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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Better Homes and Gardens
$18.71 $14.97

Dress up any window with these Better Homes and Gardens 2" Faux Wood Blinds. They are made of moisture-resistant and heat-resistan...t PVC and do not fade, crack, rust or warp, making them suitable for all weather conditions. These Better Homes and Gardens blinds have a realistic wood grain that is imprinted directly onto the slat. They are easily adjustable and look wonderful when mounted inside your window frame. The white faux wood blinds blend flawlessly with painted trim for a professional and complete look. They are compatible with a variety of window treatments and look charming with the included matching valance alone. These blinds come with easy-to-follow instructions for stress-free installation and include all the necessary hardware for completion, plus a matching valance and a tilt wand. They are an excellent choice for light control, as well as for privacy, in your home or office. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$27.37 $21.97

The Better Homes and Gardens 2-Inch Room-Darkening Blinds are made of faux wood and provide privacy. The material resist moisture,... fading, heat and warping and it is also anti-microbial. The wood grain texture gives the blinds a rich, real-wood look. The two-inch blinds offer an upscale look and are suitable for any room in the house. Every blind also offers infinite tilt and lift features which allow you to control the amount of light that comes into the house or complete or partial view through the window pane only. Try pairing a new decorative rod and window panel with your blind. They will create instant depth for your windows and a style that is all your own. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$24.94 $20.97

The Better Homes and Gardens 2-Inch Room-Darkening Blinds are made of faux wood and provide privacy. The material resist moisture,... fading, heat and warping and it is also anti-microbial. The wood grain texture gives the blinds a rich, real-wood look. The two-inch blinds offer an upscale look and are suitable for any room in the house. Every blind also offers infinite tilt and lift features which allow you to control the amount of light that comes into the house or complete or partial view through the window pane only. Try pairing a new decorative rod and window panel with your blind. They will create instant depth for your windows and a style that is all your own. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$29.96 $23.97

Better Homes and Gardens 2" Faux Wood Windows Blinds, Oak:Primary color is oakRoom-darkening blinds can be mounted inside or outsi...de of window frameValance, tilt wand, mounting brackets and instructions includedOak window blinds material: 100 % non-flammable PVCResists moisture and heat and is anti-microbialActual blind is 0.5" (1.27 cm) narrower than the order size (or the size shown on the box)Available in multiple sizesWARNING: If this item has exposed cords, it presents a potential strangulation hazard to children. Please visit www.windowcoverings.org for safety information. 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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$175.00

Constructed from low-impact, eco-friendly materials, The Shade Store's custom 2" wood blinds are a beautiful addition to any d cor.... Choose from 3 exclusive collections and over 60 unique stains and finishes including basic, faux and designer woods. 17 colorful tapes available to further customize your look. All 2" basic and designer blinds come with a straight valance. 2" faux blinds come with a beveled valance. Easy to operate tilt/lift system. All wood blinds are hung and tested prior to shipment top ensure quality and proper functionality. Designed + Assembled in the USA. Ships in 7 Days or Less! Backed by The Shade Store's Satisfaction Guarantee. read more

JustBlinds
$26.00

Want the look and beauty of real wood blinds at a better price? Faux wood blinds are calling your name! Not only do faux wood blin...ds resemble regular wood blinds, but they are moisture resistant, durable, UV protected, and cost much less. Since they... read more

JustBlinds
$68.00

If you're looking for a way to add some class and warmth to your home, wood blinds can do that and more. Both classic and cool, th...ese blind slats are made from high-quality Basswood, which is both attractive and durable. There's also no need to worry... read more

JCP HOME
$57.00

Faux-wood blinds are durable and stylish. These 2" blinds feature a wood-tone grain pattern for a distinctive look of real wood bu...t for a fraction of the cost. wood-tone grain pattern for the look of real wood moisture-resistant design ideal for... 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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Designer's Touch
$27.99

DETO1003 Features Lead free Durable metal headrail and steel bottom rail Room darkening Color: White Customizable: No Product Type...: Roman shade Finish: White Dimensions Overall Length - Top to Bottom: 48" Overall Width - Side to Side: 45" Slat Depth -... read more

