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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Buying Window Treatments

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If you are in need of new window treatments, it is important that you are fully prepared and avoid some of the more common mistakes. There are quite a few mistakes people tend to make when they are searching for new blinds and curtains, whether buying off the rack or having them custom-made. Here are some mistakes to try and avoid so you end up with the perfect window treatments.

Failing to Get Blinds Custom-Made

A very common mistake made by renters and homeowners is choosing blinds for their windows by simply trying to find the best size from a nearby store. While buying the blinds off the shelf is fine if you have standard-size windows and happen to find blinds that fit perfectly, this is rarely the case. Many windows are longer or wider than standard sizes, which makes it difficult to try and force store-bought blinds to fit properly. You don't want them to be a few inches too short, hang past the window frame, or be placed on the outside of the window frame. It will look much better when you get the blinds custom-made.

Not Considering Function in Addition to Looks

It is easy to choose your window treatments based on how they look only, but this is going to hurt you in the long run. You want to consider the overall function and other benefits of the window treatments. For example, you might like how white, flowy sheer curtains look, but if you put them in your bedroom, you don't have much privacy. This might also affect how much sleep you get since they let in a lot of light. Consider the space and function when deciding on window treatments. Darker curtains and blinds are best for the bedroom, while sheers lighter fabrics are great for living rooms and family rooms.

Using the Wrong Materials on West-Facing Windows

If you are getting window treatments for a window that faces the west, they are going to get a lot more sun exposure. A common mistake made is buying any material you like without considering the amount of heat and direct sunshine it is going to endure. For example, if you like the look of wood blinds, don't get real hardwood blinds for west-facing windows. They are going to warp and fade over time. Instead, choose faux wood that is able to handle harsh conditions.

Ignoring the Appearance on The Outside

Also consider the fact that some windows of your home also add to your curb front appeal. Try to choose more attractive materials and fabrics for the front windows of your home. Choose colours and styles that not only look great from the street, but that blend well with the style of your home's exterior.