What to consider when buying window blinds and shades
Uses: When choosing blackout blinds, consider what room they are suitable for and what their primary function is. For example, you might want expensive blackout shades in the bedroom, while a light filtering option that still blocks glare might do the trick for your home office.
Style and material: The materials and overall style will be largely determined by budget, personal preference, and use. Wooden shutters versus linen curtains will give your room a completely different look. Additionally, consider how much privacy you want and whether you still want to filter out some of the light for a less closed feel, as this will help guide your choice of things like opacity and whether they need to block UV rays.
Size: The size of your windows will play a big role in the style of blackout curtains you choose and where you can shop. If you have standard-size windows that are easy to install, you’ll likely find a more wallet-friendly option just by choosing from a few width and length options. However, if you have unusual windows, you may need to pay more for an already customized fit. Likewise, you might want to consider splitting huge windows into two colors if you don’t want to have expensive automatic options since having just one large shade can be heavy and difficult to pull up and down.
mount type: When shopping for blinds and blinds, you will need to decide whether you will install them inside or outside the window frame. Some windows are too shallow to allow shades to fit inside the frame and require external installation. You may also prefer the look of outside-installed Roman shades, for example, but be sure to follow sizing and installation instructions closely to ensure your window coverings can be installed correctly. Exterior window coverings usually let in more light through the sides and may not be the best fit for a bedroom.
Income: The price range of blinds varies greatly, even in the same store. Consider a clear budget so you can start with the options that are best within your limits. If you’re not sure where to start, sign up for a virtual consultation with a store to get a basic idea of what your space requires and the general price range. Custom sizing, materials and finishes as well as automatic options will cost much more.
If you feel comfortable measuring and installing the blinds yourself, you can save significant installation costs.