Tips & Advice
How much do new window treatments cost?
The cost of new window treatment varies according to the material, the style the size of the windows, and how many windows need window treatments. The average cost of window treatments is $200-$500 including installation, but you can get inexpensive ones for less, or pay more than $2,000 for high-end window treatments.
There are many ways to clean blinds, but consensus is that blinds should be lowered all the way down, and dusted on both sides of the slats (with a dust cloth, feather duster or vacuum brush attachment). Then, gently spot-clean any soiled areas with a damp cloth and a tiny drop of soap. Only vinyl and metal blinds should be heavily wetted down, either with a hose or faucet. This will ruin other materials.
A solar shade is a window shade made with special fabric that is designed to block and reduce glare and infrared heat, but allow in light and preserve some sort of view. The amount of sunlight allowed in and the visibility through the blind depends on its “openness” level--determined by the tightness of the fabric’s weave.
A window shade is an opaque fabric (AKA cloth) mounted on a roller, that can be lifted up to allow in outside light and visibility, or rolled down to obscure light and visibility.
Types of window treatments
The most common window treatments which cover entire windows are blinds, curtains (interchangeable with drapes), shades and shutters. Valances, cornices, swags and cascades are decorative window treatments that only fit over a portion of the window.
What is a hybrid mattress?
Hybrid mattresses combine an innerspring system with a memory foam (or latex) top, to provide maximum support, while providing the contouring element of the foam.Coils are considered ideal for back support, while memory foam provides pressure relief and can be motion isolating, so you won’t even notice your significant other rolling around in the middle of the night.
What is a pillowtop mattress?
Pillowtop mattresses have an added layer of padding stitched to the top of the mattress. This layer is generally several inches thick (like 3-5 inches) and provides added cushion and comfort. The padding can be made of many types of filler, including regular foam, memory foam, latex, fiberfill, cotton, and wool.
Is a box spring necessary?
Most modern mattresses don’t need a box spring to provide comfort and support. However, something to consider is that many modern mattress warranties still require one. The truth is, box springs can provide extra mattress support, and increase the height of your bed, but most modern mattresses are fine on their own, they just need a firm, flat surface to rest on.
Which type of mattress is the best type of mattress?
The best type of mattress is going to be the one you like. Comfort and support standards are different for people and mattresses. Do you have health issues to address? Do you need more back support? Different mattresses have different degrees of back support and stiffness. Do you prefer the coil style or the memory foam feel? If you have any health issues, especially lower back, consult your doctor or mattress experts for recommendations. Does your significant other move around a lot? Maybe you need a “motion isolation” mattress that suppresses movement to help you sleep. The best type of mattress is always going to be the one you like, fits your health and style needs, and the one you can afford.
How often should a mattress be changed?
It’s pretty standard to replace your mattress every seven to 10 years, possibly longer if you have a high end mattress, meaning lower end mattresses may have a shorter shelf life. Obviously there will be variables in your mattresses life span based on quality and how it is used and maintained. If your bed is uncomfortable or causing restlessness, replacing it sooner rather than later is a good idea. Comfort is essential for proper sleep. Foam and latex mattresses tend to last longer than average. As a rule of thumb, by the time that mattress turns 10, its shelf life is probably about used up, so start looking for a replacement. Look sooner if it’s uncomfortable.