Window Treatment Selection Basics for Homeowners

The windows in your home provide you with natural light, fresh air, and a view of the outside world. But without window treatments in place they can be both an eyesore and an invasion of your privacy. After all, if you can look out, others can definitely see in. The problem is that you have so many options for window treatments that it can be difficult to select the products that are right for your home, your style, and your practical needs, not to mention your budget. So before you make a beeline for the cheapest set of drapes at the discount warehouse store, or alternately, you pay an interior designer an astronomical sum to whip up a beautiful but useless confection of taffeta above the frame, here are a few basic guidelines to help you select the right window treatments.

The first thing to think about is the functionality you crave. And there are two main functions most homeowners are looking to fulfill when shopping for window treatments. You probably want a product that provides privacy, as well as something that is easy to use. Drapes are where most people start and they definitely meet with the ease of use requirement since all you have to do is draw them aside to reveal your view and reverse the motion to regain your privacy. However, drapes are rarely the most attractive option, especially if you cheap out on the textiles. And getting the privacy you want can be hit or miss with inexpensive materials.

Blinds are another product to consider and there are several styles to consider, from vertical or horizontal slats to Venetian or Roman options. Some are drawn up with the aid of a corded pulley system, while others may also come down from the top. Some block out light almost completely when closed, while some allow light to filter in. Then there are shades that pull down and recoil back up, as well as those that are fitted to a track. Or you might be more interested in shutters that fold or swing open and offer slats on a slider that tilt them open or closed. And there are plenty of materials, colors, and sizes to choose from, as well. You’ll have to see what you like personally and consider which options best suit the style of your home and the level of privacy and light you prefer to allow for when they’re closed.

Finally, you have to think about whether you want to shell out the dough for custom-made products or if standard sizes will do. If drapes are on the docket, standard sizes are almost always a workable solution, especially if you’re handy with a sewing machine and you don’t mind hemming them to size. But if you’re going to upgrade to new windows from The Window Source and you want to finish the job right with high-end blinds, it’s not a bad idea to think about spending a few more bucks to ensure that each product fits the window it is intended for perfectly. It’s not exactly easy to find window treatments that are going to meet all of your needs, but neither is it rocket science. With a few guidelines to get you started you should have no trouble finding the products that will work best for you and your home.

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