What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Whats the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Shades and blinds are both excellent options for window treatments in Birmingham. Both provide good-looking for managing light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few key discrepancies, which we’ll discuss below.

Selecting the right window treatment for your house can seem overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of Birmingham design professionals are here to support you. We’ll go over all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and have pro design support, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that designing custom window treatments should be an easy and even enjoyable process. So, you can trust our professionals to support you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

Meanwhile, let’s go over the discrepancies between blinds and shades.



Blinds are constructed from a selection of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats nicely stack together.

Some are corded, but many come in cordless and automated styles for easy operation. They’re economical, provide great light control and are easy to dust.

We offer all the most wanted styles, like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you are looking for of plantation shutters but have a limited budget, horizontal blinds are the way to go. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, as they use thick louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a permanent window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can typically be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When designing your horizontal blinds, you can pick from real basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll discover a style that fits your house.

Gliding panels are a great solution if you own a contemporary house with expansive windows. These panels stack neatly together when open and feature stylish fabrics while closed. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re apt to discover the right one for your home.

We have three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s quick to include drapery-like looks to your home without the hassle of large curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re quick to freshen up and good looking too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for active or humid rooms in your home, like bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a wide range of up-to-date metallic colors together with optional features to keep out more sunlight when drawn and boost your view during the time they’re open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that suspend from a roll. When pulled up, they roll neatly at the top of the window, sometimes obscured in a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and a variety of styles can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might see plain white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Today’s solutions are much more stylish, useful and customizable. A lot are also even energy efficient.

We provide a wide range of the most wanted styles, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t pick between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a good solution. These shades have suspended vanes sandwiched between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn harsh sunlight into a warm glow. And the blinds offer outstanding light control and privacy.

They’re available in both horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them around your home. You can personalize yours with our large collection of fabrics, vane sizes and enhancements, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to improve your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great style. These soft fabric shades have holes that trap air at the windows, which are your home’s top source of energy loss. These pockets can also muffle more outdoor noise, allowing you to rest in peace. The result is a cozier home and potentially smaller heating and cooling expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic method to lessen light, since you can add more features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They’re offered in horizontal and vertical models, so you can install them throughout your home, even on unique windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades look like curtains but deliver all the advantages of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When elevated, they stack into neat pleats. When drawn, they offer fantastic light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We sell a few styles, including honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can discover the best look for your home.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades offer modern style, fast cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into streamlined headrails. They even are available in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look stylish.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Support from Louver Shop of Birmingham

Blinds and shades are both excellent solutions for your house. With the help of a window treatment expert like one from Louver Shop of Birmingham, we can find the right style for your home.

We also manufacture all our window treatments here in the U.S., so your dream of a beautiful home will be reality in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to start with your free consultation today!

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