Deciding Between Blinds vs. Shades for Your Home
When shopping for the perfect window treatments for your home, there can be so many different options that the whole experience becomes overwhelming, making you even more uncertain. There are usually multiple factors that come into play when choosing ways to cover your windows. Some of these factors include price, design, functionality and convenience.
It’s safe to say that most people want high-quality, stylish window treatments at an affordable price. Some are more willing than others to pay extra for customizable options and the highest-grade materials. However, when deciding amongst two of the most popular window treatment options, blinds or shades, how do you compare the two? How will you make an informed decision as to which option suits your home, budget and lifestyle more appropriately? Thankfully, we’re here to help you. Read our guide below to get an idea of some of the differences between blinds and shades.
Blinds vs. Shades
Many people use the terms “blinds” and “shades” interchangeably and many assume they are the same product. While they may be similar in that they are both window treatments that offer privacy and light filtering, they are a little bit different in areas that we will discuss below.
Mainly, blinds are considered “hard” window treatments made of solid materials whereas shades are known to be “soft” as they are made of fabric on a roll and have no slats as blinds do. Shades are flowing and can be drawn up or down whereas blinds (which can be either horizontal or vertical) have many individual slats that come together and can be controlled manually to a more specific degree of light filtering. Depending on your preference, either blinds or shades can work well in your home and give your windows style as well as function.
Due to the many customizable options with shades, they can sometimes end up being more expensive than regular blinds. While prices can vary depending on what you’re looking for and how much window area you have to cover, blinds are usually the go-to option when working within a budget because you can easily achieve a stylish, neutral look without spending a lot. Shades, however, can get expensive because they are much more customizable in terms of colours and fabrics. Even so, blinds can become pricey as well once you start adding in genuine wood materials, motorization and top-of-the-line customizable options.
Operation and Functionality
Both blinds and shades will cover your windows and provide light filtering and privacy from the outside world. However, keep in mind that since shades cannot be tilted or rotated and only offer the option of opening or closing them, you may be able to have more control over the amount of light you let in with blinds. You can always choose a sheer fabric for your shades if you do prefer to let in more natural light.
Both shades and blinds come in blackout options so you can completely darken any room. This is especially useful for those who live in city areas where there is still a lot of light from street lamps, stores and/or restaurants at night.
We offer blackout cellular shades that block out all light for undisturbed sleeping at any time of the day or night. Cellular shades are also great for insulating your home and keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter, saving you energy and money in the long run.
When we think about the durability of any window treatment, we must consider the materials they are made of. Since blinds are made of hard, solid materials such as wood or PVC and even aluminum, they are known to be sturdier than shades.
If you are planning on outfitting windows in your high-traffic areas such as kitchens or living rooms, then consider doing so with blinds as they will stand up better to regular wear and tear. Shades can go well in bedrooms or places where they won’t easily be disrupted.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Also, since blinds are made of solid materials they can usually be wiped clean easily and quickly. Shades, which are made from fabrics, may require some extra care and perhaps professional cleaning from time to time. You can usually vacuum them and spot clean as well, however, it would depend on the severity of the stain or mess. Ultimately, blinds would be the more forgiving choice when it comes to cleaning up spills, dirt and grime.
Blinds and Shades at Window Blinds Direct
Regardless of whether you choose blinds or shades, there is an option out there for you so don’t lose hope in your search. Both blinds and shades come in many varieties and colour options that can suit your vision and home well. Now that you have a better idea of how they compare to each other, you can know what to ask for without second-guessing yourself.
If you’re still unsure, our team at Window Blinds Direct are happy to help! For more information on our selection of window treatments and our blackout cellular shades, call Window Blinds Direct at 647-503-4357 or contact us here.