Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 4

Knowledge is power—especially when you’re in the market for new window treatments! Whether you’re buying window treatments for the first time or planning on replacing your existing blinds and shades throughout your entire home, you undoubtedly have many questions.

Given the number of window coverings we offer—not to mention the customizations and optional components—we know that buyers like you may be hesitant to make a purchase until they’ve done their homework and feel confident in their decisions.

To make your buying process easier, be sure to check out some of our frequently asked questions below, and don’t hesitate to contact our customer support representatives if you still have questions or concerns.

  1. What’s an alternative to wood blinds?

Wood blinds provide an elegant and natural look to any room, but they’re not for everyone. Their higher cost and the potential for warping and cracking if used in areas with high humidity means some people prefer other options.

 

If you’re dead-set on getting the look of real wood blinds without the potential downsides, faux wood blinds may be the perfect option for your home. Not only do they look virtually identical to real wood blinds, but they’re also more resistant to the elements and they’re easier to clean and maintain. In many cases, faux wood blinds are less expensive than real wood blinds as well.

 

  1. What is the average price for Roman shades?

Roman shades are an elegant and beautiful option for window treatments, but they can also be more expensive than other types of shades. The cost of Roman shades is due to factors like their luxurious tailored appearance, soft and sculpted folds, and wide selection of fabrics and colors.

 

At Blindster, we offer multiple types of Roman shades at varying price points. Because our shades frequently go on sale, the best way to get an idea of the average price is to frequently consult the product pages:

 

 

  1. What is a solar shade?

A solar shade is a window covering that’s designed with sun protection, energy efficiency, shade, and glare reduction in mind. Solar shades can be installed anywhere in your home, and many homeowners prefer to install them in areas that receive plenty of sunlight, such as sunrooms, patios, and pool rooms. They’re also perfect for areas where you want to block out sunlight and reduce glare but maintain your view of the outside, such as bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and home offices.

  1. What do I need to know about solar shades?

If you’re thinking about purchasing solar shades, you probably already know that they’re the ideal solution for homeowners looking for window coverings that provide excellent insulation and heat reduction while maintaining a clear view of the outside.

 

Solar shades accomplish that by:

 

  • Blocking up to 97% of harmful and warming UV rays due to their heat and light absorbing materials
  • Increasing energy efficiency by creating an extra layer of insulation between the inside of your home, your windows, and the outdoors
  • Reducing or eliminating glare in areas that receive ample amounts of sunlight, such as bedrooms, patios, sunrooms, decks, and more
  • Using transparent materials that allow you to still clearly see the outdoors even when the shade is drawn and 97% of outside sunlight and UV rays are blocked

 

In addition to these features, solar shades are also easy to maintain and install. Their moisture and mold-resistant properties mean they will stand up to harsh, wet conditions in both outdoor areas, such as decks and patios, and indoor areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

 

  1. What is a relaxed Roman shade?

Unlike standard Roman shades that feature a folded appearance through their entire length to create an appearance of depth and dimension, relaxed Roman shades have a more casual look without sacrificing any of the elegance you would expect. Instead of featuring curves and folds from top to bottom, relaxed Roman shades are only softly curved at the bottom where the fabric bunches together. These shades are the ideal solution for rooms where you want to create a relaxed atmosphere and don’t plan on raising or lowering the shades on a frequent basis.

 

  1. What is a corded roller shade?

A corded roller shade is simply a roller shade that is operated with a cord. Roller shades with continuous cord loop options are perfect for large and wide windows, as the cord makes it much easier to raise and lower the window covering. Corded roller shades are most often installed in living rooms, bedrooms, and offices that are equipped with exceptionally large windows where a cordless option just isn’t practical given the weight and size of the window coverings.

 

  1. What is a stepped Roman shade?

A stepped Roman shade is also known as a waterfall or hobbled Roman shade. This term refers to Roman shades that feature soft folds that run the entire length of the fabric from top to a bottom, giving it a waterfall-like appearance. They also may be known as looped or teardrop shades due to their unique appearance. Stepped Roman shades are versatile enough to be installed in rooms with a casual atmosphere and rooms that call for nothing but the utmost in luxury and elegance.

