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Aluminum Blinds
Also called mini blinds, macro blinds, or micro blinds. Slats are curved and are made out of .6 gauge aluminum blinds or .8 Aluminum blinds. Aluminum blinds are one of the most affordable horizontal blind options. These horizontal blinds are especially complementary to modern rooms, although their clean good looks can go anywhere. They offer a great deal of light control options because the vanes can be tilted and the entire horizontal blinds can be fully raised or lowered.
Bamboo Shades
Also called woven wood or matchstick shades or bamboo shades . Bamboo shade type made of natural materials like wood, fiber, and bamboo. Woven woods can be raised and lowered like a cellular shade. Woven Wood Shades give you a variety of options to express your personal style, including valances, decorative trims and finishes, privacy liner and the Top Down/Bottom Up option.
Basswood
Also called Wood blinds, Bass wood blinds, real wood blinds. The best horizontal wood blinds are made from natural hardwoods, and are very good natural insulators. We recommend that you avoid using genuine wood blinds, bass wood blinds, real wood blinds in humid conditions and instead, suggest faux wood blinds for bathrooms, kitchens and other humid areas. Wood Blinds, bass wood blinds, real wood blinds widely regarded as the premier wood type for horizontal blinds because of its light weight and fine grain. Wood blinds, bass wood blinds, real wood blinds also add a special touch of warmth and rich, natural beauty to any rooms. They are available in 1” wood blinds, 2” wood blinds, 2 5/8” wide wood blinds slat sizes, in a full range of finishes.
Blackout
Refers to cellular shades. Blackout cellular shades rated fabric blocks up to 99% of outside light. Blackout cellular shades is the best choice for bedrooms, children's rooms, and media rooms.
Blackout Liner
An optional white polyester backing that insures 97% of light blockage and privacy.
Bottom Rail
The bottom-most slat on a horizontal faux wood blind, wood blinds or cellular shade, roller shades often thicker and/or weighted to ensure proper hanging.
Ceiling Mount
Brackets mount to the top of the window or ceiling. This is the standard mounting type for inside mount horizontal shades. An alternative mount for vertical blinds, in which the head rail is mounted on the ceiling. This application eliminates the gap between the top of the blind and the ceiling. Faux Wood blinds, wood blinds, bass wood blinds, roller shades, vertical blinds, cellular shades and all horizontal blinds can be ceiling mounted with no special hardware required.
Cellular Shades
Also called honeycomb shades. Cellular Shades and honeycomb shades have a front and back fabric that is pleated. The two fabrics are connected to form air pockets (cells). Because of the air pockets, these shades have great insulation ratings. Although cellular shades or honeycomb shades look like pleated shades, unlike pleated shades, there are no visible holes or strings. Blackout cellular shades or honey comb shades offer the greatest amount of insulation and light blockage.
Chain Tilter
Metal link chain used to tilt the vanes on a vertical blind.
Cloth Tape Ladders
Available as an option on wood blinds, faux wood blinds and aluminum blinds in place of standard braided ladders (the cords that extend down the length of the blind and hold the slats together). These wider tapes help hide rout holes allowing for more privacy and less light penetration. Available in several different colors to choose from.
Common Valance
A single, continuous valance that covers 2 or more faux wood blinds, wood blinds, bass wood blinds, aluminum blinds, mini blinds, vertical blinds.
Continuous Loop Lift Cord
The continuous loop lift cord is an optional lift mechanism that consists of a single looped lift cord and clutch assembly which raises and lowers the shade. This option is highly recommended on very large cellular shades or honey comb shades.
Control Location
Refers to the placement of the tilt and draw controls on faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, vertical blinds. The standard tilt control is the left and standard draw/lift control location is right.
Controls
Controls refer to the mechanisms that allow you to raise, lower, and tilt the faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, vertical blinds, cellular shades, honey comb shades, roller shades, roman shades, and woven wood shades. Controls are usually cords or wands. You will be asked to specify which side the controls will be placed on. All 1 inch aluminum blinds come with wand control for the tilt, since the head rail size does not allow for a cord. There are optional systems available that make raising and lowering a heavy blind easier.
