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Window Shades Cost

Window Shades Cost

National average
$600 - $1,000
(installation of 8 cord Roman shades mounted inside of the window)
Low: $400 - $680

(cord roller shades, ouside mount)

High: $1,140 - $2,100

(panel track shades and 1 door shade)

Cost to install window shades varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from window treatment specialists in your city.

The average cost of installing window shades is $600 - $1,000.

In this guide

Cost Factors
Types
Outdoor Shades
Custom vs Ready-made
Cord vs Cordless Shades
Mount
Labor
Shades vs Curtains vs Blinds
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
Additional Considerations and Cost
FAQ

How Much Does It Cost to Install Window Shades?

Window shades are a type of window covering that can customize the look of your home, but also help with lowering energy costs and keeping out sunlight. Window shades come in a variety of colors and styles.

Installing window shades costs, on average, $600 to $1,000 with the average homeowner spending around $800 on installing 8 window shades on 27-inch windows.

Installing window shades costs
National average cost$800
Average range$600 - $1,000
Minimum cost$400
Maximum cost$2,100


Cost Factors

Ultimately, the number and size of the windows is going to determine the overall cost of window shade installation. Similar to other home improvement projects, the more window shades you install, the more cost savings. You can expect to pay approximately $60-$75 for a single-window shade, and around $200 for five window shades.

The type of window shade you choose to install will also directly affect the overall cost of the project. You can expect to pay less for roller shades 1 or cellular/honeycomb shades, while balloon shades and panel track shades are on the higher end of the cost scale.

The location of the windows you want to install shades on also affects the installation cost. If you have windows that are in difficult-to-reach areas they will require specialized equipment and enhanced measures to get to. In addition, ordering custom shade coverings can increase the installation costs because installers may need to come out more than once to measure the area.

Types

There are many different types of window shades on the market to choose from. Below is a description of the types of window shades and the table illustrates the cost of each. The prices below reflect the average costs without any installation or additional fees.

Cellular/honeycomb Shades

One of the most popular types of window shades, cellular/honeycomb shades are a top seller due to their attractive appearance, customizable options, and energy-efficient insulation. These types of window shades get their names from looking like a honeycomb from the side. They are made by combining hundreds of honey-comb cells to make a beautiful shade. Honeycomb/cellular shades are available in single and double cell options, are very versatile, and can be installed either inside or outside the window frame.

Roller Shades

Roller shades 1, also referred to as roller blinds 1 are a very popular choice for many. Roller shades come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics for any room in the house. They are quick and easy to install and easy to clean, keeping them looking brand new. When selecting a roller shade, it is important to decide how much natural light you want coming into the room through the shade. Some options include light filtering, blackout, or room darkening.

Roman Shades

Roman shades 2 mimic the look of drapery with the functionality of a blind. When selecting Roman shades you will have to select a pattern/color option including stripes, solids, or floral, as well as the texture of the material including linen, silk, cotton, or polyester fabric. The last thing you will have to decide is the fold. Some of the different Roman shade folds include the Classic Style fold (simple fold up and down), the European Style fold (like a very wide letter “U”), Flat Style fold (fabric panels folding over one another), and the most drapery-like is the Hobbie Style Fold.

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades 3 are similar to honeycomb/cellular shades, however, they differ in that pleated shades are made from a single layer of fabric and honeycomb/cellular are made from multiple layers. Pleated shades are great for improving your home’s energy efficiency and are considered a more budget-friendly option. Pleated shades are customizable and therefore there are a lot of designs to choose from.

Solar Shades

Solar shades are a great choice for rooms where you want to reduce light, ultraviolet rays, and heat, as well as eliminate glare. These may include offices and home theatres to prevent glare on computer screens and televisions. Solar shades provide many benefits and are available in many colors and options. Solar shades block approximately 99% of harmful UV rays, preventing any damage from sunlight.

Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are designed using horizontal fabric slats that are suspended between two layers of soft, translucent material. The horizontal fabric slats open and close the blinds, while the layers of fabric stay in place. Sheer shades give any room a designer touch.

Bamboo Shades

Give your home an exotic look with bamboo shades 4. Bamboo shades are very versatile and come in multiple colors and therefore have been a popular option for many and have been seen in many home renovation shows. Bamboo blinds can be customized to your own style preference using either edge binding or liners.

Panel Track Shades

Panel track shades are great for covering sliding glass doors and large windows. Panel track shades are large panels made of fabric that operate by sliding back and forth on a track for easy operation. There is the option of having them stack completely clear of the window or door. Panel track shades can be mounted to the wall or ceiling.

Balloon Shades

Tie-up shades are made with narrow straps that loop or tie at the top edge and are hung from a curtain pole. They are a great way to add privacy and add some color and texture to your windows. Tie-up shades come in a variety of colors, textures, and styles.

