Choosing between shutters, blinds, and shades may be a matter of taste for many businesses; however, there are some functional differences between them that could affect your choice. Of course, some buyers add a combination of these window treatments to their workspace depending on what they like best as well as other considerations like affordability. Hopefully, the following guide will help you explore all the nuances of these different window covering options.
What is the Difference between Blind, Shades, and Shutters
Fundamentally, blinds are window coverings that have slats or vanes that enable the raising and lowering of the blind to cover the window but also to adjust the aperture of the vanes when the blind is down to let in more or less light. A shade is either open, exposing the window or closed, covering the window. A shutter is typically a solid covering, often with slats that can be opened and closed to vary the light entering the room.
Aluminum and vinyl blinds, while highly functional, tend to be on the more affordable side of the spectrum while real wood blinds tend to be more expensive options. Of course, blinds are even made with sustainable materials like bamboo, which achieves the look of wood (as do faux wood blinds). After choosing some styles, consider how well they block light; not all blinds provide complete blockage, and that may be a privacy or security concern for some buyers.
Commercial Roller Shades
Plain functional shades are likely the most inexpensive choice for covering windows. Not only can designer shades add great visual appeal to any room, they can be purchased with different colors, patterns, and even textures to complement and accentuate the décor of any room. There are solar shades that block the sun without entirely blocking the view and even woven shades that allow small amounts of light to seep into the room while still providing exceptional privacy.
While shutters are often the most expensive option of the three, their custom designs tailored to your windows can actually add value to your office! In addition to their durability and privacy, shutters come in a myriad of styles that make them a desirable option no matter if your workplace is in the style of Art Deco, 1950s ranch, contemporary bungalow, or even an ultra modern high-rise apartment.