5 Household Items that Are Worth the Extra Cost

Everyone likes to save money, and between online shopping and large big box retail stores, it’s easier than ever to find great deals on the items you use every day. And while it feels great to save some cash when you’re buying household products, the short-term savings can end up costing you more in the long run if you need to buy replacements just a few short months or years later.

Browsing the upper-tier of many household items can lead to serious sticker shock, especially if you’re used to going with the more economical versions, but in many cases, you get what you pay for. In addition to getting higher-quality components and manufacturing processes, many high-end household products also include a greater number of features and conveniences, making life just a little easier and more efficient—which is always a major plus if you have a hectic schedule.

The next time you’re shopping for your home, be sure to consider shelling out a little extra cash for these everyday items:

Office chairs

Whether you work from home or simply spend a lot of time using your computer, there’s no greater gift you can give yourself than a comfortable office chair. Poorly built, uncomfortable, and non-ergonomic office chairs can quickly lead to back aches, neck strain, and even carpal tunnel syndrome. If you have a home office, there’s a good chance you spend anywhere from a couple of hours to a full 9-5 shift sitting in your rolling chair. If you consider how much you’re paying per hour to sit there—especially over the course of the chair’s lifetime—it makes sense to shell out a few extra hundred dollars to get one that’s comfortable for long periods and that won’t leave you feeling like you need to visit a chiropractor

Blenders

The idea of shelling out a few hundred dollars for a blender can seem outrageous, especially when there are other models sitting on the store shelf right next to it for a fraction of the price. But anyone who frequently makes smoothies, shakes, and juices knows that blenders tend to break in short order. Whether it’s due to dull blades, a cracked glass container, or a burned-out motor, cheap blenders aren’t built to last. The more expensive models, on the other hand, are designed to last for many years and can easily chop through just about anything, giving you creamy smoothies without a hint of ice chunks

Vacuum

Much like blenders, cheap vacuums may seem adequate and effective at first, but their low-quality components make them ticking time bombs. A single snag on a rug or a rogue penny that gets sucked into the bag or bin can cause a complete breakdown of the motor and power system. And even if you can’t pinpoint the vacuum’s failure to a single event, there’s a good chance you’ll notice that it loses suction after just a few years of usage. High-end vacuums have taken a large segment of the market due to their immensely powerful suction, great warranties, and high-end features. They make cleaning your home much easier and are designed to work equally as well on carpet and hard floors, such as wood, tile, and vinyl.

Filtered-water pitchers and carbonated drink makers

Drinking more water is one of the easiest and most effective ways to add a new healthy habit to your life. But many people dislike the taste of water straight from the tap. There’s no shortage of options of bottled and canned water, including purified, spring, and carbonated varieties. However, stocking up on water every time you go to the grocery store can get quite expensive—especially when you realize that you can produce the same great taste at home. Filtered pitchers have a low initial cost, but they do require buying new filters every few months to maintain their effectives. And carbonated drink makers also have a low-price tag, but the tanks that create the fizz also must be replaced at regular intervals. Still, the price you pay for these replacements is significantly less than the price you’ll pay at the grocery store for essentially the same items

Blinds and shades

There’s nothing more frustrating than installing new window treatments only to watch the aluminum chip and fade, the wood lose its luster and vibrancy, and the fabric become frayed and discolored. Not to mention the pain of dealing with blinds and shades that are uneven, difficult to operate, and simply unappealing due to poor manufacturing processes and low-quality components. At Blindster, we’re proud to offer window coverings that are made from high-quality materials and components at all price points. But if you’re looking for the ultimate in light control, customization, and options, you can’t go wrong with many of our high-end products, such as our Premium Roman Shades, our 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds, and our 3” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades.

How Blinds and Shades Can Protect Your Family and Your Home

At Blindster, we know that the safety and well-being of your family is your top priority. You go to great lengths to keep everyone protected. Whether it’s investing in an advanced home security system, outfitting your doors with strong locks, and keeping your outdoor area well-lit at night, spending money on protecting your home and your family is always a worthwhile investment.

But did you know that window coverings can also play a major role in protecting you, your family, and your home? Installing the right type of blinds and shades is an often-overlooked aspect of home security, but it can make a big difference when it comes to protecting your family’s health, privacy, and possessions.

Check out some of the top ways that our blinds and shades can give you peace of mind at any time of day:

  • Blinds and shades protect your privacy

    Keep prying eyes out of the inside of your home with our wide variety of blinds and shades. Virtually all our window coverings are effective at protecting indoor privacy, but we also offer many varieties of blinds and shades that can be ordered with optional blackout and privacy liners. These additions further enhance your family’s privacy and make you feel more at ease in every room in your home.

  • Blinds and shades protect your skin

    Everyone knows that the sun’s UV rays can cause skin damage, but did you know that you can get sunburned and even increase your risk of skin cancer while sitting inside your home? Although it’s not as dangerous as direct exposure, sunlight can still penetrate through glass windows and damage skin. Over time, that damage can result in premature aging and even skin cancer. Keeping blinds and shades in closed positions—or using window treatments that filter and absorb the sun’s UV rays—is a great way to protect your family.

