Wood BlindsA classic choice for centuries, wood blinds remain one of the best and most popular window treatments for any home. They have a natural warmth and richness that cannot be duplicated with synthetic products. They also offer versatility for your décor as they can be painted to match your trim or a stained to match your furniture or flooring. In traditional homes, this window covering type is a perfect complement to Plantation shutters.
Wood blinds consist of a horizontal wood slat that can be tilted 180 degrees to control light and provide various levels of privacy. So they can darken a room, control glare, and eliminate fading. When closed, wood blinds create a stacked look at the top of the window, so if you desire a window treatment that “disappears” for a full view, these blinds may not be the best fit. When used on large windows, wood blinds can become very heavy, so window sizes and weight limits must be considered before ordering them.
When selecting wood blinds, consider these options:
- Do you prefer 1”, 2”, 2 ½” or 2 5/8”slat widths? 2” and 2 ½” slats are the most popular options. Remember: the wider the slat, the greater the view when the blind is in the open position. Also, the wider the slat, the smaller the stack, when the blind is in the raised position. Wider slates also weigh less, an important factor when pulling up and letting down the blinds.
- Will you paint or stain your wood blinds? Wood blinds are available in a wide palette of stands and painted finishes. As a general rule, the darker the slat, the darker the room will be. To brighten up a room, use a painted slat in white or another light color. Rich wood stains are unbeatable for cozy libraries and home offices. Visit our showroom to see our complete selection of wood blind stains and painted finishes.
- Which type of valance do you prefer? All wood blinds come with a decorative valance option. We carry valances in every style from simple, contemporary looks to elaborate, traditional options.
- Which type of wood do you want? The most common type of wood used in wood blinds is basswood. It is a stable wood, less likely than other words to warp, and it is easy to stain and paint. Visit our showroom to learn more about your options for wood blinds.
- Do you prefer decorative tapes or ladders? Cloth tapes in 1” and 2” widths are available on the large slatted wood blinds. Tapes create a traditional Venetian blind look, and because they are available in a wide selection of colors and decorative prints, they can really tie a room together. For the look of Plantation shutters, choose sleek, thin ladders for your wood blinds.
- Do you want cordless blinds? Yes, woods blinds have new technology too. With cordless wood blinds, one simply pushes the bottom rails of the blinds to easily raise and lower them. This eliminates the busy look of pull cords and provides an important safety feature for children and pets.
- Do you want a “route-less” option? Many manufacturers offer a “no holes” option on wide slat wood blinds to enhance privacy. The traditional route hole in the center of the slat is eliminated by running the pull cords on the outside of the slat and around the ladder. However, even if you choose a wood blind with a traditional route hole for the cord, the hole is punched just a fraction over the width of the cord, virtually eliminating any light and privacy concerns.
The benefits of wood blinds:
- They provide excellent light control for room darkening, glare reduction and fading prevention.
- Since wood is naturally porous, wood blinds provide excellent insulation.
- They add a warm, natural appearance to your home and work as a perfect complement and/or alternative to Plantation shutters.
- To learn more, read our article, “The Popularity of Wood Blinds”
Before purchasing wood blinds, consider these important factors:
- Wood blinds can be heavy, making them difficult raise and lower every day.
- When raised, wood blinds have considerably more stack at the top of the window than other window treatments.
- Wood blinds are not practical in rooms with high humidity like kitchens, baths, and playrooms.
- Wood is a renewable resource, making wood blinds a more environmentally sound choice than PVC products. Read Sandy Grey’s article The Truth About Wood for information.
- Learn more about The History of Venetian Wood Blinds.