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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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JCPenney
$37.50 $75.00
at JC Penney

Our easy-care vertical blinds allow some light to penetrate yet preserve privacy. Perfect for large, hard-to-cover windows or pati...o doors. 3½" embossed curve slatsreversible one-way opening with a wandeasy-to-rotate louvers for precise light controlsame color on both sidesivory has a wood grain textured finish on the front side; white doesnt have a wood grain textured finish Vinyl. Includes steel headrail, hardware and instructions. Brackets allow for inside, outside or ceiling installation. Slat thickness is 0.6-0.7mm. Imported. read more

JCPenney
$26.50 $53.00
at JC Penney

1" aluminum blinds let you enjoy natural light while preserving privacy and minimizing glare. room-darkening: cord holes disappear... when blinds are closed for maximum privacy and light controlbaked-on enamel finish resists chipping and fadingtilt wand adjusts slat angleauto-locking cord mechanism adjusts blind heightincludes decorative valance Window must be at least 2" deep for flush inside mount. Installation hardware and instructions included. Clean with a damp cloth. Warranted by JCPenney; see warranty information in customer service. Imported. Measure before you order These blinds can be installed inside or outside of the window casing. For inside mount installation, window opening must be at least 1-3/8" deep, 1-3/4" deep for an inside flush mount. For outside mount installation, headrail must overlap window opening at least 1-1/2" on each side. Headrail will be 1/2" narrower than stated width. Length can be shortened; see included handbook. read more

JCPenney
$55.99 $112.00
at JC Penney

Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2½" slatslighter tha...n faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains? Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCPenney
$70.00 $140.00
at JC Penney

These 2" wood blinds are a smart choice for light control and classic style. They provide a clean look for your windows while offe...ring privacy. made from genuine abachi wood, these blinds offer decorating versatility by working beautifully with any decorincludes a wood valance that attaches to the headrailuse the tilt wand to swivel the slats to let in as much or little light as you wantthe lift cord lets you raise the entire shade when you want to let the outdoors in Sold individually. Wood. Window must be at least 1¾" deep for inside mount; 2¼" deep for inside flush mount. Mounting hardware included. Clean with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

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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Welcome Industrial

Update your home decor with real wood blinds Blinds feature 2-inch slats made from basswood Window shades are available with a gol...den oak finish Actual width of shade is 1/4 to 1/2 less that the stated amount so as to insure that the shades edges do not rub against your window frame during up-down operation Valance that covers the metal frame contains the up and down mechanism is made of the same basswood material Includes all hardware and installation instructions Wood slats tilt with pull cords on the left side of the blinds Lifting is accomplished with cords on the right side Blinds extend up to 64 inches long For shorter windows, slats can be removed by an expert installer read more

CHICOLOGY
$82.80
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These clean looking PVC blinds come with a valance to complete the custom appearance. With many Sizes to choose from, you can find... the right fit for your window. read more

CHICOLOGY
$76.80
at Amazon

These clean looking PVC blinds come with a valance to complete the custom appearance. With many Sizes to choose from, you can find... the right fit for your window. read more

CHICOLOGY
$60.40
at Amazon

These clean looking PVC blinds come with a valance to complete the custom appearance. With many Sizes to choose from, you can find... the right fit for your window. read more

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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RADIANCE
$58.96
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Perfect for living rooms, dining rooms & bedrooms. Durable anti-static slats resist dust & creasing. Room Darkening. Easy to Cl...ean. Provides privacy read more

RADIANCE
$48.72
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Perfect for living rooms, dining rooms & bedrooms. Durable anti-static slats resist dust & creasing. Room Darkening. Easy to Cl...ean. Provides privacy read more

Homebasix
$21.06
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1" aluminum slats. Light filtering. Washable. Easy to install. Tasseled ends for safety. Mounting instructions and hardware includ...ed. Top bar width includes brackets. read more

Homebasix
$20.69
at Amazon

1" aluminum slats. Light filtering. Washable. Easy to install. Tasseled ends for safety. Mounting instructions and hardware includ...ed. Top bar width includes brackets. read more

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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Achim Home Furnishings
$54.99
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A vinyl collection of 3-1/2-inch viens with easy installation for the 6-feet and 8-feet patio doors and windows. Features include ...either left or right one-way draw. The verticals feature an aluminum track designed for durability with anti-static non-leaded, vinyl formula slats. Child proof wand controls opening, closing and adjustments of veins. No cords or chains. The length can be shortened by trimming the vinyl slat with a scissor. read more

Greenland Home
$43.99
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Complete your look with our entire Stella collection. Lined window treatments coordinate with the Stella bedding collection. Drape...ry panels are in geometric print and are sold as a pair with 2 tiebacks. Patchwork valance is sold separate and features tab-top with button accents. Valance measures 84"x21" (including 3" tab-top); Panel measures 84"x42" (2). read more

Greenland Home
$41.99
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Complete your look with our entire Esprit collection. Exotic and whimsical with motifs inspired by modern art, the Esprit window t...reatment provides a perfect accent to a bohemian lifestyle. Available in both Spice and Capri color ways. Valance measures 84" x 21" (including a 2" header). Panel measures 42"x84" (2). Lined for better light insulation. read more

