Best Stores for Window Coverings in Ottawa: Blinds, Shades, Drapes & More
September 20, 2021
Recommended by La-Z-Boy In-Home Designers
Once the flooring has been installed, the furniture has been placed, and the artwork sits nicely on the wall, the only thing left to do is decorate the windows.
If you want something elaborate and ornamental, you may go for a more traditional window treatment with pinched pleats, and swags. In contrast, more modern and minimalist styles call for updated window coverings like blinds, shades, or a simple drape.
Window coverings serve not only a decorative purpose but also a practical purpose by blocking harsh light and nosy neighbours.
With style and practicality in consideration, it is also important to determine your budget. A window covering can range anywhere from $100 to $800 per window. In fact, an entire room of drapery can cost upwards of $20,000.
From selection to quality, to price range, all of these factors are ultimately determined by the retailer you choose to shop with!
At La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston we focus on home furnishings and interior design. Although we do not offer window coverings ourselves, our expert designers are often asked about the best stores in Ottawa to shop for window coverings.
To help you narrow down the search and choose the best retailer for you, design consultants at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston have weighed in with some helpful suggestions.
Table of Contents ...
- Types of Window Coverings
- Best Stores for Window Coverings in Ottawa
a) Elite Draperies & Home Decorating
b) Ottawa Drapery & Supplies
c) C&M Textiles
d) Blinds to Go
Types of Window Coverings
Before we dive into the best stores for window coverings in Ottawa, it is important to define exactly what window coverings are and the different types of window coverings available on the market.
What is a Window Covering?
A window covering is any type of material used to cover a window completely or partially.
Window coverings …
- Add Style
- Regulate Room Temperature
- Control Light
- Provide Privacy
Types of Window Coverings
Different types of window covering options serve different purposes and create different looks.
Blinds tilt open and closed using a cord or remote device. Either vertical or horizontal, they have louvers or slats made of various materials.
Shades are a singular piece of fabric or synthetic material raised or lowered by a cord. They soften a window’s appearance and offer various levels of light.
Drapes / Curtains
Drapes or curtains can be made with anything from luxurious silk to budget-friendly synthetics. Further, drapes can be translucent or blackout. A room may even feature 2-layer drapes offering both translucent or a blackout options.
Drapes are typically held up by a rod that is attached to the wall around the window.
Shutters consist of wood or faux wood louvers mounted in a solid frame. The louvers are manipulated by a tilt rod.
It is important to note that each type of window covering is typically offered in one of two ways:
- Ready-Made: The window covering comes in standard sizes, shapes, colours, and/or materials to choose from.
Ready-made window coverings are ideal for standard size windows and are budget-friendly
- Custom: The window covering is completely customizable in size, shape, colour, and/or material to match your unique window and space.
Custom window coverings are typically necessary for windows of odd shapes and sizes. For example, a modern home with grand windows typically requires custom-sized window coverings. Further, custom window coverings are sometimes ideal for tailored interior design and matching your current upholstery.
The choice between ready-made vs. custom will impact the overall quality and cost of your window cover.
Best Stores to Shop for Window Coverings in Ottawa
La-Z-Boy Interior Designers, Magaly del Castillo and Zeina Badawi, have created a list of the best stores for window coverings in Ottawa. Between both designers, they have creates hundreds of beautiful room designs for La-Z-Boy clients.
Each store has something unique to offer in terms of products, services, quality, and style. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, there should be something for you within this list.
1. Elite Draperies & Home Decorating - $$$
148 Colonnade Road, Ottawa, ON
Designer Magally recommends Elite Draperies & Home Decorating. She says although they are expensive, they offer top-of-the-line custom window coverings.
Elite Draperies offers everything from curtains, to blinds, shutters, and shades.
What makes Elite Draperies stand out to Magaly is their vast selection of materials used for custom curtains. You can choose from a range of luxurious materials including silk courting and even silk pom-poms.
2. Ottawa Drapery & Supplies - $$$
349 Danforth Ave, Ottawa, ON
Magaly also recommends Ottawa Drapery & Supplies. In fact, Magaly herself is a satisfied customer.
Alike Elite Draperies, Ottawa Drapery is in a high-end price bracket. With this, Magaly raves about their quality of materials and service. As a small family-run business, an installer will come to your home, measure your space, and he may even come back and re-measure. “They are precise and very meticulous”, she says. “Measure twice, cut once”.
