~ All About The Window Blind

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Window blinds are coverings for windows, normally
attached to the interior side.  Window blinds refer
to some device to hide from sight or to help
reduce sunlight.  There are several kinds of blinds,
which are covered below.

Venetian blinds
Venetian is a large category in blinds.  The original
types were made with wide curved metal slats,
similar to a mini slat.  The shapes can be curved,
flat, or even elliptical. 

Faux or PVC
These types of mini blinds are made from a solid
or foamed poly vinyl chloride plastic.  PVC is one
of the newer materials being used for blind slats.
The slat's surface can be smooth or embossed with
a wood grain.  Although color selection is limited
mostly to whites, there are a few wod tone colors
available as well.

PVC or faux are very durable, UV resistant,
waterproof, and simple to clean.  The main drawback
with faux blinds is the weight of the slats.  PVC
slats are heavier than both wood and composite
slats and when used with large windows, they can
make raising the window a difficult task.

Composite blinds
Composite type blinds are made from a combination
of wood products and polymers.  Composite is a
newer material that's being used for the window
covering.  The slat surface with composite is a
smooth poly coating or even a solid composite

Similiar to PVC, the color selection is normally
limited mostly to whites although there are a
few wood tone and stain colors available.  The
composite blinds are priced in the low to mid
range.  They have qualities similar to PVC and
faux, and are some of the best available.

Wood blinds
Both value and premium wood blinds are made
from real wood.  The value wood blind slats are
made from assorted Oriental hardwood, and the
premium slats are made from American hardwood,
which is normally Basswood.

If you plan to match a cabinet or trim stain,
wood blinds will be your best choice.  Wood blinds
are among the best, although they are also among
the most expensive.  All wooden slats can warp
and may fade in color over time.  They are also
the lightest material available and work really
good with large windows.

Since they were first introduced to the home,
window blinds have proven to add style and peace
of mind.  They offer you a lot for your windows,
and they don't cost a lot of money.  You have
several different types to choose from, all you
have to do is select the best types for your
home and your needs.

Benefits Of Interior Wood Shutters

Interior wooden shutters will create the defining
touch to flatter any decoration of your home.  Wood
shutters are a great investment, and should be
thought of and treated as fine furniture.  Also,
they are the only window coverings that are actually
appraised into the value of your home.  The rich
natural appearance and matching quality features
they offer make them a perfect choice for your home.

Wood shutters will offer you many insulation values
such as energy efficiency, and they maintain interior
temperature from exterior temperature extremes as
well as help with outside noise.  According to
experts, it takes nearly 6 inches of brick, 14 inches
of concrete, and well over 1,700 inches of aluminum
to equal the insulating value offered by only 1 inch
of wood.

Opposed to aluminum, plastic, and other types of
composites, wood is only material for shutters that
is manufactured from a 100% renewal source.

Wood can be made from several sources, including
poplar, oak, and basswood.  There are several products
that feature word wood in their name, although
they actually contain little to no wood at all.
They are all extremely limited in their custom
features, and are only available in standard white
colors, cannot be stained, and they have both the
look and feel of plastic.

All around the United States, wood remains one of
the most popular sources of shutters.  Wood shutters
offer you many features, and they are also easy to
install, even if you have no experience with installing

You can find them in your local hardware store, or
even order them online if you prefer.  They may cost
a bit more than vinyl or other types of shutters,
although they will last for a long time and give
your home the look you desire.

Building With Windows In Mind

There is a lot to think about when designing a home,
as many people simply overlook window treatments.  In
this article, I'm hoping to help you avoid the common
pitfalls involved and help you save some money.

When using decorative casing such as shutters and 2
inch plantation size wooden blinds, you should always
make sure that you have at least 2 1/2".  When you
have a double or triple window encased within one
window opening, you may want to use a vertical trim
strips between each window.  Make sure that you include
this when measuring the depth.  Even though it is less
common decorating sliding doors, make sure that you
include the handle when you measure, as the usual
depth for this is 4 inches.

There are several different styles of window treatments,
such as circular, arced, eyebrow arched, or even
angles.  All of them are beautiful and appealing,
although very restricted when it comes to choices,
especially when you are working with eyebrow and 1/4

When you are dealing with French doors there are a
few things to keep in mind.  The doors will normally
swing open into the home, which could cause problems
with the valance you use.  Consider using a valance
mounted to the door or allowing the doors to swing
outward.  When you are considering shades, blinds,
or shuters, don't forget to consider the handles and

Make sure that when you are considering window
treatments that you remember window placement as
well.  There are many restrictions when you have
chair rails or base boards going around the opening
of the window.  There could also be a problem with
the placement of the drapery as well.

The drapery may not stack back sufficiently or the
outside edge may not extend to the outside of the
window. Things can go much easier if you have the
same amount of space on each side of the window, so
you should try to center the window whenever you

When you place the window, make sure that you leave
enough space between the top of the window and the
ceiling.  There should be at least 2 inches for
bracket placement.  When installing a wood header,
make sure that it extends to the ceiling and that
the heavier treatments are mounted in the wood.  If
you aren't using wood headers but instead mounting
into sheetrock you should use molly or toggle
bolts for the best possible protection.

