Simple Changes That Will Help Sell Your Home

Whether you’re moving to a new area or your family is growing and you need more space than your current home offers, selling your home can be a bittersweet—and occasionally frustrating—experience. Regardless of your feelings for your current home, selling a home is always easier when it’s a quick process, but many homeowners are stuck with “For Sale” signs in their lawns for weeks, months, or even years.

There’s nothing worse than playing the waiting game and being stuck in housing limbo, especially when you’re ready to move on with your life due to career, family, or other needs that prompted the move in the first place. Fortunately, there are several small changes you can make that will help your home stand out from the competition and have potential buyers lining up for a chance at being its new owners.

Check out Blindster’s tips below for a few highly effective “shortcuts” in the home-selling process that will help you find buyers willing to sign on the dotted line as soon as possible:

  1. Clean the exterior of your home.

No matter how beautiful your home’s design and architecture may be, the first things that potential buyers will notice are typically things that can be cleaned up, cleared away, or contained and placed in storage with just a few hours of work. To make your home look more appealing to buyers, take the time to put away any clutter, such as children’s toys or miscellaneous lawn furniture, from your outdoor areas. Next, remove any neglected landscaping that detracts from the appearance of your home, such as damaged or dying plants and shrubs. Finally, clear away things like cobwebs and spider webs that can accumulate near light fixtures or in eaves and awnings on the exterior of your home.

 

  1. Showcase your kitchen at its best.

Kitchens are becoming the most important room in the home, so it’s vital that yours looks especially inviting and comfortable when potential buyers stop by for a tour. Remove as many cooking gadgets as possible from the countertops to show off the ample counter space (or to make minimal counter space appear more plentiful), and take the time to scrub down every surface, from the floor and floorboards to the backsplash and the faucet. While it’s not necessary to replace all of your appliances with brand new, state-of-the-art models, showing off a sparkling clean kitchen can help sway buyers who might be on the fence.

 

  1. Let as much light into your home as possible.

When it comes to natural light, it’s best to err on the side of caution by letting in too much light rather than not enough. That means opening up your blinds or shades, pulling back your curtains and drapes, and thoroughly cleaning your windows, inside and out. You also may need to trim outdoor landscaping that’s blocking light from entering your home, including bushes and trees. If you have windows with no window coverings, consider purchasing sheer shades to enhance their appearance while preserving as much natural light as possible.

 

  1. Remove personal items, such as family portraits or other mementos.

The biggest thing to remember when selling your home is that potential buyers are imagining what life would be like in your home the second they walk through the door. The quickest way to shatter that illusion is to greet them with a house full of reminders that someone else currently lives there. While you don’t have to completely strip your home of its identity and the memories you’ve created with your family, it can be beneficial to reduce the number you have on display, especially in large common areas like the living room, dining room, or kitchen.

 

  1. Clean any problem areas on your carpet, tile, or hardwood floors.

Flooring preferences can vary widely from would-be buyer to would-be buyer, with one family preferring carpet and another preferring hardwood. While it’s impossible to anticipate the desires of every homebuyer, you can reduce or eliminate most knee-jerk reactions by making sure your floors are clean and stain-free. Use standard carpet cleaner to remove any carpet stains, and consider renting a steam cleaner for stubborn stains that are deeply embedded in the carpet fibers. Mopping hard surfaces, such as vinyl and tile, can help restore their luster, while hardwood can benefit from scrubbing away scuffs and buffing out scratches.

 

  1. Fix broken light switches and replace light bulbs and smoke detector batteries.

Even the most thoroughly cleaned and well-staged home will cause a few raised eyebrows if a would-be buyer turns on a light switch and nothing happens. Make sure all of your light switches work, and if any have stopped working, consider hiring an electrician to fix the problem. In addition, go through your home and replace any light bulbs that have dimmed or burned out, and replace batteries in your smoke detector to make sure your potential buyers aren’t greeted with that trademark chirping sound as they tour your home. The fewer the chores buyers have to complete the day they move in, the better they’ll feel about buying your home.

 

  1. Get creative with storage options to show off the possibilities.

Even if you’re not in dire need of all the storage options in your home, having more places to put stuff—even if it has to be done creatively—is always better than not having enough. Make the most of your closets by organizing them as much as possible and maximizing the available space with shelves, shoe racks, plastic storage bins, and other items designed to eliminate clutter. By getting creative with your own organization, you can make small closets look much larger and appeal to families with serious storage needs.

 

  1. Avoid spending too much money on makeovers, repairs, and enhancements.

In most cases, making your home more attractive to buyers requires nothing more than the tips listed above. However, it’s also important to not get carried away and spend too much time or money on overhauling your home. Extensive renovations in your kitchen or bathrooms may make your home more enticing to buyers, but there’s also a good chance you won’t be able to recoup the money you invested, and you also won’t be able to enjoy the new renovations. Instead, focus on making your current home look as warm and inviting as possible for potential buyers without breaking the bank, and save the major renovation dollars for your next home.

