Why Window Covers?
They create an aesthetic in a room that often creates a homey, warm, clean feeling. They also provide sound protection, privacy, and protection from the sunlight.
For light control, blinds and shutters offer the most options, since you can tilt slats or louvers to allow in just the amount of light you want. If it’s a bedroom that needs to be totally dark at times, opt for blackout shades or blackout lining for draperies. For energy efficiency, honeycomb blinds actually trap hot or cold air in cells, keeping the room cooler or warmer with the season.
To block noise, “the more fabric you put up, the quieter it is,” says Babylon. Consider layering window treatments such as a shade, then sheers then lined floor-length draperies (add a fabric-covered cornice at the top).
A better question is why wouldn’t you use window covers? For some people, the answer to that question is the cost.
Number & Size of Windows
Clearly the number of windows that need treatments installed affects the price of installation. However, like most home improvement jobs, there are some cost savings associated with increased volume because the workers and their tools are already on site.
Therefore, while the installation of a single custom window covering costs on average $60-$70, the price to install two is less than double that, around $80. The price for three or more is similarly discounted, ranging from about $100 for three to about $120 for five window treatment installations.
The style of window treatments you want to install also affects their price immensely. While simple curtains and drapes only require a straight-angled rod, custom blinds, shutters, and shades are all more complex because they must fit exactly within or around a window. Here are some specific considerations to keep in mind with each of these popular window treatment styles.
Curtains and Drapes. A simple rod and curtain is an easy installation on your own and a low-cost way to add volume, interest, and dramatic design to any window. Furthermore, the curtains and drapes themselves can add or subtract substantially from final costs, with basic cotton or polyester panels costing as little as $7-$10 or hand-spun silk types going for $1,000 or more.
Low-Cost Blinds and Shades. Most home improvement and hardware stores offer basic aluminum blinds and roller shades cut-to-order so they can fit your windows exactly. These basic treatments are quite inexpensive, costing anywhere from $7-$25 apiece, and they are usually self-installed.
Custom Blinds and Shades. Custom-designed blinds and shades have the same clean, fitted look as their low-cost counterparts with the added benefit of professional installation and features such as energy efficiency, cordless operation, and even automatic movement. Installation of these custom blinds generally costs between $80-$250, depending on their features.
Shutters. Similar to custom blinds, shutters must be sized according to the window and are almost always professionally installed. Their price ranges according to the materials used and details present, including carvings and color. The average cost for installation ranges from around $150-$400.