Window Blinds Cost

Installing blinds on standard 27-inch windows averages $650 for faux wood slat blinds on 8 windows.

In this guide

Blinds vs. Shades
Types of blinds
Prefabricated vs. Custom blinds
Materials
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

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Window blinds are a type of window covering that allows you to control the light coming in through windows, as well as visibility both inside and out. They not only add privacy and decorative appeal, but also help insulate windows, resulting in higher home energy efficiency. Installing blinds can be a DIY project, but if you don’t have the skills, it’s recommended to hire professionals. In this guide, we examine the average cost of installing blinds on standard 27-inch windows, which averages $650 for faux wood slat blinds on 8 windows.

Blinds vs. Shades

Thanks to their design of adjustable slats, blinds allow for more control over how much light and air can be let in through the windows. You can have the blinds pulled all the way down and still enjoy a view, along with plenty of light and air. Since shades are typically solid, the only way to control the light, air, and view they permit is to pull them closed, open, or partially open. Fabric is often used for shades, adding insulation value.

Types of blinds

TypesBest forCost per Window
Slat blindsMost windows$11 - $215
Vertical blindsSliding doors & large windows$50 - $115
Roller blindsBedroom & office windows$8 - $140
Cordless blindsBedroom, bathroom & large windows$12 - $135


  • Slat blind: also known as Persian or Venetian blinds, these are the most common types of blinds you’ll find. They have horizontal rows of slats that can be tilted at angles to let in more light. The entire body of the blinds can be lifted up as well.
  • Vertical blinds: vertical blinds have large vertical slats that reach from the floor to the top of the window/door. The slats can be tilted like horizontal slat blinds, and can be pulled back to uncover the window/door.
  • Roller blinds: roller blinds most closely resemble standard window shades. They usually don’t have slats, instead featuring a material made to lay flat, like woven bamboo or fabric.
  • Cordless blinds: cordless blinds work best for rooms where privacy and light-control are top priorities. So TV rooms, offices, bedrooms, and bathrooms are ideal. Homes with pets and/or children also benefit from the added safety of cordless blinds, since the cords on normal blinds are known to be strangulation hazards. Cordless blinds can be adjusted easily by lifting them up or pulling them down. Some models are adjusted by remote controls. This type of blind can be more expensive than other designs, but the cost varies depending on material.

Prefabricated vs. Custom blinds

PrefabricatedCustom blinds
Least expensive optionMore expensive than pre-fab
Fit standard window sizesCan be made to fit any window size
Range of material quality levelsMany feature higher quality materials
Usually do not come with warranties & guaranteesUsually do come with warranties & guarantees

Materials

MaterialCost Per WindowBest For
Aluminum$20 - $70Slat blinds
Fabric$50 - $100Vertical blinds
Vinyl 1$11 - $120Slat blinds
Bamboo$30 - $80Roller blinds
Faux wood$30 - $95Slat blinds
Wood$30 - $215Slat blinds


MaterialProsCons
AluminumInexpensiveCan be easily bent/ damaged
Fabric

Aesthetic appeal

Sheer fabrics allow light to come through

Can be stained or acquire mold
Vinyl 1Most affordableLow durability
Bamboo

Aesthetic appeal

eco-friendly

Natural visual variation

Can warp or fade

Faux wood

Aesthetic appeal

durability

Affordable alternative to wood

Easier to maintain

WoodAesthetic appeal

Most expensive

High maintenance

Labor

Prior to installation, you should determine whether you want to hang your blinds on the inside or outside of your window casings. This is important for establishing how you should make your measurements. Measurements should be made prior to purchasing your blinds so that you can have a perfect fit.

  • Outside mounts 2: Hanging your blinds outside the casing can make both the blinds and your window look larger. For outer hangings, you should measure from the outer edges of the casing. If your window has a sill, measure from the outer top edge of the casing to the sill.
  • Inside mounts 2: Hanging your blinds inside can give them and the entire room a tidier appearance. They also allow for more light to come through. For inner hangings, measure the edges of the window glass where it meets the casing.

Professionals usually charge $10-$20 per standard window to install blinds. For a one-story house with 8 windows of 27-inches as we described above, the labor cost would be $80 - $160.

Installation materials like mounting brackets 2, screws and power drills are usually provided by the professional installation team. Many will also measure your windows for you.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Motorized blinds

Motors can be added to many models of blinds to make them controllable via remote. Each window will need an individual motor. Most motor rods can typically be DIY installed depending on your skill level; the labor cost of installing the motors is $30-$80 per motor.

BrandCost Per MotorCost Per Remote
Somfy$100 - $320$50
EzWand$80Included
Simu$290$50


BrandProsCons
Somfy

Highly durable

Comes with warranties

Most expensive
EzWand

Compatible with existing blinds

Easy DIY installation

Lower durability
Simu

High powered

Special features

Expensive


Eco-friendly window blinds

Wood blinds ($30-$250) are the most eco-friendly because they use replenishable materials. Some brands use wood from sustainable sources.

Energy efficient blinds

Blinds with thicker materials and slats that close tightly are best for insulation purposes. Wood blinds usually are best in this respect, followed by faux wood and fabric.

Additional considerations and costs

Removal and disposal of old blinds

Old blinds can be removed by unmounting them from the brackets 3. It’s possible to recycle blinds if they are made of aluminum. You will need to remove all strings 4 and non-aluminum parts before recycling.

DIY

In case you want to make this a DIY project, these are the materials that you will need:

  • Measuring tape: $3-$35
  • Level: $16-$115
  • Power drill with drill bits: $25-$115
  • Screwdriver: $1-$35
  • Bracket 3 sets: $1-$5 per window

Windows in 2nd or 3rd stories

Adding blinds to each additional story of windows will increase the total cost by 100%, or less if you can get multi-window discounts. Because upper stories tend to be warmer than lower stories, you may also want to invest in energy efficient blinds for these levels.

Unusually sized or shaped windows

If you have windows of unusual shapes or sizes, you will likely need to order custom blinds. Having custom blinds made to fit the dimensions of your unique windows can increase costs by 30%-300%.

Buying in Bulk

Ask your window blind dealer about price deals for buying multiple sets of blinds. Some providers give discounts when you purchase blinds for all of the windows in your home.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
2 Mounting brackets: (Also known as Mounts) A support on which something is attached or hung
3 Brackets: A support that projects outward from one surface to hold another surface to it, such as attaching a shelf to a wall or piece of furniture. Brackets can also be used to strengthen joins between two materials
4 Strings: An inclined structure used to support the treads and risers in a staircase

Cost to install window blinds varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Carrollton, TX
+14%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Chula Vista, CA
+8%
Clearwater, FL
-14%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Frederick, MD
0%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Hampton, GA
-11%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, TX
-41%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Katy, TX
+63%
Kennewick, WA
-17%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lexington, SC
-10%
Little Elm, TX
+17%
Mars, PA
+9%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Naperville, IL
+47%
New York, NY
+77%
Norwich, CT
+6%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Overland Park, KS
+15%
Pensacola, FL
-19%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
Salt Lake City, UT
-6%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Santa Ana, CA
+20%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Springfield, IL
-3%
Toledo, OH
+9%

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