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

Shades and blinds are both excellent options for window treatments in Pittsburgh. Both deliver attractive for controlling light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are several major discrepancies, which we’ll go over below.

Choosing the ideal window treatment for your house can appear like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Pittsburgh design specialists are here to assist you. We’ll discuss all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and receive expert design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We think that making custom window treatments should be a simple and even pleasant experience. So, you can rely on us to support you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

Meanwhile, let’s go over the distinctions between blinds and shades.



Blinds are produced from an assortment of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When raised, the slats neatly stack together.

Some are corded, but many are available in cordless and automated solutions for simple operation. They’re budget-friendly, deliver fantastic light control and are a breeze to wipe down.

We offer 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 less of a budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often known as to as plantation blinds, as they have wide louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a permanent window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that move with 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 pick from genuine basswood, a classic material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t out of date. From contemporary panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to discover a type that complements your residence.

Gliding panels are a fantastic solution if you have a new house with large windows. These panels stack neatly together when open and show off designer fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to select from, you’re inclined to find the ideal one for your house.

We have three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to add drapery-like feel to your space without the hassle of bulky curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re simple to freshen up and good looking too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for active or humid rooms in your house, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide a wide assortment of modern metallic patterns in addition to special features to keep out more sunlight when drawn and boost your view when open.



Shades are soft window treatments that hang from a roll. When raised, they roll neatly at the top of the window, sometimes hidden inside a headrail. They’re typically cordless, and a variety of styles can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might picture plain white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Up-to-date solutions are much more beautiful, useful and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We offer a large collection of the most wanted styles, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t decide between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a good choice. These shades feature floating vanes sandwiched between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn harsh sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds provide superior light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can use them all over your home. You can make them your own with our wide assortment of fabrics, vane thicknesses and upgrades, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding solution. These soft fabric shades have pockets that retain air at the windows, which are your house’s biggest source of energy loss. These chambers can also muffle more outdoor sounds, allowing you to rest in peace. The result is a more comfortable house and likely cheaper utility costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a great approach to control light, because you can add special features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They’re offered in horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them throughout your residence, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but give all the advantages of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into orderly pleats. When lowered, they provide great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have several styles, such as honeycomb and genuine woven wood, so you can locate the ideal look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades offer modern style, easy cleaning and streamlined operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into small headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Support from Louver Shop of Pittsburgh

Blinds and shades are both good solutions for your house. With the help of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we can discover the right fit for your home.

We also create all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a stylish residence will be reality in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to get started with your free consultation today!

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