There are several options that you have when you are thinking of decorating your windows. You can put up curtains, you can put up shades, or you can choose to decorate your windows with blinds. Curtains usually look great, but they can be difficult to get installed and can prove to be an expensive option. Window shades are fairly inexpensive, but they don’t usually look very good. Window blinds, on the other hand, can be both inexpensive and look great.
If you are looking for cheap blinds, it’s important to buy from a reputable dealer. You might be able to save a few bucks by going with some poorly made, off-brand blinds, but the quality is going to be very low and you’ll probably end up regretting it. Besides, it’s entirely possible to find cheap window blinds that are well made, and that will look great and last you for years. Let’s take a look at some of the different options available when you’re looking for window blinds.
The most common style of window blinds are the full-length, horizontal slat blinds that are usually made out of plastic or metal. These blinds are called venetian blinds, and can also be made out of wood, or a faux wood substance (generally metal that has been finished to look like wood). An example of a venetian blind is to the right.
It’s very easy to find cheap venetian blinds if you’re looking to save money. Generally, metal and plastic (PVC) are good options to look for when you’re decorating on a budget. Wood blinds tend to cost a bit more, but you may be able to find some inexpensive faux wood blinds.
Vertical blinds are another popular choice for decorating windows, and are often used in larger applications, such as bay windows and sliding glass doors. Vertical blinds are exactly what they sound like, and have slats that go up and down instead of horizontally.
If you’re looking for cheap blinds, and like the look of the vertical style, you’ll probably want to look for plastic and metal blinds. There are some examples of wooden vertical blinds, but they are much less common and generally more expensive.
A wonderful selection at great pricing can usually be found at Amazon.
In our next section, we’ll take a good look at some more options for cheap blinds.
There are several more types of blinds in addition to the ones that we looked at the first part of the cheap blinds guide. Let’s take a look at some more.
Pleated, or honeycomb, blinds are another popular choice among people looking for cheap blinds. They are generally made out of fabric, and have dozens of little folds that go horizontally all the way across the length of the fabric. When you pull the blinds up, the fabric folds across these pleats and forms into a neat and tidy stack. You can see an example of a pleated shade below. Continue reading More Cheap Blinds
A coworker has been pretty tight on money as of late, but he’s been trying to sock away a little bit in order to make some dramatic changes in his bathroom. He’s been asking me questions here and there and having fun researching all the possibilities. I told him that putting together just the right bathroom window treatments isn’t necessarily hard, but if he wants it to look great, he’s doing the right thing by taking his time. I am of the mind that first impressions are important and that it should feel inviting. Because of this, many aspects will go into picking out just the right treatment and considerations regarding color, style, pattern, fabric and texture should be included in his final decision.
This coworker told me that according to one source, if he wants his average-sized bathroom window to look elegant, Continue reading A Coworker Asks Me: “What Bathroom Window Treatment Will Work Best?”
There is a wonderful woman who lives in a cozy little home across the street from me, and we have become close friends ever since the day my cat decided to run and hide in her house about two years ago. (Another story for another time!) She’s an older woman who lives by herself and she’s been having a ton of work done on her home this past year. She needed some help redecorating her kitchen after renovating the whole thing, so I volunteered to find her some kitchen blinds to match her new floor, wall color and counter tops. She gave me the sizes and a price range, telling me that when it comes to color and style she tends to get a bit overwhelmed. I, however, love an interior design challenge!
She was actually prepared to let me purchase blinds sight unseen, but I said “no way” and pointed out that by using the internet I could just email her some links so that she could have some input after I had narrowed down the choices a bit. I found roller blinds, for example, at one online retailer, and just suggested some colors to her which would match the color of her walls. Since she chose to go with Mediterranean hues during her recent renovation, I highlighted a variety of orange and terracotta shades. Continue reading The Lady Across The Street Needed Some Kitchen Blinds
A woman I met in my yoga class has just moved into a house; so she now has the big bathroom she’s always wanted, along with a large picture window. Added to this new luxury though, is the reality that her neighbors can see her when she gets undressed for a shower. She needs bathroom blinds in a hurry, so she turned to me.
