Whether you have just moved into a new property and you are in the process of putting your own stamp on it, or you are thinking of redecorating your existing home, there any several different types of window coverings that you may choose to install. The best ones for your home will depend on your personal preferences and a few practical considerations too. We have put together this little guide in the hope that it will make it easier for you to choose.
Which Window Coverings to Install
Before you rush out to the shops or get your credit card out to order what you need online, take a few minutes to think about what you are trying to achieve, along with any practical considerations that may affect your choice of window treatment.
- Light Control – If it is important to you that you are able to control the amount of light that enters your home during the day, drapes or curtains are not going to be the best choice. You will almost certainly find that blinds or shutters are the most effective solution for your particular needs.
- Maintenance – Homeowners who are not keen on housework and would therefore like their choice of window coverings to be as easy to clean and to keep in a good state of repair as possible will also probably want to give drapes a miss, as they do need to be taken down and washed on occasion. Vinyl shades, on the other hand, are well worth considering as even the largest can be wiped clean in a matter of minutes.
- Cost – If you are renovating your home on a budget, inexpensive shades will probably be the best option. It is possible to find some very attractive styles at reasonable prices, whereas custom drapery and solid wooden shutters are both significantly more expensive.
- Quality – The flip side of the last consideration is quality. If you want to make sure that you do not have to replace your new fittings for many years to come, you should seriously consider window coverings that are made from thick fabrics or good quality timber.
- Fit – The easiest way to ensure that your new coverings are a perfect fit is to have them made to order. Buying ready to made items will almost certainly involve you having to make some adjustments when the time comes to fit them in your home. You may even find that readymade products are impossible to fit in certain windows so it is a good idea to take accurate measurements before visiting local stores.
Other factors to consider are largely concerned with personal preferences so these will be unique to each individual homeowner. The one point that we haven’t mentioned yet is insulation – there are some types of window coverings that are far more efficient at keeping out the cold in the winter, and the heat in the summer, than others. To find out more details, please call to speak to a member of our sales team.