How to Order Custom Blinds and Shades

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Process of ordering custom window treatments.

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Choosing the right window treatments can significantly enhance the beauty and functionality of any space. Choosing custom-made blinds and shades will help you ensure that you get the perfect fit, light control and level of privacy. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of buying custom blinds and custom shades, and help you make informed decisions and ensure a seamless experience.

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Step 1: Assess Your Window Treatment Needs

Before embarking on your custom window coverings journey, take some time to evaluate your preferences and requirements. Consider factors such as privacy, light control, energy efficiency, and decor style. Determine how many windows you need to dress and have a budget in mind. Understanding your needs and preferences will help you make better choices during the buying process.

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Step 2: Measuring For Your Custom Blinds

Accurate measurements are crucial for the proper fit of custom blinds. We recommend that you use a metal tape measure to measure the width and height of each window individually, taking note of any irregularities or obstructions. It is advisable to measure at least twice to ensure precision. If you are unsure about the measurements, check out our online measuring guide. You should already be considering if you want outside or inside mount window treatments. And if you aren’t sure, check out "Inside Mount vs. Outside Mount Blinds and Shades" that demystifies the difference between inside mount and outside mount.

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Keep in mind that you are guaranteed a perfect fit by scheduling a certified measure technician through Blinds To Go. Our installers not only install your blinds and shades, they also come to your home to take measurements of your windows and doors and pass that info along to our factory for you, so you are never responsible for any measurements at all.

Step 3: Research the Custom Blinds and Shades Options

With a wide range of materials, styles, and features available, researching your options is essential. Explore our website, order free samples or a free catalogue online, get inspired with online design info and blogs, and see the actual blinds and shades, in person, in one of our 100+ Blinds To Go showrooms.

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A consultation with our experts could take place in a showroom, in person in your home (available in select regions), or virtually online. During this session, you can discuss your needs and seek professional advice on selecting the most suitable blinds. Design consultants will help you consider factors such as durability, ease of maintenance, and compatibility with your existing decor.

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The research phase will help you narrow down your choices and make an informed decision. Many people start looking at custom window treatments and realize there are updated styles of blinds and shades that they didn’t even know existed, including motorization and voice control and other Smart Home/Smart Blinds options.

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Step 4: Get Quotes for Your Custom Window Treatments

Now your research and exploration is complete and it is time to pick which window treatments you want. With only very rough estimates of the windows and doors you can get quotes that will steer you to the right blinds and shades for your budget. You should have a total project cost in mind and when you get your rough quote you may decide to spring for the motorized option in a common area, like a dining room, or scale back to a more budget-friendly window covering, like aluminum blinds, in a seldom used room.

Step 5: Schedule a Measure Tech for Measurements for Your Custom Blinds

You can measure your windows by yourself or you can have our trusted measure technicians come and take your window and door measurements. This appointment will be scheduled after you have chosen the window treatments that you want, because different window treatments will require different depths and have other unique considerations as well, such as light control and ease of use. If you have scheduled a measure technician you can skip step 6 and go straight to step 7.

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Step 6: Double Check Your Measurements for Your Custom Blinds

If you measured for yourself, we will now ask you to double check your measurements and confirm that they are correct before your custom blinds or shades go into production. Since we make your window treatments custom for you, to your specs, from the material of your choosing and with your choice of lining and closing mechanism, the result is a product that will suit your needs alone, so we really do everything that we can to get it right the first time.

Step 7: Production of your Custom Made Blinds and Shades

Once measurements are confirmed and you have chosen the type of window treatments you would like, we will then request a deposit to start production. After your deposit is received your order will be put into production at one of our three factories.

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Step 8: Scheduling an Installer for Your Custom Blinds and Shades

When production is complete you will be notified and we will ask for the balance payment before scheduling your installers. Professional installation guarantees optimal functionality and saves you from any potential mishaps during the process. If you are the handy type and you are measuring and installing your new blinds and shades by yourself, you will be asked to pay the balance on your new custom window treatments upon pickup and if you ordered online then you will have already paid your balance in full. If you ordered from one of our 100+ brick and mortar locations your installers will bring your window treatments to your house on the day of the install. Installers will also bring the products to your home if you ordered online and opted to for professional installation. Please note that professional installation is currently only available in certain geographical locations, see website or call +1 (800) 254-6377 for details.

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Step 9: Enjoy Your Custom Blinds

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the process of buying and installing your custom blinds. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty and functionality they bring to your space. Adjust the blinds to your desired privacy and light levels, and experiment with different settings to find the perfect balance. Regularly clean and maintain your custom blinds and shades to ensure their longevity.

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Investing in custom blinds is a wise choice for anyone seeking window treatments that complement and beautify their space. By following this step-by-step process, you can navigate the buying journey with confidence. Remember to assess your needs, measure accurately, research thoroughly, consult experts, and consider professional installation. With your new custom blinds in place, you'll enjoy enhanced aesthetics, improved functionality, and a heightened sense of comfort in your home.

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Shop our full selection of blinds, shades, shutters and drapery at your nearest Blinds To Go showroom or with a FREE in-home design consultation.
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