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The Pros And Cons Of Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds with a golden glow as the sun sets

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Among homeowners, choosing the right window treatments is a must. You have various coverings, from traditional curtains to drapes and shades. A cover that’s popular for modern homes is window blinds.

Blinds aren’t a particularly new thing, but they’ve gained acclaim due to their aesthetics and practicality. Like any home décor, they’re not always perfect. Some people like them while others don’t. 


Here are the advantages of using vertical blinds.

1. Provides Superior Coverage

Vertical blinds can cover your windows better than regular curtains can. They can come in varying lengths and colors to match windows of any shape. These coverings are excellent for darkening rooms, making them perfect for bedrooms. If you tend to wake up from sunlight, vertical blinds might be the ideal option for you.

They also allow enough light to enter a room, depending on how you adjust them. You can rest assured your vertical blinds are keeping direct sunlight and UV rays out of your home. They’re the best choice for places with intense summers and winters since they can block out light and keep heat inside longer.

2.Won’t Accumulate Dust

Unlike their horizontal cousins, vertical blinds don’t get dirty quickly. Because of this feature, you’ll have a faster time cleaning them since there’s no flat surface for dirt and dust to settle. You don’t have to take them down or dismantle them. All you need is a microfiber cloth and wipe each slat. In other cases, you might need a mild cleaning solution to get rid of stubborn grime.

3. More Versatile

There are two methods to open and close vertical blinds: one is to slide the slats to the side, and the other is to turn each slat. Their versatility offers you more options to let in the sunlight you need and keep out the light you don’t want.

4. Perfect For Sliding Doors And Wide Windows

It makes much more sense if your sliding doors’ covering moves in the same direction. Some curtains and shade can block your way through your sliding door. But if you use vertical blinds, you can push them aside as you open the door. 

If you have wider windows, vertical blinds are excellent cover-ups. Horizontal ones may not do the same job well since they usually move up and down. Unlike vertical blinds, you can slide the slats to cover enough window space.

5. More Affordable

Vertical blinds are generally cheaper than their counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they’re of lesser quality. Consider getting vertical blinds if you need effective covering for your sliding doors and window panes. Blinds for whole window walls, however, may be pricier. 

6. Easily Replaceable

Even the best things don’t last forever. If one of your vertical blind slats gets damaged, you don’t have to buy a whole new set. You can purchase single panels from where you bought your vertical blinds to replace those needing changing.

 Part of the mechanism of beige vertical blinds on the background of a mirror stretch ceiling


Below are the disadvantages of using vertical blinds.

1. The Ends Can Get Dirty

If your vertical blinds touch the floor, expect the ends to gather dirt over time. This is especially true for fabric-type blinds. You can prevent this issue if you choose aluminum, vinyl, or wood blinds over the cloth. These three materials are generally much easier to clean.

2. Tend To Be Noisy

Since vertical blinds are made of individual panels, slight movement can send one hitting another. So, if you happen to live in a windy place, the slats will collide against each other until the breeze subsides. Blinds made of harder material will be even noisier. You may want to consider cloth-type blinds.

3. Wear Out Fast

You may find affordable yet high-quality vertical blinds, but eventually, even the best ones may wear out. These blinds swing a lot from wind or external movement, which could ruin each slat. While it’s easy to replace broken individual panels, it can get annoying if you have to do this every time one gets damaged.

4. Impedes On Privacy

Unlike traditional curtains, vertical blinds have gaps in between panels. Anyone close enough to pass by your window may take a peek inside. You’re also not entirely safe when you pull the blinds close. If you have constant wind flow inside, there’s still a chance the gaps will appear. However, you can solve this issue using vertical blinds with thicker, wider slats.

5. May Block The View

The downside of using wider panels for your vertical blinds is that they could block your view of the outside. This problem is disheartening, especially if you took the time to make your windows look spotless. Slats could be so thick that they’re still covering most of your window even when pulled aside.

6. Not Great For Narrow Windows

A home with narrow windows won’t look lovely when covered using vertical blinds. There’s too little space for the blinds to cover even if you buy a smaller set. The panels may overwhelm your little windows, completely blocking out the view and the sunlight.


You should now have a better idea of whether vertical blinds are suitable for your home. If you still have trouble finalizing your choice, try weighing the pros and cons. Vertical blinds are pretty to look at and perform their function. But it’s important to know if they also suit your tastes, so you can gauge if they’re a wise investment or not.