We all know they are ugly. When I had a custom set of metal mini blinds specially ordered in a lovely color of peach to coordinate with my very 80s bedroom as a child, I thought they were the height of sophistication. Now, not so much. There are so many other, better, design options for window coverings now that the metal mini blind has truly seen its better day. They have gone the way of the dodo … and the waterbed.

Recognize this iconic 80s bedroom? Even Ferris Bueller can’t make mini blinds cool. Source: <a target=”_blank” href=”http://sharpmagazine.com/2016/01/22/theres-a-perfect-recreation-of-ferris-buellers-bedroom-at-torontos-gladstone-hotel-right-now/”>SHARP</a>

Recognize this iconic 80s bedroom? Even Ferris Bueller can’t make mini blinds cool. Source: SHARP

But, their problem isn’t just one of being ugly. They have a lot of functional issues that make them a poor choice for today’s home.

  1. Metal blinds make your house hotter. Metal heats up when the sun shines on it and makes your room hotter.
  2. Metal blinds hold on to dirt, dust, and are hard to clean.
  3. Metal blinds crease when they bend, and will not go back in place.
  4. Metal blinds are usually 1″ and don’t allow good visibility or light control.
  5. Metal blinds have tilt wands to operate the slats opening and closing which break and make the blinds inoperable.

While they may be tempting from a cost standpoint, there are faux wood blind options that offer a much better choice at a similar price point without all the problems listed above. Here ends our Public Service Announcement on metal blinds. If you’ve still got some metal blinds lingering in a room or two of your house, we’d love to help you upgrade.