Window Coverings - Getting Started
Style: Designer Roller Shades
with Standard Clutch
Window coverings are not an option! Every home has to have window
coverings. If you don’t purchase them before you move in, you
will have to purchase window coverings and will usually do so
within 30 days of move-in. It’s important to be aware of the many
advantages of purchasing window coverings before you move in to
your new home or when remodeling your home. Window coverings
bring immediate privacy and a sense of security. below are some
questions to ask yourself.
What activities are going to be done in this room?
- Keeping these activities in mind will help you determine the
answers to the following questions.
What are my privacy and light control needs?
- You will want to consider how much privacy you desire in each
room. For example, you may not need the same amount of
privacy for a dining room as you may need for a bedroom. You then
want to consider how much light control is needed. Do you want
the capacity to filter or completely block out the
- Window treatments come in varying degrees of opacity.
There are many products in sheer, semi-opaque and opaque fabrics
and materials. Light and privacy can be easily managed, and
virtually eliminated, if desired. Additionally, if you want the
capability to adjust light, privacy and a view, blinds offer
amazing versatility. Any product with a louver can redirect
light and completely change the complexion of a room simply by
rotating or tilting the louvers.
Style: Vertical Solutions Select Vertical Blinds
- You should also consider that sunlight can cause many
interior finishes to fade. You will definitely want to
protect your cherry cabinetry and hardwood floor from damaging UV
rays as soon as possible with window coverings.
- Window coverings will protect the floor coverings and
cabinetry from harmful ultra violet light.
- Window coverings provide privacy that you may forget about
until you move in and are exposed! Window coverings also provide
security while the home may be vacant prior to renting.
How do your windows open?
- You will want to look at the window layout of your home and
determine how each window opens and consider how often you will
want to access them. There are many different styles of
windows. Some windows open up, some out and some in, while
some go side-to side.
- If you are covering sliding glass doors, are they opened
often? This is an important question to ask because you might
design a beautiful window covering, but if it doesn’t fit the
function, you will be unhappy with the result. Keep in mind
that you will want a window treatment that is easy to lift and
stacks nicely for windows that you will open often or for sliding
Are you shopping for any specialty or unusually shaped windows?
There are many interesting window shapes and your window
treatments may need a bit of special attention. There are
arched or palladian windows, bay windows, skylights, A-frames and
casement windows, to name a few. You also want to remember
any doors that will require coverings, such as sliding glass
doors and French doors.
Do you have children, pets or elderly persons living with you?
- Some types of window coverings can pose a safety threat to
small children or pets with their pull cords. There are
products that help create a safer environment. Products with
cordless operations minimize hazards associated with lift
cords. Additionally, safety tassels and wands are available
on several aluminum and vertical blinds.
Is there a need to control temperature or is energy efficiency a
- Window coverings make an enormous difference in the enjoyment
of a home. Besides adding to the beauty of the rooms, they can
reduce the heating and air conditioning costs. You will want to
consider the heat in the summer and cold in the winter, along
with the exposure of the room - does it face north, south, east
- North facing windows provide the most consistent light but
also the coldest exposure. For these windows, it’s wise to
consider energy efficient window treatments.
- South facing windows receive good light year-round.
Light diffusing treatments help protect upholstered furniture
from the sun.
- East facing windows admit warm, bright light, especially in
the morning. You will want to consider window treatments
that help block ultraviolet rays.
- West facing windows admit the hottest, haziest light of the
day. Light diffusing window treatments are best in these
- It’s important to know that sunny windows make air
conditioners work two to three times harder, while in colder
seasons, heat lost through windows can account for 10 to 25
percent of the heating bill. Honeycomb shades are well
known for their energy efficient components.