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Budget Friendly Ideas for Window Treatments

Nobody likes to spend too much money on anything, but, unfortunately, there are certain things that can really add up and become very expensive. Decorating your home with window treatments can be one of those things. For those who are building new homes, the extras and add-ons that are not included in the original building costs can come somewhat as a surprise. When it comes time to furnish and decorate the home, money may be quite tight. However, adding window treatments is still something that most people want to do, and, in many cases a necessity for privacy or energy control purposes. Being able to add window treatments in an affordable manner is important.

The perfect window treatments for any home are going to be unique and there is not one perfect answer that will suit the needs or wishes of every homeowner. This is why it is very fortunate that window treatments come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials. Choosing something that fits your own tastes, as well as your budget is not impossible.

Even if you are not just building a new home, and maybe just updating or redecorating some or all of the rooms in a home you have lived in for a long time, the expense can be significant. Again, the options are many.

1.       Start by identifying the most important rooms that you want to work with. Rooms like bedrooms and bathrooms typically have special privacy concerns, so these are often the first place that many people will start. If privacy is a main issue, as it would be for those who are close to neighbors or roads, then it might be easiest to choose a very inexpensive shade to just cover the window in a quick and easy way, and decide about more decorative window treatments later. Roller shades and mini blinds are usually the cheapest choices, and provide instant privacy control and light control.

2.       Some want to make the common areas of their homes as “perfect” as possible, very quickly. These homeowners may choose to “splurge” a little on the window treatments that they really want, so that the areas in which they spend the most time, or the rooms in which they entertain. When you choose only a few rooms at a time, or decorate in stages, decorating with window treatments can be more affordable.

3.       A third suggestion, and one that is very popular, is to use your own personalized materials to make homemade window treatments. Simple curtains can be made very inexpensively from fabric purchased and quickly sewn together. If you are handy with a sewing machine, this can be done in a matter of minutes. There are many different types of fabrics to choose from, and you can find a print or pattern that complements your décor. Making your own curtains or valances for window treatments can be a very affordable way to decorate your home in a unique way.

As you consider how to make your home your own special place, plan out how you are going to choose and install the window treatments so that you have the right combination of beauty, privacy and cost.