Unlike a throw cushion or a print for your wall, new blinds are a long-term investment in your home. As such, there are plenty of things to consider before you commit to placing an order. After all, you want to be happy with your purchase for many years to come.
Your guide to buying blinds
Consider the cost of blinds
First thing’s first: you need to know how much you’ll be spending on your new blinds, curtains or shutters. By having a set budget, this will help to narrow down your search and allow you to focus on the other attributes of the product.
Some of our most affordable styles include roller blinds, Venetian blinds and vertical blinds. For these styles you can expect to pay no more than $500 to cover a ‘standard’ window (1.8m x 1.8m). You can find out how much other indoor blinds cost here.
Size up the window size
Moving on from the price, you can start to consider the size and position of the window you want to cover. This is important to consider earlier on as different windows need a different approach.
Another example is windows that have an unusual bend or angle (like arched windows). For these types of windows, shutters or curtains are a great choice, as they can easily be custom cut to fit the window perfectly. The same goes for windows that are smaller than the standard size.
Be particular about privacy
Unless you live out in the middle of woop woop, privacy should be a key consideration factor when choosing your new window blinds.
Window treatments installed over bathroom, bedroom and street-facing windows require the highest level of privacy. After all, no one wants to be sprung coming out of the shower or getting changed! Some of the best privacy blinds include styles that cover the entire window, like Roman blinds and roller blinds.
Increase natural light
Natural light plays a huge role in our health and wellbeing in the home, so it’s important to consider how much light your new blinds will let in.
When it comes to light control, vertical blinds, sheer curtains and vision blinds are always a great choice. These styles allow total control over the light that enters the room and can be easily adjusted to suit your needs. You can read more about the best light filtering blinds here.
Regulate the temperature
If your new blinds are to be installed over an area of the home that receives an abundance of sunlight, it might be worth considering energy efficient insulating blinds. With these blinds installed, they can help to regulate the temperature in your home throughout the year. Styles such as double roller blinds can be particularly beneficial due to their unique dual layer design.
Block out a busy street with blinds
If your windows are facing a busy street, or if your neighbours tend to be on the noisy side, insulating products like blockout blinds and curtains can help to muffle outside noise. You can read more about the best noise-reducing blinds here.
Think about the style you want
Now that the key functional consideration points are done, we can move on to the fun stuff!
Whether you want wow factor or you’re going for a room that looks well put-together, it’s important to settle on a colour palette and overall style before you choose your blinds. Are you going for a traditional style? Modern? Boho? Visit your local showroom with the style of the room in mind and it will make the job of choosing fabrics, materials and colours a lot easier. If you have no idea what style to go for, our team are always happy to point you in the right direction.
Different styles of window treatments can also help you achieve different looks in your home. For example, modern styles like Venetians and vision blinds (to name a few) are best suited to homes built within the last ten years. On the other hand, character homes are better suited to classic styles like curtains and shutters.
Interested in learning more about buying new blinds from an ABC Blinds expert? To arrange a free measure and quote with a highly-trained consultant in your own home, give us a call on 13 13 15 or fill out this simple online form. We provide this service to a wide range of locations around metro and select regional areas, 6 days a week between 8am and 6pm.
The majority of our blinds, curtains and awnings are made in Australia and are sold for the lowest prices in the market, guaranteed. Just bring in a quote on any competitor’s comparable item and we’ll beat it by 5%!