How to Buy Window Blinds and Shades

Window Shades

If you’re in need of window treatments for your home, there are no shortage of options from which to choose. However, with so many choices, deciding on the right selection for your space can be difficult.  There are a number of factors you should consider before making your investment. To help you along in the process, A+ Blinds has devised a guideline to assist you in making the best decision based on your specific needs. 

These days, window treatments are as much about being functional as they are about being stylish. Lucky for you, you no longer need to choose. You should, however, prioritize what characteristics are most important to you based on your lifestyle. Are you concerned about privacy, style, or maybe both? Do you want a more formal look, or something a bit more trendy? A+ Blinds has the selection and information you need to put you on the right track.

What to Consider Before you Buy


Consider your wallet before deciding on what type of window treatments to purchase. Are you planning to outfit just one window in your home or each window? You might even consider spending more on certain windows and a bit less on others, depending on their location in the home.  

Since window treatments are priced by size, you should expect larger sized window treatments to be more expensive. Motorized window coverings, plantation shutters, and Roman Shades are typically the most expensive products while most of the other products are similar in pricing.

Light and Privacy

There are many factors which influence your desire for light and privacy.  Do you prefer your rooms to be bright and airy or more cozy? Is the window or door in an area of your home where you would like more privacy?  Is it a room where you would like the ability to block out all light completely, such as a bedroom? Consider the use of the room and how you spend your time in it.  We can offer suggestions based on your needs.


Before deciding on what type of window treatment to add to your space, it is important to think about how much time and effort you’re willing to spend on cleaning.  Standard model blinds can be cleaned at home, but can collect a lot of dust and will need frequent attention. On the other hand, shades in textured fabrics and weaves hide dirt better, but should be cleaned by a professional or by using a handheld vacuum.

Decorating Style

Your decorating style will influence the type of window treatments you choose. Are you looking for something more formal or something casual? You can decide to use bolder colors for a more dramatic look, or subtle shades for a room that has more earthy, natural tones. You can even choose between corded styles or cordless styles that have a much sleeker look.  There are options for every decorating style.


If you have young children in your home, you’ll likely want to consider cordless blind options and shades for safety reasons.

Understanding the Differences Between Blinds and Shades

Cordless blinds feature tiltable slats so that you can adjust how much sun you’d like shining into the room. They have a clean look that offers plenty of privacy. Prices for this option gradually increase depending on the type you select. Options include vinyl, aluminum, faux wood (or textured vinyl) and wood.

Blinds work great in bathrooms and bedrooms since you can leave them down for privacy and still adjust them as needed for light. They do, however, have to be cleaned regularly since the slats can quickly accumulate dust.

On the other hand, shades are best if you’re looking for versatility and style. Shades allow you to create a variety of looks and moods using different textures, patterns, and even fabric weights.  They’re great for when you’re hoping to give your room a complete refresh.

To keep your shades crisp and clean, you should hand-wash vinyl shades. Fabric shades, especially ones with a lighter color, should be cleaned using a hand vacuum and spot-treated, or be sent out to be professionally cleaned.

How to Measure

It’s important to know the exact sizes of the windows you want to cover, as this will help you make a more informed decision about an appropriate window treatment. For example, if an inside-mount blind will stop at the frame, your measuring tape should as well. For outside-mounted styles, you should include the window frame in your measurements.  You can also give our experts at A+ Blinds a call at 317-698-5445, and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation.