By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Contemporary furnishings have a clean, unfussy appeal. To complete that look, you won’t go wrong choosing a tailored roller window shade that adds texture and good looks to the room. The clean line of a shade is an eye-catching accent that blends nicely with furnishings, whether in a bedroom, cozy den or larger family room.
An installer will charge $200, which includes labor and material, to install a good quality custom fabric 30-inch wide, 60-inch long roller shade with a pull cord in a window. You can buy the shade for $160 and install it yourself and save 20 percent. If you have basic carpentry skills, the installation is easy. You mark the location of the holes for the mounting brackets with a pencil, use a hand drill to make the holes and then install the brackets with a screwdriver.
Before ordering, decide where you want to mount the shade on the wall or window frame, and then measure the width and length to determine the exact dimensions of the shade. The shade will be custom-cut to those dimensions and come with the number of brackets needed to support it.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install a window shade lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.