ODL
$93.78

Frame keeps blinds from swinging when opening and closing doors. Fits steel and fiberglass doors with raised frame. Fits glass siz...es 21-34 to 22W and 37-34 to 38H measure the outside glass frame dimensions on door to select the right size. Enclosed... read more

JCP HOME
$27.00

Maintain privacy while letting the sun gently shine in with our modest light-filtering mini blinds. 1" wide horizontal slats light... filtering lift cord Sold individually. PVC. Window must be 1¼" deep for inside mount; 1¾" deep for flush inside mount.... read more

Bali
$666.00

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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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JustBlinds
$43.00

News flash! Vertical blinds are more fashionable and diverse than ever. Gone are the days of plain white verticals being the only ...choice for alternative window and door treatments. Modern vertical blinds are made from PVC, fabric, or faux wood and can... read more

JCP HOME
$73.20

Create your perfect atmosphere by controlling the amount of light that enters from your patio or large window with these vertical ...blinds. cord-free product safe for homes with young children and pets 3" vane size steel headrail reinforced carrier wand... read more

JCP HOME
$112.20

Our easy-care vertical blinds offer a polished look for a wide variety of decorating styles and have a suede appearance that gives... them a luxurious look. Perfect for large, hard-to-cover windows or patio doors. cord-free product safe for homes with... read more

JCP HOME
$82.20

These vertical linen-like blinds offer a polished look for a wide variety of decorating styles. Perfect for large, hard-to-cover w...indows or patio doors. cord-free product safe for homes with young children and pets 3" easy-care vinyl vanes have an... 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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Shutters By Design
$384.10

SHUT2363 Features Western collection Painting Perfect for decorative or functional installations Functional or fixed mounting hard...ware sets sold separately Great for painting or staining Material: Wood Type: Louvered Dimensions Size 63" H x 18" W... read more

Perfect Shutters
$159.99

The Perfect Shutters 15W in. Country Style Vinyl Shutters are reminiscent of the pastoral look and offer an idyllic image of the l...oving home when dressing your windows. Their charming rural aesthetic is just what you need to set your home apart.... read more

Perfect Shutters
$139.99

The Perfect Shutters 12W in. Classic Panel Eyebrow Top Vinyl Shutters are an easy way to give your residence a bit of personality.... These exterior shutters enhance the curb appeal and increase the value of any home at a surprisingly affordable price for... read more

Perfect Shutters
$124.99

The Perfect Shutters 28.625W in. Open Board-N-Batten Vinyl Shutters are broad accent pieces that boast boards separated ever so ca...refully to allow for subtle visibility between every sturdy board. Their classic pattern was popularized by old New... 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$18.71 $14.97

Dress up any window with these Better Homes and Gardens 2" Faux Wood Blinds. They are made of moisture-resistant and heat-resistan...t PVC and do not fade, crack, rust or warp, making them suitable for all weather conditions. These Better Homes and Gardens blinds have a realistic wood grain that is imprinted directly onto the slat. They are easily adjustable and look wonderful when mounted inside your window frame. The white faux wood blinds blend flawlessly with painted trim for a professional and complete look. They are compatible with a variety of window treatments and look charming with the included matching valance alone. These blinds come with easy-to-follow instructions for stress-free installation and include all the necessary hardware for completion, plus a matching valance and a tilt wand. They are an excellent choice for light control, as well as for privacy, in your home or office. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$27.37 $21.97

The Better Homes and Gardens 2-Inch Room-Darkening Blinds are made of faux wood and provide privacy. The material resist moisture,... fading, heat and warping and it is also anti-microbial. The wood grain texture gives the blinds a rich, real-wood look. The two-inch blinds offer an upscale look and are suitable for any room in the house. Every blind also offers infinite tilt and lift features which allow you to control the amount of light that comes into the house or complete or partial view through the window pane only. Try pairing a new decorative rod and window panel with your blind. They will create instant depth for your windows and a style that is all your own. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$24.94 $20.97

The Better Homes and Gardens 2-Inch Room-Darkening Blinds are made of faux wood and provide privacy. The material resist moisture,... fading, heat and warping and it is also anti-microbial. The wood grain texture gives the blinds a rich, real-wood look. The two-inch blinds offer an upscale look and are suitable for any room in the house. Every blind also offers infinite tilt and lift features which allow you to control the amount of light that comes into the house or complete or partial view through the window pane only. Try pairing a new decorative rod and window panel with your blind. They will create instant depth for your windows and a style that is all your own. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$29.96 $23.97

