by Mary Ellen Slayter
Sometimes curtains just aren't enough.
If you need to block light from a window that is taller than it is wide, the usual choice is horizontal blinds. Material is the primary driver of price; options include premium hardwoods, a blend of hardwoods and composite materials, or aluminum. Other aspects that can add to the cost include ultraviolet-light protection, soundproofing and additional childproofing features. Some manufacturers offer a greater choice of colors.
Here's a look at what you can get for your money. All prices are estimated for a window 36 inches wide by 60 inches tall. If you've got a little more to spend, consider blinds made of faux wood or vinyl. The artificial material resists warping, cracking and splitting. That's particularly valuable in humid rooms such as bathrooms. All the major blinds manufacturers offer these blinds, which provide a bit of insulation and soundproofing. They're also easier to clean than aluminum.