• Why You Should Use Shutter Repair Instead of Replacing

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    Beautiful window coverings are something that silently bring peace and order to a home. And they go mostly unnoticed until something is wrong with them. Your window shutters are important. They don’t just help keep sunlight out, they also provide aesthetic appeal to your home and lift its resale value.

    What do you do when a part of the window shutter is broken? Your first thought may be of getting the shutter replaced. However, we’re here to tell you that that’s not the only option.

    Believe it or not, it’s completely possible for you to get a window shutter repaired instead of replaced. But the question is, why would you want to choose this over replacement?

    Reasons why you might choose shutter repair:

    To Reduce Waste

    If you’re an environmentalist, then chances are that you’re aware of the waste you throw out. Completely replacing the window shutter is environmentally damaging, disposing of the entire old shutter over a flaw in only a part of it. Whether the window shutter is made of wood or plastic, you’ll be creating undue waste.

    On the other hand, when you repair, you won’t need to throw your shutter into a landfill. A trained repair person mend the damage and make the window shutter look and work like new. No dump involved!

    To Keep A Consistent Look

    If you would rather go for a replacement instead of a repair because you think it’s more aesthetically appealing, then hold on. If you decide to replace, there’s no guarantee that your new shutter will match properly. The design available may have changed slightly, it may be discontinued, or a brand new, unused one may not match the rest of your worn-in set.

    Instead, if you repair the window shutters, you keep your matching set and keep the décor consistent. This will, of course, increase the value of your house too if you decide to sell at a later point.

    Of course you could buy an all new set of shutters, and they would flawlessly match each other. That would also mean that an entire set of mostly perfectly good shutters go to the landfill, and the budget needed to accomplish that is much larger.

    Shutter Repair To Save Money

    Another reason why you may want to consider window shutter repair as opposed to replacement is that it will help you save money. Because there will be no need for entirely new material, you can expect the cost to be a lot lower than if you were getting a new shutter.

    When you save money on window shutters, you can spend it on other things around the house that require your attention. Window shutter repair can be flawless if you hire a qualified repair person. 

  • Enjoy the Benefits of Motorized Window Shades

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    From conveniently opening/closing shades on difficult-to-reach windows to operating your window blinds when no one’s home, motorized sun shades do a lot. Why take advantage of the latest technology to get ultimate convenience and comfort for your windows?

    Some benefits of motorized window shades:

    Convenience for Inaccessible Windows

    Does your high ceiling mean the living room has windows that are out of reach? The answer is a window blind or cellular shade with an integrated motor. Once you install motorized sun shades, instead of being difficult to reach, the window coverings will go up and down at the touch of a button, allowing you to control natural light levels conveniently.

    Hassle-Free Operation for Window Coverings

    Have large, difficult to move window blinds? Wish you didn’t have to get up from your sofa when you need to close a window covering? The great news is that installing motorized sun shades makes it simple and highly convenient to open/close all types of window coverings. Whether operating by sensors or remote control, your motorized sun shades will open and close themselves, making your life easier.

    Increased Comfort and Protection

    The natural light of the sun is wonderful, but sometimes it can make your room too hot in the summer season, shining too brightly, fading furniture and flooring, and more. With motorized sun shades, you can control the amount of sunlight that streams through your windows. You get comfort for you and your family and sun damage protection for your décor. From drawing your shades down to reangling the tilt of your horizontal blinds, motorized sun shades allow you to keep your home looking and feeling great.

    Energy Savings

    Heat transfer is one of the primary reasons why home and businesses owners choose motorized sun shades. You can program a motorized blind to open or close according to light levels or time of day. By doing so, you will save on your energy bills by preventing your room from overheating during the summer season. Your air conditioner won’t have to chug away bringing back a comfortable temperature.

    Safety and Security

    When you are not home, it’s always a challenge to make it look like that there is someone there. You can put your lamps on timers, but thieves know that trick. Motorized sun shades allow you to create a convincing illusion! With timers or light sensors installed, your sun shades can move automatically. Even when you’re not home, it can look like someone’s active inside.