TypeCost

Roller shades

White window shades installed on 3 windows

$35-$60 per window

Cellular/Honeycomb shades

White cellular shades

$40-$55 per window

Pleated shades

Brown pleated window shades

$55-$75 per window

Solar shades

Traslucent solar window shades

$55-$90 per window

Roman shades

Roman shades installed outside the window

$60-$100 per window

Sheer shades

Sheer shades installed on a window and a pink orchid in front of it

$60-$110 per window

Bamboo shades

Bamboo window shades installed on a living room

$90-$175 per window

Balloon shades

White balloon shades installed in a bathroom

$90-$175 per window

Panel track shades

Panel track window shades

$90-$200 per window


Outdoor Shades

In addition to indoor window shades, outdoor shades are ideal for your patio or outdoor space. These help keep out harmful UV rays to protect yourself, as well as your furniture, from sun damage and fading. Outdoor shades also help to reduce glare on your TV. Outdoor shades are manufactured from top quality materials so that you can enjoy the shades for a long duration. Outdoor shades average in cost from $120-$225, depending on the type and size.

Custom vs Ready-made

Before making any decisions regarding the color, texture, or finish of the window shades, there is another decision that you will have to make first. Do you want to purchase custom or ready-made window shades? Before making that decision, it is very important to know the advantages and disadvantages of both. The chart below illustrates the pros and cons of each.

TypeProsCons

Custom shades

($175-$400)

Come in a wide variety of colors and style options

If you are looking for a unique design that will last a lifetime

Have different types of liners to choose from

Can purchase using your exact window height and width

Can be fitted to any type of window

More expensive

Can be more difficult to install on your own

Ready-made shades

($100-$275)

Come in a wide variety of colors and style options

Less expensive

Easier to install on your own

Could be poorer quality

Do not have liners that protect shades from sunlight and UV rays

Come in limited sizes so they are not perfect for every window size


Cord vs Cordless Shades

Another decision you will have to make about the window shades is whether you want a cordless lift or cord to operate the blinds. Before making that decision, it is very important to know the advantages and disadvantages to both. The chart below illustrates the pros and cons of each.

TypeProsCons

Cord shades

($50-$150)

Easy to operate

Will last a lot longer

Cords hanging, not as clean of a look

Can be more difficult to install on your own

Cordless shades

($100-$300)

Available for all types/styles of window shades

A cleaner/sleeker appearance

Eliminates any safety issues for children and pets

Might not be available for larger shades as it is too much weight on the lift system

Not easy to operate for hard to reach windows

Do not last as long as a cord system


Mount

There are many things that you have to consider when shopping for window shades, one of those includes the mount 5 position. There are two ways to mount your window shades: inside mount and outside mount.

Inside Mount

The window shades are contained inside the window casing.

Outside Mount

The window shades are mounted on the wall, trim, or the ceiling outside the window frame.

The chart below compares the differences between the two and can help you determine the best fit for your home.

TypeProsCons
Inside mount

The most popular choice

Offers the cleanest look because they fit inside the frame

Not the best choice if your window frame is deep.

Doesn’t work well if there is an obstruction in the window (crank handle, lock handle, alarm sensor)

Outside mount

Gives the flexibility of choosing any window shade because the frame doesn’t make a difference

Blocks light by covering the entire window

Is not influenced by window obstructions (crank handle, lock handle, alarm sensor)

Helps to make uneven windows look uniform

Best choice for a sliding or French door (not enough space to mount shades inside on these types of doors)

Can be more difficult to measure and get the right fit

Can be more difficult to install depending on the surface


The type of mount installation, whether inside or outside, affects the way the measurements should be taken. For inside mounts, the measurements should be taken from the edges of the window glass, where it meets the casing. For outside mounts, the measurements should be from the outer edges of the casing or from the outer top edge of the casing to the sill.

Labor

Installing window shades includes: installing mounting brackets using a screwdriver, inserting the shades into the mounting brackets, and lastly adding a valance to hide the mechanisms in the head rail.

Installation materials include mounting bracket sets, screwdriver, measuring tape, level, and a powder drill with drill bits. These materials are provided by a professional installation team.

Professionals charge approximately $15-$25 per window to install window shades.

Shades vs Curtains vs Blinds

While there is the option of leaving a window completely bare, most prefer to use some form of window covering for the purpose of privacy or design. There are three popular window covering options, shades, curtains, and blinds, which are all compared below.

Shades

Shades must either be open all the way or closed. There are no slats that can be turned to allow light to partially shine through. Shades are a good choice for rooms where you want more privacy. Shades are a better choice when you have children and pets because they do not damage as easily as blinds.

