What blinds to choose? Roller, Honeycomb, Vertical, Panel, Shutters, Panel Glides, Curtains, Romans, Venetians…?

Between roller blinds, pleated blinds, vertical blinds and a host of other options available, it can be difficult to determine which blinds are best suited for your home. In general, blinds can serve the purpose of providing privacy to you and your family, and they can also allow you to easily control the amount of sunlight that enters the space. Other benefits include decreasing UV damage to furniture and carpeting and helping to maintain the temperature in a home by blocking sunlight and adding a layer of insulation to the windows. Some blinds, however, are more effective at providing some of these benefits over others. Identifying your functional needs as well as style preferences can help you to choose the right blinds for your space.

Sunlight Control

If you are interested in the ability to block out most of the sunlight from a room, roller blinds or pleated blinds are recommended over vertical blinds. Vertical blinds feature vertical slats that can allow sunlight to seep in slightly even when the blinds are fully closed. Pleated and roller blinds, however, provide a full sheet of material that covers the entire window. Consequently, pleated and roller blinds are also more ideal for temperature control than vertical blinds for this same reason. However, with pleated and roller blinds, your ability to allow partial sunlight into a room is limited. With vertical blinds, the panels can be rotated at any angle to allow greater control of sunlight in the space.


Blinds are commonly installed to give the home’s occupants privacy from peering eyes of neighbours and passersby. Pleated and roller blinds will provide maximum benefits with regards to privacy. Vertical slats can easily move as a home occupant or pet walks by. Further, if the blinds are opened at even a slight angle, neighbours and passersby can enjoy views of the inside of the home. Privacy from passersby may be less of a concern for those who live in a more rural area or who live on a heavily treed lot.

Choosing the right blinds for your home can be difficult. However, when you pay attention to these key points, you can more easily make a decision that is right for your needs.

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