Follow These Easy Steps to Get the Perfect Window Treatments

Online shopping has made it easier than ever to buy everything you need for your home and your daily life, including window treatments. But as with any purchase, getting the right blinds or shades for your home is best accomplished with a little research and preparation.

At Blindster, we’re dedicated to selling only the highest-quality window coverings at competitive prices, but we know that not every blind or shade is the right fit for every home and homeowner. However, we also know that it can be difficult to tell if a window treatment will be perfect for your living room, dining room, bedroom, or any other room in your home without being able to see it, hold it, and experience it in person.

Thankfully, there are several quick and easy steps you can take to make sure you get the right blinds or shades for every room in your home:

Decide what your needs are for every room that you’re equipping with window treatments.

Because your window covering needs may vary significantly from room to room, it’s important to take the time to figure out why you’re buying new blinds or shades. Some homeowners want thick blackout shades in bedrooms and living rooms for additional privacy, while others may prefer light-filtering shades for more natural lighting. These preferences can play a big role when it comes to getting the right window coverings, so make sure you know what role your new blinds or shades need to fill.

Settle on a budget.

When you shop at Blindster, you have many options for window treatments at all price points. We strive to make our products as affordable as possible, and we know that many homeowners come to us to outfit dozens of windows in their homes. Our products range from Super Value to Premium to Deluxe, all of which are available at different price points. Having an established budget makes it easier to hone in on blinds and shades that won’t break the bank, especially if you need to buy several at once to install in a new home or to replace your home’s outdated window treatments.

Measure your windows as accurately as possible.

Even before you begin the ordering process, it’s vital to have accurate measurements of your windows. Although most of our blinds and shades can be custom ordered to fit a huge variety of window sizes, many have minimum and maximum sizes. If you know your window dimensions ahead of time, you can narrow your search process, making it easier to find the perfect window treatments.

Browse our website and check out product pages, reviews, and pictures.

We offer a huge variety of window coverings. From Roman shades and faux wood shutters, to bamboo shades and aluminum blinds, you’ll find all the window treatment options you need at Blindster. And while it helps to begin the search process with a preference between blinds and shades, and even the specific varieties within those categories, shopping around and checking out our entire selection may open your eyes to new options. Be sure to read product descriptions and reviews, and check out both our own photos and photos submitted by our customers.

Choose the options you want.

After you’ve narrowed down your list of choices, you can further refine your search by deciding on the options and customizations that you need. Things like cordless lift, continuous loop, top down bottom up, privacy and blackout liners, routeless, and even edge-binding are some of the options that are available on many our blinds and shades. By focusing on options that are must-haves vs options that are “nice to haves,” you can quickly and efficiently key in on the perfect window treatments for your family.

Order samples to get an in-person view of what your window treatments will look like.

You’ve done all the initial steps and you’re almost ready to order. But before you do, you may want to consider ordering free samples to get a better impression of a specific blind or shade’s color, texture, and pattern. You can order up to 10 samples from our entire line of window treatments, and because we know you’re ready to finalize the decision process and get your perfect window treatments, we’ll have them in transit to you within one business day.

What Can New Window Treatments Do for Your Home?

If you’re looking to upgrade or refresh your home’s appearance, there are no shortage of options available. From kitchen remodels and freshly painted walls, to new furniture and replacing carpet with hardwood, there’s always a major upgrade right around the corner that can breathe new life into your home.

But if you’re looking for a dramatic change that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg AND won’t take up your weekends for the next few months, buying window treatments may be the perfect option for you and your family. Blinds and shades are something that many homeowners take for granted, and it’s not until they’re either ineffective or need to be replaced that they realize how much of an impact they have on their homes’ appearance and comfort.

