Our Top 10 Budget-Friendly Blinds
Whether you’re looking for state-of-the-art technology or basic features, are outfitting a home or a commercial space or are seeking style lines that stand out or fade into the background, we have a host of picks for every customer. Keep reading for our budget-friendly blinds shopping guide.
WHAT TO REMEMBER WHILE YOU SHOP
Before you take a look at our favorite budget blinds, you need to do one thing first: set your budget!
Since there are scores of variables, everyone’s ideal window covering price tag will differ. For example, a house with lots of windows will need a lot more cash for blinds than one with fewer windows, while a home with unusual window sizes will need to look into budget-friendly blinds that can be customized to suit their unique needs.
As you set aside your nickels and dimes, take these points into consideration in coming up with an appropriate blinds budget:
“Budget-friendly” doesn’t have to be synonymous with “cheap.” While it can be tempting to walk into a big-box store and bag the least expensive item you can find, you don’t want to end up with a product that you’ll be repairing or replacing within the year.
At Factory Direct Blinds, we stock items with durability in mind. Though our window coverings come in a variety of materials, from faux wood to bamboo to woven fabrics, you won’t find anything that reads cheaply, feels flimsy or breaks when you look at it the wrong way. Phew!
MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE
The easiest way to waste time and money when you’re decorating a home is to measure incorrectly. This is true no matter what you’re shopping for. The key to getting it right the first time is knowing exactly which measurements you need for custom window coverings—and getting professional input. That’s a service we offer for free because we know how important it is for you and your bank account to get a perfect fit in just one go.
Corded blinds are a choking and strangulation hazard for infants, young children and pets. If your family includes kids or animals, you’ll want to keep this in mind as you shop for window coverings. Even though they are slowly being phased out of production, they’re still widely available. However, some states and localities are banning them from being made or installed.
The good news for consumers is that cordless options are more versatile and budget-friendly than they have ever been before. You can find them in a variety of styles and fabrications at Factory Direct Blinds.
What good is a window covering if it isn’t easy for you to use? We love using them as decorative elements in an interior design scheme, but you can’t forget that blinds and shades should also be practical additions to your home. That’s especially true if you, your loved ones or frequent guests have accessibility or mobility issues that impact the way you use blinds.
Take these issues into consideration as you shop. Cordless or motorized options might be ideal for your situation.
Who wants to pay for a pricey installation add-on or wait for a handyman to show up? If you’re comfortable with basic do-it-yourself projects—or are willing to learn how to wield a tape measure and a drill—you really can install custom blinds yourself. It’s one of the easiest home projects to master and it will save you a boatload of money—money you can save or reinvest into other design projects or in your budget blinds themselves.
Doing it yourself also comes with another bonus: When you know how to put your blinds up, you can also easily figure out how to fix them if a problem crops up in the future.
BUILD ENERGY SAVINGS INTO YOUR BUDGET
Well-fitting window coverings will bring down your monthly energy bill all year round. However, some blinds and shades are designed to go above and beyond. At Factory Direct Blinds, we offer indoor and outdoor products that are made from materials that block UV rays in varying degrees. Many honeycomb shades and top-down bottom-up shades offer a customizable level of light-filtering.
With the increased popularity of smart home technology, some motorized window coverings can also be programmed to open or close depending on the time of day. This helps you maximize your energy savings. Keep this future savings in mind as you plan out your blinds budget. Investing now could pay off big in the years to come.
OUR TOP 10 BUDGET-FRIENDLY BLINDS PICKS
Ready to shop? So are we! We scoured the Factory Direct Blinds online store for the best blinds on a budget. No matter your situation or the amount of money you have to spend on your window coverings, we’re confident you can find a great fit for your home among these selections.
Here are our favorite budget-friendly blinds:
CONTEMPORARY FABRIC SHADES FOR ANY INTERIOR
Looking for a sleek pick that can stand out or disappear depending on your design? This is one window covering you need to consider. With nine color options, these budget roller shades let you to take style and light control into your own hands.
