What are Mini Blinds?

Almost everyone has heard the term “mini blinds,” but what does it mean—especially in comparison to other window treatments? Simply put, mini blinds are window blinds that use slats that are less than half the width of standard blinds. At Blindster, our selection of mini blinds includes a variety of window treatments featuring slats that around 1” in width.

Mini blinds are a popular term because they’re a popular fixture in households, businesses, and any buildings that require window treatments. Because of their affordability, light weight, and ease of cleaning, mini blinds are easy on the wallet, highly convenient, and are versatile enough to be installed in rooms with a wide variety of décor and color schemes.

Some major advantages of mini blinds include:

  • Highly effective at controlling light – While mini blinds aren’t as effective at blocking out light as blackout shades, they provide ample light control for most homeowners. They’re also easily operated, as wands can be used to open their slats and lift cords can be used to pull them up or down as needed.
  • Moderate cost – Mini blinds are popular choices for homeowners with a variety of budgets. They’re an especially attractive option for people who need to outfit an entire home, as the costs of higher end window treatments can add up when they must be purchased for a dozen or more windows.
  • Easy to clean – Because most mini blinds are made from highly durable and often synthetic materials, they’re easy to clean with household items, including many mild cleaners. With other blinds and shades, homeowners may need to watch out for staining or fading, but mini blinds hold up even after being exposed to small amounts of water or cleaner. They’re also easily dusted and wiped clean, making routine maintenance and upkeep a breeze.

Another advantage of mini blinds is familiarity. Because they’re so popular, many people prefer them over other types of window treatments due to knowing how to quickly and easily install and operate them.

What Are the Different Types of Mini Blinds?

At Blindster, we offer a few different types of mini blinds. Each of these varieties has its own colors, options, and possible sizes. They include:

  • 1” Aluminum Mini Blinds – If you’re looking for a classic mini blind, you can’t go wrong with our 1” aluminum mini blinds. These tried and true window coverings are like the ones you’ve seen in many other homes and businesses, but they’re made from high-quality materials and cut to extremely high levels of accuracy to ensure the perfect fit.
  • Cordless Aluminum Mini Blinds – Many homeowners are concerned about the dangers associated with mini blind cords. And while we include free cord cleats with all corded window treatment purchases, we know that many people prefer the peace of mind and convenience that comes with cordless options. Forget the lift cord—use the bottom rail to raise and lower these highly durable window treatments.
  • Privacy Aluminum Mini Blinds – If you’re concerned about your privacy—and let’s face it, who isn’t—you’ll love our privacy aluminum mini blinds. Built with no route holes, they provide seamless coverage of your windows. When closed, they cut glare, darken rooms, and keep prying eyes outside of your home.

For more information, spend some time on the product pages of our selection of mini blinds. You’ll find things like available colors, specifications, customization choices, maximum sizes offered, and even videos showing how the blinds are made.

How to Install Mini Blinds

As mentioned above, one of the biggest selling points for mini blinds is their ease of installation, their light weight construction, and people’s overall familiarity with them. However, we know that not everyone has installed mini blinds in the past, and it can be a new process for many people—especially new homeowners or people buying new window treatments for the first time.

If you need help installing your new mini blinds, be sure to check out our Blinds 101 Installation Page for a rundown on installing a huge variety of window treatments.

And for a quick refresher on installing mini blinds, follow these steps:

  1. Measure your windows – This is one of the most vital steps, as incorrect measurements can lead to blinds that don’t fit or that don’t provide the light coverage and privacy you need. Visit our comprehensive Measuring Instructions Guide for all the details on the best way to measure your windows before you place your order.
  2. Install the brackets – First, make sure you’re following the bracket mounting instructions for the type of installation you’re performing—inside vs outside. Next, be sure to follow the instructions on our installation page or provided by the manufacturer carefully. Make clear markings for the areas where you’ll drill into your wall or window frame for your brackets, and be sure they’re level to provide the best coverage.
  3. Install the valance – The valance is a covering for the head rail, and it’s secured to the head rail via valance clips. Locate these clips and keep them handy for when you reach this step. First, place the head rail on the brackets that you installed in your window frame on your wall in the step above. Then, place the valance onto the head rail and clip it into place using the valance clips. Finally, secure the blind wand if your window treatments came with one.

If you run into trouble with your mini blinds or any other type of window covering, be sure to check out our individualized installation guides for a wide variety of blinds:

What’s the Best Way to Clean Mini Blinds?

Window treatments often seem like magnets for dirt and dust. It’s important to keep them clean, especially if you suffer from allergies or have pets and small children. Many people dislike cleaning blinds because of the tedious nature, but many types of aluminum blinds are much easier to clean than other types of window treatments.

To quickly and effectively clean your mini blinds, you’ll only need three items:

  • A feather duster
  • A vacuum with hose attachment
  • A damp cloth

Use the feather duster to collect surface dirt and dust and the vacuum to quickly remove pet hair and dust bunnies. A damp cloth can be used to wipe away stubborn dirt and dust. You can also use gentle cleaning solutions to get out tougher messes and light stains. However, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions or warnings before using any liquid other than water on your blinds.

A good cleaning routine involves only a few steps, which include:

  • Shutting blinds and dusting from top to bottom, then vacuuming up any dust or dirt that falls onto the floor
  • Opening blinds and dusting from top to bottom, again vacuuming up any remnants.
  • Using a dry or damp cloth to remove remaining bits of dirt and dust and vacuuming the floor to remove anything that fell from the slats, headrail, or bottom rail.

Looking for New Mini Blinds? Look No Further than Blindster

If you’re looking to outfit your home or business with mini blinds, you’re in the right place. We’re proud to offer several different varieties of mini blinds, each with its own colors and options. Be sure to check out our product page for mini blinds, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our sales representatives if you have additional questions before you place an order.

