Comparing Blinds And Shades As Options For Your Window Treatments

Comparing Shades

You’ve probably heard the terms ‘blinds’ and ‘shades’ used so often and so commonly that the two terms are practically exchangeable. While both blinds and shades are window treatments that block harsh sunlight and provide you with privacy, they go about doing so in different ways. How do blinds and shades really differ, you say? Well, in today’s blog post, Arjay’s Window Fashions is going to take a close look at the advantages of disadvantages of blinds and shades. We like to consider our Ventura window covering business credible about this matter because we happen to carry both blinds and shades!

Arjay’s Is Your Trusted Window Coverings Supplier

Serving the greater upper west Los Angeles and Orange County areas for years, Arjay’s has been selected as a Small Business of The Year by the area’s Chamber Of Commerce. By priding ourselves on always being on the leading edge of technology, Arjay’s always offers the newest and most innovative window covering products on the market. To learn more about how our window treatment business works, please feel free to visit our company page or read on to discover the differences and similarities between blinds and shades. Let’s take a look!


Understand Your Criteria First

When considering getting blinds or shades, you’ll want to make it simple by thinking about what you’d like to specifically accomplish with your window treatments. Keep questions like these in mind:

  • Do you want to have control over privacy in the room?
  • Do you want to let in a lot of sunlight without obstructing the view?
  • Are you concerned about energy efficiency?
  • Do you have any household pets that might tamper with your window coverings?
  • How does your house face the sun?

These questions, amongst many others, are the things that you need to keep in mind before you look into different blind or shade colors, or even a completely different type of window covering.

How A Blind Is Characterized

Blinds have horizontal or vertical slats that louver to control the amount of sunlight and air that is allowed in a given room. So, if you want extra airflow entering the room or you want windows with an unobstructed view, blinds can actually be completely pulled up with a pull cord or even a motorized, cordless system. While most manufacturers make blinds in a range of materials like aluminum, wood, faux wood, vinyl and faux composite wood, you can also find eco-friendly blind options with materials like bamboo.

Differentiating Between Blind Types

Usually, the most popular window blinds are made with real wood and faux wood. Mini-blinds are also a very popular option. Here’s a quick breakdown of different blind types:

    • Mini-blinds are also known as horizontal aluminum blinds. Mini-blinds are usually available in 1” slats in 6 or 8 gauge aluminum as well as ½” slats, 1-⅜” slats and even 2” slats. Extremely durable, mini-blinds come in hundreds of colors and are also available as a vinyl slat, which is a good economical option.
    • Real wood and faux wood blinds have a warm tone to them that can make any room look cozy and inviting. Real wood blinds are available as painted or stained and usually come in several different types of wood including bass, bamboo, ash, and maple. Even composite faux wood looks more like real wood blinds than standard PVC faux wood, and naturally, it’s also less expensive than real wood.


  • Vertical blinds tend to be perfect for patio doors and large windows, and they’re also quite controllable. The fact that vertical blinds are easy to control means that you can have a high amount of light control as well as privacy. Vertical blinds tend to be available in vinyl or fabric in a wide range of colors and styles.
  • Shutters are similar to wood blinds. However, shutters function as more of an external piece of furniture that goes around your windows. Shutters surround your windows with a casement while the inside of the shutter has slats to louver open and close.

So What’s A Shade, Then?

Unlike blinds, shades do not have slats that louver. Instead, shades go up and down and tend to be made from fabrics and woven woods. Shades offer some functional convenience over blinds in the sense that they can be opened from the top, bottom, or even both ends in order to control light and privacy.

Different Types of Shades


  • Roller shades consist of a material that is rolled onto a tube and then rolls off of the tube with a continuous cord loop clutch system or cordless system. Roller shades tend to be very popular in homes and businesses with solar screen fabrics which keep the glare of the sun away while also allowing you to see through them. Roller shades are available in solid and print fabrics that range from modern to traditional – for a truly custom look, add trim and tassels.
  • Cellular or Honeycomb shades are as beautiful as they are functional. Available in both single and double-cell varieties, these type of shades provide both temperature and sound-insulating features and already have multiple lift system options such as cordless, continuous cord loop, and motorized options. With these kind of shades, usually, an occasional vacuuming is about all they need.
  • Pleated shades consist of a single piece of material and have the advantage of more unique fabric options as compared to other window coverings. Pleated shades tend to be available with or without a liner for added privacy and insulation, and they’re also available in a wide range of both color and texture options.
  • Woven wood or bamboo shades provide a highly stylized look that will appease your inner interior designer. Yes, these types of shades are certainly more fragile than most types of blinds, but they’re also available with tapes on the edges in order to prevent fraying.