    Once regarded as luxury only suitable for the wealthiest people and the most opulent homes, motorized window shades are now a relatively affordable solution for maximizing convenience and comfort in your home. Contact Armand’s window covering specialists to take your window shades and blinds to the next level.

  • Why Cleaning Your Own Drapes Іѕn’t Worth It

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    Draperies are an іnvеѕtmеnt and require рrореr care to stay beautiful. Once thеу’re hung, it саn bе еаѕу to forget that thеу collect duѕt and dirt! But they do require cleaning.

    As a general rulе оf thumb, drареѕ ѕhоuld bе cleaned every one tо two years. This depends on factors such аѕ іf they’re exposed to ѕmоkе, what tуре of heating system уоu own, аnd іf thе drареѕ are exposed to children оr pets.

    Drареrіеѕ are nоtоrіоuѕ fоr trарріng оdоrѕ, еѕресіаllу іn hоmеѕ with avid cooks, ѕmоkеrѕ, реtѕ, or other fасtоrѕ that create strong smells. Attempting to mаѕk the ѕmеll with air fresheners оr scented саndlеѕ саn actually make thе оdоr worse. Tо get rid оf the оdоrѕ fоr good, you nееd to have the drареѕ dеер cleaned uѕіng fabric-ѕаfе cleaning рrоduсtѕ and gentle cleaning equipment administered bу рrоfеѕѕіоnаl drapery сlеаnеrѕ. There is no known home-cleaning method for safely removing odors from quality fabrics.

    Your options for cleaning include trying cleaning your own drapes and entrusting them to a professional. Let’s take a closer look.

    The Risks of Cleaning Your Own Drapes

    There аrе mаnу risks to home wаѕhing drареrіеѕ. If the drapery, lining, оr trіmѕ аnd еmbеllіѕhmеntѕ аrеn’t wаѕhаblе, they can be destroyed. Or, if the drapery and lіnіng are made of dіffеrеnt fіbеrѕ, оnе may ѕhrіnk causing the оthеr to рuсkеr and hang poorly. Home laundering is also risks tears іf ѕunlіght hаѕ weakened the fаbrісѕ. If there are рlеаtѕ, they won’t hold their ѕhаре durіng machine-washing and will need professional pressing afterwards. Large drapes won’t even fit in many washing machines (which is a blessing in disguise). After home washing, even if nothing is “ruined” exactly, your lovely curtains may now be perfect for a smaller window.

    Wе nеvеr rесоmmеnd cleaning your own drареѕ bесаuѕе оf thе роtеntіаl damage your washing mасhіnе саn cause. And quite frankly drареѕ саn bе tоо much of an investment to risk damage саuѕеd by уоur wаѕhеr and dryer. We want you to bе аblе tо hаvе them for several years bеfоrе hаvіng to get new оnеѕ.

    Why Professional Cleaning?

    Professionals, like Armand’s Drapery, саn mаkе ѕurе уоur drареѕ are cleaned safely. From removing ѕtаіnѕ аnd spots, to рrеѕѕіng for рlеаtѕ, еxреrt рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ will have your drареѕ lооking new.

    Your drареrіеѕ may have been a large іnvеѕtmеnt. To extend their life as long аѕ роѕѕіblе, іt’ѕ іmроrtаnt to сlеаn and care for your wіndоw trеаtmеntѕ as directed by the manufacturer or maker. Whеn уоu hіrе a рrоfеѕѕіоnаl drapery cleaner, thе fаbrісѕ will be carefully іnѕресtеd to determine which сlеаnіng mеthоdѕ аrе mоѕt appropriate if you lack those directions. Drареѕ cleaned exclusively uѕіng рrоfеѕѕіоnаl рrоduсtѕ, equipment, аnd tесhnіquеѕ, саn have dоublе or еvеn trіplе the lіfеѕраn they would otherwise.

    It’s important to keep in mind that a professional window treatment cleaner is not the same thing as a dry cleaner. Drу cleaners are generally not еxреrіеnсеd wіth cleaning fіnе drареrіеѕ, and don’t always have the proper equipment. Drapes have unique hardware, construction techniques, and can have uncommon fiber contents.

