When you are redecorating – there is lots to consider. Window blinds are one of the most common things that you will look to purchase, and there are so many options – it can be difficult to know where to begin. We’ve created some rules you can follow when shopping for window blinds.
Know the Lingo
With blinds, there are lots of different options to choose from. Make sure you do your research and know your roller blinds from your venetian blinds. This will give you a much better idea as to what to search for – or what to ask for when you visit a store. It will be a great time-saver, as there can be significant differences in each style.
Make Sure you Take Measurements
Whether you are visiting a blinds store, or are ordering online – one thing that you will always need is the measurements of your windows. If you take these in advance, it means you will be able to gauge much more easily how much money you can expect to spend on your chosen blinds. It also could save times as shades may not be available in all sizes. If you don’t feel you can take the measurements yourself, you might be able to ask the blinds company to do it for you (if it’s a service they offer). One example can be seen through the company DotcomBlinds who sell roller blinds which are made to measure – they have a separate measuring and fitting service only for those who need it.
Think about Light and Privacy
Have a think about what you are looking for from your room. Do you want it to be airy and bright – or are you looking for something that’s a little warmer with a cosy feel? Have a think about where your windows are situated. If they are near a door that is facing the sun for example – this could affect the fabric and style that you choose.
Have a Rough Budget in Mind
Do a little bit of research online and prepare a budget – and try not to go over it. Be practical in preparing this. Are you planning on fitting the whole house out with blinds? Are you looking for a customised fabric? Sometimes when you order blinds that have patterns or additional features, this can affect the overall cost.
You potentially may want to think about spending a bit more in some rooms, but less on others. You should also have your measurements ready – so remember the larger you need, the more costly it is likely to be.
Take Maintenance into Account
You need to take into account the amount of time that you are prepared to spend cleaning your blinds. The majority of standard blinds can be done at home, but you will find that they do tend to gather quite a lot of dust and do need some care and attention. If you are looking for something that’s a little less maintenance – you may want to find blinds that have a textured fabric or weave that can hide things a little better for you.
If you are getting ready to go blind shopping – make sure you take these things into account before you do.