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What to Expect When Shopping for Window Coverings

What to Expect When Shopping for Window Coverings

May 12, 2023

Window coverings and window treatments are catch-all terms for anything used to conceal or alter a window for improved functionality. Window coverings are also a key component of a room’s décor.

A family-owned company, Southwest Blinds & Shutters provides window covering products to customers in Arizona, Nevada and Utah. If you need blinds, custom drapes or shutters, you can expect affordable prices and exceptional service when shopping from us.

There are Various Types of Window Coverings

If you are confused about the distinction between drapes and curtains, know that you are forgiven (and yes, there is a difference). The first thing you must understand when shopping for window coverings is the terminology of product types.


Drapes are panels of fabric that reach the floor and are reinforced by a backing. To add a touch of formality, they are hung from a rod fastened to the wall.


Curtains offer a more casual aesthetic. They typically hang below the windowsill and are made of a lightweight material that moves freely in the wind. They are hung from a rod, just like drapes.


Shades, also made of fabric, are mounted to a rod or frame at the top and have a lifting mechanism that raises the panel to let light in (typically a cord). The fabric will roll around the top rod or bunch into a tidy stack as it is raised.


Shades and blinds have similar constructions, with the blinds attached to the frame at the top and the shades raised and lowered using a cord. However, instead of fabric, they use rigid slats or louvers that can be tilted to let light in. They can be made of various materials, from bamboo and plastic to wood and metal, or even vinyl.


Shutters are also made of hard material instead of fabric. However, the louvers are in a solid frame permanently fixed to the sides with metal fittings. There are different types of shutters; some open and close like a door, while others operate like blinds within their frame or have a bar running down the middle of all the louvers to adjust the angle. Utility, Aesthetics and Cost When Selecting Window Coverings

Every house needs window coverings for insulation, decoration or security. In addition, a room’s window coverings are an essential part of its overall design because they help establish a cohesive aesthetic. Still, picking the right window treatment can be challenging due to the various options available.

Coverings for windows are like fashion accessories for a room.

They are the finishing touch that can make or break a space. However, this does not mean that you should put them off until the end of the design process. Instead, you can go the other way around and build the room’s design style around a chosen window covering.

Room use should determine window treatments.

A kitchen needs lots of light for cooking, whereas a living room used mainly for watching movies requires less light to avoid TV reflections. You can use multiple layers of window coverings to accommodate lighting needs depending on the time of day, the direction of the sun and the level of privacy you desire in each space.

Do You Need Help Picking the Perfect Window Coverings?

Southwest Blinds & Shutters can help you select the most suitable window coverings for your home. Contact us to schedule your FREE in-home consultation today.

Ratings & Reviews

Trusted By Over 20,000 Homeowners Across the Southwest

We are extremely pleased with our whole experience with this company. From sales to installation, everyone we dealt with was courteous and professional. They delivered exactly as promised from the quote, to the installation and did a great job! The shutters took our house from beautiful to stunning! Highly recommend this company!
Jodi R.
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Blinds look awesome! The install was quick and lacked any drama. Just like I want. :-) We will definitely be buying from them again once we redo a couple areas in the house first.
Mike M.
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The entire experience was excellent. We had roller shades installed throughout our home. The online notification system after your order is great. We received regular email updates regarding the status of the fabrication of our order, delivery, and installation.
Kevin S.
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Southwest Blinds was wonderful to work with. The communication was excellent. All the employees from sales to the installers were professional and kind. Answered all our questions. I highly recommend them.
Kathy P.
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Southwest Blinds and Shutters provided a remarkable product for a great value! We are extremely pleased with the job done. James is a true professional who stands behind his company on all levels. We would highly recommend Southwest Blinds & Shutters and are looking forward to having the rest of our windows done with them.
Elaine M.
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Fast and professional. Super efficient and detail-oriented. Very pleased with the service they provided. Don’t hesitate to schedule them for your blind and shutter needs.
Daniel G.
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They did a great job installing my shutters. Very polite and went the extra mile to do some minor adjustments that I requested. He identified a couple of things that were incorrect on my order and made sure new items were ordered. He came back to reinstall the corrected pieces and did a great job.
Mary B.
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This is one top notch company! They provided a wonderful variety of samples when they came to my home and were able to patiently answer all my questions about their products. Very professional! I felt like they really cared about my satisfaction with my choices all the way to the final installation. The installer was on time, pleasant, very neat, and did a wonderful job. I absolutely love my new shutters and would highly recommend Southwest Blinds and Shutters to anyone in the Valley. You will not be disappointed!
Jackie O.
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The technician who measured our windows and eventually installed them did a professional job and was done very quickly. Got our rebate form promptly and would do business again if we are ever in need.
Nathan T.
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James was doing a job across the street and we asked him to come over for an estimate. We hired on the spot and were genuinely pleased with the quality and service we received. He worked fast and clean and on time. Very pleased with the outcome.
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