vertical vs horizontal blinds

Vertical vs. Horizontal Blinds

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Vertical and horizontal blinds both provide great options for controlling the amount of light that enters a room. Among their primary advantages is the fact that they can be closed completely, essentially proving a blackout level of light control. These blinds both have their different applications and there’s more that is different between them than the orientation of the slats.


Many interior designers prefer to use horizontal and vertical blinds based on where the window being covered is facing. On windows that face to the north or the south, horizontal blinds are generally preferred. On east- or west-facing windows, many interior designers prefer to use vertical blinds. The light blocking properties of the blinds are largely dictated by the angles at which they can be adjusted to filter sunlight and, because of the angle of the sunlight as it hits a house from a given direction, the above-mentioned conventions exist.

Vertical blinds are much better choices than horizontal blinds, in most cases, for large windows. On sliding balcony and porch doors, for instance, vertical blinds allow the light to be filtered and still permit people to go in or out of the house by simply moving the blinds to one side to allow passage.

Horizontal blinds are excellent for applications where privacy is of the utmost concern. When they are closed up completely, they have no risk of blowing or being moved open accidentally and they provide an excellent barrier to light. Combined with a set of good drapes, they can visually close off a room from the outside world, allowing the highest possible degree of privacy. This is great for bedrooms and for large living room windows at night, when interior lighting makes it unfortunately easy to see what’s going on inside the house from the outside.

Practical Considerations

Blinds can be challenging to clean and that has to be taken into account when installing them. Cleaning blinds is best done as an ongoing, maintenance chore rather than as a catch-up project after the blinds have become very dirty. With a simple duster, blinds can be effectively cleaned and one need not worry that they will become so stained that they need to be soaked or otherwise cleaned off.

There are many different materials that are used to manufacture blinds. Aluminum is popular because of its low cost, durability and its excellent light-blocking characteristics. Vinyl and other light materials are easier to lift and close and can last a very long time. Wooden blinds add a very elegant touch to a room.

Remember that the strings on blinds can be hazards. Be sure to use a device that keeps them away from children. As a lesser, but still important, concern, be sure you draw horizontal blinds up evenly to avoid having them become tangled.

Finding Blinds

Because of the popularity of window blinds, they are generally very easy to find. It is important to keep in mind that not all blinds are manufactured up to the same high standards and that cheap, discount store blinds oftentimes end up being worth every penny you paid for them in the sense that buying cheap products oftentimes results in poor performance.

Specialty Drapery can provide high-quality blinds that are suitable for the most demanding applications. Durable blinds can last for many years and, even when they need to be cleaned frequently, they can retain their original, attractive appearance. Specialty Drapery provides blinds for people in Richmond, Virginia and around the world. Starting with the highest quality materials and finishing with the highest quality manufacturing techniques, Specialty Drapery can provide blinds and other window coverings for the most elegant homes.