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.

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.


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.


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.


shutterstock_87029294Slats are a thin sheet of either wood, aluminum, vinyl, or faux wood.  These slats are the main parts of a mini blind. They are the ones that keep light from entering a room because they serve as curtains of windows. But blinds are more flexible compared to a curtain because they can be adjusted many ways. Slats are connected to each other by cables or wires in a blind. The wires are attached to a gear placed in a long bar of a blind. A rotating wheel or a pulley is used to to adjust the position of the slats.

Slats come with different widths that can affect the appearance and functionality of the blind. Read on for what the sizes of slats can do to to better serve their purposes.

Half an inch

Mini blinds with slats that are half an inch wide are worth $6 to $18. These are the smallest types of slats available for mini blinds. These slats cannot block enough light from entering due to the number of gaps placed between each slat. Naturally, when there are many slats in a blind, the more they have spaces in between giving light from outside to pass through more often. The numerous gaps between each slat may also decrease your privacy. Another drawback of these slats is that they do not provide a good field of view whenever the slats are opened. The gaps between each slat may be too narrow to see through properly.

One inch

Depending on the accumulated size of the blind, a mini blind with slats that are an inch wide are worth $10 to $20. These one-inch slats make the blinds block more light than a mini blind with slats just half an inch wide. With one-inch wide slats, a mini blind can offer a wider scope of viewing for someone who would look through the slat spaces. Slats of one-inch width can be more aesthetic to look at and have a better chance of blocking the sun’s rays.

Two inches

Some mini blinds come with slats that measure two inches. These blinds can be bought from a range of $20 to $30. Compared to the previous types, these slats prevent more sunlight from entering a room. These slats are also able to provide more privacy than the other two slats.

Two and a half inches

Mini blinds with 2 ½-inch slats are worth $20 to $40. Mini blinds rarely have slats that are this wide. This is because these slats are too wide for a mini blind. These blinds, however, are wide enough to block the most amount of sunlight. These slats also offer a very private environment, but there is still a small chance that an outsider will be able to see through the blind. These blinds offer the best field of view due to the wide spaces between each slat.