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How to Make Sure You Get the Perfect Window Coverings for Your Windows

With all the window treatments available on the market, separating the stellar from the so-so can be tricky. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take when ordering drapes and shades to ensure you don’t waste a penny on window treatments. From taking advantage of free fabric swatches to measuring tips and more, read ahead for six ways to get more bang for your buck when shopping for drapes and shades.

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1. Get inspired.

The first step to ensuring you get the best drapes and shades for your unique space is to figure out exactly what you’re looking for. Barn & Willow’s online Gallery is brimming with images of beautiful interiors outfitted in their bespoke window coverings. And since all of the featured rooms have been styled by designers, customers, and influencers, you’ll have more than enough inspiration to decide what window design scheme to go for.

2. Take advantage of free swatches.

Not sure whether or not a certain type of drapes or shades will work with your home décor scheme? Barn & Willow allows you to order up to ten free 5”x 5” fabric swatches at a time—no credit card information required. Simply visit the Barn & Willow swatch page to scroll through 50 different styles of swatches, any of which will be shipped out within one business day.

If you’re having trouble picking which specific fabric swatches to order, settle on a color palette for the room and order swatches in that color family to make the process less overwhelming. Once they arrive at your door—usually within 3-5 business days—simply hold the fabric swatch against a wall so you can determine what color and texture works best for your décor before you pay for window treatments.

3. Measure correctly.

Nothing ruins a window display faster than drapes or shades that don’t actually fit your windows properly. Thankfully, Barn & Willow has a handy measurement finder tool that’ll help you measure your drapes like a pro in no time. And since their online ordering process requires you to enter the measurements of your windows, you can rest assured that each Barn & Willow piece is custom stitched to your exact specifications, so securing the correct size of panels or shades is easier than ever.

4. Check out Barn & Willow’s how-to videos.

Deciding which style, color, and material of window coverings to order can be difficult. If you’re struggling with certain aspects of your window treatments, like what fabric to choose or how to properly hang your drapes or shades, head over to the Barn & Willow blog’s video page, where you’ll find a slew of helpful tutorials that will help you every step of the way.

5. Consult with a Barn & Willow design specialist.

Good news: To ensure your window treatment shopping experience goes smoothly, Barn & Willow offers the services of a personal Design Specialist to help you each step of the process. Not sure what fabric or pleat style to pick for your drapes? Chat with one of our design specialists for advice. Need help picking the right style of Roman or roller shade for a space? Simply book a free appointment with someone from our Design Specialist team so you don’t wind up wasting money on window treatments you’re unsure of.

6. Buy quality window treatments in the first place.

Like it or not, your off-the-shelf curtains are costing you a lot more money in the long run. Unlike off-the-shelf curtains that are often constructed from low quality synthetic materials, Barn & Willow’s shades and drapes are composed of finely made fabrics including organic-cotton and 100-percent Belgian linen that will long outlive those purchased in stores.

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