I had a few ideas about what she had to consider before making a purchase. For example, her bathroom will be the most humid part of her house, so obviously this means that her blinds will have to be able to cope with moisture, or else they will get moldy and rot away. A lot of products I looked at for her were waterproof and easy to wipe down, like PVC blinds for example. The faux wood ones are really beautiful too. Her bathroom is fairly colorful but lacks texture, so I am drawn to the textured patterns of certain roller blinds. Then again, if she redecorates later, these might not be neutral enough. I really liked the mocha and cappuccino hues which set off the aquamarine of her walls rather than competing with them. They also made her think of coffee, so she was drawn to those colors too. Continue reading Shopping For Bathroom Blinds For A Friend
I am sure my mom is not alone in always trying to come up with ways to cut her power bills. She lives up north, and when the weather is cold the last thing she feels like doing is turning down the central heating. The best way to address both problems is to find better ways to insulate your home from the outside elements; and I told my mom that one of the most effective methods – and one that can also make her house look good – is to fit thermal blinds on the windows.
Although you can also buy thermal curtains, I find these to be very heavy and dark whereas blinds keep the cold out while still letting the light in. These blinds are usually the “Roman” style, made up of folds of material that stack at the top of the window when not in use and which create a pleasant, uniform appearance when they are down. They look exactly the same as regular blinds on the outside; it is on the inside that you will notice the difference.
I find the most efficient of this kind of blinds are the ones which have a normal and attractive material on the exterior, but inside have layers of a special type of aluminum sheeting (actually developed for the space program) surrounding a thin core of insulating fleece material. Of course, thermal blinds with all these hi-tech parts are not cheap, and if you have several windows to buy for then the bill can soon rise out of control.
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I really enjoy having a skylight in my home. It provides me with natural light and the warm feeling which comes from seeing the sun. At the same time, since this is not a conventional window, I maintain my privacy. The trouble comes when I want to reduce my air conditioning bills in the summer. A skylight lets in too much heat, a lot of glare and harmful UV rays which bleach carpets and damage the skin of my children.
This is why I looked at a selection of skylight covers and chose one that was right for me. I went for one that enables me to enjoy the sunlight I crave with the protection I need. During the hottest times of the year, when the sun is high and very strong, the skylight is fully covered. I still get sun, but most of the UV radiation is gone. A fixed cover, made of fiberglass, is very light and durable, even if I want to leave it up all year to face the elements. Shapes include flat, pyramid, and angled. Your skylight could be peaked or raised with a flat top, even a bubble. All of these can be covered.
When the weather cools down a bit, that extra bit of heat is welcome. I just Continue reading Skylight Covers Protect Against The Sun’s Rays
Note: This was sent in to me from “Carol” and I liked it so much that I figured I’d post it so everyone could read it.
I knew that I was not going to have a lot of extra money to spend on decorating my new home. Therefore, I decided to turn to cheap wooden blinds as an alternative. There was no possible way that I was going to allow myself to purchase mini blinds, because in my mind, everyone who came into my home would think that I bought the cheapest thing that I could find and that I did not have a sense of style.
However, I knew that if I was careful with my spending, I would easily be able to find some beautiful blinds for my home that would keep the cold air out and also look beautiful. At first I considered getting vertical blinds because they are not only beautiful but also practical. However, after I noticed how affordable I could get some plantation blinds for, I knew that I was going to have a hard time trying to make up my mind.
I really think that I like the 2 inch slat on the wooden blinds. Another thing that I like about this type of wooden blinds is the fact that they also come in a natural, wood-tone. Therefore, everything is going to match perfectly. After a great deal of consideration and talking things over with my mother who happens to be an interior designer, I decided to go with the plantation blinds. After all, they are definitely a classic. I think that this is something that I am going to enjoy for a number of years.
I love the fact that they are easy to open. I was even able to hire a professional to come in and hang the blinds for me. By doing things this way, I knew for certain that I was going to be able to enjoy my stylish and new (and cheap) wooden blinds for many years to come!
Now that I look back, I do not have any regrets on the type of blinds which I have chosen for my home. They are very affordable and also very practical. I know that they are going to last a number of years if I do my best to take care of them. It seems as if I am always getting a compliment from a friend or neighbor about my beautiful blinds. In my opinion, nobody needs to know that they were purchased for a very affordable price. I am glad that I waited for them to go on sale.
The moral of my story? “If I can do it, anyone can!”