How to Make Your Jack-o-Lantern Last Longer

Carving pumpkins is a Halloween tradition, but it can be disheartening to see your hard work and artistic brilliance start to wither away just days after you’ve put the finishing touches on your Jack-o-Lantern masterpiece. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do that will help ensure that it lasts through Halloween and well into November.

While it’s impossible to make your Jack-o-Lantern last forever, understanding a few facts about the lifespan of pumpkins and what makes them begin to break down can help you stave off the decomposition process for as long as possible.

To keep your carved pumpkins looking their best long after thoughts of ghosts and goblins are replaced with thoughts of turkey and cranberry sauce, check out Blindster’s tips below:

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  • Choose a healthy pumpkin.

One of the most important aspects of making sure your Jack-o-Lantern survives well beyond Halloween is to make sure it’s healthy when you purchase it. First, inspect every inch of the pumpkin. If you see or feel any soft spots, choose another pumpkin, as that may be indicative that the decomposition process has already started. You should also check its color. Any discolorations can also indicate that the pumpkin may be on its last legs. Finally, try to purchase your pumpkin from local growers, if possible. The more recently the pumpkin was harvested (and the less distance it traveled to get to you), the longer it will last on your front porch.

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  • Clean the pumpkin before you begin carving.

After you’ve picked out a robust-looking pumpkin, it’s time to prepare it for the coming days and weeks. Start off by wiping the pumpkin clean with a damp cloth. Scrub away any caked on mud or dirt, and make the surface as shiny and grime-free as possible. Next, thoroughly clean your carving knife and wash your hands before you begin the carving process. The fewer contaminants that are spread to your pumpkin, the better its chances of surviving will be.

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  • Remove all of the pulp and wipe down the inside of the pumpkin.

After you’ve removed the top of the pumpkin, remove all of its “guts” and pulp before you begin carving. Use a clean damp cloth or paper towel and wipe down the inside of the pumpkin after you’ve removed the bulk of the pulp, then use another dry paper towel to soak up any excess moisture. Damp pumpkins or pumpkins with small amounts of water in the bottom are more likely to rot than pumpkins that are completely dry and clean.

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  • Coat the inside and outside of the pumpkin with a bleach and water solution.

No matter how well you cleaned your pumpkin initially, it is still home to countless microorganisms that will contribute to its eventual demise. Mix one tablespoon of bleach per quart of water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Coat the entire pumpkin, inside and out, with the solution. This will help remove a large amount of the bacteria that can accelerate the decomposition process. Allow the mixture to remain on the pumpkin for around 30 minutes before wiping it clean.

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  • Keep your carved pumpkin cold, hydrated, and out of the sun.

After you’ve carved your pumpkin, it’s important to note that the decomposition process is already taking place, even if you can’t see it yet. There are a few ways to stave it off as long as possible, and they all involve keeping the pumpkin shielded from the elements. After its first night on display, bring your pumpkin inside and soak it in a bucket or large bowl filled with cold, fresh water for at least one hour, although you can also leave it in overnight. Dehydration is a big factor for causing pumpkins to dry out and begin rotting, and a prolonged cold water bath can help freshen up the skin.

 

Another option is to keep your pumpkin in the shade during the day. Pumpkins that are exposed to direct sunlight will quickly dry out and begin showing signs of the decomposition process much faster than pumpkins that are protected from the sun’s UV rays. Try to keep your pumpkin away from sunlight as much as possible during the day, or simply keep it indoors until dusk.

 

Finally, you can also wrap your pumpkin in plastic wrap or place it in an extra-large freezer bag and place it in the refrigerator overnight—especially if you live in a warm climate. Make sure the pumpkin is completely dry before refrigerating it, as even small amounts of moisture can accelerate the decomposition process.

 

  • Keep insects an other animals away from the pumpkin.

Carved pumpkins are under constant attack from microorganisms, but insects pose another big risk that can quickly turn even the hardiest pumpkin into a withering mess in just a few days. Stave away pests by putting out fruit fly traps using mason jars filled with beer, fruit juice, or apple cider vinegar and topped off with a hole-punched lid. You can also light candles that are designed to repel insects and even place one directly inside the Jack-o-Lantern.

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  • Make sure the pumpkin has proper ventilation for the heat produced by the candle.

Placing a candle inside a carved pumpkin is the final touch required to make a true Jack-o-Lantern, but it’s also one overlooked step that can damage the pumpkin over time. If your pumpkin doesn’t have proper ventilation, the heat can get trapped inside, which can actually bake the pumpkin and cause it to become soft. Eventually, it may even collapse on itself. Make sure the top of your pumpkin has enough room to allow the heat to escape.

