Wooden blinds with tapes or not? Our experts explain the pros and cons

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If you’re considering purchasing wooden blinds, there’s one important question that can be easy to overlook – should you go for wooden blinds with tapes or not? If you are still undecided, or if you haven’t even considered it yet! – then this article is for you. Tapes are vertical strips made of cotton fabric that help hide the internal strings of the blinds. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people choosing to have tapes for their wooden blinds. But opinions on them remain divided.

Tapes on wooden Venetian blinds are mainly decorative. As a result, the most prevalent argument is over how they look. Some feel that wooden blinds with tapes look more organised as their cords are hidden to the naked eye. Others, however, think that the tapes break up the clean look of the horizontal slats. Let’s get straight into it and discuss their pros and cons.

Types of wooden blind tapes

The idea of having tapes running down your blinds can seem a little odd if you’re new to it. But having tapes on your wooden Venetian blinds is an effective way of concealing the cords of the blinds in a stylish manner. They can also add an extra touch to your décor, depending on the colour you choose. Ultimately, tapes on wooden blinds essentially boil down to personal taste. To help you decide if they’re right for you, let’s consider the two types available.

Matching tapes

This type of tape is discreet and matches the colour of the slats. It brings luxury and natural elegance to your windows. They are ideal for office spaces and other formal settings.

Contrasting tapes

Contrasting tapes are a beautiful addition to wooden blinds because they add boldness to your spaces. They are suitable for both traditional and contemporary room settings. If you are intending to use tapes with white wooden blinds, for instance, there are lots of options you can explore. Pairing dark-coloured tapes with pure white blinds, for example, can create a striking combination that makes your window coverings stand out. On the other hand, if you’re considering black wooden blinds, then dark colours will have a quite different effect.

A pair of wooden blinds letting in light from the outside.

Pros of having blind tapes


Tapes hold your blinds in position and allow you to lower or raise the blinds to alter the view and light level in your room. They do not impede the functioning of your blinds.

A pair of wooden Venetian blinds in a bedroom letting in light from the outside.

Offer support

Tapes are positioned on top of the internal strings that run vertically down the blind. They are added in the middle during the manufacturing process with the purpose of holding each slat in place. With tapes, your blinds are firmly supported.

A pair of open wooden Venetian blinds letting in light from the garden.

Add to the décor

Tapes help conceal the little holes in the slats through which cords of the laddering run, giving your window coverings a tidy and clean look. Contrasting tapes add boldness and are a beautiful addition to your wooden blinds. They add style and a splash of colour, giving your space that trendy look.

A pair of closed wooden blinds with a wooden table adding to the decor of the room.

Enhance privacy

Tapes on wooden blinds add privacy. They cover all the tiny holes in the slats and provide complete blockage when the blinds are closed. When closed, wooden blinds with tapes will prevent almost all sunlight from coming into the room.

A person opening their closed wooden blinds to look outside. Showcasing the privacy wooden blinds can provide.

Cons of having blind tapes

Difficult to replace

Once installed, it can be very difficult to remove and replace the tapes from the blinds. Tapes become part of the blinds that hold slats in place, and removing them may potentially even damage your blinds. 

Not water resistant

A great drawback of tapes is that they absorb moisture and may eventually rot when exposed to a humid environment because they are made from fabric. This means that they are not a good option for high humidity spaces or any other wet areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry rooms. If you are considering installing wooden blinds with tapes in any of those spaces, it may be worth reconsidering.

Special maintenance

Wooden blinds with tapes tend to be among the most consistent collectors of dirt and dust. This means they can require a more significant amount of maintenance than other options. And this is not all. Tapes may also stain, fade or tear if not properly cared for. Indeed, the cleaning process itself can make them prone to wear and tear if not done carefully.

Narrow appearance

Tapes normally give the illusion of blinds being a little bit narrower than they actually are. Because of this, they may not be suitable for small windows.

What to do before deciding on wooden blinds with tape

It is important for you to give a great deal of consideration when making the decision of whether or not to get tapes with your wooden blinds. This is because, once you have made your decision, removing them won’t be an option. The tapes become part of the blinds, holding the slats in place. As such, you may end up damaging your blinds should you forcefully try to remove them.

To avoid such a scenario, speak to a supplier who can offer an in-home consultation service or who has a showroom you can visit. This will mean that you get a feel for the combination of the tapes and slats you are interested in. You will be able to visualize how your choice of tapes and blinds may look like in your own home or office space. Looking at samples and receiving expert advice will help you in making a choice that you are less likely to regret in the future.

In rooms where you want a more relaxing atmosphere, consider having tapes on your blinds. They serve as a significant addition to your décor, allowing you to design your windows to suit your tastes. Wooden blinds with tapes go well with a larger window. With cotton tapes, it becomes easier for you to pair your furnishings with the blind, enabling you to have windows that are beautifully designed.

So, should you get wooden blinds with tapes?

We recommend that you take your time before you settle on whether to choose wooden blinds with tapes or not. Tapes on wooden blinds become integral to the overall mechanism of the window blinds. Thus, separating them without causing damage is very difficult. Once you decide to go for blinds with tapes, you are committed.

Where you feel indecisive, it would be wise to consult a reputable manufacturer who can guide you with some professional perspective into making a decision that best suits your needs and preferences. Excell Blinds can give you professional advice to ensure you get the best blinds for use in Altrincham.

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