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Wood Blinds vs Faux Woods…and the Winner is

November 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Wood blinds & Faux Wood Blinds

Wood Blinds

Faux Wood Blinds

Throughout my years of work in the window treatment business, I am often asked what the difference is between real wood blinds and faux wood blinds. I have installed hundreds of each kind over the years in homes and businesses. In most cases, it is based on aesthetics, because visually you really cannot tell the difference. However, there are differences in price, weight, colors selection, ability to resist moisture, and durability. We will review these differences in this article.

How Are They Similar

Before we review the differences, lets look at how they are alike. First, both types of blinds are effective at controlling outside light. Wood and faux woods share common components. For example, the headrail (metal part at the top of the blind) and mechanisms inside are normally the same. Draw cords that raise and lower, tilt controls that rotate the slats and cord locks that lock your blind in place when you raise it are typically the same. So whether you choose a wood blind, or faux wood, they will operate the same.

Cost Comparison

As far as difference, lets start out with the most obvious difference, the price. Faux woods are more moderately priced. The cost savings are considerable compared to real wood. For example, I was in the market for two blinds for my son’s room. I avoided the local “shop at home” places because I know they are usually the highest priced. I went online and compared the price of a number of different companies. I also compared wood vs. faux wood and found two faux wood blinds for under $39 each. The same set of blinds in wood was $65 each. I chose the faux wood based on price and some other reasons I’ll discuss later on. In this case, the faux wood blinds were 40% less than the wood blinds which is pretty common.

Don’t Overlook This

The next thing to consider, is how much the blind weighs when you draw it up. This is often overlooked but can become an issue especially on larger windows. Wood blinds are much lighter than the heavier faux wood. On a large window, say 60 inches wide by 60 inches long, the average person would not have a problem raising or lowering a wood blind. A faux wood on the other hand would be more difficult. As you raise it to the half way position, you will need two hands to raise it up the rest of the way. In most homes this would not be a problem. However, elderly people and people with medical conditions would have problems. To eliminate this problem you could choose real wood blinds or two faux wood blinds side by side.

Color Selection

Now lets consider color selection. Woods are going to offer a larger color selection from which to choose. For example, the company I ordered my son’s blinds had 17 wood colors and only 9 faux wood colors.

Which Is More Resistant To Moisture

Moisture resistance and durability are important considerations as well. Faux woods are superior to woods when it comes to moisture. They are less porous so water beads up on the surface therefore avoiding warping and cracking. In a bathroom, or laundry room, or areas above a sink, faux wood blinds are a good choice. Faux woods win the durability test as well because they are more plyable and can stand up better to kids and pets.

A Few More Tips

To sum it up, both wood blinds and faux wood blinds are excellent choices for controlling light. Which type you choose may depend on your budget and where they will be used. Wood blinds offer a larger color selection to fit your decor and they are lighter in weight for easier lifting. Faux wood blinds are moderately priced to fit your budget, and are a good choice in high moisture areas, and will stand up to kids and pets.

Don’t be afraid to mix them up as well. If you want wood blinds but are concerned about putting them in your bathroom or laundry room, use faux woods in these high moisture areas. Tip, ask for longer controls over a sink or washer and dryer. Whether you choose wood blinds or faux wood blinds the look will still be a great looking blind. I hope this overview takes some of the mystery out of wood vs. faux wood blinds.

 

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2 Responses to “Wood Blinds vs Faux Woods…and the Winner is”
  1. Nicole says:

    Graber – Traditions 2” Faux Wood Blinds – cordless lift with wand tilt and no holes. Is this a good choice or is it better with kids still go with holes and the cords. This blind adds up quite a bit and I do not know if it is practical and maybe eaven too heavy to be cordless. Mount on the trim 40 wide and 58 high. Somebody also told me, that it is better to have the holes, when it is in a high traffic area so the slats would not stay in place and get easily back.

  2. Robert says:

    Hi Nicole

    This is a nice choice. I like the cordless feature, not only is it safer for small kids but has a clean look. The brand names like Graber are going to be more expensive but you’ll save by going with faux as opposed to real woods ( advantage of real woods are there are lighter. Your friend is right about having no holes (Routless). There are designed to block out more light but they do get shifted a lot.

    Robert

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