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How Much Do Wood Blinds Cost?

Blinds are among the most popular window treatments in residential homes. They can be incredibly attractive and serve as a design feature, but they also provide practical benefits like privacy within the home, a reduction of direct sunlight into a given space and insulation that can potentially reduce heating and cooling costs for the homeowner. With so many different types of blinds on the market, selecting the right material can be challenging. Let this cost guide serve as a resource when it comes to the pros of wood blinds, the cons of wood blinds, the various types of wood that can be used for blinds, the best places to utilize wood blinds and more.

The Costs

  • Average Minimum Cost of Wood Blinds: $35 for wood window blinds

  • Average Maximum Cost of Wood Blinds: $250 for wood window blinds

Advantages of Wood Blinds

Wood blinds are so popular as a window treatment because they have many positive features. Just some of the many advantages include the warm look  they bring to a room, their elegance, the fact that each blind is unique, their versatility and their ability to look built-in when installed correctly in the space. Wood is a naturally elegant and inviting material, so including it in the home in such a prominent way truly makes the home feel cozier and more upscale. Since each blind is made from actual pieces of wood, each will be distinct and have its own unique grain and pattern, which is something that many homeowners find incredibly appealing. In addition, wood blinds are available in a staggering range of sizes, slat thicknesses, finishes and materials. Whether a home is rustic or contemporary, there is a particular type of wood blind that can enhance its appearance. Finally, wooden blinds are popular because they look more built-in within wooden structures than synthetic materials like vinyl or even many types of fabric. 

Disadvantages of Wood Blinds

While wood blinds are clearly a solid choice for many homes, they also have some less-than-wonderful attributes that homeowners should think about carefully. Perhaps most important is the cost of wood blinds, which is far more than the cost of alternative materials. Fortunately, the sizable upfront investment for wood blinds should be able to last a lot longer than most alternatives, which could end up saving money in the long run. Another drawback of wood blinds is that when they are pulled up completely to let full light into the door or window, they create a thick stack at the top of the frame. This can be unsightly and look bulky, but it is a minor issue that most homeowners are happy to work around. 

Additional drawbacks include that wood blinds are too heavy for some window frames. Dark finish wood blinds show dirt and dust easily. Wood blinds require more maintenance than many alternatives, and low quality wood blinds may warp in climates with high humidity. 

Types of Wood Used For Blinds

One of the things that makes wood blinds so attractive and versatile is the fact that they can be constructed from a variety of different wood types. In a rustic cabin, wood blinds made from a knotted pine could look charming and cozy. In a formal dining room, a rich cherry blind with a polished finish could look spectacular. Wood blinds can be made from dozens of different wood types depending on whether the homeowner wants visible knots, grains, color variations or a particular hue throughout the home. Some woods are more expensive than others, however, and those on a budget may gravitate toward blinds made with either pine or oak, both of which are among the least expensive wood blind choices.

Where to Best Utilize Wood Blinds

Thanks to the versatility and wide range of wood blinds available for sale, there are innumerable locations where they can look fantastic in the home. Some of the most popular places to utilize wood blinds include the bathroom, bedroom, bay or bow windows, patio or French doors, sliding glass doors and any door or window areas where privacy is needed.

Factors That Influence the Cost of Wood Blinds

Because of the price of wood blinds, many homeowners want to know more about reducing costs and finding the least expensive option. There are a number of factors that can influence the total cost of wood blinds, and one of the most important is size. Unsurprisingly, wood blinds that cover a larger surface area are more expensive, so limiting coverage can be the most obvious way to save money. Other things that influence the cost of wood blinds are the type of wood used in the construction of the blinds, whether they are installed by the homeowner or a paid professional, how thick the slats of the blinds are and whether they are in a standard size available in stores or custom-designed to fit a unique or unusual window or glass door within the home.

What to Know About Wood Blind Installation

Since wood blinds are not especially fragile, installation may be something that homeowners feel comfortable tackling on their own. However, many individuals will opt to hire professional installation teams to ensure the correct fit and an attractive finished product. When buying wood blinds, installation may be included for large purchases. Otherwise, expect minimum installation fees of $99 and up, which should include the cost of a home visit. 

Alternatives to Wood Blinds to Consider

Along with alternative materials like vinyl and fabric, those who love the look of wood blinds but not the price may be interested in learning more about blinds that resemble wood. Faux-wood blinds are typically made from a polymer or a wood composite, and they can look almost identical to the natural wood material. These faux-wood options come at a much lower price, and they tend to include less maintenance over time. However, they are also less durable and may need to be replaced on a more regular basis.

Last updated on Jun 25, 2014

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