There are other things you need to consider when
it comes to windows.  First, you'll need to make
sure that all windows are accessible even those in
an unfinished attic.  This will help make things
easier for future decorating or expansion of the
room.  Also, make sure that the windows in the
room are the same style.

Buying Budget Shutters

Even though there is a lot of value in installing
high quality interior wood window shutters,
they can sometimes still be too expensive for
certain applications.  There are some alternatives
that include poly, pvc, or even vinyl shutters
that are less expensive although much less
attractive and look cheaper in comparison.

For quality at an affordable cost, you should
look for a company that sells individual
wholesale discount wood shutter panels that can
be installed in any type of configuration. 
These types of shutters are also referred to
as DIY, or Do It Yourself shutters.

When you shop for individual shutter panels at
a discount price, there are a few things you
should keep in mind.  The most important factor
is the material that is used to make the
interior shutter panels. 

Basswood is the best wood for shutters, as
it has the best characteristics and it's a
straight hard wood with very little distortion.
Basswood also offers a fine, uniform texture
with an indistinct grain, which makes it
ideal for staining or painting. 

Before you actually order the discount panels,
it's always best to determine how you will
mount your shutters. Sometimes, it is
necessary to use hanging strips to attach
shutters to the outside of the window opening.
Reputable companies will provide information
about installation methods so you can decide
which way is best to install your specific
type of window shutter.

Anytime you buy budget shutters, you should
always do your research first.  There are some
brands that are better than others, which is
why you should research the types of shutters
you are interested in.  With a little bit of
your time and effort, you could quite possibly
end up with shutters at a perfect price which
will add more color and style to your home
than you ever thought possible.

Buying Interior Shutters Online

The Internet has become a world of opportunity for
home buyers over the years, giving them new and
improved ways to buy interior shutters. With the
Internet by your side, you can find hundreds of
shutters that you can buy with just a few clicks of
your mouse.

The ease of use is the most important feature for
online companies when it comes to interior window
shutters.  Websites that are poor in design and
difficult to navigate are of little use to potential
customers.  Good shutter websits should display
navigation choices on every page, including choices
for construction material, styles, finishes, price,
measuring, and the ability to buy shutters.

The education about window shutters is also a very
important feature.  Good shutter sites should welcome
the questions you have and supply you with the
information you need.  Sites should also describe
all of the information relating to their shutters,
including the material used to produce the shutters,
and the exact sizes of such components.

When you buy your interior shutters online, the
website should provide measuring instructions that
are easy to obtain.  The company should also offer
assistance if you need it.  If the company doesn't
offer advice or instructions that are easily
available to you, you should take your business
somewhere else.

Anytime you buy your interior shutters online, you
should always take the necessary time to research
and make sure you getting exactly what you want -
for the right price.  You don't want to rush into
buying your shutters, as you could easily sacrifice
quality or price.  Therefore, always take your time,
think about what you are buying, and be sure to
compare what one website offers to another one.

Cleaning Mini Blinds

At some point in time, all of us have come across
mini blinds at the local home improvement center.
They look really nice sitting there, although
no one wants to spend a few days removing the
dust from them.  Regardless of what you may hear
or think, it doesn't always have to be this way.

Detail oriented
It will probably seem obvious, but you should
close the slats prior to dusting.  Weekly blind
dusting is the best way to go, using a lamb's
wool duster, as lamb's wool will naturally attract
dust and can help prevent buildup as well.

If lamb's wool isn't available, a paintbrush
may also do the trick.  Make sure you place
some towels underneath the blinds to catch any
excess dust.  If you want to be thorough, you
can also take the blinds down and clean them
in your bathtub. 

To remove the grease from the blinds, an all
purpose cleaner can be used.  Spray the blinds
good, then let the cleaner work on them for a
few minutes.  Then, wipe the cleaner off with
a soft cloth, although rinsing the cloth will
make it even more effective.  To clean the other
side of the blinds, flip it over and do the same
thing as mentioned above. 

Fast and simple
This one is simple - simply use an old pair of
cotton gloves to clean your blinds.  Slip the
gloves on, dip your fingers into a solution
of 1 teaspoon ammonia and 1 quart water, then
run your fingers through the mini blinds. 

If you prefer, you can also use the vaccuum
cleaner hose attachments.  You can even use
the vaccuum cleaner without having to remove
the blinds. Putting a dryer sheet on the
blinds will remove any static so that dust
will no longer be attracted to the blinds.

Custom Shutters

A lot of companies claim to sell custom shutters,
although they may actually be selling customized
interior shutters.  Customized types of shutters
will start as pre-built individual stock size
shutter panels, which are then cut down and hinged
together to achieve a specific size of shutter.

This will generally result in shutters that are a
poor fit for the windows of your home.  The
shutters aren't proportional to the window size
and depending on how much of it was trimmed, the
panels themselves may also be compromised.

Synthetic shutters on the other hand, normally
use pre-made stiles, rails, and louvers, then cut
them to size for quick production.  This can also
result in an improper fit and components that
aren't in proportion to the window.

Other companies out there sell custom made shutters,
which are shutters specifically made from the start
for each individual window.  Even though this may
sound very nice, the results are normally those
you wouldn't want to display on your home.  With
your home being very important, the last thing
you want is shoddy shutters.

