“Blinds” typically refers to a hard treatment built of ‘slats’ or vanes and are one of the most common window accessories, used in nearly every home. Blinds are used because they are easily adjustable; they can be pulled tight together for privacy, or opened up to let light in and give an unobstructed view.
Nowadays there are hundreds of options when it comes to buying blinds, and it can seem overwhelming. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 most popular blinds for Tampa homeowners:
Venetian blinds are the most popular type of blinds available because they work in nearly every room and on almost every type of window. They are made of horizontal slats held together by string. The slats can be made of plastic, wood, or metal. The slats are then adjusted by pulling or rotating a string cording and can be set to custom heights and openness. Most Venetian blind slats are 1 inch but can be as wide as 4 inches.
Mini blinds are a type of Venetian blind that are most commonly used in homes and offices over small windows or tightly clustered large windows. They are usually about ½ inch in width and can provide a very beautiful look while also being totally customizable.
Vertical Blinds are similar to Venetian blinds, but they are composed of vertical slats, rather than horizontal. This reduces the amount of dust and allergens that get caught on the blinds. They use a side-closing system that makes them perfect for large windows and patio doors. They are also customizable and can be slid aside easily to allow access to the door or window.
Wood blinds are more commonly offered in Venetian style, but you can also find them in vertical style. Faux wood is often used because it offers UV protection against fading and warping. Wood blinds typically use larger slats and look similar to shutters.
Roller blinds work similarly to a window shade, and offer a very effective way to block light from a room. They are a one-piece design with a metal pole and are operated by some sort of pulley and spring mechanism. However, since there are no slats, you can only adjust the height of the window covering.