Do You Need Vertical or Horizontal Blinds?

After you’ve made the decision to purchase blinds, you might be wondering if you should go with vertical or horizontal blinds. Read on to find some valuable guidelines to help you make that determination. While there is no definitive formula that dictates when to choose one type of blind over another, each type of blinds is designed to address specific challenges better than others. Knowing a bit about these designs will help steer you in the right direction, and help you make an informed decision, aware of the benefits and limitations of the shades you chose for each application.

Type and Size of the Window

If the window you’re considering for blinds is large or long, like a sliding glass door, vertical blinds will work best. Vertical blinds are easier to maneuver off to the side and out of the way. Another factor is that horizontal blinds are usually heavier, causing them to open and close unevenly over larger expanses. A popular vertical blind solution for sliding glass doors from Hunter Douglas is Skyline® Gliding Window Panels. These are a modern twist on gliding vertical window panels. They twist and tilt smoothly on their track and remain in perfect position. Cadence® Soft vertical blinds are also a great choice for large windows and sliding glass doors. They have the soft, pleated appearance of drapes while sliding effortlessly on their track, giving all the benefits of vertical blinds with the look of soft drapes. For taller, more narrow windows, horizontal blinds are the right way to go.

Is Sun an Issue?

For windows that receive direct sun, especially windows with southern exposure, horizontal blinds do the best job of blocking out the light. They are easily adjusted up and down to block out light or allow light in, whatever your preference is. Two great horizontal blind solutions for blocking light are Parkland® Scenic™ and EverWood®TruGrain™. Both available with the de-Light™ feature that does away with cord holes that can allow spots of lights in, eliminating all light leaks and offering UV protection for artwork, flooring and furniture with at least 75% protection from harmful rays.

Privacy Concerns

Having total control over the position of your blinds is ideal when privacy is an issue. Horizontal blinds give you that control and they’re more likely to stay put. Vertical blinds are more likely to let light through and are prone to moving when they are bumped or swaying in the breeze when the air conditioning comes on, allowing prying eyes to see in, especially at night.

If you are considering installing blinds in your home or office and have questions about which style is best for your needs, contact the design professionals at Walls & Windows. Proudly serving Bellingham, WA and the surrounding area since 1982, our experienced team is here to help. Stop by our state-of-the-art showroom in Bellingham on Hannegan Road, or call us to set up a complimentary in-home consultation.