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Is It Time To Upgrade Your Blinds?

October 02, 2018

You upgrade your home from shag carpets to berber rugs, from old tile to bamboo flooring, from bare walls to wainscoting. So when is the best time upgrade from your blinds?

There are many ways to tell that today is the time to upgrade your blinds, and lots of options for replacement window treatments in Chicago. Let’s learn more.

Signs You Should Upgrade your Blinds in Chicago

Some signs are more easy to spot than others, but every one of these signs are probably telling you to move on from your blinds.

Your Room Is Usually Too Cold or Hot

If your thermostat is running most of the time but your room still isn’t a cozy temperature, it may be your windows. The majority of heat loss occurs through your windows, and miniature blinds aren’t very energy-efficient window treatments. Upgrade to a sturdier window treatment like Polywood plantation shutters or Honeycomb shades for top of the line heat blocking and a more comfortable room.

Your Interior Style Is Stuck in the Past

Do your windows sometimes remind you of your parent’s house? Keeping up with the latest home design trends can be hard, but if you’re lagging behind by a decade, it’s hard for guests to not notice. So consider two options: either switch to the latest trends as they occur each year, or use a window treatment that won’t go out of style. Plantation shutters in Chicago homes stand the test of time, as do more minimal and neutral options like natural wood blinds or full draperies.

Living room with plantation shutters

Your Blinds Aren’t Built to Last

Most miniature blinds show signs of heavy use within just a year or two. Bent or broken slats, frayed cords, faded colors, they reflect poorly on your windows. Upgrading to a sturdier, longer-lasting window treatment can help prevent this in the future.

The Top Picks for Upgrading From Blinds in Chicago

Polywood Shutters in Narrow WindowWhen it does come time to say goodbye to cheap blinds, consider one of these window treatments, while recognizing your needs.

Replacing Blinds with Plantation Shutters are one of the most common choices when Chicago homeowners decide to upgrade from blinds. They’re timeless, they are more durable than other window treatments, and if they’re built out of the right material can help block a lot of energy loss. 

Replacing Blinds with Cellular Shades

Another great blind upgrade are cellular (or honeycomb) shades. They’re made to trap more heat than normal shades, are a snap to use, and offer a ton of options in the way of colors, patterns, fabrics and more. 

Replacing Blinds with Panel Tracks


If you’re looking to replace vertical blinds, then panel tracks (or panel track blinds) might be right for you. They suspend from a rail like regular vertical blinds, but maneuver a lot more smoothly and look more stylish due to their large fabric panels as opposed to thin blind slats.

Give Your Blinds an Upgrade Today

Make the decision to upgrade your home from cheap blinds today. Call Sunburst Shutters Chicago at 847-250-6544 to receive a free in-home estimate from one of our window treatment associates, or use the form below!