If you are in the market for new wooden blinds, there are a few options to think about. Carefully considering the different styles ensures you get the perfect blinds for your home.
1. Slat Size
There are generally two slat sizes for wooden blinds: narrow and wide. Narrow slats come in at under 1.5 inches, while wide slats are typically between 2 and 2.5 inches. Which you choose is thoroughly an aesthetic issue, as it won't have a large impact on the privacy or the light-blocking ability. Narrow slats do tend to have a more modern look, while wide slats provide a more classical style.
2. Wood Finish
You aren't stuck with one color when it comes to wooden blinds. You can find them in a range of natural wood stains from pale blonds to rich mahogany shades. The natural wood tones on the blinds give them the feel of more expensive plantation shutters. Painted wood blinds are also an option, with white being a popular option although you can order the blinds in nearly any color desired.
3. Operation Options
How the blinds operate is another important consideration. You can get those with pull strings, but keep in mind strings can look messy and they may pose a strangulation hazard to young children and pets. Twist wand openers are another option, as are models that can simply be pulled open or closed by the bottom bar. Another option is automated blinds, which use a motor to open and close at the flick of a switch. These can sometimes be hooked into smart home systems, as well.
4. Maintenance Basics
Maintenance varies depending on the blinds. Those with a natural stain, for example, need regular dusting and occasionally treatment with a wood polish or conditioner. Painted blinds may need nothing more than periodic dusting. Consider the amount of maintenance you are willing to put in, and choose a blind type and style that meets those limitations.
5. Install Style
Wooden blinds can be installed as an undermount, which is when the top valance bar is set just inside the window frame and the blinds do not extend beyond the frame. This is a nice, clean look that works well with narrow slats, but it won't block light very well around the edges. An overmount style is the other option. The valance is set above the window, and the blinds extend beyond the sides of the window for more thorough coverage.
Contact a custom blinds dealer to learn more about your wooden blinds options.