Greenland Home
$41.99
at Amazon

Complete your look with our entire Esprit collection. Exotic and whimsical with motifs inspired by modern art, the Esprit window t...reatment provides a perfect accent to a bohemian lifestyle. Available in both Spice and Capri color ways. Valance measures 84" x 21" (including a 2" header). Panel measures 42"x84" (2). Lined for better light insulation. read more

Shutters

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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York Wallcoverings

Features:Mural Portfolio II collection Finish: Prepasted Washable and strippable Packaged and sold as a single mural Easy to apply... dip in water to activate Made in the USA Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 34 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 41.75 Inches Overall Product Weight: 1 Pounds read more

York Wallcoverings

Features:Washable and strippable Packaged and sold as a single mural Easy to apply dip in water to activate Made in the USA Finish...: Prepasted Mural Portfolio II collection Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 36.25 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 14.75 Inches Overall Product Weight: 1 Pounds read more

Blinds.com

Memorial Day Sale ? $30 Off (w/min. order of $299); $100 off (w/ min. order of $699) ALL Blinds.com Branded Products, use code: Me...morial30 or Memorial100 at checkout. Expires 5/29/14 Made in 5 days or FREE! Do you have a patio or sliding glass window and want something more than a common vertical? Our By-Pass Track Fauxwood Shutters is the perfect choice. Each shutter panel hangs from an easy to install vertical track and slides past each other to open and close. Fauxwood Shutters provide more energy efficiency than verticals and give your room a more aesthetically pleasing look. Safer for homes with children, our By-Pass Fauxwood Shutters are the best alternative choice to cover a patio or sliding door. Note: The louvers on this product must remain closed when the product is stacked to one side of the window or door. Add our Economy Fauxwood Shutters to your windows for a complete uniform room that will certain impress all of your friends and family. This product complies with CPSC child safety guidelines. If you have children in your home on a regular basis, CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings. read more

Blinds.com

Memorial Day Sale ? $30 Off (w/min. order of $299); $100 off (w/ min. order of $699) ALL Blinds.com Branded Products, use code: Me...morial30 or Memorial100 at checkout. Expires 5/29/14 Made in 5 days or FREE! Our Economy fauxwood shutters are made of hollow PVC which provides high energy efficiency to lower energy cost, low maintenance, easy to clean and is an eco-friendly (polyresin material that is 100% recyclable, reuseable and formaldehyde free) solution to shutters. These elegant low cost plantation shutters are guaranteed not to fade, peel, swell, warp or crack and are Fire Retardant. Every shutter is available with a unique rear tilter system that gives windows wide open and unobstructed views. You can choose between a 3" or a 4" louver size. Features include: Orders with over 12 shutters will take 10 production days. Proprietary WoodTex® finish that gives the soft look and feel of painted wood. Easy to clean Available as a standard Panel Shutter or a Track Shutter for larger patio door windows. Choice of 2 colors, White or Swiss Coffee. Front or Rear Tilt. Hinges painted to match, or upgrade to Brass or Stainless Steel. This product complies with CPSC child safety guidelines. If you have children in your home on a regular basis, CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings.Our Economy fauxwood shutters are made of hollow PVC which provides high energy efficiency to lower energy cost, low maintenance, easy to clean and is an eco-friendly (polyresin material that is 100% recyclable, reuseable and formaldehyde free) solution to shutters. These elegant low cost plantation shutters are guaranteed not to fade, peel, swell, warp or crack and are Fire Retardant. Every shutter is available with a unique rear tilter system that gives windows wide open and unobstructed views. You can choose between a 3" or a 4" louver size. Features include: Orders with over 12 shutters will take 10 production days. Proprietary WoodTex® finish that gives the soft look and feel of painted wood. Easy to clean Available as a standard Panel Shutter or a Track Shutter for larger patio door windows. Choice of 2 colors, White or Swiss Coffee. Front or Rear Tilt. Hinges painted to match, or upgrade to Brass or Stainless Steel. This product complies with CPSC child safety guidelines. If you have children in your home on a regular basis, CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings. read more

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.

Quality/Durability

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.

Maintenance

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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JCPenney
$37.50 $75.00
at JC Penney

Our easy-care vertical blinds allow some light to penetrate yet preserve privacy. Perfect for large, hard-to-cover windows or pati...o doors. 3½" embossed curve slatsreversible one-way opening with a wandeasy-to-rotate louvers for precise light controlsame color on both sidesivory has a wood grain textured finish on the front side; white doesnt have a wood grain textured finish Vinyl. Includes steel headrail, hardware and instructions. Brackets allow for inside, outside or ceiling installation. Slat thickness is 0.6-0.7mm. Imported. read more

JCPenney Home? Room Darkening Vertical Blinds
JCPenney
$26.50 $53.00
at JC Penney

