When it comes to elegance, beauty, and a timeless style that complements virtually any home décor, you simply can’t go wrong with either wood blinds or faux wood blinds. And whether you prefer 2" blinds or larger 2 1/2" blinds, cordless lift, or dark or light wood stains, Blindster has the perfect wood and faux wood window treatments for your home.
But what if you’re having trouble deciding between wood blinds and faux wood blinds? At first glance, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Although they may look extremely similar, real wood blinds and faux wood blinds have unique pros and cons that all homeowners should understand before they place an order.
If you’ve got your heart set on horizontal blinds, but can’t decide on real vs faux, check out our comparison guide below:
Faux Wood Blinds
Made from real wood
As the name suggests, wood blinds are made from real wood. For many homeowners, there is simply no substitute for the real thing. The texture and fine details are exactly as you would expect in a product made from real trees.
Made from composite materials
Faux wood blinds are made from a blend of materials, including a composite wood material, PVC, vinyl, and vinyl compounds. Although they may contain very little in the way of real wood, they are designed to look and feel extremely similar to the real thing. For many homeowners, it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference unless they are inspected up close.
Great at insulating rooms
Real wood is thicker and denser than faux wood, which also means that it’s more effective at insulating rooms. Installing wood blinds in your windows can help keep cold air out during the winter and cold air in during the summer, making your home more eco-friendly and helping to reduce your utility bills.
Highly resistant to warping and fading
Not being made from real wood gives faux wood blinds an advantage in harsh conditions, especially in areas with high humidity, sunlight exposure, and heat. Because they are manufactured using highly durable composite materials, faux wood blinds are much less likely to warp, fade, or discolor, even after years of exposure to harsh elements.
Manufactured using North American wood
If you’re concerned about purchasing products that are made using local materials and supplies, you’ll love our wood blinds. They’re manufactured using wood harvested from environmentally-friendly managed forests, from the United States and Canada.
Easy to clean and maintain
Cleaning real wood requires care and special solutions that won’t damage the wood or soak into it, causing potential warping and fading. Faux wood blinds are much more resilient to a wider variety of cleaning products and solutions, making them much easier to clean and maintain.
Natural wood grain patterns
Although faux wood blinds are designed to look like the real thing, there are some subtleties and intricacies of real wood grain that simply can’t be replicated, especially upon close inspection. Our wood blinds feature beautiful wood grain patterns, textures, and colors that will add beauty and luxury to any room in your home.
Lower price point
Although our real wood blinds are priced competitively, faux wood blinds are even more affordable. If you’re looking to outfit an entire home or business with new wood blinds, choosing faux wood is a great way to save money without compromising on the look you want.
More color options
The color and stain of blinds can make a big difference in how they complement a room and match furniture and décor. If you’re looking for the most color and stain options for your home, you’ll want to stick with real wood blinds. Our 2” Premium Wood Blinds are come in a wide array of painted whites and off-whites to match wall or trim color, or choose gorgeous stains to coordinate with other woodwork in your home.
Available as shutters
In addition to our wide variety of faux wood blinds, we also offer a beautiful faux wood shutter that’s perfect for any room in your home. Lightweight and durable, our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters are manufactured with a hollow-bodied structure, making them easy to install yourself. Like our other faux wood blinds, these shutters are resistant to moisture, heat, and sunlight, making them ideal for rooms with high humidity or that receive frequent sun exposure.
Lightweight and easy to raise/lower
Weight can become an issue when blinds are manufactured to oversized specifications in order to cover large windows. Real wood blinds are relatively lightweight and are much easier to raise and lower, even at their maximum size limits, than many types of faux wood blinds.