Deciding Between Blinds And Shades

As we mentioned above, having shades or blinds work with your interior design needs all comes down to what your priorities are. If you live in an open desert environment without many surrounding trees, then a sunshade might be the best option for you, whereas if you live in the city, sound-insulating blinds would be the way to go. Ultimately, you’ll need to consider how much privacy and light control is needed in your specific rooms and then take the time to browse through the different styles and colors available with your goals for the room in mind.

Selecting a window treatment should be based on estimating the light requirements, privacy necessities, energy efficiency and pricing needs that you’re looking for. All things considered, choosing the right window treatment for your home can create a subtle yet significant difference in its atmosphere.

Trust Arjay’s To Help You Make The Right Decision

We don’t expect you to be an expert when it comes to window treatments because that’s our job! Whether you’re looking for Roman blinds, Venetian blinds, vertical blinds, bamboo blinds, honeycomb blinds, cellular blinds, drapes or even a sunshade, Arjay’s Window Fashions does it all! By working with you and your home, we’ll find a solution that works for your needs as well as your budget. Contact us today to get the right shades, blinds or other window coverings for your home!

Advantages Between Different Types Of Custom Blind Options


Like many things in life, blinds and window coverings simply don’t have a “one-size-fits-all” option, and it makes sense – people have vastly different sized and different shaped windows and live in different climates with different amounts of sunlight. It is factors like these that go into finding the ideal window covering solution for your home, and it’s also why your friendly blind team at Arjay’s Window Fashions in Southern California offers a host of custom blind solutions!

Arjay’s Is Here To Serve Our Local Community

We conveniently serve areas including Agoura Hills, Malibu, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and more, making sure that our valued customers are getting set up with the right window covering options that work for their budget, taste, functionality, and overall lifestyle. As experienced professionals in the blinds and window coverings industry, we’ll work with you until you’re satisfied with the way that you windows are covered. To learn more about our custom blinds solutions, contact us today or read about the advantages and benefits that different blind options present.


Thermal Blinds

A thermal blind is typically built differently from your normal window blinds, but the way that it is built is what provides advantages over other types of custom blind options. A thermal blind is generally made from layers of different materials that are pressed around a special type of film which reflects light or heat. As such, thermal blinds, as the name suggests, block sunlight as well as heat when needed.

Thermal blinds feature slats with an aluminum core for enhanced durability, where the outer layers are made with different types of materials. The most commonly used materials that are used for thermal blinds besides aluminum are usually things like vinyl, cloth, and wood, which all make great insulators. Thermal blinds are also known to help significantly lower your energy cost, which should be no surprise. While all blinds will help you reduce your energy costs, thermal blinds will probably reduce your bill more so than most other types of custom blind fixings.

Thermal blinds are also rather thick and insulating from not only intense sunlight but noise pollution as well. This makes thermal blinds a great option if you live in the city or near an airport, or really anywhere that creates a lot of noise pollution.

Bamboo Blinds

Bamboo blinds are quite stylish and very appealing to the eye. Not only that, but bamboo is very durable and usually able to withstand dynamic weather conditions. It is because of these reasons and more that furniture manufacturers and interior designers alike are incorporating more bamboo in their products. In essence, what was once a simple traditional art form and energizing force in Asian culture now adds elegant style to a room, as well as enhanced functionality and reliability.

As another plus, Bamboo is an ideal solution as a shade due to its eco-friendly properties. By harvesting bamboo instead of cutting trees for hardwood, you won’t be helping to diminish hardwood forests that have taken decades if not more to mature. Thus, you’ll be helping to preserve the habit of often-endangered wildlife species. With bamboo custom blinds and window coverings, you’ll easily add elements of style and functionality into your interior decor mix.

Faux Blinds

Arjay’s specializes in faux wood horizontal blinds. Faux wood blinds present a great custom blind option for your home, and they’re also a great value alternative to traditional wood blinds.

That’s right – not only are faux blinds less expensive as compared to traditional wood blinds, but they’re also quite durable and have a classy, timeless appeal to them. Available in a variety of colors and textures from Arjay’s, you’ll find that our faux blinds will match any decor in your home. With an elegant look at an affordable price, you can easily add beauty to any room in your home.

