Vertical blinds offer a modernized alternative to shades or drapes. Featuring slats that run top to bottom versus left to right, they provide maximum control over light and privacy and are easy to maintain. If you’re considering vertical blinds for your home, be sure to know the following:
Why might vertical blinds be the right choice for you? Like the name suggests, this type of blind has vertical slats instead of horizontal slats, that swivel open and closed, or pull to the sides of the window. Because they are vertical by design, they can help add height to rooms with low ceilings, and work well with sliding glass or patio doors, and floor-to-ceiling or bay windows. They’re also easier to clean since they collect less dust than horizontal blinds.
What styles are available? Vertical blinds can be found in a wide range of colors and materials. When selecting a color, look for something to complement your décor but also keep in mind that certain colors block more light than others. Like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds are generally available in vinyl, aluminum or wood. Base your decision again on how much light you’d like filtered through your windows. Also make sure the the rail is straight, slats are fairly thick and rigid and that each slat is securely connected to the rail.
What should you consider regarding the length and width of your vertical blinds? Vertical blind slats can range from three to seven inches; choose one that is complementary to the size of your window. Vertical blinds should cover the entire length of your window to provide maximum privacy and light control.
What’s the difference between inside mount and outside mount vertical blinds? Inside mount and outside mount represent the two ways you can hang your blinds. It is essentially an aesthetic preference. Inside mount vertical blinds sit within the recessed window frame so that the shades are flush with the wall, while outside mount vertical blinds are hung outside of the frame on the wall and cover a larger area.
How do you determine the right size? This depends on whether you’ve chosen inside or outside mount vertical 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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