1" aluminum blinds let you enjoy natural light while preserving privacy and minimizing glare. room-darkening: cord holes disappear... when blinds are closed for maximum privacy and light controlbaked-on enamel finish resists chipping and fadingtilt wand adjusts slat angleauto-locking cord mechanism adjusts blind heightincludes decorative valance Window must be at least 2" deep for flush inside mount. Installation hardware and instructions included. Clean with a damp cloth. Warranted by JCPenney; see warranty information in customer service. Imported. Measure before you order These blinds can be installed inside or outside of the window casing. For inside mount installation, window opening must be at least 1-3/8" deep, 1-3/4" deep for an inside flush mount. For outside mount installation, headrail must overlap window opening at least 1-1/2" on each side. Headrail will be 1/2" narrower than stated width. Length can be shortened; see included handbook. read more

JCPenney Home? 1" Aluminum Horizontal Blinds
JCPenney
$55.99 $112.00
at JC Penney

Beautiful wood is used to create this chic window blind for a modern ambiance. super-easy way to control light2½" slatslighter tha...n faux woodaffordable alternative to shutterschoose from an assortment of rich color stains? Sold individually. Wood. Brush clean to remove dust or wipe with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCPenney Home? 2½" Wood Blinds
JCPenney
$70.00 $140.00
at JC Penney

These 2" wood blinds are a smart choice for light control and classic style. They provide a clean look for your windows while offe...ring privacy. made from genuine abachi wood, these blinds offer decorating versatility by working beautifully with any decorincludes a wood valance that attaches to the headrailuse the tilt wand to swivel the slats to let in as much or little light as you wantthe lift cord lets you raise the entire shade when you want to let the outdoors in Sold individually. Wood. Window must be at least 1¾" deep for inside mount; 2¼" deep for inside flush mount. Mounting hardware included. Clean with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

JCPenney Home? 2" Wood Horizontal Blinds
Morning Star
$4.97 $7.99
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The Morning Star light-filtering mini blind comes equipped with a tilt wand and safety tassel. It fits windows 3/8" smaller and 1/...2" wider than the stated size. All hardware is included for easy installation. This item requires Heavy Delivery. For further information, click below on Delivery Choices and Costs. When ordering multiples of this item, additional shipping fees may be charged. Before levying such charge, we will contact you with the proposed amount of the charge. If you do not want to accept the surcharge, we will cancel your order without any penalty to you. read more

Morning Star Mini Blinds - 36x64
Morning Star
$4.97 $6.99
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The Morning Star mini blind comes equipped with a tilt wand and safety tassel. It fits windows 3/8" smaller and 1/2" wider than th...e stated size. All hardware is included for easy installation. This item requires Heavy Delivery. For further information, click below on Delivery Choices and Costs. When ordering multiples of this item, additional shipping fees may be charged. Before levying such charge, we will contact you with the proposed amount of the charge. If you do not want to accept the surcharge, we will cancel your order without any penalty to you. read more

Morning Star Mini Blinds - 23x42
Morning Star
$10.97 $18.99
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The Morning Star mini blind comes equipped with a tilt wand and safety tassel. It fits windows 3/8" smaller and 1/2" wider than th...e stated size. All hardware is included for easy installation. This item requires Heavy Delivery. For further information, click below on Delivery Choices and Costs. When ordering multiples of this item, additional shipping fees may be charged. Before levying such charge, we will contact you with the proposed amount of the charge. If you do not want to accept the surcharge, we will cancel your order without any penalty to you. read more

Morning Star Mini Blinds - 46x64
Morning Star
$10.97 $18.99
at Boscov's

The Morning Star mini blind comes equipped with a tilt wand and safety tassel. It fits windows 3/8" smaller and 1/2" wider than th...e stated size. All hardware is included for easy installation. This item requires Heavy Delivery. For further information, click below on Delivery Choices and Costs. When ordering multiples of this item, additional shipping fees may be charged. Before levying such charge, we will contact you with the proposed amount of the charge. If you do not want to accept the surcharge, we will cancel your order without any penalty to you. read more

Morning Star Mini Blinds - 45x64
Morning Star
$4.97 $7.99
at Boscov's

The Morning Star mini blind comes equipped with a tilt wand and safety tassel. It fits windows 3/8" smaller and 1/2" wider than th...e stated size. All hardware is included for easy installation. This item requires Heavy Delivery. For further information, click below on Delivery Choices and Costs. When ordering multiples of this item, additional shipping fees may be charged. Before levying such charge, we will contact you with the proposed amount of the charge. If you do not want to accept the surcharge, we will cancel your order without any penalty to you. read more

Morning Star Mini Blinds - 26x64
Morning Star
$4.97 $7.99
at Boscov's

The Morning Star mini blind comes equipped with a tilt wand and safety tassel. It fits windows 3/8" smaller and 1/2" wider than th...e stated size. All hardware is included for easy installation. This item requires Heavy Delivery. For further information, click below on Delivery Choices and Costs. When ordering multiples of this item, additional shipping fees may be charged. Before levying such charge, we will contact you with the proposed amount of the charge. If you do not want to accept the surcharge, we will cancel your order without any penalty to you. read more

Morning Star Mini Blinds - 25x64
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