What People Want Most in Window Shades

Window treatments are functional as well as fashionable. They keep out heat and cold, they provide privacy and they come in an almost endless selection.

“Window coverings are really a necessity – something everyone has to have,” says Bill Lapins, owner of ZNL Window Coverings, in Loves Park. The firm specializes in window blinds, shades, shutters, custom drapery and retractable awnings. “It’s often one item that is overlooked when decorating a home, but it’s the first thing that should be considered when building a new home or remodeling an existing one.”

Lapins is now sole owner of the locally owned business that was formerly Eddie Z’s. He’s working with new suppliers and an extended service area that includes McHenry County. ZNL is also a dealer for Graber Blinds and Sunair retractable awnings.

At ZNL, transitional shades are one of the newest and most popular ways of dressing up a window. Like a traditional product, they filter sunlight and allow privacy, but they also let in lots of light and create a look of openness.

Functionality is also high in demand these days. Blinds and shades now come with safety cords or cordless options, they open from the top or the bottom, they can be motorized and they can even be controlled from a smartphone app.

Customers often don’t realize that companies like ZNL can also repair blinds, which extends the life of window coverings while also addressing things like broken cords and shades.
“People love to buy from locally owned businesses and customers appreciate us because they know we are the only company in the area that repairs blinds,” says Lapins.

Because there are so many choices, making the right selection can feel nerve-racking. A visit to the showroom or calling for a free, in-home consultation are good ways to begin.

“People need to be confident of their choices, and helping them arrive at that level of confidence is something we do very well,” Lapins says. “All of our employees have 10 to more than 20 years of experience, and we guarantee customer satisfaction and happiness.”

ZNL Window Coverings is located at 2120 Harlem Road, Loves Park, (815) 654-0870.