What do you do if you want the look and warmth of wood blinds but can’t afford it?
Get the next best thing – faux wood blinds.
Wood blinds and shutters are among the most popular window coverings sold in America today. However, these two products are also some of the most expensive. Faux wood blinds are about 30% cheaper than the wood blinds, and yet look very much the same, control light equally well, and come in the same styles. They still offer natural wood’s rich, subtle colors and unique textures. Plus, they don’t warp or bow.
This is important if you need to put blinds in a damp environment where real wood could easily get damaged. Faux wood is considerably more resistant to moisture and wetness than wood. Because they are less porous, warping and cracking almost never happens with faux wood blinds. Water just beads up on the surface, instead of soaking in. They don’t mildew from moisture, either, or warp or bow. This makes them a much wiser choice for a shower, small bathroom, laundry room, or in areas above a sink.
Aside from moisture, they fare very well in other durability tests. Because they are more pliable and don’t scratch as easily, they stand up better to wear and tear from children and pets as well.
What Are Faux Wood Blinds Made Of?
They are made from a combination of polymers, adhesives and veneers to re-create the look of real wood, without actually being wood. They can have a grain pattern imprinted or painted on them, or have a wood-looking veneer on the surface. This makes them heavier than real wood and not quite as strong per pound as real wood.
Today’s finishes are so advanced that you really cannot tell the difference between faux wood and real wood blinds. Many times, faux wood can be matched to nearly any real wood so it can fit in perfectly to your decor. But if you want to buy them off the shelf, you may be stuck with the colors and finishes in stock.
The Biggest Disadvantage
If there is one big disadvantage to faux wood blinds, it would have to be their weight. On smaller windows, this is normally not an issue. However, on larger windows, pulling up all the slats of a horizontal blind can take two hands and a great deal of muscle power and may not be suited for the elderly or those with medical conditions. It is less of an issue with vertical blinds as they move from side to side rather than up and down.
This suggests that it might be better to chose faux wood blinds for smaller windows and/or damp areas, and choose real wood horizontals for larger windows. Definitely go with faux wood in damp areas, because wood blinds would simply be ruined very quickly, losing your investment in them. With vertical blinds, weight is not a problem, so either wood or faux would work.
But there is no need to worry about any lack in quality or appearance in today’s faux wood blinds. They look just like the real thing!