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How to Dress Up Your Windows for Halloween

Decorating your home both inside and out is a fun way to celebrate Halloween. Whether you’re planning a Halloween party, preparing your home for trick-or-treaters, or you just want to have the most impressive-looking “haunted house” in your neighborhood, a few well-placed decorations can make a big difference.

However, one key aspect of completely transforming your home into a true haunted house is decorating and dressing up your windows. While you can’t leave out the all-important spider webs in trees, fake headstones on your lawn, and spooky Jack-o-Lanterns on your porch, choosing the right props for your windows is an easy way to take your Halloween décor from good to great.

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  • Cover your windows with spider webs.

Fake spider webs make a great Halloween decoration for your trees and the eaves in your front porch, but they’re also perfect for windows as well. Most fake spider webs are sold in large rolls, which means you’ll have plenty to spare after you’ve decorated the rest of your home. After you’ve attached the webs to your windows, be sure to add a few fake spiders for the finishing touches.

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  • Smear “bloody” handprints on the window glass.

Every cheesy horror movie includes at least one scene involving a bloody handprint, so why not incorporate that tried-and-true cliché into your own Halloween decorations? Just buy a small amount of fake blood and pour a quarter-sized amount into your palm. Place your hand against the window and move it back and forth until the liquid makes a distinct red hand print on the glass. If you’re wary of using fake blood on your windows, you can also purchase window clings that accomplish the same effect.

 

  • Place black lights or strobe lights in your windows.

Lighting has a huge effect on the appearance of your home from the street—especially at night when all the windows are lit up. Take advantage of that fact by placing black lights just inside each window. The eerie blue, green, or orange glow produced by the lights will give your home a unique appearance and make your other outdoor decorations stand out even more. You can also use strobe lights just behind your windows to achieve a true horror-film inspired look that will draw the attention of everyone who passes your home.

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  • Hang caution tape across your windows.

Like fake spider webs, novelty caution tape is an inexpensive purchase that can create a dramatic effect on your home’s Halloween décor. Nothing says “gory crime scene” quite like the infamous yellow plastic tape, and stringing it up across your home, including your windows, can make your home look like it’s straight out of a classic zombie or slasher horror film.

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  • Play classic horror films in your windows.

If you have a few spare TVs in your home, put them to good use this Halloween season. Place them facing outward in your windows and play classic horror films on repeat. Alternatively, you can purchase special DVDs that play creepy animations of everything ghosts and monsters to zombies and giant spiders.

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  • “Board up” your windows.

No, you don’t have to actually board up your windows to accomplish this effect. Fake window boards are available at many Halloween stores, but you can also make your own at home if you have some spare cardboard or Styrofoam. First, cut the pieces into traditional 2×4’ planks that will cover your windows. Then, use a brown paint or wood stain to get a realistic wood look, and then use a heavy-duty double sided-tape to attach each plank to your windows. For an added effect, wrap them in fake spider webs or place bloody handprints on a few planks.

 

  • Add ghostly faces to your windows.

What’s a haunted house without menacing ghosts flying around inside? To make your home look truly spooky, buy a few “ghost” masks at your local Halloween store or supermarket. Then, wrap them cheesecloth to create a long “tail” that falls several feet below the mask itself. When you hang them in your window, it will look like your home has been taken over by flying apparitions.

 

  • Create a flame or blood effect with orange or red tissue paper.

If you want your windows to merely enhance your décor rather than be the center of attention, this tip may be perfect for your home. Tape several layers of orange or red tissue paper in your windows, and make sure you cover up all gaps to prevent light leaks. Then, place lights directly behind each window to create a striking colorful display. You can also glue black construction paper to the tissue paper in the shapes of eyes and mouths to create a Jack-o-Lantern effect in your windows.

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  • Create your own spooky silhouettes and place them in your windows.

One of the most inexpensive ways to dress up your windows for Halloween is to create silhouettes and place them directly against the glass. This tip requires nothing more than a large roll of black paper, which you can find at most arts and crafts stores, a white pen or pencil, scissors, and any of the countless silhouette templates you can find online.

 

After you’ve found the silhouettes you want to display in your windows, do your best to sketch them on the paper using the white pen or chalk. Don’t worry about drawing perfectly, as the silhouettes are meant to represent shadows. Once you’re satisfied with the drawings, cut out the silhouettes and tape them to the insides of your windows.

