At Blindsmax.com we often get calls from customers who want to know one thing up-front before they choose their blinds or window shades: “How much do new blinds cost?” The answer is far from simple since the cost varies from product to product, however I will do my best to explain the purchase process and what the typical costs associated with buying new blinds are going to be.
Purchasing new blinds or shades for your home can be a very daunting task since there are many factors to consider including: Style, Window Size & Shape, Light Control, Energy Efficiency, Motorization, Colors, Materials, Exterior Co-ordination, Number of Windows, and Budget to name a few. Add to that the choice of whether or not you will also need help installing your new window coverings and we often see our customers overwhelmed. Luckily we have a full staff of dedicated people at our Blindsmax home office (888-305-8020 M-F / 9-5pm EST) ready to help with all of the above and more.
To get you started in the right direction one of the first considerations that affects the cost is the material the blind is made from. For example a solid hardwood blind is going to cost quite a bit more than a faux wood blind will, but the trade-off to consider is durability and potential energy savings over time. Of course solid wood blinds may not be a fit for every room, a bathroom for example is one place you may opt for a faux wood or composite option because of the moisture factor.
Since there is often no “one blind style fits all” solution for every room of your home that is also another big consideration when you are trying to figure out how much your new blinds will cost. You will need to consider add-on’s and additional options for your blinds as well. Common upgrades include: cordless (especially if you have children or pets), remote control motorized (very helpful for very large or tall windows), and top-down bottom-up
(Nice for more light and maintained privacy).
You also want to consider how long you plan to be in your home. Also you should consider if investing in a higher-end window covering would be a selling-point if you do plan to move in the not so distant future. It usually comes down to cost in the end; we have customers who have a simple need to cover their windows in the most attractive low-cost fashion possible.
So… how much do new blinds cost?
When you need to find out exactly what your cost will be the first step is to take careful and accurate measurements of each window you plan to purchase blinds or window shades for. After you have measured the length and width of your window you need to find how many square feet it is. If you are not sure how to measure please consult our “How To Measure” guide. To find the square footage of your window multiply the width times length to get square inches and convert it to square feet by dividing that by 144 (12 x 12).
(Ex. 42 inches wide x 48 inches long = 2016 sq inches & 2016 / 144 = 14 sq feet)
For blinds on the lower end of the price range the average cost is roughly $3.80 per square foot.
For blinds on the higher end of the price range the average cost is roughly $7.30 per square foot.
Lower priced blinds tend to be faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds, and pleated shades. Mid-range window treatments options are solar shades, composite blinds, roller shades, woven-wood shades and vertical blinds. High-end blinds and shades tend to come with lifetime warranties from the manufacturer and are made with the best of the best materials, they include hard wood blinds, cellular blinds, roman shades, and insulating blinds. We recommend getting samples (which we have available for free on Blindsmax) to make sure you are 100% satisfied with the colors and wood tones you plan to order for your home.
Installation costs tend to vary by area and contractor. Here in the south-east the average cost is somewhere between $15-$25 per blind, that includes the hardware required to hang the blind securely in the window, larger blinds may need several mounting brackets for stability. You can of course install the blinds yourself fairly easily, the instructions that arrive with your blinds will take you step-by-step. We also have “Blind and Shade Installation Guides” available on our website if you should get stuck.
Now that you hopefully have some insight into the tough question of How much do new blinds cost? Feel free to browse our selection of blinds and window shades. We have the lowest prices guaranteed, in fact if you can find the same product for a price that is lower than ours we will match the price plus 10% of the difference, provided it’s verifiable via the internet. This guarantee applies only to custom made window treatments and it does not apply to closeouts, commercial orders or discontinued items. We reserve the right to not sell any product below our cost.