Window shades are used for a variety of reasons, but primarily to block out excess light or to cover an unattractive view. The benefits vary depending on the type of window shade being installed.
Some people believe that blinds are the best window shades because they can be raised and lowered at any time according to convenience. However, some people prefer vertical blinds because they can filter the sunlight more effectively than other window shades and they are also fairly inexpensive. Room darkening curtains are another popular option for blocking out light and reducing noise from outside sources like traffic.
Energy-efficient Window Shades
window shades come in a variety of materials. From the cheapest option of textile to the more expensive option of wood, vinyl, and aluminum. The fabric is typically made from cotton or polyester. The fabric can be woven into either 100% cotton or a blend of both cotton and polyester.
Fabric color is comparable to that of curtains, so it doesn’t need to match your decor – just make sure you find something nice with colors you like, There are several combinations for window treatments that will vary in price, complexity, and function.
If you’re looking to make your windows more energy efficient and look good at the same time, here are some options:
- Vertical shades: These are the most commonly used and least expensive options. They are the most basic form of window treatment because they only cover part of a window. Vertical shades can provide privacy while still letting natural light come in through the top or bottom of the shade.
- Horizontal Shades: These shades overlap to meet in one strip in the center. This type is effective at blocking out light, but it can also be an eyesore if not lined up correctly with other elements on your windows such as curtain rods or handles.
- Combination Window Treatments: If you want something that does both things well, you may want to consider combining vertical and horizontal shades on different parts of your window depending on where it is located.
How to Install Window Shades
Many different materials can be used to install window shades. They can be customized to fit your needs as well.
Cut Fabric: You need a cutting blade and a mat to cut the fabric. The mat is not necessary but it does make the process easier. The fabric should be cut into strips that are about 2 1/2 inches wide and about 3-4 feet long, the width of which should depend on the size of the window you want to cover. You then stitch those strips together by sewing them together on three edges and leaving one side open for inserting it into place later (usually the top).
Non-woven Fabric: These fabrics are typically made from polypropylene or polyester. They are often lighter than traditional fabrics, more water resistant, have less texture, and have more color options available to them. These fabrics also don’t require any pre-cutting before installation; they come in rolls that measure at least 12 inches wide by 10 feet