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Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor?

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Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor?

At Budget Blinds Snohomish County, we get asked fairly often “but, how long should I let my drapes hang?” It’s common to see drapes hung in all different lengths, each variation offering its own form of style. It’s important to note that most of these “styles” were birthed out of actual needs in the past.

Before central heating and air conditioning were the norm, drapes were relied on for insulation - keeping either hot or cool air inside. Light control was usually secondary to climate control from the outdoors. Today, although still used partially for insulation, style is more the focus when choosing the fabric and length of the drapes.

So, how do you choose the length for your drapes? It’s simple - which length do you like the most? Your personal preference is key in this decision. Below, we describe the top drape length options to help you discover your style.


With your measurement stick already attached to your body, you only need a finger width of space between the end of the drapes and the floor as a guideline for this length. This is a perfect length for those who want floor length drapes without dealing with dust gathering at the bottom, and keeping the hem clean from dirt and animal hair. As one of the most practical, casual looks for drapes, you can’t go wrong with this length.

Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor BRUSHING


Although this length is a little tricky to perfect, it’s often used in modern homes for a graceful, simplistic look that still compliments traditional decor. This style is called brushing, because the end of the drapes lightly brush against the floor. The difficulty comes when the floor and ceiling are inconsistent in their measurement, which happens pretty often. Thankfully, quality drapery hardware normally has room for small adjustments to make up for any unevenness .

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Letting the drapes hang a little lower, they come to a “breaking point”, where they will begin to fold in after the end has reached the floor. This crease is called “breaking”. The drapes are not long enough to collect on the floor, but just long enough to put a little weight into the end of the fabric that rests against the floor, causing a slight buckle effect near the bottom. This look is a more tailored option, where an inch or two of extra length can work to create a custom, stylish look.

Hanging Drapes: How Low Should They Go to the Floor PUDDLING


Using longer than necessary drapes will create puddling on the surface beneath. Depending on your personal preference and style, you can create small puddles, or large puddles. This look is very much scenario based, as it can either very formal, or very sloppy. Historically, longer drapes had an elegant appeal, which reinforces the traditional flare this tends to bring. However, done without matching the rest of the decor can result in looking pretty messy. Use this option when thoughtfully planned.

When you live in the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington, you may still use drapes for insulation in the winter. These options show you the different levels of style to go along with your practical needs. Occasionally, you may see short drapes - which are always an option. But keep in mind, drapes that end a few feet from the floor kind of have the same effect as capri pants - they just seem a little unbalanced, and let go of a lot more climate control.

Having a hard time deciding the right length for you? Live near Millcreek, Edmonds, Everett or Snohomish, Washington? We’ll come take a look and offer our best guidance to fitting your perfect drapes.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality.   

Our Favorite 2018 Window Treatment Trends

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2018 Window Treatment Trends

With 2018 swiftly underway, we are noticing upcoming trends to go with the new year. Fashion is constantly on the move, and influences everything from clothes, decor, and yes, window treatments. Thinking of giving your Everett, Mill Creek or Snohomish home an upgrade? Want to switch out the old for something new? Here are the top 2018 window treatment trends in the Pacific Northwest.

Go Bold

While neutrals still have their place, bold colors are making a comeback. Gold, blue, purple...we’re seeing pops of color popping up more and more frequently. Whether it’s one accent shade or every shade in the room, these colors are brightening up homes and paving the way for warmer months.

2018 Window Treatment Trends Graphics

Graphic Galore

Not only are colors becoming bolder, but graphics and patterns are standing out from the crowd. Many Pacific Northwesterners are choosing bold patterns to spice up their space. No longer limited to soft colors, these graphics and patterns are limitless in their creations and offer something different for every style. Roller shades, in particular, come in a wide variety of options to draw attention to your window treatments in your favorite rooms.

2018 Window Treatment Trends Wood Woven Shades

Globally Inspired

As our culture becomes more and more aware of the world and needs around us, Washington has always taken a lead in caring for our world. Environmentally friendly window treatments are just one way to support our beautiful ecosystem. Our wood blinds, shades and other products are produced using North American hardwoods that are carefully harvested through sustainable yield forest management. This means that the amount of wood harvested is below the levels of tree growth. Our woven wood shades are made from natural materials like jute and bamboo, and our woven natural shades from our Inspired Shades™ Collection made from hemp, kenaf and flax, are 100% organic and environmentally friendly and completely recyclable.

