New blinds can dress up your home and can also help you save energy, increase privacy, and control indoor lighting. When buying new blinds, it is important to consider the type of blinds you want and then to measure the window accurately, so they fit properly.
Before you get out the tape measure, decide whether you want the blinds to be mounted inside the window frame or outside.
Inside mounted blinds hang inside the frame of the window, creating sharp, clean lines around the frame, accentuating its shape and size. When considering an inside mounted blind, think about the location and shape of the window and how or whether it has trim around it that you want to expose or conceal.
Inside mounted blinds come with mounting brackets and headrails of different size. If you are installing your blinds inside the window frame, you need to consider how deep the frame is at the top, measured back from the wall to the top of the window, get blinds with a headrail that fits in this dimension, or the headrail will project out beyond the wall.
To measure for inside mounted blinds:
Outside mounted blinds make the window look bigger and can hide damaged or unattractive trim and molding. Outside mounted blinds create more privacy inside and also allow you more control over light levels.
Outside mounted blinds overlap the wall on each side of the window. Add 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 cm) to the width of the window to account for this overlap.
If you live in the High Desert area, you can also contact Express Blinds & More in Victorville and let us measure and install your blinds for you.
You can dress up your windows for a reasonable price by using faux wood blinds instead of real wood shutters. Faux wood blinds are window treatments made to look like real wood but actually made from other materials.
These types of shutters offer several advantages over traditional wood blinds and other window coverings.
The biggest advantage of faux wood blinds is in the price tag. Faux wood blinds cost far less than window coverings made entirely from real wood, letting you upgrade the look of your windows for a fraction of the cost.
Faux wood is made from durable materials which are more resistant to humidity, moisture, heat, and light than real wood, making them less likely to warp, distort, or fade over time. The durability of faux wood also extends to their resistance to heat and sun, and their color is more resistant to fading from exposure to light.
The moisture resistant properties of faux wood make them ideal for areas with high humidity, like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas. Faux wood blinds let you enjoy the aesthetic appeal and design options of wooden blinds in areas of your house where real wood might not hold up.
Faux wood window blinds clean easily, and you don’t have to worry about getting them wet or damaging them with the cleaner you use. They are impervious to water and highly resistant to chemicals in cleaners, making maintenance fast, simple, and worry-free.
The choices of color, design, and size of faux wood blinds are vast. You can buy them off the shelf, ready to install or have them custom made to fit any window in your house. Faux wood blinds give you endless possibilities for decorating your home or workspace.
If you have ever struggled with the cord system on blinds or shades, you may be wondering about cordless window shade options.
Window coverings like shades, blinds, shutters, and drapes are an essential for most windows, providing control of light and glare from outside, privacy, and enhancing the look and feel of a room. But cordless systems for opening and closing shades have both pros and cons.
One of the most common reasons people opt for cordless blinds is having children, elderly, or disabled people in the household. These groups often have trouble operating the cord systems on shades, and there is also the risk of injury, especially for kids who may find the cord an attractive plaything.
Problems with pets and the cords on window coverings also prompts many people to switch to a cordless system. Kitty or the family dog can also see the cord as an enchanting toy, getting tangled and injured or simply wreaking havoc and damaging the shade or cord opener.
Another reason for using a cordless system is appearance. Cordless opening systems for shades are sleek and streamlined, and they work well in situations where the windows are of varying sizes by reducing hardware.
Cordless opening systems for shades operate by pressure on the bottom rail of the shade. This means you have to place your hand on the rail and push in order to open or close the shade. If there is heavy furniture in front of the window, doing this becomes difficult, making an opener with a cord located to the side a better option.
Similarly, windows located high up in the wall cannot be reached for opening and closing the shade using a cordless system.
Window shades of 10 feet (3.1 meters) or wider are heavy enough that a cordless system can’t handle the weight, and a cord operated opener with a single loop of string is recommended for distributing the weight of the shade evenly.
Mini blinds are the perfect window treatment solution for many situations at home or business. Economical, attractive, easy to install, and easy to use, mini blinds can dress up almost any window while providing privacy and control of light at the same time.
Made with especially narrow slats, often only about one inch wide, mini blinds effectively keep the level of light inside just where you want it. The twist of a wand is all you need for adjusting the size of the slat opening, or, you can raise the blind completely, letting in a full window of sunshine.
Mini blinds are constructed with tough and durable materials, including aluminum and wood. This provides them with a strong surface which is easy to keep clean. Simple close the blinds and wipe away dust with a soft cloth or feather duster, or use a mild detergent followed by a fresh water rinse for deeper cleaning.
