Do You Need Vertical or Horizontal Blinds?

Vertical Blinds for Living Rooms in New Hyde Park, New York (NY)

So, you’ve decided on Hunter Douglas’s quality custom blinds? Great choice! The next question is whether you need vertical or horizontal blinds? Both types of blinds are great, but it is important to fit your needs correctly. First off, what is the difference between the two? Aren’t blinds just blinds? Let our experts help fill you in.

  • Horizontal blinds are constructed from horizontal slats, connected with vertical strings. They can be raised or closed, or rotated to adjust the light or privacy you prefer. Hunter Douglas provides the option of wood, metal, fabric, or vinyl horizontal blinds. There are a variety of options for how to raise or close your blinds, too, including a cord and pulley system, retractable cords, or a motorized system.
  • Vertical blinds are constructed from long vertical slats that are connected to a track at the top of the window or door. They come in a range of colors, styles, materials, and operating systems. Hunter Douglas provides the same material options for vertical blinds as their horizontal blinds.

Now that you know the difference, it’s time to assess your own individual needs.

First, the size of the window is important. Sliding doors typically feature vertical blinds because they make it easier to walk through so you don’t have to open the blinds all the way just to go through. Taller and narrower windows would be better suited for horizontal blinds. In the case of smaller windows, horizontal blinds tend to be sturdier and easier to open and close.

Aside from size, you should also consider the direction your window is facing. Horizontal blinds tend to be more common for windows that face North or South, while vertical blinds are best for East or West facing windows. This will have an effect on the angle that light is allowed into your home. Horizontal blinds are easier to adjust to either block out sunlight or let more in, so they are better for windows facing direct sunlight.

Next, what are you looking for in terms of privacy? Are these blinds for a bedroom or bathroom where you want complete control of how open or closed the blinds are? If so, horizontal blinds would be best for you. Vertical blinds don’t offer as much privacy since they do tend to still let some light in and they move much more easily. If someone accidentally bumps into them, they can easily open and allow outsiders to peek in.

Lastly, you should consider their ability to be cleaned. Vertical blinds tend to be easier to clean since they can be cleaned in one sweep, while horizontal blinds have all sorts of strings in the way that prevent that. Vertical blinds also tend to collect less dust than horizontal blinds since they don’t have any horizontal surface for dust to accumulate on. If you are looking for something that takes minimal effort, but that is still pleasing to the eye, vertical blinds are your best bet.

Still not sure what’s best? Give us a call here at Larry’s Design Center or visit our facility in New Hyde Park, New York, where you can see full-size samples of our beautiful window treatments. We service the areas in and around New York City and Long Island, including Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, and many other surrounding areas.