We recently took an extended shopping trip to the window dressing store, and spent most of the day trying to decide what we were going to buy to put into our new windows. We completed an addition to our home, and it opens up the kitchen and adds a whole new family room.

So there are a lot more windows that need to be covered and we want to get it right the first time so we don’t have to revisit this decision in the near future. In the end, I just insisted that we go with the best quality, the highest quality is always the best option and they are going to last longer than anything else.

For us and for our window sizes, that means Hunter Douglas blinds. There are many different versions of blinds, and many different brands and quality levels, but the Hunter Douglas ones are the best on the market, and they perfectly fit our requirements and needs for the new space.

It was apparent when we first walked in that not all of the blinds on sale or on offer were going to meet our needs. We wanted a specific style of blinds, one that would be really easy to use, very functional, and would also match the blinds in the rest of the house.

We didn’t need a perfect match, but we didn’t want something that was obviously different or that would clash in some way. We have Hunter Douglas blinds in other rooms in the house, and we love the easy way that they function, and we have never had a problem with them not working correctly for any reason.

We knew that this room would get a lot more use than our other rooms, especially since it is a part of the extended kitchen, and it really just flows from the kitchen into the new living room. There is a new deck outside the back doors, and so in going in and out of the house onto the deck, the doors will be opened and closed a lot, and the blinds are going to be raised and lowered quite a bit more than in other rooms where we already have the Hunter Douglas blinds.

So we needed to be sure we were getting really high quality so that it would last through all the increased wear and tear that is sure to happen in this space. After we looked through everything they had, and we tried out all the materials and all the samples, we decided to go with the updated version of the Hunter Douglas blinds that we already have in our home.

They are going to match, and they are more durable so they will handle all the additional use that we know is coming. And of course, they are going to match the rest of the room perfectly, and the rest of the house will almost match perfectly. The color is neutral, so it won’t be noticeable if they are off a bit.

The Selecting Right Wicker Furniture for Your Needs


There are two sets of three questions which help steer you towards the right wicker furniture for your needs. The first set is a direct set of questions regarding the intended use of the furniture:

How will you use this furniture?

Do you plan to slip it into a breakfast nook? Will you use it by the poolside? Will it strictly be outdoor furniture? Answer these questions and other intuitive questions as to how you intend to use it and you’ll better understand which sets will work best for you.

Where will the wicker furniture go in your home?

This is related to the previous question, but you must cater the furniture to the room no matter its use. For example, a casual sitting area will require different wicker if you’re inside or outside.

Who will use this set of furniture?

If you have a teenager around, you’ll want to consider how that wicker lounge chair will work with his or her attitude. If you want to keep wicker furniture in an area where kids will run about, you definitely need to keep that in mind when evaluating the build of particular wicker furniture set.

Additionally, you need to consider these three questions regarding the design of the wicker furniture set it:

How does the weave work with your current decor?

Wicker furniture design can vary from ornate and classic to modern and simple, so keep the exact design in mind as well.

What color, texture and thickness of cushion and cover fabric will work best with your intended decor for a room or outdoor area? Wicker furniture cushions can completely change the look and function of a wicker furniture set, so consider this one carefully.

Outdoor wicker furniture is available in different styles, designs, frames and fabric colors. Outdoor wicker furniture is woven with polythene resin fibers or vinyl coupled with a steady aluminum, rattan or a steal frame so as to withstand extreme weather conditions. This type of furniture includes garden chairs, dining tables, benches, swings and gliders.

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