    A safer орtіоn іѕ a company that specializes in drареrу сlеаnіng, like Armand’s. We come to your hоmе, remove your drареrіеѕ, thеn rehang thеm аftеr cleaning іѕ соmрlеtе. No risk, no fuss.


  • How To Measure For Drapes: A Complete Guide

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    Drapes are a huge part of your interior design because they don’t only provide privacy, they also add style to your spaces.

    That’s why it’s so important to measure for drapes right. Drapes that are too long or too short will create a visual imbalance that’s difficult to ignore, so here’s what you should do to get it right!

    How to Measure for Drapes:

    1. Choose a mounting technique

    When it comes to mounting techniques, you have two options: you can either mount your drapes outside or inside of the window frame. Each option will provide a different aesthetic, and it’s completely up to you.

    Outside mounting can provide the illusion of larger windows while blocking natural light completely and appearing more sophisticated. Inside mounting is less common, but it allows for some natural light to seep in while still providing privacy.

    2. Determine the style of your drapes

    As you know, drapes and curtains can be made in different styles to make sure that they suit your home décor. Determining the style of your drapes will also help you decide what length they should be, so this is a very important step. I recommend doing a bit of research and finding inspiration online, where you have access to a ton of resources.

    3. Measure your window

    Now that you’ve decided what kind of mounting you want and the style of your drapes, it’s time to measure your windows. We recommend using a metal measuring tape for high accuracy.

    To measure the length of your window, start the measuring tape at the top of the frame, or at the top of the inside corner, and measure down. Be sure you’re going straight down, not at an angle. This gives you your window height, not necessarily your drape length. That will be determined by your window size and the style drape you’ve selected.

    To measure the width of your window, all you have to do is use the measuring tape to measure from left to right, horizontally, from one side of the window frame to the other. Most curtains are 1 to 3 times wider than the window, but that will also depend on the style you’ve chosen.

    4. Determine rod placement

    The rod placement will depend on the style of your drapes. If you want your drapes to hang from the inside of your window frame, you should opt for an inside trim mount.

    If your windows feature molding that you don’t want to hide, a below trim mount will be the right choice.

    Finally, the most common rod placement is the above trim mount because it allows you to hang the drapes 6 to 12 inches above the window frame.

    When you measure for drapes it’s extremely important to the final outcome, so don’t be sloppy or make guesses. These measurements will affect how your windows look for years.

    If you feel uncertain, we can do this for you! We can cover all your drape installation needs, including taking care of the measurements to make sure everything is perfect. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • A Custom Tablecloth Can Bring Personalized Style

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    For almost too many reasons to list, having your table covered with a tablecloth helps you keep your life in order. You might be wondering, how could something so simple really make your life easier?

    A custom tablecloth can add eth final touch to your dining space, protecting your table and making your home easier to clean. Of course you can buy a tablecloth premade as long as you love white linen, checkers or plaid. And don’t mind a sloppy fit. If you prefer to look original and organized, a custom tablecloth is the way to go.

    Your dining room table is the center of family dinner parties, holiday get togethers and even everyday family dinners. Because of this, it’s important to have the right tablecloth for your dining room table. This is your home, it should reflect you. Elegant and stylish tablecloths can impress friends and family, but also help establish the aesthetic and sentiment you want in your home.


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    Having your custom tablecloth created is a time to consider all your options. This piece will be well-made and last many years, so make it how you want it.

    Pick A Соlоr Any Соlоr:

    You can choose a shade that matches or compliments other parts of your home, or let the color be intense and create focus on the table. Also consider choosing fabric with shine, metallic sheen, or interesting textures.

    Think Big And Bоld Prints:

    With an all-over print, you can use a pattern to create a feel of movement, energy, excitement. 

    Use Faux Leather:

    Faux leather fabric is perfect for creating a strong, rustic statement piece with your tablecloth. This animal-friendly fabric creates a comfortable tabletop.

