What to expect from cheap blinds
Furnishing a new home can be an expensive business; all the ‘little things’ quickly add up and budgets never go quite as far as planned. Sooner or later you’ll have to think about what type of blinds you want, and more importantly; what you can afford.
You know that if you invest in quality blinds you’ll have something for life. Yet, with the early morning sun streaming in through the bare bedroom window (and the last of your money gone on sandpaper and paint), the overwhelming temptation is to rush out and buy some cheap blinds.
Luckily technological and manufacturing advances mean that cheap no longer means nasty and today there’s a great range of budget blinds that won’t break the bank. Just because you don’t have money to throw around doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style. Most designs and colors are available at very competitive prices as long as you know where to look. The Internet is the best place to start, but don’t forget the phenomenal buying power exercised by department stores and catalogue stores.
If you buy cheap blinds you can expect quality to be compromised in a variety of ways. Most will be made from untreated fabrics, which may loose color or yellow with prolonged exposure to sunlight. It’s unlikely that any materials used will be damp or mildew resistant and shouldn’t be used in kitchens or bathrooms. You’ll also find that cheap fixings don’t perform well and in the case of Venetian blinds; you end up with a wonky window covering that rises on one side and not on the other. Cheap wooden blinds should be avoided for use in wet areas such as the bathroom.
If possible, it’s worth saving a little longer and opting for a harder wearing mid-range blind. Some of the world’s best blind manufacturers are American concerns, such as Hunter Douglas and Levelor, whose names are synonymous with quality products. Keep an eye on their websites for seasonal promotions (typically in the summer months and at New Year) where you can pick up end of the line blinds for a fraction of their original price.