Faux Wood Horizontal Blinds

Combining the best of both worlds in the custom blinds industry, horizontal faux wood blinds provide privacy while letting you choose exactly how much light that you want to let into the room. Faux wood blinds can also be manufactured without the route-holes to offer an additional level of privacy to your home, especially if you live in an urban or heavily-populated area. By offering you protection from the harsh sun that can fade carpets and furnishings, horizontal faux wood blinds are one of the ultimate budget window fixing options on the market that we offer here at Arjay’s.

We also offer multiple control options for our faux wood blinds, like Cord Tilt, Wand Tilt and Routless Operation for optimal privacy and light control. With other customizable features including specialty shapes, designer features, optional motorized operation, energy consumption and comfort and light control, we guarantee you that the windows on your Southern California home will be covered in style and functionality. And let’s face it, if your energy bill could talk to you and thank you for all the money and energy that you’re saving with our great custom window treatment options, then it would!

So Come Visit Our Store In Ventura Today!

Whether you’re looking to effectively shut out the harsh sunlight, improve the appearance of your living room or just save some money every month on those costly energy bills, the evidence is clear that having the right custom bamboo blinds, thermal blinds or faux wood blinds will improve your home in more ways than one. We also offer more custom blinds and window covering options than what we’ve covered in this blog, so if you’re unsure what the best option is for your home, give Arjay’s a call today to discover what we can do for you!

Tips To Minimize Pet Damage To Your Window Treatments


At Arjay’s Window Fashions, we love our furry, domestic friends just as much as you do. While common household pets like dogs and cats are fun, give us great company, and incredibly rewarding to take care of, there are some notable drawbacks when it comes to having household pets. As you can imagine (and may have even experienced once or twice in the past), damage to your precious blinds as a result of your dog or cat going rogue can and does happen – more often than you might even think.

Protecting Your Window Coverings With Arjay’s

Arjay’s is all about optimizing your window covering solutions so that you’re getting a useful product that stands the test of time and does the primary purpose that it should: evenly covering your windows from the outside sun and prying eyes. However, with ripped, crumpled or just generally damaged window blinds, you might not get the performance out of your window treatments that you’re looking for. That’s why in today’s blog post, Arjay’s is going to write about some useful tips to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your blinds and windows shades safe from your adventurous household pets.

To learn more about our custom window treatment solutions, learn more about our services or feel free to get in touch with our Los Angeles blind company today. Now, let’s take a look at some ways to keep those blinds safe from dogs, cats, and other valued pets that you may have.


Keep The Blind Cord Out Of Reach

This tip is obviously meant for curious kitties (though your dog or puppy could go for that dangling cord), but there’s just something tantalizing to cats about seeing a hanging cord. Call it instinct, but they just have to swat at it. While this is obviously tempting for cats, blind cords can be harmful to them.

Fortunately, the solution to this problem is a fairly simple one: just keep the cords wrapped up and out of your cat’s reach with something simply like a cord cleat or tie it up in a bundle. A good general rule of thumb with cats is just to not leaving any ‘dangly’ things laying around.

Cats And Vertical Blinds

Another thing that cats tend to do is absolutely destroy standard aluminum blinds. And by destroy, we mean destroy, like to the extent of an evil villain. While cats like to slip behind blinds, vertical blinds present a good option because they will always fall right back into place when they’re moved around.

Sure, if a louver or two gets damaged, you can always replace individual ones instead of spending the money to get all new blinds. This way, with vertical blinds, your cat can get behind them and be near the window without destroying your perfect blind setup. As an added bonus, pet hair can easily be removed from vertical blinds with a quick swipe. It’s a win-win for you, your cats, and your allergies as a result of your arguably questionable pet choice.

Your Puppy Chews On Everything, Including Your Blinds

Part of raising an adorable puppy is sacrificing some items to satisfying their teething obsession. While this is a pretty normal part of owning a puppy, it does unfortunately come at the expense of near-destroyed or even completely destroyed items, including your blinds. Usually, chewing up random objects that weren’t meant to be chewed means that your growing furry companion needs something to…well, chew on. That’s why dog toys and things of that nature exist.