Elite Drapery offers a range of products including custom blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery. They also place a strong emphasis on the Hunter Douglas products they offer. Magaly claims that Hunter Douglas products are the best of the best when it comes to blinds and shades.
3. C&M Textiles - $$$
1547 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON
Another great option for custom drapery in Ottawa is C&M Textiles, recommended by Zeina.
Zeina loves C&M Textiles for their wide range of drapery materials to choose from. They have so many options that you can easily match your drapery with your furniture upholstery.
C&M Textiles also offers a selection of blinds and shades in different colours and styles.
4. Blinds To Go - $$
519 West Hunt Club, Ottawa, ON
501 Earl Grey Drive, Ottawa, ON
1125 St.Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON
When it comes to blinds specifically, Zeina suggests Blinds To Go.
Blinds To Go offers a vast selection of blinds at an average price point. Zeina says the variety and quality is spectacular for what you pay.
Not only does Blinds To Go offer blinds, but they also carry shades, drapery, vertical sheers, shutters, and motorized options.
Window Coverings on a Budget
If your windows fall within standard sizes, the most budget-friendly solution is ready-made window coverings, according to Zeina.
If you are looking for ready-made and easy-to-install window coverings on a budget, Magaly and Zeina suggest the following:
IKEA - $
2685 Iris St, Ottawa, ON
Urban Barn - $
590 Industrial Ave Unit #1, Ottawa, ON
Bed, Bath, & Beyond - $
500 Terminal Ave Unit 818, Ottawa, ON
5487 Hazeldean Rd Unit 2, Stittsville, ON
Bouclair Home - $
100 Trainyards Dr #02, Ottawa, ON
2002 Mer-Bleue Rd Unit 7, Orléans, ON
5597 Hazeldean Rd, Stittsville, ON
Window Covering Tips From Designers
Magaly says to think of a room like a painting.
“The flooring is the frame, the area rug is the matting, the furniture is the painting, and the window coverings should be used to enhance the colours and textures within the painting”. - Magaly del Castillo
With this, Magaly has come up with some useful tips for choosing window coverings that don’t distract but instead compliment the interior design in your room.
Window Coverings are the Final Touch
When it comes to the divine order or home design, window coverings should be chosen last.
Given that window coverings are meant to enhance and coordinate with other, more prominent patterns and elements in the room, the window coverings require careful selection based on all prior choices.
More specifically, Magaly suggests choosing furniture first, wall colour second, and window coverings last.
Magaly also says that window coverings are not something you should have to change or upgrade often. It is important to think long-term when selecting window coverings.
It is a good idea to avoid bold patterns or fleeting trends when selecting a window treatment. Magaly says “you will likely despise it in five years”.
Instead, choose something subtle and timeless, typically 3 to 4 shades darker than the wall colour, says Magaly. You want the eye to transition effortlessly from the wall to the window treatment.
Coordinate with the Size & Style of the Room
Finally, Magaly says that depending on the style and size of the room, you will have to treat each window covering differently.
For example, window drapery can be used to “beef up your room”. This may be necessary for a large room with a small window. Use bold drapery that extends beyond the window to make the window appear bigger and become a more significant element of the room.
In contrast, a massive window already creates a stately appearance in a room. With this, the window coverings should be subtle. In this case, sheer shades look elegant and can serve the practical purpose. More specifically, window coverings can effectively block the harsh sunlight and prevent the fading of leather furniture.
Magaly also suggests treating the window coverings of two adjacent rooms the same to create a consistent look throughout the home. As your eye glances from one direction to the other, the window coverings can create unity throughout rooms.
A La-Z-Boy designer, such as Zeina or Magaly, can help you choose the right window coverings to enhance your space and furniture selection. But as suggested by Magaly, there are many choices to make prior to choosing your window coverings.
At La-Z-Boy, we have a wide range of comfortable and stylish furniture to choose from, all completely customizable. While determining your furniture selection, take advantage of our complimentary design services. Our expert designers can help you tie in all other elements of your room’s design, such as an area rug, artwork, and finally, window coverings.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you bring your interior design vision to life and point you in the right direction for beautiful and practical window coverings.
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