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Important Terms about Blinds

Like curtains and drapes, window blinds are very common household items. It is also quite common for people to misunderstand and misuse certain descriptive terms concerning blinds, so it may be beneficial to define exactly what these words mean.

  • Blind - A type of window covering generally characterized by its use of parallel slats. Blinds are generally made of wood, plastic, or other materials. They can easily be opened and closed by turning a shaft. Usually, the slats can be raised or drawn to the side of the window by pulling on a cord. They are used to protect privacy and to block sunlight. Though sometimes used as a generic term for all types of coverings, blinds are usually considered distinct from related items such as curtains and shutters.
  • Venetian Blinds - A type that uses horizontal slats that can be rotated to control the level of sunlight that comes through it. Sometimes called wooden blinds. A mini blind is a variation of this type that uses very thin slats.
  • Vertical Blinds - A type that uses slats arranged vertically. The blinds go up and down, rather than left to right. Often used with large, glass sliding doors.
  • Cellular Blinds - A type that uses continuous pleated material with no gaps. Also called honeycomb shades.
  • Blackout Blinds - A type especially designed to block light.
  • Roller Blinds - A type that can be retracted by being rolled around a metal tube. Also called roller shades.
  • Faux Wood Blinds - A type that uses fake wood slats. Considered more durable than blinds that use real wood.
  • Matchstick Blinds - A type made of rounded bamboo wood sticks that are tightly bound together.
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    R W Walters Installations
    232 Nottoway St., Leesburg, VA 20175
    Orlean Window Blinds offers measuring and installation services through our qualified Drapery Installation technicians Orlean Blinds
    (703) 431-3080
    Blinds And Shutters In Va
    Winchester, Winchester, VA 22602
    Our family owned business has over 18 years of experience. As a full service company, we design, measure, install, and provide after sales service. Our prices are guaranteed to be the lowest.
    (703) 232-1655
    Rockville Interiors & Fabrics
    4 W Middle Ln, Rockville, MD 20850
    Premier interior design firm since 1971. Specializing in custom-crafted draperies, upholstery, slipcovers, bed ensembles, blinds, shades and plantation shutters. We offer high quality mini blinds and window treatments.
    (301) 424-1900
    Budget Blinds of Warrenton
    405 Rosedale Ct, Warrenton, VA 20186
    (540) 428-8777
    Paint Bucket
    402 N Main St, Culpeper, VA 22701
    (540) 825-3474
    Joan Brown Interiors
    8052 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA 22701
    (540) 547-9889
    Blinds to Go
    8301 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109
    (703) 331-1851
    Kim's Corner
    8755 Mathis Ave, Manassas, VA 20110
    (703) 368-7856
    Plantation Shutters & Blinds
    Alexander Va, Manassas, VA 20110
    (540) 323-2011
    Sha Sha Designs LLC
    Manassas, VA 20110
    (888) 370-6352
    44 Main St, Round Hill, VA 20141
    (540) 751-0061
    Budget Blinds
    13361 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20121
    (703) 830-6400
    Next Day Blinds
    2530 S Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester, VA 22601
    (540) 723-0110
    Loudoun Valley Floors
    129 N Bailey Ln Ste C, Purcellville, VA 20132
    (540) 338-4300
    Next Day Blinds
    11085 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 352-4430

    Blinds have two basic functions. They reduce visibility from outdoors and provide shade from the sunlight. Blinds or blind like structures have been used for centuries. For example desert dwellers used wet cloths to cover their meager shelters and the ancient Egyptians strung reeds together and hung them over the windows to divert peeking eyes. Today there are a variety of blinds for people to choose from when deciding to incorporate this home fixture. Vertical and horizontal blinds are probably at the top of the list. Both can be used with or without curtains, although horizontal blinds are often accompanied with curtains. Vertical blinds are ideal for patio sliding doors as they cover the door from top to bottom vertically. Other popular fixtures are those that custom made to fit particular window measurements. Skylights for example must have special blinds made to fit with those unique measurements. Minis are also very popular. Roller blinds or shades are an economical option and require little effort for installation. Cellular shades are an option for this category. Many large institutions like schools use roller blinds or shades. Wood is an alternative to shutters. It is typically made from basswood or ramin wood. Venetian, faux, bamboo and matchstick all fit into the wooden category. Roman blinds are made from fabric that gathers into pleats when raised up. If you want to enhance the effect of darkness in a room, blackout blinds are the way to go. These window treatments darken the room even during daylight hours. Discount liquidators and home improvement stores offer the various options for these types of window treatments. Private companies may also supply services to estimate and install these blinds. With so many options, versatile blinds fit with anyone's personal preference for decor.
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