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Whats the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

Shades and blinds are both excellent choices for window treatments in Spartanburg. Both offer solutions for handling light and improving energy efficiency. But there are a few major discrepancies, which we’ll review below.

Selecting the ideal window treatment for your home can seem overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of Western Carolina design professionals are here to support you. We’ll go over all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and receive expert design guidance, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that making custom window treatments should be an easy and even enjoyable experience. So, you can trust us to help from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

In the meantime, let’s go over the discrepancies between blinds and shades.



Blinds are produced from a selection of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When moved out of the way, the slats tidily stack together.

Some are controlled by a cord, but many come in cordless and automated solutions for easy operation. They’re budget-friendly, deliver fantastic light control and are simple to dust.

We carry all the most desired styles, such as horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have a limited budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often known as to as plantation blinds, since they use large louvers like plantation shutters.

On the other hand, plantation shutters are a lifelong window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can often be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can pick from 100% basswood, a classic material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which prevents heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From sleek panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’ll likely discover a style that works with your home.

Gliding panels are a good solution if you have a contemporary home with wide windows. These panels join neatly together when open and feature designer fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics available, you’re likely to find the best one for your needs.

We have three different kinds of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to include drapery-like feel to your rooms without the bother of large curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re simple to freshen up and attractive too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for busy or hot rooms in your house, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer an extensive range of up-to-date metallic finishes together with optional features to stop more sunlight when drawn and increase your view during the time they’re open.



Shades are drapery-like window treatments that suspend from a roll. When raised, they roll tidily at the top of the window, sometimes concealed inside a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and several models can be customized with an automated operating system for easy use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might envision common white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Today’s options are much more attractive, useful and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We provide a wide assortment of the most wanted options, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t decide between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a good solution. These shades feature suspended vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels turn bright sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds give great light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical styles, so you can install them all over your residence. You can make them your own with our wide assortment of fabrics, vane sizes and upgrades, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to improve your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an excellent option. These soft fabric shades have pockets that trap air at the windows, which are your house’s biggest source of energy loss. These holes can also dampen more outdoor distractions, allowing you to rest in peace. The result is a comfier house and likely lower utility expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a good method to lessen light, since you can include extra features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They’re available in horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can hang them all over your residence, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but give all the advantages of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When elevated, they stack into tidy pleats. When lowered, they deliver outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We sell a few styles, including honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can discover the ideal look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades give modern style, quick cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a large collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades smoothly roll into sleek headrails. They even are available in a honeycomb style, so you can boost your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look good.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Assistance from Louver Shop of Western Carolina

Blinds and shades are both excellent solutions for your home. With the support of a window treatment pro like one from Louver Shop of Western Carolina, we can find the ideal style for your house.

We also manufacture all our window treatments here in the United States, so your dream of a beautiful residence will be reality in only a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation now!

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