Practical and Helpful Tips: Designs

How to Shop for Window Blinds

Window blinds and curtains are a must in any home, but for full window decoration, you should think beyond. Even as family and friends can always see the beauty from inside, consider those who are outside watching. So maximize your window charms using well-matched decorative blinds that work both for your home’s interior and exterior.

Clearly, window blinds are not all created equal. When you go shopping, make a few essential considerations.

Types and Materials

There are various types of window blinds these days, but let’s zero in on the three most widely used terms you will probably encounter: raised, louvered, and board and batten. Within the said varieties, you’ll also observe some structural distinctions, especially in relation to the top design, which is either arched, straight or eyebrow-shaped. All three have the same function, but each will give home and windows a different feel to it. Most homeowners will pick the shape that best suits the architectural lines of their house.

Wood Blinds

No two types of wood exude the same aura, but some of the most common choices are maple, alder, and of course, oak. Wood blinds can be stained or painted, and are often treated for severe weather conditions.

Plastic and Vinyl Blinds

Plastic and vinyl blinds may seem unnatural, but many of them are processed to looking very much like natural wood grain. In any case, both plastic and vinyl blinds last so much longer than wood and are low-maintenance, since they don’t chip or peel at all.

On top of choosing the right materials, a vital factor to consider when buying window blinds is measurements.

Width

It’s good to use a single width for each window for consistency, but take note that several homes have windows of varied sizes! 875 inches to 33 inches. Experts say blinds should cover about 25% to 33% of your total window width (trim included), though of course, this is still an issue of personal preference. Get the size that you think is best for your ideal home.

Height

Measuring the height of your window should start from the very top of it, right down to the trim’s bottom edge. If you plan to install vinyl blinds on a window with a sill, give a 1/4-inch allowance – take note that vinyl expands and contracts with the seasons. Blinds nowadays are mostly made with a height of 2 inches, but some can be shorter or taller. As always, you can decide which height you think is best for the type or types of windows in your home.

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