6 Highly Durable Window Coverings

At Blindster, we sell blinds and shades that are built to last. We’re committed to providing quality window coverings for our customers, but we also know that some window coverings are more durable and resistant to extreme conditions and wear and tear than others. Whether you have pets, small children, or you’re just looking for window treatments that will stand up to harsh conditions for a long period of time, we’ve got you covered.

No matter what your window treatment needs are, our wide selection of blinds and shades includes the perfect options for your home that will get the job done and last for many years. Check out six of our most durable window covering options below, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our customer representatives:

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

2 Premium Cordlesss Faux Wood Blinds

Both wood and faux wood blinds are perfect for homeowners who want natural, warm beauty in their window coverings. And while you can’t go wrong with either type of blind when it comes to matching your home’s décor and style, faux wood blinds are the way to go if you’re looking for the utmost in durability. Because of the composite materials that are used in the manufacturing process, our 2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds are both highly resistant to moisture and easy to clean. In addition, they’re also designed to resist warping and fading, even after years of constant exposure to sunlight, UV rays, and heat.

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood isn’t just great for creating durable blinds—it’s also ideal for creating shutters that can last for many years. Our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters are among our newest products and built to resist accumulating moisture, making them perfect for homeowners who live in areas that are prone to condensation. They’re also scratch-resistant and can stand up to the wear and tear that’s common in homes where pets and small children are present. The faux wood material used in these shutters is polyvinyl, which is a material that won’t crack, warp, or fade as easily as real wood.

2” Aluminum Blinds

2 Inch Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum mini blinds are among the most common window coverings in homes, apartments, and office buildings, and for good reason—they’re often inexpensive and highly durable. Our 2” Aluminum Blinds combine elegant aesthetics with heavy-duty construction materials, making these blinds capable of withstanding years of wear and tear, sun exposure, and raising/lowering without a hitch. Manufactured using top-quality 8-gauge aluminum slats, these blinds can withstand pressure and weight that could cause other aluminum mini blinds to crack, chip, bend, or break.

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

2 Inch Wood Vertical Blinds

If you need to cover a large window or door, you can’t go wrong with our Faux Wood Vertical Blinds. Manufactured with high-quality and heavy-duty PVC materials, these blinds are built to last not only from a materials standpoint, but also from an operational standpoint. The self-aligning wheeled carriers and self-lubricated acetal parts means that these blinds continue to provide easy, stress-free operation for many years. They’re also highly resistant to moisture and are easy to clean, making them ideal for sliding glass doors that are frequently left open year-round, exposing the blinds to dirt, dust, pollen, and sunlight. The headrail for these blinds is also manufactured with top-quality aluminum, which further contributes to their ease of use, longevity, and ability to withstand years of ordinary wear and tear.

Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 5 Percent Openness

Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades

Any shades that are installed outdoors must be capable of withstanding high heat, extreme cold, wind, rain, and constant sun exposure—and our Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 5 Percent Openness are up to the task. Manufactured with Vertilux® Solar Screen 5000 fabrics, this shade is designed to not only reduce glare and block up to 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays, but it also holds up even under the most extreme weather conditions. Manufactured using high-quality PVC and polyester yarn, this shade won’t easily fade, warp, or discolor, even in the most extreme climates. In addition, it’s also easily cleaned using mild cleaning solutions, making it perfect for areas with high counts of pollen and other outdoor allergens.

Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades

premium blackout double cellular shades

The ultimate goal for most homeowners when purchasing shades is to find window treatments that are the most effective at blocking out light while remaining functional and beautiful for years to come, and our Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades are among the best for those needs. In addition to being capable of blocking out 99 percent of light and UV rays from the sun, they’re also great for insulating your home against the effects of extreme weather during both the summer and winter seasons. Manufactured with 3/8” thick double-cell blackout honeycomb fabrics and 100 percent non-woven polyester fabric with integrated foil technology, the first thing you’ll notice about these shades is their thickness, their quality, and their durability. Order yours with an optional continuous cord loop or top down bottom up operation to get a lift system that’s easy to use and built to last for many years.

Easy DIY Easter Decorations

Spring is almost here, and that means Easter is right around the corner. In addition to being a great time for spring cleaning, Easter is also a perfect opportunity to decorate your home for the holiday and warm weather. Spring/Easter decorations are an easy way to bring color into your living space without breaking the bank, as many projects and décor ideas are DIY and can be completed in just a few hours of your time.

