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

Shades and blinds are both popular solutions for window treatments in Philadelphia. Both deliver stylish ways for handling light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are several important differences, which we’ll discuss below.

Finding the best window treatment for your home can appear like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Philadelphia design pros are here to support you. We’ll discuss all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and get expert design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that creating custom window treatments should be a simple and even pleasant time. So, you can depend on our designers to assist you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

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



Blinds are constructed from a collection of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When raised, the slats tidily stack together.

Some use a cord, but many are available in cordless and automated options for quick operation. They’re budget-friendly, provide great light control and are simple to clean.

We have all the most popular styles, like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are the way to go. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, because they include thick louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that are controlled by a tilt bar. Depending on the model, shutters can usually be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can choose from genuine basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which resists heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From contemporary panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll come across a type that enhances your house.

Gliding panels are a fantastic choice if you live in a contemporary residence with floor-to-ceiling windows. These panels stack neatly together during the time they’re open and show off attractive fabrics while closed. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re inclined to come across the ideal one for your home.

We have three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s easy to add drapery-like styling to your home without the inconvenience of heavy curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re simple to clean and stylish too. Since they’re produced from aluminum, these durable blinds are good for often occupied or wet rooms in your home, like bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer an extensive collection of up-to-date metallic textures together with special features to keep out more sunlight when drawn and boost your view while open.



Shades are fabric window treatments that hang from a roll. When pulled up, they roll tidily at the top of the window, sometimes obscured within a headrail. They’re typically cordless, and several options can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might see common white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Up-to-date options are much more stylish, useful and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We offer a large assortment of the most popular options, 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 fantastic option. These shades have hovering vanes nestled between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform harsh sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds give outstanding light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them all over your home. You can personalize yours with our wide range of fabrics, vane thicknesses and enhancements, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to increase your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great solution. These soft fabric shades have pockets that trap air at the windows, which are your home’s highest source of energy loss. These holes can also muffle more outdoor noise, enabling you to unwind in peace. The result is a more comfortable house and likely cheaper heating and cooling bills.

Honeycomb shades are also a good solution to lessen light, because you can include more features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They’re available in horizontal and vertical models, so you can hang them all over your residence, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

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

We have a couple of styles, like honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can discover the best look for your home.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades give modern style, fast cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large selection of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into small headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can increase your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look attractive.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Assistance from Louver Shop of Philadelphia

Blinds and shades are both excellent solutions for your residence. With the help of a window treatment expert like one from Louver Shop of Philadelphia, we can locate the ideal style for your residence.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the United States, so your dream of a beautiful residence will be reality in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation today!

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