Custom Bedroom Window Treatments

Window Covering Ideas: Choosing the Best Window Coverings for your Bedroom

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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Bedroom Window Treatments Considerations

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.

Light Control & Privacy Factors

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.

Controlling Light Exposure with Functional Bedroom Window Treatments

The most difficult factor to control is light. Most bedroom window treatments fall into one of five categories for controlling light exposue:

  • Transparent - Clear, without obstruction.
  • Translucent - Diffused light, preventing perception of distinct images.
  • Filtered - Muted light in bright conditions.
  • Semi-Opaque - Surfaces impenetrable by light, yet allows some light through gaps.
  • Opaque (or Black-Out) - Blocks all light.

Bedroom Window Orientation

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.

Bedroom Window Covering Safety for Kids & Pets

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.

Free Bedroom Window Treatment Samples Remove the Guesswork

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.

Measure Your Coverage Area

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.

Inside Mount
  • Mounted within the window frame.
  • Provides a clean, built-in look.
  • Great way to leave attractive woodwork exposed.
Outside Mount
  • Great option when there is not enough depth for an inside mount.
  • Mounted to the wall, ceiling or molding surface surrounding the window.
  • Often used to make the window appear larger or to hide a less attractive window or door.

Blindster offers illustrated instructions for measuring each type of kitchen window treatment.

Bedroom Window Treatments Budget: Don't Break the Bank!

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.

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Comparing Window Treatment Features

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.

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Premium Light Filtering Single Cellular ShadesFaux Wood Blinds (click to zoom)

Faux Wood Blinds

Advantages
  • Cost: Made from synthetic materials so they are less expensive than real wood blinds.
  • More durable: Faux wood blinds are perfect for homes with active children and/or pets.
  • Resistant to moisture and easy to clean: Impervious to moisture faux wood blinds can get wet and they are easy to clean; simply wipe down with a damp??cloth.
Disadvantages
  • Heavier than real wood.
  • Lower insulation values.
  • Fewer color choices.
  • Size limitations due to weight.
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2Wood Blinds (click to zoom)

Real Wood blinds

Advantages
  • Look and feel of real wood. Stains showcase the wood grain texture in the blinds.
  • Highest insulating??value among horizontal blinds.
  • Larger selection of colors and stains.
  • Lighter than faux wood blinds. This is important for larger window blinds as they??are easier to open and close.
Disadvantages
  • Cost.
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1" Privacy Aluminum BlindsAluminum Mini blinds (click to zoom)

Aluminum Mini Blinds

Advantages
  • Very inexpensive.
  • Lightweight.
  • Large color selection.
Disadvantages
  • Poor insulators.
  • Aluminum slats can bend.
View Window Treatments: Aluminum Mini Blinds
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Smooth PVC Vertical BlindsVertical Blinds (click to zoom)

Vertical Blinds

Advantages
  • Perfect for large hard to cover windows and sliding doors.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Economical.
Disadvantages
  • Contemporary look may not suit all room styles.
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Deluxe Vinyl Roller ShadesRoller Shades (click to zoom)

Roller Shades

Advantages
  • Take very little window space. Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Wide color selection.
  • Best suited for modern or contemporary style rooms or for homeowners looking for simple, low profile window coverings.
  • Ideal for windows that cannot accommodate traditional drapes or shades (smaller spaces).
Disadvantages
  • Must be fully raised for complete view.
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Super Value Cordless Single Cellular ShadesCellular Shades (click to zoom)

Honeycomb Cellular Shades

Advantages
  • Individual cells trap air for excellent insulation. Considered best choice for energy saving window treatments.
  • Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Large color selection.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to clean.
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Pleated ShadesPleated Shades (click to zoom)

Pleated Shades

Advantages
  • Combine the elegance and appeal of cellular shades at lower cost.
  • Pleated shades are perfect when looking for a single-layer shade with more definition and texture than a roller shade but without the slats of horizontal blinds.
  • Unique structure and versatility of allows multiple control options.
  • While pleated shades do not have the same energy efficient properties as cellular shades, they still offer multiple options in light and privacy control.
  • Lighter colors and textures of sheer and semi-private pleated shades allow some features to be visible from the outdoors.
  • Pleated shades come in a variety of weaves and colors that help block light and provide dark accents to rooms.
Disadvantages
  • Less energy efficient than cellular shades.
  • Difficult to clean.
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Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group ABamboo & Woven Wood Shades (click to zoom)

Bamboo / Woven Wood Shades

Advantages
  • Easily mix and layer with drapes for a more dramatic effect.
  • Ideal for a beach, vintage, country, rustic or rugged look.
  • High insulating value.
  • Relatively good at controlling the amount of sunlight that a room receives.
  • Available in a wide range of colors and textures.
  • Complement both traditional and contemporary styles.
Disadvantages
  • Cost.
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Premium Solar Shades 3% OpenSolar Shades (click to zoom)

Solar Shades

Advantages
  • Blocks up to 97% UV light and glare.
  • Reduces solar heat providing good energy savings.
  • Protects furniture and flooring, reducing the risk of fading, discoloration and burning.
  • Enjoy unobstructed views while reducing sun's heat and glare.
Disadvantages
  • Does not provide privacy at night.
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Premium Roman Shades Group BRoman Shades (click to zoom)

Roman Shades

Advantages
  • Roman shades combine the truly custom window covering look??of drapery fabrics with the operating ease of window blinds.
  • Fabric shade materials provide??elegance similar to??curtains, but offer a cleaner, more polished and controlled look to a??room's decor.
  • Roman shades offer privacy and insulation. Blackout liner fabrics available for maximum light-blocking and privacy.
  • Roman shades offer design versatility because of the wide variety of fabric colors and patterns.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to clean.
View Window Treatments: Roman Shades
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More Window Treatment Information

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.

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