Custom made shutters are fabricated so that all
stiles and rails can be uniformed throughout the
house or office.  Even though they claim the
custom made shutters are perfectly made for
your windows, it generally isn't the case

When you go out and purchase shutters, you should
always avoid companies that sell customized types
of shutters.  Instead, you should use the old
fashioned method and measure what you need,
then go out and buy.

This way, you'll know exactly what you need to
buy.  You can select the shutters you like the
best, even those that match the interior or
exterior of your home.  Before you know it,
you'll have the shutters you've always wanted -
your way.

Exterior Shutters

Installing exterior shutters to a window is a quick
and easy way to add style and flair to the outside
of a home.  Both historical and modern houses will
benefit from the timeless accent of having exterior
shutters.  As with all types of home improvements,
the quality and longevity of the exterior shutters
should be evaluated before you make a purchase.

The exterior window shutters for your home are
available in many different shapes and materials.
Vinyl or wood shutters are easily available at most
home improvement stores, and they can also be a
cost effective option.  You can also make wooden
shutters operable with functional hardware.

Exterior shutters can also be made out of several
types of wood.  The best wod to use is cedar, as
it offers outstanding durablity and resistance to
decay.  Cedar also provides long service with minimal
maintenance in applications involving mud, silk,
window sahes, fencing, poles, and even exterior

The tannin oil in ceder is what really makes it an
ideal wood for exterior shutters.  It will prevent
moisture penetration - and bugs hate it.  Keep in
mind, exterior shutters shouldn't be left unprotected.
It is however, best to finish the shutters before
you install them, so that all surfaces can be
fully covered. 

The ideal base for exterior shutters is a primer
coat of oil base primer that is tinted as close to
the final color as possible.  The oil will penetrate
into the wood, giving better protection.  For the
best results in painting, you should always consult
a professional painting company.

You can mount exterior shutters to your home with
a 1/2" spacer between the back of the panels and
the building to allow ventilation.  If you aren't
using functional hardware, you should use rust proof
screws that sink flush to the wood.  Once you
have finished the installation, simply paint over
the heads of the screws.

By having on opaque finish painted on the wood, it
will prevent light rays from penetrating the finish
and breaking down wooden fibers of your exterior
shutters.  If you choose, you can also stain
exterior shutters. 

Anytime you are staining shutters, you should use
finishing products that are designed specifically
for exterior use, and be prepared to do proper
maintence on your shutters to keep them looking good
all the time.

Exterior shutters will add color and style to the
outside of your home, making them a purchase you
can't go wrong with.  Wooden exterior shutters are
the most popular and best to use - making them
something you truly must have for your home.

How To Buy Shutters

Currently, shutters are made in a number of different
materials, with wooden shutters still being the
benchmark for quality window coverings.  Quality
wood shutters are designed to last for the lifetime
of your home.  Deciding on the material for your
shutters is the first step in making things work.

Selecting your shutter style
There are two basic styles of shutters available.
The traditional style uses a narrow shutter panel
with 1-1/4" louvers.  Traditional shutter louvers
are normally wedge shaped, being thicker in the
front and narrower in the rear.  Plantation type
shutters are generally 1-18" thick with larger

Selecting the shutter finish
Shutters can be stained, painted, or both.  Almost
all companies offer a number of paints with stain
colors, while some don't.  Paint colors will
generally include a variety of whites and lights.
The stains will help enhance wood grains in a
number of tints and tones, starting from light
natural tones to an almost black pitch.  Keep in
mind, both synthetic and wood composite shutters
can't be stained.

Determine the price
Because of their material options, shutters will
come in a wide range of prices, with many suppliers
calculating the price on the square foot.  Prices
are calculated based on the exact window size,
shutter, style, finish, and number of panels

Deciding on the unit
Shutter units can use a number of different panel
configurations within a window.  The number of
panels across the shutter is determined by the
shutter style, traditional or plantation, and
the width of the window.  The traditional style
panels are normally narrower than the plantation
style and would use more panels across the window.

Each specific company offers guidelines for the
number of panels to be used with a window.  If
the window is tall enough, you may want to
consider a double tier, or two tier shutter
unit that uses one set of shutters at the top
and one set at the bottom.

Each set of shutters will then open independently
on the other.  You can also use a divider rail,
which is is a horizontal bar that creates a top
and bottom louver section within a single style
of panel.

Measure and order
Carefully follow the measuring instructions,
then determine the window type and installation
provided by the company you have selected.  The
directions should be detailed, yet very easy for
you to follow. 

The company should also offer phone assistance
should you have any questions.  

Installing Mini Blinds

The first thing to do, is to determine the position
of the mini blinds, deciding if they will be inside
or outside of the window.  Inside mounting will look
more customized, although outside mounting will
provide better control of lighting.

For inside frame mounting, measure the width between
the points where the brackets will be placed; top,
middle, and bottom.  Record the narrowest of the
measurements you receive.  Now, measure the length
from the top inside casing of the windowsill.  At
least 1 inch of flat surface will be needed on the
inside casing in order to attach the brackets.

For outside frame mounting, you'll need to measure
the overall width of the area to be covered.  Hang
your mini blinds outside of the frame if there is
less than 1" of flat surface on the inside casing.
The measurement should overlap the window by at
least 1 1/2" on each side. 