Best of all, many Easter-related decorations can be left up throughout all of March, April, and May, which means you don’t have to rush to take them down after the holiday. So if you’re ready to begin creating your own Easter and spring décor, check out Blindster’s top tips for easy DIY projects that will get your home ready for the arrival of warm weather and outdoor fun:

  • Bring flowers indoors and plant flowers outdoors.

Spring Daffodils

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The beautiful pastel colors associated with the Easter holiday are perfectly complemented by a variety of spring flowers like tulips, irises, and daffodils. Whether you display bouquets inside your home or plant outdoors, spring flowers are a beautiful and easy way to celebrate Easter and the arrival of warm weather. They also make excellent hiding spots for Easter eggs, but make sure you remember all the hiding spots you chose for the eggs—especially if your hunt takes place indoors!


  • Make Easter wreaths for your doors and windows.

DIY Easter Wreath

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Although holiday wreaths are most commonly associated with Christmas, they also make great decorations for Easter and springtime. Making an Easter wreath at home is simple: start with an plain wreath made from natural or synthetic materials like vines or fir. Then, use a strong adhesive and attach colorful plastic Easter eggs throughout the wreath. You can also include other colorful elements like ribbons, bows, and plastic flowers to add more design elements.


  • Display Easter baskets throughout your home.

Easter Mason JArs

Via The Wow Style


Easter baskets are a perfect décor craft to do with the kids. To get started, find unused wicker or plastic baskets and stuff them with grass, pine, and other plants. Then fill them with Easter-related items and décor, including Easter eggs, ribbons, bows, and other colorful flourishes. You can also add small decorative rabbits and garden-related items to complete the look. If you’re looking to get especially creative, change your baskets from wicker to glass by using small mason jars filled with grass and Easter eggs.


  • Make Easter egg planters.

Easter Egg Planters

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Intact egg shells with only the top portion removed make adorable Easter planters and pots. To remove the top of an egg shell and create a tiny planter, use a sharp knife and carefully cut through the shell without cracking the areas around where you are cutting. With the inside of the shell emptied and rinsed out, stuff the egg with grass and flowers. Paint the shell a solid pastel color, or take the time to paint small intricate designs to make your Easter egg planters stand out when displayed around your home.


  • Fill your wheelbarrow with flowers and colorful plants.

Wheel Barrow Planter

If you’re looking for a creative way to add color and beauty to your outdoor area, the solution may be in your garage or toolshed. Wheelbarrows are great to have around when you need to move soil or heavy items, but when they’re not in use, they can take up large amounts of space. If you’re not planning on using your wheelbarrow anytime soon, put it to work by turning it into an improvised planter. Fill it with soil and beautiful flowers then place it in a prominent location in your outdoor area.


  • Stuff your old rain boots with flowers and hang up your umbrellas.

Rain Boot Planter

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Although the warm weather of spring can be a major relief, but frequent rain showers and thunderstorms can drive you back indoors. Because there’s a strong association between spring and rain, you can take advantage of that fact with your décor by utilizing an old pair of rain boots and an unused umbrella. Stuff your rain boots (preferably ones that are brightly colored) full of grasses and flowers for a quirky and creative display, and hang up old umbrellas complete with Easter adornments like flowers, bows, and ribbons as substitute wreaths or just as general wall hangings.


  • Paint Mason jars Easter/spring colors and display them in your kitchen.

Spring Mason Jars

Via Mason Jar Crafts Love


It can be tough to incorporate an Easter/spring theme in your kitchen, but if you have a handful of old Mason jars in your cupboards, you’re just a few coats of paint away from having a beautiful display. Make sure that your jars are thoroughly cleaned and dried—then, apply a few coats of pastel paint across every square inch of the surfaces of the jars. Make sure the paint you use is completely dry and nonflammable, because when you’re done, you can place small tea candles inside of the jars to create a beautiful glowing Easter display in your kitchen or anywhere else in your home.

Upcycling Project Ideas

Most of the furniture we use and display in our homes is simple in its design and purpose, but many of the core items range from hundreds to even thousands of dollars in price at furniture stores. If you’re sick of paying an arm and a leg for new furniture, upcycling may be the answer to your problems. Many homeowners may already have several items in their homes that, with a little refurbishing and elbow grease, can be used to replace old, worn-out furniture and save them a ton of money.

Objects that would ordinarily be discarded can be upcycled in ways that increases their value, either monetarily or functionally. In addition to potentially saving you money, upcycling can also give you a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Not only is it great for the environment by reducing trash from your home, it also gives a second life to objects that may need only a few minor alterations.

To start working your upcycling magic and learn the joys of creating your own furniture, check out Blindster’s tips below:

  • Use old lockers as storage.

