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If you are buying wood blinds or vinyl blinds for your Reno or Sparks home, you need to know about ladder spacing. Ladders are the strings on the blinds that hold the slats at equal spacing top to bottom. They are called ladders because they look like ladders you climb, except they are made of cording. How many ladders will your blinds have? Take a look at the charts to see how many ladders you will have.

Wood Blind Chart

Wood Blind Chart

Vinyl Blind Chart

Vinyl Blind Chart

These charts are using Hunter Douglas Parkland Wood Blinds and the Hunter Douglas First Edition Alternative Blinds (Vinyl). Some companies offer some very wimpy blind slats and their ladder counts will be even higher. The reason for the ladders is to hold the slats in place and to give them support. If wide blinds didn’t have multiple ladders, flat slat blinds, like wood and vinyl blinds would sag dramatically. So, why do wood blinds have fewer ladders than vinyl blinds. Torsional stability. Because of the natural grains in wood, it is much less prone to the pressures of gravity. Therefore, it allows a cleaner look through your windows due to fewer ladders in your line of sight. So, analyzing the charts, you can decipher that if you have a window that is 8 feet wide, you shouldn’t even be doing a vinyl blind as a one piece unit. Notice that the maximum size is 78″. At that size, you will have a ladder about every 10″ MAX. As you notice in the video and the pictures of the blinds, you can have ladder spacing on real wood blinds up to almost 24″, depending on the brand. Again, these are seemingly minor issues, but you should have all your facts before deciding what kind of blinds to buy or which company you decide to buy them from. Your window fashions expert should be able to provide you a professional consultation that help you make the best decision.
5 foot wide blind with 4 ladders

5 foot wide blind with 4 ladders

6 foot wide blind with 4 ladders

6 foot wide blind with 4 ladders

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