What Are Bamboo Shades?

Wood is a popular choice for window coverings, and a large percentage of homes in the U.S. have real wood blinds installed. But wood isn’t limited to blinds—it can also be used for shades.

Bamboo shades are one of the only types of real wood shades available, and that’s because bamboo can be woven into a material that can be rolled, which is essential for the operation of standard shades. As you might expect, bamboo shades trace their origins back to Asia, where bamboo was and still is used for a variety of purposes, including furniture, building materials, fences, bridges, and tools.

One of the first things you might notice about bamboo shades—particularly the ones sold by Blindster—is their attractive pricing. Bamboo shades are highly affordable and can fit into almost any budget. That makes them ideal for homeowners looking to outfit multiple rooms or even entire homes. They can also be cut to fit a wide range of window shapes and sizes, giving them even more versatility.

How Are Bamboo Shades Made?

Bamboo shades are made using bamboo and a variety of other materials, including natural grasses and reeds. Those materials are all woven together to create shades that protect privacy and block the sun’s harsh UV rays. Small natural gaps in in the weaving process mean that standard bamboo shades are ideal for diffusing natural light, creating a soft glow in any room where they’re installed.

The bamboo shades we sell are built on hand-fed looms. That gives them a more consistent quality, and it means that quality control from shade to shade remains high regardless of order size or customization options.

What Are Options Are Available for Bamboo Shades?

Homeowners who want even more light control and privacy can opt for privacy and blackout liners, which dramatically transform the function of bamboo shades. In fact, with the right liners, bamboo shades can be as effective as even the thickest roller shades when it comes to blocking out light and protecting privacy, while still retaining the unique look and charm that you can only get with natural materials.

The options don’t end with liners. Blindster is proud to offer bamboo shades with a variety of lift cord options and mechanisms, including standard operation, cordless, top down bottom up, and continuous loop lift cord. Edge binding is another popular option, as it smooths out the occasionally rough edges of the natural materials used in bamboo shades with the addition of high-quality cloth, giving them a more uniform appearance and feel.

We also offer a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, with our Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A being available to purchase in more than 10 colors and our Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group B being offered in 16 distinct looks. If you can’t find the ideal match for your home and décor among those choices, be sure to check out our Super Value, Premium, and Cordless varieties as well for even more options.

What Makes Bamboo Shades Unique?

One of the top selling points of bamboo shades is the materials used in their construction and manufacture. Like real wood blinds, bamboo shades are made from real materials, making them eco-friendly, as they’re created from renewable resources.

Another interesting point about bamboo shades is that every shade is unique in its own way. That’s because no two pieces of wood are alike, and natural wood stains, textures, and patterns will vary from shade to shade. That makes them immediately eye-catching and unique in homes with a wide variety of furniture, color, and décor styles.

One of the best parts about bamboo shades is their versatility. They’re equally at home in formal settings as they are in bohemian-style homes where the focus is primarily on creating a unique look and aesthetic. There’s simply no limit to the places where bamboo shades can truly shine, as their natural beauty makes them both elegant and casual.

Order Your Bamboo Shades Today

Be sure to check out our wide selection of bamboo shades. Our bamboo shades have hundreds of reviews from satisfied customers who love the way they look in their homes, and if you need more information or have any questions before ordering, don’t hesitate to contact our sales representatives.

Don’t forget to order free samples to get the ideal color match for your home, and check out our measuring instructions for bamboo shades to make sure you get the perfect fit for your windows.

5 Major Advantages of Fauxwood Shutters vs Real Wood Shutters

Homeowners who want a unique look in their homes have grown to love indoor shutters. Although most people associate shutters with the exterior of homes, they look great when installed indoors, and they provide all of the privacy, insulation, and light control that you expect with standard blinds and shades.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer high-quality Fauxwood Plantation Shutters. They’re designed for homeowners with a do-it-yourself attitude and approach to décor, and they look just like real wood both at a distance and up close. They’re available with 2 ½ or 3 ½ louvers, and they’re GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality Certified, which means their materials and manufacturing process are safe for all homes.

Faux wood alternatives to real wood window treatments are becoming more and more popular, but some of our customers have questions and concerns about our fauxwood shutters. If you’re wondering whether fauxwood shutters are right for your home, check out the following five advantages they have over real wood shutters, and if you’re still not convinced, don’t hesitate to contact our sales professionals for more information.

