Select from our list of window coverings terminology for a definition and examples.
Aluminum Blinds (mini blinds, macro blinds, micro blinds) - Horizontal aluminum blinds are comprised of aluminum slates from 0.4 to 0.9 gauge aluminum. The gauge determines the sturdiness of the slate, with 0.9 being the sturdiest and most expensive. They create a sleek modern look at a low expense with clean lines and colors.
Balloon Shade - Large round puffs of fabric form 'balloon' shaped inverted pleats. Operation is similar to roman shade but is also available in roller shades styles.
Blackout (opaque, block out, eclipse) - Refers to a blind that typically blocks 99% of outside light. For maximum light control an outside mount is required to remove gaps between blind and window casing. Recommended for bedrooms, media rooms, and other areas were total light blockage is necessary.
Brackets - Used to secure the window covering to the window frame.
Controls - Mechanisms that operate blind. Controls are used to raise, lower, and tilt the blind. Controls can be a wand or a cord. Special control mechanisms are available on blinds such as continuous cord loops.
Honeycomb Shade (cellular shade) - Fabric shade resembling a pleated shade, but comprised of diamond shaped cells between the front and back sections of fabric. Air trapped in cells provide great insulation. Honeycomb shades are available in double and triple cells as well as 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1-1/4" cell sizes.
Faux Wood Blinds (alternative wood, wood alloy) - Horizontal blinds that mimic wood blinds. Made from a variety of plastics and composite materials. Great alternative to wood blinds in areas with high humidity, moisture, or rapid temperature changes.
French Door - A casement window that extends from the ceiling to the floor and features glass panes that run its entire height. Introduced at Versailles in the seventeenth century. Also called French windows.
Multiple Blinds on a Headrail - A single headrail which holds more then one blind. Each blind uses independent controls. Used for very large windows were one blind may not fit or may otherwise be to heavy for smooth function. Can also be used on windows with multiple panes allowing for independent access of each window pane.
Roller Shades - A simple cylinder containing a spring or clutch mechanism, around which the shade coils when raised up by means of a pull cord or continuous cord loop.
Roman Shades - A fabric shade with narrow horizontal rods at the back so that the shade forms a series of softly tailored, neatly flat folds when it is raised.
Stack - This is the area were the blind 'stacks' when drawn open. Horizontal blinds stack at the top of the window at the headrail. Verticals may stack to the right, left, or to both as a split stack. It may also refer to the amount of width the blind requires to stack when drawn open.
Total Linear Footage (TLF) - The sum, in feet, of the total width of all vertical treatments needing installation. For Example: The TLF for Verticals measuring 72”, 84”, and 108” wide, would be 22 ft.: 72" + 84" + 108" = 264" ÷ 12" = 22 feet.
Vertical Blinds - Blind in which slates or fabric run vertical. Made of PVC, fabric, or aluminum, vertical blinds stack to the left, right, or split between both. Very popular window covering most often used for large windows or sliding glass doors.
Wood Blinds - Horizontal blinds with wooden slats. Typically made of hardwoods such as bass wood. Slat sized range from 1" to 2-5/8" and come in painted white tones or natural wood stains. High levels of humidity, moisture and rapid temperature changes can cause warping or splitting.
Woven Shades - Roman shades made of wood, fibers, bamboo, or a combination.