Purchasing window coverings either for a new home or to update a room in your house can be a daunting task. There are so many options that you may not know where to begin. However, in order to narrow your search, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when deciding what to cover your windows with and how to cover your windows. Therefore, it is best to determine the function of the window treatments and then begin to look at styles and fabrics.
First and foremost, you need to decide how much privacy and light you want in the room. This is usually determined by the type of room for which you are purchasing curtains. For example, a nursery needs blackout shades so that baby can nap during the day without the glaring sun. This is also true of your family room because no one wants the sun to ruin a good movie or TV show. Additionally, if you choose curtains, this choice will also impact how lined they are and/or how heavy the fabric is that the window treatments are made out of. Be aware that in addition to adding privacy, lined curtains generally last longer because the fabric is protected from the sun.
Another major factor in determining how to cover your windows is your budget. Therefore, you should know how many windows you will be covering, their dimensions, and have an idea as to what types of fabrics and designs you would like to use. Bear in mind that custom sizes and specialty fabrics, patterns and features will add to the price.
Be sure to also remember that custom blinds and other window coverings will need to be cleaned. You have to decide how hard are you willing to work when doing so because, depending on the fabric, some can be easily cleaned, while others require them to be professionally done. In addition, some fabrics attract dust more easily than others. Be ready to ask before making a purchase.
Additionally, you need to decide on a decorating style. Ask yourself if you like prints and patterns, as well as how you feel about bold colors. Another decision you have to make is whether you like formal decorating, or if you prefer casual, comfortable, or chic. Before doing so, take into account what type of furniture is in or will be in the room.
Finally, measure for the kind of coverings and the look you want. This includes determining where they should hang from including whether they will be flush with the window or hang from above. You should also determine if there are any extras you want to include in your look, including moldings.
Once you have narrowed down your selection and made your choices, you need to figure out whether you can hang the window shades yourself or if a professional should come in and do it for you. If you want a professional, ask your salesperson for some recommendations.