First things first. Not all window treatments are blinds. To help you with your window treatments shopping experience, and clear up any confusion, this blog post will outline exactly what constitutes a blind.
Window treatments can be broken down into 4 major categories: window blinds, window shades, shutters and drapes. Because window treatments are a somewhat infrequent purchase for most, we notice that the term “blind” or “blinds” has become the ubiquitous descriptor for any window treatment. Similarly, many people call all window treatments “curtains.”
So just what is a blind? The category of blinds includes all window treatments that have horizontal slats (think mini blinds or wood blinds) or vertical slats (think vertical blinds). All blinds operate the same way, the slats or vanes tilt open and closed for light control and privacy, usually with a string mechanism or wand. To open fully, horizontal blinds can be lifted up to the top of the headrail; the slats stack up to accommodate this. Vertical blinds do the same thing except they are drawn to one side or the other; the slats travelling along the headrail. This too is usually accomplished with a string mechanism or, in some cases, a wand.
There are three types of window blinds that have horizontal slats: mini blinds, wood blinds and faux wood blinds. Blinds with vertical vanes include vertical blinds and panel track blinds. However, panel tracks blinds don’t tilt open and closed. The vertical fabric vanes operate on a track system and can be opened by drawing all the vanes to one side. Also the vanes on panel track blinds are much wider than standard vertical blinds.