They’re easier to install

Real wood shutters look beautiful, but they can be heavy. And the heavier a window treatment is, the more difficult it can be to install. Because our fauxwood shutters are made with a composite material and lightweight, hollow-bodied construction process, they’re easy to lift and mount. That means almost any homeowner or do-it-yourselfer can install fauxwood shutters with ease, regardless of their size or the height at which they need to be mounted.

They’re more durable

They’re more durable

Real wood shutters are often heavily treated with special chemicals and finishes to protect them from everything they’ll be exposed to during a typical lifetime of use, but no amount of special preparations or processes can get around the fact that real wood doesn’t always hold up over time. Fauxwood shutters aren’t just stronger than real wood shutters, but they’re also more durable due to their composite materials. Built with a reinforced interior designed to resist warping, fauxwood shutters are designed to last for many years.

They’re waterproof

Water is wood’s worst enemy. Even treated wood is subject to warping, expanding, cracking, fading, and even rotting when it’s exposed to water. But fauxwood has none of those issues. The composite materials used in our fauxwood shutters make them completely waterproof. Whether you’re cleaning them with water, they’re exposed to rain or spills, or they’re installed in a humid environment, you won’t have to worry about wood causing damage to your shutters.

They’re scratch-resistant

Real wood is also vulnerable to scratches. Older real wood blinds and shutters commonly show many signs of wear and tear after just a few years post-installation, especially in the form of hairline and deeper scratches. This can be a problem for homeowners with children and small pets, as scratches are common in those types of households. But fauxwood shutters are naturally resistant to scratches, which means they’re continue to look new for much longer than real wood shutters.

They’re fade-resistant

They’re fade-resistant

Wood fades over time, especially when it’s constantly exposed to bright sunlight. There are many treatments and sealants that can be used to slow the fading process inherent in real wood blinds and shutters, but it’s almost impossible to stop completely due to the natural elements in wood. Fauxwood shutters, on the other hand, are far more resistant to fading due to their composite materials. In addition, our fauxwood shutters are also treated with UV inhibitors, which further decreases their tendency to fade—another factor that prolongs their lifespan and beauty.

 

Window Covering Color Trends for 2018

If you’re in the market for new window coverings, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is the color of your new blinds or shades. Popular colors for home décor can change from year to year, but buying a specific color in 2018 doesn’t mean the appearance of your window treatments will be out of date next year. However, it may make it easier to find matching furniture, decorative pieces, and paint, as colors tend to become fashionable at the same time.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer a huge selection of colors and patterns on our blinds and shades. Many of our products are available in dozens of colors, making it easy for you to get window treatments that perfectly complement your home’s color scheme and satisfy your tastes and style choices.

Whether you’re outfitting a new home with window coverings or replacing your existing blinds and shades, check out the top color trends for 2018 and the best window treatments available in those colors:

Sage

Sage

This greyish-green color is neutral enough to match almost any décor style, but bold and bright enough to make a statement in any room. We offer several window coverings with sage color options, including our Premium Soft Fold Roman Shades Group B, Privacy Aluminum Blinds, and our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades Group A.

Marigold

Marigold

A throwback color that is reminiscent of popular colors in the 1960s and 1970s, marigold is emerging as a popular color in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms. We offer two types of window coverings with this color—our Premium Plain Fold Roman Shades Group C and our Premium Soft Fold Roman Shades Group C.

Blush

Blush

A variation on standard pink, blush is a color that’s becoming popular with millennials due to its neutrality and similarity to more common tones like peach and salmon. You can get the look with our Premium Woven Wood Fabric Roller Shades, our Premium Motorized Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades, and our standard Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades.

Cherry Wine

Cherry Wine

Pinkish red, this color is ideal for homeowners looking to make a statement in rooms. It’s bright enough to immediately draw the attention of the eyes, but not bright enough to be overwhelming or to dominate a room’s appearance. Some of our wine-colored window coverings include our Premium Soft Fold Roman Shades Group A, our 2” Distressed Wood Blinds, and our Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades.

Lime

A bold departure from the standard greens and yellows seen in many homes, lime is increasing in popularity in both paint choices and décor. You can bring a variation into your home with our Premium Soft Fold Roman Shades Group A, while similar colors can be found in our Fabric Vertical Blinds, our 1” Aluminum Blinds, and our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds.

