Horizontal Vs. Vertical Blinds: Which Are Better?

Exceptional Views is dedicated to making the process of designing your new window treatments, blinds, shades and shutters as easy and painless as possible. We will always make the vision of what you want in drapery and custom window blinds the main focus while we help you discover your personal priorities for window treatments. Whether it be form or function, practicality or beauty, or a combination of all of these that are most important to you, we can help. We will even work with you on which are better for you, horizontal or vertical blinds. No matter what, Exceptional Views is here to help, from design, straight through to expert installation of your bedroom blinds, bathroom blinds and all of your home blinds. 



The most common place for vertical blinds is doors, typically patio and sliding glass doors. One reason is ease of access, since it’s possible to walk through vertical blinds, but not horizontal or bottom up blinds Gone are the days of the clacking metal blinds. Hunter Douglas window treatments offers a great selection of vertical blinds ranging from fabric and vinyl to real wood and even aluminum all in a variety of colors and styles. For elegance, consider Cadence® Soft Vertical Blinds because the curved slats mimic soft draperies.

If energy efficiency is your ultimate goal, the direction is vertical, all the way. Vertical blinds are great at keeping the sun at bay. Since the sun shines in from above, even the best horizontal blinds can’t block it as well as can vertical blinds. In colder climates, the overlapping panes form an energy efficient shield against the cold outside.

We offer a wide selection of vertical blinds to fit every décor and every budget. When you choose the name Hunter Douglas for your home blinds, you can be assured  your custom window blinds and shades will stand up to everyday use and look good for their entire life. Backed by a generous lifetime warranty, you never have to worry about your vertical blinds once they are installed. Vertical blinds are easier to clean than horizontal blinds too because the slats are vertical and collect less dust.




Horizontal blinds are most often used on short and narrow windows. Where vertical blinds open and close side to side, horizontal blinds are your bottom up blinds using a cord-and-pulley system. As with vertical blinds, there are many options available such as wood, fabric, aluminum and vinyl, and come in a  wide variety of colors. Horizontal blinds offer a more modern feel and have several options for operating systems. From traditional cords to cordless window blinds to motorized or power blinds, there’s something for everyone.

If light control is your main concern, then horizontal custom made  blinds are the better choice. Their smaller slats may allow for less light when they’re open than do verticals, but of course, they can be raised to reveal the window completely. With horizontal blinds the slats can be adjusted to allow as much light as is needed and from either up or down allowing for more control of just how much light you let into a room. Products like Hunter Douglas Reveal® with MagnaView® allow for twice the view through as a regular 2” slat blind giving you more natural light and a view to the outdoors.In addition, there are many choices for blinds for large windows and we offer motorized blinds and room darkening blinds.   Whether you decide on horizontal or vertical blinds, or both, Exceptional Views has all types of custom made shades and blinds in Baltimore Maryland and has what you’re looking for. Call or come by today, we’ll get you scheduled for a no obligation design consultation.