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The Most Common Questions about Window Treatments

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Choosing window treatments for your home is a personal experience. Not only do you want to make sure your taste and personality are represented, but you have your own priorities where function is concerned. Some people value privacy above all else, while others are interested in light and sound control. Some want window treatments that offer energy saving properties.

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the perfect window treatments for your home. The process starts with asking the right questions. Here are a few of the most common questions you’ll want to pose to your window treatment specialist.

How Do I Measure for Window Treatments?

Precise measurements are essential for most custom window treatments, to ensure that you don’t end up with drapes that come up short of the bottom sill, blinds that won’t fit within the frame, or shutters that don’t close because of gaps or overlaps. There are tutorials online to help you try to take foolproof measurements, but your best bet is to rely on professional installers to take measurements so that they can order properly sized window treatments for seamless installation.

What’s the Difference Between Window Treatments?

There are four main types of window treatments to consider: drapes, blinds, shades, and shutters. All have different benefits and potential drawbacks to consider. Drapes, for example, are generally situated outside the window frame, allowing you to add depth and drama to interior décor. They come in a variety of fabrics to match your personal style, but they don’t tend to offer the most convenient form of privacy and light control as heavy drapes provide optimal privacy but no light and sheers provide plenty of light but little privacy.

Blinds and shades are often among the best choices because there are so many options to consider. Blinds feature slats that rotate for impeccable light control, and you can choose models that are complemented by fabric layers to allow diffuse light in while still adding privacy. Some shades, such as solar shades, are transparent enough to allow a view outside even as they block the ingress of heat-producing solar rays. They can even block the view from the outside. Then there are shutters, which are similar to blinds, but more robust. They generally cost more than blinds but offer greater durability.

Which Window Treatments are Right for Different Rooms?

Understanding the differences between window treatments will help you to choose the perfect products for every room in your home. You might want blackout curtains, blinds, or shades for the bedroom to control light and privacy. You may not want wooden blinds or shutters in bathrooms, where heat and moisture could cause warping. Your window treatment expert can explain pros and cons and help you to choose suitable options for every room.

Do I Need Help Choosing and Installing Window Treatments?

You can head to department or home stores in search of generic window treatments, but the truth is, you’ll get a lot more for your money when you partner with professionals. Experts can help you choose the perfect window coverings for every room in your home, take precise measurements, and install window treatments quickly for your convenience. Contact the pros at The Blinds Side today at 410-630-6940 or [email protected] to learn more and schedule a consultation.