  • Blinds and shades protect your home

    Even the most advanced security system and lighting arrangement may not be enough to deter thieves if they know you’ve got valuables inside your home. Without proper window treatments, anyone can see into your home when the lights are on at night. That means would-be criminals could have a clear view of your most cherished possessions. Installing window coverings and keeping them closed at night or all day can keep your home safer and less likely to be the target of burglars when you’re at work or on vacation.

  • CPSC-compliant blinds and shades protect small children and pets

    In recent years, there has been a growing awareness about the potential dangers that blinds and shades pose to small children and pets. Window treatments that utilize cloth, nylon, or chain lift cords present a choking and strangulation hazard, especially when the cords are within easy reach or can be accessed by climbing on nearby furniture. At Blindster, all our corded window coverings are shipped with free cord cleats, which are designed to keep cords safely out of reach. In addition, we also offer cordless varieties of blinds and shades, which eliminate the risk of cord-related injuries completely.

  • Blinds and shades enhance your sleep and overall well-being

    There’s nothing better for your overall health and vitality than a good night’s sleep. But everyone knows that it can be difficult to get much-needed rest when outside lights and noises cause frequent wake-ups, sleep interruptions, and tossing and turning at night. Installing light-blocking, noise-reducing, and temperature-insulating window treatments is a great way to turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary, enhancing your health and giving you more energy during the day. It’s also vital for the well-being of babies, small children, and even teenagers, all of whom need quality, uninterrupted sleep to maintain healthy immune systems and support growth.

  • Blinds and shades protect your furniture

    Do you have a couch, chair, or table that is completely or partially faded and discolored? If so, it may be due to years of sunlight exposure. In addition to being damaging to your skin, the sun’s UV rays can also damage natural materials like wood and fabrics. Dyes can fade and change color, while wood stains can lose their luster. In addition, the constant heating and cooling caused by the sun’s rays can even cause wood and other window treatment materials to warp because of frequent expansion and contraction. Even your flooring and walls aren’t immune to the damaging effects of UV rays. In addition to protecting your family’s skin, high-quality window coverings from Blindster can also protect everything inside your home.

Window Treatment Materials 101

The materials used to create blinds and shades are the defining factor in what makes them effective at blocking light, filtering light, absorbing heat, insulating rooms, eliminating UV rays, and protecting your privacy. Knowing the types of materials used in your current blinds and shades and knowing the materials you may want in the future is helpful when you’re ordering new window treatments that must meet certain needs from both a form and function standpoint.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer blinds and shades that are manufactured using only the highest quality materials. But we also know that not all homeowners and business owners have the same needs when they’re purchasing window treatments. That’s why it’s important to have a good understanding of the differences between blinds and shades that look similar, but ultimately have different textures, weights, and purposes.

Check out the comparison guide below to get acquainted with some of the most popular materials used in modern window treatments:

  • Aluminum

    Aluminum is a tough and durable material that’s used to manufacture no-nonsense blinds that are designed to hold up for many years under harsh conditions. In addition to being highly resistant to fading, cracking, and chipping, our aluminum blinds are also lightweight, which makes them easy to install. Being lightweight makes aluminum blinds perfect for large windows and doors. When open, aluminum blinds allow plenty of light into your home, but they’re also highly effective at protecting your privacy when closed—especially our special Privacy Aluminum Blinds.

  • Wood

    Our wood blinds are manufactured using American basswood, which is harvested from forests in the Eastern United States and Canada. This wood is naturally lightweight and durable, and that means blinds created with this material are suitable for installation in just about any room in your home or business. The rich natural wood grain and texture are highlighted by the beautiful stains and colors available in our inventory. Like aluminum blinds, real wood blinds are incredibly lightweight and easy to install on even the largest windows. Best of all, wood blinds are the perfect match for almost any type and color of home décor.

  • Faux Wood

    Faux wood is a material created by combining vinyl and vinyl compounds in a manner that looks and feels like real wood. Because faux wood is a synthetic material, it’s available at a lower price point than real wood, and it’s also easier to clean due to being less likely to absorb moisture, which can occasionally result in the warping of real wood blinds. Faux wood was originally conceived for use in blinds that are installed in steamy, humid, or moisture-filled rooms, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages. But their attractive looks and durability have made them popular choices for every room.

  • PVC

    Like aluminum, PVC is a no-nonsense material that’s lightweight, affordable, and highly effective at blocking out light. PVC is used in large vertical blinds that are designed to be installed on sliding glass doors and other oversized windows that aren’t easily covered by traditional window coverings. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and it’s the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. Because it’s so widely used and mass-produced throughout the world, PVC vertical blinds are available at an attractive point, making it the perfect solution for covering large spaces without breaking the bank. And just like aluminum and faux wood blinds, PVC blinds can be cleaned with almost any cleaning product without fears of fading or warping.

  • Fabric

    Fabric is used in the manufacture of a huge variety of shades, including Roman shades, cellular shades, sheer shades, roller shades, and pleated shades. Despite the common material, these shades have dramatically different looks, functions, and purposes. Roman shades are among the most elegant in appearance, while sheer shades and pleated shades are designed to filter light. Roller shades often used to block out or eliminate outside light, while cellular shades can function as light-filtering or blackout shades. We also offer solar and exterior shades that utilize proprietary fabrics known as Phifer Sheerweave® and Vertilux® Solar Screen, which are designed to significantly reduce the heat and intensity of the sun’s UV rays while preserving outdoor views.

