Horizontal Window 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.
Clean design and smooth panels provide a modern, yet timeless appearance. Adjustable rails and louvers offer ability to regulate or block light for changing privacy levels. The solid construction offers good strength and durability and is easy to clean and maintain with occasional dusting.
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.
Window shades are available in countless designs and colours to help you put the finishing touches on any room. No matter what décor style you've chosen, The Home Depot can help you find the proper window shade to fit right in. Most window shades operate with a lift cord or cordless lift system.
Valances and cornices provide a finishing touch to your home décor, and give your window treatment a complete, coordinated appearance. Valances are generally soft, short curtains or draperies, or fabric covered headrails, that are used at the top of windows to give your window covering a uniform look, or conceal its operating system. Cornices do much the same, but are custom-built boxes, without backs, that are stained or painted to match blinds and shades.
Measuring for Window Coverings
Always take proper measurements of the width, height and depth of your window openings before making a buying decision. Also decide if you plan to mount your window treatment inside or outside the window casing.
- Measure the inside width of the window frame at the top, middle and bottom (for vertical blinds, only measure the top)
- Record the narrowest width (do not make any deductions)
- Measure the inside height of the window frame at the left, middle and right
- Record the longest height to the nearest 1/8" (for verticals, use the shortest length)
If you want the blinds to not touch the window sill, deduct 1/4". If there is no sill, measure to where the blind is to reach.
- Measure the outside width of the window frame
- Add at least 3" for overlap (8" for verticals)
- When deciding on width, consider how much overlap you would like to have
- Measure from the sill to the position of the top of the shade
- If there is no sill, measure to where the blind is to reach
- Add at least 3" for overlap
For verticals, use the shortest length. Allow 3" above and below the window opening or moulding. For ceiling to floor, deduct 1/2" for carpet clearance.