Choosing Window Treatments
The key to turning a house into a home is in the details, and window treatments are a detail that can truly change your home! Many people put off dealing with the details because the choices can be overwhelming. I ought to know. It took me 10 years to I dump my $3 mini blinds. It really wasn’t that difficult and it changed the whole feel of my home!
Choosing the right window treatments just takes a little imagination, a little homework, and a little helpfrom an expert. . Whether you’re starting from scratch or upgrading your curtains and drapes use this guide to make the very best choice for your home.
The Cost of Window Dressing
When you’re looking for a house or an apartment, your criteria probably isn’t “Find me the absolute cheapest place.” Other considerations, such as location, safety, and the features of the home also come into play. Yet, many people, when looking for window blinds and shades, think of nothing but the cost.
While you can find curtains, shades, and other types of window dressing to suit any budget, cost should not be the only consideration, and cheaper isn’t always better.
Of course, your budget is one piece of the puzzle, and it’s possible to find many curtain styles that are affordable. Just consider the features and weigh up the benefits vs. the costs. Here are some things to keep in mind when pricing window treatments:
It might not seem important, but there is a big difference between curtains made from cheap material and curtains made from quality material. Cheap material will snag easily, will fade, and will not be easy to clean. If you have to replace your inexpensive window treatments each year, you’re not really getting a good deal.
Size of the Window
Not every treatment will work and/or look right on all size windows. Be sure to have the measurements on hand when you call to talk to a professional so they can guide you to the best options.
If the window has an unusual shape, you will probably be quite limited on what types of treatments will work. To get the look you want, you may need to have something custom created. This is something we can help you determine when you call.
There is a difference in the look of top quality curtains, window blinds and shades and the bottom shelf version of those items. That’s not to say the value items can’t look great, but there is a difference.
Many homeowners opt to choose window dressings that will complement the architecture of their home. If you’re unsure which types of window treatments are right for your home, our experts can help you choose the best options.
For specialty curtains, such a blackout curtains or those that are supposed to add a layer of insulation, quality counts. For example, a quality version will be better at blocking the light, and you’ll have many more options for how such curtains look if you’re willing to spend a little more.
Ease of Use
When it comes to window blinds and shades, the ease of use comes into play. You must consider the quality and functionality of hardware, so they will last and be easy to open and close.
Paying extra for professional installation is a good idea for many reasons. A properly installed window treatment will look better, you won’t have unnecessary damage to the window trim and walls, and the proper hardware will be used ensuring nothing with come loose.
If you grab a package of blackout curtains from the local Wal-Mart, you’re not likely to get a lot advice while you’re making your decision. If, on the other hand, you turn to a business that specializes in window treatments, you’ll be able to get helpful advice as you make your decisions. Yes, the Wal-Mart curtains are cheaper, but the advice you can get from a specialist is invaluable, and will likely save you money in the long run as you won’t have to replace the treatments as soon.
Types of Window Treatments
Before you take a look at the many kinds of available window dressings, consider your wants and needs. Of course, the needs will vary from room to room, so keep that in mind as you’re making your selections. How the window treatments look is obviously important, but here are a few other things to consider:
You’ll probably want to be surer of privacy in, for example, a bathroom than a kitchen. Some types of window blinds and shades will provide more secure privacy than others, so this should be an important consideration.
Light filtering curtains are available in varying degrees, so you can choose how much light you want to allow in. Being unclear about which degree of filtering is right for you is another reason to enlist the help of a window treatment professional.
If you’re hoping to stop heat and cool air from escaping through your windows, there are window treatments that provide some insulation. As mentioned above, the cheaper versions of these curtains may not be as effective.
Curtains to the floor? Blinds that are easily destroyed by nosy cats? Hanging strings that would tempt any 3-year-old into action? These are example of features that would not be the best choice in a home with kids and/or pets. But, don’t worry! There are plenty of curtain styles and shades that are a better choice in such homes.
With so many types of window treatments to choose from, just deciding on the type can be a challenge! On top of that, you’ll need to determine the proper sizes, choose colors and patterns, along with hardware—it’s easy to see why asking for help from a pro makes sense. Take a look at a few examples of popular types of window dressings:
Curtains & Drapes
Within each of the above categories are many options. You can read more about dozens of types of curtains, shades, and other types of window dressings on our Types of Window Treatments page. You’ll find descriptions on many types of curtain styles, various types of window blinds and shades, and more.
Confused by all the things you need to consider? Call and talk to a professional! They can help you find the very best options that will meet your needs and your budget. When you call and talk to one of our experts, they will be answer to answer any questions that you have about each type of window treatment and also explain why it would or would not be the best choice for your particular application.
Why You Need an Expert
Because there are so many options, and because not each type of window treatment is suitable in every room, it’s best to talk with an expert before you purchase.
Questions to Ask
How much light will be blocked out?
Are the treatments pre-fabricated or custom made?
Is the treatment fully functional?
What is the needed lead time?
Can you recommend a particular product or style to match with the architecture of my home?
Let's Get Started
Get started on the task of choosing window treatments for your home by calling our professionals today. We’re happy to answer any questions you have and help you make the decisions that will make your home more beautiful and functional. Call today!