Bass Wood Preferred type of wood for wood blinds because it's lightweight and produces a finer grain.
Bottom rail The bottom slat of the blind.
Breakaway Tassel Designed for child and pet safety.
Bull-Nose Casing A type of window trim where all the edges are rounded.
Butt & Pass The condition occurring between two window coverings that meet in a corner. One blind runs up to the wall with the other blind meeting in front, resulting gap is half the width of the slat size.
Carrier The individual louver holder that slides back and forth in the headrail.
Cellular Also referred as "honeycomb", this type of shade has two or more sheets of fabric combined to form chambers within the layers. Provides great insulation.
Clearance A unit of measure reserved between a window product and the window or floor itself. This allows for unobstructed operation.
Cloth Tape Wide cotton tapes, available in variety of colors and designs. This upgrade replaces the standard ladder cord.
Cord Cleat A part on which to wrap excess cord. Mounted on the wall or in the window casing.
Cord Tassel Found at the end of pull cords.
Composite A mixture of materials combined into a particular material.
Continuous Cord Controls the item you grab to operate the lifting, tilting, or traversing of a blind; The cord is one continuous loop. A good alternative instead dangling long cords.
Cord Tilt An alternative to a wand tilter on horizontal blinds. Pull the cords to open and close the slats. Provides smoother operation compared to a wand tilter.
Cutout A corner or edge is cut away from the shade or blind to allow for tile, baseboard, or any minor obstruction.
Depth The distance from the front edge back to any hanging obstruction within the window .
Encasement The area in which the window is placed.
Dye Lot Refers to color variation between different manufacturing runs of fabric.
Factory Deduction The size amount automatically taken off a shade or blind by the factory when specified as an inside mount. This deduction is made to ensure proper fit. The amount taken off will vary depending on the type of shade.
Finials Decorative end cap for drapery rods and poles.
Headrail Housing for working mechanisms of a blind or shade.
Height Measurement from top to bottom or vice versa.
Holdbacks An accessory use to hold back drapery panels.
Hold-down Bracket Small outside mount brackets use to hold down the shade or blind in place. Most often used on doors.
Horizontal Blind A blind with slats parallel to the floor and ceiling.
Insert Louvers A plastic sleeve designed to hold vertical fabric louvers; fabric in sleeve is hung as one unit; provides room darkening, sun protection, and louver backing uniformity.
Inside Mount When this term is specified on your order, factory will make automatic deductions on the blind for proper fitting. Valances will have no returns.
Ladder Cord The cording supporting individual slats at proper spacing on horizontal blinds.
Ladder Spacing The distance between ladder cords.
Length The measure of a wall, window, or blind that designates the distance from top to bottom.
Louver Synonymous with vane, slat, or blade. This term is usually used for vertical blinds.
Outside Mount When this is specified on your order, factory will make the blind exactly to the ordered size.
One-way Draw Term used for vertical blinds. Specifies that all vanes gather to one side of the rail when opened. "one-way left" designates vanes to stack to the left when open, "one-way right" stacks to the right.
Opaque No light penetration through the material.
Pleat The crease in pleated and cellular fabric that ensures uniform folding.
Poles Metal or wood rods for holding draperies.
Projection The distance off the wall, coming into a room.
PVC Polyvinyl chloride.
R-factor Resistance factor. Refers to the ability of a window covering to resist temperature change.
Reverse Stack Term used for vertical blinds. Vanes stacks to one end while controls are located on the opposite end.
Rings Used for hanging drapery panels on rods and poles.
Sandblasted Finish A deep, textured finish on wood blinds done by spraying sand on the materials. This finish creates a more apparent wood grain look.
Scarf A piece of material that hangs over the window usually pulled through scarf holders. Generally acts as a soft valance treatment for a nice finish.
Sconce A scarf or a rod holder.
Semi-opaque Fabric or material that allows light to penetrate through and at the same time maintains privacy and sun protection.
Slat The individual strip of material in the manufacture of horizontal blinds.
Spacer blocks Hollow blocks of plastic used in place of projection brackets for shades and horizontal window coverings. This is used to clear small obstructions such as window moldings, door handles, etc..
Split Stack Traversing option for vertical blinds. Louvers open from the center of the blind and stacks to both sides.
Stacking The amount of space the blind occupies when raised or drawn.
Swatch Fabric or material cuttings.
Tilt To open and close louvers using the tilter mechanism.
Tilt Wand This mechanism louvers or swivels slats and vanes. Used for vertical and horizontal blinds.
Tilt Chain Used for vertical blinds. This mechanism swivels or louvers the vanes.
Top Treatment A decorative item that goes over windows and window coverings usually as a finishing touch. Soft valances, swags, cornice boards are among some of the most popular choices.
Top-down, bottom-up This feature allows the shade to be lowered from the top or raised from the bottom. Can be ordered as an upgrade for cellular shades and pleated shades.
2 on 1-Headrail Two shades or blinds share a common headrail for a cleaner look. Shades are operated separately.
Valance A piece that goes over the face of the headrail for a more finished look.
Valance Returns The sidepiece of a valance when ordered as outside mount.
Vane Slat or louver material used for vertical blinds.
Vertical Blind 3 ½" vanes that hangs vertically and traverses left or right.
Warp Distort, bend, go out of shape, damage
Width Measurement from left to right or vice versa.