What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both great choices for window treatments in Columbus. Both deliver methods for controlling light and improving energy efficiency. But there are a few major discrepancies, which we’ll go over below.

Selecting the right window treatment for your residence can seem like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Columbus design pros are here to support you. We’ll discuss all the possibilities during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and get pro design support, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that designing custom window treatments should be a quick and even delightful experience. So, you can count on us to support you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

Right now, let’s discuss the discrepancies between blinds and shades.



Blinds are constructed from a variety of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats nicely stack together.

Some are corded, but many are available in cordless and automated options for easy operation. They’re economical, deliver outstanding light control and are a breeze to clean.

We carry all the most popular styles, such as horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you like the look of plantation shutters but have less of a budget, horizontal blinds are the way to go. They’re often known as to as plantation blinds, because they have large louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed in the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that are controlled by a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can often be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can choose from genuine basswood, a classic material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to find a style that works with your residence.

Gliding panels are a fantastic option if you own a modern residence with floor-to-ceiling windows. These panels stack neatly together when open and display stylish fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re apt to find the best one for your home.

We offer three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s quick to add drapery-like appearance to your house without the bother of large curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re fast to freshen up and stylish too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are good for often occupied or wet rooms in your house, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a wide assortment of contemporary metallic finishes in addition to special features to stop more daylight when drawn and enhance your view when open.



Shades are soft window treatments that hang from a roll. When lifted, they roll orderly at the top of the window, occasionally obscured in a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and a variety of styles can be customized with an automated operating system for easy use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might picture common white window treatments with an unattractive roller. Modern styles are much more beautiful, practical and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We have a large collection of the most desired styles, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t pick between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a good style. These shades have suspended vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels change harsh sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds give superior light control and privacy.

They can be customized in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can install them around your house. You can make them your own with our large range of fabrics, vane widths and upgrades, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding style. These soft fabric shades have pockets that retain air at the windows, which are your residence’s top source of energy loss. These chambers can also block more outdoor distractions, enabling you to relax in peace. The result is a comfier house and likely cheaper heating and cooling bills.

Honeycomb shades are also a great solution to manage light, since you can incorporate special features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They’re available in horizontal and vertical options, so you can install them throughout your house, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades mimic curtains but deliver all the pluses of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When moved up, they stack into neat pleats. When drawn, they offer outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have a couple of styles, such as honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can locate the best look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades offer modern style, easy cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a big range of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into sleek headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can increase your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look good.

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Assistance from Louver Shop of Columbus

Blinds and shades are both good styles for your home. With the support of a window treatment pro like one from Louver Shop of Columbus, we can find the best match for your residence.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a stylish residence will come to life in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation today!

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