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Comparing Vertical to Horizontal Blinds


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If you’re considering vertical blinds you might be please to know that they aren’t all that different from horizontal blinds. They operate in much the same fashion with the slats hanging vertically rather than horizontally. Vertical blinds are also only supported on one end rather than both as is the case with horizontal blinds at least in most cases, there are some vertical blinds that have tracks on both ends in order to keep them hanging straight (this is more the exception than the rule however).

Horizontal blinds can be rotated ninety degrees in order to allow light to pass through or to fold. Vertical blinds typically come with several cords with which to operate the opening and closing mechanisms as well as to adjust the amount of light allowed in by the slats. Either twisting a long wand or turning a small knob that is attached to the strings can often adjust the blinds. Higher end vertical blinds are beginning to come complete with remote controls that allow you to adjust the light entering your room or simply allow more privacy with the touch of a button. Blinds with remotes are the ideal choice if you have small children or pets that could be harmed by hanging cords.

Vertical blinds do pose a risk to children that should not be taken too lightly. The slats on these blinds can be quite sharp which by itself can account for cuts and scratches if your children are playing rough around the blinds. They also pose quite a valid choking hazard if your child or pet gets his or her head stuck between slats (this is primarily a worry with those that have a bottom track for the blinds). If you have small children and frisky pets at home you may want to consider more safety conscious alternatives for window treatments.

Some people feel that vertical blinds do not offer quite the versatility when it comes to décor as other blinds. This is the result of the fact that they are quite bland for the most part and rather difficult to cover. It is possible to special order vertical blinds in colors that match your décor but some find that particularly cost prohibitive. For the most part vertical blinds are best suited for condos, office suites, or a modern or urban décor. They tend to look out of place in rooms that are used for children or that should be warm and inviting and make some homes appear as though they’ve been stuck in the 80’s. Vertical blinds do offer an excellent alternative to windows that are of odd sizes and for which traditional window treatments are difficult to use in their place (such as sliding patio doors).

Rob Buenaventura has worked in the home improvement industry for several years. Learn more about window coverings , window covering ideas and other home improvement ideas at


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