How to Choose the Best Blinds for Small Basement Windows

How to Choose the Best Blinds for Small Basement Windows
Choosing blinds is already an involved process, and it can be even trickier when it comes to deciding on basement blinds. Not only can basement windows have an unusual size or placement, you also have to take into account the humidity and what you will be using the basement for. Below, we explain four things to keep in mind as you choose the best blinds for small basement windows, plus five of our favorite window treatments for the basement.

Consider the size of your windows.


The size and placement of your windows will affect what type of blinds you ultimately choose. If your windows are a standard size and regular placement, you’ll have plenty of options to explore. If your windows are strangely shaped or located very high up, you might want to consider custom blinds that will be perfectly tailored to the size and shape of the window.

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Think about what you will use the basement for.


The type of blinds you choose should also be influenced by what you plan to do in the basement. For instance, if you’re creating an entertainment room and plan to watch a lot of movies, you might want blackout blinds so nothing will interfere with the picture. On the other hand, if you plan to do a lot of entertaining, wood blinds you can easily open and close to let in light might be a better option.

Evaluate the humidity.


Basements tend to get less sunlight and trap more moisture than the rest of the house, so you’ll want to take humidity into account as you shop for basement blinds–especially if you already live in a humid area. If your basement tends to trap moisture already, you’ll want to choose mold resistance blinds that are easy to clean, such as faux wood blinds. After all, you don’t want to drop a lot of money on blinds only for them to mildew right away.

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Be careful with cellular shades.


For the reasons mentioned above, cellular shades are usually not the best choice for basement windows unless the room is very dry. The fabric is less mildew-resistant than other blinds materials like wood or plastic, and the structure of the cellular shades makes them difficult to clean. This doesn't mean you can never put cellular shades in your basement, only that you should consider the decision carefully and pay attention to the humidity.

That’s what you should keep in mind while you shop for blinds. Here are some of the best blinds for small basement windows to consider:

Wood Blinds


Wood blinds offer a classic look that goes well with almost any decor. They’re easy to operate and clean, and they go well with both modern and traditional styles. If you’re looking for high quality blinds that will look great and stand the test of time, wood blinds are the way to go.

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Faux Wood Blinds


If you like the look of wood blinds but you’re looking for a more affordable option or you need a more moisture resistant option, faux wood blinds are a good alternative. Made from a mixture of real wood and PVC, they capture the look of real wood blinds while saving you money.

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Mini Blinds


If you’re on a serious budget, mini blinds are a very affordable pick. Often made of coated aluminum, they are also very durable and moisture-resistant, which makes them good for humid basements. They can also be cleaned very easily due to the coating.

Fabric Shades


If you want sophisticated window treatments that make a big design statement, fabric Roman shades are a great choice. They are available in a multitude of fabrics, from solid neutrals to big bold prints in many colors. When lowered, the swags of fabric create a dramatic look that can’t be duplicated by other window shades.

Roller Shades


If you like the idea of fabric shades for your small basement windows but don’t like the fabric swags of Roman shades, you should consider roller shades instead. These fabric shades lay flat when fully extended for a sleeker, more modern look that goes well with contemporary decor.

Keep these five window treatments in mind as you try to choose the best blinds for small basement windows. If you’re ready to purchase and need to decide on the size of blinds, check out our guide that explains how to measure for blinds.

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