Types of Window Coverings

When choosing the perfect window coverings, you have to consider a number of things. Do you want horizontal or vertical blinds? Wood or vinyl? There are also different ways to open blinds such as cords, cordless and motorized options. We’ll show you the differences and help you choose the perfect window coverings for your home.

Types of Window Blinds and Shades

With so many different types of blinds and shades to choose from, we’ll help you decide with some in-depth information on each type below.

Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal blinds blend style and function. They can be raised and lowered, partially or completely, and have horizontal slats that can be left open to let in light, closed to block light, or angled to direct light to the ceiling or floor, allowing for partial light and privacy. Horizontal blinds can be made from a variety of materials, such as wood or metal, and include mini-blinds. Horizontal blinds generally have slats up to 2-1/2" wide. Choose between a lift cord, wand tilt, or cordless lift system to operate your blinds.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are ideal for large windows and doors (such as patio doors), but can be used anywhere as an alternative to curtains or drapes. Vertical blinds have wide slats (up to 4" wide) that can be angled or closed to control light and privacy. By using a draw string, vertical blinds can open to stack at one side of a window opening, or have a centre split to stack at each side. Vertical blinds are available in a variety of materials, including real wood, faux wood or plastic, to translucent fabrics that block less light. Vertical blinds made of fabric may also have weights sewn into the bottom of each blind to keep them straight and orderly.

Roller Shades / Roller Blinds

Roller Shades / Roller Blinds

Roller shades, a classic traditional window treatment, come in a wide array of fabric and styles, from translucent fabrics, to opaque polyesters. Roller shades come with a variety of hem and trim options, and can simply be pulled by hand to adjust light and privacy levels. They are an economical window covering that complements any décor, and require minimal maintenance.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds offer the same modern touch as wood blinds, but are resistant to moisture and warping, making them ideal for rooms with high humidity, such as kitchens or bathrooms. Faux wood blinds come in a variety of colours and stains to mimic the look of real wood at a lower price point. Similar to wood blinds, light dusting and periodic cleaning with wood preservatives is required to protect the finish.

Wood Blinds

Wood Blinds

Wood blinds lend a rich, warming touch to any room, and complement other wood furnishings and tones in your home. Wood blinds are natural insulators against cold and heat, and help keep rooms more comfortable during the winter and summer. Light dusting and periodic cleaning with a wood preservative helps protect the finish and enhance luster.

Mini Blinds: Vinyl or Metal

Mini Blinds: Vinyl or Metal

Mini blinds have very narrow slats (1" wide or less) that shut out more light, when closed, compared to standard-width horizontal blinds. Mini-blinds are usually made from aluminium or vinyl, and are a more economical choice for smaller windows compared to other types of window coverings. Because of their small size, they are relatively easy to clean and install.

Cellular Shades / Honeycomb Shades

Cellular Shades / Honeycomb Shades

Cellular shades (also called honeycomb) are made of two or more layers of folded fabric that deliver strong protection against UV light, and superb insulation against heat and cold. Cellular shades have a clean appearance and are available in multiple opacity levels for different privacy options. They are also available in vertical applications for larger windows and patio doors. Shades are made of a strong anti-static fabric that repels dust and dirt, but they may still require light feather dusting or gentle wiping with a damp cloth.

Zebra Blinds

Zebra Blinds

Zebra blinds are a modern option for any home that allow complete lighting customization. They can be drawn to offer complete light blockage or opened in a way that lets light shine through the “zebra” stripes, allowing light to enter your room. They’re a great alternative to transitional blinds.

Paper Temporary Shades

Paper Temporary Shades

If you’re looking for a temporary solution, consider paper shades. They’re peel-and-stick and can be installed over any 36” window or door. They’re also 100% recyclable, so you can lower your eco footprint while filtering the light in your home.

Roman Shades

Roman Shades

Roman shades combine beauty and privacy for a luxurious look. Common designs for Roman shades include a looped style, which features soft, overlapping folds that create a cascading effect, or a flat style for a clean, classic look. Roman shades are available in a variety of textures and fabrics, from luxurious silks to blackout vinyl. Conveniently, Roman shades can be machine washed and ironed if necessary.

Outdoor Shades

Outdoor Shades

Block heat and glare outdoors and increase your privacy with a crank shade like one from Coolaroo. They mount easily on ceilings and walls and can even help you reduce your cooling costs by repelling heat when used outside of windows. They’re easy to clean with a quick wash off from a hose and resist mould, mildew and staining.

Panel-Track Blinds

Panel-Track Blinds

Panel-track blinds are the ultimate in style and function. They add beauty, create privacy and filter light coming into your home. The panels can slide to completely block light or open to allow some in, giving you complete control. They can be used on normal doors and windows, French doors and even closets.

Corded, Cordless or Motorized Blinds and Shades?

Corded, Cordless or Motorized Blinds and Shades?

Some parents and pet owners worry about the long cords that come with some types of curtains, blinds and shades, but this doesn't have to be an area of concern. The Home Depot offers plenty of cordless and motorized options that are a safer choice for homes with children and pets.

Consider whether motorized blinds, shades and shutters, adjustable via remote control, are more to your liking than manual options. Or, if you’re looking to integrate your blinds into your smart-home setup, consider new “smart” blinds that can be controlled, even programmed, from your smartphone!

Book a free consultation with a Home Depot Installer and find out more about some of the exciting new options available for your home.

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Types of Curtains & Drapes

No matter which room in your home you’re trying to shade, we offer curtains and drapes in many styles and sizes, so you’ll always have what you’re looking for in both style and comfort.

Ways to Shop

Types & Features of Window Film

Window film is a great way to keep your rooms glare-free, cool and comfortable. They go right over your window for easy installation.

Privacy Window Film

Privacy Window Film

Keep your home private from anyone outside with a privacy window film.

Decorative Window Film

Decorative Window Film

Add style and design to your room with a trendy decorative window film.

Features Description
UV Blocking Window Film
Protect your furniture from fading with a UV blocking window film.
Heat Blocking Window Film
Keep your home cooler with a heat-blocking window film.
Glare Reducing Window Film Reduce the glare from the sun on windows and doors with a glare reducing window film.

Choosing Style & Colours of your Window Covering

Choosing Style & Colours of your Window Covering

This should be among your first considerations for any blinds, shades or shutters you pick. Think not only about whether you like the style of your blinds, shades or shutters, but also whether they’re a good fit aesthetically for the surrounding room. Colours should complement each other and the design style (rustic, modern, classic, etc.) should match up with the décor in the rest of the room. They should also match, in fit, shape, and style, the windows they’ve been made to cover. Custom blinds, shades and shutters are often the best way to meet these needs, since they’re tailor-made for your unique windows.

If you want to brighten up the room, light, neutral colours are the way to go. For setting sharper colour contrasts or to darken the room, choose darker shades. Either way, whatever you choose, it will of course need to match the rest of the room – the walls, décor, and furniture, as well as the windows themselves. Depending on the extent of your redecorating project, you may consider matching a new paint job to your new blinds, shades and shutters, or even an accent wall to match a similarly-hued set of blinds.    

Consider Light & Privacy Control

Consider Light & Privacy Control

Ask yourself: why are blinds, shades or shutters important for this room? Perhaps you need greater control over the amount of light you’re letting in, or you need greater privacy. You may want something that will allow you to control light levels without having to be raised or lowered. Do you want the room to be dark when not in use or do you want your blinds to be transparent enough to keep it bright throughout the day? The desired function of your blinds, shades or shutters will help you determine the kind you need. Once this has been decided, you can move on to thinking about the many styles available to you by custom order.    

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