    1.  Determine if you want inside or outside
mounting, and measure your window accordingly.
    2.  After you have purchased the correct
size of mini blinds, remove the window stop from
the top of the window on the window casing.
    3.  Screw the brackets that came with your
blinds to the side window casing at the top, using
either two or three screws per bracket.
    4.  With the wand on the left and the lift
cord on the right, slide the mini blinds into the
brackets you just installed.
    5.  Once you have the mini blinds in place,
secure the caps over the brackets.
    6.  If the blinds are too long, remove the
slats from the bottom of them, as this should help
to get them to the appropriate height.

Installing Shutters

Installing your shutters isn't a difficult process
at all.  The key here is to work with shutters that
are specifically built for each individual window
opening in conjunction with detailed instructions.

Many companies that install shutters will tell
customers that the shutters need to be installed
by a certified installer.  This isn't the case,
as you can install your shutters like a pro with
no experience at all.

Measuring your shutters
To properly install shutters to a window opening,
you'll need to measure.  First, you'll need to
determine if the shutters will be mounted to the
inside or the outside of the window opening.

Inside mount installation
The preferred means of installation is to mount
shutters directly to the window jamb inside of the
window opening.  This method is generally cleaner
than mounting to the outside of the window and
it doesn't require additional hang strips or frame
strips.  Keep in mind, the window must be somewhat
square and have a solid jamb for you to attach
the screws to.

To determine the window depth, measure from the
front plane of the window back to the nearest
obstruction that'll prevent the louvers from
rotating.  If you prefer, the company you are
ordering from can also tell you the window depth
for the style of shutters you order.

On occasion, a supplier of shutters will offer
a second inside mounting method that uses rear
hanging strips concealed behind the shutter
panels that will allow adjustment up, down, left,
and right for easier alignment.  This method
is ideal if the window is out of square or if
it has a drywall opening without a solid wood

Outside mount installation
Outside mount installations use frames that attach
to the wall or existing trim just to the outside
of the opening of the window.  Normally, the
frame will surround the shutter panels on three
or four sides, depending on if a lower still

If you go with a cafe type shutter style, the
hang strips are used on either side of the
shutter panels.  The frame or hang strips will
screw directly to the wall or trim, and the
shutter hinge to the frame or the hanging strips.

Always play it safe and measure with a steel tape
measure, which will give you the most accurate
measurements.  Don't attempt to measure with a
fabric tape or yard stick - as this will lead
you to a poor installation.

Introduction To Mini Blinds

The mechanisms that are used to open and close blinds
range from simple cords and easy to use chains to
remote controlled electronic devices.  Mini blinds
will block out sunlight, prevent people from
looking into your house, and also add style to
your home.  Mini blinds come in various styles
and you can even make them yourself at home.

Mini blinds are available in a wide range of
sizes and colors, along with custom sizes and
styles.  This allows you to control the direction
and amount of natural light while still
providing a sense of insulation.  There are some
blinds styles that even adjust to allow breezes
to flow from the window into the room by raising
or tilting the slats.

With one style, slats are sandwiched between
two sheer fabric layers that diffuse light when
the slats are open.  With another style, the
slats are laminated vertically to a single
fabric layer for a curtain effect. 

Mini blinds can come in wood, faux wood, vinyl,
and even aluminum.  Wood type blinds offer
rich, subtle colors along with unique textures.
The classic types of blinds look elegantly
simple and can help to enhance a contemporary
look or even add a classic flair to your home.

A less expensive alternative to wooden mini
blinds is faux wood, or a synthetic wood
made of PVC or a composite material.  Aluminum
is a good choice as well, as it provides a
low cost and durable solution to your window
problems.  Aluminum mini blinds are also
easy to clean and easy to maintain.  The
least expensive variety is vinyl blinds,
that come in standard sizes only.

Measuring For Mini Blinds

The first thing to do when measuring for your mini
blinds is to determine if you need inside mount or
outside mount.  Inside mount will fit the blinds
within the window frame, while outside mount will
fit the overlap of the window opening.

Inside mount
To find the width, measure the exact distance between
the inside surfaces of the window frame at the top,
middle, and also the bottom then use the narrowest
width you receive with your measurements.

To find the length, measure the exact distance
from the inside surface at the top of the window
to the bottom sill at the left, middle, and the
right then use the longest length.  If you prefer
for the blinds not to touch the windowsill, you
should deduct 1/4".  If there isn't a sill, then
you should measure the length to the point where
the blinds are to reach.

Outside mount
To find the width, measure the exact distance
between the outermost points where the blinds are
to be placed.  For the best of light control, the
measurement should extend 3/4" beyond the window
opening on each side.

To find the length, measure the exact distance
from where the top of the blinds are to be placed
to the top of the windowsill.  If there isn't a
sill on your window, then measure the length to
the point where the blinds are to reach.

Measuring for your blinds is very important, as
you'll need the measurements to order the blinds.
Most companies will deduct for the brackets at
the factory, then all you'll need to do once
you receive your blinds is to install them -
which is easy to do as well.

Mini Blinds

If you enjoy the practical and enjoy efficiency, then
the mini blind is going to be your ideal choice of
window covering.  When choosing a blind, you should
take several factors into account, such as the
appearance, privacy, cost, light control, ease of
use, and the ability to insulate.

