difference between blinds and shutters

What’s the difference between blinds and shutters

Are you considering new window treatments for your home? If so, you may have come across the terms “blinds” and “shutters”. While the two have similar names, they offer varying levels of style and functionality for your space. So what is the difference between blinds and shutters?

Blinds are much more versatile than shutters and are available in a range of materials, textures, and colors. They also offer excellent light control and privacy. On the other hand, shutters are a great choice for giving your windows a classic and timeless look. They are available in materials such as wood composite and come in a variety of styles that can help you achieve the look you want. 

Both blinds and shutters provide the perfect finishing touch for any room, and understanding the differences between them is the first step to finding the perfect window treatment for your home.

Window Blinds

Blinds are a type of shade that is pulled down over a window to control light, privacy, and views. Blinds are available in a variety of materials, colors, and styles to suit your taste and needs. They offer excellent light control and privacy and are often used with draperies to add an extra touch of style to your windows.

Window Shutters

Shutters are timeless and fixed window treatments that add style to the room and value to the home. They are made from wood or composite and are built into the window frame. Plantation shutters are a popular style of shutters. They also offer excellent light control and provide privacy for your home. A wooden shutter can last for decades and is a great investment for your home.

The Difference between Blinds and Shutters

In general, the main difference between blinds and shutters is how they are installed. Shutters are built into the window frame and become a permanent fixture in the home. Blinds, on the other hand, are installed inside of or above the window recess and offer a lot more versatility in their design.

Blinds and shutters both provide excellent light control, privacy, and style to your windows. However, they are made from different materials. Blinds are available in wood, bamboo, vinyl and aluminum, while shutters are often made from wood or composite.

Blinds can generally be rolled up and down, while shutters are stationary. Both are constructed of slats or louvers that can be opened or closed to control the entry of light.

Blinds are available in many different colors and styles, allowing you to personalize your windows. Blinds are a more versatile window treatment and are a great choice for anyone looking for a simple yet elegant look for their windows.

Blinds also come at a lower price point than shutters, making them a more affordable option.

Wood blinds for light control in a sunroom

For this sunroom, we recommended wood blinds for their high-end look and excellent light-blocking qualities. Blinds with banding are a more upscale type of blind. Banding dresses up the blinds and hides the strings that operate them. This gives a cleaner and more upscale look to a room.

Check out the gallery below to see how we transformed this sunroom with wood blinds.

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Project Information:

Products Used:

Graber 2 ⅜” Wood Blinds
Color: Snowflake
Tape/Banding: 1 ½” Banding in Duck White
Operation:Cord Lift

Project budget: $2,000

Project duration: 5 weeks