Blinds Defined: Common Window Covering Terms

These are the terms and definitions you will commonly hear when you are in the process of purchasing blinds. Since each homeowner has different needs there are many different options and types of blinds available! If we missed anything in our glossary of terms, or if you would still like personal assistance, make sure to contact us at (888) 305-8020 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm EST.

Window Coverings: Window coverings is a blanket term for the various blinds, shades, shutters, and curtains or drapes that cover and insulate the windows in a home.

Window Blind: Blinds are window coverings used for home decor, insulation, privacy, and light control. There are several types of blinds including vertical blinds, mini blinds, faux wood blinds, wood blinds, and composite blinds to name a few.

Window Shade: Shades are window coverings used in home decor for style as well as privacy and light control. The various types of window shades include roman shades, solar shades, roman shades, woven wood shades, bamboo shades, pleated shades, and cellular shades.

Lift Cord: The string-like cord that is part of a system of cords that run through the slats of a blind which allow that blind to be hung, opened, and closed with the blind controls.

Sheers: Blinds or shades made from translucent fabrics that allow light to filter through the material. Sheers are often used to create layers but can be used alone for a soft romantic look.

Inside Mount: Inside mount blinds and shades are mounted inside the window frame. This is by far the most popular choice and provides a custom fitted look.

Outside Mount: Outside mounted blinds and shades are mounted outside the window, on the wood trim or wall.

Headrail: The long rectangular box at the top of a window blind that encases the operating mechanisms for the blind.

Two-On-One: Two blinds on a single headrail. Ideal for larger windows where a single blind could be difficult to operate.

Three-On-One: Three blinds on a single headrail. This is an ideal choice for very large or long windows.

Tilt Wand: Tilt wand mechanisms allow you to operate the amount that the slats open or close. They provide complete control by simply twisting the wand.

Rollease Chain – This is the traditional option which operates the window shade with the pull of a chain. You can choose to have the chain on either the right or left side of the shade.

Cordless: The cordless option operates with an easy lift system typically at the press of a button which allows you to easily lift and lower the blind. This is an ideal option for those who want a clean cord free look, and it is the safest option for those with children and pets.

Blackout / Room Darkening: Blackout or room darkening material or liner is the best choice if you want to block out a majority of the light from outside.

Light Filtering: Light filtering liners allow for more privacy without blocking out a lot of the natural light. This option will softly filter the light entering the room.

Eco-Friendly: Eco-friendly blinds and shades are made using earth friendly materials and processes. This is an option available on most products at BlindsMax.com.

Energy Efficient: Energy efficient blinds help to insulate the window, reducing the heat gain and loss. This in turn tends to help reduce energy costs and lower bills.

Motorized / Remote Control: Motorized blinds and shades use a small electric or battery operated motor to open and close or lift the window covering. With the motorized lift option your blinds and shades can be operated at the touch of a button on a remote control. This is the most ideal option for large windows and hard to reach places.

Top Down / Bottom Up: This option allows you to raise and lower your window coverings from the bottom OR top. This is ideal for those who want the ultimate in privacy and light control.

Window Valance: The definition of a window valance is the short decorative box, curtain, or drapery that is hung to cover the upper part of a window. The valance can be used alone to cover the headrail or with curtains or drapes.

Privacy Liner: A privacy liner is a strip of material used on the back side of a window covering to cover any open spaces. This is an especially common option for bamboo shades which have natural gaps in the woven wood.

Decorative Tape: Decorative tape or “Cloth Tape” is used for blocking out light leakage along the cords of a blind, and is also used to accent and compliment the design of a room.

Commercial Window Coverings: Commercial window coverings are made with code compliance in mind and are durable, safe, and flame resistant. Typically special orders must be made to assure this high level of quality for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, schools and other commercial business applications. To place a commercial order, and for bulk pricing quotes please contact us at (888) 305-8020 Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm EST.

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