Mini blinds are a window treatment solution which can fit into almost any budget. Installing mini blinds is among the most economical ways of controlling lighting and privacy in a room.
Mini blinds can fit inside or outside the window frame, so it is important to measure carefully when ordering these types of blinds. But once you have the correct size blind for your window, installing them is simple and fast, requiring only a few simple tools and zero previous experience.
Mini blinds come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials, including wooden slats. You can choose from blinds operated with a ridged wand, a string cord, or even blinds which raise up when you lift the bottom rail.
You can get an extra level of privacy with mini blinds made without route holes which completely cover the widow, blocking out almost all light between the slats and letting you shut out the view completely from outside.
If you are looking for a simple, elegant, and economical solution for covering windows in your High Desert home or business, take a look at what modern mini blinds have to offer.
Blinds and shades are both window treatments, but they are not exactly the same. Here are the differences, between these two methods for covering and decorating your windows.
Generally speaking, blinds are window coverings made with ridged slats which tilt at an angle, allowing light to be let in or shut-out. Shades are usually made of a fabric material which is opened and closed using a spring or cord.
While the styles and colors available in blinds and shades are vast, there are a few basic categories which these window treatments fit into.
Shutters are a specific type of blind, using slats which give an ultimate level of privacy and control of light levels from outside. Adding shutters to your windows can give your home a look of stately elegance.
Wooden Blinds are made of natural wood slates. Painted, stained, or constructed with a natural wood finish, wooden blinds are easy to use and can be used in combination with drapes for an extra level of privacy and comfort.
Panel Track Blinds are specially designed for covering large openings such as sliding glass doors and large windows. The panels move on a track similar to drapery, but the choice of materials – from woven wood to thermal resistant fabric to economical vinyl – gives this window treatment an astonishing level of versatility.
Curtains and Drapery are covering made with fabric, and they provide endless possibilities for expressing yourself through the choice of materials, colors, and styles. Drapes and curtains are also an easy way of adding thermal insulation when they are fitted with an additional layer for blocking light and heat transfer.
These are only some of the options you have to choose from. For more ideas and information on window treatments for your High Desert home or office, contact Express Blinds & More in Victorville.
When designing your curtains or other window coverings for an oversized window, the process of measuring can often time make or break the whole process. Depending on the direction the house is sitting, the need for oversized window coverings could be very great due to the massive amounts of sunlight shining through.
How to Take Window Measurements
Before you begin the task of ordering curtains, it is important to make sure the measurements are recorded to assure the perfect length that will cover the entire window, so that your contractor will have the adequate dimensions.
The first step to accurately find out how large your window is to gather your supplies: a sturdy tape measure, a ladder, a piece of paper to write your measurements down, and a friend (or husband) to assist.
Measuring from the bottom windowsill to the top of the window can be more tricky (due to the height of the large window), but you just need to make sure your tape measure is completely vertical and not slanting one way or another. Stand on the ladder to support the tape measure half way through and have your friend hold it at the base of the window to keep it as straight as possible. Once you have the measurement, you are safe to write it down. The horizontal measurement is much more simple to acquire and does not demand the use of a ladder. Have one person on either side of the window and stretch the tape measure across the width of it.
Just like paints, blinds, curtains or shades are perfect when making a leading change in each room in your home. Their benefits are usually overlooked especially during a renovation. This is because the most prominent themes that are explored are a revamp of all the floors or repainting the walls. However, blinds and curtains are equally important because they add an atmosphere, modify the temperature, and add softness and energy efficiency.
Living and lounge area
Curtains have always been a preferred and relaxed option for many since they decorate the room and can reflect any preference and style. However, today blinds are also being considered as excellent choices because of their increasing flexibility. They are versatile with function, look, privacy, control over light and energy saving properties.
Selecting a window dressing that offers a great look and stands up to the arduous kitchen demands is very paramount. Blinds tend to be a better option for kitchen windows since they are easy to clean, easy to use and can be easily removed in case of an emergency. Venetian blinds are mostly used in kitchens. Even though blinds are preferred, one can also get a sheer curtain mainly for softening the connection between the inside and outside.
Curtains are also suitable for bedrooms even though nowadays blinds are becoming more popular. People with smaller bedrooms can add the height and depth by mounting Roman or timber blinds below the ceiling. For nurseries, workers or individuals who prefer a dark room during the night, blackout roller blinds or blackout curtains are a great idea. Use curtains for the bedrooms that are occupied by kids as they are useful when kids are playing games like hide and seek.
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