Upcycled Lockers

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As it turns out, old lockers have many more uses than holding heavy high school textbooks. With their metallic and rustic appearance, old lockers fit perfectly with contemporary furniture and home décor. They’re also excellent for storing clothing, shoes, and anything else that you need quick access to throughout your home. You can even turn a single vertical locker on its side and use it as a coffee table or an ottoman.


  • Convert an old-fashioned wood grain television into a retro shelf.

Vintage T.V. Upcycle

Via Hauspanther

Wood grain tube-style televisions are relics of the past, but it’s wasteful to relegate them to a landfill—especially when you see the intricate wood carvings and finishes of these former living room centerpieces. If you’re handy with electronics, it’s a simply process to remove the “tube” and other inner workings of an old television set and create a beautiful and highly vintage shelving unit in the empty space. Just make sure you leave the original knobs and switches intact—they’re essential for maximizing the nostalgia factor.

  • Turn an old sewing table into a serving table.

Sewing Table Upcycle

Via The Weekend Country Girl


If you have an old sewing table that doesn’t get much use, don’t throw it out—instead, convert it into a serving table. Remove all of the electronic and mechanical components and place a waterproof lining inside the empty space. You can use that space to store drinks and the flip-top to showcase mixers, cups, and snacks for your guests.


  • Create spool tables.

Spool Table Upcycle

Via Maison De Pax


Large construction-sized spools are used to store wiring, cables, and other industrial components. Their shape also makes them a natural fit for being upcycled into furniture. A spool that’s turned vertically instantly becomes a rustic table. If you prefer a more traditional look, a few hours of sandpapering and staining can turn even the most neglected spool into a statement piece in your home. An extra-large spool combined with smaller ones can easily create an entire seating area, or a spool with dividers installed around its circumference works great as bookshelf.


  • Stack old pieces of luggage for décor and storage.

Luggage Upcycle

Via DIY Ready


Modern luggage is typically stored at the back of people’s closets until it’s ready to be used, for good reason, as it’s designed primarily for function over form. Luggage from the past was much more elegantly designed. Despite being outdated in 2016, old luggage still has a place in modern homes as beautiful vintage décor. Cleaned-up and restored suitcases and travel bags can be stacked as accent pieces or to create small tables or shelves, and best of all, they can also be used to store lots of household items.


  • Use pallets to create coffee tables, outdoor sectional couches, and shelves.

Pallet Upcycle

Via 101 Pallet Ideas


Used in almost every warehouse to quickly transport goods, pallets are inexpensive and can be an extremely useful material for upcycling. Convert pallets into make great coffee tables that also feature convenient built-in storage nooks. For outdoor seating, stack and combine them with cushions to create small chairs or even entire sectional seating arrangements. Finally, shelving and displays are the natural result of hanging a pallet vertically on your wall. The gaps between the large pieces of wood make excellent places to store or display books, photos, trophies, and other items.

  • Use barrels to create tables, seats, storage spaces, and ottomans.

Barrel Upcycle

Via Mom 4 Real


Old barrels are just as versatile as pallets when it comes to upcycling furniture. Full-size barrels are the perfect height to use as tables. In fact, a barrel with no alterations whatsoever creates a perfectly functional end table. If you need more space, it’s easy to adhere a glass or metal top to expand it and turn it into a wine table, breakfast table, or card table. Barrels can also be used to create comfortable seats with just a cushion, or cut shorter to be an ottoman. And even if you don’t use a barrel as furniture, a polished and stained barrel can serve as a beautiful accent piece that’s also handy for storage purposes.

Geek Chic: 8 Nerdy Home Décor Ideas

During the past decade, nerd culture has moved from being a small niche market, to the forefront of everyone’s attention. Movies, music, books, television shows, and even conventions are now dominated by all things nerd. More people than ever connect with the themes presented in traditional “nerd” media, whether it’s science fiction, high fantasy, or time traveling doctors. The appeal of such genres isn’t just limited to popular media in 2016—it’s now crossing over into the way people decorate their homes.

With DIY websites also becoming more and more popular in recent years, adding a touch of nerd culture to your home—or completely transforming your home into a nerd paradise—is easier than ever. Best of all, many of the tips involve inexpensive projects that can be completed in just one day. To get started on creating your own nerdy home décor, check out Blindster’s list of tips below:


1. Frame some of your favorite comic books.


Framed Comics

Via Youseph

Many comic book collections end up tucked away on shelves, in binders, or stashed at the back of closets in boxes. While those are great options for safekeeping, they do nothing to showcase your collection or just a few of your favorite issues. Comic book covers are bright, colorful, and eye-catching, and they always look great when framed and displayed prominently. Framing and displaying your comic books keeps them protected from the elements and adds a huge splash of your color and character (no pun intended) to your home. Up, up, and not away (pun completely intended)!