Mini blinds are inexpensive and can easily fulfill
all of the considerations above.  They are also
easy to use as well as efficient.  You can also use
mini blinds in conjunction with other types of
window coverings and window treatments, and they
come available in an amazing array of color choices.

If you are new to the world of mini blinds and
their installation, you'll find them to be very
easy to install.  Something to keep in mind, which
is a common mistake of the window treating novice
is measuring incorrectly - you should always list
the width first in writing the measurement.  Then,
when you order any blinds, be sure to give the
width first and not the height.

Also referred to as aluminum blinds and Venetian
blinds, mini blinds offer a curved slat for extra
strength. The most standard and practical choice
of mini blinds is the 1" aluminum blind. 

You should look for a finish that is built to
spring back, durable, and resistant to both dust
and static.  Another stylish option to mini blinds
is the 1 3/8" aluminum blind.  This type of blind
delivers a bold statement, yet it has the same
practical features that make mini blinds appealing.

For a look and style you really can't go wrong
with, mini blinds are the way to go.  They are
very affordable, offer you an array of features,
and they will improve the look of your home.

Saying Goodbye To Wood Shutters

The traditional wooden shutter is normally made
from wood, needs quite a bit of maintenance, and
looks as if it was right out of an episode of
an old comedy.  These shutters have been around
since the Colonial Times, and are quite a bit
old.  Most people never close them, yet the
hinges still need to be shined and oiled.

These days, it may be the time to get rid of
the traditional wood shutters on your home and
go with a more modern choice such as aluminum
window shutters, as they resist the elements
and never close.  This will help cut down on
your replacement and maintenance costs for
keeping the exterior of your home looking the
way it should.

Below, you'll find several different types of
shutters offered today.

Vinyl window shutters
Vinyl shutters are easy to clean, very affordable,
and last around forty years.  They will give
your home a traditional look without the need
for replacing them on a regular basis.  They
weigh a little of nothing and are available in
traditional, louvered, board, and even batten
panel styles.  To make things better, they
will arrive primed and ready to paint any color
you wish.

Composite window shutters
These types of shutters resemble a thick particle
board that is made from a collaboration of
weather and rot resistant material.  They are
made from molds that offer many different
styles that include the louvered, board, batten,
and even raised panel styles.  You can also
find these shutter types in a cupboard style
which is hinged at the top so you can open
and close them like the old fashioned wood
shutters of the past.

Fiberglass shutters
Fiberglass is the most expensive type of
shutter although they will last around 20 years
or so.  They are molded as well and offered
in a variety of designs that include Bahama,
louvered, board and battened, and even raised
panel styles. 

Fiberglass shutters are also stronger and
more secure than other types and can also be
used to protect your windows during storms and

Aluminum shutters
Aluminum style shutters are offered in a
variety of styles that include the faux colonial
louvered style and Bahama style.  These shutters
are strong and offer great protection for your
windows, and come in thousands of different
colors and textures.  The only bad thing about
aluminum shutters, is the fact that most
companies will only offer a warranty of around
three years.

Selecting The Coverings

Many factors play a role in selecting the right
covering for your window.  The main reasons as to
why you should install window coverings are light
control and privacy.  Other factors include
durability, life expectancy, cleaning, formality,
versatility, safety, and the price.

Light control
The most difficult factor to control is light,
with most window coverings falling into one of
five categories:
    1.  Transparent - Clear, without obstruction
    2.  Translucent - Diffused light, which
prevents the perception of distinct images
    3.  Filtered - Muted light in bright
    4.  Semi-Opaque - Surfaces imprenetrable
by light, yet it also allows some light through
the gaps
    5.  Opaque - This is where all light is

Privacy can be best achieved with almost any type
of window covering.  The window treatment simply
needs to be translucent or better to diffuse
images.  Frosted glass or glass block can even
help to give adequate levels of privacy.

A window opening by nature is a harsh environment
that is subject to direct sunlight, humidity, and
even temperatures.  Add these factors to frequent
use and its simple to understand why windows
need to be constructed well.  The life expectancy
is normally less for fabric window treatment
that can fade with time.  Solid coverings, such
as shutters, have a long life span.

Each and every window covering will collect dust
and dirt.  Fabric coverings are the most difficult
to clean, and are subject to stains.  The
furniture quality window coverings will normally
wipe clean with a light solution.

Some coverings will work well in formal settings,
while others will work best in casual living
settings.  Alternate styles are versatile and
blend in well with almost any style of room.

Small children in the home will usually come in
contact with windows and their coverings.  Some
coverings will have cords to raise or lower
for better visibility.  Although they are handy
to have, they can be dangerous if they come
within reach of a child.

While there is a discrepancy in the costs of
window coverings, it's very important to weigh
the overall value involved.  The term "value"
is often overused, although when purchasing
long term household items it is necessary to
consider the return on the investment.

Window coverings on the low end of the price
spectrum will normally have a short life
expectancy and low durability.  The higher
priced coverings, such as shutters, are designed
to last the life of the home - all while
retaining the original character.

Shutters offer a hard window covering that is
semi opaque when closed, although they provide
great visibility when opened.  The furniture
quality wooden shutters can be either painted
or stained in order to meet the needs of most
decors.  All shutters are extremely durable
and offer a long life span.

