How to Buy Vinyl Blinds

Vinyl blinds are an affordable and versatile way to cover windows. Blinds can be horizontal or vertical, and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. You can buy them in standard window sizes and hang them yourself, or have custom blinds designed and hung for you. Choosing to use vinyl blinds means you will not have a hard time cleaning and maintaining them. Buy vinyl blinds in any department or hardware store after you measure your windows and decide on a color and style.

Steps

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    Measure your windows. Take measurements of all the windows that you will cover with vinyl blinds.
    • Use a tape measure to get the length of the window. Start at the top of the window, and pull the tape measure down to the bottom of the window.
    • Use a tape measure to get the width of the window. Start at the left of the window and pull the tape measure to the right until you get to the end of the window.
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    Decide if vertical or horizontal blinds will work best.
    • Choose vertical blinds if you are covering a long window or a sliding door. Vertical blinds also work well in offices.
    • Select horizontal blinds for a softer, more modern look. Vinyl blinds that hang horizontally are used most often on windows in homes.
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    Consider your slat width. Most horizontal vinyl blinds come with slats that are half an inch (1.27 cm) or 2 inches (5 cm).
    • Buy blinds with a larger slat width for extra privacy and to keep the sun out.
    • Look for a smaller slat size for more texture and style.
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    Choose a color. Most vinyl blinds are available in a shade of white. You can find different colors to match your d├ęcor and curtains, however.
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    Shop around. Look for vinyl blinds in your window measurements at home improvement stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot.
    • Check department stores, such as Target, Sears and Wal-mart.
    • Shop online for a larger selection and lower prices. You may be able to find additional options for vinyl blinds online. You can also compare prices.
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    Read the installation instructions. If you will be hanging the blinds yourself, make sure you understand how to do it.
    • Check the packaging for instructions. If you cannot find them, ask a sales associate.
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    Ask about return policies. You might get the blinds home and decide you do not like them. Make sure you can bring them back.
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    Consider custom vinyl blinds. If you have a window that is an unusual size, you might need to have blinds made for you. Talk to an associate in a store, or check online sites such as Blinds.com.

Tips

  • Consider working with an interior designer if you are unsure how to choose vinyl blinds. You can also get ideas from an associate in a store.
  • Remember to keep your vinyl blinds clean and well-maintained. Dust them frequently, and wash them using a towel with soap and water.

Warnings

  • Remember that vinyl blinds do not insulate your windows. While they are considered affordable and attractive, choose a different window covering if you want something to insulate heat.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Towel

Article Info

Categories: Doors and Windows