Window Treatments – Necessity or Afterthought

Even Hunter Douglas, manufacturer of fine shades, blinds and window treatments said in a statement that often, window treatments are an afterthought. “Appliances are a necessity,” says Kim Kiner, vice president of textiles and material design for Hunter Douglas. “They’re the last thing people think about because they’re not considered a necessity. Appliances are necessities. Window treatments are seen as dressing.”

Window treatment can become a necessity however, if you face nosy neighbors, blasting southern sun or need noise abatement. At the same time, window dressing can make a world of difference in how your windows look, and add tremendously to your home’s curb appeal.

If you decide to go with a custom designer for drapes, blinds and shades, the price may be higher, but the look is often well worth the additional cost. If you decide to go DIY, retailers such as Lowe’s, Home Depot and J.C. Penney offer free in-home consultations and measurement assistance, and companies that specialize in window coverings, such as Next Day Blinds, 3 Day Blinds and Decorview, offer design guidance and repairs, too.

The decision of what kind of treatment to buy is driven usually by need. Are you trying to showcase your windows, block light or harmful UV rays or are you just looking for a little privacy? If you’re designing a nursery, you might try blackout shades to ease daytime naps, but if you belong to a homeowners association, white shutters or blinds might be required.

Blinds are usually the cheapest option, but don’t offer much in the way of style. Shades are the next notch up in price. Usually fabric and can be purchased in varying shades of opacity to control light.

Shutters are the most expensive and need to be custom fitted in most cases. Curtain decisions can take the most intestinal fortitude. Fabric and pattern options can feel endless, and custom drapery panels often cost thousands of dollars. Ready-made curtains offer more warmth (and a lower price point) than hard window treatments, and measurements are relatively easy because you aren’t confined to the inside of the frame. But it all comes down to the look. Remember, sunlight can fade fabrics over time, so try to avoid rich-colored curtains in a bright room. And generally speaking, it’s best to have your curtains hover one inch above the floor. You may need to hem them to get the length just right. If you don’t have a sewing machine, try using fabric tape (there are plenty of tutorials online) or have them altered for about $15 per panel.

American Made Windows offers complete window installation as well as window repair and replacement. No matter what type of windows you need, you can get them custom-made for your home. We pride ourselves on providing an American-Made product to you. To find out more about our products, or to schedule a window inspection and estimate, contact us at 228-818-6136, or you can message us on our contact page. We provide window products and service for homeowners in the entire Gulf Coast region.