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7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Window Treatments

By: Natalie Elmhurst

Updated: 5/22/2024

Everything you need to know about how long blinds last and — the easiest way to replace them.

When was the last time you replaced your home’s window treatments? Have you ever?

If you’ve got a nagging sense you should check into window treatments, it’s likely because your window treatments aren’t up to snuff.

But how do you know for sure it’s time to update your blinds? Should you wait until it’s truly necessary? Perhaps it’s not something you want to focus on right now, but how do you know when it’s the right time?

If your window treatments are experiencing any one (or more!) of these situations, it’s time for an upgrade.

1. Your blinds or shades aren’t working.

Your window treatments are there for a reason. They add comfort, style, and functionality to your windows, and your home. If for any reason, they’re no longer up to the task, it’s time to look at your options. And if those budget blinds are snagging, or unable to open and close properly, it’s time to consider updating your blinds with custom window treatments, which exceed those online budget options in both quality and durability.

2. Your window treatments are damaged or faded.

Warping and bending are common signs of aging window blinds. If they’re experiencing damage that impacts their functionality and appearance, it’s definitely time to replace your blinds.

The same goes for any window treatment — if your window treatments are looking tired and discolored, there’s no better time to replace them. You’ll enjoy an instant home makeover, and you’ll feel better with a home that reflects a welcoming, beautiful atmosphere.

3. It’s no longer the right style or color.

Do you remember when you picked out the window treatment you currently have in your home? If it’s been a few years, it’s highly likely your window treatments are no longer in style. Or maybe you’ve done some room makeovers with updated colors, and the color on your window treatments no longer match your palette. Stoneside offers custom window treatments in over 300 colors and finishes, so you’re sure to find the perfect pairing for your space.

Want to stay above the trends and invest in something that can stand the test of time? Our design experts can help you find a timeless option that’s sure to blend well with future color trends.

4. Your home needs an update.

Do you feel like your home needs a refresh? Updates can be overwhelming. You wonder what you should focus on and where should you even start? You want your home to feel new and updated, not tired and lackluster. But a whole-home update is a lot. For anyone.

The good news is, there’s a solution. By updating your window treatments, you can touch every space with just one project. Ditch your budget blinds for window treatments with better style and functionality that instantly updates your space. (This also has the bonus of increasing your home value!)

And unlike a DIY project or renovation, you don’t have to lift a finger. Our team will take care of you from the initial order to the final installation.

Replacing your blinds or shades in your home is a simple touch-up with maximum results.

5. Your home is going through a major change.

Are you rethinking the function of the rooms in your home?

  • These days, many of us find ourselves in need of a home office. Is that spare room changing from a guest room into a home office?
  • Or maybe it’s the opposite, and you’re ready to turn that makeshift office back into a hotel-worthy guest room.
  • Are you expecting new little ones living — or visiting! — your home? If so, you could be making a new nursery or playroom.

If any of these sound familiar — or you’ve got another space that’s evolving — it’s time to replace your blinds. Matching your window treatments to function in the space they’re in is the finishing touch to a home remodel.

If your home — or even just one room — is being redesignated, new window treatments are a must.

That’s because all window treatments are utilized differently. A home office needs window treatments that will be best for minimizing glare, while in a guest room you will prioritize providing privacy. Cordless blinds and shades are a great option for children’s spaces, as safety is a major concern when it comes to window treatments.

From solar shades to custom draperies to blackout cellular shades — each one serves a different function for a different purpose. If your home is changing, it’s a great time to consider replacing your blinds and shades. Connect with our design experts to see which product is best for your new space.

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6. The ones you have now are inconvenient.

Do you have to get on a step stool to reach your window treatment? Does your blind’s cord fall in the kitchen sink from the window above? Does your living room have oversized windows where your window treatments are difficult to maneuver?

Guess what? It’s time to replace those blinds and shades! If your window treatments are forcing you to climb awkwardly between your sofa and the side table, you’re probably not using your window treatments effectively. Look into motorized window treatments to discover how to upgrade to window treatments that are more help than hassle.

7. It’s been a long time.

Do you remember the last time you replaced your blinds? Do you remember picking out those budget shades? Even if your window treatments still technically work, but you’re starting to count their years on both hands, it’s time for an upgrade.