2. Create shadowboxes of your favorite hobbies and interests.

Star Wars Shadowbox

Via Somewhere On The Ice Planet

If you’re a diehard fan of a particular video game console, author, television series, or movie trilogy, hanging posters of your obsession in your home may seem a bit too cliché past a certain age. But if you’re dead-set on showing your love for your favorite nerdy franchise to the world, you can’t go wrong with creating a shadowbox. Throw in a collection of both classic and modern video game controllers, some iconic books by your favorite author, or DVD/Blu-ray cases of your favorite television/movie series and secure them behind the glass to create an homage that’s both sophisticated and delightfully nerdy.

3. Make your own music Wall of Fame.

Vinyl ARt

Via Records on Walls

If music—particularly hits from the 60s and 70s—is more your thing, you know that it’s tough to beat the audio quality of the original vinyl pressings of classic albums. But vinyl albums aren’t just great for their sound quality—they’re also great for the beauty of the album covers themselves. Like comic books, vinyl album covers feature iconic artwork that’s often reproduced on posters and t-shirts, but there’s nothing like the real thing. Buy some replacement protective sleeves for your vinyl records and frame the album covers to be displayed on your wall to create a beautiful homage to your some of your favorite music. Totally groovy, man.

4. Paint your staircase risers to represent your favorite books and authors.

Book Staircase

Via Etsy

If you have an artistic flair—or if you’re feeling bold about your décor ideas—bust out your paintbrush, paint, and some multi-surface tape and start studying the designs on the spines of your favorite books. If you’ve got the creative chops to transfer those designs to the risers of each step, you can transform your staircase into an oversized “library” of classic novels and timeless literature. You can also use your risers to paint inspirational quotes from your favorite books, music, movies, and video games. Just be careful not to trip over your own words.

5. Create classic video game scenes on your walls.

Pac-Man Wall Decals

Via Geek Alert

Classic video games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, and even Tetris all take place on solid colored backgrounds. That makes scenes from these iconic games easy to create on your walls. A few coats of solid black or blue paint and some pre-made or homemade pixelated decals strategically adhered to the wall can turn an ordinary room into an oversized display of an 8-bit classic. These large displays are the perfect touches for game rooms, man caves, home offices, and media rooms. But, you might want to avoid putting Pac-Man and Ghosts in the same room!

6. Use test tubes, beakers, and other scientific glassware for storage.

Test Tube Spice Rack

Via Instructables

There’s never been a better time to love all things science. But short of hanging up a large periodic table of the elements in your home, it can be hard to show your appreciation for it. One creative way to display your love for all things chemistry, biology, and physics is to bring the “lab” into your home with scientific glassware. Test tubes, beakers, flasks, and cylinders aren’t just great for decorative purposes—they’re also great for actually storing things. Use them in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room to store everything from soap, detergent, and even spices and oils. Want extra nerd points? Put household items in containers that are labeled by their chemical name, ex.: jewelry in a container that says Au, bananas in a bowl labeled K or a salt shaker with NaCl on the front.

7. Build a “nerd shrine” to display your favorite items.

Tardis Wardrobe

Via Scrappy Jedi

If you love the idea of showing off your nerdy interests, but you’re a little reluctant to spread the décor throughout your home, a nerd shrine may be the perfect option. Whether it’s a prominently located shelf, bookcase, or even your fireplace mantle, choose one spot in your home and dedicate it to all of your favorite hobbies, interests, and pop culture items. Having everything in one space will go a long way towards filling your nerd décor “quota” will still giving you room for more traditional décor throughout the rest of your home.

8. Build your own classic arcade game cabinet.

DIY Arcade

Via Intructables

This tip requires some technical know-how (or a willingness to follow some pretty extensive online guides), but it’s a great way to display your love for classic 80s arcade games without breaking the bank and buying an original arcade cabinet. An LCD screen, an inexpensive computer, and an empty arcade cabinet can be transformed into iconic games from the past at a fraction of the price of buying the real thing.

8 Ways to Add Color to Your Home

One of the quickest and easiest ways to breathe new life into your home is to add a splash of color. Even if your home is already colorful, changing its dominant color palette can dramatically transform its appearance and create an entirely new atmosphere and ambience in every room. While adding or changing colors may seem like a daunting process, it’s actually a simple step that can be accomplished with just a few key changes and a few minor expenses.