Curtains

Curtains come in a variety of styles and fabrics. They are a great choice for living rooms and can be easily matched with other design features in furniture and wall coverings.

Blinds

Blinds are typically used in areas of the home where you do not need a lot of privacy, but you would like to be able to control how much light enters the room. Blinds are often chosen for hallway, living room, and family room windows.

TypesProsCons

Shades

($685-$1,310/8 shades)

Gray window shade installed on a window

Many styles to choose from

Easier to use

Cellular shades are energy-efficient

Better choice for children and pets

Extremely durable

Fabric stacks at the top of the window

More expensive

Difficult to maintain

Cannot be adjusted as easily

Curtains

($400-$2,000/8 curtains)

Mustard and white window curtains installed in a living room window

Many design options

Can block or filter light

Provide privacy

Energy-efficient

Easier to maintain

May need to be professionally cleaned

Not suitable in small spaces

Cords can be a safety risk

Blinds

($345-$750/8 blinds)

White wooden blinds installed in a kitchen window

Easier to clean

Less expensive

Better light control

Can be adjusted and controlled by the user

Minimal designs available

Less energy-efficient

Cords can be dangerous

Dust accumulates on the slats

Does not offer much privacy


Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Door Shades

Door shades are a great addition to any patio doors. There are many advantages of door shades, such as protecting yourself and furniture from harmful UV rays that can cause furniture to change color and fade with time, as well as reduce glare on items such as the TV and computer. Door shades can cost anywhere from $150-$300.

Motorized Shades

Motors can be added to most models of window shades in order to be able to control them using a remote. Each window will require an individual motor to be installed. The cost to have motors installed is $30-$80 per motor.

Smart Wifi Controller

Smart Wifi Controllers allow you to control your window shades from anywhere in the home or even the world! These controllers are user-friendly and are set up using wifi pairing with your smartphone devices via application. Smart Wifi Controllers allow you to set schedules on a specific time to open or close your shades, and also allow you to install multiple controllers for very large homes. Smart Wifi Controllers average between $150 and $250 per controller.

Additional Considerations and Cost

  • Installing window shades can be a DIY project. Materials required include mounting bracket sets ($1-$5 per window), screwdriver ($1-$35), measuring tape ($3-$35), level ($16-$115), and powder drill with drill bits ($25-$115). The process of installation includes: mounting brackets in place using a screwdriver, inserting the shades into the mounting brackets, and lastly adding a valance to hide the mechanisms in the head rail.
  • Window shades with pull cords can pose a strangling hazard to small children and pets. For that reason, it is important to consider cordless window shades for any windows that are within reach of children.
  • Window shades can enhance your home's energy efficiency. There are two types of window shades that are best known for their energy efficiency properties: honeycomb and solar shades. They not only look great, but act to protect your home from cold and heat.

FAQ

  • How much is blinds installation?

The cost of installing blinds on standard 27-inch windows, averages $620 for faux wood slat blinds on 8 windows.

  • Does Home Depot install blinds?

Yes, Home Depot can send a professional to your home to install blinds.

  • How do I install window shades?

The process of installation includes: mounting brackets in place using a screwdriver, inserting the shades into the mounting brackets, and lastly adding a valance to hide the mechanisms in the head rail.

  • What does Lowes charge to install blinds?

Lowe’s charges approximately $120 for blind and window shade installation.

  • How much does it cost to install cellular shades?

The cost to install cellular shades depends on the size of your window, but on average homeowners spend between $45 and $220 to install cellular window shades.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
glossary term picture Roller Shade 1 Roller blinds: (Also known as Roller shades) A window blind, mounted on a wooden or metal roller, that rolls up and out of the way when not in use
glossary term picture Roman Shade 2 Roman shades: A window blind that, when drawn up, forms a series of concertina folds
3 Pleated shades: A window blind made of one layer of fabric that folds when it is drawn up and unfolds when it is drawn down
glossary term picture Woven Wood Shade 4 Bamboo shades: A window covering made from small strips of wood or natural fibers, arranged horizontally and woven together with cotton twine
5 Mount: A support on which something is attached or hung

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

Two corded white window shades installed inside the of the window

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Anaheim, CA
+21%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Bush, LA
+10%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Clearwater, FL
-14%
Clifton, NJ
+27%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dearborn, MI
+16%
Durham, NC
-1%
Edmonds, WA
-14%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Fairfax, VA
+18%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Myers, FL
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Henrico, VA
+6%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Homestead, FL
-2%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Naples, FL
-3%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New York, NY
+77%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Plano, TX
+24%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Port Saint Lucie, FL
-18%
Reno, NV
0%
Riverside, CA
+13%
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