 

  1. What is the best blackout shade for a nursery?

In addition to home offices, bedrooms, game rooms, and home theaters, nurseries are also another ideal location to install blackout shades. Being able to fully control the lighting in your child’s room during the first years of his or her life can help both of you sleep more soundly during the day and night. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of blackout shades that can eliminate up to 99% of outside light, giving you the option to make your nursery as dark or as light as you want.

 

Some of the options we recommend include:

 

Choose between cordless or corded options and 9 different colors when choosing this shade, one of our most elegant and high-quality blackout shades.

 

Capable of blocking out 99% of outside light, these premium blackout shades are available in 15 colors and are manufactured with a 3/8” double cell fabric.

 

Take your pick of cordless or corded lift options and 13 different colors to match your child’s nursery, including twilight mesa, moire white, and twilight glacier.

Everything You Could Want to Know About Faux Wood Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal blinds are some of the oldest surviving window treatment options around today. They have evolved over time to fit modern needs but their overall concept has stayed the same. The development of faux wood blinds was a revelation for the industry and consumer as they are the perfect window covering solution for home owners who love the look of wood blinds but not the price.

Whether you’re thinking about new blinds or just want to know more about the faux wood blinds you love, check out Blindster’s list of facts below:

Originated in Egypt

Though today’s wood blinds are referred to as Venetian blinds, they actually were first derived in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians are credited with discovering the concept of blinds. They used the reeds that were plentiful in their area to create simple window coverings by placing the reeds into mats that hung over windows.

Gained Popularity after Venice Introduction

The concept of window blinds made its way to Persia, where it began to take on more of the form we know today. Venetians traveling through Persia were taken with the idea and brought them back to Italy. Through the backing of the Venetian traders, the blinds spread across Europe and gained their coined name of Venetian blinds.

John Webster Brought them to America

John Webster, an upholsterer from London, then debuted the blinds in the United States where high society types gushed over their style and functionality.

Thomas Jefferson Loved Them

Thomas Jefferson is said to have been so fond of his horizontal blinds, that he wrote them into his will. He distributed them to his beneficiaries with surprising specificity.

Popularized Due to High Taxes

The high taxes placed on thick textile fabrics by England have been credited for the rise in popularity of horizontal blinds in the early United States. It was much cheaper for colonists to have a local craftsman build blinds from wood than to order roman shades from Europe.

Made of Vinyl

Just like your favorite old records, everything just seems better on vinyl. Faux wood blinds are typically manufactured using vinyl and vinyl compound materials, and some are manufactured using a combination of synthetic materials and real wood to provide an even more realistic look and feel.

Do Well in High Humidity

Even though faux wood blinds tend to be cheaper than real wood, their durability can be better in certain environments. Faux wood blinds are perfect for high humidity climates and spaces like kitchens and bathrooms because they have zero risks of warping. Most people cannot tell the difference between real and faux, so they are a great option that doesn’t break the bank.

Blindster Offers Six Types

Blindster.com currently sells six different variations on faux wood blinds on the website. They range from 1”-2 ½” slats, vary widely in color, and starting price ranges from $15-40 per shade depending on the blind’s size.

Quick Design Tips: Blinds + Curtains

It has become increasingly popular to combine blinds and shades with some sort of drapes or curtains. This styling options allows homeowners and decorators to creatively conceal any unsightly window frames or shapes. They can also can make ceilings appear taller when done correctly. If you decide to implement this décor choice, it is important to follow a few basic rules from Blindster:

The blinds or shades must be mounted flush with the window frame.

This keeps your window treatments from looking bulky once you add your curtains or drapes. It also makes it easier for you to lift and lower your shades without the curtains getting in the way.

Choose drapes or curtains that just barely dust the floor.

Pooling curtains always look tacky! Keep your curtains up off the floor and you will be surprised at how much more put together your windows will look. Also, keeping them off the floor means you won’t have to clean them as often.

Mount your rod 5-7” inches above your window casing.

Mounting the rod higher makes your window appear larger and your ceilings taller. If you don’t have enough space between your window and your ceiling, just mount the rod 1-2” bellow the ceiling line.

