Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing New Window Treatments for Your Home

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Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing New Window Treatments for Your Home

Updating your home's window treatments is an easy way to enhance the look and feel of your home. However, whether you're looking for privacy, style, or both, it can be quite a daunting task to choose window treatments from the multiple options that are available.

Be it drapes, valances, blinds, shutters or one of the many other options, the seemingly easy task of choosing window treatment has every potential to leave you confused. This confusion may lead you into shopping for a window treatment that derails your plan of transforming your home. To help you pick the right window treatment that enhances the aesthetics of your home, here’s a list of mistakes to avoid when choosing new window treatments for your home.

  • Improper length of the window panels. A common mistake people make is to design the length of the window panels to go from the top of the frame to the floor. This is done because there is wood around the frame and the brackets for the decorator rod can then be installed in wood. This makes the installation point very strong. Quite often there is at least ten to twelve inches between the frame and the ceiling. If the rod is installed eight inches above the frame, it draws the eye up and ads length and grandeur to your room.
  • Choosing the wrong type of fabric. Another common mistake is choosing the wrong type of fabric for the window treatment. Today there are a variety of fiber combinations in materials. Some of the combinations affect how the fabric drapes, how the fabric survives the sun and how the fabric is cared for during its life on your window. A window treatment professional has a wide variety of materials to offer the consumer and an extensive knowledge of how those fabrics will hang.
  • Downplaying the lining of the window treatment.Linings are the finishing touch to a window treatment. Linings provide a beautiful vertical hang to panels. Certain linings will block light to protect fabric or stop light from shining through so that you can see the exact color of the fabric. A window treatment professional will have samples of these linings and will be able to demonstrate to the client how important the different choices are.
  • Picking the wrong hardware. Choosing the right hardware (rods) is very important. Decorator rods should be solid, not telescoping. This allows for flawless movement of the drapes. Moreover, solid rods usually require less support so the drapes can all go off to one side which is very helpful for a sliding glass door. Because of limited space sometimes a rod has to be installed on the ceiling and have a low profile. All these different types of rods are available. Sometimes a challenging window requires something different (such as an eyebrow window). A curved window treatment can be designed and installed to suit the window.
  • Installing custom drapes without considering its specifications. Custom drapes should be professionally installed according to the specifications you have designed for the window. Installation is a relatively reasonable conclusion to a perfectly designed and functioning window treatment.
  • Not consulting a window treatment professional. Your drapery professional will always explain how you should take care of your drapes. Listen carefully, and your window treatments will last a long time. One of the biggest mistakes a consumer will make is to either wash the drapes themselves or send it to a dry cleaner that is not familiar or experienced in the cleaning of drapes.


To avoid these and other mistakes related to window treatments get in touch with Marilyn's Windows & Interiors. We provide custom window treatment and interior design solutions, for residential and commercial spaces, across Milton and surrounding areas. For over nineteen years, we have specialized in the tailored creation of hand-sewn curtains, drapes, blinds, and home bedding and accents with the world’s finest fabrics, hardware, and accessories. We’d love to hear from you, contact us by clicking here.

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