How to Stay Safe on Halloween

Costumes, candy, haunted houses, decorations, parties, and scary movies are all a big part of what makes Halloween a holiday that’s enjoyed equally by kids and adults. But whether you’re taking your kids trick or treating or attending a party with your friends and family, the best way to enjoy yourself on Halloween is to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

No matter what your plans are for Halloween 2015, here are a few simple tips from Blindster that you can follow to make the holiday both fun and safe for your entire family:

  • Make sure your children know how to cross the street safely.

Trick or treating is one of the highlights of Halloween for children, but it’s also a time when they can be vulnerable to dangers—especially when they’re crossing the street. Make sure older children understand when and where to cross the street. Teach them about the importance of only crossing at designated crosswalks and never running out in the middle of the street. In addition, keep a close eye on younger children and never allow them to cross the street without yourself or another adult watching them carefully at all times.

 

  • Reduce the risks created by unsafe costumes.

Costumes and costume parties are a big hit on Halloween with people of all ages, but it’s important to make sure that costumes are safe and don’t pose any unnecessary dangers. Before heading to trick or treat or going to a party to celebrate with friends and family, make sure costumes fit well and don’t restrict or obstruct breathing. In addition, be careful when allowing children to wear masks, helmets, or anything else that might obstruct their vision—especially if they are trick or treating and walking near areas with vehicle traffic.

 

  • Reduce your speed and stay extra cautious and alert while driving.

If you drive on Halloween, keep in mind that there will be an increased number of pedestrians—including small children—on or near the roadway. That means you should decrease your speed and proceed with extreme caution, especially when driving through residential areas. Keep your headlights on and take your time when passing through neighborhoods that are known for trick or treating or block parties. Always yield the right of way to pedestrians—even if they aren’t in crosswalks—and give small children and their parents or guardians plenty of time to cross the street at intersections.

 

  • Make sure your children trick or treat in groups, never alone.

Older children may not require constant supervision on Halloween, but it is important for them to stick together throughout the night. In addition to making sure that your child trick or treats with a group of friends or family, you should also make sure that he or she sticks to neighborhoods that are familiar. Giving your child a cell phone to call home or call for help in case of an emergency is also helpful, especially if he or she plans on staying out later than usual.

 

  • Choose reflective and brightly colored costumes.

Dressing in dark colors on Halloween can be appealing for kids, but it’s also extremely dangerous due to how difficult it can be for drivers to see them. When choosing a Halloween costume for your child, choose one that’s made primarily with bright colors as well as one that features highly reflective surfaces. If the costume doesn’t have any reflective surfaces, consider attaching small bits of reflective tape to the costume to make it more obvious to drivers, as the tape will reflect their headlights and draw attention to your child’s presence in the street or on the sidewalk.

 

  • Test make-up and face paint in a small area before applying it to the face or body.

Many Halloween costumes use face paint and make-up to create a stylish or ghoulish effect, but they’re also more prone to causing redness, irritation, and even allergic reactions than traditional make-up purchased from a cosmetics counter. Instead of applying an entire Halloween costume make-up kit at once, apply a small amount to a small test spot and wait several hours to determine whether it’s safe to use.

 

  • Provide your children with flashlights while they’re trick or treating.

In addition to having a brightly colored and reflective costume, the next best thing your child can carry on Halloween is a bright flashlight powered by fresh batteries. A flashlight not only illuminates their path and makes it easier to walk at night and avoid obstacles, but it also makes them far more visible to drivers. Give each of your children a flashlight of their own to enhance the effect as they travel from house to house.

 

  • Avoid costumes with special footwear or long robes and capes.

Trick or treating involves walking for long periods of time on unfamiliar terrain. Costumes that involve awkward shoes or footwear, or costumes that feature long, flowing fabric can pose significant tripping hazards to you or your children. Make sure that all costumes are clear of obstructions that can impair walking ability. In addition, long costumes that drag on the ground may be flammable and can put you or your children at risk if they come into contact with hot surfaces, including open flames or even hot lights on or near walkways.

 

  • Avoid costumes with decorative contact lenses unless ordered through an eye doctor.

Decorative contact lenses can create a dramatic effect on the appearance of the eyes, but they can also pose serious risks—especially if they’re purchased online or through a non-approved retailer. Contact lenses are medical devices with strict safety standards that should only be acquired after a thorough eye examination and prescription. Novelty contact lenses purchased from a non-licensed retailer can pose serious risks to the eyes, including corneal abrasions, allergic reactions, eye infections, and irritation.

 

  • Make sure your children know to not enter the homes or cars of strangers.

If you have older children who will be trick or treating without adult supervision, make sure they know to never enter the homes of strangers or to accept rides from people they don’t know. In addition, make sure they only visit well-lit homes in populated areas and that they never venture too far away from familiar areas.

 

  • Illuminate your own porch or walkway if you’re in an area with trick or treaters.

