Different Kinds Of Blinds, Shades And Fabrics For Your Home

By: Low Jeremy

Blinds and shades are window coverings common for similar purposes such as giving privacy to the people inside a particular establishment or protecting the interior part from direct sunlight. They vary in colors and sizes and you can always find something that will fit in your windows or personal preferences. You can purchase mini blinds if your room is not big enough. Mini-blinds are made of vinyl, wood, aluminum or faux wood. Vinyl blinds are ideal for locations prone to humidity such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Horizontal vinyl blinds are unbreakable, can be cleaned easily and resistant to sun bleaching. Vinyl blinds that are lightweight are the cheapest of the blinds but it has fragile slats, which break easily. Aluminum blinds are affordable, easier to maintain and durable. However aluminum gauge should be considered when purchasing. Larger gauge are better because of its extended durability. The gauges slats can vary from six to nine. Aluminum and vinyl blinds are perfect for rooms with furniture made of wrought irons.

Wood blinds can go perfectly with wooden furniture. This should be given proper care for long life span and good to be installed in areas with controlled and stable humidity however wood blinds can be very expensive. Faux wood mini blinds are created combining wood and vinyl providing dual advantage of moisture resistance and less costs. These blinds are easier to clean and do not crack or fade.

Drapery is often referred to as curtain used as blinds. Curtains are piece of cloth design to obscure or block sunlight with different styles, colors and fabric types suitable for window treatments according to function, style and formality degree of the room. You can research for various drapery styles, designs and fabric used in decorating magazines so that you can choose the right drapery for your room. Designs can be modified to enhance more attractiveness.

Drapery fabric types include linen, silk rayon, cotton, polyester and acrylic blends, nylon and acetate. Select the fabric type base on its ability to ruffle, pleat, and drape suiting your window treatments and its probable location. Make your own design preference and use your creativity for enhancing beauty on your windows.

-Slat blinds made of vinyl or metal is consisting of many flat horizontal slats connected to a string which have a 170 degrees rotation adjustments for hiding the light or it can be pulled up to clear the window. The blind rotation is dependent on the connector being attached to a pulling cord or string, so the lowering and raising are done by pulling different strings.

-Venetian blinds are slatted blind having either a plastic or metal composition. There are also available slats made of wood pertaining to wood or bamboo blinds. The slat width ranges from 50 to 120mm but the most common width is 50mm.

-Mini-blinds are Venetian blinds having narrower width slats ranging from 19 to 24mm.

-Vertical blinds have slats made of plastic, metal or stiffened fabric hanging from a track on its one end. The horizontal slats has a 90 degrees rotation for allowing light to pass or can be fold up to either side of the window or doors. They also called as track blinds.

-Solid blinds can be fold up or roll up but it cannot be entirely opened so that light can pass through. These types of blinds are populary called window shades. These blinds include:

-Holland blinds also known as roller shades can be pulled down to roll the window blinds.

-Wood blinds that are woven have slats made of decorative bamboo, wood or other woven natural material with a colored yarn, simple string or other materials having decorations almost similar to a solid blind. This blinds are roll up or fold up for light adjustments. Woven wood blinds are affordable shutters alternatives, energy efficient and has a greater control over lights.

-Pleated shades are made of fabric with pleated shades being pulled up so that it could flatly sit on the window's top corner.

-Honeycomb shades resembles a pleated shades, the only difference are the other layers being sewed on the pleats forming a compartment trapping the air for insulation purposes. If you want higher insulation and energy efficiency, look for more cells counts.

-Roman shades are made of woven wood or fabric. It has excellent insulation and easier operation.

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