If you are currently remodeling your commercial office, you might be wondering what window treatments are best. The window treatments are often different in terms of benefits of each option than what you would get for your home. In an office environment, you welcome the natural light on most days, but want the option of closing the shades or blinds as needed when viewing video equipment or for business privacy purposes. Here are some of the best window treatments for office spaces.
The first option you have for your office windows is blinds. There are vertical and horizontal blinds, and many different types of materials to choose from. Blinds are great because they are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and make it easy to control how much light you get through the windows. They are especially good in your personal office, as opposed to the entire office building. It makes your office feel more casual and comfortable, adding somewhat of a homey feel without taking away from its professional appearance. You can go with an affordable vinyl or aluminum material for the blinds, or spend a little more for bamboo or wood blinds. For large windows, vertical blinds are best.
With wooden shutters, you will be able to block a little bit more light than with blinds. This is because the different wood slats used in shutters not only come together when the shutters are closed, they actually overlap. The shutters are also typically installed on the inside of the window frame, instead of outside of it like many blinds. Together, this means that when you close them, you will have very little light filtering through. This is great during those times when you need to rely solely on the fluorescent lights and don't want glare coming in through the windows.
Roller shades, sometimes referred to as roller blinds, offer a variety of benefits that the other window treatments don't. With roller shades made for commercial buildings, they often include solar energy benefits, which helps with heat and UV glare when the shades are closed. They are easy to control, often by the click of a button. You can even get roller shades that provide you with a button so you can control them from the comfort of your desk. While these will cost a little more to install, they make up for it with the added benefits.