Don't Be in the Dark about Blinds

Adding high-quality wood blinds or plantation shutters to your home is an excellent way to increase your home’s beauty and value. Many homeowners desire the timeless elegance of wood blinds or plantation shutters. Since these additions can be a substantial investment, smart buyers educate themselves about products, installation, and various options before making a buying decision.

Custom blinds. A wide variety of blinds is currently on the market, ranging from the inexpensive do-it-yourself vinyl or aluminum blinds available in standard sizes at the local hardware store, to professionally made 2- or 2½-inch custom wood blinds. Budget is usually a major consideration in the choice between off-the-shelf blinds, custom blinds, or plantation shutters. Most custom blinds are made of wood or faux wood.

Wood blinds. Wood blinds are durable and provide a more classic look, instead of the stark, functional look of most aluminum or vinyl blinds. Wood blinds complement the design of a room and are attractive from both the interior and exterior of the home. They can be constructed from a variety of hardwoods—including basswood, oak, and cherry—and stained or painted to suit any décor.

Faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds are constructed of PVC, vinyl, or a composite of vinyl and wood, and they are made to look like real wood. Composite blinds are more durable and feature a more authentic wood grain appearance. Lighter than wood blinds, faux blinds are also less expensive and easy to clean. Faux wood blinds are often preferred in rooms with high humidity levels, such as the kitchen or bathroom, because they won’t warp.

Small child safety. Because small children can become tangled in and strangled by blind lift cords, small children should never be left unattended within reach of blinds. In the past, many blinds were sold with looped hanging lift cords. Now, all lift cords are cut into separate non-looped cords. Some are equipped with breakaway pulls, which snap the individual lift cords together to give the appearance of one looped cord, when in reality, two cords exist. If your home still has old looped blind lift cords, fix them. However, even if you do not have looped blind lift cords, be aware that children can become tangled in and strangled by the cords running down the center of each blind slat. The general rule is to keep small children away from your blinds at all times.