As you shop for new window blinds, you might have trouble deciding between vertical and horizontal styles. Both options provide great opportunities for controlling privacy and how much light enters the room. Consider the pros and cons of vertical vs. horizontal blinds to help you make the right decision.
Pros: The larger slats and practically limitless track length of vertical blinds make them ideal for patio doors and large windows. You can close them all the way to completely block out the light or slide them to the side for easy access to the window or door they cover. Vertical blinds tend to be easier to repair because you can simply replace individual slats. Their vertical orientation also means they stay clean longer and require less dusting.
Cons: Depending on the style, vertical blinds sometimes have an outdated appearance. Cheaper versions may have gaps between the panels, preventing them from completely blocking out the light. They can also be noisy to open and close, and they may rattle if wind or a vent blows air through the panels.
Pros: You may prefer to use horizontal blinds anywhere privacy is your biggest concern. When fully closed, there’s no risk of individual slats moving to the side the way vertical blinds can. They also provide an excellent light barrier, especially if they’re made of a dark, thick material such as faux wood. This makes horizontal blinds ideal for bedrooms and living rooms where you might want to block out the light completely.
Cons: The cords on horizontal blinds can be hazardous to curious children and pets, so make sure you tuck them away when not in use. You must also clean horizontal blinds more often because their orientation allows dust to settle on the slats. Frequent opening and closing may wear out the blinds quickly, possibly requiring a total replacement.
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Big City Insulation of Idaho is proud to partner with A Better Blind, the makers of durable 2-inch vertical blinds made from economical faux wood. We’ll make sure your purchase matches your needs, no matter where you stand in the vertical vs. horizontal blinds debate.
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