There are many factors that help you determine which slat size to choose for your blinds. Metal blinds come in ½”, 1”, and 2”, and then wood blinds are offered in 1”, 1 3/8”, 2” or 2 ½ ”. The mounting depth of your window is also a deciding factor. If you want the blind to sit flush with an inside mount, you cannot put a larger slat in the window than the available mounting depth. Measure the side of the window from the window to the wall to determine mounting depth.
When choosing slat size, think about what is more important to you, privacy or view. A larger slat will give you a better view when opened, but may not offer as much privacy when tilting the slats but still allowing a view. For most instances, larger slats will still provide plenty of privacy when tilted but for maximum privacy, use a smaller slat. Another thing to consider is number of route holes. Blinds with hidden holes or fewer route holes will offer better room darkening if this is an issue for you. The slat size will not only affect the amount of light allowed through the window, and the view, but also the finished look of the window. Different size slats allow for matching any décor style you have.
When picking a slat size for your blinds, you want to match the proportions of your window. Pick smaller slats for medium or small windows such a ½ to 1” wide slats. It is important that the blinds not overwhelm the space. Larger slats like 2 or 2 1/2” slats are better for larger windows. The next consideration will be the amount of light you want in your room when the blinds are closed. Choosing a smaller slat will allow more light in the room because there are more spaces where a small amount of light can seep through. Larger slats and therefore fewer slats allow for a darker room because there are fewer openings for the light to seep in. Choosing a cordless lifting system will also help with light levels. Another thing to consider is whether your room faces the East or the West, bringing in morning or evening light. If your room is very dark, you might want to choose a smaller slat to increase the light in the room. Smaller slats will also limit your view since there are many more slats to restrict what you can see out of the window when the slats are tilted open, and make a larger stack at the top of the window when the blinds are raised. Lastly, figure the cost of different blinds styles. There are different prices for each size slat.
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