Now that we purchased our first home, I'll spending more time on DIY and home design projects. One of the first things we needed for our new place were window treatments (as our living room came with none and our bedroom ones were broken).
I had several challenges to assess before selecting the right type of window covering.
First, we have a kid. And not just any kid. A highly destructive...er active one. Which meant I could not have anything with cords, long pieces of fabric, or otherwise grab-able because it would be grabbed, pulled, yanked, and/or hung on. So drapes, slats, and corded options were out.
Requirement 1: Cordless.
Second, we don't do TV. Instead, we have a HD projector so our window treatments needed to be blackout capable. Otherwise, we would not be able to watch movies during the day because we would not be able to see the image projected onto our wall. Blackouts it also great for insomniacs so definitely needed for the bedroom too.
Requirement 2: Blackout capable.
Next, we discovered that our window frame sill ceilings were weak. They are basically plastered cardboard which meant we needed a lightweight solution.
Requirement 3: Lightweight.
I love the look of clean, streamlined design in windows. I wanted a blind that could fit perfectly within our extremely large windows (we have 35" X 82"). This typically means custom which can come at a hefty price - especially if you are outfitting 5+ windows (which we are). But of course, I hate to spend money, so I needed a custom-sized option that wouldn't break the bank.
Requirement 4: Custom but not expensive.
All these restrictions lead to some serious, time intensive searching. But alas, I found the perfect fit for my needs and taste.
While HomeDepot quoted me $700+ (not including the blackout option, taxes, etc), I found this small vendor on Amazon called Decor Avenue. They make custom sized cordless blackout (and non-blackouts) blinds in an array of colors including white, dove grey, tan, and black. they are 5lbs, super easy to install, and very reasonable (we spent ~$550 for all 5). You have to measure the windows yourself but they have a handy chart to guide you through the sizing process. They also have great customer service and will take back the blind incase of a sizing mess up.
If you are in the market for new window treatments and have any of the above mentioned restrictions, I highly recommend checking them out.