In addition to keeping yourself and your children safe on Halloween, you can also do your part by keeping children in your neighborhood safe by fully illuminating your walkway. Turn on your porch light to make it easier for children to see your home, and place lights throughout the path to your front door to help reduce tripping hazards.

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 7

When it comes to making the best possible window treatment purchase for your home, you simply can’t have enough information and knowledge at your fingertips as you compare and contrast the huge variety of blinds and shades on the market.

At Blindster, we know that our buyers are happier with their purchases and more satisfied over the long run when they feel more knowledgeable from the outset. That’s why we want to help make sure you know the ins-and-outs of window coverings before you even begin the measurement process.

If you’re in the market for new blinds or shades, we hope our frequently asked questions below will help you in your buying and decision-making process. As always, don’t hesitate to consult our other frequently asked questions articles or our helpful and knowledgeable customer support staff if you have additional concerns before you make a purchase.

  1. What are indoor solar shades for windows?

Indoor solar shades are a type of window covering that significantly reduce glare, heat, and the sun’s harmful UV rays while preserving your view of the outdoors. The best way to think of indoor solar shades is to imagine the effect sunglasses have on your vision, but instead of protecting your eyes, they protect your windows. Indoor solar shades are perfect for rooms where you want an unobstructed view of your surroundings but also want to significantly reduce the harmful effects of the sun. Ideal rooms for indoor solar shades include sunrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and home offices.

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  1. What color bamboo shades go with Revere Pewter paint?

Revere Pewter is a popular paint color with gray and beige undertones that’s perfect for any room in your home. If you have a Revere Pewter paint scheme and want to pick window treatments to match, Blindster has got you covered.

 

For bamboo shades, stick to neutral, earthy tones, such as Lorena Natural, Veneto Sumatra, Monte Carmelo, Mirabella Natural, Lorena Pine, and Elisa Natural. Patterned fabric shades also look great in homes with Revere Pewter color schemes, as do faux wood and wood blinds.

 

Our wide selection of Roman Shades are another great option for finding the absolute closest match from a color standpoint for Revere Pewter paint, as our Premium Roman Shades Group B have 60 colors to choose from, while Premium Roman Shades Group C have 59 colors to choose from.

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  1. What is the average price of a blackout rolling shade window cover?

Blackout roller shades are one of our top-selling window treatments due to their ability to eliminate virtually all outside light, heat, and glare from entering rooms. At Blindster, we have a wide variety of blackout roller shades available at a wide range of prices depending on the materials they’re manufactured with and the number of options and features they include.

 

Some of our most inexpensive blackout roller shades include our Deluxe Fabric Roller Shades, which can be outfitted with a blackout liner, as well as our Deluxe Room Darkening Fabric Roller Shades.

 

Our high-end roller blackout shades include our Deluxe Cordless Day/Night Single Cellular Shades, our Deluxe Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Blackout Cellular Shades, and our Premium Solar Shades Blackout. Although slightly more expensive than other types of blackout shades, these window coverings are manufactured with premium-quality materials and include a wider range of features.

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  1. What are mini blinds?

“Mini blinds” is a common term used to describe blinds with 1” slats. These blinds are described as “mini” because the size of the slats is half the size of the slats used in traditional blinds, which typically feature 2” slats. Aluminum mini blinds are exceptionally common in homes and apartments due to their ease of use, effectiveness at blocking out light and maintaining privacy, and low-profile appearance. Mini blinds are also versatile when it comes to installation, as they can be cut to fit a wide variety of window sizes and shapes in addition to doors.

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  1. What are the best blackout shades?

If you’re looking to purchase window treatments for a nursery, a bedroom, a game room/home theater, or a home office, blackout shades may be the perfect option—especially if you need to have full control over the lighting at all times. Blindster offers a wide variety of blackout shades to fit almost any budget and color scheme.

 

These are some of our most popular blackout shades:

Although this isn’t a true blackout shade, it can be shipped with a blackout fabric that will help block out 99 percent of light. It’s available in 14 different colors and includes both corded and cordless options for ease of use.

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If you prefer your shades to be both highly functional and highly decorative, these shades may be perfect for your home. In addition to having an elegant appearance, these Roman Shades can also be equipped with a blackout liner to function perfectly as blackout shades. Available in 47 different colors, you can also choose from cordless and top down/bottom up options when you place your order.

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As its name suggests, this is a true blackout shade with one primary purpose: to block out as much light as possible from entering your home. Manufactured using 100 percent non-woven blackout polyester fabric with integrated foil technology, this shade blocks out 99.9 percent of sunlight, keeping your home as cool, dark, and glare-free as you want. Choose from 9 different patterned colors, including Milky Way, Latte, and Sapphire.