If you’re on the fence about ordering new window coverings, or you’re just wondering what will change if you upgrade your existing/outdated blinds and shades, check out Blindster’s list of all the ways new window treatments can liven up your home:

New lighting=new mood

New lighting=new mood

The lighting in your home plays a huge role in its ambience and its appearance. Colors that appear drab and muted can look lively and energized with the right lighting—especially natural lighting, while rooms that feel washed out or that get harsh glare during sunrise or sunset can become more comfortable if the sun’s rays are reduced or blocked completely. Many of our window treatments are between the two extremes of open and blackout, and varying degrees of light-filtering shades can transform rooms, particularly during the times of day when they get the most sunlight.

 

 

Colors, textures, and patterns can complement your furniture and décor

Have you recently redecorated or refurnished a room and feel like something is still missing or just isn’t quite right about the way everything looks? If so, it may be due to your window treatments. Blinds and shades that complement the color scheme, furniture, and decorative pieces in a room are an often-overlooked finishing touch for decorating jobs, and window treatments that clash with a room’s overall aesthetic can ruin even the most meticulous décor.

 

Reduce or block UV rays, protecting your furniture, your home, and your family

Reduce or block UV rays, protecting your furniture, your home, and your family

The sun’s rays can be intense, especially in rooms that get prolonged exposure during certain times of day. If you have exposed windows or windows that are only partially covered with drapes or curtains, you have no way of reducing or blocking the UV rays that enter your windows. Over time, that can cause fabric and other materials to fade, wood to dry out, and even your skin to become damaged.

 

Extra layer of insulation against weather and sound

Even some of the most advanced weather-sealed windows can still become drafty or cause heated/cooled air to leak out of your home and outside air to get indoors. The right window treatments will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round, reducing your energy bill and your home’s impact on the environment. In addition, thick window coverings can also serve as insulation against outside noises, making them ideal for homes in busy neighborhoods or near heavily trafficked streets.

Get These Top Blinds and Shades for Your Bathrooms

When you’re in the market for new window treatments, the rooms you’re probably thinking about updating are your living room, bedrooms, dining room, and home office. One room that’s often overlooked but that can benefit from new window treatments is the bathroom. Whether it’s a guest bathroom, a master bathroom, or even a half bathroom, if it has windows, it needs window coverings.

Thankfully, To get started with finding the right blinds and shades for your home’s bathrooms, check out Blindster’s guide below:

 

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Privacy is always a top concern when it comes to installing window treatments on bathroom windows. If you’re looking to save money while giving yourself and your loved one’s peace of mind, you can’t go wrong with our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. These window coverings are built with high-quality aluminum and a baked enamel finish that resists chipping and fading, even when exposed to moisture and humidity. As their name implies, these blinds are perfect for protecting privacy due to their lack of route holes. Choose from four versatile colors to match your bathroom color scheme, including White, Bone, Mocha, and Sage.

 

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds – Group A

Looking for a clean look and a window covering that won’t wear down due to humidity and condensation? Look no further than our 2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds. These blinds look and feel almost identical to real wood, but they’re made with a synthetic blend that makes them much more resistant to humidity and moisture than actual wood. GREENGUARD® certified and approved for usage in schools in healthcare facilities, these blinds are safe to use in any environment, including bathrooms. Best of all, they’re easy to clean and designed to last for many years.

 

Premium Roman Shades Group A

Premium Roman Shades – Group A

Whether your bathrooms already have an elegant look and style and you’re looking for the missing piece—or you’re looking to liven up and beautify your bathrooms—you’ll love the look of our Premium Roman Shades. Available in a whopping 40 colors (with more than one hundred additional colors in our other groups of Roman shades), you’re sure to find the perfect match for your bathroom and overall home décor and color scheme. Manufactured with thick, luxurious fabric, these shades are excellent at protecting privacy, controlling light, and even insulating your bathrooms from outside sounds and extreme temperatures.

