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.
Solar shades are also known as sunscreens. They are roller shades, made of a single panel instead of many slats, that are specifically made to block glare, UV rays, and strong sunlight. The tightness of a solar shade’s weave determines how much light it allows.
How should blinds fit in a window?
Fitting blinds in a window depends on whether the window is framed in a recess or flush with the wall, and whether there is a protruding sill or not. Blinds for a window in a recess should be inside mounted in the frame, to fall flat against the window and down to the bottom of the frame. Blinds for a window that is closer to flush should be outside mounted, with the headrail extended slightly beyond the width of the window, and the blinds falling to about 2-3 inches below the bottom of the window.
There are many types of window blinds, and oftentimes the term is also used to refer to window shades. Blinds, however, are specifically the window treatments that have many individual slats that tilt either side-to-side or up and down. The different types of blinds are: vertical (long slats that hang from a top track all the way down to the bottom of the window); venetian blinds (horizontally placed slats); mini blinds (positioned the same as Venetian blinds, but much slimmer); micro blinds (a more extreme, micro-height slat); and panel blinds, which have different sections not so much slats.
What are the best blind for large windows?
The best blinds for large windows are suggested to be multiple blinds on a single headrail. This looks like one long blind, but allows for separate raising and lowering of the different blinds. If not multiples, experts suggest blinds with a continuous cord loop lift. It is recommended to use lighter materials for larger blinds, since they tend to bow less and raise/lower more consistently. Finally, automatic or smart blinds are recommended to ensure that the blinds can be shut for privacy at the appropriate time, even if the homeowner isn’t thinking of it.
How to clean pleated window shades?
Clean pleated window shades with regular dustings using a feather duster and vacuuming using the soft brush attachment. You can also spot-clean many shades with a damp sponge. Depending on the shade and its manufacturer instructions, for deep cleanings you might be able to carefully hand-wash blinds with lukewarm water and mild soap. If you are doing this, the recommended way to dry the blinds is a hair dryer on the warm air setting.