    Dоn’t Fоrgеt Thе Edges:

    Adding visual interest to the edges of your tablecloth can make people take notice. You can have a wide hem, ribbon, corner tassels, what would you like?


    Your table cloth can be anywhere from just a runner down the center of the table to floor-length, and anywhere in between. Do you want the table legs to show? Just the feet? Will people’s legs be tucking under? Consider your length options.

    Shape Matters:

    There are, of course, square, round and rectangular table cloths. Have you considered other shapes, like scallop-edged, or splat-shaped so that the corners hang to long points?

    Custom Tablecloth Tірѕ

    • – Consider future washing and ironing procedures when selecting fabrics and notions for your tablecloth.
    • – If you do get wrinkles, check that your fabric is iron-safe before using an iron on it.
    • – Wash your tablecloth according to the directions you were given when it was made.
    • – When not in use, fold your tablecloth and store it in a dry area to avoid wrinkling.

    Here at Armands, we create custom tablecloths for you.

  • Benefits of Home Window Tinting

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    A beautiful, effective solution to bright sun: home window tinting

    Many people wrongly assume that window tinting is only for businesses and cars. Homeowners seeking ways to see their beautiful windows without compromising on their basic functions often overlook tinting. Tinted windows provide light, ventilation, security, and privacy, without blocking the view.

    Tinting film has long been used on cars and office windows, but is now making its way into homes. The features of a home window tint include privacy and solar protection-without hurting visibility from inside.

    Most window tints are made up of thin films with a single or several layers of polyester base and scratch-resistant coating and are fixed on the inside of the windows with a strong adhesive. Tints are used for many reasons. Available in many shades and colors, ranging from opaque to clear, you can customize what features you receive from your tinting film. Different colors or designs can be used together to customize functionality for the home, from clear insulatory films, to mirrored or nearly opaque films.

    Benefits to Home Window Tinting Include:


    It’s hard to imagine having a sense of home without having a sense of privacy. With tinting, people will not be able to see your inside home. However, you’ll have no problem seeing the world outside your home. Some tints are more reflective than others, which enhances their ability to protect your privacy.

    Deflecting Direct UV Sun Rays

    This is probably the most important benefit of having home window tinting. Window tint successfully rejects 99% of all harmful Ultra Violet (UV) light. Too much exposure to direct UV light is detrimental to you and your family’s health. UV light can cause premature aging, skin dryness, itching and increases the likelihood of getting skin cancer.

    Furniture Protection

    Furnishing and decorating your home takes a great amount of time and effort. Window tinting can reduce color and material breakdown of your furniture, walls, art, photos, flooring, rugs, and window treatments from sun exposure. Do not keep your curtains closed to protect your belongings! Fill your rooms with light and enjoy your view with residential window tinting.

    Savings on Energy Bills

    Home window tinting can save you lots of cash year on your energy bills. On average, a home will lose 10% of its heat through the windows.

    That is going to account for a big part of your bill. And your heating and air conditioning will work hard to keep your house the right temperature, leading to faster wear and tear. The film we use acts as an extra layer of insulated. This helps to keep heat in during the cold of winter. And the cold in during the heat of summer.

    Your HVAC system gets a well-deserved break, and you enjoy a more comfortable temperature in your home. And do not forget you’ll save cash too!


    Window tinting can also add a decorative element to your home. The tinting can quite accurately imitate the look of expensive windows but at a much lower cost. It can also be easily removed if you move or would like to change the look of the windows. Decorative window films even come with a mural and can be applied to a picture window for an instant view.


    Did you know that you can reduce your home’s susceptibility to burglars with tinted windows? While tinted windows will not guarantee that someone will never break into your home, they will certainly make it harder for any home invader to look through your windows to scope out your possessions. Another security benefit of tinted windows is privacy because it is harder for anyone to see inside from the outside of your home. Ask your insurance company if you can earn a policy discount for your home security with tinted or filmed windows.

    Cost Efficiency

    At some point, you may want to revamp your home because it looks old and your windows could be on the list. You could strike that through when you decide to install window tints. These window films preserve the integrity of your windows so instead of replacing the windows themselves, you can just opt ​​to replace the tints, which is more affordable than going with the former. And, you can even change how your home looks like by opting for a different film design or color.