 

Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group B

Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades – Group B

More and more bathrooms are being designed with a natural look with things like waterfall shower heads, copper-colored sinks and countertops, hardwood floors, and skylights designed to let in as much light as possible. Our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are a great window covering to capitalize on this trend. In addition to being among our most striking shades, this window treatment is also highly versatile. Choose from options like top down bottom up operation, privacy and blackout liners, and 2”/4” edge binding options, as well as 10 unique colors. An eight to 10-day production time means you’ll have these delivered to your home in no time after you place your order.

Best Blinds for Doors

Whether you’re outfitting a new home with window treatments or replacing your existing ones, don’t forget to order blinds for your doors. Both standard-sized doors and large sliding glass doors can let in huge amounts of light and put your family’s privacy at risk if they aren’t covered. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of blinds that will get the job done and improve the appearance of any room where they’re installed.

Before you place your order, it’s important to remember that ordering blinds for doors is a slightly different process than ordering blinds for windows. First, you’ll need to make sure the blinds are able to be cut to the size you’ll need to cover your door. Secondly, you’ll need to make sure that your measurements are as accurate as possible to ensure a good fit and protection against light leaks throughout the length of the shades. Finally, you should verify that your blinds are the right style and color for your home, and ordering samples is the perfect way to get peace of mind before placing your order.

Ready to find the perfect blinds for your doors? Use the information and recommendations below to help you make your choice:

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

Available with different colors and stains in groups A, B, and C, these blinds are our highest quality faux wood door treatments and are designed to replicate the look and feel of real wood blinds. And because these blinds received a high durability rating due to the composite materials used during their manufacturing process, they can withstand exposure to sunlight and humidity without warping, cracking, or fading, making them ideal for outside facing doors and rooms that receive plenty of fresh air.

2in Distressed Wood Blinds

2” Distressed Wood Blinds

Want a rustic yet elegant look for your doors? Be sure to check out our 2” Distressed Wood Blinds. Made with high-quality real wood, these blinds incorporate a natural and rough-textured surface in conjunction with beautiful and unique stains. Choose from colors like Peppered Malbec, Aged Cognac, and Deep Merlot, and enjoy hardy finishes that are designed to resist fading and warping, while also helping to insulate your home during the hottest days of summer and coldest days of winter.

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

A great choice for homeowners who are looking for a door covering that’s practical, sleek, and inexpensive, our Privacy Aluminum Blinds utilize classic 1” slats and a baked enamel finish that makes them highly resistant to fading, chipping, and cracking. If you’re looking for blinds that are great for privacy and light blocking, you’ll love this window treatment, as its routeless design means a consistent and uniform appearance from end to end. Eliminate glare from your doors and get the peace of mind you and your family deserve—all at an affordable price.

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

If you need to cover a large door or pair of doors, vertical blinds may be the best option for you. And if you’re looking for vertical blinds that are affordable, easy to clean, moisture resistant, and build to last, our faux wood vertical blinds are your best option. Built with the same composite materials used in many of our other faux wood blinds, these window and door coverings require minimal maintenance, and they also ship with self-aligning wheeled carriers and self-lubricating acetyl parts, meaning you get years of hassle-free operation. You’ll also have plenty of options, including standard cord, chain, and wand controls, as well as more than 15 colors, such as Textured Cherry, RealGrain Dark Walnut, and Textured Brite White.

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Traditional PVC and faux wood vertical blinds aren’t everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to covering their doors, and if that’s true for you, our fabric vertical blinds may be just what you’re looking for. Designed to be a mixture between traditional vertical blinds and drapes/curtains, these window coverings are built with a soft and light-filtering fabric that lets soft, diffused, and filtered light into your home while still protecting your privacy. Best of all, these blinds use sewn-in weights to hold them in place, making them ideal for patio doors that are frequently left open. And if you’re looking for additional light blocking and stability, be sure to select the optional PVC backing before you place your order.

What Are the Best Window Treatments for a Home Theater?