Make sure the rod extends about 10-12” past the window frame on each side.

Your drapes or curtains should just touch your window on either side. The whole purpose of this design is to make your windows appear larger, so you don’t want to cover them up!

Check out Blindster.com for color and pattern inspiration!

Here’s a few pictures from real customers using their blinds and shades with drapes or curtains.

 

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2″ Premium Faux Wood Blinds

 

 

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Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group A

 

 

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Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group A

 

 

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Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group A

Everything You Could Want to Know About Cellular Shades

When Cellular Shades came on the market they were one of the most innovative window treatment options to be released in a very long time. Their popularity grew because of their effectiveness at reducing energy costs by reducing a home’s total thermal loss. Whether you’re already a cellular shade fan or you’re looking for a reason to buy, this list will tell you everything you could want to know about cellular shades.

They Were Released in 1985

Today’s cellular shade began with the launch of Hunter Douglas’s 1985 Duette Honeycomb Shades. They had the same cellular structure we know now and were advertised as being soft, durable and highly energy efficient. Since then, many other companies have created their own versions of those shades and began referring to them mainly as cellular shades.

Their Design Makes Them Energy Efficient

Most of the heat transfer in your home happens through windows and doors. The individual cells within the shade hold air, creating a barrier between the window surface and the indoor room, making them much more protective than regular shades.

They Come in Several Styles

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Cellular shades can come in multiple layers of cells; each extra layer provides more heat and light control inside your home. The layers act as insulation around your windows, keeping out heat in the summer and the warmth in during winter.

Color Makes a Difference

Changing the color of your cellular shade can also affect its ability to reduce heat transfer. The darker the shade, the more light filtering you are going to get inside your home.

Two Shades in One

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Day/Night cordless cellular shades are part light filtering and part blackout. The light filtering part of the shade can be scrunched up to reveal the blackout shade and the blackout shade can be scrunch down to use the light filtering shade. It is the ultimate in window treatment flexibility!

Easy to Maintain

Cellular shades tend to be more durable than horizontal blinds, which can become bent and unsightly. They are typically made from spun lace and bonded polyester that is easy to dust and clean.

Benefits of Roller Shades

Roller shades are a popular option for homeowners who are looking to replace old window treatments or put the finishing touches on their new homes. At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of roller shades, including vinyl roller shades, room darkening fabric roller shades, light filtering roller shades, and even blackout fabric roller shades.

If you’re wondering whether roller shades are the right choice for your home, check out our wide selection and read about some of the major perks these shades can offer:

Low-profile appearance

Many homeowners prefer window coverings that are simple in design and appearance and that serve to complement a room’s décor instead of being a major focal point. Roller shades are ideal for meeting that need, as they’re highly effective at blocking out light in the case of blackout shades or allowing ample amounts of natural light in the case of light filtering shades while still protecting your family’s privacy. In addition, our single color roller shades provide a matte appearance to windows that makes them extremely versatile when it comes to matching your furniture and your home’s overall color schemes.

Excellent versatility

Whether you prefer your shades to block out 99 percent of sunlight or you prefer your shades to preserve natural light while protecting your privacy, our selection of roller shades has you covered. We offer 34 colors of premium light filtering shades with both cordless and corded options that are designed to preserve your view of the outside while minimizing outside views into your home, making them ideal for rooms like kitchens, sunrooms, and dining rooms. We also offer 13 colors of blackout shades that designed to eliminate as much outside light as possible. Our premium blackout fabric roller shades are perfect for rooms that demand the utmost in privacy and light control, such as bedrooms, home offices, and home theaters.

Inexpensive choices

Because of their simple yet effective design, roller shades tend to cost less than other types of shades without sacrificing any of the light-blocking and privacy-adding features you expect from your window treatments. Our deluxe vinyl roller shades, deluxe fabric roller shades, and deluxe room darkening fabric roller shades are among the most affordable shades we offer. With a total of 31 different colors to choose from among those varieties of shades, you can find the perfect window treatments to match your home’s décor—even if you’re on a tight budget.

