Hello World! Welcome Friends! Most home decorating matters are limited only by taste and budget, but some require a little more precision. It seems that choosing blinds is a simple affair. You just measure your windows, and go through a reputable vendor like DECO Window Fashions or another Austin blinds supplier and buy some blinds. Au Contraire, my friends. More goes into buying blinds than just getting the right size. Here are the top three things to consider before investing in new window treatments.
Anyone who’s had to spend hours trying to dust or wash mini blinds knows the struggle. When choosing your new blinds, consider how much time you want to spend on maintenance. Can they be cleaned properly in place or will you need to take them down and re-hang them? There are many models that have fingerprint- and dust-resistant finishes and other advantages. Your blinds retailer can help you out with that.
There was a time when cords were a big safety issues for families with small children. If you are childless or have older kids, cord length may not be an issue. However, if you have little ones or are planning on starting a family, check into cordless blinds or versions with safety features built in.
Another safety issues is anchoring and heft. We’ve all had an experience of trying to roll up a blind that comes off the wall or losing those little panels that secure the blind to the base. If your blinds vendor offers installation services, it may be worth a few extra dollars to have them installed professionally. If you’re going to do the job yourself, make sure to use the proper fasteners and anchors to secure the screws if your wall is constructed from drywall or plaster.
The last thing is style. This doesn’t necessarily relate to decorating issues, but the style and construction of the blinds themselves. Don’t confuse blinds with shades, however. Unlike their similar cousins – which have many styles – blinds come in two basic models: vertical or horizontal: one advantage of blinds over shades is that you can tilt the slats to adjust the amount of light without completely opening or closing the apparatus. Vertical blinds tends to work better with tall windows, and horizontal blinds on smaller windows; width is less of a consideration, but there’s more variety in vertical styles.
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