How to Get Great Window Coverings on Any Budget
Let Budget Blinds help you find what you need, with great service at the right price.
Whether you’re just moving in or have been in your home for a while, window coverings can be a challenge. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the design choices, the expense, or just the time it might take to get it all done.
Michael Fineman, owner of Budget Blinds of the Main Line, sees these concerns all the time. He has simple advice for homeowners: focus on what you need now — and get it done right.
“Make a list of priorities, needs and wants. What can be put off and what needs to be done right away? With window treatments, you don’t need to cover every single window in the house in one swoop.
“Focus on the rooms with the biggest functional need first, and put a treatment there that you will be happy with for years,” he said.
If money is tight, temporary shades are a great alternative to solve basic functional needs like privacy and light control until you’ve saved up enough to get just what you want. That’s better, Fineman said, than trying to DIY it and ending up unhappy.
“These are custom products that probably will be hanging in your windows for the entire time you are in this home,” he said. “Do it once and do it right.”
Budget Blinds can help, with a consultative approach that makes it easy for customers to figure out what they want and get it installed just right. The company offers a complete selection of shutters, wood and faux wood blinds, cellular shades, roller shades, woven wood shades, vertical blinds, and an exclusive collection of fabrics for custom draperies and Roman shades.
First, Fineman said, he’ll look at what your needs are: whether it’s privacy, light control, heat control, or something else. Then, it’s time to look at your windows, for sizing, any unusual features, and more.
“We take a look at the house as a whole and each room, all the visual cues, and how we are going to best integrate the treatment into the existing space — even the way the treatments will present from the exterior of the home,” Fineman said.
You’ll then get recommendations based on your needs, your situation, and your budget.
Here are some guidelines to help with your budgeting ahead of time, for an average sized window:
If your budget is roughly $100 a window: faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds, basic roller shades.
If your budget is roughly $200 a window: faux wood blinds, wood blinds, cellular/honeycomb shades, basic roller shades, basic woven wood shades.
If your budget is roughly $300 a window: faux wood blinds, wood blinds, cellular/honeycomb shades, trilight shades, roller shades, woven wood shades, basic Roman shades, basic dual shades, basic motorization.
If your budget is roughly $400 a window: cellular/honeycomb shades, trilight shades, roller shades, woven wood shades, Roman shades, dual shades, basic window shadings, shutters, basic motorization.
“Then you figure out approximately what you want to spend on the project and solve the puzzle,” Fineman said. “Shutters on every window in the house might be your perfect aesthetic, but maybe you don’t have the budget for that right now. So you can either focus on the most important rooms first and periodically add, or we can design a plan using lower cost alternatives like the faux wood blinds in less impactful areas to cover more rooms at once, maximizing the bang for your buck.”
Budget Blinds, as a national company with a local franchise, is able to buy from manufacturers and keep prices down, he said. The company also offers an exclusive “No Questions Asked” warranty from most major manufacturers in addition to the standard manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty. That means Budget Blinds will replace a product for free if it’s damaged or becomes inoperable — even accidentally or through normal wear and tear.
Combine that with top-notch installation and customer service, Fineman said, all delivered at the customer’s price point.
“I can guarantee our clients will always receive great value at every price,” he said. “We believe everyone at every budget deserves style and service.”
Ready to tackle your windows? Call Budget Blinds at 610-977-2095, or visit the company’s website for more information or to schedule a free consultation.
Lead photograph courtesy of Budget Blinds.