Window blinds add style and uniqueness to your home but they can be quite expensive. Specialized shops and interior decorators charge hundreds of dollars for customized window blinds. You can get almost the same look by finding more affordable window blinds to decorate your home. Don't pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for custom window blinds when you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.
Comparison shop. When searching for the perfect window blinds, be sure to shop around and ask questions. Some places can charge much more for cutting and sizing your window blinds so be sure to ask about extra charges you might not be aware of. Custom blinds will cost you much more than window blinds out of a box at a discount store.
Use a discount store. Many online stores offer eye-catching window blinds at a fraction of the price of a custom store. Even department stores such as Walmart and Target offer affordable, yet attractive, window blinds that come in all sizes, colors and styles. Best of all, if they aren't altered you can return them for a refund if you don't like them.
Utilize stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's for semi-custom blinds. Hardware stores also have semi-custom window blinds that you can choose from. They will cut your window blinds to the size you need at no extra charge. This gives you an almost customized look at a much less expensive cost and they are custom fitted.
Attend estate sales or condominium foreclosures. A lot of sales that involve getting rid of furniture, as in an estate sale or foreclosure, can be the perfect place to get custom blinds for hardly any cost at all. Always make sure that the size is right, although even if you have to have them cut again, it will still be less expensive than using a custom blinds shop.
Work with what you have. If you purchase inexpensive window blinds, dress them up with window dressings, or extravagant curtain rods and draperies. Use neutral colors with your blinds so that the focus is on other parts and decorations in your home. If you choose an off-white color blind but have a beautiful set of red drapes, a person's eyes will immediately go to the drapery, not your blinds.
Tips & Warnings
- Always measure twice and cut once.
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