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Finance-friendly window treatments for your family home

Window blinds are available in many materials, sizes and styles—but not all of them are created equal. If you don’t do your research beforehand, you risk spending a lot of money on window treatments that fail to meet your expectations. Use these three tips to help you streamline your search for finance-friendly window treatments

1. Establish a budget

The average cost of new window treatments—including installation—is about $231, according to HomeAdvisor. Also, depending on the blinds, curtains or drapes you choose, the total cost may range from $93 to $403, HomeAdvisor notes.

If you’re searching for finance-friendly window treatments, it helps to establish a budget ahead of time. That way, you’ll know exactly how much you can spend on window treatments and plan accordingly.

As you put together a budget, think about the number and size of windows that require treatments. In some instances, it may be beneficial to purchase window treatments on a room-by-room basis. This approach enables you to add window treatments over time as your budget allows.

Typically, aluminum blinds and roller shades are the most affordable option. They can often be cut to order for a low-cost, semi-custom window treatment. Curtains and drapes are easy to install yourself, but they vary in price depending on the material and size. Custom blinds and shades are available, though they’re more expensive than premade options. However, these window treatments are durable, energy-efficient, and eye-catching—plus, they’re expertly measured to perfectly match the size and shape of your windows.

 2. Evaluate your home

Window treatments that work well in one area of your house won’t necessarily deliver the same results in another section of your home. Analyze your needs in each room to choose the right blinds, curtains or shades for different settings.

  • Easy to clean. If you need window treatments for sliding glass doors, choose curtains or shades made from acrylic, cotton, or another washable material that can be easily taken down and cleaned. The same holds true for window treatments in a living room, dining room, or kitchen.
  • Light control. For those who prioritize light control, blinds and shutters are ideal. These window treatments enable you to tilt the slats or louvers to control the amount of light that enters a room. Additionally, adding blackout shades to your bedroom will block out light and can help promote restful sleep.
  • Noise control. A good rule of thumb for individuals who want to block out sounds from the outside world: the more fabric, the better. Heavy shades, layered sheers, and lined floor-length draperies all help reduce exterior noise.

 3. Choose the right style

The right window treatments vary from person to person and home to home. Generally, it’s a good idea to check out a wide range of window treatments so you can find treatments to match your personal style.

Play around with different designs and use a combination of blinds, curtains and shades in your home. For example, basic blinds will help block out light or add privacy to a bedroom, while curtains and shades can add a splash of color or pattern to a dining area or living room.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with solutions for odd-shaped windows, as well. Traditional rectangular curtains or blinds can help add privacy to a large round window while still letting some light shine through. You can also make a small window appear larger by choosing curtains that fall past its frame.

As you shop, always keep your personal needs and preferred style in mind. Don’t settle on a design that’s less than ideal simply because it’s the least expensive option. If you spend a little more on high quality, durable curtains that look great in your space, you’ll end up getting the most bang for your buck—and spare yourself the trouble and expense of having to replace them in a few years.