Easy upkeep and maintenance

Blinds are window treatments with many small individual pieces. Each slat or blade has the tendency to collect dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris over time. In addition, certain types of window coverings are more mechanically complex than others, which means they may require more frequent maintenance and repairs—especially if they are opened and closed on a regular basis or exposed to the elements. However, the minimalist appearance and design of roller shades makes them exceptionally easy to clean. In addition to not collecting or attracting much dirt or dust, they’re also less likely to require repairs due to the moving parts behind contained and protected inside the headrail.

DIY “Scrap” Dog Bed Cover

If you have dogs, you know no matter how clean you try to keep them, their bed eventually gets dirty and torn up (by nails or teeth), but there’s no need to throw it away! Dog beds can get expensive, especially if you have a large K-9, so we came up with a DIY project to refresh your pet’s favorite place and let them know you care. This cover is a classic envelope style that will fit neatly over the bed and is easily removed for washing. We used our leftover fabric window shade samples because the fabric is very durable and can stand up to puppy rough-housing. Depending on the size of the dog bed, this project can take an afternoon or a week (sorry all you big dog owners).

You will need:

  • Durable Thread
  • Scrap Fabric Squares
  • Sewing Machine
  • Large Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Straight Pins
  • Old Dog Bed (works best for a square or rectangle bed)

 

Before you can begin on your cover, you must first measure the bed you would like to renew. This can be a rough measurement, you just need to make sure the cover will be bigger than the bed. Measure the width by starting at the right edge and looping your tape measure all the way around the underside of the bed to meet the other end of the tape. Add about 4-6 inches to this measurement because the envelope cover will overlap. Measure the height by starting at the bottom edge and pulling the tape all the way to the top. Add about 2 inches to this measurement just to be safe.

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Gather all of your scrap fabric squares together and begin laying them side-by-side until you reach the width you need to reach around the bed. This will be the length you use for all of your strips. Then, arrange more squares vertically until it is the length of the measured height. Count the number of squares you used to reach the height. This will roughly be the number of long strips you will need to cover the bed. Create piles of fabric squares that can be sewn together to be the correct width. Create enough piles to add up to the height.

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Grab a fabric pile and start to sew the wrong sides together to create a long strip and then set aside.

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Continue with this step for the rest of the fabric piles.

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Then sew the wrong sides of the strips together length-wise, staggering the strips so the seams don’t line up, until you have a long patch-work quilt that will fit all the way around your dog bed. Cut off any excess fabric on the ends so that they are even. Turn the short ends under a half-inch and sew a hem on either side. You can pin the fabric to make it stay in place as you sew.

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Fold the quilt about three-fourths of the way over itself so the wrong side are touch. Sew the sides together, leaving a half-inch seam.

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Fold the other side of the quit over itself, letting it over-lap the already sew half about 4-6 inches (depending on the size of your bed). Sew these sides together, continuing to sew past the over-lap. When you’re done, you should have a little pocket.

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Use the pocket to turn the cover right-side-out and straighten out the corners.

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If you would like, you can stop here and insert your old dog bed. Or, you can use your sewing machine to add 3-4 button holes and buttons to the pocket for a sturdier closure.

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Once you have placed the cover over the bed, just lay it on the floor and watch your puppies enjoy a comfortable snooze!

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Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 3

If you’ve got questions about window treatments, we’ve got answers. At Blindster, we know that many homeowners and homebuilders put their priorities elsewhere during the construction and buying process. Whether they’re picking out appliances for the kitchen, deciding which color to paint the living room, or debating if it’s worth it to install hardwood floors, those decisions often push things like buying blinds and shades to the bottom of the list.

But eventually, all homeowners and homebuilders have to decide what types of window coverings to install—and making a smart decision often means asking many questions. If you want more information to help make the measuring, installing, and buying process easier, check out our frequently asked questions below or contact one of our customer support representatives.

  1. How do I shorten wood blinds?

Wood blinds are a great option for homeowners who want a natural and elegant look when purchasing window treatments. If you ordered wood blinds and found that they’re too long to fit your windows, or if you want to move them to smaller windows in your home, you can shorten them to a get a perfect fit.

 

To shorten your wood blinds, remove the plus on the bottom rail to reveal the knotted lift cord. Untie that knot and slide the bottom rail off the cords. With the bottom rail remove, pull the cords out of the slats you wish to remove. Store the extra slats in a safe location in case you need to reattach them to your window or replace broken slats.

