Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds, also known as track blinds, are a wonderful decorating tool that can be an attractive alternative solution to draperies. They can conceal odd-sized windows, they're ideal for sliding glass doors, and they add height to a room with low ceilings. They are great insulators while still providing light.

Why Vertical Blinds?

There is a color, texture, and fabric available for every style or taste. Some are more family-friendly and durable while others are stylish and upscale. Vinyl blinds are energy efficient and economical. They can be textured to simulate fabrics or coated with a number of peel- and UV-proof colors.

Fabric coverings can filter light and are available as:

  • Weaves
  • Solids
  • Translucents.

Fabrics of any design add softness and warmth to rooms, while woods and vinyls lend a more neutral tone. These are useful, however, when layering with other window treatments. Vertical blinds are not well-suited to rooms that require total darkening.

How Vertical Blinds Operate

Vertical blinds can be made from metal, vinyl, polyester, wood, fabric, or a combination to provide a wealth of colors and fabric choices. A system of louvers and hooks control the rotation and movement along a headrail. When each louver, vane, or slat, is closed, it overlaps the next to provide privacy. The vane bottoms are usually connected, either by a series of chains or a second rail. Some, however, hang freely and are more susceptible to movement, while others will have individual bottom weights.

Types of Vertical Blinds

The most common vane width is 3-1/2 inches. The more expensive 2-inch vanes are dramatic and contemporary. Vinyls with fabric coatings are dual-sided; the outside is light and solid while the inner side is decorative. Fabric overlays, on the other hand, are designed to keep colored slats clean. Custom blinds can be made to match or complement existing fabrics in a room.

Cellular verticals offer great solar efficiency with specially-designed pockets that trap air to create insulating layers between heat and cold conducting glass. Vertical blinds are also designed for inaccessible, over-sized windows. They will be fitted with top and bottom tracks and are electrically operated. Optional features for all models include cornice boards, motorized controls, and safety wand.

Vertical Blind Maintenance

Vertical blinds are easy to install and maintain. A regular vacuuming with the hose attachment will remove dust buildup. Vinyl blinds can be wiped down with household cleaner. Cleaning vertical blinds coated with fabric is simple, as the cloth can be easily removed for washing.

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