There is a long history to the use of blinds in windows to provide privacy and prevent light from entering. No one is really sure about the exact history of blinds, but if the name of the most popular type of blind is any indication they have their beginnings in Venice.
While blinds do an excellent job of blocking out unwanted light, they are also great at providing privacy. In the hot summer months blocking out sunlight also means blocking some of the heat. Venetian blinds are by far the most popular types of blinds, although there are several other types on the market.
Varieties of Window Blinds
As stated above, there are many different types of blinds. It is easiest to distinguish them by their construction and the types of materials that they use. Below we will discuss some of the most popular types of blinds.
These are what most people think of when they hear the word blind. These blinds are made with slats, most often made from metal or plastic. When bamboo or wooden slats are used they are called either bamboo or wooden blinds instead of Venetian blinds. The widths of the slats can vary, but they are most commonly about 50mm. Wider slats look better on larger windows. There are a two of variants to the Venetian blind which have become most popular – mini blinds and vertical blinds
The slats of these blinds are not more than 19mm. They get their name from their very narrow slats.
The slats of these blinds hang vertically instead of horizontally, as their name. The slats of these blinds are often made from stiffened fabric.
Any blind that includes slats opens and closes using a rotator attachment which controls the strings running through the blinds.
This blind open and close by pushing and pulling. These types of blinds come with a solid piece of material instead of slats.
These are blinds constructed using woven wood. They open and close by being rolled up using the attached strings. These are best at controlling sunlight and thus very popular in tropical locations. They provide a tropical ambiance wherever they are used.
These blinds are constructed using pleated fabrics. They can be pulled up to open and usually contain a recess at the top to hold the material.
These blinds feature a cellular made with at least two layers of fabric. The cellular design gives them greater insulating properties.