Styles Of Blinds Shutters

The best parts of decorating your windows are the
different window treatments you can choose.  This
is where you can make decisions on fabrics, colors,
and also styles.  Each decision you make between
contrasting borders, cording or fringe will show off
your own individually.  If you add repeating
fabrics and colors in other parts of the room you
could help to add a dash of flair to your home.

You also have different styles of draperies and
valances to choose from.  With draperies, you have
the options of rods with tap tops, tie tops with
different pleats, grommet rod pockets, flouncy tops
or plain rings.  With valances you can choose to
have them gathered, pleated, shirred, swaged,
bundled, formal, casual, scalloped, lace, or even

You also have a different variety of shades and
blinds to choose from.  You can choose between
fabric shades or cellular shades.  If you don't want
to go with shades, you can choose from metal mini
blinds, natural blinds, or even wood blinds.

With fabric shades you can choose between the Roman,
balloon, Austrian, bottom arched, pleated, or even
flat panel.  If you prefer cellular shades, keep
in mind that they will give you a cleaner look
and are also available in sheer or non-sheer

If you decide to choose blinds, make sure that
they meet your homes requirements.  Metal mini blinds
offer choices in weight and size, special finishes,
privacy options, header choices, cloth tapes, and
hundreds of different colors.

Wooden mini blinds also offer a variety of sizes,
tape colors, and finishes.  Natural blinds are also
known as bamboo blinds, and are available in
matchstick, sewn slats, and have several choices
of natural fabric like appearance.

The Benefits Of Wooden Mini Blinds

Wooden mini blinds are one type of wood blinds for
covering doors and windows.  The smaller increments
of a narrow slate dimension, wooden mini blinds
are more able to control the amount of light that
comes into a room and the view that is seen through
a window.

Wooden mini blinds will also provide light and
privacy control within the room apart from giving
it an awesome look.  They will also provide a
warm and cozy look to virtually any room, no
matter where it is.  Wooden mini blinds are also
available in many colors and styles, various
shades, and several models. 

The important things you'll need to consider when
choosing wooden mini blinds are the appearance,
privacy that is offered, ability to control light,
insulating value, and how easy the blinds are to
operate.  Even though mini blinds are available
in vinyl and aluminum materials as well, wooden
type blinds are the most preferred despite
being more expensive when compared to the other
types of mini blinds.

Wooden blinds will also give a natural look to
any room.  They also work much better than
the traditional curtains or even shutters.  From
the inside or outside, they look pretty.  In
addition, wooden mini blinds are also great
insulators from heat or cold - unlike vinyl or
aluminum blinds. 

Along with the many benefits offered to you by
wooden blinds, some materials will even keep bugs
away.  There are 2 types of wood you can use
for mini blinds, which are ramin and bass, with
each one offering their own strengths and

If you have an older style home, wood mini
blinds may be in your best interest.  If you
have a log home, they can also help add to the
value of your interior.  Wooden mini blinds
have been the most popular type of mini blinds
for years - and for good reason.  Even though
they are the most expensive, they offer you
more than other types of blinds.

You can custom order wooden mini blinds as well
if your prefer.  They are simple to install and
in most cases, the installation is provided by
the manufacturer.  If you do it yourself, you
shouldn't have any problem getting it done.

For the ultimate in style and performance, wood
is the ideal material for your mini blinds. 
Wood offers the most for your money, as well
as the best look for your home - the natural

Venetian Blinds

Anyone who is familiar with Venetian blinds knows just
how difficult they are to clean, with laterally slatted
strips of plastic with dangling cords that gets on
everyone's nerves since they always seemed to get in
a tangle.  A majority of us can't find anything uglier
or messier than blinds that hang crooked.  Manufacturers
are however, starting to make them more functional, more
attractive, and easier to clean.

The first thing you'll need to make sure of, is that the
blinds are hung properly, as this will ensure that your
window covering is successful.  If your blinds are hung
crooked, then the strings won't properly act as
pulleys.  No matter how pretty they may be, they won't
be any good if they don't work properly.

The only time you should use the old fashioned plastic
Venetian blinds is if you are going for more of a retro
look.  If you are going for the retro look, it may be
better to consider using the anodized aluminum or
painted silver blinds.  These types of blinds tend to
collect less dirt and dust and will help complete the
look better with your retro room.

Most manufacturers are now creating Venetian blinds in
different colors and textures.  They do this by
painting, coating, or even anodizing the slats.  They
have neon colors, metallic bronze, silver, and even
gold to choose from now. 

The boring blinds of the 90s can be found as institutional
window treatments.  In the past, when decorating an
office, people would have chosen white or black
blinds to go with the wood decor.  Now, you can
choose from shades of olive, burgundy, or even brown.
If your office has more of a sleeker look, you can
even choose a Venetian blind in cherry red or celadon

If you feel that your room is outdated or you just
need to re-decorate and your on a budget, then a new
window treatment may be the answer.  Even though
Venetian blinds can be considered outdated, they
can easily be jazzed up with drapes or sheers.  If
you are re-decorating a room that it may be hard to
find blinds for, such as a boxed shape window or a
small window, you may be able to choose the older
style mini blinds in various vibrant colors.

If you are just trying to make a truly unique fashion
statement, then you should consider hand painting
your Venetian blinds.  You can choose to show off
your individuality and your craftier side by painting
the blind to show an image once it is closed.

