Craftsman: Blinds, Shutters, Shades and Awnings

So you know you’re in the market for some window coverings or sun shades, but how do you choose the right blinds, shutters and awnings for your home? With so many different options, it’s important to know the differences between blinds, shutters, shades and awnings, and how each can work for your unique space.

How do you choose the right blinds, shutters and shades?

Window coverings are essential for privacy, shade, protecting your furniture and floors and regulating your home’s temperature, and they can be a key stylistic element to your home’s aesthetic as well! Choosing between blinds, shutters and shades is both a matter of taste and functionality. So what are the differences between them and how can they work for you?

What’s the difference between blinds and shutters?

Blinds are window dressings that have slats or vanes that can be raised or lowered, and also tilted when lowered to change the vanes’ aperture. They come in a variety of shapes, styles and materials ranging from wood to aluminum or vinyl. Shutters, on the other hand, are typically more solid coverings with slats that can be opened or closed to control sunlight. While they are often more expensive than blinds because they are tailored made to fit your windows perfectly, the flip side is that they can really add value to your home. They have excellent durability and can be custom made in a huge variety of styles. Both blinds and shutters are typically considered to be “hard” window coverings due to the materials commonly used.

What’s the difference between blinds and shades?

While blinds are usually considered “hard," because of their slats, shades are “soft” window treatments that are usually crafted from a single piece of fabric that wraps around a special casing and into the top of the window’s frame. A cord or tab is attached to the bottom, or a sidewinding chain is used to lift or lower the shade. Shades are great for their versatility. There is no space too big or small to accommodate this type of window covering, and there are virtually endless options of colours and patterns to choose from, as well as fabrics ranging from sheer to black-out material. When choosing between blinds and shades, consider whether you’d like a hard or soft material, and how much privacy and light blocking you need.

What are the best window coverings?

When it comes to the best choice, it’s really a matter of taste and function. Shutters are elegant, tailor-made for your space and will last for a very long time. They are the most expensive option, but should be looked at as an investment in your home. Blinds are sturdy, excellent at blocking light and providing privacy, and come in a variety of materials making it an option for a wide variety of budgets. Shades are budget-friendly, come in a variety a styles, from roller to honeycombed, and can be a great way to add colour to any room. They can be easily motorized as well!

What are awnings?

An awning is a sheet of material that is stretched on a frame and used to block sun from windows, doorways or decks. It is attached to home’s exterior wherever you need to regulate extreme sun exposure. They are great for regulating the temperature inside your home, protecting floors and furniture from harsh UV rays, and providing shade for outdoor areas like decks. Though costly, motorized retractable awnings last longer than nonretractables because they can be closed for bad weather. And with so many fabrics and patterns to choose from, they can really add a wow factor to any home.

Choose the right blinds, shutters, shades and awnings can seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry! At Craftsman, we’re here to answer any questions you might have, make suggestions based on your needs, and walk you through the process every step of the way. You won’t believe what our window treatments can do to transform your home, so give us a call or email us today!


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