Blinds made from horizontal aluminum slats.
Blackouts are designed to block all external light.
Shades that are raised and lowered without hanging cords.
Decorative molding that covers the mounting.
Mounted on the outer molding or frame of a window.
Like the cells of a honeycomb, the horizontal ‘slats’ of honeycomb blinds are actually cells made of fabric. From the front or back, they look like pleated shades, but without any visible strings. These are hidden within the cells of the honeycombs. From the side, the individual cells are visible.
Single Cell Shades
Shades made from a single layer of cells.
Double Cell Shades
Shades made from a single layer of cells, treated with a Mylar/ aluminum lining, allowing the shade to block all external light.
Mounted within the frame of the window, rather than the surrounding wall or trim.
Insulation/R – factor
R-factor is a measure of how much insulation a given material provides.
The device that controls how high or low a blind or shade is lifted, usually a cord or looped chain.
Shades or blinds that block out some light, but not all.
Shades that are lifted and lowered through a battery operated motor, either by a remote control or wall switch.
Blinds that are tilted through a battery operated motor, but are still lifted and lowered with the use of a manual cord.
Mounted on the surrounding wall or trim, rather than within the frame of the window.
Shades made from a single piece of material (typically fabric or paper) that has been pleated, or folded. Each fold is the same width, like an accordion. From the side, the folds form a zig-zagging pattern, like a W.
Shades made from a single piece of material (such as fabric or vinyl) mounted on an aluminum roll, controlled with either a spring-loaded mechanism or a looped chain.
Window treatments that block a large amount of light, to ‘darken’ a room.
The device that changes the angle, or tilt, of the blind’s slats.
Top Down Bottom Up Shades
Shades that can be raised and lowered at both ends.
Decorative fabric, wood or vinyl hangings that cover the mounting.
Blinds made with vertical slats (made from either fabric or vinyl) that are attached to an aluminum track. These can be tilted and moved from side to side.
Blinds made with wooden slats.
Woven Wood Shades
Blinds made from very thin slats of bamboo, reeds, grass, jute, or wood. These blinds are raised and lowered like shades, and do not tilt or angle.