Comparison: Blinds vs. Shades

What is the difference between blinds and shades? You may be familiar with the terms blinds or shades but you may be wondering what the main differences are between each. 

What are the pros and cons of each? Here are a few tips to help you narrow down the selection process...

Basically, blinds are window coverings made up of individual slats. They can be completely raised for an unobstructed view or, when lowered, the slats can be rotated to let in more or less light. Shades, on the other hand, are made from single panels of fabric or woven wood rather than slats, so they can only be raised or lowered to achieve light control and privacy. 

Blinds come in both horizontal and vertical slats or louvers and have the primary function of controlling the amount of light coming through.





There are many types of shades with unique functional benefits from light diffusion to energy efficiency, along with a variety of design options and much more. 







So What Do I Choose? Blinds? Shades?

 

Before making your final selection, think about your light, privacy and energy-efficiency requirements as well as your views. If you have amazing views, you may want blinds with larger slats, or shades that completely retract into the headrail. If you look directly into your neighbor’s home, you may want to consider a sheer that brings light in but doesn’t draw attention to your less-than-perfect view.

 

Whatever your situation, we are ready to help you choose window treatments that will work for your unique situation, budget, taste and style. Give us a call today to set up a free consultation. 801-942-7500

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