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Choosing Between Blinds or Shades— 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

A living room with blinds, dining table, and a TV console

Many people use ‘shades’ and ‘blinds’ interchangeably, but they are two different window covering options. Window shades are window covers made from a single or different piece of fabric. Blinds, on the other hand, blinds are hard horizontal slats used to cover windows. While the primary function of both of these is to cover your windows, their price, style, and operation greatly differ. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before choosing between the two:

1. How Can I Control Light and Privacy?

Shades have a single piece of fabric and come with only two operating options — opening and closing. If you choose a lighter fabric, you can allow natural light without the fear of an invasion of privacy. Blinds, on the other hand, have a horizontal slate, which you can tilt to adjust the lighting.

White pleated window shade in a dining room

2. How Can I Clean them?

You can easily wipe down any dust from a blind slate with a soft cloth. If your shades get dirty or dusty, you can easily live the dust with a vacuum cleaner using a brush attachment. For any stubborn stains, however, you’ll require a professional’s help.

3. Are They Durable?

As shades are made from fabric, they may work well in a residential space. But if you’re planning to install shaded in an area with high traffic, passersby will snag it. On the contrary, blinds are made with sturdy materials like PVC, wood, and aluminum. That’s why they can hold up against wear and tear, and you can install them anywhere.

A lounge with large windows with blinds

4. What Are the Different Styles?

Most new homes come with a standard white blind. They have a classic look. But if you want to spruce up your room’s appeal, you can try roman shades with lux fabrics or stained wood blinds. This way, your windows will have a presence, and they won’t go mute amidst your interiors. Go with a roller or roman shades with vibrant prints.

5. Are They Child Safe?

If you have toddlers in the house, we’d recommend that you go for window coverings that don’t have cords. Many blinds are available in variants that are safe for kids. You can also go for motorized or cordless roller or cellular shades. This way, there won’t be any exposed cords.

Are you looking for window coverings? Lifestyle Home Solutions offers high-quality, sustainable solar films, window coverings, breathtaking interior décor, and a customized experience. We have an extensive range of cellular roller shades ranging from window blinds to roller shades.

We pride ourselves on our top-quality products and aim to make the window covering selection process smooth for their clients. If you want to buy window coveringscontact us at 1-844-333-7770.

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