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Vertical Blinds Installation Cost

The average cost of installing vertical blinds is $500.

In this guide

Pros and cons of vertical blinds
Materials
Designs
Installation
Labor costs
Vertical blinds vs horizontal blinds
Maintenance
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to install vertical blinds?

If you have a sliding glass door or a large window you want to cover, it can be difficult to find traditional blinds or other window treatments to fit. That’s what vertical blinds are designed for; they run vertically from top to bottom, offer a lot of control over their placement, and can easily cover a large window or sliding door.

There are a number of factors that can influence the cost of a vertical blind installation, including the material, the number of windows being done at once, and the overall size of the installation. Most homeowners will find that they spend around $500 on fabric vertical blinds for two sliding doors and two picture windows 1 installed.

Pros and cons of vertical blinds

Vertical blinds are the ideal solution for large windows and sliding doors where horizontal blinds or rollers aren’t an option. No matter how wide your window is, it’s possible to cover it evenly with vertical slats, known as louvres. The louvres are weighted to help them fall evenly, and can allow you to adjust their position in ways that can let in light, without sacrificing privacy. This is a benefit for those that want to better insulate their homes against the sun, without completely blacking out the room.

On the downside, there are limited designs and patterns for vertical blinds. Fabric blinds offer the most options, but still don’t offer you as many as other window treatments, such as curtains might bring. They can also be slightly more expensive than other window treatments, both to purchase and to install, because of the way that the slats need to be hung and adjusted together.

Materials

Like horizontal blinds, vertical blinds come in several different materials to consider:

MaterialProsCons

Vinyl 2 

($20 - $40/window)

Can be solid or translucent in finish

Available in a wide range of colors

Inexpensive

Will off gas VOCs for up to 5 years

Difficult to dispose of or recycle

Brittle, may break

Metal 

($30 - $50/window)

Durable

Easy to care for

Inexpensive

Not many options available

Noisy to use

Finish may chip

Fabric

($40 - $100/window)

Most decorative

Many options for pattern and color

Soft and quiet

May be heavy or light

Easily stained

Can be expensive

Higher maintenance than other materials

Wood 

($100 - $200/window)

Can be stained and finished in numerous colors

Natural material

Long lasting

Can be expensive

Difficult to find replacement slats for

Some woods can darken in the sun


Designs

Vertical blinds are very similar to one another in the way they look once installed. The biggest design differences come from the material and color you chose. Some fabrics may have a pattern printed on them, which can enhance the room, but many are solid in color.

It is possible to have a valance installed at the top of the blinds to cover their track and enhance their appearance. This valance usually matches the blinds in color, but may contrast if desired.

Installation

Installation is fairly straightforward for most vertical blind installations and takes roughly 2 hours from start to finish for a sliding glass door, less time for smaller windows. The track that the blinds slide and rotate on is installed first. This can be screwed to either the inside or outside of the window frame. It must be leveled and then screwed securely into place.

The louvres are then installed by sliding them individually into the stems on the track. This is what enables them to move, slide, rotate, and open and close. The valance is then attached to the outside of the track to cover it, if desired./p>

The track itself may operate in a variety of ways, which may influence the installation. Pulley cords take longer to install than cordless versions, for example. The entire process is generally carried out by the window covering professionals you purchase your blinds through, but in some instances may be DIY.

Labor costs

Because vertical blind installations can be so time intensive, the cost to install is generally higher than that of other window blinds. It’s common for installation to cost $50 to $75 per window, with larger windows and sliding doors costing more than smaller windows. In the instance of two sliding doors and two picture windows 1, labor costs would be roughly $250 of the $500 total.

Vertical blinds vs horizontal blinds

Vertical blinds are not the only application you can install on windows; horizontal blinds may also be an option for some sizes of window. In vertical blinds, the slats go up and down and slide along a track at the top. They can pivot to fully open while remaining in place along the track, or slide shut to block out all light.

Horizontal blinds have slats that run from side to side. They can all slide up or down together, and may also rotate to let in more or less light.

Vertical blinds are usually wider than horizontal blinds, and are designed for much larger windows, where a horizontal blind may not be able to reach. They are more difficult to install as well as more expensive, but they’re more versatile in how much light they can let in, because the wider slats offer better coverage.

Horizontal blinds are lighter, though, and may be easier to use and operate on smaller windows.

Maintenance

The type of maintenance your blinds need will vary depending on the material. Wood, PVC (vinyl), and aluminum only need to be dusted and occasionally wiped down with a damp cloth to look their best.

Fabric blinds can be more difficult to clean. They should also be wiped with a damp cloth, but they may occasionally require the use of a fabric cleaner to help remove stains. Always test cleansers in an inconspicuous area, as they may discolor your blinds.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Electric Vertical Blinds

If you don’t want to use a pulley or a push stick to operate your blinds, you can opt for electric blinds, which can be operated by app or by remote control. They are significantly more expensive than manual blinds, starting at around $200 - $500 per window and going as high as $1,000 per window.

Blackout Blinds

If you want to completely block out all light, some vertical blinds are available in a blackout fabric. They’re usually heavier than other blinds, and made of an opaque material. They start around $50 a window.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Vertical blinds look and work their best for large picture windows and sliding doors, although they can be used on smaller windows as well.
  • High quality blinds can last 20 or more years, while lower quality blinds last around 5 years.
  • Vertical blinds can be ordered to cover sliding doors of 5 - 6-feet in width, and custom blinds can be made to cover even wider areas.
  • Vertical blinds can be seen through if they are turned to be fully open, or slid to the sides. When shut or slightly open, they cannot be seen through.
  • Any solid material, such as wood, vinyl, or metal will be easier to keep clean in vertical blinds than fabric.

FAQ

  • Can you put vertical blinds in a bay window?

While possible, it’s not always recommended, as they cannot conform to the shape of the window, but will go straight across the widest point.

  • Can you cut vertical blinds to size?

No, they should be ordered or made to the correct size. 

  • Is it easy to fit vertical blinds?

Yes, but it is also time consuming depending on the number of slats. 

  • Should vertical blinds touch the floor?

Ideally, they should be just above the floor for ease of movement. 

  • Where should vertical blinds sit?

Ideally, the blinds should sit just above the floor to allow for ease of movement. 

  • Are vertical blinds good for bedrooms?

Yes, they do a good job of offering privacy as well as blocking light. 

  • How much are repairs?

Repairs vary depending on the issue, the material, and the size of the repair. Expect costs to start at $50.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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glossary term picture Picture Window 1 Picture windows: An opening in the wall consisting of one large pane of glass that does not open
glossary term picture Vinyl 2 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others

Cost to install vertical blinds varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Apex, NC
-5%
Athens, GA
-9%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Boise, ID
-11%
Bradenton, FL
-8%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Clarksville, TN
-13%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Denver, CO
+1%
Durham, NC
-1%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Myers, FL
-7%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Gainesville, FL
-12%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Hartford, CT
+23%
Hialeah, FL
-2%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Homestead, FL
-2%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
Ladson, SC
-17%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Lancaster, CA
+4%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Mckinney, TX
+23%
Melbourne, FL
-16%
Miami, FL
+1%
Naperville, IL
+47%
Naples, FL
-3%
Needham, MA
+43%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Bay, FL
-16%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%
Pearland, TX
+16%
Pensacola, FL
-19%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
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