What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?
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Blinds vs. Shades: Whats the Difference?

Shades and blinds are both outstanding solutions for window treatments in Memphis. Both deliver solutions for handling light and enhancing energy efficiency. But there are a few major distinctions, which we’ll go over below.

Selecting the right window treatment for your rooms can appear overwhelming. That’s why our Louver Shop of Memphis design specialists are here to help. We’ll go over all the solutions during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and have pro design advice, all at no cost or obligation.

We think that creating custom window treatments should be a simple and even pleasant time. So, you can count on our professionals to support you every step of the way, from free consultation to professional installation.

In the meantime, let’s go over the discrepancies between blinds and shades.



Blinds are made from a collection of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that adjust to open or close. When lifted, the slats tidily stack together.

Some are controlled by a cord, but many are available in cordless and automated options for easy operation. They’re easy on your budget, deliver fantastic light control and are easy to wipe down.

We carry all the most popular styles, like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have a limited budget, horizontal blinds are a great solution. They’re often referred to as plantation blinds, because they have large louvers like plantation shutters.

In contrast, plantation shutters are a lifelong window treatment that’s installed inside the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that open with a tilt bar. Depending on the model, shutters can often be opened with a swinging or sliding motion.

When creating your horizontal blinds, you can pick from genuine basswood, a timeless material also used in plantation shutters. Or faux wood, which resists heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t your mom’s vertical blinds. From sleek panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, we’re sure you’ll find a style that works with your residence.

Gliding panels are a good choice if you have a new residence with expansive windows. These panels fit neatly together while open and show off gorgeous fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re likely to find the best one for your needs.

We sell three different styles of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to incorporate drapery-like feel to your residence without the hassle of heavy curtains that are hard to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are a budget-friendly window treatment, but they’re easy to clean and good looking too. Since they’re crafted from aluminum, these durable blinds are great for active or humid rooms in your home, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We offer a wide range of up-to-date metallic finishes along with optional features to keep out more light when drawn and boost your view while open.



Shades are fabric window treatments that attach to a roll. When pulled up, they roll tidily at the top of the window, sometimes hidden in a headrail. They’re typically cordless, and a variety of models can be customized with an automated operating system for fast use and smart home compatibility.

When you picture shades, you might picture common white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Contemporary styles are much more beautiful, practical and customizable. Many are also even energy efficient.

We have a big range of the most desired solutions, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t choose between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a great style. These shades have suspended vanes placed between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels change glaring sunlight into a light glow. And the blinds provide superior light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical solutions, so you can hang them throughout your residence. You can customize yours with our big collection of fabrics, vane sizes and enhancements, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you’re seeking to increase your house’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are a great solution. These soft fabric shades have holes that stop air at the windows, which are your residence’s main source of energy loss. These chambers can also dampen more outdoor distractions, allowing you to unwind in peace. The result is a more comfortable house and potentially reduced heating and cooling expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a fantastic method to manage daylight, as you can include extra features for blackout or room-darkening potential. They come in horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them across your house, even on unique windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but give all the benefits of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When elevated, they stack into tidy pleats. When drawn, they deliver outstanding light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We sell a few styles, like honeycomb and natural woven wood, so you can find the right look for your home.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades deliver up-to-date style, easy cleaning and streamlined operation for horizontal windows. Available in a big collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades tidily roll into sleek headrails. They even are offered in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your residence’s energy efficiency while also making it look stylish.

Customize Your Blinds or Shades with Professional Help from Louver Shop of Memphis

Blinds and shades are both good solutions for your rooms. With the help of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Memphis, we can locate the right fit for your needs.

We also produce all our window treatments here in the U.S., so your dream of a stylish home will be reality in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to get started with your free consultation right away!

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