A Breakdown of The 12 Types of Window Coverings on the Market Right Now!

different kinds of blinds

So you are in the market for new window blinds or shades, huh? When you’re starting out, all the options can feel very confusing and overwhelming. To help you, our experts have broken down the large variety of window coverings for you. We hope this article helps you get a clear idea of what you are looking for in your newest home addition.

cellular shades

1. Cellular Shades

These have 3D honeycomb-shaped cells that are filled with air and help insulate your home from outdoor temperature transfer. These are a great option for people looking for energy savings.

Alternating blinds

2. Layered Shades

Layered Shades feature a double layer of fabric that alternate between solid colored and opaque stripes. When the solid colored fabric aligns on both layers, the opaque fabric allows for light to be softly filtered through. These are a great option for people who desire a modern look. 

natural bamboo shades

3. Natural Shades

These are typically made of materials such as bamboo, reeds, jute, and grass. These earthy materials are woven together to give you a shade you can roll up and down to achieve your desired amount of light. Natural Shades are great for people looking to achieve a private and relaxing ambiance.

pleated shades

4. Pleated Shades

These window coverings feature crisp folds of fabric that layer perfectly when the shade is pulled up. These are available in a variety of pleat sizes and fabric colors or patterns, which is why we recommend these to folks looking for a sophisticated and fashionable option.

tan roller shades

5. Roller Shades

They offer the sleekest and most seamless appearance of all the options. These shades feature a single panel of fabric that rolls up discreetly into its own casing. Roller Shades are offered in a variety of light filter options and fabrics. We recommend these to homeowners that really enjoy the look of their home without window covers, but are looking for something that can provide temporary privacy because roller shades are nearly undetectable when they’re not being used. 

roman shades

6. Roman Shades

Roman Shades are made of fabric and come in a variety of light-filtering and fabric design options. When you desire more light, these shades fold up into large pleats creating a simple, yet dramatic look for your windows. 

sheer shades

7. Sheer Shades

From afar, sheer shades look very similar to traditional blinds, but they are actually made of solid-colored fabric that lay flat in between 2 layers of sheer fabric. These shades faintly filter light when the fabric in between lays flat and when the fabrics are turned vertically they provide complete privacy. These add a soft, delicate touch to any room.

solar shades

8. Solar Shades

These are almost identical to roller shades except they are made with fabrics that block UV rays from entering the room. We recommend these to anyone that has a resident in the home with sensitivity to UV rays.

roman shades

9. Roman Shade

Roman Shades are made of fabric and come in a variety of light-filtering and fabric design options. When you desire more light, these shades fold up into large pleats creating a simple, yet dramatic look for your windows. 

sliding panels

10. Sliding Panels

These are offered in solar, roller, natural, and even roman shade styles, but they are made to retract and extend horizontally, rather than vertically like the majority of shades do. We recommend these to people looking for a solution to a large balcony sliding door or a tall vertical window.   

blinds

11. Traditional Blinds

This tradition window covering comes in a variety of textures, colors, and materials. These are most often offered in materials such as wood, composite and faux wood, vinyl, and aluminum. 

green shutters

12. Shutters

Shutters provide a timeless, classical look to your home. Typically being offered in two materials, wood and composite wood, these are a more pricey window cover option, but they are definitely a great investment as they add value and warmth to your household.

Here at ABC Blind & Drapery, we offer all of these window covering solutions and can custom make fit them to any window. If you are in the market for blinds, you need the help of our experts! Give us a call for a free consultation! (512) 459-6561

Our Response to COVID-19

Our Coronavirus response

At ABC Blind & Drapery, the health of our employees and beautiful surrounding communities is a priority. We would first like to send our condolences to all those affected by the coronavirus. We are closely monitoring changes in the everchanging landscape of this global situation and are working wisely to ensure that we are protecting the health of all those in association with ABC Blind & Drapery.

 

We acknowledge the concern that some clients may have with allowing us into their home or visiting our office during this time, therefore, we are offering flexible solutions to cater to your needs. If you are noticing your home needs some change and begin debating new window coverings, we are happy to provide either an in-person or virtual consultation. If you choose to opt for a virtual consultation, we would like to assure you that our designers will still walk you through all our product options and we will mail you free swatches so you can sample your products of interest.

 

Additionally, our showroom is now open for walk-ins Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm and from 9 am – 5 pm for blind repair drop-offs. Outside of these hours, the showroom is still available for design consultations by appointment only. At this time, we have also resumed in-home consultations and installations. Following the guidelines of the CDC and Government, we are taking the following precautions to ensure the safety of your home, ABC employees, and our community: 

  • Disposable gloves and shoe covers put on before each install.
  • Hand sanitizer before and after each appointment.
  • No handshaking. Maintaining personal distance.
  • In our showroom, we will only allow in 2 clients at a time.
  • Sanitation of our showroom and offices every hour.
  • For the safety of all – home-owners, home dwellers, and your ABC expert must all be wearing face coverings during the home visit. 
  • Our in-home appointment times will be exact. If you wish to make arrangements for your children, other home dwellers, or yourself to not be home during the installation process, ABC will be providing you with an exact appointment time and an estimate of how long the job will take to complete.

Under the guidance of our local government, we are opening our business in phases and we are so excited to continue bringing the best to your windows! We deeply appreciate your support and care, for not just ABC, but for the entire community during this time of uncertainty. We are honored to continue serving Austin and the surrounding areas. 

Thank you.