Custom Blinds vs. Ready-Made Blinds: How to Choose the Right Blinds for Your Home

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Designer Series Woven Wood Shades

Buying blinds is an investment! After all, window coverings can last 10-15 years before they need be replaced. So how do you choose the right blinds for your home? That’s what we’re here for.

Let’s start with some big-picture questions:

  • Aesthetic: What’s your current interior design style? Is your window covering going to match, or are you going for an eclectic approach?
  • Placement: What room is the shade going in? Certain factors, like exposure to humidity, will affect the type of blind or shade you should consider.
  • Texture: Are you looking for something light and airy, or something with more depth?
  • Features: Decide what’s important to you. Is it energy efficiency, room darkening, or privacy? Does the user have limited mobility and need a motorization lift? (Spoiler: We do it all.)
Traditional living room showcasing grey roman shades

Once you land on those answers, it’s time to decide between custom-made blinds or ready-made blinds. However, you might not find exactly what you want with pre-cut blinds. As an online custom blinds retailer, we are obviously biased and here’s why:

Size Matters

Custom-made shades aren’t built until we receive your measurements. Meanwhile, pre-cut shades are constructed based on standard window sizes. They have limited sizes, which makes them readily available for whenever you need them. (But just because they’re available, does that really mean they’re right for you?)

Color Options

Both types come in limited colors; however, custom-made companies typically have more colors and prints to choose from. At SelectBlinds, we set you up for success with free samples. This allows you to see if you love the color, the texture and even how they filter out light. Choose up to 15 free samples per day, and we’ll ship them free to your home!

Play with Customization

Custom-made goes beyond window covering sizes. You can have control over product features, from selecting the fold style, liner and even the lift mechanism. For example, you can choose to add edge binding on a roman shade or woven wood shade to create a more finished look.

We recognize and agree that it’s a bit more work on the front end to purchase custom-made blinds, but isn’t that what makes a relationship worth it? We think so! Now that you have all your answers, head over to and find blinds you’ll love!

Sunny living room showcasing bamboo shades under white drapery

Have more questions? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to learn more! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

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