15th October 2019

Wooden v. Faux Wood Blinds

Wood and Faux wood blinds offer a gorgeous look for any home, with a classic look that can be made your own with a range of stains, colours and finishes. However, when it comes to choosing this beautiful blind style for your home – there can be a quandary over which type to choose- as both offer their own unique benefits.

Can’t decide between Wooden blinds or Faux blinds for your home? Read our guide below for handy tips on picking which is best for you.

Wooden Blinds – Pros

Real wooden blinds offer a gorgeous look that’s hard to beat. The natural wooden appearance gives a wonderfully rustic, classic feel to any room, and while faux wood blinds can look almost as good as the real thing, it’s near-impossible to fully match the patina of traditional wood with a faux wood product.

Real wood is an excellent insulator as a window treatment. Wooden slats hold in heat effectively, warming rooms in the winter, and offering a further layer of cosiness to any room. The heavy nature of wood also makes these blinds effective at blocking out sunlight in summer – making them effective insulation all year round.

Wooden Blinds – Cons

While real wood does offer a stunning aesthetic for your windows, it’s looks do come at a cost. To maintain the beauty of natural wood slats, cleaning must be done with the utmost care, avoiding any chemicals or prolonged exposure to water. Blinds must also be dusted and polished regularly to keep them looking their best.

Real wood blinds are also a more delicate solution than other window treatments, making them poorly suited to certain environments. In areas of high moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, wood is more likely to warp due to its porous nature. In direct and heavy sunlight, wood blinds can also become brittle, which can result in cracking if precautions aren’t taken

Wooden blinds also tend to be a more expensive option for your windows. Solar Sunshades offer an interest-free credit scheme for blinds over £500 – so cost does not need to be prohibitive if wooden blinds are the right choice for you.

Faux Wood Blinds – Pros

Faux wood blinds are much more robust than their real wood counterparts. Unlike real-wood, faux wood replacements are prone to warping, cracking, chipped or fading in sunlight, making them the tough choice for high traffic rooms. Our faux-wood Venetian blinds are moisture-resistant and flame retardant, making them an ideal choice for kitchens.

Faux wood blinds are also easy to clean. The durable surface can be wiped clean with ease, with no need to worry about excess water or cleaning chemicals damaging the look of your blinds.

Faux wood blinds can also be cheaper than their real wood counterparts, due to the cheaper (but no less beautiful) materials required to make them.

Faux Wood Blinds – Cons

Faux wood blinds, while beautiful in their own right, often struggle to fully encapsulate the appearance of traditional wood. So if real, classic wood grain is what your windows need, faux wood may fall slightly short of the mark.

Faux wood blinds can also be slightly heavier than wooden blinds. While in smaller windows the difference is likely to be almost unnoticeable the weight can add up over larger spaces, making blinds quite heavy to lift and lower. However, this can be resolved by breaking up large expanses with multiple sets of blinds, instead of one large blind. This has the added benefit of offering more flexible light control, as different sections can be lifted and lowered to allow the light in.

Which one is right for me?

Ultimately, the choice between wooden or faux wooden blinds depends on which room your blinds will be in, and what is most important to you – the classic wooden look, or the robustness offered by faux-wood materials?

Whichever you choose, wooden or faux wood blinds will be a gorgeous asset to your windows. To see our full wooden and faux wood blinds ranges, click here.