MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Which Way Should Your Blinds Be Turned?

Anyone who’s ever had or used a set of Venetian or mini window blinds (y’know, the ones made of horizontal wood, aluminum, or plastic slats), has, at one time or another, wondered whether the blinds should be turned so that they’re either facing up or facing down. Convex (curved) blinds look more uniform when they’re turned down, but, since they can be adjusted, somebody must like them turned up for some reason, right? So, which way should window blinds face?

It all generally revolves around privacy: when you turn your blinds to face up, with the concave part facing your space’s interior & the convex part facing the window, it’s harder for people to see inside because there’s less space between slats. But, if you adjust the blinds to face down, it’s a bit easier for people outside to see inside your place through the gaps between the slats.

Some people care more about aesthetics than privacy, though, and find that blinds facing down look neater than blinds turned upward. The downward orientation tends to let a little sunlight leak into the room, giving it a bit more natural light than if the blinds were turned up (though, keep in mind that the upward position can also let UV light in, which could eventually fade certain surfaces near your window).

Also, what time of year it is might influence how you adjust your blinds. Blinds facing up let less sunlight in, which can reduce the heat from direct summer sunlight & keep things cooler in your house. Then, during the winter, you can open up the blinds to help warm your space naturally.

So, it’s really all about personal preference. Just be sure to always make sure your blinds are closed whenever you change clothes or do your favorite crazy dance routine. It’s just better for everyone that way.

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