In the market for new wood blinds or faux wood blinds? I have put together some thoughts to help make the process easier, as their are several things to consider before making the purchase. Wood blinds and faux wood blinds are both in the category of venetian blinds. Venetian blinds were invented in Venice Italy as they solved two important issues. since the city of Venice is surrounded by water, you needed a window treatment that could block light from above, but also block light that was being reflected from the water below. By creating a blind with rotating louvers that goal was accomplished. Originally venetian blinds were made from wood, then came aluminum, as time progressed and new material’s were invented we now have composite or faux wood blinds added to the category. Venetian blinds as a whole, are by far the most popular selling window treatments and provide excellent value. Ok, so now that we now what venetian blinds are, what are the differences? For this article we will cover the 2 most popular options, `wood, and faux wood blinds, below I have listed the benefits for both.
Wood Blind Benefits: Wood blinds are lighter than faux wood blinds, by as much as 35%, so if you are covering a large window where you will be raising and lowering the blind frequently, a wood blind would be a much better choice. The blind louver, or what is referred to as a blind slat, is more laterally rigid on a wood blind by a considerable amount, the benefit is that the ladder spacing (the vertical cords that support the louvers horizontally) is farther apart providing a cleaner look and better visibility. Another benefit to wood blinds are their beauty, if you are doing a wood tone? Wood blinds provide a substantially better look.
Faux Wood Blinds: Their are two benefits with faux wood blinds, price and durability. Faux wood blinds can be substantially less expensive than wood blinds, and their composite material makes them great for high moisture areas, or areas where water may be splashed on the the blinds easily, say over a kitchen sink. Many of our clients do faux wood blinds in secondary bedrooms, as well as bathrooms, and do wood blinds in the more visible areas of the house, this is a great way to keep the cost down while utilizing the benefits of both.
If you have any additional questions regarding venetian blinds, or any other window treatment product’s, feel free to contact Bend Blind Company at 541-390-8354.