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If the natural look is more your thing, but you still want the benefits of blackout shades, look no further than our Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group B. This shade is created with stained bamboo slats and reeds to bring an earthy, eco-friendly look and design to your home, and the choice of colors, including Beach Cabana, Navassa, Nove Ponte, and Mahogany Tropic all contribute to the elegance this shade can add to any room. Better yet, pair this shade with a blackout liner and you can enjoy its natural beauty while eliminating 99 percent of outside light.

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DIY Wooden Slat Pumpkins

With Halloween just around, the corner fall decorations are everywhere. Carving pumpkins is a big part of a lot of family’s Halloween traditions, but the mess that goes along with it is often a huge headache. Although seasoned and baked pumpkin seeds are amazing, digging through pumpkin guts is not. This little pumpkin project allows you and your family to get that jack o’ lantern feel without the huge gooey mess.

You will need:

  • 19 6” Wooden Slat Samples
  • Orange and Black Paint
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Two Wine Corks
  • Rustic Rope

This project makes three pumpkins, two small and one large. Start by gathering your wooden slats together and getting your glue gun hot. Make sure you have more glue sticks nearby because you will need them! For each of the small pumpkins, you will need five slats. Place two of the slats on a flat surface side-by-side. Take a third slat and cover the bottom side with hot glue. Working quickly, place it flat in the middle if the first two slats. Then, cover the top side of the third slat with hot glue and place two slats on top, lining them up with the first two slats to make a thicker rectangle. Do the same thing with 5 other slats and place the two rectangles aside.

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For the large pumpkin, you will need nine slats. Place three of the slats on a flat surface side-by-side to create a rectangle. Then, take three more slats and place them side-by-side, connected to the other three slats at the ends. This will look like an even larger rectangle. Grab one more slat and cover the bottom side with hot glue. Place in over the connecting ends of the previously laid slats to keep them all together. Do the same at the bottom of the connecting slats to keep them from separating. When you flip in over, it should look like a cohesive rectangle. To give the illusion of a top hat, hot glue another slat over the connecting edges at a slight angle.

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Paint both sides of the small pumpkin rectangle lightly with orange paint. Make sure to let one side dry before you paint the other.

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Paint the bottom half of the big pumpkin orange, leaving the “hat” part as is.

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Once the paint in fully dry, glue a wine cork at the top of both small pumpkins so that it looks like a stem. Take your rope, tie it in a bow and then hot glue it where the cork and the pumpkin meet. Put the small pumpkins aside.

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To decorate the larger pumpkin’s hat, glue a piece of rope around the top.

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Cut a two-inch piece of rope and pull apart the threads. Layer the threads at the base of the pumpkin’s hat to create a rustic flower.

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For a finishing touch, paint a little jack o’ lantern face on the large pumpkin and you’re done!

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Line your pumpkins up on your mantle or spread them out around the house. These little guys will brighten up your fall decor and you won’t have to worry about any rotting pumpkins!

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Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 6

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of blinds and shades for you to choose from. However, we know that having so many options to choose from can be confusing for many homeowners—especially if they’ve never purchased window treatments in the past or are unsure about the type of blinds or shades they want to install in their homes.

If you’re looking to buy new window coverings but are hesitant to make a purchase due to lingering questions or concerns, look no further than this frequently asked questions page or any of the other pages in this series of articles.

It’s our goal to make sure you get the best buying experience possible from our website and our company, and one of the best ways we can accomplish that is by answering every question you have.

Check out the answers to some of the most common questions we get in the section below, and if you have concerns about any of our products or the buying process, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team.

  1. What are Roman Shades?

Roman shades are a classic style of window covering that are among the most versatile and in terms of both blocking out light and matching your home’s décor. Roman shades are distinct due to their drape-like appearance, but they also maintain the functionality and ease of use of traditional shades. At Blindster, we offer multiple types of Roman Shades, ranging from our Premium Roman Shades that are available in more than 150 colors to our Super Value Roman Shades that feature a semi-opaque lining and an attractive price for homeowners on a budget.

 

  1. What is the average size of cellular shades?

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, come in a wide variety of sizes. The size of cellular shades you order for your home depends on the size of your windows or the size of the area you wish to cover if you install your shades outside of your window frames. For most homes, standard window sizes can range from 24”x36”, 36”x60”, 48”x48”, 36”x72”, 60”x60”, and 24”x60”. To make sure you get the perfect fitting cellular shades, be sure to take the most accurate measurements possible of your window frame or window area.

 

  1. What is the minimum width for top-down blinds or shades?

Top-down shades provide excellent versatility for homeowners. Because they can be opened and closed from both the top and bottom, as their name suggests, they’re perfect for rooms where you want to maintain your privacy but still allow ample outside light in, such as bedrooms, offices, living rooms, bathrooms, and dining rooms.