    In Conclusion, There are many advantages to having your home windows tinted. To experience the best that home window tinting has to offer, source your window tint from professionals who are also experts at installing.

  • Use Custom Bedding to Make Your Bed Luxurious

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    Everyone wants to feel like they can relax in their home. How does one make their home as comfortable as possible? There are many approaches, but almost all of them come back to expressing our personal style. You want your home to feel uniquely yours. And what is more personal and comforting that your bed?

    Our beds are like our homes within our homes. Aside from wanting a mattress and a pillow that cradle your body correctly for you, there are many more ways of customizing and personalizing your unique sleep space. If you’ve never considered it before, you should consider having the perfect custom bedding created for you.


    Why Custom Bedding?

    Beds are extremely personal. If you’ve been bedding shopping you’ve found sets and individual pieces of all kinds. Kind of. There are actually many styles missing, and limitations on what sort of textures or colors are available any given season. If you’ve evaluated your room, your style, and come up with your wants and needs in bedding, you’ve probably already gotten too specific to choose from what the marketplace has available to you.

    Custom bedding allows you to pick generally higher quality materials than are available in pre-made bedding and choose which elements to match, which to contrast, and which to use complementarily. Instead of having all the little decisions made for you about hems, fabrics, insulation, etc, you can choose for yourself.



    A bedspread is the topmost layer on your bed, covering sheets in warm weather or blankets in cold weather. It gives a crisp, clean appearance and is easy to launder. It’s always relatively lightweight and thin compared to other warmth layers. These can have fitted corners to make your bed look extra classy.



    A comforter is usually filled with a natural or synthetic insulator, like down or polyester. With large quilted bevels, it keeps you warm without weighing you down. Having your comforter made-to-order allows you to choose warmer, cooler, lighter, heavier, softer and firmer materials.



    A duvet is another name for a “comforter cover”. These are easily laundered and they can also change the look of your comforter. You can even have a duvet made that fits both your summer and your winter warmth layers.


    Dust Ruffles/Bed Skirts

    Bed skirts are both decorative and functional. They block the view of the underbed area, or any ugly bed frame legs, while making your bed look deeper and larger. They also keep dust from collecting under the bed and stifle what would have been drafty air on your ankles in the morning. These can be ruffly looking, or crisp with box pleats or smooth sides.


    Throw Pillows

    Having the right throw pillows made is a lifestyle changer. You can finally have attractive decorative pillows that happen to fit in your back just right, prop you up perfectly for reading, or fit between your knees just how you sleep best. Whatever job they do for you at night, they can transition into looking perfect on your bed during the day.


    Pillow Shams

    Pillow shams are pillow cases, but generally better made and having a more secure closure than the ones that come with sheet sets. They often have a border or edge that make them look especially nice. Having custom pillow shams made allow you to match them to or contrast them with other bedroom elements, and tie the existing pillows you already have in with your new bedding.

    Your bed can be any way you want it to be, and that is a wonderful thing.


  • Styling With Roman Shades

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    Is your room looking boring or styleless? Tired of the same old curtains or drapes that you have hanging on your windows? You need something fresh. Consider giving your room a makeover, including Roman shades for your windows.

    The hottest trend in window fashions right now is Roman shades. Clean, classic, and efficient are words that describe this window covering. Roman shades operate by a standard cord lock, a continuous cord loop, or a remote controlled motor that pulls the fabric up and lowers it down. When in the down position, the fabric can be flat, hobbled, or in a waterfall formation. The shade can be lined to be light filtering or more room darkening.

    Roman shades are generally manufactured with cords. Therefore, if you have small children or pets you may want to request a cordless version.

    Advantages of Roman Window Shades

    Roman shades probably fit your budget. Prices of roman shades vary over a wide range so almost everybody can take one home. With a limited budget, you can still get attractive shades made of cheaper fabrics. If money isn’t a limiter, you can choose from a wide variety of shades from exquisite fabrics, to even bamboo.

