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Horizontal or Vertical Window Blinds?

Using blinds as a window treatment is a common option, for many reasons. However, once you decide that you want to use blinds, there are still many different types of blinds to choose from, and each will provide you with a different look and different features. Not all blinds are created equal. You can obviously choose different colors, different types of materials, but did you realize that you even have the option of using either horizontal or vertical blinds? Most people might assume that all blinds are horizontal for windows, but using vertical blinds is sometimes a unique option that gives a very different look and offers different features as well. Let’s compare the similarities and differences between the two types, so that you can make the perfect decision for your window treatments that will make your home as special and unique to you and your current décor as well as your own personal tastes.

Similarities Between Horizontal and Vertical Blinds

Both horizontal and vertical blinds will provide you with a simple way to let sunlight into your home. Both are easily operated with the pull of a cord, or, for the higher end versions, a push of a button that activates electronic opening and closing that can be adjusted to let just the right amount of light in to suit your mood and the moment. Both horizontal and vertical blinds can provide plenty of privacy and, depending on the material, may be room darkening for the ultimate in light control.

Both horizontal and vertical blinds are available in many different colors, fabrics, designs and materials, and can positively complement and enhance any type of décor, from classic, to contemporary, to whimsical. Both types of blinds work well with additional window treatments, such as curtains or decorative valances.

Both horizontal and vertical blinds can be easily installed with basic tools that most people have at home. There is an upper rail system that contains the cords and controls, and the blinds are attached to the upper rail. Both can be installed either within the window frame or on the outside, depending on preference and window construction.

Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical Blinds

When it comes to truly blocking the most light, horizontal blinds may be the best option. They tend to close more tightly, and, since light does not necessarily enter at a direct angle to the window, turning the blinds with an upward or downward angle can essentially close off the window almost completely to block the light.

Horizontal blinds are considered to be somewhat safer for children or pets, because it can be very easy to contain the cords by wrapping them around a small hook that is out of reach of both children and pets, lessening the risk of any kind of entanglement. Plus, there are more options for motorizing horizontal blinds and eliminating the cords altogether. Horizontal blinds also come in a variety of cordless versions that are spring loaded and have no cords at all, eliminating the entanglement risk completely.

One of the downsides of horizontal blinds may be that they usually require more frequent cleaning, as the horizontal surfaces of the blinds themselves will collect more dust. There are plenty of cleaning tools that are designed for just this very purpose, so this may not be a huge problem for most people who are able to keep up on their house cleaning tasks.

Vertical blinds, on the other hand, tend to accumulate less dust simply because of the vertical placement of the blinds. They may be more likely to accumulate moisture, however, as the bottom edge will always be in contact with the bottom edge of the window, where moisture and outside air is always going to be present on some level.

Vertical blinds are often better for covering larger, taller or wider windows, or sliding glass doors. The blind sections tend to be larger and the louvers tend to be wider, making it a more cost efficient way to contain light in larger window areas. Vertical blinds are also often a better choice when you want to have better airflow in a room, as even partially opening the blinds can let plenty of air flow through.

Choose carefully when selecting the window treatments for your home, and know what all the options are before you invest in this important part of your décor.