No matter how minimalist in style, a homeowner who prefers windows completely bare is in the minority. Whether the window treatment is as simple as Venetian blinds or Roman shades or as complex as ornate, layered draperies, it is a signature element of a home’s style — not to mention it has practical attributes.
What Does a Window Treatment Professional Do?
Window treatment professionals, designers, vendors and manufacturers often specialize in different types of window coverings. Some handle shutters and/or blinds, while others work primarily with fabric treatments such as swags and valances. Still others focus on high-tech automated shades or louvers. But regardless, your window treatment pro can advise you on the pros and cons of the material and style that interest you, as well as help you determine whether prefabricated window coverings are the best choice for your space, or whether custom versions would be ideal.
A window treatment professional will measure your windows to ensure a good fit, then create or obtain the window coverings. Skilled in installation, the pro will mount the shades, blinds or curtains and make small adjustments for a polished look. Because child safety is an important consideration when it comes to windows, a good pro will remedy any potential hazards, such as dangling cords.
A window treatment professional might work closely with a interior designer or other pro. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of window treatments: Windows, Interior Designers & Decorators.
Questions to ask a prospective window treatment professional:
How long have you been in the business?
How many projects like mine have you completed?
May I see examples of previous projects?
Who will be working on the project?
Can you provide me with references?
How do you charge, and what does that include?
Can you give me a written estimate?
Do you offer a warranty?
When can this job get done?
What happens when the cost exceeds the budget? What about changes to materials or labor pricing?
What will I need to provide?
Are there any important considerations or concerns you foresee with this project?
Find a window treatment professional on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to window treatments. You can also look through photos to find examples of window treatments that you like, then contact the professional who worked on them.