Had enough of spending far too much money on overpriced real wood blinds? Then faux wood blinds are the perfect choice for you!
All joking aside, faux wood window blinds are actually a very good and practical choice for your home. They look almost identical to wooden window blinds, are considerably cheaper (because of the material they are made of, and the massive increases in prices of natural materials like wood), and because they are made partly from vinyl, are actually likely to last longer (and in better condition) than genuine wood blinds. The vinyl helps this because they are easier to clean and maintain than an ordinary wood blind.
So you want to go and buy yourself a set of faux wood blinds. What should you do and how should you go about it? Well, the first thing to do is to pick the kind of wood that you would like to emulate. For example, do you want dark wood, or light wood? Pick the tone that will go best with the rest of your decorations. You also need to make sure that you get blinds that are the right size for your window frame. It sounds obvious, but a lot of people come back from the store with blinds that just don't fit. Make sure you measure before you take out your wallet!
Once you've decided what you want, you are going to want to think carefully about price. If you are only decorating one room, and only need a blind for one window, then price isn't really too much of an issue. The cost of just one blind won't financially cripple you. But if you have a room with a lot of windows or, worse, you want to kit out your whole house, then you need to think carefully about price. Like I said, a single two hundred dollar blind isn't going to seem too costly, but buy twenty of them and suddenly you are looking at a bill for four thousand dollars.
Now this is where faux blinds are a great benefit over regular blinds - their lower cost means that you can buy more faux blinds than regular blinds. But they still aren't ridiculously cheap, so you will have to look carefully if you want to pick up cheap faux wood blinds for your whole home.
My favored place to shop for blinds is a specialist blinds store, and if you look carefully and are lucky enough to come at the right time, you can get some amazing bargains, particularly for lines that are going out of fashion, and will soon be replaced by next year's style. Specialist shops also give great service, which is especially handy if you aren't quite sure what you want. But, on average, you aren't likely to get the best deal here.
The second best option for cheap faux blinds is a big home improvements warehouse store. You lose some of the personal touch, but gain access to a wide range at a good, low price.
Cheapest of all, though, is usually the internet. You can use online tools to compare prices, and because overheads aren't very high for internet stores, you'll find some of the best prices. You can also usually get great informative service by email. The only drawbacks are that you have to wait for your faux wood blinds to be delivered, and can't take them home there and then, like you can from a store.