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Apr 12, 2017


Maybe you’re moving in to your brand new house and you’re faced with a ton of windows with nothing in them. On the other hand, you might have a room that needs sprucing up which will require a new look for your windows. It might simply be one window or door that you’ve been putting off covering.

Whatever the case, you feel overwhelmed with all the choices. The thought of looking at all the possible options with the unlimited color and pattern choices with the additional worry about cost makes people want to put off the task for another day.

The bad news to that decision is that uncovered windows means living in a fish bowl or with sun-damaged furniture or floors. At the end of the day, it makes people throw up their hands and say “where do I start?”

Where to Start

The process of buying window treatments can appear daunting but it can be quickly simplified by asking a few simple questions.

1. Light Control, Privacy...or Both?

The first question determines the priority of what you’re trying to accomplish in terms of function, and the answer is usually ‘privacy’, ‘light control’ or a combination of both. By assessing each window in terms of where it’s located in the house and what it looks out upon, we can decide the functional priority.

Let’s say the windows are on the ground floor and look out upon the street or a sidewalk. You’ll want to be sure that what level of privacy you’re comfortable with is doable with your treatment choice.

Another big thing to consider is the direction your windows face. Windows that face south and west mean lots of afternoon sunlight and if you watch TV or spend a lot of time in those rooms, you’ll want to be sure you control the glare.

Windows facing east means morning sunshine, sometimes very early. If you or your guests aren't early-risers, you’ll need to control that light. The control might mean simply diffusing it or in some cases, blocking it out all together.

Maybe your windows face east and you have a view of the ocean or the bay. If you’re looking to cover your living area windows with that view, you’ll want light-control while not eliminating the view. Windows that face north won’t be getting much light so while you need privacy, you’ll still want to maximize what light you do get.

2. Which Treatments to Choose?

Once you answer some of these basic questions, you’ll find that certain treatments will work better than others in accomplishing your goals. All treatments have advantages and disadvantages.

Everything we sell represents style and quality but not everything will work for your particular windows and needs. Doing the aforementioned assessment before meeting with us is very helpful in enabling us to focus on particular products that will work best for you.

Contrary to what some folks think, you don’t have to do everything all at once. The windows in your bathrooms and bedrooms are areas you’ll want to prioritize from a privacy standpoint but other areas like living space might be able to wait. Often times in a new home, being able to ‘live’ in it a while will help you decide on a particular look you’d like to have.

3. What’s Your Budget?

It goes without saying that your budget will play a significant role in the treatments you choose. This will often be the case when building a new home. Funny how the costs for construction, furniture and appliances have a way of exceeding even the most well thought out estimates.

Why ASAP Blinds?

As window treatments are often one of the last things done, it’s likely you’ll be limited in what you can spend for window decor.

That’s the great thing about ASAP Blinds and the wide range of manufacturers and quality products we represent: we’re able to work with practically any budget. It’s usually a good idea to share some general budget restraints with us early on so we can show you products and ideas that fit into ALL your needs.

Like many other things in life, the choice of window treatments can pretty much be as easy or as hard as you like. For 17 years, ASAP Blinds has made the process easy and affordable for everyone.

~ Jay Russell, Director of New Business Development

Categories Home Decor Light Control Privacy Window Treatments