Faux Wood vs. Real Wood Blinds: Which Gives More Value For Your Money
Both faux wood and real wood blinds can look incredible, offering you a breathtaking, natural and practical window treatment. However, the various options exist for a reason: there are differences between faux and real wood blinds, and these differences are what will make them ideally suited or not appropriate for you and your space.
First, let's take a closer look at the types of blinds we are talking about:
As the name suggests, these blinds are made from real wood, and the real wood grain is visible in each blind slat. A few of the most common types of wood used to make these blinds are oak, basswood, and cherry.
Faux wood blinds
While these blinds give a wood-like look, they are obviously not real wood. Most faux wood blinds are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Included in the umbrella category of faux wood blinds are composite wood blinds, which use PVC as well as polystyrene and a handful of additives to strengthen the final product. At their core, each of these products is essentially plastic.
Which is better value for your money: faux or real wood blinds?
There is no straight answer to this question. It depends. It depends on your personal taste and where the blinds will be placed. Here's what you need to consider.
Personal Preference Meets Practicality
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If you’re really gung-ho on the real wood look, then you are going to want to go with real wood blinds. While faux blinds can look like wood from a distance, up close, it is obvious that they are not the real deal.
This said, there are some situations where the aesthetic merit of real wood may need to take a back seat to more practical considerations. Real wood, while durable and strong, does not hold up well to repeated exposure to moisture. For this reason, real wood blinds are not ideal for rooms where moisture is a consistent factor, like bathrooms, laundry rooms or kitchens. In these spaces, opt for faux wood blinds. Since they are made from plastic, they can handle the damp.
However, unlike faux wood blinds, real wood blinds hold up better in the face of direct sunlight. Because faux wood is a plastic derivative, it can easily warp and they should never be placed in south-facing windows. They may fair alright in the winter months, but in the summer, when the sun is the strongest, these plastic blinds melt under the pressure. For drier rooms (i.e. living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms) that are exposed to intense sunlight, real wood blinds are your best bet.
But which is less expensive?
Hands down, faux wood blinds are the least expensive option — at least up front. If you buy PVC blinds for a south facing bedroom and they warp in a year, you’ll just have to get new ones, and in the end, you’ll spend more money replacing poorly selected blinds than you would have spent if you bought the real wood alternative in the first place. So keep this in mind: part of the value isn’t only immediate value, but long-term value. Factor in this consideration, along with the matter of personal preference and practicality, and you’ll arrive at the right choice.