Finding the right coverings for your home or office windows isn’t as simple as some may think. Apart from there being such a wide range of options available to choose from, some types of blinds and shades can be great for your needs, while others not so much. The tips below should help you become more informed on the subject of window treatments as a whole.
With electric blinds, make sure you opt for the right power source for you
You've got a couple of options to choose from, each one with its pros and cons. Hardwired blinds will take longer to install, but they allow for seamless and simultaneous operation of different sets of motorized blinds and shades and are by far the fastest option. Battery-powered blinds will have no trouble working even when the main power goes out due to a blackout. Also, they're much easier to install, just make sure that the battery pack doesn't stand out in an unsightly way over the rail. If you're looking for a more 'green' power solution, why not go with solar-powered shades? Use the very sun whose light the coverings are blocking to harness and store energy which will power their movement. Just remember, solar-power blinds will struggle to work if there's no sunlight, so you might want to couple them with an extra power source just in case.
Choose the right shade fabric for your needs
To say there's a lot of variety when designing custom shades would be an understatement. With color, texture, and design all customizable, the number of possible combinations can be staggering. The same goes for fabric options. The level of opacity plays a huge factor in how well your new custom shades will block or filter sunlight. Choose blackout fabric shades for bedrooms and other areas where you need to have complete darkness, at least some of the time. Choose light filtering fabrics for areas of your home where you want to really maximize your use of natural lighting.
Get childproof cordless blinds if you're worried about entanglement risks
Obviously, nothing's more important than the safety of your children. That's why, if they're very young, you'll probably want to eliminate the presence of dangling cords and ropes, which they can get entangled in. Luckily, pretty much all types of blinds and shades have a cordless option which you can get. No need to forfeit a certain type of window treatment if you're keen on it.