On top of supporting our planet, global patterns and colors are a huge hit. This means the neutral, rugged, more authentic looking patterns and fabrics to create a cultured feel to the home. This increasingly popular style helps build a feeling of connection and respect between cultures.

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Layer Love

Layers are still in, and are still rising in popularity. Why give up style for functionality when you can have it all? Our favorite layering mix are Woven Wood Shades underneath beautiful Drapes. You can add a blackout liner to the shades to create one more benefit to your window treatment! Or, you can layer a Solar Shade underneath a blackout Roman Shade for a different style with multiple functions.

Trends change constantly. The most important thing to remember is choose something you truly love. Regardless of the current trend, all that matters is how you feel in your own home. With so many options, we are confident we have something for everyone.

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What is the best blind slat size for your windows?

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You’ve narrowed down your window treatment options, and have chosen blinds to be the winner in your home. Great! Blinds are some of our favorite! (Hence, Budget Blinds...yes, you can laugh). They are so versatile and really fit all shapes, sizes and styles. But maybe you’re wondering what blinds are best for you? Before you began this process, you had no idea there were so many options! Wood blinds, aluminum blinds, vinyl blinds, fabric blinds...not to mention the actual slat sizes for each style. Thankfully, Snohomish Budget Blinds can handle all the details while creating the perfect fit for your windows. You choose the style, we can do the rest. Here are some of our favorite blind size guidelines to get you started.

Small Windows

Not every blind size is appropriate for every window. Of course, you can use any size you want! But for a look that feels fluid in the space, you’ll want to pay attention to the window size for guidance. The most common slat size (slat = the individual blind piece) is 2 inches - which fits the majority of windows. But if you have a small window, you will want to go with the smaller slat options so the blinds don’t seen disproportionate to the frame. You will notice the smaller slats allow for less room in between each slat, which means less space for light to shine through. The smaller slats help blinds blend in more, creating a subtle look in the room.

Medium Windows

Medium windows are typically the home to the 2 inch slats. This is the size you’ll find most blinds to be, premade. Because we are going for the size that fits the best for each window size, it makes sense to choose this size. Kind of like goldilocks and the 3 bears -- this one is just right. However, with a medium size window you have the flexibility to choose a different slat size based on preference. You can play with smaller or larger slats, depending on your goals. Smaller slats will block out more light, and also provide more privacy even when open. Larger slats will bring a chunky look to the window, and allow natural light into the room without opening the blinds completely.

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Large Windows

Large windows are some of the hardest to cover effectively. You don’t want to go too small, or you’ll risk a chaotic, busy appearance. Stick with 2-2 ½ inches for the slat size. Because large windows require more blinds, you’ll want to choose your blind material wisely so they don’t end up being too heavy. Real wood blinds are a great, lighter option - and it actually a more effective option than faux wood in this scenario (they are surprisingly heavier!).

Since we live in the Pacific Northwest - Everett, Snohomish, Mill Creek (the list goes on), we are not limited on any type of window! When the Washington sun is out, most want to let that sunshine in while we can. But, we also have those northern winters where perhaps we need a little extra insulation. Next time you’re shopping for blinds, make sure to ask slat size options with your window size in mind. We can help you make a great decision based on your specific window and space.

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Is It Better to Have Your Blinds Turned Up or Down?

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Is It Better to Have Your Blinds Turned Up or Down TOP BANNER

If you have ever used blinds as your window treatment, we’re sure you have asked yourself this question, “wait...should I have these turned up or down?” There really is no right or wrong answer, it’s all about preference. Similar to the popular, heated debate about the correct placement for your toilet roll, you may prefer one way a little stronger over the other. To help your decision making, Budget Blinds of Snohomish County put together a little list to show the pros and cons of both ways.

Turned Up: Rounded Side Facing Out 


  • More privacy: by turning the blinds up, you limit the amount of visibility space directed towards the room. People won’t be able to see inside when passing by.
  • Better light control: limiting visibility also means limiting lighting. By turning the blinds up, you have the option of a little bit more control for a darker room if desired.
  • Better summer option: turning the blinds up with naturally direct the airflow behind the blinds, towards the ceiling. Since heat rises, this is a great option for summer, keeping the space cooler towards the floor and possibly lowering energy bills for you Everett, Snohomish or Mill Creek, Washington home.


  • Not as aesthetically appealing: having the rounded side of the blinds facing out, kind of has a “going against the grain” type of feel, bringing a little sharper edge sense to the room.
  • Light direction: like the heat, the light will naturally be more directed towards the ceiling instead of the center of the room.

