference between inside mount and outside mount blinds?

Inside mount and outside mount represent the two ways you can hang your shades, which is essentially an aesthetic preference. Inside mount units sit within the recessed window frame so that the shades are flush with the wall, while outside mount units are hung outside of the frame on the wall and cover a larger area.

How do I determine the right window covering?

This depends on whether you’ve chosen inside or outside mount blinds. For inside mount, carefully measure the inside of the window frame from top to bottom and from left to right, as well as the depth of the window. For outside mount, measure from where you plan to hang the shade to where you'd like it to drop, and then measure from side to side. Add 2" at the top to allow for mounting brackets.
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