Vertical Blinds, the Old Dog With Some New Tricks!
With all the different affordable options for window treatments out there, one has distinct benefits that have been overlooked for too long. The window treatment of which I speak is obviously, the Vertical Blind.
Vertical Blinds are one of the most versatile forms of window treatment. Their customizable nature, durability, simplicity, and affordability make vertical blinds a very popular window covering solution. Vertical blinds come in hundreds of different colors and materials, ranging from classic floral prints to more modern designs, ensuring that the blinds can be customized to suit anybody’s taste and decor. Vertical blinds are usually custom made, so that they can be fitted to all windows, big or small. They suit all rooms – with either high or low ceilings. Vertical blinds often improve the aesthetic appeal of rooms with low ceilings by making the room appear to be taller. Think about it, shorter people LOVE vertical stripes, right?
Most commonly nowadays, verticals are made out of PVC – a durable, high quality material. The added bonuses of this material are that PVC is easy to clean and completely waterproof. Another reason why vertical blinds are so convenient is because unlike traditional blinds, they hang vertically, and therefore don’t collect much dust. Furthermore, curtains and traditional blinds can restrict air flow, but designed properly, verticals can let air flow freely through your house. Many people dream of having a soft breeze flowing through their home, and with the right vertical blinds.
When you need to set the mood in a room, verticals can be manipulated to create dreamy lighting effects. Using the tilt mechanism, vertical blinds allow the directing of light as well as the precise control of exactly how much light enters a room. When you wake up in the morning, instead of one harsh burst of light hitting your eyes, you can slowly adjust the verticals so that your eyes gradually adjust to the morning light. The practical uses of vertical blinds are countless, but they also present opportunities to be creative. For example, if there is an object you want to draw attention to, such as a piece of furniture or artwork, you can swivel the vertical blades so that the light is directed onto that object.
Verticals are incredibly easy to install and operate. To view an outdoor scene, simply pull back the slats. To attain complete privacy, just close the slats. To change the lighting of a room, rotate the slats to the desired angle. Vertical blinds allow for complete control of your privacy,
You have a couple of different options when purchasing your vertical blinds. For stock sized windows, many home stores will carry pre-made verticals at standard sizes. The pros of purchasing from a home store are: no waiting time and the prices are usually pretty good, the cons are that the verticals are of a lesser quality, and that usually the sizes are not customizable to the exact size of the window. The other option is to purchase from a window coverings store directly. The pros to purchasing your blinds this way are that the blinds will be custom made to fit each window exactly, they will be a much higher quality, and most companies will offer installation of your blinds at a much lower cost than that of the home stores; some companies even offer free installation. Another big pro is that buying locally is ALWAYS a better option than buying imported products. The cons are the length of time it can take (5-7 days average), and the cost is usually higher than the home stores (compared to stock sizes).
So, if you are planning on purchasing any kind of window covering for your home, be sure to keep the benefits of Verticals in mind.