Vinyl Mini Blinds

For high humidity rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom,
or waterfront locations, vinyl binds are an ideal
choice.  Vinyl blinds with the standard braided
cords and non textured gloss stats are easy to
clean, unbreakable, and very resistant to sun

The richly textured embossed prints, elegant
neutrals, and wood tones all help to a add a
decorative dimension that isn't found in horizontal
blinds.  Vinyl blinds are available in both solid
colors and embossed finishes, and are also
available in many different sizes as well.

PVC blinds are great as well, as they are a very
durable and fashionable solution as a treatment
for your windows.  They will also remain durable
and easy to maintain regardless of the humidity
or other weather factors.

Lightweight vinyl blinds are the least expensive
type of vinyl blinds available, although the
thin slats can sag a bit, the cords can shred,
and the mechanisms used with the blinds can
break or malfunction.

On sale, you can find vinyl blinds as low as
$5.99.  The darkening mini blinds on the other
hands, are better quality with less space
between the slats, and run as high as $10.99.

There are some vinyl mini blinds that are
imported that will contain lead, which is a
serious hazard for your health.  Lead poisoning
is acute for pregnant women or tiny children
because of their fast growing vulnerable tissue.
The vinyl blinds that are made in the United
States however, are lead free.

Vinyl blinds are also the easiest types of mini
blinds to maintain.  You can clean them by
hanging them on a clothesline pole then spraying
them down with a garden hose.

Vinyl Shutters VS Wood Shutters

Interior shutters have always been one of the most
popular window treatments.  They maintain their
value a lot better than any other type of window
covering, and they aren't only attractive and
enhance your home's appeal but they also help to
regulate light, insulate, and fit in to almost any
decorating style to make your window appear amazing.

These days, indoor shutters are more popular than
ever before.  Therefore, it's really no wonder why
many new manufacturers are trying to get into
the shutter industry.  The most notable addition
is the vinyl compound shutters.

Wooden shutters
There are many reasons as to why you should avoid
using vinyl shutters.  Many prefer to have real wood,
just as they prefer clothing that is made from
cotton or wool as opposed to synthetics.  For a
warm, authentic, traditional look, wooden shutters
are a great choice.

There are however some limitations of vinyl type
shutters.  They are normally made only in white and
off white colors.  Therefore, you can not precisely
color match, making staining impossible.  Most
interior vinyl shutters are cheaply made with cheap
components and poor quality, and should be avoided
for that reason - despite the low cost.

Vinyl shutters
Vinyl shutters of quality are definitely worth a
consideration.  The best types of interior vinyl
shutters cost less than custom window shutters.  The
most important features are those that are practical
in nature.  Vinyl shutters won't crack, peel, fade,
or deteriorate like wood will.

Vinyl shutters are also perfect for humid areas such
as showers and sinks.  Since they are moisture
resistant, they are also a great choice near the
swimming pool. 

They are also flame retardant and insulate much better
than interior wood shutters.  They are easier to
clean and won't show any dents or scratches, which
makes them ideal for children's rooms.  The time
it takes to manufacture them is also half the time
of a true custom wood shutter.

Making that final choice between vinyl and wood all
comes down to the type of home you have and your
personal preference.  Each type certainly offers
good and bad points, although wood is the most
popular style.  Vinyl is quickly gaining in
popularity, as they are much easier to clean than

Before you make your decision, always compare and
shop around.  The prices will be different, although
you shouldn't base everything on price.  Check the
quality of the manufacturer and compare with the
types of windows you have.  Once you carefully put
some research into it, you'll have the windows you
need in no time at all.

Wooden Shutters And Hurricane Protection

If you live in an area that is prone to storms
or hurricanes, there are several types of
security storm shutters available that will
help you protect yourself and your home.  Storm
shutters aren't in the wooden shutters
category, although they are durable shutters
that move horizontally between the lower and
the upper track.

Interlocking blades found on the storm shutters
are made from aluminum and make up a wall of
protection in the shutter.  If you have a
large area to cover, it can half a center
opening with half of the shutter moving to the
right and the other half to the left.

Even though this shutter doesn't fall into one
of the most decorative styles of shutters, it
does provide great protection against theft,
flying debris, forced entry, and even the
dreaded hurricane.  Storm shutters will also
give you more privacy and help to reduce noise.

A great example of a protective covering that
will do a great job in protecting from the
sun's glare and heat is the aluminum awning. 
They are affordable in price and very
functional, they fit doors, patios, porches,
and windows as well.  There are two types
available - the standard awning and the winged
awning, and both will easily close down to
convert to storm shutters.

For those who live in bad storm areas, storm
shutters are among the best ways to help
protect your family and your house.  They
don't cost a lot of money, they are easy to
install, and they won't make your home stand
out in a crowd.  If you want the best in
protection from Mother Nature and the peace
of minein knowing it - storm shutters are
just what you need.

Wooden Shutters

The best wood for building interior wooden shutters
is basswood.  The tree can be found from Quebec
south to Delaware and the Atlantic coast west to
Eastern Kentucky with an average height of 65
feet.  Basswood is a renewable resource and careful
forest management ensures that the harvesting is
done responsibly by balancing the wood growth
with wood removal.

