Q: How much should window treatments cost?
A: Because window treatments vary so greatly, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution and no easy way to lay out an expected cost.
Window treatments vary by style, fabric, lifting mechanism, function and size. A popular style of shade known as honeycomb is available in a wide array of fabrics, each with a different price point.
Pricing relies on precise measurements, as windows vary greatly in size, even within a single home. Also, if you’ve replaced windows recently, the window depth may be different, so a blind that once fit perfectly might now stick out awkwardly.
Experts cite 10 percent guideline
Although an exact cost isn’t easy to determine, experts in the field say a good rule of thumb is to expect to pay about 10 percent of the value of your home for a whole house of window treatments. Because of the overall cost, many homeowners opt to take it one room at a time.
Be aware that custom blinds – while more expensive – generally offer higher quality than what you can find in a home improvement store. Expect to pay at least $150 for a custom window treatment, with prices rising to $1,000 or more. Homeowners often combine blinds or shades with draperies or valances, adding to the overall cost.
Choose Window Treatments Last
Interior decorators suggest you make window treatments your last decorating decision, factoring in furniture, flooring, staining and paint colors.
If you’re considering updating your window treatments, be clear about what function you want the treatment to serve. For instance, does it need to be decorative, light-blocking or both? Plan to speak with an interior decorator or a window-covering company employee. And it’s always helpful to share pictures of styles you like.
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