Better Homes and Gardens 2" Faux Wood Windows Blinds, Oak:Primary color is oakRoom-darkening blinds can be mounted inside or outsi...de of window frameValance, tilt wand, mounting brackets and instructions includedOak window blinds material: 100 % non-flammable PVCResists moisture and heat and is anti-microbialActual blind is 0.5" (1.27 cm) narrower than the order size (or the size shown on the box)Available in multiple sizesWARNING: If this item has exposed cords, it presents a potential strangulation hazard to children. Please visit www.windowcoverings.org for safety information. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
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Dress up any window with these Better Homes and Gardens 2" Faux Wood Blinds. They are made of moisture-resistant and heat-resistan...t PVC and do not fade, crack, rust or warp, making them suitable for all weather conditions. These Better Homes and Gardens blinds have a realistic wood grain that is imprinted directly onto the slat. They are easily adjustable and look wonderful when mounted inside your window frame. The white faux wood blinds blend flawlessly with painted trim for a professional and complete look. They are compatible with a variety of window treatments and look charming with the included matching valance alone. These blinds come with easy-to-follow instructions for stress-free installation and include all the necessary hardware for completion, plus a matching valance and a tilt wand. They are an excellent choice for light control, as well as for privacy, in your home or office. read more

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Better Homes and Gardens Vertical Textured S-Slat Privacy Blinds: Great for patio doors or large windowsDoor vertical blindsMateri...al content: Durable PVCCurved room darkening slats allow maximum privacy and light controlEasy to install and care forAll hardware, instructions and valance includedChild-safe, cord-free wand control operationDimensions: 78" x 84" (198.1cm x 213.4cm)WARNING: If this item has exposed cords, it presents a potential strangulation hazard to children. Please visit www.windowcoverings.org for safety information.  read more

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Better Homes and Gardens Vertical Blinds, Printed Chestnut:Great for patio doors or large windowsMaterial content: Durable PVCRoom...-darkening slats allow privacy and light controlPrinted chestnut blinds are easy to install and care forAll hardware, instructions and valance includedChild-safe, cord-free wand control operationDimensions: 84" x 78" (213.4cm x 198.1cm)WARNING: If this item has exposed cords, it presents a potential strangulation hazard to children. Please visit www.windowcoverings.org for safety information. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
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Better Homes and Gardens Vertical Blinds, Printed Oak:Great for patio doors or large windowsDoor vertical blindsMaterial content: ...Durable PVCRoom darkening slats allow privacy and light controlEasy to install and care forAll hardware, instructions and valance includedChild-safe, cord-free wand control operationDimensions: 84" x 78" (213.4cm x 198.1cm)WARNING: If this item has exposed cords, it presents a potential strangulation hazard to children. Please visit www.windowcoverings.org for safety information. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$26.82 $23.97

Dress up any window with these Better Homes and Gardens 2" Faux Wood Blinds. They are made of moisture-resistant and heat-resistan...t PVC and do not fade, crack, rust or warp, making them suitable for all weather conditions. These Better Homes and Gardens blinds have a realistic wood grain that is imprinted directly onto the slat. They are easily adjustable and look wonderful when mounted inside your window frame. The white faux wood blinds blend flawlessly with painted trim for a professional and complete look. They are compatible with a variety of window treatments and look charming with the included matching valance alone. These blinds come with easy-to-follow instructions for stress-free installation and include all the necessary hardware for completion, plus a matching valance and a tilt wand. They are an excellent choice for light control, as well as for privacy, in your home or office. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$31.21 $24.97

Better Homes and Gardens 2" Faux Wood Windows Blinds, Oak:Primary color is oakRoom-darkening blinds can be mounted inside or outsi...de of window frameValance, tilt wand, mounting brackets and instructions includedOak window blinds material: 100 % non-flammable PVCResists moisture and heat and is anti-microbialActual blind is 0.5" (1.27 cm) narrower than the order size (or the size shown on the box)Available in multiple sizesWARNING: If this item has exposed cords, it presents a potential strangulation hazard to children. Please visit www.windowcoverings.org for safety information. read more

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