How Many Types of Window Treatments Are Available?


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You may update your windows in two ways. You have the option of ordering bespoke treatments or buying at a retail store.
Designers suggest going with the first choice because, while being more costly than DIY, buying bespoke treatments reduces the chance of making a mistake.


That is true as long as you are familiar with the many kinds of window coverings available on the market.


Because there are almost 16 different kinds of window treatments, this is easier said than done. They all vary in terms of materials, frames, styles, and other factors. Continue reading to learn more about them.


Window Treatments Types

The following are some of the most popular window treatments:


1. Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds are available in a variety of materials, including plastic, wood, and metal. They’re essentially horizontal slats that are stacked one on top of the other.


You can adjust the quantity of light that enters the room by pivoting them.


Their slats may be changed up to 180 degrees so that the inner edges of the slats face upward (on one extreme) or downward (on the other).


2. Sheer

If you’re unfamiliar with sheer shades, think of them as a sophisticated mix of shade and blind.

They feature soft vanes on the inside that you may tilt to open and shut.


The vanes are encased in a delicate layer of transparent linen.


Maximum light control and seclusion may be obtained by closing the vanes and drawing the shades.


3. Shutters

If you want to give your windows an architectural flair, shutters are a must-have.


They feature an appealing design that complements their appearance both inside and out.

They’re also extremely durable, easy to clean, and let you to control the amount of light in your space.
When open, shutters provide great ventilation, and when closed, they keep out external factors such as dampness.

4. Roman blinds

These are cloth blinds with a draw rope that may be lowered and lifted.


Roman shades come in two styles: flat and teardrop. Flat Roman blinds are more modern, while teardrop Roman shades are more classic.


Roman colors may range from soft and silky to tailored and manly, depending on the texture you choose – flat, looped, or balloon.


5. Sun Shades

Solar shades, often known as ‘windows sunglasses,’ feature a transparent design.


They allow you to observe what is going on in the street while obscuring the view of the person who is standing outside.


Solar blinds come in a variety of openness percentages (ranging from 3 to 14 percent), with a greater openness percentage resulting in more light in the space.

They also feature anti-glare characteristics to keep your eyes comfortable.


6. Wood

Wood blinds, unlike solar and cloth shades, come in a variety of finishes, colors, and vane sizes.


You may simply choose one that matches your home’s interior design.


They allow you to modify the privacy and light level provided by their vanes.


Wood blinds, on the other hand, may become extremely heavy when placed on big windows, making it difficult to lift and lower them.


7. Faux Wood

Faux wood blinds, which are made of composite wood, vinyl, or PVC, have the same appearance and feel as genuine wood blinds but are less expensive.


When it comes to moisture resistance, they outperform genuine wood blinds, which is why customers choose to put fake wood blinds in kitchens and bathrooms.


That’s because fake wood blinds won’t corrode or distort if they come into touch with moisture.


8. Woven wood

Their makers weave woven wood forms from a variety of materials, including bamboo, reeds, and grasses, among others.


They’re a natural (albeit pricey) alternative to conventional wood treatments, and they come in a range of natural hues to give your room a more classic feel.


Woven wood blinds may be used in almost any home because of their natural appearance.


9. Blackout

What blackout shades are intended to accomplish is obvious from their name.


They’re designed for light sleepers who can’t go to sleep until the room is completely black.


No light can get through the cloth used to create blackout blinds because it is so thick.


Blackout shades are a must-have for bedrooms because of the complete seclusion they offer, but they aren’t suitable for living areas.


10. Shoji Panels

Shoji panels, often known as ‘Japanese paper screens,’ are made by stacking layers of transparent paper in a wooden frame.


They are used as internal walls, windows, and even doors in traditional Japanese homes and residential structures.

They are extremely costly to maintain, since a standard Shoji panel requires money to be spent on maintenance every five years.


11. Cellular

By blocking or filtering sunlight, cellular blinds insulate windows.


Their built-in cells trap air and serve as a barrier between the room and the window’s surface.


Cellular blinds’ energy efficiency aids the space in which they are placed in gaining heat in the winter and losing heat in the summer.


They aren’t the most stylish window coverings, but they do the job.


12. Roller

The image that most people have in mind when they think of shades is of roller shades.


Roller blinds have been popular for decades due to their classic design and simplicity.


Roller shades have a basic design that allows them to become a part of any room in your home, in addition to accomplishing everything you’d expect a window treatment to do – protect your privacy and block natural light.


13. Austrian Shades

Do you want to give your windows a vintage makeover?

Then you could choose Austrian shades, whose fluffy folds are more than enough to transport your room back in time.


You may also add a bit of glitz to them by choosing embroidered silk Austrian hues.


However, you should be aware that they do not provide the same level of anonymity as some of the other treatments discussed in this article.


14. Panel Track Blinds

These blinds are constructed up of a succession of panels, as the name suggests.


You may adjust the quantity of light that enters your house by sliding the panels back or forth.


These blinds offer your house a contemporary vibe and are popular among customers who want an alternative to vertical blinds.


They don’t have any chains or cables and can be simply pushed aside, making them pet and kid friendly.


15. Drapery

Drapes and curtains are similar in that they are both composed of fabric panels and sold in pairs.


Drapes, on the other hand, are lined, unlike curtains. Whether drapes may partly or completely block outside light is determined by the thickness of the cloth that lines them.


They are very long, which is why drapery often covers the whole window and falls to the ground.


16. Pleated Blinds

Pleated blinds, also known as ‘pleated shades,’ are constructed of pleated fabric that enables them to sit at the top of the window, out of sight when completely opened.


Pleated blinds even have the possibility of being operated by a motor. Users with children or pets at home should consider this option since it makes these blinds very safe to use.



After going through the characteristics of the 16 different kinds of window coverings, you should be able to choose the one that will look best on your window.


This article is accurate and true to the best of SmartLiving’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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