    Another place where Roman shades have an advantage is sleek design. The layered and simple design make Roman shades really unique and pleasing to the eye. Whether layer up above the window or lowered down; Roman shades have a clean line, and organized appearance. This can also pair well with intricate patterns and prints without being overwhelming.

    Unlike shutters or traditional blinds, Roman blinds use fabric and textiles, which allows you a huge range of colors, patterns, and prints. Also materials, textures, and opacities. This flexibility translates to a huge potential for personalization.

    Roman shades can be made to fit almost any size of the window. If your window is not a traditional size or shape you’re not limited, because we can custom-make Roman window shades for your home.

    Varieties of Roman Shades

    There are a lot of styles and materials that can be used with Roman shades. These window treatments are best known for their opulent feel and touch of elegance and class they bring to a home. They make any room look clean and fresh. They can also help reduce energy bills with their energy efficient qualities. Take a look at some of the most enjoyed varieties of these blinds.

    Light Filtering Shades

    These shades are designed to offer privacy while letting light in. Polyester is the primary material used. There are varieties available that are both soil and dust resistant. It’s a great way to bring a classic look to a child’s bedroom or play area without having to worry about them getting ruined.

    Blackout Roman Shades

    Best suited for home theater rooms, these blinds look good while providing a dark, secluded atmosphere. They’re also great if you have sleeping problems because of the sun coming in through the windows.

    Woven Wood Shades

    These blinds are pretty cool. They have the feel of the ocean, the beach and palm trees swaying. Synthetic woven wood can be used to avoid warping and maintain color longer than real woven wood blinds or shades.

    Textured Linen Roman Shades

    Linen is a fabric associated with summer. It’s breezy and soft. This can be used to open up French doors or large windows, and is also a great choice for bedrooms.

    Satin Shades

    Satin just looks good. It works in opulent bedrooms, formal living rooms, and classic studies. It can come in any color to enhance the colors in furniture or bed linens.

    Depending on your personal style, roman shades may be the way to improve the look of your room and even your home. If you want to achieve the elegance and style that Roman shades bring, contact Armand’s Drapery today to learn more.

  • Are Curtains and Drapes the Same Thing?

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    It can be hard to tell curtains and drapes apart. Both are used in pairs of panels, hung on windows for the control of light, among other things. The main differences in drapes and curtains are the different intentions or uses for them, and those result in structural differences.

    Dimensionally, curtains will often cover approximately the area of the window. Sometimes they cover less than a whole window, like in the case of café curtains. Drapes are never so small, tending to reach the floor and sometimes the ceiling, having enough fabric that they may still lay in pleats or folds even when fully closed.

    Find out more about how to know what’s on your windows:



    Curtains and sheers, which are a type of curtain, are built from lightweight fabrics, and won’t filter out enough light to darken a room. They’re generally cheaper to buy than drapes, because they’re less expensive to produce. Unlike drapes, they’re not usually lined and tend to provide less privacy when used alone. They’re light enough to be paired with drapes, blinds, or shutters without making windows appear bulky, thereby adding privacy.

    Blackout curtains are a lower-cost alternative to quality drapes. They’re made of either tightly woven, dense or layered fabric such as felt, velvet or suede. A blackout liner, which often is a component of blackout curtains, can be added to a regular curtain to create the same effect. The purpose is to keep light from streaming into the home where it isn’t wanted, but they also help insulate by blocking direct sunlight.



    Drapes are much heavier than curtains, and can have thermal and/or room-darkening features.

    Only heavy materials that are not made from sheer or see-through fabrics are considered drapes. They’re generally floor-length and designed to block out light and to seal out cold during winter months. Drapes cost more than traditional curtains, because they contain more fabric than their window counterparts; and are generally of a higher quality too. Good drapes help homeowners save on their heating bills throughout the year.

    Really, all drapes are thermal insulators. Some are designated specifically as “thermal drapes” and their insulatory abilities have been further enhanced. Thermal drapes can significantly boost a home’s energy conservation.