Is It Better to Have Your Blinds Turned Up or Down

Turned Down: Rounded Side Facing In 


  • Aesthetically pleasing: the rounded side provides a softer look that flows into the space with ease.
  • Better winter option: turning the blinds down will help direct heat towards the center of the room, utilizing your resources in the winter.
  • More light: because the blinds are facing down, light can stream in from the sun easier, which will flow towards the center of your living space


  • Less Privacy: turned down allows an easier view into your life, especially at night.

While both options have pros and cons, the great part is, you can change your mind at any time! Thankfully, with a pull of a cord (or press of a button) you can adjust to your specific needs in the moment. The Pacific Northwest experiences every season, and ranges from a city life like Seattle, to residential such as Lynnwood. Whether you need light, temperature, or privacy control - you’ll know exactly which way to flip your blinds.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. 

Fun DIY Things To Do With Old Window Treatments

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Fun DIY Things To Do With Old Window Treatments

Out with the old, in with the new. But wait, bring that “old” back...and create something new! Yes, like everything else, window treatments need replaced. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. Some of the coolest decorating accessories in the Pacific Northwest have come from old window panes, shutters, and blinds. Next time you go to replace your window treatment, consider some of these DIY projects to give your Snohomish, Washington home a unique, vintage flair. 

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From Blinds to… 

Chandelier - I bet you didn’t see that coming! Mini blinds with their translucent slats are perfect for lighting fixtures! Create all different shapes and sizes by cutting the slats at different lengths and angles to dangle for your own chandelier taste.

Plant Label - No need to spend money on stakes for your garden if you’re getting rid of some old vinyl blinds. Cut the slats to the desired length with one pointed edge, label with a permanent marker, and add to your plants.

Weave A Basket - Get back into the old fashioned weaving by repurposing your blinds as the weaving material. Mostly for lightweight storage, we suggest you use double slats for added strength.

shutters to planters

From Shutters to… 

Plate Rack - Create your own dish rack by flipping and old shutter horizontal with the slats facing up.  With the perfect sized spaced to fit your plates, you’ll have the coolest dish rack around.

Organizers - Similar to the plate rack, your old shutters can be used to help organize anything from mail and bills, to cards and other documents that need to be kept separate. You can put this by the front door, on a desk, or even in the laundry room.

Planters - Make a vertical garden by hanging your potted plants onto the shutter slats. Or, place a backing on the shutter and fill each slat with soil to allow the plants to grow right around the shutters. Your little garden can be indoor or outdoor.

window frame to mirror

From Window Frames to… 

Picture Frames - Probably one of the easiest DIY’s since the two are so similar, window frames make elegant and unique picture frames. All you need to do is add backing and glass for your very own, one of a kind frame to hold your favorite pictures.

Mirrors - Take your favorite window frames and create decorative mirrors. This can apply to any size frame! Mirrors can be cut to fit each size. You can place them anywhere in your Everett home, from a small hallway mirror, to a big focal point in the living room.

Mantle - Decorate your mantle above your fireplace with your window frame. Avoid cliche decorations, and the hassle of finding the perfect painting, and use your favorite frame for a laid back, casual feel.

At Mill Creek Budget Blinds, we love finding new and unique things to do with our window treatments. It’s amazing what a little creativity can do for an old treatment you would otherwise discard. Of course, we love the feel of the new and fresh treatments, but keeping your favorite few around add’s nostalgia and character to your Mill Creek home. Maybe next time you pick your new treatments, you’ll do so with their next DIY venture in mind (when they’re old)!

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Embrace the Winter Months with Room Darkening Window Treatments

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Embrace the Winter Months with Room Darkening Treatments
Just like the bears up here in the Washington forests, we tend to go into a little hibernation mode during the Winter season. We bundle up, cuddle up, choose sedentary activities, and normally feel like we need a nap more often without the vitamin D lighting up our lives as much as the summer. Instead of dreading the gloomy outdoors, why not embrace the weather for that extra bit of rest you may not get through the year?

One plus side to Winter is turning the clock back in the fall and feeling like you’ve received an extra hour of sleep. However, since the original purpose for the clock change was for farmers to have optimum daylight to do their work, it doesn’t do much for you to sleep in if you are sensitive to the light. All the sudden at 6:00am your bedroom becomes brighter and brighter, even though you still have another hour to sleep before you put in a full day’s work. So how can you still embrace the winter months in Snohomish County? Try these room darkening window treatments to truly crawl into your cave of hibernation.

