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Faux wood blinds are a venetian style blind that can be installed inside, or outside your window recess. Here we break down everything you could need to know about Faux Wood Blinds.
What is a faux wood blind?
Simply put, a faux wood blind is a venetian slatted style blind that isn’t made from wood. Instead these blinds are made from a composite PVC to give the look of real wood, hence the term ‘faux’.
Faux wood blinds are a venetian style blind that can be installed inside, or outside your window recess. These blinds are hard wearing, durable and made from a composite PVC to give them strength and longevity. These blinds are an alternative to thinner aluminium venetian blinds and more expensive real wood venetian blinds. The faux slats come in a range of colours and can be either 35mm or 50mm wide.
You can also choose to have these blinds with traditional cords on the blinds, or with decorative tapes. The traditional cords are simply strings that run down from the headrail to the bottom bar, and are what help to control the blinds raise and tilting function. If you choose decorative tapes, then the cords are replaced with 38mm wide tapes that run down the blind instead. The tapes can’t be removed once chosen as they are integral to the build of the blind, but are a more popular option as they help to break up the overall look of the blind, and give you something to tie in with your decor.
Faux wood blinds have several advantages over real wood, mainly that they can be made wider than real wood slats. They are also much more durable so can be installed in a bathroom or kitchen knowing that they won’t warp or crack over time. Although real wood blinds are kiln dried, over time they may start to absorb moisture from the air as they are a natural product.
Why choose made to measure faux wood blinds?
Choosing faux wooden blinds over real wood can be a more affordable option, they can be made wider, come in a wider range of colours and are more durable than real wood.
By choosing a made to measure blind you are ensuring that you get the best looking covering on your window. By buying a pre-made blind off the shelf you may save a little bit of money and get them the same day (once you’ve driven to the shop), but once there you’ll find they have a limited range of colours and sizes.
By buying a made to measure faux wood blind you not only have a choice of colours, but also if you want them to come with or without tapes. The main benefit to buying a made to measure blind is that you can choose the exact size you require the blind. This is then the size it will be made to, meaning you don’t have to cut or alter the blind you have just purchased.
Which is better, faux or real wood blinds?
Real wood blinds are lighter, come in more real wood tones but faux wood blinds can be made wider, are more durable and are a more cost effective way of covering your windows.
To decide which is better, you will need to first decide what room your blind is going in. If the blind is going in a bathroom or kitchen where it can be very humid, then a faux wood blind will be better as it is moisture resistant.
If you’re installing in a living room or a bedroom then either faux wood or real wood will be fine. We would also say that if you are simply looking for a white or grey painted slat, then the faux wood option is best. This is because if you chose a white painted real wood slat and then you won’t see any of the wooden grain, so opt for the more cost effective and more durable faux wood option.
How to install/fix/hang faux wood blinds
Installing faux wood blinds should take about 10-15minutes. Simply install the brackets where you want the blind to sit, then clip the blind into the open brackets. Finally, close the brackets to operate the blind.
Can I use faux wood blinds on french doors?
Faux wood blinds are not great on french doors due to how much they stack when they are fully raised. The better option is to look at a wooden Perfect Fit blind which will give a similar look but designed to fit french doors perfectly.
Faux wood blinds on French and Patio doors are not the best option for a few reasons. Instead there is a range of blinds perfectly designed for doors. Firstly if you choose a 35mm or 50mm slat size, the headrail will be the same depth. This means that if you install the blind directly onto the door, you might not be able to open the door as far as you should due to the headrail potentially touching any surrounding walls first. This can be minimised by installing a narrower blind on the door, or isn’t as much of an issue if your door doesn't open onto a wall, but this leads to the 2nd issue.
If you’re installing a blind onto a set of french doors you have to contend with the door handle. Whichever slat size you choose won’t sit behind the handle and so the blind won’t hang flush to the door and will bulge out at the handle.
If you weren’t thinking about installing onto the door directly, but instead into the surrounding recess you’ll need to think about how much the blinds ‘stack’ up when you fully raise them. For example, on a faux wood blind that has a 180cm drop, the blind will be about 25cm big when fully raised. This can cause obstruction in the top of your window and might not give you the look you want.
Instead we would advise looking at our Perfect Fit blinds. We have a whole article around these blinds which you can find here: Wooden blinds on doors, what you need to know.
Can faux wood blinds be installed in a bay window?
Faux wood blinds are a popular choice in bay windows as they give a shutter look but without the cost. They are strong and durable and come in a range of popular colours ideal for bay windows.
What is the price of a faux wooden blind? Are they affordable?
Faux wood blinds are a great way to cover windows across your home. Blinds start from as little as £30 for a small window upwards.
When you think of made to measure goods, you might instantly jump to the conclusion that they are expensive because they are custom made. What you might be surprised to learn is that with Make My Blinds, you can actually save money when you buy blinds online through us compared to buying off a high street retailer. Sure, you might have to measure and install yourself, but with out guides you’ll get a professional measure and install without paying anything extra. (Plus the satisfaction of a job well done).
Faux wood blinds area more affordable option when compared to real wood blinds, but are also a fraction of the cost of shutters - whislt giving a similar look in your window - and whilst letting more light in.
How wide can faux wood blinds be made?
Faux wooden blinds can be made upto 260cm wide, Real wood blinds can only be made upto 240cm wide. So choose a faux wood blind if you need to cover a larger window.
