In many ways your bedroom window is like your bathroom window in terms of privacy, yet more like the living room window when it comes to lighting and views. Unlike the bathroom where privacy does not require room darkening, it is obviously a consideration for the bedroom, where you may need to sleep while the sun is still out.
In many homes the bedroom also serves as a retreat or sanctuary, a place to read and reflect, a place for quality time for adults and children alike. It is obviously the place where you count on the restful sleep you need. This makes choosing bedroom window treatments that suit your needs very important to your overall bedroom decor and functionality.
Adding new bedroom window treatments is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add a fresh new look to your home. Whether you have a formal bedroom setting or a more casual look, you want bedroom window coverings that are stylish, yet meets the functional requirements for the way the space is used. To accomplish this, you should be aware of the different types of available bedroom window covering options and how they will coordinate with your room.
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As discussed above, there are many factors to consider when selecting bedroom window treatments. The main functional reasons to install window treatments in your bedroom are privacy and light control. Additional factors in making any choice include budget, safety and window orientation. You can have beautiful bedroom window coverings, but if it doesn't fit the function of the window, you won't be happy in the long run.
Top down/bottom up control is growing in popularity for bedroom window treatments because it lets in light from the top while maintaining privacy (especially for second story rooms) by keeping the bottom of the bedroom window covering closed.
Favorite top down bottom up bedroom window coverings include honeycomb cellular shades, bamboo and other woven wood shades, and roman shades. If you use any of these options, you will want to inquire about the material and whether the amount of light and heat coming in the window should be a concern.
The most difficult factor to control is light. Most bedroom window treatments fall into one of five categories for controlling light exposue:
If your bedroom experiences direct sunlight, insulated cellular shades or roman shades may be your best choice due to their darkening or sun-blocking and insulating factors. Accounting for the room's orientation to the sun (or neighbors) can result in significant savings on your heating and cooling bills. Filtering, blocking, and therefor reducing the effect of strong direct sunlight on your furniture, carpet, and other fabrics should extend their useful life.
All Blindster window treatments conform with CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. Many of our bedroom window treatments feature lift cords to raise or lower them, all conforming with these standards. It is very important to consider child safe bedroom window treatments when children or pets are present in a home, so be sure that any shades or blinds meet these CPSC standards. If you wish to eliminate cords altogether (even on treatments meeting the CSPC standards) many popular Blindster window treatments offer cordless options. For much more information about window covering safety, see Child Safe Blinds & Shades.
It can be really difficult to visualize the textures, colors and fabrics of various window blinds and shades. Blindster removes the selection guesswork by offering free samples of window treatments. This can help you in coordinating the overall look of the bedroom, to make sure that the bed linens, carpet, paint or other elements work together for just the look you want.
You can't know what bedroom window covering options you have without knowing what sizes you need to order. The size of the area covered, whether inside or outside mount, will limit the availability of shades and blinds types made to those size ranges. Once you have this information, you are ready to start making choices.
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Bedroom window coverings types and styles vary considerably, so it's essential that you have a plan and a budget to ensure that you can achieve your overall window decorating goals. Keep in mind that you are buying household items that should last for years. Consider how long you think you will be living in your present home and take into account other factors that might influence how much you wish to "invest" in the new look of your bedroom window treatments. Refer to the information below that compares both advantages and disadvantages of the most popular window treatments to better understand your options.
There's a lot to know about bedroom window treatments, but you don't have to know everything about each type in order to eliminate some styles from consideration. Compare the positives and negatives (presented below) of popular window shades and blinds to assist with your initial evaluation. This will let you spend more time focused on the window coverings better suited to your specific needs.-
While a particular bedroom window covering may meet all of your functional needs, it may be a poor match for the overall decor of the space. For example, fabric roman shades may be a better choice than aluminum mini blinds for a more formal bedroom. With all the window fashion options now available, you should have many bedroom window treatments to choose from for any decor.
The information you need to make the best bedroom window treatment selection is at your fingertips at Blindster.com. We are constantly adding to the online resource information about window coverings and decorating, but if you don't find everything you need there to make your decision, or you just want to talk with someone directly, we're just an email or phone call away.