7 Guidelines To Consider When Buying Window Blinds/Shades

7 Guidelines To Consider When Buying Window Blinds/Shades

Windows are the focal point in a room, so blinds/shades should be both decorative and functional. There are so many options to consider when buying window blinds/shades that the task of choosing the right blind/shade for your room or home can be daunting. There are factors that will influence the type of blind or shade you choose, so we recommend you know your needs before beginning. Below are some guidelines to consider to help you narrow down the choices. It is always best to work with an expert who has blind/shade and drapery knowledge, especially since each product has its pros and cons.

The following 7 Guidelines will help you inform your blind/shade/drapery expert to lead you to the right solution for your windows.

LIGHT: How much light do you want or need? Do you want something that is either open or closed? Do you want light filtering? Of do you prefer sheer? Room Darkening? Blackout? Do you want to be able to direct the sunlight with a product that has slats or vanes? Your needs will determine what blinds/shades you need, therefore it’s best to know your needs before making a decision.

INSULATION OR UV BLOCKAGE: What direction do the windows face? Is there a lot of heat or cold that comes in the window? How old are the window? Do you want to lower your energy bills? Cellular shades are a great option for energy efficiency.

CLEANING AND CARE: Blinds are magnets for dust and require routine care, therefore we recommend they be cleaned at home. Fabric and soft shades in textured fabrics and weaves hide soil better and are best cared for with light vacuuming or professional cleaning. Do you live on a farm with lots of flies and bugs? Perhaps you would prefer something wipeable?

STYLE: What is your personal decorating style? Is it formal or casual, comfortable or elegant? Eclectic? Do you like bold colors and patterns or more subtle textures and hues with neutral or earthy colors? Do you like the look of hard or soft shades? Are you open to the possibilities of being creative and combining looks? Due to their expertise, this is where a blind and drapery expert can help you explore the possibilities.


Roman shade

SAFETY: Do you have young children or pets in your household? If so, ask about streamlined cordless blinds or shades. The window could be too wide for the cordless option, so consider ultra glide or continuous cord loop. If you have continuous cord loop make sure you mount it to the wall or trim. If you have cords, keep them out of reach of children or pets. Maybe it’s time to think about installing motorized blinds?  Motorization is huge and is an affordable option, therefore this might be the best option for you.

BUDGET: How much do you want to spend? Are you doing one window or a whole house? Windows are an investment and there is a huge range in pricing depending upon product selections, fabrics, and operation choices.   There are many basic options and upgrades to choose from, therefore blinds don’t have to break the bank. There are many affordable options that look great, so be realistic with your budget and ask for a quote on a couple products so you have options.

Pirouette dual shades


Your windows are an investment and should add both beauty and function, so be sure to get informed on product and work with one of our experts at Made in the Shade Blinds & More! Check out our website to find a dealer new you.
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