Make sure to stock your home with plenty of chew toys like squeakers, bones, and more. If you want to target the blind issue specifically, one thing that you can do is spray the slats on your blinds with a sour apple spray that’s widely available at many pet stores. Neutral to humans, this sprays smells and tastes terrible to dogs, so they’ll most likely steer clear of your blinds if you do this.

Overall, be a good dog owner and make sure that your four-legged friend has a chance to relieve their stress and energy on a daily basis. Try doing things like taking your pooch for a long walk before you leave them at home alone.

Leave Your Blinds Slightly Raised For Cats And Dogs Alike

This is a simple and incredibly effective solution to damaged blinds and window coverings. You see, cats and dogs choose to look at blinds as a barrier to the outside world, obstructing the clear view that a window provides. By raising your blinds from Arjay’s just enough so that your dog or cat (or both if they get along well!) can sit near the window and see outside, they won’t get all frustrated and try to mangle up your window coverings.

And because you’ve only raised your blinds just enough for them to see outside, you’ll still be blocking most of that unwanted sunshine into the zen climate of your home. So with this simple piece of advice, you win, your pets win, and your energy bill mostly wins. Hooray!

Pet Or No Pets, Find The Right Custom Blinds Solution Today

Depending on your specific window covering needs, you might need custom solutions to work with the shape of your windows or the habits of your pets. That’s one of the reasons why Arjay’s offers custom blinds solutions in Southern California so that your window coverings are optimized to the greatest extent that they can be. To make it happen, contact Arjay’s today!

The Advantages Of Motorized Blinds


If you’ve ever rented a room in an apartment complex before or even rented a house, one of the pains that you might have come across is replacing the blinds when you move out. Or rather, your landlord or property owner is requiring you to pay premium prices in order to get your window coverings replaced.

Low-quality, manually-operated blinds tend to bend, crack and warp over time, leading to an uneven covering of your window where the sun can shine in, or worse – unwanted visitors can peek in. If you’ve owned any household pets like cats before, you’re probably aware that this makes the situation worse. Fortunately, Arjay’s offers a convenient solution for window coverings that make it so that you won’t have to even touch your blinds again, let alone fiddle around with them: motorized blinds!

Arjay’s Has You “Covered”!

In today’s blog post, we’re going to touch on some of the convenient advantages that come with having motorized blinds as opposed to regular, manual-operation blinds. For all of your window fashion needs in the greater Los Angeles and Ventura areas, trust Arjay’s to get all of your windows covered to the highest degree of quality possible. To discover more about our motorization services, feel free to visit this page, or read on to learn more about the benefits of having motorized blinds. Let’s take a look!


First Things First: Convenience

We’ve already mentioned the convenience of having motorized blinds because that’s one of the strong suits of motorized window coverings. With the simple and easy push of one button, you can effortlessly control every shade in your room, simultaneously. Not only is this a time saver and an effort saver, but if you have particularly tall windows or hard-to-reach areas, opening and closing your blinds is simply no longer a problem. In fact, you’ll be able to do so without even leaving the couch. It’s too easy!

It’s a Natural Alarm Clock

With motorized blinds, you can program the blinds in your bedroom to go up at certain times, inviting the warm California sun into your morning without having to go open the blinds yourself. Now, you can do away with an annoying and frankly disturbing alarm ring every single morning and make the switch to the natural way to wake up and start your day – being bathed in the sun’s natural radiance!

Protect The People And The Things You Love

Due to the motorized nature of your blinds, this means that there will be no operational cords for your adventurous pets or curious children to get in the way of. It might sound really silly, but people and pets do get tangled up in blind cords – it happens!

Plus, valuable items like your furniture, upholstery and wall art will benefit from motorized shades by having protection from the sun during the hottest and sunniest parts of the day. To do this, you’ll simply program your motorized blind system to go down when it hits the hour where the sun reaches its maximum. It’s always important to remember that because of windows, it is possible to sustain damage from the sun when you’re indoors, even though we only tend to think of damage from the sun as an outdoor thing. With motorized blinds, protection from the sun has never been more convenient!

Simulate Your Presence When You’re Not Home

Are you finally taking that family vacation that you’ve long been promising the kids, or simply taking a long weekend to get away with the wife? Well, motorized window fixings offer security benefits to your home as well. No one is going to know the difference that you’re not at your home actually operating your window coverings, and the activity of blinds going up and down indicates that you’re there when you’re actually not. Simply program your blinds to go up and down to your preference, and the window coverings will automatically do so whether or not you’re actually at home.

