Wooden Venetian Blinds
Steps for choosing the right blinds
Today’s marketplace is awash with so many different types of wooden Venetian blinds that it’s difficult to know where to begin. The task of choosing the right blind is made even more confusing by the sheer volume of web-sites and home improvement stores giving conflicting information (usually with a sale in mind). However, if you take things one step at a time; there’s really no need for panic.
Steps for choosing the right Wooden Venetian Blinds
It stands to reason that wooden Venetian blinds are highly flammable. Hence, it’s a good idea to pay a little more and have your blinds treated with a flame-retardant coating.
- Firstly you’ll have to decide which type of wood to choose; ramin or basswood. Ramin is the cheapest, but basswood is of substantially higher quality (it has a closer grain structure, which makes it great for staining)
- Next you’ll need to think about how much light you want to cut out. If you can afford to splash out on a ‘no holes’ design (whereby the cords used to operate the blind run along the edge of the slats, rather than go through them) you’ll find that the slats to sit more closely and less light sneaks through. Generally this is only possible with basswood blinds due to the nature of the material.
- Having decided on your wooden blinds, you need to make sure that you get the right type of valance. Valances come in either ramin or basswood to match your blind. Generally ramin wood blinds have a 2" wood valance, which merely hides the metal head rail; however, most basswood blinds have a more decorative 3" valance.
- Customers are often surprised to find that the shape of the bottom rail can have a substantial effect on the working of the blind. Whereas ramin blinds come with a standard rectangular bottom rail, basswood blinds have a trapezoid-shaped bottom rail. This allows the bottom rail to pivot more easily and when moved, the slats close tighter and therefore block more light.
- You’ll then have to decide which color would suit your room best. Purists believe that nothing beats natural wood, whereas a contemporary feel might be better achieved with painted wood.