Whether you have a full-fledged home theater equipped with plush auditorium-style seating and a giant projector screen, or a cozy movie room with a big flat-screen television and an oversized couch, you need one thing to complete the experience: complete and total control over the lighting. After all, nothing ruins the movie-watching experience quite like a harsh glare on the screen or light leaks that throws off the brightness, contrast, and colors on your perfectly calibrated projector or television.

At Blindster, we’re proud to sell some of the best blackout blinds and shades on the market, and we know that home owners use them in a variety of rooms, including bedrooms, nurseries, home offices, and living rooms. And while they’re great to have throughout the home, they’re essential for a home theater—especially if you’re looking to get the absolute best picture when viewing your favorite movies.

If you’re looking to complete your home theater experience, check our window treatment recommendations below:

Premium Roman Shades with Blackout Liner

Heavy curtains have long been associated with theaters of all kinds, including movie theaters. And if you’re looking to replicate that look with your window treatments, you can’t go wrong with our selection of Premium Roman Shades. These window coverings are among our most luxurious, and their thick, high-quality fabric are a great way to being the movie theater aesthetic to your home. Make sure to choose the optional blackout liner to eliminate as much outside light as possible, and don’t forget about options like cordless lift for a built-in look and top down bottom up for even more control over your lighting.

Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades

A home theater is often the most high-tech room in a home, and our Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades are among the most high-tech window treatments we carry. Imagine controlling an entire row or even an entire room full of shades with the click of a button from anywhere in the house. These shades utilized a battery-powered motorized lift and quickly raise and lower, and they’re controlled with a 15-channel remote at your convenience. In addition to blocking 99-percent of sunlight, these shades are also available in 15 unique colors.

Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades

Looking for a traditional and sleek window covering for your home theater? Look no further than our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades. These window treatments are built using 100 percent high-end polyester and fiberglass fabrics, which means they’re not only effective at blocking the sunlight and giving you ultimate light control, but they’re also designed to last for years. Choose a continuous loop lift cord for easy operation and pick from more than a dozen colors to match the décor in your home theater, including Moire White, Twilight Savannah, and Twilight Mesa.

Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades with Blackout Liner

Want a look for your home theater that’s a little different from the norm? Our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are among our most unique window coverings due to their construction materials, which include hand-woven bamboo, grass, and jute fabrics. Their appearance is sure to liven up any room, including your home theater, and the selection of patterns and wood grains available is unparalleled—especially for rooms with a rustic style. Choose from beautiful looks like Sunset Gold, Bangkok Umber, Riverwood Silver, and Rangoon Straw, then pair your new shades with optional blackout liners to give your windows beautiful and highly effective coverings.

Light Filtering Pleated Shades with Blackout Liner

Got a home theater that pulls double duty as a home office, game room, or fitness room? If that’s the case, you may not want traditional heavy blackout shades, especially if you frequently use the room during the day. Our Light Filtering Pleated Shades are manufactured with a beautiful woven polyester fabric with 1” pleat, and they’re designed to fill rooms with diffused natural lighting. However, you can also add a blackout liner, giving you the ability to eliminate outside light and protect your privacy when you need it.

Room-by-Room Checklist for Buying Window Treatments

When you’re ready to buy new window treatments, it’s important to make sure that your new blinds and shades are the right fit for your home and for your needs. In addition to looking beautiful and enhancing the appearance of the room, they also need to give you the right lighting and privacy—not to mention easy operation and the optional features you need. But all those aspects of window treatments may differ from room to room in your home, and that’s why it’s important to give each room consideration before you buy new blinds and shades.

The window coverings you purchase for your living room may be perfect for that specific location in your home, but they may not be right for your home office or bedroom. Taking the time to scout out each room, including what it’s primarily used for and even its orientation towards the sun, whether any trees are near the windows, and the room’s proximity to the street or sidewalk, are all factors to consider when you’re buying new window treatments.

