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What to Consider When Shopping for Window Blinds

Window blinds and curtains are important in a home, but for complete window decoration, think beyond. Even as family and friends can always see the beauty from inside, consider those who are outside watching. So maximize your window charms using well-matched decorative blinds that work both for your home’s interior and exterior.

Of course, not all types of window blinds are right for your home. Before you go shopping, consider the basics.

Types and Materials

There are various types of window blinds these days, but let’s zero in on the three most widely used terms you will probably encounter: raised, louvered, and board and batten. Within the said varieties, you’ll also observe some structural distinctions, especially in relation to the top design, which is either arched, straight or eyebrow-shaped. All three have the same function, but each will give home and windows a different feel to it. Most homeowners will pick the shape that best suits the architectural lines of their house.

Wood Blinds

No two wood varieties create the same statement, but some popular choices include but oak, pine and maple. Wood blinds may be stained dark or light, painted any color you want, and are usually treated for extreme weather conditions.

Plastic and Vinyl Blinds

Plastic and vinyl blinds may seem unnatural, but many of them are processed to looking very much like natural wood grain. In any case, plastic and vinyl are generally longer-lasting and low-maintenance (no peeling or chipping).

Aside from choosing the right materials, the other crucial factor behind purchasing window blinds is getting the right measurements.


For the sake of consistency, it’s good to have the same width for each and every window, although this can be a problem for homes that have different sized windows! Most shops today sell blinds with widths of 6. Professionals recommend a width that extends over 25% to 33% of the overall width of the window (should include), although this is largely a matter of preference. Look for the size that best suits your idea of a dream home.


When measuring the height of your window, be sure to start from the top, right down to the bottom of the trim. If you plan to install vinyl blinds on a window with a sill, give a 1/4-inch allowance – take note that vinyl expands and contracts with the seasons. Blinds nowadays are mostly made with a height of 2 inches, but some can be shorter or taller. As always, you can decide which height you think is best for the type or types of windows in your home.

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