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Should I Choose Horizontal or Vertical Blinds?

When choosing window treatments, there are a lot of different options to consider, including type of material, opening and closing operation, privacy, noise, energy efficiency, ease of replacement, and window location.  With so many different window treatment options available, it can be very difficult to narrow down which blinds would work best for your home.  Horizontal blinds and vertical blinds both offer many distinct advantages compared to other window treatment options.  Both window treatments are relatively easy to install, versatile, and easy to clean and maintain.  Additionally, each type of window blind also has their own advantages and disadvantages as described below.

Horizontal Blinds

Crafted out of real wood, faux wood, vinyl or aluminum, horizontal blinds are designed with horizontal slats that can be rotated upwards, downward, or at a 90-dgree angle to filter the amount of light and privacy.  The interconnected slats offer more privacy than vertical blinds because they cannot be accidentally opened.  The interconnected slats also reduce noise because the individual slats do not blow in the wind.  Additionally, horizontal blinds are quieter to raise and lower because there is not a track to move them across.   One downside is that the narrow horizontal slats do not overlap as much as vertical slats; therefore, horizontal blinds are less energy efficient.   Another downside is that the entire unit must be replaced if one slat becomes damaged due to the interconnecting slats.  In general, horizontal blinds are recommended for small, narrow windows.

Vertical Blinds

Unlike horizontal blinds, vertical blinds are usually made from synthetic materials or fabrics, such as vinyl.  The long vertical slats can be rotated left, right or at a 90-degree angle to filter sunlight or to change the amount of privacy.  Compared to horizontal blinds, vertical blinds offer less privacy because the individual slats can accidentally open or blow open in the wind.  Additionally, the individual slats are noisier because they can hit into each other.  Also, the track used to open and close the blinds makes more noise compared to horizontal blinds.  One large advantage of vertical window blinds is that the wide slats overlap, which increases the energy efficiency because they are able to block more sunlight and air from passing through.   Another advantage is that the individual vertical slats can be easily replaced if one becomes damaged.  Unlike with horizontal blinds, you do not have to replace the entire unit.  Vertical window blinds are best for large, wide windows and sliding balcony or porch doors because they allow people to walk through them.

Regardless of whether you choose horizontal blinds or vertical blinds for your home, Eagle Harbor Window Coverings has the perfect Hunter Douglas window treatment for you.  We proudly offer both horizontal blinds, ranging from real wood slats to traditional aluminum blinds, and vertical blinds, including sleek contemporary panels, curved vanes, or hardwood slats.  Visit our expansive showroom or set up a personal consultation with our design experts today!  Our design experts serve Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kingston, Port Ludlow and the surrounding Kitsap County areas.