    Windows are one of the largest avenues of heat loss in a home. Glass is a poor insulator, and the seal of the window degrades over time. Even though thermal drapes also filter out unwanted natural light, their first job is to insulate the home. Thermal drapes are either double- or triple-layered heavy fabric with a thick backing of insulate material and often a polyester-film vapor barrier. Thermal drapes are often made of 100-percent cotton, wool or polyester, and coated on the window side with a layer of protection from ultraviolet damage. Because of the thick insulatory batting, they can act as a sound barrier too.


    Curtains and Drapes: Which Do You Need?

    If you want some affordable privacy, curtains are probably for you. If you want to make an investment in excellent light, sound, and temperature management, drapes are a safe way to go. To have your needs

  • Maximize Your Home Light Level Options

    Whatever style of home you have, windows are one of the first things a guest will notice. The way you treat your windows largely contributes to the ambiance in your home. Many people fail to consider the other important thing that window treatments affect: the heat and light that streams in from the sun.

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    They say a dose of sunshine is good for the soul. But too much sun shining in through your windows can create an uncomfortably warm environment. You can end up with unwanted glare on TV and computer screens and painful, strained eyes. Your belongings can even be bleached by the harsh light day after day.

    When you have windows that receive direct sunlight, it becomes important to gain all the control over light entry that you can. Two options is not enough: wide open window coverings, with unobscured light or pitch darkness with black-out curtains or shutters.


    The key is to build your window coverings in layers.

    You can combine a sheer window covering for light filtering with heavier curtains that when used together block a large percentage of light. This gives you 4 light levels: full sun, filtered light with sheers, more light blocked with heavier curtains only, and maximum light blocked when both are used. This “layering” model is the way to create the most versatility possible for you.

    Lined “blackout” curtains, or blinds in opaque materials like wood and metals are ideal for reducing light entry sharply. Alternatively, shutters can often block out light entirely. If true darkness during daylight hours is something you want, you’ll need to incorporate a layer of window covering from these categories.

    When layering, you do need to consider space and how the window treatments will work together. It’s easy to have two styles of fabric covering, like sheer drapes and heavy curtains, on two different rods. But there are more choices than that! You can have inset-blinds or roll-shades within the window shape, and a shutter or curtain that sits outside the frame. There are many ways to incorporate different light filtering levels, you just have to be a little creative.


    Understanding Your Home Light Level Layering Choices

    Curtains: Curtains are among the most simple to make, operate, fit and maintain. You can choose fabrics with from almost completely sheer to more light blocking, although they’re unlined. It’s important to keep in mind, that although a curtain’s fabric may block heat and light well, because curtains don’t fit window frames closely, there will be entry of heat and light from the edges of the window treatment unless to take action to prevent that with a shutter, shade, or blind.

    Blinds: When closed and lowered on a sunny window, reflective blinds (white or near white) are capable of reducing heat gain by 45 percent. And because they fit right into window frames, this is very efficient and effective.

    Shutters: It’s worth pointing out that shutters can be both inside and outside. Shutters offer a classic, elegant look that privileges both function and style equally. Even sturdier than blinds, shutters can be expected to last up to 20 years! Shutters help to control incoming light, offer privacy when closed and help to insulate against heat, cold, and even sound. Shutters are impressively solid.

    Shades: Shades, are “soft” treatments, made of fabric, that can be raised or lowered over the window. Although they do not allow for light-filtering adjustments like blinds, they come in varying levels of opacity. There are three main types of shades: roller, which pulls down from a valance tube like wrapping paper; Roman, which cascade in elegant folds like drapery panels; and cellular or “honeycomb” shades, which are made of pleated chambers that trap air and provide insulation. The more layers, the more energy efficiency.

    Drapes: Drapes are heavier than curtains, and generally have a lining. With or without lining, they are highly light blocking and insulatory. They filter out the gaze of your nosey neighbor extremely well, and tent to extend far outside the natural window frame, truly keeping light and heat (or cold) out.


    If you need help creating your plan to mix-and-match the right window treatments for your needs, contact Armand’s Drapery today. We would be happy to lend our expertise.