Don’t fall victim to buyer’s remorse—check out Blindster’s room-by-room tips before you purchase your new window treatments:

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchens have rapidly become the focal point for many homes, and new homes are being built with these rooms as the central hub in their floor plans. In the past, kitchens were exclusively places to prepare and cook food, but now they’re designed as places to cook, eat, and entertain. And because of the popularity of open floor plans, kitchens may segue into living rooms and dining rooms without much separation. Finding the right window treatments for this area of your home can be a challenge, but these tips can help.

  • Let the light in with sheer shades.

    Kitchens are one room in your home where you may want as much natural sunlight as possible. But simply raising your window treatments or going without them altogether can leave you exposed to harsh glare and damaging UV rays. Instead of going sans blinds and shades, consider installing sheer shades. These window treatments can absorb the damaging parts of the sun’s rays while allowing beautiful filtered light into your kitchen. At night, it’s easy to enhance your privacy by simply closing the vanes that float between the soft fabric layers.

  • Get blinds and shades that are easily cleaned and maintained.

    Your kitchen can quickly get messy when you’re preparing and cooking food. And some of that mess can end up on your window treatments. Steam, smoke, and humidity—not to mention accidental spills and splashes—can quickly turn blinds and shades into dingy shadows of their former selves. If your windows are far from your stove and sink, you likely won’t need to heed this tip, but if they’re nearby, consider going with window treatments made from synthetic materials, such as faux wood blinds and aluminum blinds for easy cleanup and maintenance.

     

Dining Room

Dining Room

Whether you have a formal or casual dining room, your window treatment needs for this room are likely different than the needs you have for other rooms in your home. Dining rooms frequently demand a certain décor and level of elegance that other rooms don’t always need, and that can influence your buying decision when you’re looking for blinds and shades.

  • Go with Roman shades, wood blinds, or even shutters.

    If there’s one room in your home to splurge on, it’s your dining room. After all, this is the room where you’re most likely to entertain guests and extended family. For shades, it’s hard to beat the timeless appeal of Roman shades, and the huge variety of colors, textures, and patterns means you’ll have an easy time finding the right match for your place sets and color scheme. Wood blinds and shutters are also great options for traditional dining rooms, as the stains and textures immediately add to the room’s elegance.

  • Choose cordless options for a smooth, built-in look.

    To maximize your dining room’s elegant look, you may want to consider cordless versions of our Roman shades and wood blinds. Although it may not seem like a big difference, the lack of a cord not only makes these window treatments safer for children and pets, but it also adds to the “built-in” look, which only further enhances the appearance of your dining room.

Living Room

Living Room

If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time in your living room. It’s the central hub for family gatherings and relaxation. You probably have a favorite chair or section of the couch for watching TV, reading, and listening to music. Because you likely spend many of your waking hours in your living room, it’s important to make sure your window treatments are perfect for your needs.

  • Get room darkening or blackout shades for TV watching and reading.

    It’s hard to enjoy television shows, sporting events, movies, and even your favorite book when there’s a harsh glare in your face. Room darkening and blackout blinds and shades help significantly reduce the amount of harsh sunlight that enters your living room, making it easier to see what’s onscreen and what’s on the page.

  • Consider privacy blinds if your living room is near the street or sidewalk.

    In many neighborhoods, the living room is the room closest to the street or sidewalk. That can leave you feeling uneasy, especially at night when the inside of your home is lit up, making it easy to see inside from the outdoors. Privacy window treatments, such as route-less blinds, can give you peace of mind.

Bedroom

Bedroom

You spend many waking hours in your living room, but a third of your life is spent in bed. Having the right window treatments installed in your bedroom is essential for getting a good night’s sleep. That’s especially true for bedrooms located near bright street lights or bedrooms of people who work overnight shifts and need to sleep during the day.

  • Choose blackout shades with top down/bottom up options.

    If light control and privacy are of the utmost importance in your bedroom, you can’t go wrong with blackout shades. However, you may want to protect your privacy while still allowing in natural sunlight during the day and evening. Top down/bottom up shades make it easy to fill your bedroom with sunlight while still preventing anyone from seeing inside your room.

