Cutting down on glare is important for any business, and adding office blinds is a great way to improve efficiency. There are however plenty of options and the choice you make comes down to a number of factors; matching your office’s style, effectiveness, and price. Automated Lights and Shades wants to help make the decision simpler for you, which is why we’re outlining some of the most common types of office blinds and their individual benefits.

Venetian Blinds

These are the most common type of blinds, consisting of horizontal strips that pull up and down to raise, as well as being able to slant for different amounts of lighting in a room. They’re popular because they’re effective and can come in any number of colors and materials.

These come in two additional variants, mini and micro blinds. Mini blinds will have slats that are one inch thick, and micro blinds are a half an inch thick. These better fit smaller windows and are cheaper to make, which is why they’re commonly used as the “default” blinds in many office spaces. They have the same benefits are regular Venetian blinds, though are less common in more stylish designs.

Pleated Shades

While they may look like Venetian blinds, pleated shades’ key difference is that instead of having individual slats, the entire blind is a single piece of fabric. This can give your office blinds a very unified look while also providing quality coverage of your window. However, that single piece of fabric means that these blinds can’t be adjusted outside of being raised, giving them less customization for meeting the right light level you need.

Similar in design is a near variant: cellular shades. Pleated shades are made of one layer of folds. Cellular shades have two that go in inverted directions. This causes small pockets between the folds to create cells. Cellular shades have the added benefit of being great insulation, both for sound and for your AC and heating systems.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds have slats that hang and move to the side rather than raise. These are common for patio and porch doors, though there are smaller versions that can fit windows. While some vertical blinds rotate like Venetian blind, most only slide, meaning there may be limits to how much light you can let into the room. Further, the bottom of vertical slats hang and aren’t attached, allowing for light to come in underneath them.

One way to improve this is to use the variant of these blinds, panel blinds, which have broader slats that slide along the track instead of hanging loose like regular vertical blinds. This can give much wider coverage for blocking out light, though due to them being a track, they cannot rotate at all.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are among the simpler in design, being a long sheet that can be rolled and unrolled to cover your window. This gives them a very smooth and uniform look, making them stylish for offices and highly effective at keeping the light out in one, big blind. They come in a number of colors and fabrics, making it easy to find one to suit your office.

Alternately, if you want to have folds in your blinds, you can choose Roman shades, which are also one large piece of cloth, but they fold on themselves to look like Venetian shades. This gives them a very classic look, though if you have a view from your office, you may want to pick blinds that can rest flatter.

Both of these options can be upgraded with additional linings, like blackout fabric and thermal lining to keep the office warmer. However, if you’re looking for blinds specifically for blocking out glare and heat without losing the light itself, you may want to consider solar shades, which are designed for precisely that purpose.

Tie-Up Shades

Tie-up shades are a hybrid of shades and curtains. They roll up and require being tied when raised. Most often they’re see-through and don’t off a significant amount of shade from the sun. They do however look very stylish and can make your office feel more comfortable and casual in a way that still looks professional. Because of this thin size though, this makes a great pairing with a simpler set of office blinds, like the mini or micro shades, which still making your office look aesthetically pleasing to clients.

Automated Blinds

Automated blinds aren’t so much another style as they are an addition to any of the office blinds we’ve discussed above. Automated blinds are an added function of blinds, providing remove control on your cellular device as well as the ability to program them to respond to the weather and time of day to save you money on your air conditioning bills. Automating your office blinds can help make your office more efficient and can match any style you want.

If you’re interested in updating your office blinds in the Manhattan area, then choose Automated Lights and Shades. We have a wide selection of stylish blinds to bring a new level of commercial light control to your office space. Contact us today to schedule an estimate, or ask about our catalog of office blinds. Improving the quality of lighting in your office can be as easy as flipping a switch.