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What You Need To Know Before Buying Wood Blinds

shutterstock_188612858Wood blinds are a popular type of blinds that can come in different shapes and designs. The use of wooden blinds has been done for centuries and is considered as the original design for window blinds. Wood blinds provide the user with great aesthetic value and are also very functional. Though they may be very expensive, their popularity as a home decoration has not deteriorated. However, purchasing wood blinds may be a confusing task, especially if you are not familiar with the intricacies of blinds like their makeup, design or maintenance mechanisms.
Materials

Wood blinds are made from different types of wood. Most wood blinds, however, are commonly made from ramin and basswood. Basswood is a very durable and a light type of wood that comes from America. However, basswood is very expensive. Ramin, on the other hand, is a combination of different types of wood, one of these is ash, and usually comes from the Indochina. Ramin is not as durable as basswood but is cheaper.

Design

Wood blinds come in two designs: traditional and woven. Traditional wood blinds are composed of slats that are threaded together by wires. A wire and rotating mechanism allows the user to turn a blind’s slats up to 170 degrees. Woven wooden blinds are made from thin strips of wood, such as bamboo, which are woven into one flat sheet. Traditional wood blinds are more popular than woven blinds due to their price and functionality. Woven blinds, however, provide more aesthetic value.

The look for the blind depends on its finish. The blind can be given a light tone, which gives the wood a more natural finish. A deeper and darker tone makes a blind resemble the color of mahogany for instance. A darker shade of blind will serve its purpose, perhaps if the room appears to be too minimalist.

The wide range of materials and finishes allows you to experiment with the look of your blind. You will be able to mix and match various woods and finishes but you are sure to arrive at a design that is genuine and personal.

Area of Installation

Wooden blinds should not be placed in areas with high moisture contents. This can lead to discoloration and warping of the wood. Ideal areas of installation are places that have stable temperatures and controlled humidity.

Maintenance

Wood blinds are easy to clean, but may require lots of attention for maintenance. Wooden blinds should not be cleaned with water for it can cause further damage. Dusting and vacuuming should instead be done to clean the blind. You may also opt to use a mild wood polish solution, which is composed of small amounts of water and wood polish. Polishing should be done once every two years to maintain the brightness and color of the blind. The type of wood polish you use should have the same shade as your blind to prevent any discoloration.  For more information click here.

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