 

When measuring a window for a top-down shade, it’s important that you get the most accurate dimensions of your window frame or window area. If you plan on mounting the top-down shade inside your window frame, keep in mind that most shades require a minimum depth of at least 1 ½” and 2” for a flush fit. In addition, minimum width requirements generally begin at around 20”. Check the individual product listing for the shades you’re considering to get the exact specifications for the model before purchasing to verify.

 

  1. What is the cheapest way to buy blinds?

At Blindster, we know that not every potential customer is looking for window coverings with the most features, colors, decorative options, or blackout abilities. If you’re looking to simply add window coverings to your home or business at the lowest possible cost, we’ve got you covered.

 

Our 1” Aluminum Blinds are among our most inexpensive and are perfectly adequate for controlling the amount of light that enters your home or business while also protecting your privacy. If you’re looking for a more natural look, consider our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds. These window coverings offer the beauty and elegance of natural wood blinds at a fraction of the cost.

 

  1. What is the widest Roman Shade?

Many homeowners have windows that don’t fit standard sizes. In fact, oversized windows are becoming more and more common in homes due to the increased demand for natural lighting. If you have oversized windows and you want to install window coverings such as Roman Shades, you should first make sure that traditional window treatments can cover your windows effectively. Our Roman Shades max out at around 120” wide as manufactured by our supplier, which means that any windows wider than that will require two or more shades installed side by side for a cohesive look.

 

  1. What kind of fabric are roller blinds made of?

Roller shades can be made of several different types of fabric or materials depending on their specialty or intended purpose. Some roller shades are made from a vinyl material, while others are made of a softer fabric created using a composite of several materials, including woven polyester. The different types of materials used have a different effect on the shade’s purpose:

 

  • Light filtering fabrics are designed to allow natural light to enter the room in a diffuse manner, creating a soft glow that lights and warms the room without being too strong and creating a glare or harsh sunlight. These fabrics are great for rooms where you want to let in as much diffused light as possible, such as sunrooms, laundry rooms, guest rooms, and entryways.

 

  • Room darkening fabrics are designed to drastically reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your home while still not completely eliminating it. These fabrics are great for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms where some natural light is desired but not enough to be overpowering or distracting.

 

  • Blackout fabrics are designed to eliminate as much light as possible from entering your home. As their name implies, blackout roller shades can block up to 99 percent of light, giving you the ultimate control over the lighting in the rooms of your home where you install these shades. Blackout fabric roller shades are ideal for home offices, game rooms, home theaters, nurseries, and bedrooms where creating the ideal sleeping conditions during daylight hours are essential.

How to Fix Accordion Shades

Accordion shades—also known as cellular and honeycomb shades—are formed using multiple layers of fabric that form a cell-like structure when viewed from the side. Honeycomb shades are highly effective at insulating rooms and blocking out light, but they may need maintenance and repairs from time to time to continue looking and operating at their best.

Although some homeowners may use professional repair services or even throw out their shades if they begin to malfunction, in many cases it’s possible to fix minor damage or wear and tear yourself with minimal tools. To get started on repairing some of the most common problems that affect accordion shades, check out Blindster’s guide below:

 

Problem: The bottom rail appears uneven when raising or lowering the shade

Solution: Inspect the headrail and check the cord guides and lock to determine if there any obvious signs of wear that could be causing the cords to get stuck on one side. If any parts need to be replaced, contact the manufacturer. Re-stringing the blind can also help fix uneven bottom rails.

 

Problem: The shade is too loud when raising or lowering it

Solution: Over time, your shades may begin to become noisy during operation. That may be due to the piece of plastic that keeps the metal pieces inside the headrail from rubbing together moving or shifting after repeated use. Open the headrail and move this plastic piece to the end of the metal spears to reduce the amount of noise produced by your shade.

 

Problem: The lift cord is too long

Solution: Depending on the size of your shades and the orientation of your windows, you may find that your lift cord is too long. If that’s the case, fix it by untying the top knot from the cord that feeds into the cord collector. Then, push the cap or stop ball up to the desired height and retie the knot at that location. Lower the blind completely to make sure that the cord length is still at the right height. Then, trim off the excess cord with scissors.

 

Problem: The shade rubs against the window, wall, or molding when being raised or lowered

Solution: If your shade doesn’t easily move up and down over nearby surfaces, it may need to be reinstalled using an extension bracket. An extension bracket can add a few extra inches to your shade’s projection from the wall or window, giving it plenty of room to operate effectively without coming into contact with nearby surfaces.

 

Problem: The shade moves around too much on the window or door

Solution: A shade that is moving around due to drafts, open windows, frequently opened doors, and even powerful air conditioners or fans is an annoying problem, but also one that’s easily fixed. Blindster offers hold down brackets that can be installed near the bottom of the shade on either your window or door to hold your shade in place.

