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Rethinking Aluminum Blinds

“Aluminum blinds, although they have been around for ages, continue to evolve,” says interior designer Teri Larsen. “While basic metal blinds are still on the market, new and upgraded versions are making them more fashionable than ever.”


When you think of aluminum blinds, what words come to mind? Cheap? Unattractive? Boring? Well, we’re here to tell you to forget everything you think you know about these window treatments. The right aluminum blinds can give your home a designer feel.

“Aluminum blinds, although they have been around for ages, continue to evolve,” says interior designer Teri Larsen. “While basic metal blinds are still on the market, new and upgraded versions are making them more fashionable than ever.”

Aluminum Blinds Make an Impact

Yes, aluminum blinds are affordable (not cheap), which is “a definite plus if you need to cover your windows on a budget,” says Larsen. But these window treatments are so much more than the cost-conscious option.

They Pair Well with Industrial Interiors

Industrial design has remained a popular option for homeowners that “brings the warehouse look inside your four walls,” explains Krista Raut, Houz. Key elements of this design style include open floor plans, high ceilings, large windows, exposed brick, pipes, polished concrete floors, and neutral colors. And when it comes time to pick a window treatment to go with that pairs well with this industrial style, nothing works quite like Aluminum Blinds.

They Come in a Variety of Colors

“Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the days of hiding them behind basic mini blinds,” says Carolyn Forté, Home Appliances & Textiles Director in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Today, aluminum blinds are available in a wide array of colors. In fact, it’s one of the window treatment’s “primary assets,” says Larsen. Deluxe Aluminum Blinds from Next Day Blinds are available in 41 colors.

They Are Great for the Bedroom

Yes, you heard that right. The right aluminum blinds can even be a great fit for the bedroom. Next Day Blinds Ultra Room Darkening Blinds, for example, feature hidden routing holes and increased slat overlap when the blinds are closed, “so that no light comes in through the cord holes, an advantage when trying to take an afternoon nap,” says Katherine Salant, Washington Post.

They Are High Quality

“Aluminum blinds can be very durable, especially if you purchase blinds of good quality,” says Larsen. And that last piece of advice is key – quality. People often assume all aluminum blinds are poor quality, like the ones you can pick up in any big box retailer. The truth is that high quality aluminum blinds do exist, and they are an incredibly durable option for homeowners with small children and pesky pets.

Next Day Blinds aluminum mini blinds slats are available in two thicknesses- 8mm and 6mm. Choose our Deluxe 8mm Aluminum Blinds for a more durable blind.

“Thicker vanes tend to resist creasing and bending more than thinner vanes do, allowing them to stand up to more abuse,” says Larsen.

They Are Easy to Clean

Unlike some of the fabric-based window treatments, aluminum blinds are not only durable, they are also incredibly easy to clean. When dusting just won’t cut it, these window treatments can be wiped down with a damp cloth or can be totally submerged in a bathtub. Add some warm water and a bit of cleaner (such as dish soap or detergent). Let the blinds soak for about 20 minutes in the soap mixture if your blinds are covered in a lot of grime they can soak longer. Then scrub the blinds gently with a scrubbing brush and rinse off the blinds completely so that there is no soapy residue. The blinds should then be left outside to air dry.

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Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.