Important Terms to Know About Venetian and Vertical Blinds
The following terms might help you communicate well with retailers that sell Venetian and vertical blinds:
Blackout Blinds: Blinds designed to prevent any light from entering a room. Some blackout blinds block light with heavy fabrics. Other blinds use a double layer of blinds to block light.
Venetian Blinds: Venetian blinds have horizontal slats. The slats are usually made of metal or plastic, although some are made of wood. Venetian blinds have become extremely popular in offices as well as homes.
Bamboo: A grass used to make slats in window blinds. Bamboo is strong and grows quickly, so it is often used as an inexpensive, eco-friendly material in interior and exterior blinds.
Roman Shades: Roman shades are a type of blackout blind made of fabric. When lifted, the fabrics folds on top of itself. When lowered, it forms a flat piece of fabric.
Plantation Shutters: Also called California shutters, they are interior shutters that run horizontally along vertical poles. Raising or lowering the poles controls the amount of light entering the room and adds privacy when needed.
Mini Blinds: Mini blinds are very similar to Venetian blinds. Like Venetian blinds, they have horizontal slats. The slats on mini blinds, however, are usually on a couple dozen centimeters wide. Some are closed by pulling a string. Others, however, operate by turning a rod.
Window Treatment: The term "window treatment" can refer to just about any decorating element placed on or around a window. This includes temporary elements such as drapes, window blinds, and window valances. More permanent elements include stained or frosted glass.