Window Treatments for Close-Together Windows

Mini Aluminum Blinds

Choosing the right window treatments for your home or business can be tricky. With so many options, styles, patterns, and colors to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right decisions—especially if you’re buying window treatments for multiple rooms. However, the wealth of information available from retailers like Blindster can make it easier to find the perfect solutions, as you can quickly and easily compare products while finding the blinds or shades that have the features and options you need.

The process can be a little more complicated when you’re in the market for window treatments for unusual or unique windows and window arrangements, particularly rooms with multiple small windows that are very close together. And while this type of design may seem like it limits your options, there’s still plenty of ways to control outside lighting and protect privacy while also creating an attractive look in that room of your home or business.

Don’t sweat finding the right blinds or shades if you need to cover multiple windows in a small space. Check out Blindster’s guide and get the right look for your tastes, your décor, and your home.

Inside Mounts

Mounting blinds or shades inside window frames is a great solution for close-together windows that have their own separate frames. It helps maintain a sleek, uniform appearance without the potential for overlapping that can occur with outside mounts. Be sure to take precise measurements before placing your order, and take your time during the installation process to get the most consistent look across all windows once the blinds or shades are installed.

Top Picks for This Look

If you’re thinking about mounting your window treatments inside the frames of your close-together windows, you can’t go wrong with these product types:

One Large Shade

For windows that share a single frame, an extra large or over sized window treatment can create the illusion that the room has one giant and luxurious picture window. Having a single shade also makes it easy to quickly control light and privacy in the room, as you only must raise or lower a single lift mechanism rather than multiple window treatments.

Top Picks for This Look

Homeowners looking for simplicity and use of ease will appreciate the convenience of covering multiple close-together windows with a single large shade. We recommend the following styles due to their customization and ability to be cut to extra-large widths:

Top Down Bottom Up Shades

Top down bottom up shades are among the most versatile window treatments on the market. They raise from the bottom like traditional shades, but they can also be pulled down from the top. That means you can enjoy ample sunlight while still protecting your family’s privacy and eliminating harsh glare.

Cellular Shades

Top Picks for This Look 

Stylistically, one of the biggest advantages of top down bottom up shades is their unique look—especially when they’re installed close together. That makes them a perfect fit for multiple close-together windows, as they can be raised and lowered to different heights, creating an interesting visual display.

Easy Cleaning

It’s a fact of life: like everything else in your home, your blinds and shades are going to collect dirt and dust. Window treatments are especially likely to become dirty if you frequently open your doors and windows, or if you have pets and small children. At Blindster, we know that many homeowners appreciate window treatments that are easily cleaned more than many other options, as not having to worry about staining or fading makes the cleaning process much faster and simpler.

Top Picks for Easy Cleaning

The best shades for easy cleaning either have minimal grooves and folds or are manufactured using synthetic materials that won’t be easily damaged by water and gentle cleaning products. Window treatments that are easily cleaned using standard household items is especially important when they’re covering rows of close-together windows, as they may occupy a large space in your home and may be hard to reach.

Wrapping It All Up

When searching for the perfect window treatments for your close-together windows, be sure to pay attention to the features and options you want. For many homeowners, this part of the process can make or break otherwise ideal solutions.

In addition, you should always verify that your measurements are precise and that you’ve tested your chosen color or pattern by ordering free samples through our website. Samples are a quick and easy way to confirm that your need blinds or shades will match your home’s décor and the color you saw on your screen when you viewed them.

Finally, don’t hesitate to contact our sales representatives if you have questions about a specific product or need help finding a solution for your window covering needs. We know that no windows are alike, and each home has unique configurations and accessibility. It’s our goal to help you make the right decision and find window treatments that will enhance your home and your life.

6 Highly Durable Window Coverings

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

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

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

2 Premium Cordlesss Faux Wood Blinds

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

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

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

2” Aluminum Blinds

2 Inch Aluminum Blinds

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

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

2 Inch Wood Vertical Blinds

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

Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 5 Percent Openness

Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades

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

Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades

premium blackout double cellular shades

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

Everything You Could Want to Know About Cellular Shades

When Cellular Shades came on the market they were one of the most innovative window treatment options to be released in a very long time. Their popularity grew because of their effectiveness at reducing energy costs by reducing a home’s total thermal loss. Whether you’re already a cellular shade fan or you’re looking for a reason to buy, this list will tell you everything you could want to know about cellular shades.

They Were Released in 1985

Today’s cellular shade began with the launch of Hunter Douglas’s 1985 Duette Honeycomb Shades. They had the same cellular structure we know now and were advertised as being soft, durable and highly energy efficient. Since then, many other companies have created their own versions of those shades and began referring to them mainly as cellular shades.

Their Design Makes Them Energy Efficient

Most of the heat transfer in your home happens through windows and doors. The individual cells within the shade hold air, creating a barrier between the window surface and the indoor room, making them much more protective than regular shades.

They Come in Several Styles

Close Up Cellular Shade

Cellular shades can come in multiple layers of cells; each extra layer provides more heat and light control inside your home. The layers act as insulation around your windows, keeping out heat in the summer and the warmth in during winter.

Color Makes a Difference

Changing the color of your cellular shade can also affect its ability to reduce heat transfer. The darker the shade, the more light filtering you are going to get inside your home.

Two Shades in One

double cellular shade

Day/Night cordless cellular shades are part light filtering and part blackout. The light filtering part of the shade can be scrunched up to reveal the blackout shade and the blackout shade can be scrunch down to use the light filtering shade. It is the ultimate in window treatment flexibility!

Easy to Maintain

Cellular shades tend to be more durable than horizontal blinds, which can become bent and unsightly. They are typically made from spun lace and bonded polyester that is easy to dust and clean.