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 5

At Blindster, we’re dedicated to providing the ultimate customer service, experience, and satisfaction to everyone who purchases window treatments from us. One of the best ways we can do that is by helping buyers like you learn as much as possible about window coverings so that they feel confident in their decisions and completely satisfied with their purchases.

We know that buying blinds and shades is something many people only do a few times in their life, and that can make steps like researching, measuring, comparison shopping, and installation an unfamiliar process. Our frequently asked questions pages are designed to help all potential buyers learn as much as possible about window treatments so that they not only get the right blinds or shades today, but with every future purchase they place with us as well.

To learn more about the wide variety of window coverings we sell, check out the questions below or get in touch with our knowledgeable and helpful customer service representatives.

  1. What are the best faux wood blinds?

Faux wood blinds are an appealing option for many homeowners, as they provide an elegant look that’s extremely similar to real wood blinds at a lower price point and with easier cleaning and maintenance requirements. At Blindster, we offer several types of faux wood blinds that can meet the needs of virtually every homeowner, including:

 

These wide-shutter style view faux wood blinds are the most luxurious we offer and can be ordered with a full range of sizes and options. They’re also available in seven different colors, including white, alabaster, smooth cherry, and smooth birch.

 

Like the 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, this option matches the beauty of real wood blinds but uses smaller slats. It’s an ideal option to install on doors and long, thin windows.

 

Available at a lower price point than our premium faux wood blinds, these window coverings are both highly affordable and beautiful. Their 2” slats give you an excellent view outside and the seven colors to choose from means you’ll have no problems matching your décor.

  1. What are thick or wide wood blinds called?

Wood blinds with extra wide slats are becoming more and more popular, and many homeowners are curious about how to find these blinds online. At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of wide blinds that are made from both real wood and faux wood. Our widest real wood blinds are our 2 ½” Premium Wood Blinds, which are available in 12 colors. Our widest faux wood blinds are our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds and our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds.

 

  1. What are the cheapest type of blinds?

At Blindster, we know that many homeowners look are on a budget and look for value and affordability in addition to style and design. That’s why we offer a variety of window coverings that can fit any price range while still complementing home décor and giving you the privacy and security you want.

 

Some of our most affordable blinds include:

 

Our lowest-priced faux wood blind, this window treatment is available in two different colors and is perfect for any budget.

 

One of the most common styles of blinds, our 1” aluminum blinds are incredibly versatile and are available in 23 different colors.

 

If privacy and affordability are your top concerns, these blinds have got you covered. No visible holes makes them perfect for both light blockage and total privacy from neighbors and anyone walking or driving near your home.

 

  1. What kind of Venetian blinds have the best visibility?

The term Venetian blinds refers to any blinds that have movable slats in a descending row from top to bottom that can be adjusted to open or close. Whether they’re made from wood, faux wood, or aluminum, Venetian blinds are among the most common window treatments in American homes.

 

When it comes to visibility, the best types of Venetian blinds are those that have the largest slats. At Blindster, we offer several varieties of Venetian blinds with extra-large slats, including our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds, our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, and our 2 ½” Premium Wood Blinds.

 

  1. What are roller shades?

Roller shades are window coverings that provide the classic, traditional appearance the most people associate with standard shades. Roller shades can vary in color, design, and even function. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of roller shades, ranging from room darkening shades to total blackout shades to light filtering shades. We also offer roller shades that provide a natural bamboo look.

 

In terms of style and finding the perfect shade to match your décor and furniture, it’s hard to beat roller shades. Our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades – Group A are available in 34 colors, and our Premium Fabric Roller Shades Woven Wood are available in 26 colors, which means you’ll have no shortage of options to find the perfect match for your home.

 

  1. What are roller shades made of?

Roller shades are made from a variety of materials. As the name suggests, our Deluxe Vinyl Roller Shades are made from a high-quality vinyl fabric that’s also reinforced with fiberglass to block out light and provide the ultimate in privacy. We also offer standard roller shades that are manufactured using high-quality woven polyester that uses an acrylic backing if a blackout option is selected. Finally, our Fabric Woven Wood Roller Shades are also manufactured using high-quality woven polyester that’s designed to be filter light and mimic the appearance of natural bamboo.

 

  1. What are vertical blinds made of?

Ideal for very large windows and sliding patio doors, vertical blinds use large blades that are mounted on a track directly above the window or door and can be adjusted to quickly and easily open or close using a wand. At Blindster, we offer several types of vertical blinds, including ones manufactured using both standard and embossed PVC, a soft and light-filtering fabric, and a faux wood material for the ultimate in elegance and affordability.