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

Shades and blinds are both great choices for window treatments in San Antonio. Both provide methods for controlling light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few key distinctions, which we’ll review below.

Choosing the right window treatment for your residence can appear overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of San Antonio design professionals are here to help. We’ll review all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to see product samples and get expert design support, all at no cost or obligation.

We think that designing custom window treatments should be a simple and even enjoyable experience. So, you can rely on us to support you from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

Right now, let’s go over the discrepancies between blinds and shades.



Blinds are made from an assortment of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When lifted, the slats nicely stack together.

Some use a cord, but many come in cordless and automated options for fast operation. They’re economical, deliver fantastic light control and are a breeze to dust.

We carry all the most desired styles, such as horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you like the look of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, as they use large louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can usually be shifted with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can choose from 100% basswood, a popular material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which resists heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t out of date. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’ll likely find a look that fits your house.

Gliding panels are a good solution if you live in a new residence with wide windows. These panels join neatly together when open and show off beautiful fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics available, you’re apt to find the ideal one for your needs.

We offer three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s quick to add drapery-like looks to your space without the annoyance of large curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re fast to dust and good looking too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these durable blinds are good for active or humid rooms in your residence, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We have an extensive range of up-to-date metallic colors together with add-on features to block more daylight when drawn and increase your view during the time they’re open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that attach to a roll. When raised, they roll orderly at the top of the window, occasionally concealed inside a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and a variety of models can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you think of shades, you might see boring white window treatments with an unsightly roller. Today’s solutions are much more stylish, functional and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We offer a big collection of the most popular options, 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 fantastic solution. These shades feature floating vanes nestled between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn glaring sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds provide outstanding light control and privacy.

They can be customized in both horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can hang them throughout your house. You can personalize yours with our wide range of fabrics, vane widths and upgrades, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you want to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an outstanding solution. These soft fabric shades have chambers that trap air at the windows, which are your house’s biggest source of energy loss. These holes can also muffle more outdoor sounds, enabling you to unwind in peace. The result is a cozier residence and potentially reduced heating and cooling costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic method to manage sunshine, as you can add more features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They come in horizontal and vertical models, so you can hang them across your home, even on uncommon 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 moved up, they stack into tidy pleats. When put down, they give outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have a couple of styles, such as honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can locate the ideal look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades offer modern style, fast cleaning and simple operation for horizontal windows. Available in a big collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into streamlined headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look good.

Create Your Blinds or Shades with Expert Support from Louver Shop of San Antonio

Blinds and shades are both outstanding styles for your space. With the help of a window treatment pro like one from Louver Shop of San Antonio, we can find the best style for your house.

We also create all our window treatments here in the U.S., so your dream of a gorgeous house will come true in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation today!

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