Vertical Vs. Horizontal Blinds
The different types of windows in homes, office spaces or other workplaces can make it a little difficult to select the right type of window dressing. Luckily, there are many different types of blinds, vertical or horizontal, to suit every window to provide the right aesthetic but also offer practical benefits.
One of the first decisions to make is whether vertical or horizontal (Venetian) blinds will suit your space best.
Vertical blinds, as the name suggests, have vertical slats hanging from ceiling to floor. These can be pivoted to control light or pulled aside completely to reveal the window or keep out the sun.
Venetian blinds lay the other way and are pulled up and down to reveal the window or shut out the sun using a similar system.
The slats on venetian blinds are typically much more solid in structure to maintain the integrity, while vertical blinds tend to be more free-flowing. This makes vertical blinds easier to clean typically, but more prone to move out of place than Venetian blinds.
Aesthetics: Office vs Homes
The space where you intend to hang your blinds is likely to have an impact on whether you choose vertical or venetian blinds.
Typically, office spaces and rooms that let in most light, such as conservatories, would suit vertical blinds. This is because they’re designed specifically to control the light. Vertical blinds hang in sections across each window, meaning that certain sections can be turned to block out the sun, while other areas remain open. This allows you to follow the sun throughout the day and close off the relevant sections.
These blinds are great for office spaces, purely because they’re easy to shut out the glare of the sun from computer screens. They are also easy to close during lunch breaks or at night to conceal valuable information or computers within the office space.
On the other hand, venetian blinds play a massive part in the home to improve the look and feel. Venetian blinds can come in many different materials including wood, plastic or metal. Because of this, they’re a great addition to décor within kitchens and bathrooms especially.
These blinds are ideal to cover the window completely – as required in a bathroom or have partially open to let light in when required.
Window Size Impacts
When considering whether to purchase vertical blinds or venetian blinds, you should think about the window size. For larger windows such as patio doors, French windows or bi-fold doors, vertical blinds may be a better option.
This is because vertical blinds can be made in wider widths, the maximum width for most venetians is around 2.5m whereas vertical blinds can be made up to 5m in 1 single blind.
Venetian blinds are also much heavier to operate and the slats stack at the top making them awkward in a window or door with a full drop.
For the home, venetian blinds are becoming more popular due to their fashionable, shutter-like appearance, adding an element of class and luxury to a room.
However, for certain rooms, venetian blinds aren’t very practical. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option for a large window or door area, then vertical blinds are the better choice.
Maintenance & Pricing
On average, vertical blinds are cheaper than venetian blinds and are easier to replace, should one slat become damaged.
If you find a damaged slat, because of the way that the blind is attached to the track, that single slat can be removed and replaced, meaning you don’t need to replace the whole blind.
Because venetian blinds have a more robust pulley system to keep them in place, it’s normally not possible to replace a single damaged slat. You will need to have the whole blind repaired.