Even if you are not “frugal”, there are still plenty of good reasons to use cheap blinds in your window treatments. If there’s one thing I want to get across, it’s the idea that you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for price! Cheap blinds can be used anywhere in the house, and here’s a list of the places that I would use cheap blinds, regardless of my budget:
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If you take the time to plan, it is possible to create very nice window treatments with cheap blinds and cheap curtains. There’s no reason to break the bank on window treatments when you can achieve the same effect with some planning, some hunting, and a little elbow grease. Follow these steps for great looking windows:
by: Alexander Baxevanis
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Today more and more people are installing French doors into their homes. There are many advantages to having French doors. They allow the room that they are in to get a lot of lighting; they also give the resident an opportunity to appreciate the view from their room. However many people worry that their privacy will be limited with French doors. Another concern that homeowners have is that the room may become too warm or too much sunlight will enter the room. Too much sunlight is an issue as it can damage the furnishings by causing them to fade. Thankfully, these problems can be solved with the use of French door blinds.
Many people prefer to roll-up blinds for French doors. This is due to the fact that they are easy to install. This type of shade is also very affordable. In order to increase the aesthetic appeal of these blinds, many people purchase a valance to use on the window treatment. However, this product does not come without its flaws. Roll-up blinds can make it very difficult to vary the amount of light that will come into the room.
Another popular choice for homeowners is using shutters. The downside to using this type of window treatment is that they are more expensive than other options. Continue reading A Guide To French Door Blinds
Cheap mini blinds can be purchased at most any local discount or home improvement store in your area. If you have an odd sized window that needs to be fitted, you will probably have to go to a specialty store or purchase them over the Internet. Remember that if you choose an online store, there will probably be shipping and handling, so be sure to measure each window correctly for the best fit. The most popular window coverings at the cheapest price are the vinyl mini blinds. Local stores usually only carry the basic colors, but if you are looking for something special you just might be able to find it online. These are a very easy to install adornment for any window and they are also very easy to clean.
Choosing aluminum mini blinds over vinyl ones does have a few advantages. Not only are they fire retardant, they will coordinate perfectly with an all stainless steel kitchen, which will add a little pizazz to your room. Although they are little more expensive than vinyl, they will finish off your room with a quality look. When choosing aluminum, remember that it would probably look much better in a kitchen than any other room of the house. Continue reading Stay Under Budget With Cheap Mini Blinds
Roman shades are a kind of window treatment that helps to block the sunlight and provide enough privacy to your rooms. They are quite different from the usual vertical blinds because they stack up evenly when lifted, and when they are lowered you can see a nice, smooth surface. These shades are usually operated with the help of cords – you can pull the cord till the desired height is reached – so you can open the window cover completely or not, according to how much light you want inside.
Many homeowners prefer to use roman shades because they are available in a wide variety of colors, and If you do not want plain materials you can also choose from various patterns and designs. The best thing about this type of window treatment is that you can find matching materials according to your home or office decor. Continue reading Advantages Of Using Roman Shades
Patio door blinds are used to protect the deck area from the heat of the sun. More and more people are now installing patio doors with blinds in order to block out the sun and keep the patio area cool. There are a number of non-sliding and sliding patio door blinds that you can purchase to increase the versatility of your patio for your own use as well as the comfort of your guests.
There are various styles, shapes, sizes and colors that you can choose from. There are horizontal and vertical patio door blinds on the market. If your patio door is a regular size and shape, you will be able to purchase ready to use blinds. However if you are dealing with an awkward shape or size, you will need to get a custom cut to fit into your patio door.
These blinds are excellent for making an outdoor area feel like the indoors. You have a lot of options when it comes to color and design so there is no reason for you not to find a set that complements your current decor. Aside from protecting you from the sun these blinds can serve a few other purposes. For example, the blinds will offer you privacy in your outdoor area and they can protect your outdoor furniture from damage due to the weather. Continue reading A Guide To Patio Door Blinds
Ikea is one of our favorite stores for frugal decorating. Everything is of good quality and is very stylish; but it’s all pretty cheap due to Ikea’s business model. If you’re shopping for cheap blinds, find the nearest Ikea and plan on spending a good half day browsing through all of their great stuff. Here’s what you can expect to find: Continue reading Cheap Blinds From Ikea
Shopping for window shutters for your interior can be hard since there are so many styles and colors on the market. But I’ve found that knowing how to tie the window shutter style into the rest of your décor will make it a lot easier to come to a final decision. Obviously, the shutters you choose should look good from both the inside and from the outside, and I like to encourage homeowners to experiment, since the shutters that will end up looking best on their home might not be the ones that are labeled specifically for their home’s design, like “Colonial” or “Americana”.