  • Bamboo

    In addition to American basswood, we also offer wood shades that are manufactured with real bamboo slats and reeds. Bamboo offers a design aesthetic that makes them completely unique and a breath of fresh air for many homeowners. In addition to being eco-friendly, bamboo also brings a touch of the outdoors into your home. Bamboo isn’t just an attractive design material—it’s also highly effective at performing all the functions you want and need from your shades. On its own, bamboo is both light-blocking and privacy-protecting, but these shades can be enhanced with the addition of privacy and blackout liners.

5 Common Misconceptions about Blinds and Shades

Buying blinds and shades may seem like a simple process, but because window treatments can dramatically change the appearance of a room, many homeowners are extremely careful and do their homework before they swipe their credit cards or submit an order. To make the process even more convoluted, there are many misconceptions and myths about blinds and shades that can scare homeowners away from certain types of window coverings altogether.

It’s important to know that window treatments have come a long way in recent years. Many of the drawbacks and shortcomings that were common in past decades have been resolved via extensive product testing and a move to higher quality components and materials. That means that many of the pervasive myths and misconceptions about blinds and shades came about in an era when window treatments were less reliable and more likely to give homeowners trouble.

At Blindster, we’re here to answer any questions and address any concerns that our customers have before and after they place an order. That said, here are some of the top misconceptions about window coverings that all homeowners should know about:

Installing blinds requires special tools, expertise, or a contractor

Blinds and shades may seem complicated to mount and install, but almost anyone can install them with just a few basic tools. For example, most window treatments can be easily installed with nothing more than a drill, drill bit, screwdriver, tape measure, ruler, level, pencil, and step ladder. They also come with installation kits that include things like screws and mounting brackets.

Many window treatments are also lightweight and can be installed by a single person. Best of all, Blindster has measuring and installation instructions for all the window coverings that we sell.

Custom blinds are expensive

At Blindster, all our window treatments are custom. We take customer-provided measurements and cut blinds and shades that fit their windows perfectly. In fact, making sure all our window coverings are custom-sized and custom-cut is the only way to ensure that our customers get the fit and effectiveness that they want out of their new blinds and shades.

Options are limited for window coverings

The number of optional components and features available for window coverings is impressive. In addition to standard options like blackout and privacy liners, today’s blinds and shades include options for things like cordless operation, top down bottom up operation, continuous cord loop operation, and a huge variety of colors and textures.

It’s impossible to pick the right color, pattern, or texture when shopping online

While it’s true that things like different computers, monitors, browsers, and color profiles can make a color appear different onscreen compared to what it looks like in real life, Blindster offers a great way to get an up close and personal view of colors, patterns, and textures without any risk: samples.

We offer samples of a huge variety of our products and customers can order multiple at one time, making it easy to compare them against your furniture and existing décor to get the right color for your home.

It’s hard to keep blinds and shades clean

Some blinds and shades are more likely to accumulate dirt and dust than others, but they’re all easily cleaned. For blinds and shades that can be damaged by harsh cleaners and solutions, a feather duster and spot cleaning with a mild cleaner is often all it takes to get out stains, built-up dirt, and other debris.

However, many types of window coverings are highly durable and resistant to even the most intensive cleaning. Aluminum mini blinds and vertical blinds, for example, can be removed from their mounts and cleaned in a bathtub, while faux wood blinds can be cleaned with stronger chemical cleaning solutions without the risk of damage, discoloration, or fading.

Faceoff: Blinds vs Shades vs Curtains vs Drapes

Uncovered windows can make rooms feel incomplete and lacking. Most homeowners opt to cover their windows to block out light and protect their privacy, but the way they go about it can be radically different from home to home. While one homeowner may prefer thick curtains, another may prefer lightweight bamboo blinds. All types of window coverings have their own pros and cons, and finding the best option for your home is a matter of personal preference.

Windows that are outfitted with some type of covering almost always look better than when they’re bare. Window coverings also provide benefits beyond just reducing glare and protecting your privacy, as some are great at insulating your home, prolonging the lifespan of your furniture, and even protecting your skin.

If you can’t decide between blinds, shades, curtains, and drapes for your home, check out our comparison guide below:

Blinds

Blinds are traditional window coverings and are extremely common in homes and businesses throughout the country. Blinds are built with a headrail, individual and adjustable slats, and a bottom rail. They can be closed to block light and protect and privacy, and opened to let light in and create a view of the outdoors.

  • Blinds are among the most inexpensive window coverings.If you’re on a budget and looking to outfit your home with new window coverings, blinds may be your best option. Our faux wood and aluminum mini blinds are priced to fit almost any budget without sacrificing any quality or beauty.
  • Blinds can be easily repaired.Because blinds are built using several individual slats, they can be easily repaired if they get damaged. Broken slats can be glued or even replaced altogether with ease. In addition, both faux wood and aluminum blinds are also easily cleaned and maintained, making them less likely to become stained or faded over time than other types of window treatments.

Shades

Shades aren’t as common in homes as blinds, but they’re still a very popular and effective option for blocking light and protecting privacy. In addition, shades are rapidly changing and becoming more and more versatile. For example, our sheer shades use highly advanced fabrics and combine the function of blinds and traditional shades.

