7 Tips for Purchasing Window Shades

From on August 12, 2008 in General Remodel

window shadesDespite my mother’s repeated admonishments, I just couldn’t bring myself to invest in window coverings. I love bright, cheery rooms, and investing in expensive shades was simply low on my priority list. Besides, the windows on my home are the originals from when it was built in 1910, and each shade would have to be custom built to even fit right. After a while, I had to admit she at least had a point about the need for privacy; not to mention the additional energy efficiency. I finally caved and went shopping. In the course of my own search, I complied a few tips for purchasing window shades that some may find beneficial.

  • Research what is current in interior design, and avoid bright and bold patterns.
  • Have a professional come and measure your windows. Many stores offer this as a free service if you purchase the shades from them.
  • Spend some time in the store learning about the various designs and styles available. This will help you to choose something just right before you make a costly investment.
  • Have a clear understanding of what R value (resistance to heat flow) you want from your shades.
  • It really pays to buy locally. Given, there are many special deals on the internet, but the whole process is easier and more successful if you can buy and return locally.
  • Many companies offer free samples to help with your decision. Take advantage of this free service so that you are sure before you buy.
  • Shades on their own can appear a bit drab. You may want to consider investing in some of the decorative hardware available or adding a valance or sheer curtain over the shade.

A quality installation is also important; request free estimates from prescreened contractors in your area.