The Ultimate Window Treatment Decision Making Checklist
Picking the perfect window treatment for your home can be quite a challenge. With so many varieties in blinds, shades, shutters or drapes, and each serving a different function, how do you make the right decision?
Before you begin the hunt, you first need to decide the purpose of your window treatment. Do you want it to control light or add aesthetics to your space? Moreover, you don’t want to choose the same treatment for every room as it tends to be monotonous and may make your home look drab and unappealing to guests or visitors.
Without professional help, the window treatment selection process can sometimes be viewed as a stressful or laborious task, but with a little preparation, you can handle your window treatment needs quickly and easily.
As window treatment experts, Marilyn’s Windows & Interiors has created a handy checklist to help simplify the search process. Follow our checklist to make sure you find the right window treatment solution for your home so that you can get back to the other important things in life.
Controlling light is one of the most important aspects of a window treatment. However, before picking a window treatment, you need to consider the functionality of each room.
For example, your bedroom usually requires complete darkness for a good night’s sleep, and will, therefore, need a room-darkening window shade that blocks excess light. Media rooms that either have computers or TVs will also benefit from light control. In such situations, eliminating the glare from the Sun is vital. We can show you many different materials and products that will accomplish these goals.
Some rooms require layering and multiple window treatments, for example, blinds and side panels. However, installing these will be expensive. So, before you select window treatments, set a budget and decide which rooms you want to spend more money on and commit to that plan.
The type of materials you use in different settings are critical. Some materials fade faster than others while some react differently to moisture, so in a bathroom, you need to choose carefully. Materials such as linen drapes hang amazingly well, but over time they stretch. A combination of linen and polyester will give you a similar look but much better wear. Different linings will also affect how your fabric looks.
4. White backing.
If you live in a condo, you want to make sure that all your window treatments in your house have a white backing. This is usually done as part of the bylaws.
You can make a selection from the different types of decorator rods available or choose a simple white I-beam or Klick System (KS) track.
6. Blind options.
Will you need an inside mount or an outside mount? What type of headrail looks the best? What kind of operating system works best for your room?
7. Operating systems for blinds.
Depending on your lifestyle and room functionality, you need to decide whether you want cord, cordless lift or motorization blinds. If you have kids and pets, motorization and cordless blinds are the safest options.
8. Drapery treatment.
Determine the best place to hang your drapery treatment. Also consider other factors: How wide will the drape be? How high will it go? Long drapes can make your room appear higher.
9. Finishing touches to your drapery treatments.
What type of pleat and lining do you want to use? Will the window treatment professional need to use a trim? Are the drapes just going to the floor or are they going to puddle by a couple of inches?
Sometimes, controlling noise is an integral part of planning a drapery treatment. If you live in a heavily trafficked road or a busy downtown area, you should be choosing thicker fabrics that will absorb noise.
Adding pillows to a room will complement the drapery fabrics you have chosen.
While shutters are a pricier option, they have the appearance of custom woodwork which adds curb appeal to your home.
13. Curtain decisions.
Without professional help, the fabric and pattern options of curtains can feel endless. At Marilyn’s Windows & Interiors, we have over three-hundred fabric books to help make your decision.
14. Children’s room.
The safety of your children is of paramount importance, and their room will naturally require special consideration. You need to place room darkening lining in their room as they sleep early. Children also use their bedrooms for sleeping, playing and working. Keeping that in mind, pick fabrics that are fun and age appropriate.
15. Expert assistance.
Do you get the window treatments professionally installed? The look is always superior if experts manage the installation.
If you have any concerns about window treatments or if you’re looking for custom window treatment design solutions in Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Georgetown, and Milton, reach out to Marilyn’s Windows & Interiors. We provide custom created exquisitely handcrafted window dressings for luxury homeowners, custom builders, interior designers, and commercial properties. You can choose from our range of premium-quality blinds, shutters, curtains, drapes, valances, home beddings, accents, and fine hardware.
Once you select fabrics and your beautiful window coverings are hung, we are happy to explain the best methods for the care and cleaning of the products you’ve purchased. As a final feature, we also explain all our product warranties.