A Guide to Buying Window Treatments

Making a home feel like “you” can be an enjoyable experience. However, it brings with it so many questions that need answers. If you are thinking about buying window treatments and have been asking yourself “Where do I start?,” look no further. We have insights to help you along the way to finding your perfect fit.

What’s Your Preference?

Once you get started with your search for window treatments you’ll see two types emerge. Hard and soft treatments are styles of coverings you can choose from. Hard styles consist of blinds and shutters that are typically made from metal, vinyl or wood. Soft styles are reserved for drapery and shades that are constructed from fabrics or natural fibers. When you can define which style is better for your needs, it’s easier to get to the next step.

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“I’m looking for ____ when I’m buying window treatments”

Chances are, you already know what you want your window coverings to do for you. On the other hand, we see a lot of people struggle to visualize what the options are. Digging into the real issues you have and want to solve is a great place to start. The common challenges that need solutions are:

    • Light Control
    • Room Darkening
    • Privacy issues
    • Glass door covers
    • Hard-to-reach options
    • Energy efficiency


What direction is the light coming from?

An important part of buying window treatments that can easily be overlooked is the direction the window faces. When the sunlight is constantly coming in all day you may need more energy efficient shades to counteract the heat. Meanwhile, if the windows face the setting sunset, you may want less energy efficiency and opt for shades that are room darkening. Knowing this information is a vital part of making your home the space you want it to be.

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How Does Your Budget Look?

With the shifts happening in the world, it’s understandable that the cost of window treatments have increased. In this case, how can you budget for it? The truth is, there are a huge variety of choices that range in price, quality, warranty guarantees, and servicing options. When nailing down your budget it’s wise to think about what the company ratings are, the brand itself, and the longevity of the product. These questions will help you in determining a budget.

Which Option Fits?

Being able to interact with, feel, and operate window coverings is a big part of getting acquainted with what you like. Visiting our showroom and connecting with our expert staff members can get you closer to figuring out the features you want in your home.

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Another way to start your project is with a personalized in-home consultation. Our designers come in to measure your windows and write up your quote based on the number of windows and their unique sizes. Once your bid is in, you can think about different features, or fabrics, or choosing more cost-effective options that align with your budget. As always, our in-home consultations are FREE. Connect with the At Home Blinds & Decor team to get started!