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Choose the Right Coverings for the Right Windows

Sep 8, 2008
There is more to choosing a set of blinds than simply selecting something that fits your decor. Consider the characteristics of the window to find a treatment that complements both the room's style and the window's function.

Outfitting Windows With A View

Windows with great views should have as little restriction to that view as possible. Honeycomb window shades stack up nicely when pulled up and are one of the best choices. However, wood blinds still block a significant part of the view even when raised because of the thickness of the slats.

Blinds for Tricky Archways

Arches are tricky because fitting horizontal blinds to arched windows is very expensive. Instead, look for honeycomb window shades designed to fan out into a semi-circle. This is a little known secret for a cost-effective way to cover arched windows!

Blinds for Second Story Privacy

Second story windows benefit nicely from top-down/bottom-up coverings. Lower them from the top and you get a terrific view of the skyline while retaining your privacy from people on the street.

Oversized Windows

Very large windows have the problem that window shades large enough to cover them are quite heavy. That weight puts unnecessary stress on the strings and can cause them to break. If you are using blinds instead of shades, use multiple units on a single headrail.

Hard to Reach Windows

Hard to reach windows can use extra-long cords, but these are unsightly and dangerous to pets and children. Look into remote-controlled motorized operation instead.

Brightly Lit Windows

Brightly lit windows create annoying glare on TV screens and computer monitors even when closed. In these situations, try using window blinds with no route holes so that light is completely blocked. If the light is from direct sun rather than an artificial source then honeycomb window shades will deal with the increased heat.

Child-Proof Window Blinds

Children often don't know their own strength and can damage window treatments easily. If you have children or grandchildren, you may want to seek out blinds made of sturdy materials like aluminum or faux wood. Also, look for cordless controls to eliminate the dangers of accidental strangulation.

French Doors

French doors traditionally use sheers to control light and privacy but they block the view and are easily soiled. Think of your French doors as big windows and use the same window blinds you use on surrounding windows. The coverings are mounted directly to the door and use brackets at the bottom to keep the treatment from flapping around when the door is opened and closed.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are usually best served by vertical blinds which make it easy to open and close the door. However, these treatments are falling out of favor in general - plus they can conflict with the other treatments in the room. Consider options like sideways honeycomb shade for a more modern style.

There are countless types of window treatments around today so if you have a problem window that is not covered here, talk to your blinds provider. They probably have great suggestions that you may have never considered for covering each window in your house!
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