Wonderful Window Shades and Blinds
Window shades and blinds are sometimes used somewhat inaccurately to describe window coverings generically. In this context, window treatment shades and blinds include almost every type of window covering, i.e. roller blinds, Roman blinds, mini blinds, wood blinds, faux wood blinds, woven wood shades, cellular shades, blackout shades, Bali Shades, Shangri-La shades, pleated shades, skylight shades, and of course, horizontal and vertical blinds.
The Difference between Window Shades and Blinds
The horizontal version of window shades and blinds uses a thin woven "ladder" system to suspend the slats and enable slats to be closed via a rotating drum to which each upper end of the woven ladder is wrapped and attached. A lift cord allows the blind to be pulled-up and stacked tightly to the top of the window when desired.
The vertical version of these home window treatments use a cord to stack the slats together, either to one side or to separate in the center and stack on each end. These vertical kinds of blinds and shades allow rotation of the slats by a rotating shaft in the upper head rail housing that runs through independent, geared carriers that will convert the twisting of tilt rail to a synchronous rotation of each individual slat.
Manual or Motorized Options
Window blinds and window shades can be drawn manually using a cord, or automated through motorization. Controls for motorized blinds can be from a wall switch or keypad, remote control, or a personal computer, eliminating the need for cords and allowing control of otherwise inaccessible windows.