Wood blinds can add warmth and beauty to any room. However, they are not generally in stock at most department stores and you may even need to order them if you go to a window treatment shop. In addition, because they are more durable and easier to maintain than vinyl or cloth blinds, they do cost a bit more; though the extra cost is worth it. Before you go shopping for these energy-saving window treatments, you need to be aware of a few things.
When taking the measurements for wood blinds, you need to decide how you are going to mount them. You may install the blinds on the front of the window frame, with the blinds extending just a bit past the window opening. You may also choose to fit the blinds inside the window opening, having them mounted on the inside piece of the frame. Mounting on the outside can keep the sunlight from peeking in around the edges of the blinds if they move at all.
Routed or Routeless
Most blinds have a small slit in the ends where the cords go through for opening and closing. These small slits often allow pinhole-sized openings where the light can come in. These tiny holes can cause glare on a television screen and also hit someone in the eyes and cause squinting. Routeless blinds are designed so that the cords are wrapped around the wood slats; there is no slit or hole in the wood at all.
Color and Texture
Wood blinds are available in a variety of woods. You can also have them stained almost any color to best fit the décor of the room. You may also choose to have the wood embossed. This will not only add texture but will add depth to them. In addition, embossed blinds add to the look and feel of the whole room.
Wood blinds are resistant to moisture, easy to clean, and can last a lifetime. They go well in any room of the house and will fit any décor. They are also energy efficient and can help prevent warm or cold air from transferring through the windows of the house into the rooms. They will help lower your energy bills. If you are wondering how to cover the windows in your home, wood blinds are a good option. You can choose to use curtains or drapes with them, or just leave them alone. They will look great either way. For more information about wood blinds, contact Beard's Window Coverings.