Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks

What To Know Before Ordering Window Treatments

In this article, we will break down the often-overlooked action items you need to consider before ordering new window treatments.

Whether your old window treatments are falling apart or you’re just ready for an upgrade, buying new blinds, shades, or shutters is a pretty exciting time. But it can also be a bit stressful and overwhelming if you are unprepared. Luckily, that’s why we’re here! In this article, we will break down the often-overlooked action items you need to consider before ordering new window treatments.

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Here are a few common roadblocks that homeowners often run into.

1. Color Choice Conundrum

One of the most exciting aspects of ordering new window treatments is the ability to makeover your home. Often, new window treatments are part of a larger room remodel, which often means new wall color. Yay! So, it’s important to think about how your new blinds, shades, or shutters will match. However, this can be a bit trickier than many homeowners realize. There are often two issues:

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  • Ordering In-Store: Unless you have a photographic memory, it can be hard to envision how window treatments you view in store will match your walls. One way to get around this minor hiccup is to bring in a sample of the paint color. This will allow you to quickly see the products and the paint side by side.
  • Ordering Online: One of the biggest issues with online shopping is that different computer screens (monitors) render colors differently. And this can cause problems when shopping for any product, let alone window treatments. This is why Next Day Blinds provides our online customers with free window treatment swatches to ensure perfect color matching (or close to it) every time. Each sample is hand cut from actual production materials to help you really envision your finished blinds, shades, or shutters.
  • Shop-at-Home: Perhaps the best way to ensure a perfect color match is to schedule a free in-home appointment. One of our consultants will come to your home, and bring product samples and color swatches  to provide you inspiration as well as education on the options available to you. Each consultant is also trained to measure your windows and you will receive a quote during your appointment.

2. Window Dimensions Dilemma

“At Next Day Blinds, everything is custom made after you purchase your products,” says Frank Sisto, Vice President of Operations at Next Day Blinds. “You get a custom-built product, made locally, and custom-tailored to your windows. And since every blind and shade is custom made to your exact specifications, your measurements are critical.

How to Measure Blinds and Shades - Width

When you order through a store or shop-at-home appointment, Next Day Blinds will send one of our highly skilled, specially trained employees to your home to accurately measure each window. But, if you’d rather handle things yourself, here are a few simple tips.

  • Gather the Right Tools: “If you try to measure your windows by yourself and your measurements are off even by half-an-inch, everything will be wonky,” warns designer Ariel Okin. This is why we recommend only using a steel tape measure – never wood or cloth tape. Because the steel tape measure is more rigid, it makes it easier to obtain accurate measurements. Also be sure to grab a pen and paper to write down each measurement – and don’t forget to label each window (“Kitchen”, “Bedroom”, etc.).
  • Measure Every Window: There is no such thing as a “standard size” window. Even windows in the same room can vary slightly. So, it is important to measure each and every window separately.
  • Measure at Three Points: A window’s width and height can differ depending on where you measure it. This is why we recommend measuring at 3 different points. For width, measure at the bottom, middle and top. For height, measure at the left, middle and right. Then round each measurement to the nearest eighth of an inch. For width select the narrowest figure, and for height the tallest. We also recommend taking each measurement a few times to ensure accuracy.
  • Don’t Forget About Depth: “Our custom window coverings are custom (built) for width and height, but we also give consideration to the depth of the window, the type of millwork, and the projection of the sill,” says Steve Freishtat, CEO and Founder of Next Day Blinds. All of our blinds and shades have depth requirements when inside mounting. Check depth requirements to ensure your window and window treatment are compatible: Installation Depth Requirements for Inside Mounting guide.

3. Installation Considerations

Who is ultimately going to install your new window treatments? If you prefer to do the work yourself, you certainly can by ordering online or picking up in-store. Installation guides are provided with each of our DIY orders. We also have helpful how-to videos and DIY resources that can walk you through the installation process.

In Home Installation Services

Or, you can enlist the help of our professional installation service – available in our full-service market area when you purchase from a showroom or Shop At Home consultant. At Next Day Blinds, we provide installation services utilizing only professional technicians that are full time employees of the Company. We never use contractors for residential installation so we can ensure the the perfect fit every time.

Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.