Should I Choose Horizontal or Vertical Blinds?

When decorating a room, one of the most important decisions you will make is how to treat your windows. One decision that might give you a good bit of trouble is choosing between vertical and horizontal blinds for your windows. Both are great option with pros and cons of their own, but only one style can fit with your room perfectly. So instead of driving yourself mad trying to guess which blinds will be best, allow this article to help you break down whether horizontal or vertical blinds are better for your unique situation.

Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal blinds are the more traditional of the two styles. If you looked throughout most buildings across the country you would find that most are adorned with horizontal blinds running across their panes. Typically designed for windows on the taller, narrower side, they feature slats that come in various sizes. Two inch slats are the most traditional, though half inch slats have been growing in popularity recently since many people believe they give off a more contemporary look. One inch slats are the ideal compromise between bigger and smaller designs. Just remember when choosing what slat size you like for your horizontal blinds that the bigger the slats the more light they can let through. So if you want a nice, bright room, two inch slats would probably be the way to go. But if you are looking for the most sun blocking ability you can get, half inch slats are more your style. Horizontal blinds are controlled by a cord-and-pulley system that raises and lowers them. They are made out of a wide variety of materials, such as wood, faux wood, and aluminum, that are perfect for whatever style you like.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are most commonly seen on glass sliding doors since they offer much easier passage through the doorway than their horizontal counterparts. Vertical blinds typically have three and a half inch slats, much larger than the slats on horizontal blinds. However, the same rule applies: the larger the slats, the more light that can be let through, so vertical blinds tend to let in the most light. Vertical blinds are attached at the top of the window and move left to right to open and close, and are made of one of four materials: aluminum, vinyl, wood, or fabric. Fabric blinds let the most light in, especially those made of particularly thin materials, like silk or linen. Wood blinds are the most durable option and block out the most light.

Whether you end up choosing vertical or horizontal blinds, Hunter Douglas has the products that will best suit whatever window treatments you are looking for. For vertical blinds, their Skyline® Gliding Window Panels are some of sleekest, most modern looking blinds on the market, and the Somner® Custom Vertical Blinds offer all sorts of customizable options so you can find the perfect color, style, and material for your home or business. And when it comes to horizontal blinds, Hunter Douglas has even more fantastic options, like the Parkland®, Everwood®, and Reveal® collections, that will definitely have the perfect blinds for you.

Choosing between vertical and horizontal blinds can seem like a chore, but with the great options offered by Hunter Douglas you can get the best blinds in Bloomington, Illinois.