Sand

Neutral, comforting, and easy to complement, sand is a great choice for any room in your home. Many of our products are available in this color, including our Premium Blackout Solar Shades, our Deluxe Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades, and our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades.

coconut

Coconut

A popular variation on white and off-white color schemes, coconut is proving to be a solid choice with homeowners across the country in 2018. Both our Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection and our Premium Motorized Solar Shades Exotic Collection are available in this color, and a huge variety of our products are available in similar shades, such as our 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds, our 2” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades, and our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds.

Why Choose Blindster over Big Box Retail Stores?

Online shopping is dramatically changing the retail experience in a wide variety of markets and industries. Everything from digital entertainment and furniture to clothing and even groceries are now commonly purchased online and shipped directly to customers’ homes.

But some people are hesitant to purchase certain items online, including window coverings. While it’s true that blinds and shades can be purchased at many big box home improvement retail stores and specialty shops, shopping online for window treatments offers several important advantages over the traditional shopping experience.

6 Reasons to Buy Window Treatments Online

If you’ve never bought blinds or shades online before, one purchase from us will likely change the way you shop for window treatments forever. Over the years, we’ve watched many home owners who were initially hesitant about buying their window coverings over the internet become loyal customers who can’t imagine purchasing their blinds and shades anywhere else.

We’re proud to make customers for life when people order from us, and it often happens because of these six reasons:

Lower prices

– Big box retail stores often can’t compete with us on prices. That’s because we focus specifically on blinds and shades and don’t need large showrooms to house our products. All of our products are available to be browsed online rather than in person in warehouse-like storefronts, and we pass the savings from those key differences on to our customers. In addition, we also work closely with the manufacturers of a variety of blinds and shades to make sure we get the best prices, which is yet another advantage that our customers enjoy.

Getting relevant information is quick and easy

– When you buy blinds and shades in a store, it can be difficult to determine their exact dimensions and installation options. It’s also difficult to determine their quality or value and whether other customers are happy with them. Attempts to find reviews can be fruitless, and that can create anxiety for many home owners—especially if they’re looking to purchase many window coverings at once. But when you buy your blinds or shades from Blindster, all the information you need is right on the product page, including precise measurement options and maximum lengths and widths, customer reviews, and even the types of materials used in the manufacturing process.

Customization is a breeze

– Many of our customers want some degree of customization when they order blinds or shades from us. Whether it’s choosing specific colors and patterns, specific dimensions to fit certain windows in their homes, or requiring specific options like blackout liners and top down bottom up operation, getting those requirements takes seconds during the checkout process when you buy through Blindster. But in a big box retail store, you have to contend with many obstacles, including limited customization, out of stock products, and prolonged waiting periods to get what you want—if they’re even capable of fulfilling your request at all.

More likely to get a perfect fit

– What good are window treatments that let in too much light? That’s a reality for countless homeowners who bought their blinds and shades at big box retail stores—including those who requested specific lengths and widths. Window coverings that are installed straight out of a box almost never fit correctly, resulting in huge light leaks or impossible installations due to simply being too big for a given window. In addition, big box retail stores don’t always custom cut blinds and shades correctly, which means providing them with precise measurements may still result in poor fits. At Blindster, we provide detailed measuring instructions for our products to help home owners get perfect fits, and we make sure they’re cut to extreme precision when orders are placed.

Free samples help you choose the right color and pattern

– Seeing blinds and shades in person won’t help much if you can’t replicate their colors and patterns in your home. The lighting in big box stores is often significantly different than the lighting in an average home, and window treatments can look dramatically different in each environment. But before you make a purchase from Blindster, you can order free samples to get a better idea of how a particular window covering will look in each room of your home. We highly recommend taking advantage of this offer, as it’s an easy step that will help ensure that you love your new blinds and shades.

Better guarantees and warranties

– When you buy window coverings from most big box retail stores, you get their standard return policy and that’s about it. At some stores, you may have only a few weeks to make a return. And with your busy lifestyle, you may simply not have enough time to get out your new blinds and shades and ensure that they match your décor, that they’re cut to fit your windows, or that they’re able to be installed where you want to hang them. At Blindster, we offer a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t like your purchase, contact us within 60 days of receiving it and we’ll work to help you find a suitable replacement or issue you a refund. In addition, we also offer a 10-year accident protection plan for damaged products, free of charge.