Style-wise, louvered shutters are definitely the category with the most broad-range of choices, Continue reading Choosing Window Shutters For Your Interior
It may come as a surprise to you but, if you read on, I really hope you will see that making Roman blinds at home is easier than you think. Consider these simple instructions for creating a whole new look to any room of your home.
photo: Sarah Stierch
First, you will need to gather your materials. You will need to select contrasting fabrics, the size of which will be determined by the size of your windows. You will also need: dowels or strips of wood an inch and a quarter shorter than the with of your blinds; one-half-inch plastic rings; ‘acorns’ for concealing the ends of the nylon cords (of which you will need three times the length of the blinds); a wall cleat; velcro; lengths of batten; and screw eyelets.
Now, decide whether you want your blinds inside or outside the framework and fix the batten in the place you choose. Next, attach the adhesive side of the velcro to the front edge of the batten. Measure the length plus extra for the hem, then measure the width of the fabric by measuring the length of the track plus seam allowance dividing by the width and rounding up to the next whole number. Add two inches each way for side seam allowances and hems. This provides you with the number of widths you will need. Measure and cut the lining in the same way.
Lay out the fabric right side up. Place the lining on top, wrong side up and match edges, smoothing out any wrinkles and pinning the edges. Trim the sides and bottom, trim the corners and make another row of stitches across the bottom, then insert the dowel. Take out all the pins and turn right side out and press out any wrinkles. Now pin the fabric in many places to hold it straight.
Measure 2″ from the bottom then 8″ to 12″ going up the length and mark the measurements with a pencil. Be sure they are all parallel to the bottom edge. cut 3″ lengths of lining the width measurement of the blinds. Fold each one in half lengthwise and stitch across one side. Turn right side out, press, place 1/2″ in from the edge and stitch along the pencil marking creating a slot for the dowel. Insert the dowel and stitch the edge carefully. Do this for each pocket.
Hand sew plastic rings 2″ from the edge and at the center point of the stitching for each dowel pocket. Next turn down the top edge 1″ and press. Sew the velcro across this top edge.
Hang the blind and screw an eyelet into the batten on the underside of the three rows of plastic rings. Cut three pieces of nylon cord the length of the blind knotting one to each of the three bottom rings. Thread the cord up the row of rings. Do this separately for each row of rings and thread the cord across to one side. Trim the ends of the cords and thread them into the acorn.
And there you have it! These are the basic instructions for making roman blinds at home. Of course, there are many other sources with detailed instructions available to help you on your way, but I wanted to give you a nice, step-by-step overview of what is involved in making your own Roman blinds. Hopefully you can see that it’s not that hard, it just takes a little time and planning.
Since there is now such a wide range of textures and patterns available for ready made Roman blinds, I no longer have to bother with getting them custom made! If you are not familiar with this style, the Roman blind has a unique teardrop style that gives it a hobbled look, as the material is folded in pleats and held with metal or rod supports. In my experience, this type of blind can dramatically enhance your interiors and adapts well to all kinds of decors.
The look of the blind mainly depends on the type of material used, and you can get a wide variety, ranging from different thickness of cloth, plastic to even bamboo and reeds. Your choice of material will depend on the style you want for your interiors, plus the level of privacy you require.
photo: Olaf Meister
As for me, I prefer a sheer silk material in places where I need to create a classy and sophisticated atmosphere, and where I need quite a bit of natural light to come through. For creating a cozy atmosphere with a lot more privacy, the thicker curtain materials are the best. Bamboo on the other hand has a unique style that can be applied to rustic as well contemporary decors. The ones in plastic are quite inexpensive, and I usually reserve them for the kitchen and bathrooms, as they are very easy to maintain and long-lasting.
The next thing I consider is the color and patterns. As I mentioned earlier there is a wide range available in each, but you need to select these parameters carefully, to integrate the blinds with your existing décor. For example, in certain rooms I have added an Asian touch by selecting Chinese, Japanese, and Sumatran patterns. However, in small rooms, I avoid patterns and designs as they can make the room seem a bit ‘visually crowded’.
Before shopping for ready made Roman blinds, you will need to take correct measurements, so that they fit as perfectly as possible. The length and width of your window obviously plays an important part, as you want to be sure the blind will cover the opening fully. If your window is not recessed (set into the wall) you have a little extra leeway because you can use blinds that are a little bit larger than your window and still get a really nice look. However, blinds that are way too big will really stand out (not in a good way!) and look quite awful. ‘Just the right size’ would be blinds that adequately cover the window and have a little extra around the edges as well. Apart from the length and width, you also need to consider the depth, which is the distance they will stick out from your window. I usually try to make sure to select blinds which are not catching on the window trim (if there is any).