  • Shades create a built-in and low-profile look.When lowered, certain types of shades—especially roller shades and cellular shades—create a matte and low-profile look on windows. Their simplistic and uniform design makes them ideal for homeowners who prefer to keep their interior design focus elsewhere. However, Roman shades and bamboo shades can easily be the centerpiece of a room for homeowners who want to draw eyes to their windows.
  • Shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy.While blinds are perfectly capable of reducing glare and helping your family feel safe and secure inside your home, shades can take those benefits to a new level. Shades can be paired with both blackout liners and privacy liners, which are designed to turn ordinary rooms into sanctuaries of peace and quiet. They’re also perfect for media rooms, home offices, and bedrooms, and home theaters.

Curtains

Curtains are generally made from lightweight fabrics and are designed to add a decorative flair to windows. Unlike inside-mounted blinds and shades, curtains are installed completely outside of windows and may cover only a small part of your windows or a large portion of them. Their design often makes them a stronger focal point of rooms than blinds and shades. Many curtains are relatively short and may fall only to the bottom of the window sill, while others may be floor-length.

  • Curtains help protect your blinds and shades.If you already have blinds or shades and add curtains to the mix, you may find that your existing window treatments will last longer and require less maintenance and cleaning—especially if you keep your curtains closed. In addition to keeping pets and their sharp claws and teeth at bay, curtains also act as dust magnets. While you’ll still need to dust them on a regular basis, curtains are easily removed—just slide them off the rod—and can be simply shaken off outside.
  • Curtains can complement and accent your blinds and shades.If you’re looking for curtains that purely decorative due to already having blinds or shades installed on your windows, you’ll be happy to know that curtains are an excellent way to further enhance the beauty of your window treatments. Curtains can create interesting contrasts to the colors, patterns, and textures in the wood, fabric, or synthetic materials used in your blinds and shades, and they can also add an extra infusion of color to your room.

Drapes

Many people think curtains and drapes are interchangeable. However, they are unique window covering types. Drapes are made almost exclusively with thick and heavy fabrics and typically are floor-length in size.

  • Drapes are great at insulating and soundproofing rooms.While thin, sheer curtains will provide virtually nothing in the way of insulation and soundproofing, thick thermal drapes are great for reducing heat loss during the winter and keeping cold drafts at bay. Thick drapes also create a dampening effect for loud and bothersome noises, making them ideal for homeowners who live near train tracks, industrial facilities, or busy highways.
  • Drapes can give a room a formal appearance.Curtains are generally considered informal and casual window coverings, while drapes are more formal in both appearance and function. Drapes are perfect for dining rooms, living rooms, and other areas where guests are frequently entertained. However, drapes don’t have to be installed only in formal rooms. When paired with high-quality blinds or shades, they’re perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any room in your home.

Bonus: Shutters

The four window covering types listed above aren’t the only ones available for you to install in your home. At Blindster, we’re proud to offer an alternative that’s quickly becoming a highly sought after item: indoor shutters. Our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters have many of the same benefits as faux wood blinds, but they have a unique appearance that transforms the appearance of any room due to their rich and timeless look.

  • Fauxwood shutters can be manufactured in two weeks.When you order a window covering for your home, you want it right away. Fortunately, our fauxwood plantation shutters can be fully manufactured, assembled, and shipped to your home in about two weeks. That’s less than half the time it takes to receive real wood shutters.
  • Fauxwood shutters are hollow-bodied and lightweight.The thought of installing shutters inside your home may seem foreign, especially if your only experience with shutters is the outdoor variety. However, like all of our faux wood window coverings, our plantation shutters are very lightweight due to the synthetic materials used in the manufacturing process and their hollow-bodied structure. That means they’re easy for anyone to lift and install.

Best Window Treatments for Different Climates

One of the best ways to insulate your home and make it more energy efficient is to install blinds and shades on your windows. But what’s best for a home in the humid South may not be the best option for a home in the dry Southwest. In addition, windows in geographic regions that get 300+ days of sunshine per year should be insulated and covered differently than windows in regions that get much less sunshine and experience cold or freezing temperatures for several months.

While any window covering is better than no window covering when it comes to insulating your home and protecting your furniture and your family’s privacy, maximizing the effectiveness of your blinds and shades by picking ones that are suited to your area’s climate can go a long way toward making your home more energy efficient 365 days per year.

For a list of the best window treatments for different climates, check out Blindster’s top picks below:

Sunny and Dry

Homeowners who live in warm, dry, and sunny climates have a wide range of options to choose from. The biggest need for many people in these area is reducing the amount of heat that enters their windows, eliminating harsh glares, and reducing the effects of UV rays.

Ideal window treatments for this geographic region include:

  • Solar ShadesMany homeowners in warm, sunny climates want to maximize the perks of living in such an area by filling their homes with natural sunlight. However, they also want to minimize the warming effect caused by sunlight and the damage its UV rays can do to their furniture and even their skin.Our Premium and Deluxe solar shades are made with Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics, which are highly durable while significantly reducing heat and glare while preserving your view of the outdoors. They’re also designed to cut down on the intensity of the sun’s UV rays, increasing the lifespan of your furniture and protecting fabric, wood, and other materials from fading.
  • Sheer ShadesIf solar shades aren’t a good fit for your home, but you still want to maximize natural sunlight to heat and light your living room, bed room, or dining room, sheer shades are an excellent alternative.These window coverings are a mixture of shades and blinds with fabric vanes floating between soft, knitted fabric sheers. Raise the vanes to get soft, diffused, and filtered light in your home that has 99 percent fewer UV rays than unblocked sunlight.

