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How to Choose a Material for Window Coverings

How to Choose a Material for Window Coverings

Like many aspects of home improvement, window coverings come in many shapes, sizes, and designs. However, one aspect that’s often overlooked for window covering ideas is the material the coverings are actually made of.

Below are a few of the most common types and why you should or shouldn’t consider them for your home.

Window Covering Ideas for Materials: Wood and Faux Wood

Wood is often one of the best choices to add a little more warmth to your rooms and windows and can add a more natural feel to your home as well.

Wood window treatments also benefit from some of the best levels of customization since you can choose from a variety of stains, colours, and types of wood.

However, wood is prone to warping, splitting, cracking or breaking over time. Thus, they are best used as indoor shutters.

Faux wood also has many of the benefits of normal wood, but because they are made from synthetic materials they can withstand humidity better making them a great choice for bathrooms.

Plastic window treatmentPlastic Blinds and Coverings

The most affordable out of all the material types, plastic window coverings also benefit from being highly durable.

Plastic window treatments stand out as being the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to design and placement in your home. However, they don’t offer the same luxurious look other materials offer and have a much larger environmental footprint.

Natural and Synthetic Fabric Blinds and Drapes

Finally, fabric window treatments continue to be one of the most popular choices for look and appeal. Generally, both natural and synthetic fabrics are used for shades which often make them perfect for larger windows or when more natural light needs to be blocked out or diffused.

Easy to clean and durable, they add a classy look to any window. However, both natural and synthetic fabric blinds fade from UV rays over time (although synthetic ones take much longer to do so) so take this into account when hanging them up in your home.

There are many different kinds of materials to choose from for window treatments, so look into some options for your home to find out what works for you!



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