11 Feb 8 of the Best Window Blinds for Your Home
There’s nothing worse than being woken up early by the bright sunlight streaming through your window. It seems like so many great things in life can be ruined by an unblocked window.
Suddenly, we can’t do even the most mundane things in our own homes without fear of being watched or judged. We all need a good set of blinds, and bedroom blinds especially.
The problem is that not all blinds are created equal. Some are sturdy enough to last years, and maybe even decades. Others can get bent just by someone pushing open two slats to look through.
So, what are the best blinds and where can we find them? We’ll answer both those questions and more in the paragraphs below.
1. Blackout Shades
You’ve probably seen blackout shades before; blackout blinds tend to show up in office buildings where you pull the chain and a solid layer of fabric or plastic comes down to cover the whole window.
Anybody who prefers not to let any light in should look into them. If you’re the type who can’t sleep if any light is on, or you are very passionate about privacy or are secretly a vampire, blackout shades might be for you.
2. Honeycomb Blinds
Honeycomb blinds are blinds that are made from layers of fabric, sometimes up to three. The science behind honeycomb shades is that the layers of fabric act like a filter, preventing most UV light from getting in.
Honeycomb blinds can do more than that, though. They also provide privacy while also letting in the light. The layers are thin enough to allow light through but are still too thick to see through.
Unlike blackout shades, where you’re forced to choose between all light and no light, honeycomb blinds can be adjusted to block out certain amounts of light.
Some people even prefer to block out all but the top few inches of the window to let more sunlight in while still maintaining privacy.
3. Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds are just like their name implies. In these blinds, the slats hang down and are attached to a device at the type which allows them to be opened and closed.
In most cases, vertical blinds are used to cover large windows. For instance, if you live in a house with glass sliding doors, you might want to consider this type of blind.
Vertical blinds do come with one glaring issue. While they’re easy to open and close, and aren’t likely to be damaged by a curious dog or cat, you may encounter trouble if you have children.
Seeing as younger children, and especially toddlers, are eager to experiment with the world, they may be tempted to play with and even pull on these blinds, which can dislodge them. Thankfully, nobody will get hurt, but putting them back up will be a hassle.
4. Pleated Shades
Like many types of shades, pleated shades are often made from cloth. Since cloth tends to give off a more sophisticated vibe, it can be a great complement to the look of your bedroom or living room. Despite their appearance, pleated shades are not that expensive.
Since they’re connected and made entirely of cloth, you can’t bend them. The downside is that if you want to let light into the room, you have to roll it up because the slats don’t separate.
5. Roman Blinds
We know that the word curtain dates back to the 13th or 14th century, but curtains as a concept have been around much longer. Roman blinds, for instance, have been around since the Roman empire and were originally used to keep dirt away from windows instead of light.
Roman blinds bear a lot of resemblance to Venetian blinds. The main difference is that while Venetian blinds are disconnected slats of wood or plastic, Roman blinds are connected and made entirely of fabric.
You may be wondering what the difference is between Roman blinds and pleated shades. Pleated shades are often thinner and still look like blinds or shades.
Roman blinds are thicker and more luxurious, so they look more like curtains than blinds.
6. Solar Shades
Solar shades function much like blackout shades, and a third type known as roller shades are also similar. Which one you have depends on function and intent.
All three types of shades work to block out a certain amount of light. However, roller and solar shades are not built to block out all light.
Roller shades can be pulled down to cover the whole window and block out light, but they can be made from several materials which will all let different levels of light through.
Solar shades also can be pulled down to cover the entire window, but they’re specifically built to block out UV light, but allow other types of light through.
7. Tie-Up Shades
Tie-up shades may be the right fit if you prefer class and nostalgia. They harken back to a time before the mechanisms that power our modern window slats.
Instead, we open the shades by hoisting them up and tying them in place with built-in pieces of fabric. We then untie them when we want to take it down.
Tie-up shades do require more work than most, so if you prefer the simplicity of modern technology, these aren’t the shades for you. We also don’t recommend them if you want to be able to see out your whole window, because the fabric tends to bunch at the top when closed.
8. Venetian Blinds
Last but not least, we come to this old classic. Venetian blinds are the technical name for the type of blind we all grew up seeing–the thin slats that are operated using a rod on one side and a pulley on the other.
Venetian shades can be made of a lot of different materials. The most affordable material is plastic, and there’s nothing wrong with that if it works for you.
However, the plastic is also easy to bend, so it may suffer at the hands of pets and children. We could go on to mention the upsides of Venetian blinds, but they’re better outlined in this article.
Best Types of Bedroom Blinds
If you’re choosing bedroom blinds, there are a lot of different options, and it all depends on what you want your blinds to do. You may just want something simple and classic, in which case Venetian blinds are your best bet. There are also vertical blinds for a nice twist.
If you’re trying to keep out light, and especially UV light, you might want to try blackout shades or solar shades. Maybe you’re looking for elegance, in which case tie-up shades and Roman blinds are good ideas.
Pleated shades and honeycomb shades offer a nice contrast between elegance and affordability, as well as a decent amount of light filtration.
If you want to know more about window blinds, please visit our site. Ever wonder what the difference is between blinds and shades? We can tell you about that and what benefits and downsides they offer.