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An Indepth Look At Window Coverings For A Bay Window

Dec 18, 2007
The bay window creates an alluring ambiance in a room that gives the impression that a living space is open and alight. Sometimes, homeowners enjoy the constant invite of sunlight, while others long for for a little privacy, making window coverings for bay windows a necessity. Nowadays, a customer may pick from a wide range of materials, shapes, sizes and prices for bay window coverings. In order to take advantage of these cool and useful features in a home, it is important to become accustomed with the selections available on the market.

With varying angles, ranging from 90-, 135- to 150-degrees, bay windows are often elevated with the addition of coverings. The many possibilities associated with bay window coverings date back before the 1870s (when this type of window truly became in demand). Over the years - blinds, shutters, curtains and shades have become some of the most popular ways to enhance a bay window.

When looking to cover a bay window, it is easy to turn any room into a masterpiece or match an existing theme of decor. Since there are many looks that window coverings for bay windows create, scanning interior design magazines can help make a final decision much easier. It is also important to know the various materials used in the construction of the coverings, as well as estimated shelf life, maintenance, lighting, privacy and energy control.

Window blinds and shades provide the capability to dim a room and deliver visual privacy while still permitting air to enter a room. Fabric, metal and wooden blinds help create various moods within a room. With shutter-like (micro, slats, Venetian blinds and mini) and shade-like (Roman shades, woven-woo and honeycomb) selections, blinds are a wonderful choice in bay window coverings. When looking for an elegant look, plantation blinds offer exceptional control of lighting and privacy that is rather long-lasting.

With shutters, a solid window-covering panel usually consists of top and bottom rails, side stiles and louvers. Today, the advancements in shutter technology includes options created out of polywood, which is immune to moisture, easy to clean, offers better light control than traditional options, is stronger than wood, termite-proof and an power saver.

Various materials are used to create window bay coverings, yet some of the most in demand selections are fashioned from wood because of its durability to everyday use. A common wood used for window coverings is basswood or materials of the Linden tree. Consumers looking to save money could pick coverings made of man-made materials that look just like wood except they are lighter in weight and less costly.

Window coverings serve many helpful purposes, including cutting out sunlight, providing better control of lighting in a room, protecting privacy and preserving furniture and wood floors from harmful sunlight. Window coverings are also great insulators, which help to cut down on heating bills during the winter time. They also help improve the look of a room with their evolving styles, shapes, forms, colors and materials.

As for the setbacks, when a bay window is placed in a room with high moisture content or humidity, (like a bathroom or laundry room), the materials chosen for your coverings must resist the elements. This is why many consumers side with man-made selections because they seem more durable than real wood. Depending on the style and material, bay window coverings are occasionally quite costly. The problem of maintenance and cleaning also comes up, as some materials soil quickly and can look faded over time as opposed to a strong wooden selection that is rejuvenated with a simple swipe of a dust rag. Also, choose the wrong material with lousy quality and possibly experience chipping, rusting, peeling and even cracking.
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John Roberts is the webmaster of WindowBlindsArchive.com . Head on hown to his web site for more free tips on getting the right type of windows blinds for your house.
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