Window Blinds & Shutters Buying Guide

Rather than soft fabric curtains, draperies, and shades, blinds and shutters are "hard" window treatments, but it's easy to see why they're smart options for many windows.

Types of Window Blinds & Shutters

Types of Window Blinds & Shutters

Blinds and shutters are by no means new window-treatment options, but the range of choices is ever-expanding. Both types are attractive and effective solutions to manage outside light and maintain privacy. Working parts align to admit, block, or direct light. With horizontal blinds, slats are suspended one above the other by the rungs of thin cords arranged like a ladder. With shutters, louvers can close tightly or angle for a partial view. Both treatments look best mounted inside the window frame.

Standard or Venetian Blinds

Versatile venetian blinds get their linear look from horizontal slats about 2 inches wide. They control light and create privacy by two methods. Side pull cords raise blinds to let in the view or lower them partially or fully to block it. Once slats are lowered, a quick twist of a wand tilts the slats almost 180 degrees for finer adjustment. Blinds block more light but absorb less noise than fabric shades. Measure the depth of your window to determine which slat width will fit best.

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Arlo Blinds

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Metal Blinds

An offshoot of World War II aluminum innovation, this streamlined -- think 1940s movies -- window treatment is a favorite for decorating contemporary interiors. When raised, thin metal blinds stack more compactly than blinds with thicker wood or plastic slats, but metal's natural conductivity makes these blinds less suitable for southern or western exposures.

Wood Blinds

Invented in the late 18th century, wood blinds are perennial favorites because they work beautifully in any window and with most decorating styles. Available in several slat widths and finishes, these blinds provide superior light control and some insulating value when closed.

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Plastic Blinds

Solid-color and faux-wood blinds made from PVC or composite materials are durable options that resist humidity, warping, and sun damage. These blinds are often heavier than aluminum, however, especially in an oversize window.

Mini- and Microblinds

The trendiest blinds in the 1970s and '80s, these narrow-slat (usually 1/2 or 1 inch wide) blinds are available in plastic or metal and in a wide range of colors. They're lightweight and easy to install, but they can be tricky to clean and less durable than metal or wood blinds.

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Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a practical choice for privacy and light control at large windows or patio doors. Overlapping wide vanes of vinyl or stiffened fabric run up and down instead of side to side. Track-hung vanes rotate for light control and draw, like draperies, completely closed or open to one side for easy access outside.

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Shutters offer charm and architectural impact, and they're easy to adjust for light control and privacy. What's more, they are considered a capital improvement for tax purposes, and they can be financed with a house purchase because they usually stay with a house when it sells. The hinged wood panels usually sport operable louvers, but they can feature solid panels or framed fabric inserts you can coordinate with other furnishings. Natural wood shutters are often made from basswood, a renewable species with uniform texture and smooth grain. Choose a faux-wood polymer version for high-moisture settings like bathrooms. Wide-louver plantation shutters are especially good treatments for houses with old single-pane windows.

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Product Features

Product Features

The popularity of blinds and shutters comes in part from the variety of options available. Whatever your needs, you can find the size, style, and material that blends fashion and function. Many features are designed for ease of operation -- almost infinite adjustment helps blinds and shutters control incoming light better than many other window treatments.

Blind Slat Size

The choice is yours, but there are guidelines. Choose narrow slats for small windows and French doors. In contemporary settings, the classic proportions of 2-inch slats look fresh. And 2-1/2-inch slats open to yield almost unobstructed views, like plantation shutters.

Shutter Louver Size

Follow a similar approach. For a historical look, select louvers 1-1/4 to 2 inches wide; 2-1/2 inch louvers provide clearer views, and their scale fits windows of any size. Appropriate used with high ceilings, 3-1/2-inch or wider louvers let in the most light and make a fashion statement.

Blinds: Other Options

Ladder tape keeps sunlight from shining through cord route holes and adds texture and color. Hidden tilt rods -- which operate louvers -- look cleaner than standard panel-front rods.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Choosing the best blinds and shutters comes down to common sense. Look for styles that are well suited to your window type, your room decor, and your lifestyle. If you're overwhelmed by all the options, thumb through decorating magazines and books, or click through this website for examples you like.

Shutter Finish

For a decorator look, match shutters to the window frame, moldings, or flooring. White and cream are the most popular painted finishes, and manufacturers typically offer several wood-stain colors to choose from.

Window Size

If your window is not a standard size, no problem. You can order blinds and shutters in custom sizes. Measure precisely, particularly in an older house where window dimensions can vary. Install shades and blinds within the window casing (inside mount) to maximize wall space, or a few inches above the trim (outside mount) to make a window appear larger.

Compatible Style

Wood shutters and blinds suit traditional, rustic, or Arts and Crafts-style interiors, while aluminum or colored vinyl blinds complement contemporary decor. If you plan to use curtains or valances, shop for blinds that complement these treatments. Neutral blinds won't distract from sheer curtains, and sleek aluminum blinds look chic with dark draperies.

Shutter Height

Half-shutters rise from the windowsill to half the window height (to the sash on double-hung windows); cafe shutters reach to about shoulder height; and full shutters cover the entire window.

Privacy Control

Look for blinds with tape-covered thin slats that close tightly for privacy and room darkening.


High-quality shutters feature dowel joints, hand-sanded finishes, kiln-dried wood, and recessed hinges. After long-term exposure to strong sunlight, fabric blinds can fade and natural-wood blinds can warp. Faux-wood blinds, made of polymer or composite materials, can be more durable.


Narrow-slat horizontal blinds can be difficult to dust. Consider vinyl or faux-wood blinds for easy cleaning in the kitchen. With vertical blinds, look for vanes that can be removed for occasional cleaning. Shutters are easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Child Safety

Dangling window-blind pull cords are a strangulation threat to young children and pets. Most manufacturers offer cordless blinds that raise and lower by pushing or pulling the blind's bottom bar.

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