Should I Choose Wood or Faux Wood Blinds? 

With so many design choices available in window treatments, it can be difficult to determine the material that would work best for your window blinds. Two popular material choices include wood blinds or faux wood blinds. Each material offers different advantages and disadvantages, as described below.

Wood Blinds

Real wood blinds are a classic window treatment option that has many advantages, as well as a few disadvantages.

  • Material - Typically made from North American hardwoods, wood blinds give any room a natural, warm feel. The lightweight design allows wood blinds to last for many years without damaging the window frame. Unfortunately, the stiff wood material is more fragile and less durable than faux wood. Also, the material can warp or bow in climates with increased humidity or temperatures.
  • Functionality - These functional blinds are excellent insulators against heat and cold, which increases the energy efficiency of the blinds. Also, real wood blinds provide complete privacy and protection from UV rays when fully closed.
  • Style - As an added bonus, real wood blinds can come in a wide range of styles, stains, colors or sizes. But, the blinds have to be repainted or stained every couple of years to keep the shiny luster.
  • Cleaning – Real wood blinds are easily cleaned with a light dusting or cloth. Harsh chemicals should be avoided because they can damage the wood.
  • Cost – Wood blinds are more expensive compared to faux wood blinds.

Faux Wood Blinds

Similarly, faux wood blinds also have a variety of advantages and disadvantages as well.

  • Material – The faux wood material is crafted out of composite wood materials or a PVC and vinyl material to resemble real wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can have individual slats made with an internal wood core surrounded by the composite material or completely made of the composite material. The one downside is that the heavier material is harder to raise and can pull on the window frame in larger windows.
  • Functionality – Faux wood blinds are very durable and strong. The composite material ensures that they will not crack, fade, or warp. They can withstand extreme environments, including high humidity areas. This makes faux wood blinds a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Style – Because of the composite material, faux wood blinds are limited in color choices. These blinds cannot be painted or stained.
  • Cleaning – Due to the material, faux wood blinds are very easy to clean. Unlike wood blinds, any cleaning product or chemical can be used to clean faux wood without worrying about any damage occurring.
  • Cost – One of the main motivating factors for choosing faux wood blinds is the cost. Compared to real wood blinds, faux wood blinds are much more cost effective.

If you still cannot decide between real wood blinds or faux wood blinds for your home or office, stop by Design 5 Ltd. today! Our extensive showroom proudly displays Hunter Douglas blinds in both material types. You can see, touch, and operate the windows to decide which material will work best for you. Our qualified design team can work with you to pick the perfect material for your blinds in Honolulu, HI!