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Shades, Drapes, and Blinds – Oh My!

Bixby Living Room in the Evening with Beautiful ShadesAn excellent way to convert your Bixby rental property to a more comfortable home is to add quality window coverings. If the current home you have right now did not come with blinds or shades, you have options you can consider. The right window coverings grant your house privacy, better energy efficiency, and easier light control. They also provide a certain aesthetic to any room. Though all window coverings are generally similar in what they do, they can also be different in other ways. Plan out which kind of covering your rental home needs.

Since window coverings are for windows, make sure you know which ones fit your windows best. If you have sliding glass doors, vertical blinds are often the best choice. At the same time, windows that open up or down often pair best with horizontal blinds. Be sure to take note of how much light you want to keep out of your room. If light filtering isn’t an issue, shades or light curtains might be your best choice. But, bedrooms or other rooms where near-total darkness is desired may need special room-darkening blinds or curtains to keep as much light out as possible.

There is a lot of window covering options out there. You just need to know what you want for each of your rooms. Nowadays, the most popular choice for rental homes is two-inch faux wood blinds. White faux-wood blinds are relatively inexpensive, easy to find, and come in a wide range of sizes. In comparison to the vinyl mini blinds, the faux-wood blinds are more durable.

Despite there being so many colors to choose from, most people choose white because of how easy it is to match any interior décor. The two-inch blinds do a good job of blocking light, and the faux-wood proves to do a better job in more humid areas compared to real wood. Having a ton of benefits, these blinds are the current rental home staple.

Although blinds can help with energy efficiency, if you want to get true energy efficiency, go with honeycomb shades, instead. Also called cellular shades, honeycomb shades are a window covering option that can help you achieve higher levels of light-blocking and heat-blocking efficiency, making them a great choice for bedrooms or windows with a lot of sun exposure. These shades come in different styles and colors, and you can even consider pairing them with your existing curtains.

Also, you might want to check out a roman fabric shade. These window treatments combine the softness of curtains with the functionality of blinds, making them an attractive option for a rental house. Their clean lines and an array of color options make them a very versatile option for any household.

Drapery window treatments offer a creative way to dress up any room in your rental home. Drapes can be combined with blinds or shades or installed on their own. Lots of drapes offer light-blocking functionality, too, depending on the style and type of fabric you choose.

If the crafty part of you wants a custom look, drapes offer a lot of customization. With a wide range of colors, patterns, fabrics, styles, and accessories to choose from, you can make something that will add both visual appeal and enhanced privacy. Many drapery window treatments also involve unique elements like valances and cornice boards, which can turn a simple window into a stunning work of art.

Regardless of your choice, drapes, blinds, and shades all have a lot to add to your Bixby rental home’s décor. It just takes a bit of creativity and decision making to add value and comfort to every room.

Too busy to be bothered? Both tenants and property owners alike can benefit by calling a Bixby property manager. Real Property Management Tulsa provides full-service property management that helps everyone. Contact us online or call us at 918-532-7020 to learn more.

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