Buying Custom Window Treatments on a Budget

Amy Smith
Written by Amy Smith
Updated April 28, 2016
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Custom window treatments can add class to a home without breaking the bank. (Photo courtesy of Decorview/Chad Holder)

Custom window treatments don't have to break the bank.

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When most homeowners hear the word custom, they immediately picture large dollars signs. But choosing a custom solution for your home improvement project doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll blow the budget.

Shopping for new window treatments for your home? Here are four ways to find a custom solution without going over your budget.

Work with a window treatments professional

By working with someone who specializes in window treatments, you’ll immediately know what design options are possible for your windows and budget. Plus, your designer will know all of the nuances that are involved with installing blinds or shades, helping you avoid a costly DIY window treatment fail.

If you choose a window treatment brand that offers a lifetime guarantee, such as Hunter Douglas, you can feel confident that your new custom window treatments will be protected for the life of the product. This will save you money in the long run when cheaper alternatives wear out and require replacement after just a short time. 

Communicate your budget up front

If you have a set budget for new window treatments, make sure you communicate that up front to your designer. That way, they won’t tempt you with styles or finishing options that are clearly out of your budget.

Use special offers to buy window treatments

Many top brands, such as Hunter Douglas, offer regular promotions on best-selling products throughout the year, making it much easier to stick to your budget. Special financing is another great way to purchase custom window treatments, allowing you to pay off your purchase in smaller payments over time. This way you can enjoy your new blinds, shades or shutters right away, without the immediate drain on your wallet.

Invest in the right features

When you select a custom solution over an off-the-shelf product, you’ll have access to infinitely more design options to choose from. More choice means you’re more likely to find the perfect window treatment solution for your home. However, it could also make it hard to say no to all of the high-end features that can drive up the cost.

For those on a budget, focus on the features you deem most important. For example, if your window treatments are purely aesthetic, then invest in a luxury fabric and skip on upgrading the operating system. Or, if child safety is your primary concern, choose a beautiful, yet practical fabric in order to invest in a high-tech cordless operating system like PowerView™ Motorization from Hunter Douglas. 

Are you shopping for new custom window treatments? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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