Window coverings are a great way to manage sunlight in your home; they provide decoration, security, and privacy for your windows and doors. There are thousands of window covering options for the interior and exterior of your home.

Window covering for your home

Blinds are generally the cheapest choice and are considered “hard“ treatments because they’re made of metal or wood and arranged in slats. Stock vinyl and aluminum mini-blinds are a popular choice. Use woven or faux wood blinds for a more architectural look.


Shades, or “soft“ treatments, are a notch more expensive and made of fabric. Although they dont allow for light-filtering adjustments like blinds, they come in varying levels of opacity. There are three main types of shades: roller, which pull down from a valance tube like wrapping paper; Roman, which cascade in elegant folds like drapery panels; and cellular or “honeycomb“ shades, which are made of pleated chambers that trap air and provide insulation.


Shutters are the priciest option and lend the appearance of custom woodwork. They’re great for curb appeal.


Ready-made curtains offer more warmth and a lower price than hard window treatments, and measurements are relatively easy because you arent confined to the inside of the frame. Note that sunlight fades fabrics over time, so it’s smart 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.

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