Cold and Rainy

Areas like the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast often receive large amounts of rainfall and snowfall. In the winter, windows can become a major source of heat loss for homes in these regions. At Blindster, we recommend heavy blinds and shades that can provide maximum insulation to keep warm air in and cold air out during the fall, winter, and early spring.

Some of the top window coverings for rainy and cold areas are:

  • Roman ShadesRoman shades are thick and heavy like a winter coat. And just like your favorite winter clothing, these window treatments are designed to ward off cold air and keep drafts at bay. Our Premium Roman shades are available in four groups—A, B, C, and D—with dozens of colors to choose from in each category.When combined with energy efficient or newly insulated windows, these shades are the ultimate in keeping your home protected the harsh elements outside. Raise them during the day to naturally heat your home when the sun is out and lower them at night to seal the warm air indoors. Finally, pair them with a blackout liner for extra privacy, light reduction, and insulation.
  • Wood BlindsNothing completes the look of a stately New England home or a rustic cabin nestled in the Pacific Northwest quite like wood blinds. Our real wood blinds are made from kiln-dried American basswood, which is harvested from forests in the Eastern USA and Canada. For many homeowners, there’s no substitute for the subtle textures and colors found in actual wood grain, and that’s why we use only the highest-quality wood in our manufacturing process.Real wood blinds are great at insulating homes and acting as a barrier between your living room, bedroom, or office and cold, rainy drafts outside. The best part about installing wood blinds in wet and cold climates is the fact that they seamlessly match almost all furniture and décor that’s native to those areas.

Sunny and Rainy

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but anyone who lives there knows that rain showers are a frequent occurrence—as are high levels of humidity. All the moisture in the area can cause some types of window treatments to fade, warp, or even mildew over long periods of time, especially if they’re exposed to the elements due to open windows or doors.

These window treatments are designed to hold up against both the sun’s damaging rays and the effects of frequent high humidity:

  • Faux Wood BlindsFaux wood blinds are created using synthetic materials, such as vinyl and vinyl compound materials. However, they look and feel extremely similar to real wood. But unlike wood blinds, faux wood blinds are designed to stand up to harsh conditions. Real wood is susceptible to warping and discoloration due to things like constant sunlight exposure and humidity, but faux wood was specifically designed to be used in humid conditions such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages.With these blinds, you’ll have peace of mind in even the wettest and sunniest climates. Feel free to leave your patio doors and windows open and let in a fresh breeze, as the hardy construction of faux wood blinds means that they’ll be no worse for the wear even after years of exposure to moisture and high humidity.
  • Aluminum BlindsWant blinds that are easy to clean, resistant to fading, and durable enough to hold up for many years? If so, you can’t go wrong with our aluminum blinds. These window coverings are extremely common in homes, apartments, and businesses throughout the world for good reason. They work well in virtually any climate and thrive under even the harshest conditions.In addition to being highly effective at blocking out light and protecting your privacy, aluminum blinds are also ideal for warm and humid climates. Like faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds won’t mold or mildew and can be easily cleaned with solutions that might damage other types of window coverings.

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Buying New Window Treatments

You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and buy new window coverings for your home. You’ve done your research, taken the time to weigh the pros and cons between blinds and shades, and envisioned each room with new window treatments. With all the hard work done, there’s nothing left to do but click the order button, right?

At Blindster, we know that buying blinds and shades isn’t something most people take lightly, especially given the fact that it requires careful measurements and is often a DIY installation project. But we also know that many homeowners are happier with their new window coverings over the long haul when they approach the buying process carefully and don’t leave out any important steps along the way.

If you’re thinking about purchasing new window treatments for your home, do your best to avoid these common mistakes:

Focusing exclusively on looks over function.

It’s no secret that your new window coverings will make a huge impact on the appearance of your home. In fact, new blinds and shades can dramatically change the look of a living room, bed room, or dining room—even with no other alterations or changes. But picking window treatments exclusively based on their appearance can sometimes lead to disappointment, especially when they’re purchased for a room that gets large amounts of sunlight, heat, and glare. It’s important to strike a balance between form and function when you buy new blinds and shades, as beautiful window treatments that don’t meet your individual needs may soon find themselves being returned or replaced.

Not ordering samples before placing your product order.

We know that many homeowners are reluctant to buy window treatments due to the difficulty of truly understanding what a blind or shade’s color, texture, and pattern look like when they’ve only been viewed on a computer screen or tablet. That’s why we offer samples of all our window treatments. Our samples are designed to make it easy for you to compare the colors of the window coverings you’re interested in with everything else in your home, including furniture, décor, and paint. Getting the perfect color can be a tricky and time-consuming process, but samples make it easy to get the right match.

Taking imprecise measurements of your windows.

