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Comparing Blinds and Shades

Shades and blinds are both outstanding options for window treatments in Camden. Both deliver good-looking for handling light and boosting energy efficiency. But there are several major distinctions, which we’ll review below.

Customizing the ideal window treatment for your home can appear overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of New Jersey design specialists are here to help. We’ll discuss all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to review product samples and receive pro design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We believe that making custom window treatments should be a quick and even enjoyable process. So, you can rely on our designers to assist you every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation.

Right now, let’s discuss the discrepancies between blinds and shades.



Blinds are made from a collection of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that move to open or close. When lifted, the slats neatly stack together.

Some use a cord, but many can be customized in cordless and automated solutions for quick operation. They’re economical, provide fantastic light control and are a breeze to clean.

We offer all the most desired styles, like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, because they have wide louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a long-lasting window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters include wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on the style, shutters can typically be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can pick from real basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which resists heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t out of date. From sleek panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll find a type that works with your home.

Gliding panels are an excellent option if you own a contemporary house with expansive windows. These panels join neatly together while open and feature attractive fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics available, you’re inclined to find the ideal one for your space.

We offer three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s a snap to incorporate drapery-like appearance to your residence without the inconvenience of bulky curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re fast to clean and attractive too. Since they’re crafted from aluminum, these heavy-duty blinds are fantastic for busy or hot rooms in your house, including bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide a broad assortment of up-to-date metallic patterns plus optional features to stop more sunlight when shut and boost your view while open.



Shades are soft window treatments that hang from a roll. When lifted, they roll neatly at the top of the window, occasionally obscured in a headrail. They’re typically cordless, and some styles can be customized with an automated operating system for easy use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might picture plain white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Today’s options are much more beautiful, functional and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

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

Sheer Shades

If you can’t pick between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a good option. These shades include suspended vanes sandwiched between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform harsh sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds provide outstanding light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can hang them throughout your house. You can make them your own with our wide collection of fabrics, vane sizes and extras, like room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to enhance your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great solution. These soft fabric shades have holes that trap air at the windows, which are your house’s main source of energy loss. These chambers can also dampen more outdoor distractions, letting you relax in peace. The result is a cozier home and likely smaller energy expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a good approach to control daylight, because you can include extra features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They’re available in horizontal and vertical options, so you can hang them all over your home, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but provide all the convenience of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into neat pleats. When drawn, they offer great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have a couple of styles, such as honeycomb and genuine woven wood, so you can locate the ideal look for your house.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades deliver up-to-date style, quick cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a wide selection of fabrics and opacities, these shades smoothly roll into small headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can increase your house’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Assistance from Louver Shop of New Jersey

Blinds and shades are both excellent options for your house. With the support of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of New Jersey, we can locate the right style for your needs.

We also create all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a gorgeous residence will be reality in just a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to get started with your free consultation right away!

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