You get to consider different styles, color patterns, and material options. Even better, you get to pick out blinds that pair well with your personal style and existing decor.
Vertical blinds are widely used, well liked, and perfect for a lot of situations but they aren’t suited for every home or window.
Today we’re covering when you should and shouldn’t use vertical blinds for your home.
When You Should
Vertical door and window blinds are great for a lot of situations. They’re durable, functional, and come in a huge variety of styles.
Probably the most obvious place to use vertical blinds is on sliding patio doors. Regular blinds would look kind of silly covering a glass door that slides open after all.
This type of blind usually opens either side to side or splits down the middle. This allows you to open them just wide enough to go in and out.
They’re great for providing privacy to different parts of the room as needed. They also open up a lot easier than something like drapes or curtains would in a similar placement.
They’re also generally thicker than traditional horizontal blinds and can block out more light when fitted together well.
Another great place to put vertical window blinds is on wider windows. Large picture windows or those that open side to side is almost tailor-made for vertical blinds.
They offer the ability to slide all the way open or to turn the slats. This gives you added flexibility for how much natural lighting you want in your rooms.
This kind of blind is also great for when you want to really enjoy your view. When turned perpendicular to the window they allow for total appreciation of the view.
For Easy Clean
Cleaning all the blinds in your house can be a real chore. With vertical window blinds, you can cut this task down considerably.
Traditional blinds hang horizontally. This makes them magnets for dust and requires you to give them a good cleaning at least monthly. Vertical blinds by definition lack any horizontal surface.
They still get dusty over time but not nearly as quickly as regular blinds. When they do need a cleaning a quick wipe down with a wet rag is usually all that’s required.
With Rough and Tumble Guests
Probably one of the best things about vertical blinds is how easy they are to be repaired and updated.
If you’ve got rugrats or pets running around it’s easy to damage the blinds or drapes. With traditional blinds, a broken slat is very hard to replace.
Vertical slats are individually connected to a track. If one should crack or even break loose it’s a simple matter to replace.
When You Shouldn’t
Vertical blinds are great but they aren’t suited for every situation. Here are a few of the potential downsides of vertical blinds and when you should consider other options.
High Wind Conditions
The way vertical blinds hang allows them to rub and clack against each other when they move. Normally this isn’t an issue but if you plan to leave your sliding door open with the blinds partially closed you’ll definitely hear it.
With the wind blowing through them vertical blinds will make a lot of noise. If you mostly close them before opening the door this isn’t a problem. If you wanted to have partial shade while letting in a breeze though you should consider a different blind option.
All of the things that make vertical blinds great for wide windows and doors make them a poor option for narrow or extra tall windows. Smaller windows just don’t allow the proper presentation of vertical blind systems.
They look just a little off. Also, the flexibility in opening options doesn’t really work on a normal sized window. For these situations, a traditional horizontal window sized to fit is the better option.
Find Your Style
Vertical blinds are available in tons of different color and style options. This makes it easy to match them to any existing decor or build into a totally new setup. Don’t be afraid to ask your provider for a full list of their options.