Basswood interior shutters are very straight and
they also have a fine uniform texture with a very
indistinct grain.  The wood machines well and is
easy to work, screws well, glues well, and it can
be stained to a smooth finish.

Basswood shutters do not warp, they are lightweight
yet very strong, offer uniform grain for a superb
stain finish, and they offer superior gluing and
finishing properties.

Oak shutters
Oak is a very heavy wood which makes for very
heavy window shutters.  Oak interior shutters will
add a lot of weight to window jambs, with screws
requiring pre-drilling.  They aren't suitable
for painting and the louvers tend to warp over

Maple shutters
Maple is heavy like oak and produces interior
shutters that are very heavy.  Maple also requires
that the window jambs be pre-drilled.  The wood
louvers with maple are hard to tension uniformly.

Poplar shutters
Poplar shutters mill and paint very well.  The
mineral streaks and green color help make popular
wood unsuitable for staining.  For shutters, poplar
wood is moderately heavy.  The wood is widely
available and less costly, although it also
produces a lesser quality of wood shutter.

Cedar shutters
Cedar wood mills and finishes nicely, although
the color varies greatly for staining.  Cedar
is pretty soft and can dent or scratch very

For exterior shutters, cedar works very well.  The
amazing durability and resistance to decay of
incense cedar makes it perfect for exterior use
wherever moisture is presented.  Requiring
long service with very little maintenance,
it's also hated by bugs!

Alder shutters
Alder is an excellent choice for interior shutters,
as the tree is very small.  Tall window shutters
using alder wood will require finger joints.

Pine shutters
Pine is a soft wood, with many different species
and grades available. 

Always remember that there are also poorly
constructed wood shutters that will rank very
low on the scale of quality.  You should always
look for a smooth, well sanded surface, thick
durable paing, glued and doweled joints, and a
straight light hardwood.  Before you commit
to any shutter company, always request a sample
so that you know what to expect.

Wooden Window Shutters

Almost all wooden shutters are constructed from a
solid hardwood.  This helps to give the shutters
the necessary stability for daily usage.  Windows
can be a naturally harsh environment, with direct
sunlight, fluctuating humidity, and the rapid
change in temperature.

All types of wooden shutters can withstand all of
these types of conditions.  Wooden shutters are
constructed to withstand harsh climates from the
intense heat and sun of the tropics to the
intense cold of the North.  Keep in mind, not all
shutters are created equally, as the selection
of wood, types of joints, and overall design will
determine the quality of the ending product.

In the overall structure of a wooden shutter, the
type of wood is very important.  All wood is
chosen based on durability, weight, straightness,
length, and overall finishing qualities.  Basswood
is one of the best examples, as it builds an
exceptional shutter.  Basswood also ranks high
in just above every characteristic you could
possibly imagine.

The joints of the wood will need to be solid and
strong in order to create a long lasting wood
shutter.   Finger joints are also important, as
they connect two shorter lengths of wood.  The
finger joints show through the finish of a
painted shutter and may look poor from the
start for a stained wood shutter. 

Having strong joints between stiles and rails
will prevent the two components from separating
or tearing apart.  The joints should be glued
and dowled for the strongest bond and the
best overall performance.

By purchasing wooden shutters, you'll get
quality shutters at a great price.  Before you
buy, do your research on the company and make
sure that they know what they are doing.  If you
buy from a reputable seller, you'll get
everything you need for excellent wooden shutters,
and instructions on how to install them yourself
if you wish.

Wood Or Vinyl Mini Blinds

The market for mini blinds has expanded well past
those traditional aluminum blinds that break,
bend, and warp.  A lot of homeowners are now
electing to install a 2 inch blind made from
either wood or vinyl to add a nicer touch to a

Proving to be cheaper than wooden shutters and
able to allow more light in, these blinds will
combine function and design which helps produce
a look that everyone will like.  Years ago, the
purchase of these two inch blinds would break
the bank, although now there are many options
available for those on any type of budget.

Keep in mind that there are both pros and cons
to choosing either wood or vinyl.  The biggest
difference in the material of the two is the
price and the color.  Normally, wooden two
inch blinds are a lot more expensive than vinyl
blinds, although they are available in more colors.

If you have strained wooden trim and molding
around your windows, you should consider adding
that specific color to your window treatments.
A dark wooden blind or a honey hue wooden window
blind can make a big difference when it comes
to the look and style of your home.  For a
price, you can create an inspiring look that
makes the difference between and alright room
and an amazing room.

Always remember that wooden blinds can tend
to a bit lighter than vinyl, so they could be
an ideal choice for double or triple windows
to prevent bowing in the middle of the blind.
Just like vinyl, wooden blinds can be custom
cut to fit the exact requirements of your

Vinyl blinds are also a bit less expensive and
can easily be mistaken for the wooden variety.
If you are choosing a bright white or a soft
ivory for your shades, vinyl will be the perfect
choice if you are on a budget.  Vinyl blinds
are also easier to clean, as water can warp
wood or even cause the finish to crack or

If you are planning to purchase wood or vinyl
blinds, you should consider paying a visit to
your local supply warehouse.  The selection at
most stores can be dramatic, as they offer
good prices and a variety of choices. 

If your budget isn't a problem at all, you
should look towards a special window treatment
shop in your area, where professionals will
come to your home and take care of both the
measuring and installation for you.

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