If you take to a homeowner before and after they buy their first home, one of the areas that they will tell you that they struggled with in their new home was choosing their window treatments. Most first time homeowners have no idea how expensive custom shades end up being, and they had no idea at the multitude of options and selection that would be available to them. that is why we have put together a great list for beginners on how to select the best custom shades for their home without all of the added stress. Follow this, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy the process is.
- Your first step is to stop shopping around at non-drapery stores. Big box stores that happen to carry window treatments are going to be more frustration than it is worth, and most likely it will not end up being any more cost effective than if you go with at business that specializes in window treatments. Most big box stores do not carry the brands that are most known for their quality, such as Hunter Douglas shades. Also, the selection tends to be fairly limited at these other retail locations, so you may end up hunting around different stores to find enough panels to fit a particular room. You also do no get the added benefit of working with a design expert. Which brings us to number two:
- Work with a design expert. A design expert will come to your home for a consultation. They will do all of the measuring so you can be sure that your shutters or shades will be the perfect size. Companies like L&L Window Fashions will offer in store consultations as well if you would rather complete all of your purchases at their business. A design consultant is an expert in interior design, so they can make suggestions to you based on your own personal style and your existing furniture. They will not try to push a product on you that you do not want, but instead they are there to be a guiding hand. They also can eliminate options that are not right for you (or out of your budget range) which will save you a lot of time and stress.
- Consider your budget. After you have worked with a design consultant, you will have a better idea of the different costs that will go hand in hand with your window shades, so you can start deciding what you want your budget to be. Once you have your budget, then your design consultant can make a few recommendations on what options will be best in your home.
- Think about the function of your shades. Do you need shades that are black out shades or window darkening shades? What about cords – do you have small children and would like to focus only on shades that are cordless? Is it important to you that you have insulation built into them? Consider all of these before you make a purchase.