Anyone who has purchased treatments before knows that there are many factors to consider and a lot of opportunities to get things wrong. If you aren’t well-versed in the world of window coverings, it’s easy to be led astray. Read on so you don’t fall victim to one of these myths!
Don’t fall for these common window treatment myths!
MYTH #1: Drapes should be hung on the window trim
Sadly, so many people make the mistake of hanging drapes on their window trim. The result is the illusion of short, squatty windows and blocked natural light. Drapes should be hung high and wide. Typically, drapes should be hung an inch or two from the ceiling. The inner edge of your drapes should fall on the outer edge of your window, allowing plenty of natural light to filter through. If light control or privacy is a concern, chose functional drapes that can close or pair drapes with blinds or shades.
Drapery Street customers can enjoy professional design and installation services so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the right placement of your drapes. We’ll take care of it for you!
MYTH #2: Window treatments will make my home too dark
Room darkening window treatments are a blessing in bedrooms and theater rooms. But window coverings come in a variety of opacity, from sheer to blackout. Even room darkening treatments can be opened during the day to let in light. One of the first questions our designers will ask you during your complimentary design consultation is about your light control needs. We’ll use your answer to guide you towards the appropriate products and operating systems.
MYTH #3: Window coverings will block my views
Certain window coverings will block your views, but not all. Drapery Street carries a variety of products that do NOT block views. We offer a window film that actually enhances views, much like how Ray-Ban sunglasses work. Hunter Douglas Silhouette shadings offer a clear view of your property, even when your shades are pulled down. If maintaining your views is important to you, be sure to tell our designers so they can help you find the right solution.
MYTH #4: You can’t have window treatments if you want a minimalist aesthetic
Minimalist design is sweeping the country and with it the false belief that window treatments must be avoided in order to achieve this aesthetic. Don’t skip window treatments — and all the advantages they offer like privacy and energy efficiency — for the sake of design when you can have both! It’s actually quite possible to achieve clean lines and lots of natural light with the right window treatments, operating system, and installation methods. Learn all about it here.
MYTH #5: Motorization is an unnecessary luxury
Motorized window treatments are a luxury, but they are also often the smartest solution for certain issues. For example, windows that are difficult to reach like those behind a bathtub or two-story windows. Large shades on large windows can be heavy and difficult to pull up with traditional operating systems. In these cases, imagine being able to open, tilt, and close your blinds with the push of a button. The added convenience motorization offers cannot be overstated.
Your Drapery Street designer can work with you to figure out which, if any, of the window treatments in your home should be motorized. In most cases, every single window in a home does not require this technology. Here are the most common situations where we recommend motorized window treatments.
MYTH #6: Window treatments are all the same
If you go to the hardware store and choose the exact same product for every room in your home, we can almost guarantee you’ll be disappointed in time. Each room in a home has different lighting, privacy, and design needs. Because of this, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we help our customers identify the needs of each room and customize solutions that will meet each of those needs. For example, we may recommend blackout coverings in the bedrooms, striking draperies for the formal dining room, and economical blinds in the garage. Furthermore, window treatment brands are not built using the same quality parts or craftsmanship. Drapery Street only sells Hunter Douglas blinds, shades, and shutters because we know they are expertly crafted and have warranties and guarantees to back that up.
MYTH #7: A retail chain will have the best pricing
Believing this myth could really cost you! Retails chains often sell inferior products at higher prices. Click here to see a custom drapery price comparison between Drapery Street and two national competitors. Some window coverings dealers will even tell you they sell Hunter Douglas products labeled under a different name. If it doesn’t say Hunter Douglas on it, it’s not Hunter Douglas!
Drapery Street is a certified Hunter Douglas Centurion Gallery, meaning we offer the very best in products, pricing, and expertise. As a Centurion Gallery, we offer a wider range of Hunter Douglas products than most and have exclusive promotions that others do not have access to. We also provide the Hunter Douglas Right Choice Promise, Limited Lifetime Warranty, and Love It Guarantee so you have our assurances that you’ll be 100% satisfied with the window treatments you’re investing in.
Do you have a question about window treatments? Consult with an expert so you don’t fall for common myths!