Cord Cleats
Cleats are small hooks to hang excess cording on to keep it out of the way.
Cord Tilt control
Alternative to a traditional wand tilt. Cord used to control the angle of a faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds slats or vanes, commonly referred to as "opening and closing" the blind. Tilt cords are recommended for heavier blinds.
Cut-Out
Procedure where a portion of a faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, vertical blinds blind, cellular shades, honey comb shades, roman shades, woven wood shades, roller shades is cut more narrow on the sides than the rest. This might be needed where there is tile or molding that narrows a portion of a window opening. This is typically used at the side bottom of the blinds such as kitchen and bath tub windows.
Cordless System
Option available on cellular shades or honey comb that eliminates the lift cord. The shade is raised and lowered by simply pushing up or pulling down on the bottom rail. Note the sizes available with this option are limited and the head rail color is white only.
Dust Cover Valance
A 3 1/2 inch decorative treatment to cover the face of a head rail.
Extension Brackets
Extension Brackets are metal pieces that are used in installing blinds that need to be extended out over the sill (usually over 1/2"). These are only needed for outside mounts.
Factory Deduction
The amount automatically trimmed off the side of a faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, vertical blinds blind, cellular shades, honey comb shades, fabric roman shades, woven wood shades, roller shades by the factory to ensure the proper fit of an inside mount. The amount will vary depending on the individual products.
Faux Wood Blinds
Also called PVC blinds. Very popular alternative to wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds. Man-made material that gives the appearance of wood at a lower cost. Faux wood blinds will not warp, crack, or peel and are especially well suited for extreme climates and humid areas. Faux wood is typically 20-30% heavier than real wood.
Head Rail
The metal housing along the top of a window covering that includes the working mechanisms. Head rail configurations include 1 blind on 1 head rail (standard); 2 blinds on 1 head rail also knows as 2 on 1; 3 blinds on 1 head rail also known as 3 on 1.
Height
The measurement from top of the window to the bottom of the window. The height is measured in 2 places, the left and the right.
Hobbled
Option on fabric roman shades that adds horizontal pleats to the fabric.
Hold-Down Bracket
Hold-Down Brackets prevent faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, cellular shades, honey comb shades, fabric roman shades, woven wood shades, roller shades from swaying and hold the bottom rail in place. They are recommended for doors and windows subject to wind exposure.
Honeycomb Shade
Also called cellular shades. Honey comb shades or cellular shades have a front and back fabric that is pleated. The two fabrics are connected to form air pockets (cells). Because of the air pockets, these honey comb shades or cellular shades have great insulation ratings. Although cellular shades or honey comb shades look like pleated shades, unlike pleated shades, there are no visible holes or strings. Blackout honey comb shades or cellular shades offer the greatest amount of insulation and light blockage.
Horizontal Blind
A blind consisting of slats running horizontally such faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, and aluminum blinds as that can be lifted and tilted. Also called Venetian blinds.
Inside Mount
See also Flush Inside Mount and Recessed Inside Mount. Inside mount refers to hanging the faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, cellular shades, honey comb shades, fabric roman shades, woven wood shades, and roller shades blind inside the window frame. It may protrude past the front of the window frame or be recessed inside the frame.
Key Hole and Chain
Key hole punch in the bottom of the louvers with chain to lace the louvers together. This application is best applied where wind may cause the louvers to separate at bottom.
Ladder Cords
The vertical cords that control and support the individual slats of a horizontal blind such as faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, mini blinds, and aluminum blinds.
Lift Cord
A pull cord that raises and lowers faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, cellular shades, honey comb shades, fabric roman shades, woven wood shades, and roller shades. Products such faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds under certain widths have limitations with no lift option.
Lift Cord Location
Refers to the placement of the lift cords on faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds cellular shades, honey comb shades, fabric roman shades, woven wood shades, and roller shades. The standard lift cord location is right. Some very small horizontal blinds in width may not have a lift cord due to size constraint and may only have tilt cord.
Light-Filtering
Treatment that transmits filtered light with no view through the covering and provides privacy. Such window treatments are cellular shades, honey comb shades, fabric roman shades, woven wood shades, and roller shades.
