What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both great solutions for window treatments in Charleston. Both deliver solutions for managing light and improving energy efficiency. But there are several key discrepancies, which we’ll discuss below.

Customizing the right window treatment for your rooms can appear like it will give you a headache. That’s why our Louver Shop of Charleston design specialists are here to help. We’ll review all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to see product samples and get pro design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that making custom window treatments should be an easy and even delightful experience. So, you can rely on our pros to support you from beginning to end, from free consultation to professional installation.

In the meantime, let’s discuss the differences between blinds and shades.



Blinds are constructed from a selection of materials, including wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that adjust to open or close. When lifted, the slats nicely stack together.

Some are corded, but many come in cordless and automated styles for fast operation. They’re economical, offer outstanding light control and are a breeze to clean.

We carry all the most wanted styles, like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you like the look of plantation shutters but have a smaller budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often called to as plantation blinds, because they have thick louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a permanent window treatment that’s installed within the frame. These shutters have wide wood or PVC louvers that are controlled by a tilt bar. Depending on how you customize them, shutters can usually be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

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

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t out of date. From modern panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll discover a style that matches your house.

Gliding panels are a good choice if you have a contemporary house with expansive windows. These panels fit neatly together when open and feature gorgeous fabrics while shut. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re apt to come across the right one for your home.

We sell three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s easy to incorporate drapery-like feel to your house without the annoyance of large curtains that are difficult to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re simple to dust and good looking too. Since they’re crafted from aluminum, these durable blinds are good for active or hot rooms in your house, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We provide a broad range of up-to-date metallic finishes plus add-on features to keep out more daylight when closed and enhance your view while open.



Shades are fabric window treatments that attach to a roll. When raised, they roll neatly at the top of the window, often concealed within a headrail. They’re usually cordless, and some models can be customized with an automated operating system for easy use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might envision boring white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Up-to-date options are much more beautiful, useful and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We offer a large assortment of the most desired solutions, 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 great solution. These shades feature suspended vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels transform bright sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds provide great light control and privacy.

They can be customized in both horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can hang them throughout your residence. You can make them your own with our big collection of fabrics, vane sizes and enhancements, such as room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to increase your residence’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great option. These soft fabric shades have chambers that stop air at the windows, which are your residence’s top source of energy loss. These holes can also block more outdoor distractions, allowing you to relax in peace. The result is a more comfortable home and potentially lower heating and cooling costs.

Honeycomb shades are also a great method to control light, as you can include extra features for blackout or room-darkening capabilities. They’re available in horizontal and vertical options, so you can hang them across your residence, even on uncommon windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

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

We offer several styles, like honeycomb and real woven wood, so you can find the right look for your home.

Roller and Solar Shades

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

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Help from Louver Shop of Charleston

Blinds and shades are both outstanding styles for your rooms. With the assistance of a window treatment specialist like one from Louver Shop of Charleston, we can locate the best fit for your needs.

We also create all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a gorgeous house will come true in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to begin with your free consultation right away!

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