Roller Shades

As one of the most popular window shades at our Everett store, these shades are extremely customizable making them perfect for bedrooms of all ages. The most important aspect, in this case, is light control. Not only are Roller Shades available is all kinds of colors and fabrics, they have a wide variety of light-filtering options, include complete blackout shades. The blackout shades are an option to add onto to your roller shades, giving you the dark room needed to keep sleeping soundly even when the sun is rising in the Pacific Northwest.

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Cellular Shades

Cellular shades come in three different cell sizes that each have their own varying light control options from sheer, light, filtering, and room darkening. But if that’s not dark enough, these also have blackout fabrics as an option to match your style and your ZZZ’s.

Woven Wooden Shades

Made from 100% organic materials, these shades are completely recyclable. But do they create a dark space? You bet. Covering a wide variety of needs, Woven Wooden Shades are normally slightly transparent to let in light with UV protection, but can offer the best light control when they are paired with a blackout liner. Placed in the bedroom, you’ll be refreshed and ready for the day in Mill Creek when you wake up.

Embrace the Winter Months with Room Darkening Treatments BAMBOO SHADES

Bamboo Shades

Also 100% organic and eco friendly, Bamboo Shades can be paired with a blackout liner as well, similar to the woven wooden shades. Create that refreshing outdoor clean feel in the daytime with the bamboo ambiance, but still a jungle cave at night as you sleep away as long as you want.

Don’t forget, motorization can be added to any shade to sweeten your time in bed. Whether your forgot to draw the shades at night, or wake up peacefully in the morning and want to let in some light, you can do so from the warmth of your covers without disturbing your rest.

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Hardworking Home Office Window Treatments: Here's the best window treatments for your home office!

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The kids are running around, the dog needs let out, the TV is too loud, and your neighbor decides to stop by unannounced. All you want to do is focus and be in the zone for your best work in your home office. With so many distractions around, you might not be able to avoid them all. But one distraction you can nip in the bud are your window treatments. No more putting up with too much or too little light. No more computer screen glares causing you to squint and reposition just to see the screen. No more trying to rev up your creative mojo while hating your surroundings. As such a hard worker, you want your space to compliment and encourage your endeavours. Get ready to shut your office door, and step into productivity.

Reduce Glare On Computer Screens

We all love natural light - usually the more natural light, the better! But when it causes a glare on your computer screen, not only does natural light suddenly become frustrating, but also tends to cause eye strain. Instead of rearranging your furniture, try Solar Shades on your Mill Creek, Washington windows. Solar Shades incorporate the smooth functionality of Roller Shades in light filtering materials that reduce glare and block damaging UV rays. Because they filter and diffuse natural light, they create just the right ambience in the room for you to laser focus on your work. Budget Blinds in Snohomish County has an impressive collection of fabrics in all sizes to fit any window or style. You can even try motorized solar shades for those moments when the sun is rising or setting, and you just want to adjust your view for a little bit without having to stop what you’re doing.

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Block Light and Distractions

If you live on a busy city street in Seattle with a lot of distractions, or your neighborhood in Kirkland has bright street lights at night that play with your vision inside, or maybe you just work best in a darker room, we suggest Roman Shades. Roman shades are soft and versatile, great in front of a desk or shelf. They provide the elegant look of draperies, but offer the modern convenience of shades. Available in a wide variety of patterns, stripes, and silks, roman shades can be made cordless or motorized. These shades will give you the classy, studious look, while meeting your productivity needs. Add a blackout lining to block more light during day or night, to help keep your focus.   

Double Duty

Mix and match window treatments to create your desired effect. Layer Roller or Solar Shades underneath a Roman Shade or Drapes. This layering will create a multitasking window treatment that will allow ultimate flexibility in controlling light and privacy. Bringing your office style to a whole new level, you’ll love your office hideaway and meet all your work goals.

Hardworking Home Office Window Treatments DOUBLEDUTY

After updating your Everett and Monroe, Washington  home office windows, you’ll gladly close your door to ignore the other distractions. Some things you can’t avoid (i.e. your kids), but you can know that when your office door is closed, you have now entered into your own space. This space created by you, to promote your highest abilities. Choose to enjoy the Pacific Northwest sun, or close yourself off for a few hours and lose yourself to your work. Your hardworking office window treatments will compliment your hardworking self.

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