Choosing Vertical or Horizontal Blinds for your Home O'Fallon, MO

When it comes to purchasing new window treatments, the selection available can be overwhelming. If you have narrowed your decision down to blinds, you still need to decide if you want vertical or horizontal blinds. Here are some things to consider:

Orientation of the Window

Certain types of window coverings work better with specific window orientations. For a window that opens up and down, you will want your window treatment to do the same. Horizontal blinds can be raised and lowered, so they are perfect for windows that move up and down. If you want your window partially open, you can raise the blind just as far as the window is raised, then leave the slats above open or closed, depending on your privacy needs.

Windows that move side-to-side work best with window fashions that hang vertically. Vertical blinds cover the parts of side-opening windows and sliding glass doors that you want covered and move out of the way when you want your window or door to be open.

Size of the Window

While custom horizontal blinds from Hunter Douglas are available in a large range of sizes, a single blind big enough to cover a large window can be heavy to install on your wall or trim and unwieldy to move up and down. For large windows, vertical blinds are both more practical and functional.

However, if you have a small window to cover, the wider vanes of vertical blinds can look out of place. Because horizontal blinds are available with a wide range of narrower slat widths, they work best in smaller openings. If you are unsure of which orientation would work best in your large or small window, a window fashion professional from All About Blinds Etc, Inc. can come to your home and give you an expert opinion.

Blinds Are Available in Different Materials

Both vertical and horizontal blinds from Hunter Douglas are available in real wood and are a beautiful addition to any room. Aluminum, now manufactured to resist bending even in high-traffic areas, is another material that is used for both orientations. However, if you want a different material for your window treatments, you will need to decide between vertical and horizontal.

Faux wood – This sturdy material mimics the look of real wood, but is designed to withstand both heat and humidity, making it a good fit for kitchens, baths, and sunrooms. Faux wood is available in horizontal blinds.

Vinyl – Vinyl has been the material of choice in vertical blinds for decades, and for good reason. It can be easily cleaned and holds up well against heavy use. It is not available for horizontal blinds.

Fabric – Like vinyl, fabric is only available in a vertical orientation since the softness of the material would not do well horizontally. Skyline® Gliding Window Panels are a perfect example of a vertical blind made with fabric.

To see samples of horizontal and vertical blinds from Hunter Douglas, as well as their other window fashions, visit our showroom in O’Fallon, Missouri. We proudly serve homeowners and businesses throughout the greater St. Charles area.