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The Benefits of Vertical Blinds

Horizontal and vertical blinds are fantastic window covering solutions with exceptional light-blocking capability. Vertical blinds are great for large windows and sliding glass doors, where horizontal blinds may be a better fir for windows that are more standard or unusually shaped.

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Our team at Creative Hands shares some of the differences between these two styles of window blinds and how you can style different varieties of Hunter Douglas blinds in your home.


Both vertical and horizontal window blinds are designed with adjustable slats to offer exceptional light control and privacy. The slats of vertical blinds rotate 180 degrees, so they have a slight advantage over horizontal blinds with respect to light control.

Horizontal blinds use material like hardwood or aluminum. Most vertical blinds also use metal and vinyl vanes, but fabric slats are also available.

Benefits of Vertical Blinds

  • Vertical blinds are great for oversized windows and sliding glass or French doors. Horizontal blinds can be custom-made to fit a variety of window sizes, but lifting large sets of vertical can be cumbersome.
  • Vertical blinds are a breeze to clean. They collect less dust than horizontal slats and vinyl and metal varieties can tolerate many cleaning methods without risking damage.
  • The slats of vertical blinds are wider than horizontal varieties and rotate 180 degrees, giving them more flexibility when it comes to controlling light and privacy.

Benefits of Horizontal Blinds

  • The slats of vertical blinds can sway, but you can rely on horizontal blinds to always remain stationary.
  • They’re ideal for tall or narrow windows. Horizontal blind slats can be as slim as ½” wide, making them an excellent fit for narrow windows.

Alternative to Vertical Blinds

If you have large windows or doors that need covering, but want a unique style that offers a variety of wide fabric panels, we suggest Skyline® Panel-Track Blinds. The sleek panels create a stylish back for any room and stack tightly when open to provide you with the best view. A weighted bottom ensures consistently smooth operation of the panels.

Control System Considerations

Cordless systems are the best choice for both styles if you have young children or pets in your home. Many Hunter Douglas vertical blinds are compatible with the award-winning PowerView® Automation system or have a cordless safety wand for operation.

Hunter Douglas horizontal blinds can also be equipped with PowerView® Automation or the manual push/pull or push-button rail system for raising and lowering your blinds with ease.

Contact us for Hunter Douglas Blinds near Rochester, NY

Creative Hands is the Rochester area’s premier Hunter Douglas dealer, and your satisfaction is our top priority. We craft many of our drapery and valance options in our in-house workroom, allowing us to have the highest quality control standards.

Creative Hands offers expert measuring and installation services and is also your local resource for custom bedding.

Stop by our showroom at 1101 Dewey Ave in Rochester, NY, or call (585) 254-5484 to request your in-home consultation. Creative Hands proudly serves all of Western New York and the Finger Lakes, including Pittsford, Fairport, Penfield, and Victor.