Did you know blinds can lift and operate without any cords running through the middle of their slats? Today's blinds come with so many more features and options than the ones of decades ago.
Buying blinds is a simple process but there are a lot of options and features to consider. That's a good thing for you because now you can get a custom-made window covering that better meets your needs.
So let's talk about why you might buy routed or routeless blinds.
First, let's discuss these because they're what you're used to. Routed blinds have holes (generally called route holes) in each of the slats that a lift cord passes through. You know how you pull the cord to raise and lower these blinds. Some of their plusses and minuses:
Pros of Routed Blinds:
Cons of Routed Blinds:
Just like their name says, these blinds have no holes in their slats. They are "routeless" – they have no routes for the lift cords to pass through the slats. However, there are notches on the back of your blinds' slats so that the lift cords will settle into these notches to hold the slats in place when the blinds are open. You might also hear them called "de-light" or "smart-privacy" blinds. Here's what they do and do not do well:
Pros of Routeless Blinds:
Cons of Routeless Blinds:
So that's the pros and cons of each style of blind. You may also want to consider that routeless blinds generally work better when mounted inside your window (the frame helps keep them in place). Also, you generally don't want them on doors because they get pushed and blown around more, which knocks the slats out of whack. Finally, they're also a little more expensive than standard routed blinds.
So that's really the pros and cons of each of these blinds. Neither is really "better" than the other as each works well in different situations.
Now you have the information to make the best decision for your personal needs! Ready to start shopping? See Blindster's full assortment of wood blinds and faux wood blinds and find the style and options that work best for you!