Custom Blinds

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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There are many circumstances that call for home decorators to look past the pre-manufactured options available at a nearby warehouse or department store. Different window types in some homes just don't accommodate the limited measurements found in stores. Other times, pre-manufactured options don't match the look one is trying to achieve.

Unfortunately, many people have the idea that custom blinds are prohibitively expensive. This is not necessarily the case. Many "discount" blinds outlets carry top-of-the-line custom options, at considerable savings. The Internet, in particular, is home to many fine discount blind stores.

Don't Shop Blind

When in the market for custom blinds, invest the time required to research your options. Go into "brick and mortar" locations to identify the precise level of translucence you want. If you select a specific brand, familiarize yourself with their swatches and bring a few home, in a variety of colors. Put them up on the wall, to make sure they coordinate with your other furnishings. And don't forget to tape them directly onto windows to get an idea of how well they block light and how their tones will affect the other colors in the room.

After making an informed decision, take note of the manufacturer, the colors you like, and the level of translucence. Measure your windows carefully--custom blinds are cut to your specifications, and no one's likely to offer refunds for your mistakes. If you're opting for custom blinds with an inside-frame mount, you must be exact to the 16th of an inch. If you're choosing outer-mount options, measurements don't have to be quite so exact.

After you're well-armed with all your details, go online and start searching for the best prices you can find. Chances are you'll find dozens of custom blinds that meet your specifications at considerable savings over what you'd pay at a brick-and-mortar blind store. This type of shopping may take a little more time, but the results are well worth the effort. You'll have the precisely perfect blinds for your home, and you'll be saving money at the same time.

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