When to Use Vertical Blinds Instead of Horizontal Blinds

The sheer variety of window treatments makes the choice of the right fit for your windows a bit challenging. The extensive range available in the market today features a wide collection of materials, color schemes, patterns, and textures, with the more modern ones fitted with different technologies like easy pull or automation to make life easier.

Vertical Blinds in Living Room

As if that weren’t enough, the choice between vertical and horizontal blinds gets added to the mix. But thankfully, these two types of blinds differ in terms of their characteristics and environments they’re best suited for, making your selection much easier.

What are the key factors to consider when choosing between vertical and horizontal blinds? How are vertical blinds different from horizontal blinds? When is it best to use vertical blinds? What advantages do vertical blinds offer over horizontal ones? We answer these and more questions to help you zero in on the perfect fit for your windows.

Differences between Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

Vertical Blinds in Kitchen

As the name suggests, vertical blinds have vertical slats. In other words, they have vanes or slats that run up and down, as opposed to left and right as in horizontal blinds.

Vertical blinds slide sideways while horizontal blinds slide up and down. The opening mechanism of each of these blinds is different too. Since horizontal blinds lift from the bottom, they typically have a cord-and-pulley system. Where horizontal blinds become too heavy to manually manipulate for a large window, vertical blinds can cover beautifully.

The long slats of vertical blinds are suited to broad windows and doors while horizontal blinds are great for smaller, narrower, and taller windows. In addition, the visual effect created by each blind is different. The long slats of vertical blinds add the feeling of spaciousness and height and allow more light to filter in when open or closed as compared to horizontal blinds. As vertical blinds stack to the side when open, they create a completely exposed window for light to come through as well as an unobstructed view.

When to Use Vertical Blinds?

Vertical blinds are best suited for sliding doors and for large bay windows that are difficult to cover with other window treatments. They are especially effective for any window or door with a wide expanse. 

Here’s a quick snapshot of the places where vertical blinds would best fit:

  1. Large French doors
  2. Sliding doors
  3. Wide windows
  4. Bay windows
  5. Uniquely large-sized window
  6. Patio doors
  7. Large windows or doors in a sunroom 

One of the most important considerations for choosing the right vertical blinds for any space is the size of the window or door. The larger the window or door, the wider the slat width should be.

Budget Blinds makes it easy for you to find the right fit of vertical blinds for your windows and doors, with its customization options. You can customize the slat or vane size to meet the requirements of the most unique-sized windows.

Budget Blinds Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors and Large Windows

With Budget Blinds vertical blinds, you can cover large windows and doors with a designer touch and meet both your style and functionality needs. They increase the spaciousness of any room by enhancing height and dimension. Plus, they stack neatly to the side giving any space an organized look. And they are easy to operate, making it convenient for you to open them when you need an outside view.

With the ability to withstand high heat, direct sunlight, and high humidity, vinyl vertical blinds are the perfect alternative for windows and doors in any space, including the living room, kitchen, sunroom, patio, and even the laundry room. With a good selection of vane styles, various fabrics, hundreds of colors, and patterns from basic curved to deeply embossed styles, you can coordinate these with your home décor and custom match other furnishings.

Fabric vertical blinds are a great option to add softness to any room and they come in a variety of weaves and colors. They provide years of crisp, wrinkle-free operation with invisible, sewn-in weights. To create an inviting ambience with delicate natural light, consider using sheer vertical blinds that look elegant in any space.

Budget Blinds vertical blinds are available with a range of operation options such as chain control, wand tilt, right draw, left draw, and split draw for convenience and personalized view control. With enhanced privacy and glare control they are an excellent fit for windows in the bedroom. Home theater spaces can benefit from the added room-darkening aspect offered by S-shaped vanes.

With Budget Blinds, you don’t have to worry about the challenges that are typically encountered in operating vertical blinds. We use a heavy-duty head rail system that keeps vanes permanently aligned, and the traversing and operation smooth and quiet for years of worry-free enjoyment.

Vertical Window Blinds Alternatives

If you’re not sold on the idea of installing vertical blinds, consider using Budget Blinds vertical window blinds alternatives that are perfect, too, for sliding glass doors and large windows. The options are varied and include vertical cellular shades, sheer vertical blinds, sliding panel track blinds, and woven wood natural blinds. All the alternatives have great privacy and view control, thanks to custom configurations like free-floating, side stack, and split stack.

To help you find window covering solutions that match your existing home décor, Budget Blinds offers these in a wide variety of cell sizes, fabrics, colors, and opacities. For better lighting control, sun protection, and energy efficiency, sliding panel track blinds and roller shades on panel tracks are great too.

No matter how unique the shape and size of your windows and doors, Budget Blinds has a window covering solution for you. Our team of experts is pleased to answer any questions that you may have and to also provide guidance in helping you select the window treatment that is a right fit for all your requirements. All you need to do is schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with one of our local Style Consultants. We would love to visit you!

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