Mini Blinds

Mini blinds have been part of the home decorating market for decades. Mini blinds are an economical choice for many living situations including dorm rooms and mobile homes, as well as apartment complexes and other rental properties. With improved quality and style, mini blinds have moved into more upscale environments.

Types of Mini Blinds

Nowadays, mini blinds typically feature horizontal 1-inch slats. The micro-minis have 1/2-inch slats, while macros (the original Venetian) offer up to 2-inch slats. Aluminum (usually 6-guage or 8-guage) and vinyl remain the materials of choice for mini blinds. However, faux and wood minis, along with fabric coverings are gaining appeal, with a good selection coming from name manufacturers and designers.

With the exception of wood minis, these blinds are an excellent choice for high-humidity areas. In addition, most mini blinds are energy efficient. Color choices may be limited at home improvement stores, but specialty catalogs are available that include many more options, such as pastels, bold, and even metallic shades. Newer products offer all the convenience of higher end window treatments and have gained popularity in more affluent homes.

Why Choose Mini Blinds?

They are a value-added option when sheers, draperies, or other window treatments are layered to offer different lighting effects. While these blinds are not always visible, they act to filter light and provide added privacy. Mini blinds are among the easiest to install, even by inexperienced do-it-yourselfers. All hardware is usually included and takes a matter of minutes to mount with screwdrivers. Slats are now developed to be more resilient when bent. Some have anti-static qualities that repel dust. In any case, they are also easy to remove for cleaning.

Mini Blind Options

Some mini blinds feature overlapping slats that provide light-blockage. These are ideal in children's rooms or for those who sleep during the day. Another feature for those with children to consider is child-proof or breakaway cords. A range of models are available in sheers, or see-throughs; the perforated vanes provide both privacy and light. Standard sizes are readily available while many manufacturers also provide a host of custom options, including shaped arches and skylight mounts. Manufacturers also make dual-colored blinds: white toward the outside with an array of color choices for the inside.

Hardware options include hidden bracket systems and hold-downs that can be attached at the bottom. The blind can be opened and shut, but will keep the lightweight slats from blowing outward. Head rails, brackets, wand tilts, and pull cords, along with mounting screws, are included in standard packaging.

For further information on blinds for your windows and doors see the following articles from Wood Blinds and Vertical Blinds.