Window Blinds

You've done your research and compared different types of window accessories and decided on blinds as the perfect window covering. Now just buy and install them or have them installed, right? Not so fast, you won't believe the incredible number of choices you have. Three basic criteria to consider are:

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  • Material. Wood, faux wood, aluminum, bamboo, plastic, fabric
  • Color. Almost unlimited choices
  • Style. Venetian blinds, mini-blinds, vertical blinds, panel track blinds

And, when you've made these choices, you're still not done. Unless money is no object, you should explore pricing options so you can get the best deal on your window blinds.

Pricing Window Blinds

Window blinds can cost from $8 to $1,000 or more per window depending on the material, whether or not they're off-the-shelf or designer, standard size or custom, big or small window, and other factors such as energy-efficiency and motorized controls. Low-end cost is generally $8-$50 per window, mid-range from $50-$200, and high-end can cost much more.

If your windows are all standard size, your cost is likely to be substantially less than if you have custom or over-sized windows. And, if you can find window blinds that meet your needs directly off the shelf, costs are generally more reasonable. But you may find that the more custom your window blind needs are, either in size or materials, the more you're going to pay.

You also have to factor in the cost of installation if you're not going to install them yourself. The cost is usually based on the complexity of the window blinds and the number of windows you have.

Where to Buy Window Blinds

Standard window blinds are available at stores such as Target, JC Penney, Wal-Mart, and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as home improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. They're also available from window treatment specialists such as 3 Day Blinds and Just Blinds. Some of these businesses have only off-the-shelf sizes, others can "customize" the blinds to some degree, and still others offer "made-to-measure" window blinds.

Researching your window blind options online can save you time and money. The more information you have, the better choices you can make, and the happier you're more likely to be with your new window blinds.

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