How to Buy Blinds and Shades

Mar 14, 2023 | Wood Shades & Blinds

Here’s what you need to know before shopping for window treatments.

Whether you’re looking for privacy, style, or both, it can be a daunting task to choose window treatments. Should you head to a specialty blind store, your local home center, or shop online?

How formal should you go, or how sheer? And how come your stylish neighbors always seem to get it right? First, start by considering your needs. Do you need complete privacy? Do you have kids or pets who might pull on the cords? Do you need lighter, or less? Then, consider your budget. Quality blinds and shades come in all price ranges, but there are ways to save money on custom and off-the-shelf options. For custom blinds and shades, it’s best to shop around. Comparing prices from different retailers can help you save money. Plus, many stores offer discounts for bulk orders or special promotions.

Don’t be afraid to ask about discount codes or coupons. For off-the-shelf options, you can often save money by shopping online. Many stores offer discounts for buying multiple window treatments at once, and you can often get free shipping or other discounts. Plus, with online stores, you can take advantage of user reviews to find the best product for your needs. Finally, consider energy-efficient options. Many blinds and shades are made with materials that help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This can lower your energy bills and help you save money in the long run.

What’s the difference between blinds and shades?

Blinds are window coverings consisting of horizontal or vertical slats of wood, vinyl, metal, fabric, or a combination of materials. Blinds are designed to be opened and closed by rotating the slats, allowing light and air to pass through. Shades, on the other hand, are usually made of one piece of fabric and can be raised and lowered to control the amount of light entering the room. They can also be made of different materials, such as paper, woven grasses, bamboo, or vinyl.

Things to consider when buying blinds and shades

Insulation: Blinds and shades can provide insulation from heat and cold, so look for products that are designed for this purpose.
Light Control: Consider the type of light control you need. Do you want to block out the light completely or just reduce the amount of light that comes in?
Privacy: Choose a product that will provide adequate privacy. Some types of blinds and shades offer more privacy than others.
Style: Consider the style of your home and how the blinds or shades will look in the space.
Durability: Choose a product that is designed to stand up to wear and tear.
Maintenance: Blinds and shades can require regular cleaning and maintenance, so consider how easy they are to maintain when making your decision.
Cost: Don’t forget to factor in the cost of the product, as well as any installation or maintenance fees.

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