I have a new house with blank windows. I have never added window treatments
myself. Is it an easy task to measure, order, and install by ones self or
should a service be used instead. What is a good place to buy them at?
Some tell me spending big money on window treatments is a waste of
resources. I welcome any ideas or experienced stories.
I went on the parade of homes tour hoping to get some ideas, but I
discovered that model homes do not worry about full function window
treatments. All of them including a $525k home used a facade on the
windows, no full blinds, curtains or drapes. I just want to add that this
board is the best one out there. I always get so many good, analytical
minds with ideas and suggestions! Is there anyplace on line that might have
Most model homes only use top treatments.
There has been a return to full window treatments in the last two years I
have installed more full draperies in the last two years than in the
previous 10 years combined.
Been doing this 20 years.
You mentioned that you'd like to see some pictures, and I found that
www.smithandnoble.com has some good ones. They do all kinds of window
coverings but you have to measure and hang them. I haven't purchased
from them, but I've used their web site to look at costs and they will
also send you samples. Plus they have a catalog that they will send you
I've been a homeowner for almost 30 years, and I've always found window
treatments to be a challenge. So continue getting input and at some
point, you will figure out what you like as well as what makes sense
for the type of windows you have and your environment.
I also used a decorator when I moved into my second home. She saved me
a lot of money at the time, both in avoiding mistakes and in the actual
treatments. I was lucky finding her as she was just starting out and we
got along well. The treatments have to be 'you', not the decorator. A
good one will determine what is 'you' and recommend accordingly.
Thanks everyone! I got lots of help here. I have J.C. pennies coming in
next weekend for a quote from their decorating service. It's funny, a lot
of my single guys like me tell me to just go with the cheap plastic ones and
hang them yourself. I know just enough about decorating to understand that
I have no talent for it, so that approach concerns me. I am told that Home
Depot has a service, but I do not believe it involves decorating. Maybe
hiring a real decorator for the whole house at once is the way to go??
I have no idea what the price is now, but 20 yrs ago I had Hunter-Douglas
Duette honeycomb shades installed throughout my house [except for living
room & dining room vertical blinds], and have been very satisfied with them.
I added no other window treatments, because they insulated the windows very
well here in the south. Only now that the house has *settled* do I feel the
need to add draperies. Living in MN though, you probably will need some
drapes as well.
If you have any interest in HD shades or blinds, here is a link to their web
site which has pictures:
Any major department store near you should have free design advice, and many
types of window treatments available. I'd shop for that place that will
install for you, for a reasonable price. I haven't regretted my decision.
I have to second the Hunter-Douglas rec. I have them installed in two
homes, on in FL, one in MA, and they have been wonderful -- the difference
in electricity (energy loss) in both homes has been amazing. Also, I
haven't had a single problem with them in the 2/7 years I've had them.
Empire installed them, and they did a great job. They aren't cheap (neither
empire, nor Hunter Douglas), but after years, I am content that I got my
What kind of window treatments are you thinking of? Curtains? Miniblinds?
Honey-comb blinds? Vertical blinds? What is your budget? Are you wanting
window treatments for decoration, privacy, energy loss, or any combination
of the above? A few more details would be very helpful.
I would like to have something that would provide privacy, look good, and if
they can provide insulation that would be great. I live in MN where we get
both extremes for weather. Blinds are appealing to me, maybe with curtains
to boot. My budget is limited to about $1k. I had someone come in and the
estimated me $2400 for wooden blinds and one vertical to cover the sliding
glass door. That was more than I was expecting.
There are ready made curtains and yard goods with "insulated" backing,
which is a rubbery feeling application. I had drapes from JC Penney
years ago with this for cold climate on window with aluminum frame and
no storms. It did a good job of insulating, but any heavy, tightly
woven fabric probably would work.
2400 doesn't sound unreasonable for high-quality, installed honeycomb
shades. If you are looking to save some money, you could try the
ready-made blinds and curtains from country curtains. Try these?
Remember the sticker shock the last time you bought a car?
You are about to experience it again.
Gives us some idea of what you want and we can comment.
I have some measuring information at www.lexkyweb.com/windows/
I agree with the others since you need to know more about what you want
to do in order to know if you can do it yourself. Some treatments are
easy to hang if you are handy. Others are more work. You should
probably ask folks in your neighborhood who they've used and whether
they'd use them again. Once you decide what you want, you can get
estimates from any vendors that have been recommended. In the past, I
ordered pleated shades from American Blinds and Wallpaper and I was
very satisfied. They now charge for samples so I'm not sure I'd buy
from them again. Samples are a must.
As people have said, you need to boil it down to what you (and other
occupants?) want. To do that, IMHO, you need professional advice.
Whoever told you that "spending big money on window treatments
is a waste of time" is out to lunch.
What do they mean by "big money" anyway? That's too vague.
Window treatments can make or break rooms!
It's definitely worth getting advice from an good interior decorator,
if you can find one who's on the same wavelength as you (and
other occupants). They know how stuff is going to look
on the windows, as opposed to looking in a catalog or
Sometimes stores that sell window treatments will offer free or
discounted interior decorator advice. As in all such transactions,
need to keep your head on your shoulders and don't go for something
Shop around. Ask your friends whom they used.
Remember: penny wise, pound foolish.
Some people at work have told me it's not worth spending good money on a
professional installer that comes out and takes a look, checks some
measurements and installs. Of course, I have never seen the inside of the
homes of these people for cheap window treatments. They quote prices of
doing windows for $60 a pop themselves. Big money to them was $1200 to
$1500 so I mentally prepared myself for that. I have had a quote for wood
blinds and one vertical at $2400 installed from a vendor that only does
windows. He even had pictures of some restaurants and other businesses they
did. They would even put up temporary covering till my stuff comes in. I
have a town home with one sliding glass door and five other windows I want
covered. He suggested leaving the two other high windows in the two story
living room blank. he told me most people don't cover those and I should
think about those maybe after adding other furniture or decor before
worrying about them.
You can spend an arm and a leg on window treatments, but can save a heap
of money by doing it yourself. We are in the process of shopping around
to cover one window 95" wide and two triple sliders which are 11' each.
The 95 window will have a bamboo rod - $25. A mfg. rod for draw drapes
would be $125 or more. About $25 for wood rings, about $100 for 60"
wide cotton fabric, a few more for inexpensive lining. You can get
simple metal rods that take "clip" rings - can then just hang a
straight, flat panel of fabric if you don't mind the open/close method
of not pulling a string to do it.
If you have small windows, it it much easier to find inexpensive
curtains or drapes. Mini blinds can be had for not much money. We
bought mini blinds for another 95" window, don't recall cost, but the
installation was a little tricky because brackets aren't simple "slide
Box stores have a lot of the gear; shop there at least to get ideas.
"Woven woods", like bamboo, can be had for low prices. Can see through
them, but someone handy with sewing could put a lining on the outside
I bought plain muslin - $3 yard? - stencilled design on it to make
curtains for kitchen. Stencil $20, paint about $6. Roman shades are
nice, relatively easy to make, but not easy to take down to clean.
Magazines about window treatment give some good tips - can even use pvc
pipe to make rods that will be covered by the curtain.
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