Don’t let a drab home drag down your mood, and don’t let seeing the same colors every day make you feel bored and uninspired. Check out Blindster’s list of the top ways to add color to your home and make your living space once again feel invigorating and brand new:

1. Paint a door, a wall, or a piece of furniture.

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Paint is the obvious solution to any color-related problems and challenges, but it’s easy to go overboard, and most homes don’t need a fresh coat of bright paint on every wall to change their overall appearance and atmosphere. Instead, pick a few key spots in your home that already need to be painted and use that opportunity to add a splash of color. Painting your front door is a small project that can have a big impact on the looks and curb appeal of your home. On the inside, an accent wall and a fresh, eye-catching paint job on a centrally located piece of furniture can be the perfect color-infusion for an otherwise drab or visually uninteresting room.


2. Buy and display colorful blankets and pillows.

Colorful Pillows

Whether they’re on your bed or your couch, colorful blankets and pillows can make a big impact on the appearance of a room. If you’re looking for an easy way to add a splash of color to either of those rooms, you can’t go wrong with a quick swap of the blankets and pillows. Over-sized versions of both that are prominently displayed are both eye-catching and help shift the room’s overall color palette without the need for paint or new furniture. For more dramatic changes in living rooms and dens, place colorful slipcovers over couches and chairs.


3. Hang a few colorful pieces of artwork.


Via Lolly Jane

Art encompasses a huge variety of creations, so whether you prefer traditional paint on canvas or more avant-garde pieces, you can’t go wrong when it comes to using artwork to enhance your home’s color. If you have a creative side, you can also make your own artwork to create the exact shapes, textures, patterns, and colors that you want to add to your home. A large painting or creative display can transform an otherwise plain and boring room into a visual centerpiece for your home.


4. Buy colorful kitchen appliances and gadgets.

Colorful Kitchen Aid

Via Apartment Therapy 

There’s a huge difference between replacing your refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven for new colorful models and replacing small items like your toaster, coffee maker, and tea kettle, but the latter changes can be just as dramatic for a fraction of the price. Adding a splash of color to your kitchen can be as easy as swapping out a few of the items you use on a daily basis with more colorful models and completing the change with new floor mats, hand towels, soap dispensers, and other inexpensive but essential items that are always on display.


5. Lay down colorful rugs.


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Inexpensive rugs are easy to find at most department stores, and many of them feature bright colors and bold patterns. Although adding color to your floor may seem less effective than adding it to your walls and other places that are closer to eye-level, you might be surprised by how much of a difference a few strategically placed rugs can make when it comes to improving the appearance of a room. Using a large area rug in your living room, dining room, or bedroom is a quick way to add a large amount of color, but discount the effect that smaller rugs can have on spaces like hallways and entry ways.


6. Bring nature into your home with colorful flowers and plants.

Colorful Flowers

Flowers are among the most colorful objects found in nature, and that makes them perfect for adding bold colors to your home. The downside of many flowers is that they eventually wilt and need to be replaced, but there are also many colorful indoor plants that can survive inside your home for long periods of time. Orchids, geraniums, jasmine, and various succulents can all thrive indoors with proper care and attention, and they are a fun way to add color to any room in your home.


7. Install colorful window treatments and coverings.

Colorful Window Treatments

Via Decorating Delirium

Windows are often the focal point of rooms whether they’re covered or exposed to sunlight. Because of the eye’s natural tendency to be drawn to windows, it makes sense to take advantage of that fact by adding bold colors to your windows. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of blinds and shades in hundreds of unique colors that can complement and accentuate your home’s décor and transform ordinary rooms into vibrant living spaces. Whether you prefer wood shades, Roman shades, mini blinds, or shutters, we’ve got you covered.


8. Prominently display your colorful household items.

Floating Colorful books

Via It’s Overflowing

Everything from books and towels to plates and coffee mugs all represent new opportunities to add color to your home. If you have a set of colorful dishes but they’re hidden behind a cupboard or cabinet door, consider removing the door and showing them off instead. The spines of books can also create interesting color combinations and displays, but only if they’re in a place where they can easily be seen. Towels, much like blankets, often have pleasing textures and colors, but they’re difficult to appreciate from a visual perspective if they’re always stored in a closet. Take stock of your household items and prominently display the things that bring a splash of color to your home. It’s an easy way to make your living space more vibrant, and you don’t have to spend a single penny to make it happen.