  • Consider purchasing thick blinds and shades that block outside noises.

    If there’s anything less conducive to sleep than the blinding morning sun, it’s outside noises. Whether you live in the middle of a busy and loud downtown area or near a heavily trafficked road, constant noise from car horns, ambulances, and conversations can make it hard to sleep. Thick window treatments help add an extra layer of insulation and soundproofing between the outside and your ears, muffling loud noises and silencing others.

Dos and Don’ts for Window Treatments

Getting the right window treatments for your home can make a huge difference in its appearance and comfort level. Window treatments are extremely versatile and can make windows appear larger, hide unattractive window casings, add a touch of elegance to an otherwise bland room, block out 100 percent of sunlight, allow ample filtered sunlight into your home, and even lower your electricity bills.

While there’s no mistaking the beauty, usefulness, and overall utility of window coverings, it’s important to take the right steps when you’re preparing your home for them, purchasing them, installing them, and caring for them. That said, getting new blinds and shades on your windows and keeping them looking great for years to come is a very simple process, but it does require some diligence to get the perfect look and fit for your home.

At Blindster, we see firsthand many common mistakes that some homeowners make with their window treatments, and we hope this list of Dos and Don’ts will save you from the same frustrations:

Do order samples.

Although we strive to provide the most accurate renderings of the colors, textures, and patterns in our window treatments, it’s impossible for homeowners to know 100 percent what their blinds or shades will look like in their homes simply by viewing them on a screen. All monitors, laptops, tablets, and smartphones have different color schemes and lighting, and a color that appears dark blue on one device may appear purple on another device. Ordering samples not only gives you an accurate representation of what your window treatments look like, but it also makes it easy to compare them to your furniture, your walls, and other décor in your home to find the perfect match.

Don’t place your order without taking precise measurements.

For most people, the primary purpose of ordering window treatments is to be able to control the lighting and increase the privacy in their homes. Unfortunately, blinds and shades that don’t fit properly are less effective at both. Before you place your order, make sure you take precise measurements of the interior of your window or the area outside your window where you want to install your new window treatments. If you’re not sure how to take these measurements, consult our measuring instructions section, which contains step-by-step processes for getting accurate measurements for all our products.

Do make sure you have everything you need to install your new window treatments.

Installing new blinds and shades is a DIY job that almost anyone can accomplish—especially when they’re going on standard-sized windows and doors. But to make the process as quick and easy as possible, it’s important to make sure that you’re properly equipped for the job. A step ladder is one of the most vital tools to have when it’s time to install your window coverings, as you’ll need to reach the top of your window casing or the area that’s around one-foot above it if you opted for an outside installation. In addition, you’ll need a screwdriver, drill, drill bits, pencil, level, and all included installation materials, including brackets and cord cleats. Set all your tools out before you begin installing to keep them handy throughout the process.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

DIY isn’t for everyone, and in some cases, it can be difficult to install certain window treatments by yourself. Large window treatments that were custom cut to fit oversized windows may be too heavy and too tall or wide for one person to install, regardless of their DIY experience level. If you need help installing your new blinds and shades, don’t hesitate to call a friend, family member, neighbor, or even a contractor to assist you. Many homeowners use professionals to install window treatments, especially if they are outfitting an entire home.

Do make safety your top priority.

If you purchased window treatments with cords, whether they’re nylon cords or chain cords, it’s important to understand that they can pose strangulation risks for young children and animals. At Blindster, we include free cord cleats with all corded window treatment purchases. Make sure you install the cord cleat at the same time as your new blinds and shades, and make sure the cords are always safely secured on these devices. For even greater safety and peace of mind, move furniture away from windows that allows easy access to window treatments, including tables and chairs.

Don’t liquid clean without spot testing first.

