When the time comes for a homeowner to go out and look for a set of blinds for the home, one should consider the quality of the blinds suppliers in addition to the materials and prices. There are several kinds of blinds retailers and one should consider which is the best for the needs of the homeowner.
The range of blinds retailers includes home centers, in home design consultants, retail storefronts, as well as internet sites selling blinds direct to consumers. Each of these places has its benefits, and while we may have a preference for one or the other, consider what they each offer.
Home centers often have rapidly changing staffs. The people working in the window treatments department are usually supposed to be well trained, however, if the employees are moved to the paint department after getting the training, and the flooring team goes to the blinds department, one cannot expect a staff that knows the products very well. These stores also have a tendency to promote the easiest blinds to sell. This would include the urge to push premade blinds. Some of these products are a limited selection of faux wood blinds, a few wood blinds, and some PVC vertical blinds. If a homeowner wants to have windows professionally measured and blinds installed, she would need to pay a fee for the service, and would not even get the measurements details.
Home design consultants are a great choice for many consumers. Those who do not know what types of blinds, and want an in home consultation are excellent candidates for this service. However, these are usually more expensive sources of blinds, so beware that the pricing is fair. In addition, these people usually will show only the highest profit blinds, or perhaps the quickest selling blinds, for them, so a homeowner may not see the range of materials that appeal.
Retail stores featuring exclusively, or almost exclusively, blinds, are often a decent choice. These stores usually will have well trained staff, and will do in home measuring, usually without a fee. However, beware here that the salespeople usually will go for either high margin blinds, or quick and easy sales. Thus, this is still not the best of all worlds.
Another option is the internet blinds retailers. There are several choices out there. Some offer a wider range of options, some offer a range of low priced options, and others offer high quality at fair prices. It is this last choice that a homeowner should seek. To find high quality products at fair prices, look for a retailer that discusses the products more; look for one that explains the benefits of the vertical blinds and not just their prices. A website that has an emphasis on low prices has sought out only low prices, and may have forgotten about quality. This does not mean that low prices are not available. However, a blinds company that features price is not showing design or quality.
In the end, it is our opinion that shopping for blinds from the comfort of your home is a great way to go. A large selection is available; one can see many types of blinds; one can select among priced options. If measuring and installing is a possibility for you in your home, either with your own hands, family or friends, or a handyman, go for an internet blinds retailer to make this choice. Vertical blinds and wood blinds will have a greater range of styling on the internet, anyway, so you will be able to find fabric vertical blinds or more sophisticated wood blinds control systems, as well as a wide range of other options for your blinds.