Vertical Blinds

Patio doors and sliding doors are one perfect location for using vertical blinds, though any window treatment can benefit from them. Vertical window blinds fit some situations better than other types of blinds, and your style will help determine what types of blinds best fit your needs. Window treatments suit many purposes so the diversity of window coverings lets you select the look and service you need. Shop around for your window blinds to make sure you know all your options.

Vertical blinds are an excellent choice of window treatments throughout your entire home but are especially well-suited for windows that are wider than they are tall and that slide from side to side. Vertical blinds are great for sliding glass doors, awkward windows, sloped windows, and even for dividing a room. They provide privacy when fully closed and can give just the right amount of light when tilted at an angle. Or they can be pulled back completely, giving your room maximum light and an open view of outside. Plus when open, vertical blinds are neater and less bulky than traditional curtains because the vanes stack tightly together.

When selecting a vertical blind, you'll be sure to find exactly what you're looking for because today's manufacturers offer myriad textures, materials, colors, and options.

  • PVC (also known as Vinyl) vertical blinds are durable and practical for high-traffic areas. Your choice of a ribbed, smooth, or embossed/textured adds to the versatility of PVC blinds.

  • Fabric vertical blinds give a room warmth because the fabric is softer and can be textured. The fabric can either be a free-hanging strip (attached or unattached at the bottom with a chain) or can be inserted into a plastic "groover". By adding a groover, your blinds will be more durable but will clatter as they are drawn open or shut.

  • Energy efficient vertical blinds are designed to trap air in a pocket, thus creating a layer of insulation. These blinds are an ideal way to save money on heating and cooling costs.

  • Sheer vertical blinds offer the more formal look of contemporary soft draperies and can dramatically change the look of a room when used for tall windows.

  • Wood vertical blinds combine the luxury and richness of real wood with the versatility of vertical blinds. Wood blinds are also a great way to divide a room and add personality to your decor.
  • Once you've chosen the vertical blind to fit your decor and functional needs, the window must be measured for either an inside mount or an outside mount.

    Inside Mount Blinds are installed inside a window casing or door, or when used wall-to-wall in a room.

  • Measure the exact width of the window casing from one inside edge to another. Take these measurements in three different places and use the narrowest measurement, rounding down to the nearest 1/8".

  • Measure the exact height from the inside top to the bottom at three different places and use the smallest dimension, rounding down to the nearest 1/8".

  • Do not make any allowances for either the width or height because the factory will make the necessary deductions in production.

  • Outside Mount Blinds are installed outside a window casing or door, and cover an area larger than the window.

  • Measure the exact width of the area to be covered, including the window and frame, adding at lease 4" on either side to ensure privacy. Round down to the nearest 1/8".

  • Measure the exact height of the area to be covered and round down to the nearest 1/8". Add 3" above the window to cover the mounting area and 3" on the bottom of a window. Don't add 3" to the bottom of door installations but instead deduct 1/2" for clearance purposes.

  • Unlike inside mount blinds, the factory does not make any allowances for outside mount blinds.

  • The tracks of your vertical blinds can be tailored to meet your specific needs. They can be a one-way draw, a split draw, a center stack or an opposite stack, which gives you maximum flexibility to meet all of your needs for any room in the house.