Our window treatments are custom cut to fit windows exactly, whether they’re going to be installed inside the window frame or on top of the window. That’s why it’s vital that you give us the most precise measurements possible. When blinds and shades aren’t cut to properly fit windows, they can leave large gaps that let in harsh glare and sunlight. And for inside installations, they may not even fit inside the window frame. Make sure you have the tools necessary to properly measure your windows, including a tape measure and step ladder (if necessary), and consult our measuring instructions for all types of window coverings before you begin the measuring the process.

Not checking out all options and add-ons for your blinds or shades.

Our standard blinds and shades are designed to meet the needs of most homeowners, but we know that many people have specific features and options that they need to be satisfied with their purchase. Before you place your order, take the time to browse the many options we offer with our window treatments. Things like cordless operation, top down/bottom up operation, privacy/route-less slats, blackout liners, edge binding, and a huge variety of textures, colors, and patterns can make a big difference in your overall satisfaction with your new window treatments, so it’s important that you check out all the available options before you make your purchasing decision.

Choosing one-size-fits-all window coverings for every room in your home.

If you’re replacing all the window coverings in your home or outfitting a new home, you may be tempted to just bulk order a single style to save time. While this can be an effective option for some homeowners, it’s not always the best option, especially when different rooms in your home have different needs due to sun exposure, décor, color, and even purpose. For example, you may want to maximize natural sunlight in your kitchen and dining room, which makes our selection of Sheer Shades a great choice due to their soft sheer fabric and light-filtering vanes. But in your bedroom, living room, and home office, you may need greater privacy afforded by Roman shades, pleated shades, and wood blinds.

Not considering the differences between inside and outside installations.

Although most people install their window coverings inside of their window frames, outside mounts are great options for certain homes and on certain windows. If you’re used to inside mounted blinds and shades, don’t immediately order that style without first evaluating your windows and the room where your new window coverings will be installed. If you have small windows that you want to look larger, outside installation is the perfect solution. It’s also a great way to cover unattractive window frames, casings, and moldings. Inside installations, on the other hand, won’t cover your windows or make them look larger, but they offer a more built-in and low-profile look that many homeowners prefer.

2017 Window Treatment New Year’s Resolutions

Many people use a new year as an opportunity to start a fitness program, take up a new hobby, or accomplish an important goal at work. But at Blindster, we like to think of a new year as the perfect time to solve any issues you have with window treatments in your home. Getting the right blinds and shades in each room can make a huge difference in your home’s overall appearance, and it can even improve your quality of sleep and your overall satisfaction with your home.

Best of all, buying and installing new window treatments is one of the most “bang for your buck” home upgrades—especially if you’re looking to make a big change in 2017 but you’re on a strict budget. We have blinds and shades that are doable on almost any budget, and they’re all built with high-quality materials that are designed to last for many years.

Take control of your home’s lighting, insulation, and privacy the right way by following these window treatment New Year’s resolutions:

 

Get window coverings for your bare windows.

Get window coverings for your bare windows.

Whether it’s the windows in your spare bedroom, basement, or even your living room, bare windows can significantly detract from the appearance of a room. In addition to conveying a “just moved in” look, they’re also privacy risks and can result in fluctuating temperatures and even faded furniture. If you have bare windows, your priority in 2017 should be covering them. If you’re on a strict budget, you can’t go wrong with our Cordless Aluminum Blinds or our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds.

 

Take control of the lighting in your bedrooms, living room, and home office.

Bright sunlight or even bright street lights can make it difficult to sleep, relax, and work. And in many cases, certain types of window treatments aren’t sufficient to block out sunlight that keeps you up at night or artificial light that prevents you from getting your work done. If you’re unhappy with the window treatments in your bedrooms, living room, or home office, replace them with blinds or shades that will get the job done. For the ultimate in light blocking, check out our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A, which are made with 100 percent high-end polyester and are designed to absorb the sun’s bright and damaging UV rays before they can enter your home.

 

Order the window treatments you’ve always wanted.

Are you bored with your window treatments? Does a friend or family member have shades that you’re dying to install in your own home? If so, treat yourself in 2017 and take the plunge by ordering the window coverings you’ve always wanted. When it comes to luxury in terms of both materials and appearance, you’ll love our huge selection of Roman shades. Our Premium Roman Shades are available in four varieties—groups A, B, C, and D—with dozens of colors available in each group. These shades are highly customizable, with options like pleated and hobbled folds, cordless lifts, top down/bottom up operation, and blackout liners.

 

Clean your existing window treatments

Clean your existing window treatments.

Already got window treatments that you love, but perhaps they’re looking a bit dingy as of late? If so, it’s nothing that a little elbow grease and light cleaning can’t fix. For aluminum, faux wood, and wood blinds, use a fabric duster to collect dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris from the slats. Then, use a lightly dampened cloth or sponge to wipe away any extra dirt. For shades, a duster and a vacuum are great ways to reduce dust, while heavy stains may require more intensive cleaning solutions. Always attempt a test spot when using mild (never harsh) cleaning solutions to avoid staining or fading the fabric.

 

Make your outdoor area more comfortable with exterior shades

Make your outdoor area more comfortable with exterior shades.

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or enjoying fresh air on your patio, the sun’s heat and harsh glare can make difficult to relax for more than just a few minutes at a time without overheating or worrying about a sunburn. Exterior shades are the perfect way to reclaim your home’s outdoor area so that you can enjoy your view year-round and even on the hottest summer days when the sun’s rays are at their most intense. We have two options to choose from—a shade that blocks 95 percent of UV rays and a shade that blocks 90 percent of UV rays. Both maintain your view and are available in six colors, and they’re both the perfect solution for an outdoor area that otherwise puts your skin and eyes at risk of sun-related damage.

