How Much Do Mini Blinds Cost?
Mini-blinds are a popular way to ensure privacy in a home without completely blocking out the sunlight windows have to offer. They also add aesthetic value when viewed from the exterior and make a nice backdrop for curtains or drapes inside. Mini-blinds can also help with minor noise abatement and protect furnishing and artwork from fading. In the summer, they can help keep south-facing rooms cooler.
Average minimum cost: $21 per blind
Average maximum cost: $57 per blind
The cost of mini-blinds varies considerably with material, size and custom options all influencing the price of each blind. For those who are purchasing blinds on a budget, vinyl mini-blinds are the lowest cost option and generally have a lot in their favor, including how easily they can be trimmed to different specifications and the variety of colors on the market. Vinyl blinds for small to medium-sized windows are available at major home improvement stores for between $21 and $31 per blind. Aluminum blinds cost slightly more, about $3 to $5 per blind, but are generally considered of a high quality and more long-lasting.
For a renovation or remodeling project, wood and faux wood blinds can help create a more luxurious appearance and work well with a variety of decors, particularly craftsman styles. Wooden blinds can start at around $75 per blind, with larger dimensions costing considerably more than that. Faux wood blinds begin between $32 and $36 per blind and have some advantages over genuine wood, including increased versatility and toughness. The savings here definitely makes faux wood mini-blinds an option worth considering.
Installation costs are another consideration to take into account, especially if installing or replacing more than a single set of blinds. In general, installation can run between $10 and $20 per blind although some services will offer package options that may be advantageous. The cost is generally the same for all blind types unless special hardware or other considerations are required. In many cases, the blinds will have their own hardware; however, in case of unusual window sizes or placements, this hardware may prove inadequate.
These days, mini-blinds are available in a variety of materials, which can be an important factor in choosing the right blinds, especially with regard to cost. Among the most popular are vinyl, aluminum and wood; however, mini-blinds are being manufactured from other materials as well.
One of the most common materials for mini-blind construction, aluminum is light-weight and durable. Aluminum blinds do not allow much ambient light into the room unless opened, making them a good choice for rooms that receive too much direct sunlight. They also are available in many different colors although white, off-white and tan are among the most popular and easy to find. For other colors, custom blinds are widely available online and through many large home improvement stores.
For the most part, vinyl and aluminum mini-blinds look quite similar although vinyl blinds tend to be more translucent, allowing more light to filter through. They are also light-weight but less durable than their metallic counterparts; however, these blinds are often considerably more budget-friendly and just as functional. They are often available in additional colors, such as black, but offer customization options as well. Vinyl blinds open and close more quietly than aluminum, making them the perfect choice for bedrooms and nurseries.
Wooden blinds offer a higher-end choice for blinds than those above, adding an elegant and functional detail to windows. These blinds are substantially heavier, usually requiring more mounting hardware, but make up for that with their increased durability and aesthetic value, which can be considerable. Wood blinds are available in a wide variety of wood finishes as well as other hues, including black and white, both of which are quite popular. Customization and sizing are slightly more complex with wooden blinds because they are more difficult to trim to size; however, finding the right size for a window is not often difficult.
These share many of the advantages and disadvantages of wooden blinds. They are generally somewhat lighter but still much heavier than vinyl or aluminum. Unlike their real wood counterparts, faux wood does not splinter or chip, nor does it show age in the same way that wood may. For damp environments, these are an especially good choice as they are very resistant to temperature and humidity variations. Faux wood blinds are available in the same finishes and colors as real wood.
Blinds made for other materials are not so widely available; however, in recent years, mini-blinds made from bamboo, fabric and paper have hit the market. Bamboo blinds are similar to wood. Fabric and paper blinds are unique and interesting window treatments, but they may have durability issues that make them less practical than the other choices listed here.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Mini Blinds
Mini-blinds have a number of advantages other than the obvious increased level of privacy they provide. A good set of blinds can help diminish unwanted light and noise from outside a home or apartment. They can also help a house stay cooler during summer months through blocking direct sunlight, especially for windows facing south. For an older home that may lack double-paned windows, blinds can also help somewhat with unwanted drafts or heat loss.
In terms of disadvantages, some types of mini-blinds are expensive and may never offer a complete return on investment from energy savings. Not all materials are equal when choosing blinds. Vinyl blinds, for example, are more easily damaged. Wood blinds can show signs of premature aging after only a few years of exposure to light, humidity or high temperatures. Choosing appropriate dimensions, especially width, can add extra challenges to selecting and installing mini-blinds. Additionally, because of their ubiquitous popularity, some people may consider blinds too ordinary or dated.
Overall, mini-blinds are available in a wide variety of materials, ranging from inexpensive vinyl to heavy wooden blinds. These options come in many different finishes, colors and styles with prices suitable for many budgets, even factoring in installation costs for the blinds.
Last updated on Mar 31, 2015
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