By Sandra HolzOn Dec 09, 2017 Wooden
There are many things to consider when choosing the right style of blinds for you and your home, starting with slat size. 1 and 2 inch slats are the most common, though larger slatted models provide more of a shutter effect and let in optimal light. 1 inch slats are best for French doors and small windows, while 2 inch slats look great just about anywhere. Other options to consider are vertical slats, woven wood models (think bamboo shades), and models made of faux wood rather than real wood.
Talk to a window treatment retailer or interior designer to get the best advice on which type of wood blinds are best for you. Also, more often than not these blinds are custom made to fit your windows, so its best to have a professional do the measuring and installing for you to ensure you would not be stuck with something that does not fit when they arrive at your doorstep. Finally, keep an eye out for sales when you start shopping around. Wood blinds can be pricey, but most retailers and designers offer regular sales that make a big difference in their final cost.
Excess moisture is wood worst enemy, so avoid getting wooden blinds wet. To dust them, use a clean, soft cloth, a feather duster or a vacuum brush. To put more life into the wood, use a cleaner made specifically for wood, such as lemon oil. Reading the manufacturer guidelines is more important than ever with wooden blinds, so check to see what products the company recommends before you use anything on them. Run a dryer sheet along each slat to keep dust and grime from sticking.
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