Due to the way faux wood blinds are made the slats can be made upto 260cm wide. Because they are made from a PVC material, there are no defects, knots or crooked tree trunks to deal with. Because of this real wood blinds can only be made to 240cm wide, and because they are made from a natural material are slightly more expensive.
I could buy my blinds from Amazon or Argos, what do you think?
Whilst you can buy faux wood blinds from many retailers, not all of them make them by hand to your exact size and specification. By ordering a made to measure faux wood blinds, you get exactly the blind you want.
Can I install faux wood blinds on sliding doors?
Horizontal style blinds on sliding doors are not great due to the stack height of the blind when fully raised. Instead look at other options, like vertical blinds or this guide for blinds on sliding doors.
Sliding doors are a bit of a pane, mainly because they really do limit the number of blinds you can install on them. So limiting in fact that there are only really 2 types of blinds we can suggest. Neither or which are a faux wood blind. Instead you’ll have to look at a vertical or a roller blind to cover them with.
The reason you can’t install a faux wood blind onto a sliding door is that once you install something onto the door, it can’t slide past the door behind/ in front of it. Making the door useless. If you looked to install a faux wood blind into the top of the recess around the sliding door you have the issue of the stack height. Once the blind is pulled up and out of the way, the slats bunch together causing an obstruction at the top of your window. For example a 180cm long blind (roughly the length of a door) would stack to be about 25cm high, so this would then be at the top of your window and you would have to duck each time you want to go out of the door. Instead, have a look at our guide on sliding door blinds.
Do faux wood blinds Insulate?
Faux wood blinds so have some insulating properties to them, but not as much as something like a Roman blind or curtain that are better suited for trapping heat inside your home. If this is a big concern, choose a different blind type.
Faux wood blinds are not known for their insulating properties. But, by nature of installing anything in your window you will naturally start to trap air between the blind and the glass and put a barrier in the way between your room and the cold air outside. By creating this barrier you will start to limit the heat loss from your home, but there are more efficient and better suited products on the market to insulate your home better. For example a Roman blind with a thermal lining will trap far more heat and limit heat loss compared to a roller blind or venetian blind.
How long do faux wood blinds last? Do they fade or turn yellow?
Faux wood blinds are made from a composite PVC, so as long as they are correctly cared for they will last for many years. All good Faux Wood blinds should be UV stable to prevent them from discolouring.
Because these blinds are made from PVC, they will last a very long time. They won’t deteriorate or degrade when exposed to high humidity areas like your bathroom, nor will they fade or turn yellow in the sun. Ultimately, if you look after and care for your blinds correctly, they will last for much longer than our standard 4-year warranty. Which is great for everyone.
Do faux wood blinds warp?
Faux wood blinds are made from a composite PVC. It's best not to install dark grey or brown faux blinds in very hot locations - like conservatories or south facing windows due to a chance of warping through heat absorption.
Faux wood blinds are very stable and strong by nature. As with any material, too much exposure to the wrong element may cause damage. With the slats being made from a composite PVC material, excess heat can cause warping overtime. This would be more noticeable on darker colours, like brown, black and dark grey. Whilst this is very uncommon, it is something to consider. For this reason we don’t advise installing dark faux wood blinds into conservatories (prone to becoming very hot) or into south-facing windows.
White and lighter colour faux wood blinds will be fine in the sun as they are fully UV stable, so won’t discolour - but also won’t absorb heat as much and so are a better option.
How to straighten faux wood blinds?
When delivered faux wood blinds may need straightening out. Pull the blind up fully and with a flat, straight object - level off the slats so they are all aligned.
Are faux wood blinds good for bathrooms?
Faux wood blinds are perfect in bathrooms as they are moisture-resistant and very durable. They are also great for installing in kitchen windows as they are easy to wipe clean too.
Faux wood blinds are a perfect blind for bathrooms because of how durable they are. Being made from a composite PVC material, they are naturally water-resistant, won’t absorb any moisture from the air and won’t warp or crack.
How to take down faux wood blinds?
To remove a faux wood blind, start by fully raising the blind, locate the brackets on the end of the blind and open them. Remove the blind from the brackets. Finally unscrew the brackets to have fully removed the blind.
Taking a faux wood blind down is simply the reverse of putting them up - which if you didn't do as you’ve moved into a house with existing blinds can be a little confusing.
To start with, you may need to raise the blind up fully and then start to remove the front valance. If you’re not wanting to keep the blinds then you should be able to pull this off (you may break a plastic clips), if you want to keep the blind then a little more care will be needed. But most valances just pull off towards you.
The next step will be to locate the brackets. These will either be at each end of the blind and be square box brackets. Or they may be a swivel bracket that have been installed along the length of the blind. From here you will need to open the bracket, with a box bracket on the end of the blind you will need to use a flat head screwdriver to open the bracket. With a swivel bracket you’ll be able to see a small metal tab, pull this out towards you and this will loosen the brackets grip on the blind.
Once this has been done, take hold of the headrail and the blind and wiggle it so that it becomes loose and free of the brackets. There may also be a central support which will need to be navigated past with a bit of twisting and angling of the blind.
Once the blind is free and removed from the brackets the next thing to do is remove the brackets from the wall or window recess. Using the required screwdriver, loosen off and remove the brackets and once done you have successfully removed the blind from your window.