 

After removing the extra slats, reattach the bottom rail by placing it at the bottom of the blind and feeding the cords through its openings. Cut any additional lengths of cord, slide the plugs back on, tie the remaining lengths of cord together, and place the plugs back inside the bottom rail.

 

  1. What are the best blinds for hot, sunny weather?

If you live in a hot climate or have felt the sun’s hot rays heating up your home during the summer, you’ve probably wondered how to make your windows more energy efficient by keeping hot air outside of your home. If you prefer blinds, faux wood and aluminum blinds are effective at keeping the heat’s heat from raising the ambient temperature of your home. If you prefer shades, consider purchasing blackout shades, which are designed to eliminate as much light as possible from entering your home. Triple cell cellular shades are also highly effective at insulating your home and keeping cold air inside.

 

  1. Why are cellular shades so expensive?

Cellular shades are sometimes more expensive than other types of shades due to their complexity and versatility. Instead of being made from a single piece of fabric, cellular shades are manufactured by combining multiple layers of material to create pleats. Single cell shades work well to insulate your home and aer perfect for budget-minded homeowners, while double and triple cell cellular shades have a higher upfront cost but can help reduce your home’s energy bill.

  1. What are cordless cellular shades?

As the name suggests, cordless cellular shades are shades that are operated without the use of a cord, string, loop, or chain. Cordless cellular shades are a popular choice because of how easy they are to operate, their matte and sleek appearance, and their lack of lift cord, which can ease the minds of parents and pet owners.

 

  1. What are plantation window blinds?

Plantation window blinds look like shutters that you install inside your home as indoor window coverings. Plantation shutters can provide a unique and charming look to your windows while also offering excellent insulation, light blocking/regulation, and resale value. With real wood and faux wood options, plantation shades can fit virtually any home’s interior and budget.

 

  1. How do I remove vertical blinds from a window?

Whether you’re replacing, repairing, or moving vertical blinds, removing them from your windows or doors is a snap and easy process. The first step involves removing the blades from the track that holds them in place and allows them to slide along the length of the window or door. To do this, rotate the blades until they halfway open. Then, remove each individual blade by pushing upwards, opening the clip, and then twisting the blade until it is able to be removed from the track.

 

Once the blades are removed, locate the brackets on the back of the track. Place a screwdriver inside the opening of the spring clip and twist it until the clip releases. Complete this process on both sides of the track to release it from the brackets. If you plan on removing the blinds entirely or installing a different type of window covering, you should also remove the mounting brackets after removing the vertical blinds.

 

  1. What are standard size blinds?

Because windows come in all shapes and sizes and blind installations can vary from inside and outside mounts, there is no true standard size for window blinds. However, many windows fall within the range of 36 to 72 inches in length and 24 to 60 inches in depth, especially in homes with traditional floorplans and apartments. If you’re considering purchasing blinds or shades from Blindster, it’s important that you properly and accurately measure the interior of your window frame for an inside mount and the full area you wish to cover with the window covering for an outside mount.

 

  1. What are the best blinds for picture windows?

Picture windows are great for providing breathtaking views of the outdoors and letting in ample amounts of natural lighting, but buying the perfect window coverings can be difficult given their size and prominence in your home. At Blindster, we recommend choosing a window covering that fits your home’s décor and style, as well as your personal preferences. Large wood and faux wood blinds can greatly enhance the beauty of large picture windows, while aluminum blinds offer a more practical and economic approach.

 

  1. What are the pros and cons of roller shades?

Roller shades are a simple and yet highly effective window covering that are completely obstructing when fully opened while also being great for blocking out light and protecting your privacy when closed. Some of the most prominent pros and cons of this type of window treatment include:

 

Pros

 

  • A sleek, built-in look that disappears when the shade is fully open
  • Provides an alternative to curtains and other heavy draperies
  • Quick and easy to clean, requires very little maintenance and upkeep

 

Cons

 

  • May not provide the visual appeal some homeowners look for in window coverings
  • Can be difficult to operate if the rolling mechanism becomes damaged or jammed