In most cases, blinds and shades don’t need cleaning beyond regular dusting, vacuuming, and occasional wipe downs with a damp rag or paper towel. But spills or heavy accumulation of dirt and dust may necessitate more intensive cleaning. If you’re looking to remove deep stains from your window treatments, use a gentle and mild cleaning solution and test it on an inconspicuous area—even if the manufacturer’s instructions say that it’s okay to use liquid cleaners. If the test spot dries without staining or fading the fabric or other material, the cleaner will be safe to use.

Do consider outfitting other rooms in your home with the right window coverings.

Many homeowners work on one room at a time when they’re undertaking DIY projects, big or small. For many homeowners, the living room is the first place they’ll begin when they’re overhauling their homes’ window treatments. If you started out with just one room and you’re happy with the results of your new blinds or shades, consider moving on to other rooms in your home. Getting the right window treatments can make a huge difference for bedrooms, nurseries, home offices, game rooms, and even bathrooms.

 

Avoid These Mistakes When Cleaning Your Window Treatments

Like everything else in your home, your blinds and shades need to be cleaned on a regular and consistent basis to look and operate like they did when they were brand new. And while the window treatments sold by Blindster are built to last and designed with durability mind, they can be damaged if they aren’t treated with care and caution during the cleaning process.

Cleaning window treatments often is the best way to remove dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris from the slats, fabric, and the headrail. It’s also a necessary step for homeowners who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other conditions that can be aggravated by these small particles.

To avoid accidentally damaging your window treatments while you’re cleaning them, make sure you avoid these missteps and mistakes:

 

Using harsh chemicals

Some homeowners resort to using harsh industrial-power cleaners to get deep stains out of their shades or to remove scratches and discolorations from their blinds. However, strong cleaners are rarely designed to be used on household products unless they’re in the hands of professional cleaners. When they’re used by someone who doesn’t have proper experience or training, they can deeply stain and discolor fabric, wood, aluminum, and vinyl, ruining the window treatment in the process. If your window treatments are heavily stained and need heavy-duty cleaning, leave the job to professional cleaning services.

Not reading the cleaning and care instructions

The manufacturers of blinds and shades almost always provide instructions for maintaining their products. That includes instructions for cleaning and removing dirt, dust, and mild stains. These instructions will include acceptable and unacceptable cleaning products that you can safely use on the fabric, slats, and headrail. Make sure you keep these instructions and read them before you attempt to clean, as some window treatments may require a more careful approach than others.

Not spot-treating before applying a cleaning solution to visible areas

After you’ve read the instructions and determined what’s safe and what isn’t safe to use on your blinds and shades, you may feel ready to dive right into some deep-cleaning action. But before you do, it’s important to test them to see how they react to the cleaning solution that you use. That means applying a small amount in an inconspicuous area and waiting several minutes to several hours to see the result. If there are no ill effects, you can continue. But if the fabric, wood, aluminum, or vinyl looks faded or discolored, you’ll need to find a different method for cleaning.

Using too much water and soaking the window treatments

For most cleaning jobs, you’ll need little more than a damp sponge, rag, or cloth to apply a mild cleaning solution or to wipe away excess dirt, dust, and pollen. Using anything that’s completely soaked in water and then attempting to clean your window treatments can result in water stains on fabric shades and discolorations and even warping on wood blinds due to the wood soaking up the moisture. Make sure you fully wring out any sponges, cloths, and rags before you use them on your window treatments, and have a clean and dry cloth or paper towel ready to wipe away any excess moisture after you’re done.

Not treating/cleaning spills and stains immediately

If a liquid gets spilled on your shades, time is of the essence to prevent it from settling in the fibers of the fabric and becoming a deep-seated stain that requires expensive professional cleaning to remove. Be ready to jump into action right away by using a damp cloth to soak up as much of the liquid as possible and a light cleaning solution to draw out any liquid that soaked into the fabric. You can also use spot-cleaning treatments designed for clothing to further draw out liquid and prevent the stain from becoming permanent.

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.