When you move into a new home, one of the first things you need is some blinds, curtains, or other window treatments to add a little privacy to your new home. The choices are nearly endless, and deciding what is going to be best for your home is your choice.
For many years pull down window shades were common in homes, and at night you would reach over, pull them down, and carefully let go, in hopes, they didn't unexpectedly roll up on you. You can still get the roll-up shades, and they still work pretty much the same way, but the mechanism is a little better these days.
Roll-up shades are about the least expensive solution, and if you need shades for the whole house, it is an excellent place to start. You can replace them in small numbers with another option if you decide to later on.
Another reasonably priced option that is a little nicer to look at is vinyl blinds. The blinds can be left down and opened to let light in during the day, or they can be opened to allow a clear view of the window. They are a little more durable than the shades, but they are a bit more expensive too.
Blinds are available in a lot of colors to match your room or accents, and if you want to spend a little more money, you can get wood blinds that look very nice and work the same way as the vinyl blinds.
When you start considering blinds, you may want to check with the window treatment associate at your local home improvement store. The associate can show you many different types of blinds and explain the reasons for the different price ranges you will find them in.
Curtains and Drapes
If you do not want to put blinds or shades on your windows, you can hang curtains over the windows and pull them closed when you need to. For some people, curtains,or drapes provide a much more beautiful look and are just as effective at providing privacy inside the house.
If you are considering drapes, you will also need to buy the hardware to hang them on, and some of the rods and brackets can be very ornate. Most curtain or drape retailers will sell the hardware as well, and many of them have installation services available if you need some help hanging your new drapes.