When you first start shopping for window coverings, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer variety of what’s out there. There are blinds that roll upwards, shades that roll down, and drapery that meets in the middle. How can you possibly choose between all the options?
When it comes to window coverings and treatments, buying something durable and long-lasting is just as important as how it looks. Although there are many types of window treatments that come in standard sizes, most will need to be fitted precisely to your space if you want each room to look its best.
Today, we’re here to guide you through the process of shopping for window coverings for the first time. Once you’ve learned all about the different styles and the benefits they can offer, you’d be surprised how easy your choice becomes.
To determine the best window coverings for your space, you should first take stock of how many windows you’re working with, as well as their location and measurements. Taking note of all this information will help you get the most accurate estimate for material and installation costs.
Determine Your Needs
Once you’ve got the measurements of each window, start evaluating where the windows are placed, and what other elements are present in each room, including the colour of the walls, the flooring, and other design features within the space.
Your needs will also vary depending on whether the window is located in a bathroom, bedroom, or other living space. Some window coverings only need to add aesthetic value, while others (like those in the bedroom) are a necessity if you want to get a good night’s sleep. Think carefully about what you need each window covering to do, so you can buy materials that give you what you need.
Know Your Options
Once you have an idea of the dimensions of each window, and what function you need each to serve, you can start planning out the design of each window covering. Before you go shopping, it helps to know which types, styles, and materials are available to you based on your requirements and budget.
Blinds are metal or plastic slats that are arranged to layer on top of each other to control both light and privacy. They’re typically installed inside the window frame, and can fold up into a small space, so they almost disappear when they’re not in use.
Blinds are typically the most affordable window covering option because they’re made with less expensive materials and aren’t as customizable. However, you can still find higher-end blinds if you’re looking for Venetian blinds, or even blinds made from bamboo instead of metal or plastic.
There are many different kinds of shades, but what they all have in common is that they’re made of fabric rather than wood, metal, or plastic. All shades roll up and down with the pull of a cord or the touch of a button.
Here are a few different styles you should know.
One of the simplest types of fabric window covering is the roller shade, which is made from a single strip of fabric that rolls down from a rod or dowel located at the top of the window frame. The simple, minimalist installation can look incredibly elegant, depending on the material used.
Roman shades are a type of window covering that’s made with a single piece of fabric that raises and lowers using a cord. Once they’re raised, the fabric collects in either stacks or swags. Depending on the fabric used, Roman shades can be a great choice for many different rooms in your house.
Like Roman and roller shades, pleated shades are installed in the top of a window frame, but instead of forming stacks or swags when they’re raised, the fabric collects in predesigned pleats.
Honeycomb or cellular shades are great for windows that could benefit from some insulation. They’re made with lightweight fabric that’s folded and stitched into honeycomb-shaped cells, so it collapses neatly on itself when it’s not in use. The fabric used to make honeycomb shades can be treated so it filters light, or even blocks out light entirely.
Drapery, or curtains, is any window covering that’s made from fabric and hangs from a rod outside the window frame. You can make a set of drapes from almost any fabric, so prices vary widely depending on the fabric type, size, and whether they’ve been pleated, folded, or tailored in any way.
There are many different ways for drapes to hang on the rod, including curtain rings, metal grommets, hooks, or a pocket sewn into the fabric itself. Once they’re installed, curtains can be hung so they match the window length exactly, hang a bit below, or pool dramatically on the ground. Drapes can look simple and rustic, or luxe and elegant, depending on the fabric, tailoring, and hanging method you choose.
Although there are many unique types of drapes, sheer drapes should be considered in a category all their own. Made of light fabrics like voile or batiste, these curtains are typically used to diffuse light and provide moderate privacy, rather than blocking light entirely. They’re often paired with another set of curtain or drapes, offering a versatile, layered look.
Shutters are one of the most expensive options for window coverings. They consist of vertical stiles and horizontal rails, all made from wood. They’re great for controlling the amount and direction of light the comes into the room, and were historically used to protect the delicate glass windows from exterior damage. These are several different styles of interior shutters, including French café shutters, plantation shutters, and solid-panel shutters.
Come into Duby’s for More Help with Your Window Coverings
Now that you’ve got a pretty solid idea of the different options that are out there, you can start shopping for window coverings for your home. At Duby’s Home Centre, we carry a variety of blinds and other window coverings that are perfect for any room in your house.
Come in today to talk to one of our specialists, to see which of our products is the best fit for your home.