It can be confusing when you’re shopping for new window treatments and the words blinds and shades are used interchangeably. While they are both window treatments in function, they differ in style and operation.
ShadeMonster is here to help you understand the difference between blinds and shades and to choose which one is best for you.
Blinds are window treatments with either horizontal or vertical slats. They are typically made from a hard material, such as wood, PVC, or aluminum. Blinds can adjust their slats to let in light. Horizontal blinds can also be raised or lowered, vertical blinds can be pushed back or spread out.
Shades are window treatments that are made from one or multiple pieces of material. They come in many different colors, textures, and fabrics. Some even have prints and patterns. Shades are raised or lowered to adjust for light and privacy.
The difference between window shades and window blinds is how they operate. Blinds have slats that tilt to control light and privacy. If you want to let in a little light or a lot, you can adjust the amount of light by tilting the blinds to your exact needs. The majority of shades can only be adjusted by rolling the shades up or down. Depending on the fabric of the shades, you will have to roll the shade all the way up to be able to see out the window. Zebra shades offer the best of both worlds as they have alternating horizontal light filtering and room darkening stripes, so you can adjust the amount of light and privacy without rolling the shade all the way up or down.
Window treatment cost comes down to customization and fabric. Blinds are typically less customizable than shades and therefore can be the cheaper option. While basic shades are quite affordable, the price can rise when you add motorized lift, high quality fabric, dual shades, or other customizable options.
Whether you are cost conscious or not, ShadeMonster has the right window treatment for you. Our high quality materials at affordable prices means that you won’t have to break the bank to design your space. Contact us today to get started on your dream blinds or shades.
ShadeMonster boasts over 25 years of experience creating custom window treatments. Our products come directly from our local factory guaranteeing high quality customizable materials, competitive pricing, and quick turn around. Contact us today for your free estimate, and have your new shades in less than 7 business days!
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