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Let’s start by saying that although real wood blinds and faux wood blinds look very similar, they are quite different. Which one you choose will depend on a number of factors including where they are going to be hung, how the space is used and by who.

In this blog post we are going to explain how each one is made, how they are similar, how they are different, and the best use for both.


What Are They Made From?

Real Wood Blinds

Real wood blinds are made from a lightweight wood called basswood. The wooden slats are stained and painted in various colours to protect the wood from the sun and other elements.

Like most wooden furniture, wood blinds are a premium product and provide a sense of elegance and warmth to a space.


Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are made in a couple of different ways. Some have a real wood core and are then covered in a composite coating. Others are made entirely out of polyvinyl carbonate or PVC. PVC is a thermoplastic used in many industries due to its high strength to weight ratio, fire resistance and durability. The PVC is dyed various colours to imitate the natural colours of wood and are often embossed with a woodgrain print to further enhance the natural look.

Faux Wood or PVC Blinds are also a premium product stemming from the need for a durable solution in areas where real wood doesn’t fare too well.


How Are They Similar?


Both are premium products and are more expensive than the standard aluminium blinds. They both come in a variety of slat sizes but the most common size is the 50mm slat width.

Both imitate natural wood. Although real wood blinds are a natural product, they are stained various colours to imitate the different types of trees i.e cherry, mahogany, oak etc. Faux wood blinds undergo more transformation by colouring the materials and embossing the outside with a woodgrain. They are also sometimes wrapped in a film that has the colour and grain printed on it.


How Are They Different?


The biggest difference between real wood blinds and faux wood blinds is the materials they are made from.

Wood blinds are made from wood and therefore suffer from the same issues as other wooden products. They don’t deal well with moisture and although they have a lot of flex they are more delicate than their PVC counterparts.

Conversely, faux wood blinds stand up well to in areas where there is a lot of moisture and are relatively rigid and hardy, making them a more durable product. That being said, PVC softens under high heat which can cause the slats to warp and bubble if they are positioned in windows that get a lot of direct sunlight and don’t have great ventilation.


The Best Use


Real Wood Blinds

Real wood blinds are a great choice for most windows. They add a sense of quality and prestige to any space and because of that they are generally the first choice for those who can afford it. 

That being said, areas that have a lot of moisture, like directly above a stove or in the bathroom, and areas that get a lot of traffic from children and pets should be avoided.


Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are also a great choice for most spaces. Their durability and premium finish is what gives them great appeal. They will stand up well in areas that have a lot of traffic or moisture which makes them a great choice for houses near the coast, in the bathroom and kitchen, and areas where children and pets like to roam and play.



So which one should you choose? Take into consideration where you want to put the blinds and who will be using the space before you decide. Both are a great choice. Generally, if you can use real wood then do that and put the faux wood blinds where you need something a little more durable.



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