Custom or Standard: Which Window Blinds Do You Need?

Homeowners frequently consider custom and standard window treatments to complement windows of all shapes and sizes. While custom window blinds allow you to choose a number of appealing and unique features, standard window treatments are versatile and stylish and may prove to be more affordable than custom window blinds. Here's how to make a choice that's right for your home.

Window Types and Window Sizes

Today, some of the most common window varieties include double hung, picture and sliding windows. Yet there is no such thing as “standard” window sizes. Home improvement manufacturers provide common window sizes designed to fit most houses, and many standard or “stocked” window treatments are available to fit these windows.

Common window sizes include:

Comparatively, odd-shaped windows usually require custom window treatments. These windows include:

Custom vs Standard Window Blinds

Before you purchase ready-made or custom window treatments, it is important to understand the differences between the two. Here's how they differ:

Other Factors to Consider About Window Blinds

Beyond the window size and type, here are other factors to consider before you make your final choice.

Blind Slat Size

Blind slats can be tilted horizontally to help you maximize the amount of light in your living space or closed to block out light. Believe it or not, the size of window slats may have far-flung effects on the overall effectiveness of your window treatments too.

Standard window slat widths are ½ inch, 1 inch and 2 inches. Window treatments with wide slats are ideal for deep windows, while window treatments with narrow slats generally complement shallow windows.

If you want to enhance the look and feel of a large window, choose custom window treatments with wider slats. For shallow windows, wood blinds or other window treatments with narrow slats deliver the perfect combination of quality, style and function.

Inside or Outside Mounts

Inside mount window treatments are mounted inside a window frame, while outside mount window treatments are attached to a wall, on molding or outside the molding. Both mount options are available in ready-made window treatments. If you know how to measure windows for inside or outside mounts, you can determine whether the size you need is custom or standard. Check the manufacturer's instructions to be sure to get the proper measurements.