It is important to know what to budget for window coverings if you are updating your home or building a new one. Whether you are replacing basic 1″ vinyl blinds or those old 1″ or 2″ aluminum blinds its a great question. If you are building a new home remember to leave an allowance for blinds, shades, shutters or drapery.
Most window coverings are priced the size of your window with 35″ x 72″ being an average window covering size. If you have a 70″ x 70″ window you can count that as two windows. Blinds, shades, shutters and drapery will range in price based on the features, quality, manufacturer and warranty you select. 2″ Basic imported Faux blind for this size window start at approximately $75 per window. The pricing will increase using routeless blinds, cordless lift and larger louver sizes to name a few upgrades. There are many options of window coverings such as cellular shades, roman shades, fabric shades, vertical solutions, shutters and drapery. The pricing for these items increase based on materials, opacities and upgrades selected. A Roman shade or cellular shade for the same average window will usually start at two to three times more than the basic blind price, $150- $225+ for that same window.
If you are building a new home it is best to budget 1-2% of the value of the home if purchasing basic Faux blinds. If you are using any fabric type of window coverings such as cellular shades, roman shades, woven woods or soft shadings, it is best to budget 2-4% of your homes’ value. This pricing will increase to 4-6% if using motorization, shutters or draperies. So, when building your dream home, don’t forget one of the most important areas to budget for: the window coverings. We all need a mixture of privacy, light control, or added beauty to our homes.
Talk to a professional window covering specialist TODAY to find out hear about the options and to find the right priced products for your budget.