Actually Enjoy The Weather Instead Of Dreading It

With sun sensors, your blinds can automatically go up or down based on the sun’s intensity, or lack thereof. This means that your home will remain the same comfortable temperature that you enjoy. So if there’s a sudden change in weather throughout the day or the sun happens to be beating down stronger than usual, you can kick back and relax knowing that your window coverings have you…well, covered.

Now Your Living Room Can Be A Home Theater

Are you tired of the sun coming through your giant living room windows, only to obscure the image or cause an annoying glare on the screen? Well, with motorized coverings, that problem is now a thing of the past. With the simple hit of a button (or an automatic daily time if you’re a passionate movie buff), your window covers will draw down and the ambiance for the perfect home movie theater setting is almost there. Dim the lights, make some popcorn and start streaming your film – boom! You’re now at the movies.

For Comfort And Convenience, Get In Touch With Arjay’s Today!

If you have a large home with massive windows, having the right window coverings in light of the harsh California sun is essentially a must-have. With all of the amazing and convenient benefits that motorized privacy shades have to offer you, there’s no reason not to upgrade if you haven’t already! Learn more about the details of our motorized blind services or contact Arjay’s today with any questions that you have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Understanding the Basics of Window Film

When you think about window treatments, the first thing that likely comes to mind are going to mini blinds, drapes, plantation shutters, and other window treatments of the sort. These are the standard form of window treatments, but they aren’t the only ones. One of the window treatments that we have seen become quite popular is a window film. Providing homes with both privacy and protection from the sun, window film is definitely a treatment that should be considered when shopping around for the perfect window treatment for your home. While this is a popular option, very few people really understand all that goes into window film, and mostly don’t understand how it works.

Our blog post today is dedicated to providing you with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we get from window film.

What is Window Film?

Window film, in the most straight forward of explanations, is made up of multiple, thin layers of polyester material. Even when stacked up on top of each other, the film is incredibly thin. Each layer of the film contributes something different to make it the incredible window treatment that it is; heat, UV, light, glare and privacy are all components of this incredible window treatment. While every window film will take the previously mentioned items into consideration, there are various types of window films that specialize in one of the areas to provide you with more protection from glare, or more privacy, that you can choose from.

What are the Benefits of Window Film?

The list of benefits that we have compiled for window films is so extensive that it created a blog post all of its own. For the most part, this particular window treatment will provide you with the same benefits as other window treatments, but with a few that are specific to the film itself. One of the main benefits that is subject to this particular window treatment is that it’s so thin, yet you still receive the benefits. If there are windows that you love the view they offer, and a window treatment to cover it up isn’t something that you’d like to have done, then you should definitely be considering window film. This tinted film will allow for you to see through and enjoy the view, while still minimizing glare, improving privacy, and giving you a little more control over the amount of light that’s coming in.

This is one of the main benefits that is specific to window films, but there are so many others that we will have to go into at another time.

Where is the Window Tint Applied To?

Window tint should always be applied to the interior of the windows. This allows for it to make the most of the film itself. If you specifically choose to have the film added to the exterior of the window, you should account for the various types of damage that could happen to the window. For example, wear and tear from the weather is one of the primary reasons that we suggest adding it to the interior. By doing so, you eliminate any issues with this particular hazard.

How Do You Clean Window Tints?

For the first week that you have window tints installed, avoid cleaning the windows as a whole. Allowing the window tints to settle before you go ahead and clean them will ensure that they are able to fully set and stick to the window better than they might have otherwise. After this week period of letting them sit, you can clean them with a window cleaner that is free of ammonia. This could take away from the film and make it difficult for the film to stick on the windows as well. If you do choose to clean them, make sure that you are using a soft material so as not to scratch the film. This is another main way that window films can be pulled up and have scratches in the film.

We know that we haven’t covered all of the questions that you may have, but these are some of the main ones. If you have any further questions regarding the process of adding films to your windows, what the expense of them will be, or how to prepare for the process, we can definitely provide you with those answers, and more, during your consultation.

Arjay’s Window Fashions has a wide selection of treatments for you to choose from, and window film is only one of them. We can provide you with plenty of other options that we can work with you on and provide you guidance for. Call our office and we can help you schedule an appointment for a consultation to go over the various options you have and schedule a time for installation.