If you want to cover your windows with something that looks good, gives you control over privacy and light, and helps you to insulate your property and thereby conserve energy and save on your bills, then you need to install blinds. Blinds are popular because they look good, they are highly durable, and they are affordable. Plus, they come in lots of different options, offering a range of different materials and styles. Unfortunately, this can mean that you are a bit overwhelmed with the number of choices available to you. Luckily, you can now shop online, which means you can take as much time as you need in order to find the blind that is right for you. The following tips will help you to narrow your choices down.
Horizontal or Vertical?
The first choice you have to make is whether you want horizontal blinds (which close from top to bottom) or vertical blinds (which close from side to side). Personal taste is a big factor in this, but also where you will be putting the blind itself. Very large windows, for instance, should have vertical blinds installed to them, simply because horizontals may become too heavy. Verticals are also known to be a bit easier to operate, so if you do have dexterity issues, they may be the better option. Alternatively, choose a remote control-operated blind.
How Much Can You Spend?
Unfortunately, budget is one of the biggest considerations for many people. While blinds are affordable, the reality is also that you are likely to have many windows, and it all adds up. Price of blinds are determined by size, material, and brand. Wood blinds are generally the most expensive of all, because they use a natural material. If you want to keep it really cheap, then aluminum blinds should be your choice.
Following on from budget has to be the material, because it plays such an important factor in the price. The most common choices you have available to you are:
- PVC vinyl
Fabric blinds can be sheer, which means they let the light through, or they can be really heavy, giving you more darkness in your home. What matters most, however, is which material will look best with your overall décor. Really heavy fabric blinds, for instance, have a traditional look, so if your home is very modern, they may not look as well and bamboo would be a better option. PVC vinyl is the second least expensive, after aluminum, and they can come in a range of styles, including faux wood, so they are by far the most popular option.
Last but not least, you have to get the measurements right. This also means that you have to know whether you want your blinds to hang inside the recess of your window, or outside of the recess. This is the last decision you should make, however, and it is likely that the store you have chosen will give you instructions on how to take the measurements.