 

Childproof and pet-proof your home with cordless options and cord cleats

Childproof and pet-proof your home with cordless options and cord cleats.

At Blindster, we offer free cord cleats with the purchase of any window treatments that utilize cords for lifting and lowering. If you have cord-operated window treatments and don’t have cord cleats installed to keep them safely tucked away, get them as soon as possible—especially if you have pets or small children. These small plastic or metal devices can make a huge difference in your home’s overall safety. If you’re looking to purchase new blinds or shades, consider trying cordless options. As you might expect, these types of window coverings are naturally safe for kids and pets due to the lack of cloth, nylon, or metal cords and chains.

Best Blinds for People with Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

Whether you’re looking to purchase blinds and shades to simply eliminate outside light, or you’re looking for window treatments that will complement your home’s décor, there’s a good chance you have a strict budget for this purchase. While the majority of blinds and shades are relatively inexpensive, the cost of outfitting an entire home or several rooms with new window coverings can add up.

At Blindster, we know that all of our customers have different needs and wants, both from a style and a budget perspective. While we always recommend our highest-quality window coverings for homeowners, they don’t always fit in everyone’s price range. Thankfully, there is a large variety of lower cost blinds and shades that feature all the elegance, style, features, and options you expect from more expensive options.

For recommendations on the best blinds and shades for your home that won’t break the bank, check out our list below:

 

No matter what room you install them in, wood blinds always convey elegance and classic charm. They’re also highly versatile from a décor standpoint, as they effortlessly complement almost any type of furniture, decorative color scheme, and window type. Our 2” Premium Wood Blinds are among our bestselling window coverings due to their affordable price and their natural wood grain beauty, and they’re available in 35 distinct colors, including Sugar Maple, Oak, and Pecan. In addition to their striking looks, these blinds are also highly effective at insulating your home during the winter and summer.

1 inch aluminum

Aluminum blinds are among the most commonly used window coverings in the world, and for good reason—they’re efficient at blocking out light and very affordable. Our 1” Aluminum Blinds feature a low-profile, minimalist design, and are available in 13 distinct colors, such as Porcelain, Snow, Brushed Aluminum, and Matte Black. Get them custom cut to fit windows up to 96” wide and 126” high and enjoy blinds that will last for years due with their baked enamel paint and scratch-resistant aluminum slats.

super value roman

The best way to describe our Super Value Roman Shades is luxury on a budget. Roman shades are traditionally one of the most elegant and eye-catching varieties of window coverings, and the cost can reflects that. However, this particular shade is affordable without sacrificing quality or appearance. Its thick fabric makes it ideal for insulating your home from the harsh temperatures during the winter and summer, which means it’s also highly effective at reducing your electricity bill and keeping your home at its most comfortable 364 days a year. Choose from nine unique colors when placing your order, including Pecan, Camel, and Burgundy.

room darkening roller

Shades designed to block out virtually all outside light are perfect for game rooms, home offices, nurseries, and bedrooms, but outfitting several rooms with blackout shades can sometimes stretch budgets. Our Deluxe Room Darkening Fabric Roller Shades are the ideal solution for homeowners who want the blackout effect from their shades, but have a strict budget for their window coverings. These shades are designed to block out between 90 and 99 percent of outside light depending on the color of the fabric you choose, which includes options like Ivory, Charcoal, and Chocolate.

deluxe top down

Who says options and features mean a hefty price tag? As the name suggests, our Deluxe Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades are jam packed with features. They are highly adaptable and perfect for rooms where you need both privacy and natural sunlight at the same time. Best of all, these features are available for these shades at no extra charge. With an insulating R-Value of 3.4 and ½-inch honeycomb construction, these shades are as effective at retaining cooled or heated air, as they are versatile in both form and function.

flat sheer shades

Due to their complex manufacturing process, sheer shades can be some of the most expensive window treatments on the market, but our Horizontal Flat Sheer Shades are designed to fit both your home and your budget. These window coverings combine the form and function of a roller shade with the versatility and light diffusing qualities of a sheer shade. Enjoy soft, beautiful, and filtered light in your home when the shades are open, and world-class light control and privacy when they are closed. In addition, you can also choose from colors that enhance the light filtering qualities, such as Natural, Grey, and Beige, as well as colors that enhance the blackout qualities, including Coffee, Brown, and Light Brown.

shades group A

Whether you’re searching for shades that are eco-friendly, stylish, or simply great at blocking out light, you can’t go wrong with our Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group A. Despite being one of our most inexpensive bamboo shades, this window covering lives up to its “deluxe” reputation. Its construction process utilizes real bamboo and reeds, while also offering a huge variety of colors to choose from, including Mirabella Tan, Franca Cherry, and Elisa Mahogany. Add a blackout liner for extra privacy and light control and custom order your bamboo shades to fit windows up to 96” wide and 120” high.

solar shades open

Shades aren’t always about blocking out the maximum amount of light. For many homeowners, they’re more about reducing glare without spoiling the view of the outdoors. If that’s your idea of the perfect shade, you’ll love our Deluxe Solar Shades 5% Open. Not only are these shades affordable for almost any budget, but they’re also capable of eliminating 95% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. The open nature of these shades also means that you’ll still be able to enjoy the appearance of your outdoor areas, without harsh sunlight in your eyes. Get these shades custom cut to fit large windows up to 144” wide and 108” high, and choose from colors like White Linen, Brown Chocolate, and White Pearl when you place your order with Blindster.