Louver
Usually refers to the individual vanes on a faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds vertical blind or the individual slats in the arch.
Matchstick Blinds
Also called matchstick woven woods or matchstick shades. Shade type made of natural materials like wood, fiber, and bamboo. Matchstick woven woods or matchstick blinds can be raised and lowered like a cellular shade.
Mini Blinds
Also called micro blinds, macro blinds and aluminum blinds. Slats are curved and are made out of .6 or .8 gauge aluminum. Aluminum blinds, micro blinds, macro blinds, mini blinds are one of the most affordable horizontal blind options. These blinds are especially complementary to modern rooms, although their clean good looks can go anywhere. They offer a great deal of light control options because the vanes can be tilted and the entire blind can be fully raised or lowered.
Motorized Lift
This is an optional lift mechanism that raises and lowers a blind or shade with the use of a wireless remote. Remote control is sold separately.
Motorized Tilter
Optional tilt mechanism that controls the angle of the slats or vanes with the use of a wireless remote. Remote control is sold separately.
Mount Type
Refers to the way in which the faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, mini blinds, cellular shades, honey comb shades, fabric roman shades, woven wood shades, and roller shades will be hung, either outside or inside the window opening. Inside mount blinds are mounted inside the window opening that is recessed from the wall or between the reveals. Outside mount blinds hang outside the window opening on a wall, door, metal trim, or wood trim.
Multiple Blinds (or Shades) On One Head Rail
Two or three separate blinds mounted on a single head rail. It is also referred to as 2 on 1 or 3 on 1 usually used to cover very wide windows to make operation easier and reduce stress on hardware mechanisms. Also provides the flexibility of raising one blind while keeping the other lowered. Each individual blind will have its own controls and operate independently. Single continuous head rail and valance. With large window, multiple blinds is recommended and some products, this option is required for guarantee and warranty.
One-Way Stack
Refers to vertical blinds that open in one direction to stack to one side of the window. This is usually used on vertical blinds.
Outside Mount
Installing a faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, mini blinds, cellular shades, honey comb shades, fabric roman shades, woven wood shades, and roller shades outside the window frame, usually to a wall, door, metal trim, or wood trim.
Pleated Shades
Pleated shades are made of fabric with crisp, evenly spaced horizontal pleats. They are a less expensive alternative to honeycomb or cellular shades, because they have only one layer of fabric and provide less insulation. The other main difference is that pleated shades have visible cords running through them.
Privacy Liner
Liner that increases privacy and provides a neutral appearance to the exterior. It blocks 40% of the light.
PVC Backing
Option available on PVC back fabric vertical blinds which increases insulation and privacy. It also provides a uniform outside appearance. The standard backing is a curved white or ivory PVC vane with clear plastic groovers which hold the fabric in place.
Ramin Wood
A less expensive imported hardwood used with many value-priced wood blinds. Ramin wood is approximately 10% heavier than basswood.
Remote Control
Battery-powered remote control used to operate motorized blinds or shades.
Reverse Stack
Refers to vertical blind stack option where blind stacks to the side opposite from where the controls are located.
Roman Shade
Also called Fabric Roman Shade. It is a fabric shade that folds up accordion-style from the bottom, usually operated by lift cord.
Route Holes
Refers to small holes in slats that the ladder cords run through in a faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, aluminum blinds, and mini blinds. Route holes can be eliminated in some products by upgrading to a rout less blind or choosing a tape option.
Route-less
Route-less blinds have small notches in the back of each slat instead of route holes and therefore offer superior privacy. Route-less blinds have ladder cords and are not available with cloth tapes.
Slat
The individual pieces of material in a faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, aluminum blinds, and mini blinds. horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and arches.
Spacers
Used with mounting brackets to provide additional room between the mounting surface and the blind. A common use for spacers is for installing a blind over raised trim. Only for use with outside mounts.
Split into 2 or 3 Blinds on 1 Head Rail
Option which divides the overall width into two or three separate blinds mounted on a single head rail. Usually used to cover very wide windows to make operation easier and reduce stress on hardware mechanisms. Also provides the flexibility of raising one blind while keeping other(s) lowered. Each individual blind will have its own controls and thus operate independently. There is a single continuous headrail and valance. On some sizes this option is required for guarantee and warranty.
