Cost to Install Panel Track Shades – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1370

$ 1155

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 43% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install Panel Track Shades noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to install panel track shades? Find the average DIY cost to install panel track shades yourself for $1,155 compared with having an installer do the job for $1,370.

Looking for an alternative to vertical blinds to cover a large wide sliding glass door? We decided to use panel track shades (also called blinds) because they are a versatile window covering that mixes nicely with most any décor. The individual 27-inch wide panels glide on a wheeled carrier in a track concealed by a valance and open and close easily with a cord.

Sewn-in weights at the bottom of each panel create a streamlined drape, giving the shades structure. You’ll find them in an assortment of fabrics and woven wood with complimentary yarns, with colors ranging from white to mahogany. We chose a solar material that blocks direct light through the weave of the material but maintains a view to the outside.

A retailer specializing in window treatments will charge $1,370 to install six panel track shades with a valance in a 151-inch opening. You can buy the window covering for $1,155 and do it yourself, saving 15 percent. Compared to the cost of the shades, the savings is not impressive. This may be a project best left to the installer. If you do it yourself, you’ll need a ladder, tape measure, level, wrench, screwdriver, nutdriver, electric drill with bits and wall anchors.

Here’s more information about the window covering from Next Day Blinds Panel Tracks.

The average price to install panel track shades noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

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