Mini blinds have been around for many years, and they will be around for many more to come. They are affordable, come in different colors and finishes, and can be custom fit to your windows and doors.
What Exactly Are Mini Blinds?
Mini blinds are a type of Venetian window blinds with a stack of horizontal slats that are connected together by cords or fabric strips. The slats are generally 1 to 2 inches wide on mini blinds. They can be tilted at any angle both upward and downward to open and close the slats for filtering light in your indoor spaces. You can open them entirely, so you can see outside your windows, or you can close them entirely for privacy and to block the sun’s hot UV rays.
Mini blinds are available in aluminum, wood, faux wood, vertical blinds, and vinyl. Custom-made aluminum mini blinds are inexpensive, long-lasting, and easy to care for.
Mini blinds are very thin in gauge and they may be 6 or 8 gauge, meaning they are only .006 or .008 of an inch, making them very lightweight. The most common materials used are aluminum and vinyl, in a large array of colors and finishes to match your decor no matter what style you have. You can also choose between a few different types of lift styles to suit your needs the best.
Mini Blinds Features
Mini blinds are functional and very affordable and they are a great choice if you have several windows to cover and you are on a budget–and they look crisp and clean as well. Their thin profile allows them to fit in shallow windows where blinds with wider slats would not fit. Mini blinds are also the perfect choice for doors as well.
Mini Blinds for Side Lights
Mini blinds are very often used on the side lights that flank your front door. These side lights are tall, and very narrow windows and mini blinds are the perfect product for them. Another area that may have tall and narrow windows are bathrooms. Many times you will see mini blinds in windows of schools, office buildings, and industrial facilities of all types. Vertical mini blinds work very well in sliding glass doors because they open to the side of the door and don’t impede the use of the door.
Which Materials Are Best for Mini Blinds?
Aluminum and vinyl blinds are easy to take care of, maintain, and clean. Vinyl blinds are more flexible than aluminum styles, and they are much less likely to dent or get creased. Aluminum mini blinds are stronger and sturdier, and they won’t break or split.
Wood Mini Blinds and Faux Wood Mini Blinds
Both hardwood and faux wood mini blinds appear identical to each other. They are beautiful and the wood grain is highlighted by your choice of stain or paint. Hardwood blinds are very heavy and durable in almost any window, except they do not hold up well in hot and humid areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. That’s where the faux wood blinds excel.
They are made of PVC or vinyl but look like real wood in every manner. They are lighter in weight, and they can be customized for any room in your home. They are treated with special ingredients so they won’t fade, break, crack, bend or warp even in hot and humid conditions. You can also get different lifting mechanisms depending on your needs and desires.
Aluminum Mini Blinds and Faux Wood Blinds Benefits
Aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds share all of the same great qualities and benefits as each other. They are both very affordable options to help you stick to your budget. They are available in a wide range of styles and colors, so you have many choices, and you can make your custom window treatments unique for your personality.
They are long-lasting and durable because they are fabricated from materials that are made to last for many years.
They are both water resistant, and mold resistant, making them the perfect choice for bathrooms and kitchens.
They both have a clean and crisp appearance and by merely dusting them every so often, they will stay in pristine shape and look new for many years.
Mini blinds of all types pair well when you have layered window treatments and add drapery panels, side panels, cornices, valances, or any other custom item you wish.
Upgrading Your Mini Blinds Selection
The older styles of mini blinds use a cord as a lifting system to raise and lower the blinds. You can customize your mini blinds with the more modern cordless lift system of mini blinds in St. Louis. It’s child and pet safe because there are no dangling cords for a child or pet to get caught in, and there are no unsightly cords hanging by your window. Instead, you just grasp the bottom rail of the blinds with one hand in the middle and gently raise or lower your window treatments to the level you desire.
You can add hold-down brackets to the bottom of your mini blinds to secure them. This works especially well on doors because without a hold-down bracket, when you open a door with blinds they will swing around and slap against the door and glass…and truthfully, it makes an irritating sound.
Motorization is a wonderfully convenient way to lift your mini blinds. With a simple press of a button on remote control, or by using an app on your Smartphone, you can open and close your blinds. You can also program them to open and close at specific times and add them to your Smart home hub with your other Smart appliances to create scenes. You can even operate your motorized window treatments by voice activation using Alexa or Google assistant as well.
Mini Blinds Considerations
This is the window treatment of choice for affordability and functionality over style, although you can dress them up with layered window treatments if you want to.
Mini blinds do have small slats, and they don’t look so great in large windows, because the slats being narrow will make the window look too busy.
Choose the Experts in Your Area
At Sunshine Drapery in St. Louis, we have over 50 years of experience in creating beautiful custom designs for your window coverings. We offer in-home consultations, in-store appointments, and virtual consultations as well. We are your premier company for St. Louis window treatments.
Contact us today for custom mini blinds in any and all materials–you’ll benefit from all of our years of expertise that we can bring to your home!