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When To Use Vertical Blinds vs. Horizontal Blinds

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When you’re considering new blinds for your home, there are many factors to think through. Not only are there multiple types of window coverings, but once you’ve nailed down the choice for blinds, you’ll need to think through what type of blinds to get. The biggest difference is not in brand necessarily, but in whether you get vertical or horizontal blinds. 


Things To Consider While Choosing Between Vertical & Horizontal Blinds:

  1. Accessibility:  Vertical blinds are a great option when you have a physical space to move through like a slider door in a home. If you have a passthrough space for a window, vertical blinds might also be a great option. If you’re moving in and out of the space, you’ll want to look at vertical blinds as they allow you to have just the left or right portions open for movement, while blocking the remainder of the opening. 
  2. Size of window:  Vertical blinds tend to perform better on larger windows as well. The weight load on the blind can be distributed more evenly with a vertical slat versus a horizontal slat. If you go with horizontal blinds, you are going to have to decide how much sagging you can tolerate and if you can support the blinds enough to prevent major sagging in the materials. Horizontal blinds are ideal for smaller windows and more custom shaped windows as well. 
  3. Direction of Sunlight: Vertical and horizontal blinds will block the light in different ways based on how the slats are adjusted. Vertical blinds can direct light to go to a dead corner of a room, while horizontal blinds can help push light up or down. This can help based on how you want to heat or cool a room and what kind of direct light or glare you can tolerate in the space. 
  4. Design in Room: Horizontal blinds and vertical blinds will each have their own look in the room. Always take a look at the overall design of the space and decide if you like the look of one over the other. You might be surprised by what you actually like!
  5. Visual Lines: Some rooms have low ceilings or appear smaller, and depending on what kinds of lines you have going on in the room you can either enhance that look or make it appear larger. If you’re between vertical and horizontal blinds as an option, you might consider if you want something to run with the other lines of the room or be perpendicular to the rest of the lines in the room, thus breaking up the eye’s natural pattern of travel. 
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