Best Blinds for Your Kitchen

As home builders and recent home buyers can attest, the focal point of most new houses is no longer the living room or dining room—it’s the kitchen. It’s the place where meals and memories happen. Whether you’re hosting a holiday get-together, a family reunion, or a dinner party, chances are you and your guests will end up spending plenty of time in your kitchen.

Because of the increased focus on kitchens, many homeowners have opted to give those rooms the same decorative touch they give their bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. While the primary purpose of kitchens will always be preparing and preserving food, there’s nothing that says yours can’t be one of the most stylish rooms in your home—especially if you install the right window coverings.

If you’re looking to hang new blinds or shades in your kitchen, but don’t know where to start, check out Blindster’s recommendations below—and if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support representatives.

premium sheer

Kitchens are one of the primary rooms where many homeowners prefer ample natural lighting. If you like the look of a sunbathed kitchen in the morning to help get a jump-start on your day, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. Due to a manufacturing process that utilizes two layers of fabric sheers, these shades not only softly diffuse light and block up to 99 percent of UV rays, but they’re also highly effective at protecting your privacy when closed. Choose from 25 colors when placing your order, including: Goldenrod, Wheat, Cloud, and Linen Ivory.

premium wood

Wood blinds are the perfect option for traditional, classic homes with the décor and style to match. The large slats of our 2 ½” Premium Wood Blinds look supremely elegant and preserve your view of the outdoors when open and are also highly effective at blocking out light and protecting your family’s privacy when closed. Custom order these shades to fit windows that are up to 84” wide and 96” high and make sure to browse our wide selection of colors, such as Verona, Cinnamon, and Sumatra.

premium bamboo

If you’re looking to make your home as eco-friendly as possible, you’ll love our Premium Bamboo Shades Group C. These shades are manufactured in the USA using real bamboo slats, grasses, and reeds to create a window covering that’s both stylish, natural, and effective at controlling the intensity and brightness of the light that enters your home. These shades are also highly versatile, with a wide range of options available when you place your order, including a privacy liner, a blackout liner, a top-down/bottom-up function, and a continuous cord loop option. Finally, enjoy a large range of wood stain colors, including Golden Grasses, Napa Valley, and Belmont-Walnut.

premium solar

At Blindster, we know that many homeowners want to preserve as much natural light as possible in their homes, while reducing heat, glare, and damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. Our Premium Solar Shades 3 Percent Open check all of those boxes and then some. Not only is this window covering one of our most elegant-looking shades, but it’s also one of our most popular due to its ability to filter natural light, while preserving your view of the outdoors. Made with Phifer Sheerweave® 4400 and 2410 fabrics, it’s bacteria and fungus resistant, making it ideal for the occasional messes you may experience in your kitchen. Choose from several bold colors, including Charcoal, Pewter, and Granite.

premium roman

Transform your kitchen into the true showpiece of your home with our Premium Roman Shades Group C. A very elegant window covering, this shade is hand-crafted using the highest-quality fabric with a plain (flat with seams) or soft (hobbled) appearance depending on your preferences. This shade is available for custom fitting on windows up to 120” wide and 120” high. Features including a cordless or top-down/bottom-up function, as well as a deluxe 95 percent or premium 100 percent blackout liner allow for the ultimate in light control and privacy.

faux vertical

If your kitchen connects to your outdoor area, it can be difficult to find the right blinds or shades for your doors or windows. Our Faux Wood Vertical Blinds can cover a huge section of your kitchen—up to 129” wide and 129” long—while remaining incredibly easy to operate via a self-aligning wheeled carrier and self-lubricating parts. Their faux wood construction gives them the elegant appearance of real wood blinds, but with enhanced durability and an easier to clean surface. When ordering, choose between a wand or chain control and 16 unique colors, including Textured Maple, Textured Pearl White, and RealGrain Bamboo.

aluminum

We know that some homeowners prefer window treatments that simply get the job done at a low cost, without drawing too much attention or becoming the focal point of the room. If you value function and simplicity over features and options, our 2” Aluminum Blinds may be the perfect choice for your kitchen. These window coverings feature large aluminum slats capable of blocking out the sun’s rays during the day, protecting your privacy at night, and letting in all the natural light you want when they’re opened. The baked enamel paint means they’re highly resistant to fading, and the heavy-duty aluminum used during manufacturing means they won’t bend or break easily.

daynight

On the flip side, if options and control over your shades are both must-haves on your list, you can’t go wrong with our Deluxe Cordless Day/Night Single Cellular Shades. The top shade has a filtering effect, allowing beautiful and diffused light into your kitchen, while the bottom shade is blackout, eliminating virtually all outside light. This gives you the ultimate control over your kitchen’s lighting and your family’s privacy. Enjoy the deluxe cordless system when operating this window covering and choose from distinct colors of soft fabric, including Cool White, Ivory Beige, Antique Linen, and Espresso.