Split Stack
Vertical blind stack option where blind opens in the middle of the window and stacks evenly on both sides.
Stack
The area in which the slats of a blind "stack" when opened. On vertical blinds, choosing a left stack or a right stack will determine which way the blind opens. For example if you order a vertical blind with a left stack the vanes will stack on the left side of the window when fully opened. Another stack option is the split stack in which the blinds open from the middle and stack evenly on both the left and right sides. With horizontal blinds, "stack height" refers to the space at the top of the blind that is taken up by the slats when they are fully raised. The smaller the stack height, the greater the view you will have to the outside.
Tape Edges
Optional fabric accent available on most natural wood shades. Tape edges are 3/4" solid twill cloth tapes stitched along the sides of the shade.
Three on One Head Rail
Three blinds or shades mounted on a single head rail. Usually used to cover a wide window expanse to make operation easier and to reduce stress on hardware mechanisms. Also provides the flexibility of raising one blind while keeping the other lowered. Each individual blind or shade will have its own controls and thus operate independently.
Tile/Molding Cut Out
Procedure where a portion of a faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds, vertical blinds blind, cellular shades, honey comb shades, roman shades, woven wood shades, roller shades is cut more narrow on the sides than the rest. This might be needed where there is tile or molding that narrows a portion of a window opening. This is typically used at the side bottom of the blinds such as kitchen and bath tub windows.
Tilter
Mechanism that controls the angle of the slats or vanes. A cord tilter is standard on most faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, and bass wood blinds. 2” and 2 ½” horizontal blinds consists of cord tilter with tassels. A wand tilter is standard on all 1" blinds and optional on some 2" blinds although the cord tilter is highly recommended on all faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, PVC blinds. The wand is made of wood or plastic and will open and close the slats when twisted.
Tilter Location
Refers to the location of the tilter mechanism on faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, and aluminum blinds. The standard tilter location is left. On very small width blinds a center tilter location may be required.
Top-Down/Bottom-Up
This option is available on shades and uses two sets of lift cords which enables the shade to be opened by lowering the top down or by lifting the bottom up. Standard shades are opened by lifting the bottom up only. Very good for protecting your privacy while still allowing light in.
Two on One Head Rail
Two blinds or shades mounted on a single head rail. Usually used to cover a wide window to keep a single treatment from sagging in the middle or to provide the flexibility of raising one blind while keeping the other lowered. Each individual blind or shade will have its own controls and operate independently. Most common use is for faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, and aluminum blinds.
Valance
A top decorative treatment used to cover the face of a head rail.
Valance Returns
The two side pieces of an outside mount valance that extend from the front valance back to the wall or window frame.
Vane
The vertical louvers or slats in a vertical blind.
Venetian Blinds
A blind consisting of slats running horizontally that can be lifter and tilted. Also called faux wood blinds, real wood blinds, bass wood blinds, horizontal blinds, mini blinds, aluminum blinds.
Vertical Blinds
Window treatment featuring vertical vanes that can be swiveled open and closed or opened in either a split or one-way stack.
Wall Mount
Type of vertical blind installation where the head rail is mounted on the wall or trim surrounding the door or window.
Wand Tilter
Mechanism operated with a twisting motion and used to swivel vertical blinds or tilt horizontal blinds, commonly referred to as "opening and closing" the blind. It is commonly used for mini blinds, aluminum blinds, micro blinds.
Width
Window measurement from the left to right. Usually measured in three places, top, middle, and bottom.
Wood Blinds
Available with 2 ½”, 2" or 1" slats. It is usually made of Bass wood or ramen wood. They are among the most beautiful and enduring window treatments available today. They are also very good natural insulators. Blinds are the perfect alternative to shutters.
Woven Wood Shades
Also called bamboo or matchstick shades. Woven Wood Shade are made of natural materials like wood, fiber, and bamboo. Woven woods can be raised and lowered like a cellular shade, honey comb shades, roman shades, and roller shades.
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