Vertical Blinds or Horizontal Blinds – Which is Best?

Vertical… or horizontal? That can present a confusing quandary.

The question of vertical blinds vs horizontal blinds often comes up when someone moves into a new home and is considering different types of window treatments. Both vertical and horizontal blinds have their advantages. But most people want to know – between vertical and horizontal, which is best?

In order to answer that question, it helps to know more about these two window blinds:

What Are Vertical Blinds?

Vertical-blindsVertical blinds are window coverings made with slats of vinyl, wood, aluminum or fabric called “vanes” that hang vertically from a headrail. The vanes can be adjusted to control light and privacy by rotating from an open position to a closed position (which overlaps them for a tight fit).

Vertical blinds are a great choice for families with kids and pets because they are durable and easy-to-clean. They also insulate and darken rooms.

Are Vertical Blinds Best For Certain Windows?

Vertical blinds are more suited to covering larger windows, patio and sliding glass doors than horizontal blinds because they open from side to side, allowing access to the sliding door or for opening a large window.

Verticals also work well when there is little room at the sides of the window. The vanes of verticals “stack,” (or compress) tightly when opened, so they take up much less space than drapes. Pulling the cord stacks the vanes together either to one side or separates them in the center and stacks them on each end.

The Best Things About Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are very practical. Unlike horizontal blinds, vertical blinds are:

– less likely to be damaged in strong winds
– they catch and hold less dirt
– they are easier to clean
– are mechanically less likely to break down
– generally require less muscle strength to pull
– are faster to operate
– insulate

Vertical blinds also offer insulation qualities in cold climates when drawn. When closed, the vanes overlap closely, keeping out the cold in the winter (as well as the heat in the summer).

If they are made of thick vinyl, wood, faux wood or heavy fabric, they not only block the loss of heat when in the closed position, but they create an insulating pocket between the window and the room.

In warmer climates, vertical blinds can keep homes cool by shading glaring sunlight. They can also discourage flies and other insects from entering the house.

You can get vertical blinds to match any décor or decorating style. They are available in a large range of materials, colors, finishes and textures – even as sheers. Their vertical shape complements many window shapes and homes and adds height to a room.

You can even get vertical blinds that can be used in bow, bay, angled, arched and Palladian windows, as well as skylights. Valances can hide the track system hardware completely.

With all these great benefits, and especially if your window is large, it makes sense to go vertical!

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