Window treatments need to be replaced every few years, especially if you’ve purchased budget blinds in the past. Budget blinds are often mass-produced, and their quality depletes quickly over time.

Custom blinds give you a higher quality window treatment. This time, when you get your blind replacement, they’ll last even longer.

So what’s the average lifespan of blinds?

Blinds, like shades, need to be replaced every few years. Often, you’ll see signs of wear and tear on your window treatments that are a good indication they need to be replaced. We recommend replacing them every 6-8 years to ensure proper safety and ease of use.

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What kind of replacement blinds should I choose?

Once you’ve decided the time is right to replace your blinds, get started by reflecting on how you live. Think about how your home functions, and what you need from your window treatments.

Consider your needs for different windows, and determine which functions you would get from your perfect blind or shade. How you’d like your blinds to function will give our design team enough insight to provide you with the best options for your home. We’ll help you find the style you love with the function you need.

Blinds come in many different styles. At Stoneside, we have corded and cordless blinds, as well as motorized blinds for optimum convenience. As far as styles of blinds are concerned, we offer:

  • Wood
  • Faux Wood
  • Composite Wood
  • Vertical Blinds

With these options available, you’ll achieve the function and style you want while upgrading your home’s value.

Increase Your Home’s Value With One Simple Move

Maintaining your home’s value is a must for most homeowners. But is that enough? Our suggestion is to increase your home’s value by replacing your existing window treatment.

Discolored, ill-fitting blinds leave the impression that your home isn’t worth investing in. And might signal deferred maintenance to prospective buyers. Replace and update your blinds to give a boost to your home value, and transform your space into a functional and stylish home.

How do I replace my blinds?

After you’ve determined your top needs for your home, you’re ready for the next step in the process: purchasing your new replacement blinds. For this, you can choose between a budget blind option or custom window treatments.

Purchasing blinds from a budget option for self-installation may be an economical option, but it leaves you in a vulnerable position. You’ll have to measure your windows, purchase the blinds sight-unseen — without knowing for sure they’re the perfect ones — and then you’ll have to do the installation yourself.

Seem a little intimidating? It is!

With mass-produced blinds, you’re pushed into choosing from standard sizing and styling options. This could mean replacing your already “need to be replaced” blinds with blinds that don’t fit snugly in and on your windows, in a style that doesn’t feel quite right for your home. (A common issue with budget blinds is pooling at the bottom from blinds that are too long for the windows.)

After purchasing your replacement blinds, you’re expected to install them yourself without having years of experience doing so.

It may seem like a simple idea in theory, but self-installation can lead to misplaced blinds, lopsided fittings, and loose window treatments. This will negatively impact your home’s design, the functionality of your window treatments, and even the safety of your blinds.

Custom Blinds: The Window Treatment You Can Trust

You deserve a home that’s built around your vision. Window treatments that don’t fit right, don’t match your home’s style, and won’t give you the value you’re looking for shouldn’t be in your home.

Custom blinds are crafted for your windows. Specifically measured, with every detail designed to your desires. It’s like getting a custom-tailored suit for your windows. Your blinds will never be too large or look out of place.

If you’re looking for replacement blinds, choose the blinds that will give you the best value, the highest quality, and the longevity to match.

Embrace the opportunity to replace your current blinds with custom blinds. The best part? You won’t have to worry about a thing.

Replace Your Blinds Easily With Custom Blinds From Stoneside’s Design Team

Get rid of those installation instructions from a budget blind store, and rely instead on our Design Team. In your free design consultation, we’ll discuss which blinds are best for your blind replacement. No more settling for blinds that fit “okay.”

Choose a blind that fits and functions flawlessly.

Unlike DIY budget replacement blinds, you’ll have a hands-free experience from start to finish. No need to feel stressed or pressured to get them installed just right. You won’t even have to measure! We come to you, so all you have to do is choose the style and color that you’ve been dreaming about.

Not sure where to start or exactly what you’re looking for? Our experts can help there, too. We’ll explain each style and function so you can select the right window treatments with confidence.

Use this opportunity to replace your blinds with custom blinds that elevate your home. Reach out to our design team and we’ll help you transform your space for function, style, and value.