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Understanding Your Options When Choosing Venetian Blinds

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While windows allow light and warmth to enter a home, sometimes these elements need to be tempered. Too much sunlight can cause a glare that makes watching television or working on a computer difficult. During the summer months, having the warmth of the sun heat up a room can cause cooling costs to skyrocket. To manage these concerns, many homeowners install blinds and shutters in their homes. When choosing blinds, there are several options to consider.

The first option that needs to be considered is size. It is important to carefully measure you windows before ordering blinds and shutters. Start by determining whether you want to mount your blinds on the inside or the outside of the window frame. If you are ordering inside mounted blinds, carefully take an exact measurement of the width of the window once at the top and once at the bottom. After doing so, take a vertical measurement from the top of the window to the sill. If you would like to mount your blinds on the outside of the window frame, determine where you would like them to be installed and note the height and width. Once you have these measurements you can determine if you have a standard sized window. Standard blinds are often available to purchase at regular hardware stores while special order blinds must be cut to fit or custom ordered.

The next decision that needs to be made is what material you want your blinds to be made out of. Two of the most common options are wood and aluminum. Aluminum venetian blinds are a great option due to their high quality and durability. Aluminum venetian blinds are also often available in a variety of colors made to match just about any decor. Wood blinds add a sense of warmth to a room unlike any other type of material. They are often available in various types of wood and finishes.

The final option to consider is the width of the slat you would prefer. Choose larger slats if you want to block out more light. Blinds with smaller slats allow more light to enter a room due to the additional space between slats. Beyond their room darkening ability, slat size is largely a matter of taste and style. Generally, blinds that have larger slats tend to look more like shutters. Additionally, smaller slats may look busy on larger windows so choose slat size with the size of the window in mind.

Consider all of these options when choosing blinds for your home. When chosen carefully, the right blinds can become a beautiful design element in a room while providing necessary light and temperature control.


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