In many states landlords are not required to install or pay for window coverings in apartments though many generous landlords do. While there are countless options available on the market today, when it comes to choosing the right window treatments landlords must keep safety, privacy, light control and aesthetics in mind. Here are some tips for choosing window treatments for an apartment.
The most widely and easily installed window treatment in apartments is mini blinds. From easy-to-clean vinyl to metal to wood, mini blinds put light control and privacy in the palm of your tenant’s hand. With the twist of a lever and the pull of a string, windows can be instantly wide open or quickly closed to shut out the world when needed. Mini blinds can be cut to custom size windows and many landlords opt for wood blinds in more traditional spaces to better blend with surrounding architectural elements seen in older buildings. For tenants with small children safety is of utmost importance and landlords should ensure mini blind cords are tensioned or shortened so they are out of small children’s reach.
If your apartment building faces west, you’re well aware of how the sun’s damaging UV rays pour through windows, fading furniture and fabrics while driving up cooling costs in the summer. For even more window coverage many landlords go for shades. Like mini blinds, shades can be quickly raised and lowered by a system of spring-loaded rollers or rigged cords. Shades add texture to apartment interiors, creating a softer and more romantic feel than blinds. And the material you choose for your shades can control how much light the shades let into the room. From traditional roller shades to Roman shades and balloon shades, a wide variety of fabrics, textiles and styles are available.
Many landlords are also faced with the challenge of installing the most appropriate window treatments for larger windows and sliding glass doors that lead to apartment decks or patios. In this situation many landlords choose to install vertical blinds which greatly reduce an apartment interior’s exposure to the sun. With quality vertical blinds tenants can save up to 20 percent on electric and air conditioning costs. These same vertical blinds also save tenants money during the winter months. By keeping the windows covered, less heat will escape resulting in lower heating and fuel bills. When tenants can control the amount of light that comes into a room, they can also reduce the damage to fabrics and furniture caused by UV rays. Vertical blinds are also less likely to be damaged in strong winds or hold dirt. Like mini blinds, vertical blinds can instantly be opened or closed with the twist of a lever.
Whether you choose mini blinds, shades or vertical blinds for window treatments in your apartment, landlords should consider safety, privacy, light control and aesthetics. It’s a good idea to stay neutral when it comes to color so that no matter what the tenant’s color choices, the window treatments won’t clash with their tastes. Today’s mini blinds, shades and vertical blinds can give your apartment windows a clean, fresh look while providing your tenants with the privacy they need.