Blinds on a Budget
Last Updated Feb 1, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
If you’re in need of new blinds but don’t want to spend a lot of money, the good news is that you don’t have to! There are blinds out there to suit any price point and here we focus on blinds that are ideal for people on a budget. Read on to find out more. For more information, visit your local blinds supplier.
Options in Budget Blinds
Looking for blinds that look good but that won’t break your budget? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Readymade blinds: If you don’t have a lot of money to spend and your windows are of standard sizes, readymade blinds may be the best option. These are reasonably priced and available in a range of styles and materials, from timber venetian blinds through to fabric roman blinds. Readymade blinds are available from blinds suppliers, hardware stores, and some other larger stores (such as homewares or department stores). Most readymade blinds you can hang yourself with a few tools and a bit of time, saving you even more money!
- Go for faux: If you love the look of timber but find that the real thing stretches your budget a little, go for faux timber blinds. These are made out of wood composites or vinyl (PVC) and they are designed to look just like the real thing only without the cost and maintenance.
Always Look Out for Sales
While you always have the above options in budget blinds, it never hurts to look out for sales, especially if you have your heart set on a particular style or design of blind. Many suppliers and manufacturers have sales throughout the year and these sales can be up to fifty percent off or more, meaning that you can nab a real bargain just for shopping at the right time! Another tip is look out for discontinued models of blinds – these are usually marked well down so that the stockist can clear them from their warehouses.
What to Look For in Budget Blinds
One thing that you do have to be careful of when shopping for budget blinds is that you obtain quality at a reasonable price. After all, there’s no point in buying something at a bargain basement price if it will only last a year or two before it begins to look shabby and need replacing again. Replacing cheap blinds every year will add up to more money than buying reasonably priced but high quality blinds that will last for years to come. When buying your blinds, look at the quality of the materials used, the stitching (if applicable), the joins and fixings, and the opener. They should be sturdy, well constructed and in no danger of coming apart.