Window Blinds for Double Pane Windows
October 11, 2010
Double pane windows offer diverse options for window blinds. In addition to the traditional hanging blinds, double pane windows can house special blinds between the panes. Here's an overview of window blinds for double pane windows, from traditional standards to new trends.
Choosing Window Blinds for Double Pane Windows
Most window blinds work well with dual pane windows. Since these sturdy windows keep out noise and nature's elements, the blinds need only block the light. You can spare yourself the added expense of insulating wood blinds, sun control shades, or cellular shades.
Double pane windows also tend to be part of a sliding or fixed rather than casement construction, making them easier to fit for blinds than a model with protruding hardware. Sliding windows may take up most of the window header, requiring an external wall or ceiling installation.
Traditions and Trends in Window Blinds for Double Pane Windows: Hanging Blinds
Traditional window blinds for double pane windows include hanging varieties such as:
While wooden blinds offer a more natural and traditional look, aluminum and vinyl offer unbeatable value and durability.
Between-Pane Window Blinds for Double Pane Windows
Double pane windows are also custom built for the latest trend in window blinds: between-pane blinds. Because the blinds are encased between the two blinds, the parts stay dust and allergen-free without any maintenance. Between-pane blinds also have the advantage of a sleek design. Lifting and rotating functions are hidden within the window frame. When blinds are lifted, they disappear into the top of the window. The blinds can be controlled from an exterior slider on the side frame of the window.
Popular between-pane window blind styles include:
- Aluminum or vinyl mini-blinds
- Honeycomb blinds
- Fabric shades
Between-pane blinds are ideal for moisture-prone areas such as kitchen and bathroom.
Double pane windows make an ideal canvas for nearly any type of window blind. Opt for either a traditional look in wood or a functional modern between-pane model.