Vertical Blinds – How To Tell If They Are Right For You
By Jerikat Jennison
If you are considering changing the window dressings in a room, you should consider vertical blinds. These are inexpensive, versatile and easy to care for. However, they are not right for everyone or every room. Here is some advice on how to tell whether they are right for you. If you decide that you do want to purchase them for your room you will also need tops on how to measure properly to make sure that you get the right size for your windows.
Vertical blinds have become increasingly popular with people who want a simple way to cover large windows and sliding doors. Unlike a curtain or drapery treatment they are easy to install. They are made up of panels of material or plastic that hangs vertically from a track at the top. The panels can be rotated open or shut depending on how much light you want in the room. In the case of a door, they can be slid to one side so that the opening is completely unobstructed.
You can purchase pre-made blinds that are available in many different sizes. You need to look at the width as well as the height on the box of any pre-made blind. This can tell you whether it is the right size for your window or door. You can find different colors and textures however if you want a specific color or style you may not always be able to find it. If you have a very specific look in mind, you should consider having your blinds custom made. This can be more expensive but it may be worth it if you want to be totally satisfied.
You may find that another kind of window covering is best if you want to keep light out of a room. This is because the multiple slats of a vertical blind will allow light to get in around the edges. You may like them better in a room where privacy is more of a need than light blocking is. One of the reasons that they are great for patio doors or other doorways is that they can be pulled all the way open and this lets you get through the door without having to move a curtain aside.
Measuring for your vertical blinds is quite simple. You will need to know how wide and how tall the opening you are covering is. You may need to order a blind that is slightly too wide if you are trying to purchase pre-made blinds and your window is not a standard size. Keep in mind that if you have baseboard heaters you need to keep your blinds from touching the heater. This can be a fire hazard as the window blinds can melt and catch on fire.
When you shop for vertical blinds you may find that there are a number of standard sized window blinds in stores. They come in a range of colors although if you have an oddly sized window you may find that it takes more searching to find the size that you need. You can expect that custom made blinds will obviously cost more than mass produced blinds will. If you are not sure whether you like the way the window blinds look you may want to make sure that you can return them, especially if you have purchased several different sizes or colors. You can also find blinds online. There may be some really excellent deals especially if you are purchasing standard sized blinds.
Caring for your window blinds is simple. Depending on what they are made out of they can be wiped down or dusted off very easily. Unlike cloth window coverings they cannot be washed in a washing machine but many people still like how easy they are to care for.
If you love the look of vertical blinds you will be happy to know that shopping for them is easy. They are popular and that makes finding stores and websites that carry them easy. Installing them is also simple and you will be very happy with the way they make any large window or door look.