REAL WOOD BLINDS MINUS THE PREMIUM PRICE TAG
These basswood blinds are a major upgrade that won’t require you to make sacrifices elsewhere in your home renovation project. With a crown molding valance (in addition to interior mount options), it fits right in to high-end interior plans. The 2-inch wide blind design and seven neutral color choices bring weight and balance to every room.
SUPERIOR LIGHT-FILTERING TECHNOLOGY
This Certified Best for Kids window covering is cordless. It features a honeycomb construction, which is proven to provide excellent interior insulation as well as sound absorption. They are ideal for residences in bustling areas where traffic or other noise is a factor.
CLASSIC DOOR COVERINGS GO CUSTOM
For sliding and French doors, we adore the functionality of a vertical blind. It offers easy access, and with this design, you’re not going anywhere near retro. High-quality PVC and a variety of customization options allow you to create privacy without inhibiting the way you use your interior and exterior living spaces.
HAND-WOVEN TEXTURE FOR AN ORGANIC LOOK
Add warmth to any room with these incredible woven wood shades. They’re handcrafted in a variety of colors and textures to give you just the look you’re going for. You can also customize the control, add a light-filtration lining and change the look with a binding around the edges.
BLACKOUT SHADES ON A BUDGET
Blocking out street lamps to transform your bedroom into a haven? Turning a bright living room into a mid-day media room? Anything goes with this take on classic vinyl shades. They come in eight neutrals with a white backing to keep you HOA-compliant. A free cordless upgrade makes this pick kid-friendly, too.
YOUR SHADES, YOUR WAY
What we love most about these top-down bottom-up blinds is their versatility. They’re great for every type of room, from the basement to an attic guest room. The construction allows you to bring bright light into your home and without giving up an inch of privacy from foot traffic or nosy neighbors. And, thanks to the cellular fabrication and a tight in-window fit, they’re excellent insulators and energy-savers.
GET THE LOOK WITHOUT EMPTYING YOUR WALLET
What look? The wood blinds look, of course! Wood blinds are incredibly trendy, but they can also run up quite the bill. If you want the appearance of wood, these faux wood blinds will offer up the luxe texture you’re craving while keeping you on-budget. Bonus: Our most popular faux wood window treatment also ships lightning-fast, perfect for your next weekend warrior DIY project.
UPGRADE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING
Struggling with a love/hate relationship with your favorite sunset-view deck? If bright morning or afternoon sun is keeping you from enjoying your outdoor living areas, this outdoor-graded sunshade that’s made to block 86 percent of harmful UV rays might be the solution you need. It will keep your outdoor spaces cool, protect your furniture from sun damage and shield your skin.
SIMPLY THE BEST
These classic mini blinds take everything we love about the simple window covering to the next level. Made from 6-gauge aluminum, they are both bend and dent resistant. We also make them in an eye-popping 35 colors ranging from traditional neutrals to modern colors—all with color-coordinated cords and rails.
No matter what look you’re going for, picking the right budget blinds for your home goes beyond choosing the cheapest option. There’s so much more to consider! As you shop, keep these factors in mind:
- Practicality. What do you want your window coverings to do? The way your blinds function will figure in to the design you pick (think: horizontal vs. vertical) and the features you prefer (think: cordless, blackout lining, light filtrating).
- Style. How do you want your blinds to look? Window coverings are practical, yes, but they also frame some of the most important features in your home: your windows. They should suit your style. That could mean choosing a bohemian woven, a modern fabric or a luxe wood or faux-wood finish.
- Investment. What do you want to get out of your blinds, now and in the future? An investment in window coverings isn’t a one-day affair. Our blind warranties start at 1 year and can last for up to 25. You could have these blinds longer than your roof or your carpet! The materials you choose now are ones that have the potential to look just as good in a decade. And, thanks to light filtration technology, your window coverings of choice can also save you money year-over-year in heating and cooling savings.
No matter what features, look or budget you’re working with, the window covering experts at Factory Direct Blinds are here to help. We’re always happy to answer your questions, regardless of where you are in the process.