In addition, you can’t go wrong with the ease and convenience of shopping online. You don’t have to worry about wasting your gas to drive across town and fighting for a parking space, and you don’t have to concern yourself with making room in your vehicle for huge boxes of blinds and shades. Instead, you can complete the entire shopping process from the comfort of your home while knowing that beautiful new window treatments will be shipped directly to your door.

What Are the Cheapest Blinds?

At Blindster, we know that budgets for window coverings can vary from household to household. In addition, we also know that even when money is no object, some homeowners prefer to go the economical route when they’re purchasing new window treatments.

Our extensive product line includes both high-end, state-of-the-art window coverings as well as basic blinds and shades that are designed to look great in any home while reducing heat and glare and protecting privacy. It’s our goal to make sure our customers get what they want and need, regardless of their budgets.

No matter where in our price-tier you purchase your window coverings, you can be sure that you’ll get blinds and shades built with high-quality materials and components that are designed to last. We stand by all of our products, and that’s why we offer a Fit-or-Free Guarantee®, a 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee, and a Lifetime Warranty.

Save Money on Blinds with These Options

We have inexpensive options for our customers in every product line we offer. From standard aluminum blinds to wood blinds, you’re sure to find a window covering that fits your needs, your home, and your budget:

2in Super Value Faux Wood Blinds

2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are extremely popular due to their low prices, their durability, and their easy cleaning. Our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds are both our most economical and among our most popular due to their attractive design and large slats. They’re available in three colors—white, bone, and natural embossed—and can be cut to fit a variety of window sizes. Best of all, even when customized, these faux wood blinds are still easier on the wallet than many comparable blinds sold at big box retail stores.

2in Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

For an upgrade over our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds. Only slightly more expensive, these blinds are our best sellers and have a few added touches to make them more attractive to many homeowners. Those touches include a 3 ¼” crown molded valance and the choice of 9 colors as opposed to three in the Super Value blinds. In addition, they’re available in three darker wood stains, including natural embossed, cherry embossed, oak, and chestnut.

2in Super Value Wood Blinds

2” Super Value Wood Blinds

If you prefer the look and feel of real wood blinds, but still want an inexpensive option, our 2” Super Value Wood Blinds are perfect for you. Made with high-quality wood that resists fading due to a special-coat finish and UV inhibitor, these blinds are available in five unique colors, including crisp white, white, Swiss coffee, golden oak, and pecan. One advantage that real wood blinds have over faux wood is their insulation qualities, making them ideal for homeowners who live in cold climates.

1in Aluminum Blinds

1” Aluminum Blinds

Classic mini blinds never go out of style, and they’re a great addition to any room in your home. Best of all, they’re also inexpensive and can fit into any budget. Our 1” Aluminum Blinds are the quintessential window coverings and are built in a style that’s commonplace in millions of homes and businesses throughout the country. With 31 colors to choose from, you’re certain to find the ideal fit for your home. The economical price also continues to pay for itself over the years with these blinds, as they’re all-metal design makes them extremely durable and sturdy.

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Want an inexpensive option that’s even better at protecting your privacy than our standard 1” Aluminum Blinds? Look no further than our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. Built using the same high-quality components and materials as our other mini blinds, these window coverings are ideal for people who want to eliminate even more glare and further protect their privacy. They work by eliminating route holes, which makes them seamless when their slats are in a closed position. Order yours in white, bone, mocha, or sage to fit your room’s color scheme and décor.

Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds

Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds

Covering large windows or sliding doors can be a challenge with traditional window coverings, but vertical blinds make it easy. Large louvres mounted on a sliding track create the ultimate in convenience when it comes to controlling light across a large and wide area—and you don’t have to break the bank to get it. Our Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds are resistant to harsh conditions and come in 11 different colors, including silk white, light blue, and tan. Choose between cord and chain control or optional cordless wand control.

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Fabric Vertical Blinds

PVC isn’t for everyone, and if you’re looking for a softer alternative for covering a large window or glass door, be sure to check out our Fabric Vertical Blinds. These blinds also serve as great alternatives to curtains, and because they’re mounted on an easy gliding/rolling mechanism, they’re much easier and more convenient to operate than large, unwieldy curtains while still giving you the same light blocking and filtering qualities. Weights sewn-in to the bottoms of each louver also help hold them in place, making them ideal for rooms with plenty of air flow.