Vinyl or aluminum blinds
Definitely shop online for best prices. Or shop with a local blind franchisee. Box stores give nothing back to your community so you need not feel guilty. Many online places will ship within 24 hours. They will cut or make blinds to exact dimensions. They often run sales or have coupon codes.
Vinyl blinds can get brittle over time and they seem not to be as colorfast as aluminum blinds. Deeper colors look chalky after a time. They also tend to come in more limited colors as the colorant is in the vinyl and not on it. Aluminum blinds are painted or otherwise coated and you can get them in just about any color you can imagine.
You sort of get what you pay for with either vinyl or aluminum. At the lower end they are not that different in price. You can get the slats in different thicknesses so they do not bend or crease. As mentioned in other posts, consider how much wear and tear you are going to put on on pull cords, rotating mechanisms, etc. Cheaper blinds have cheaper hardware. There is nothing more frustrating than blinds that will not go up and down or rotate easily.
Speaking of which. Spare yourself some anguish and toss away the screws and anchors that come with any blinds. They tend to break and buying better ones is worth the $2!
Obviously think through what you want your blinds to do. There are many options out their ranging from honeycomb blinds that let light through, blinds that open from the top, to blinds that are near complete light blocking for those bothered by light sneaking in at night.
MEASURE CAREFULLY and read how to do so for blinds on one of the online sites!
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Last edited by sdsester; 07-05-2012 at 09:12 AM.