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What Are the Benefits of Motorized Shades?

At Blindster, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of window treatments by constantly refreshing our selections and offering our customers with the latest and greatest. Our newest product line is a series of five unique motorized shades. In addition to being extremely versatile and easy to operate, these shades also feature a beautiful and traditional design, making them ideal for just about any room in your home.

Want to learn more about our new motorized shades? Check out some of the top benefits of these automated and convenient window treatments:

 

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Easy operation

Although we test the control options for all our shades, including standard nylon cords, chains, continuous cord loops, and cordless options, to be as easy and intuitive as possible, we know that some homeowners prefer an even simpler method of raising and lowering their window treatments. Motorized shades are the easiest to control of all, as the simple touch of a button on their remote raises or lowers them effortlessly to the desired height.

 

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Perfect for hard to reach windows

Got windows that are hard to reach, but still want to cover them with shades? If so, motorized shades are the ideal solution. No more stretching or even climbing on furniture or ladders to adjust your window treatments. With motorized shades, you can set them to the perfect length without putting your furniture or yourself at risk by climbing to reach cords, chains, or bottom rails.

 

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65-foot operation distance

In addition to being able to easily control shades that are otherwise hard to reach, motorized shades can also be controlled across large rooms or even your entire home. The shades are equipped with a powerful receiver and are paired with an equally powerful remote. That means you can expect flawless performance at up to 65-feet away from your shades.

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Control up to 15 shades with a single remote

With our motorized shades, you won’t have to worry about jugging multiple remotes and forgetting which one controls certain shades in your home. All our motorized shades ship with a remote that can be configured to control up to 15 shades. That means you can quickly and easily control the shades in a large room or throughout your entire home with a single remote control.

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No need for electrical outlets

We know that many homeowners are concerned about the appearance of unsightly cords and cables snaking along their walls to power their motorized shades. However, our window treatments are operated with a lithium battery power pack, eliminating the need for messy cables, extension cords, or outlets directly underneath your windows. The included batteries are designed to be long-lasting, which means you won’t have to worry about replacing them until after many hours of usage.

 

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Available in a wide variety of styles

At Blindster, we know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to window treatments—including specialty items like our motorized shades. That’s why we offer five distinct and unique options. Choose deluxe or premium light filtering double cellular shades, exotic solar shades, shades with five percent openness, and shades that block 99 percent of the sun’s light and harmful UV rays.

 

 

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Huge variety of colors

Getting the right color for your window treatments is an important part of the decorating process. You need a color, texture, or pattern that complements your home’s style. And with our line of motorized shades, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect look to match your furniture, wall colors, and décor. Our Premium Motorized Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades are available in more than 40 colors, while the other four motorized shades have at least 15 colors to choose from.

 

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.

Tips for Buying Window Treatments for Your Kitchen

Kitchens are quickly becoming the focal points of many American homes. Modern homes often feature open floor plans and large, spacious kitchens. With all that room and entertaining space available, who doesn’t want to hang out where the food is?

However, the increased attention and focus on kitchens has created a dilemma for many homeowners: finding the best ways to furnish and decorate them. Whether your kitchen is strictly a place for meal prep and storing dishes—or if it’s a family hangout spot—you’ve probably experienced that dilemma yourself—including finding the best ways to cover your kitchen windows.

As with buying blinds and shades for any other room in your home, getting window treatments for your kitchen requires a bit of research and preparation to make sure you get the perfect fit. If you need a little help, check out Blindster’s guide below to finding the best window coverings for your kitchen:

Consider synthetic window treatments if you cook frequently.

Modern window treatments are designed to be durable and resistant, but frequent exposure to steam and humidity can cause issues with certain types of blinds and shades. If your kitchen windows are located near your stove or countertops, consider buying coverings made from materials like vinyl, faux wood, and PVC. In addition to being more resistant to moisture and humidity—and therefore less likely to warp or fade—window treatments made with those materials will also be easier to clean and less likely to stain.

Think about the lighting in your kitchen and its orientation towards the sun.

It’s important to have good lighting in your kitchen when you’re cooking or serving food. The last thing you want is a dimly lit kitchen or a kitchen that’s too bright. If your kitchen windows face the rising or setting sun, consider buying blinds and shades that are geared towards light control and reduction instead of shades that are designed to filter light. But if your kitchen doesn’t receive much natural light, filtering and sheer shades may be the better option, as they’ll protect your privacy while still maintaining the natural light your kitchen receives.

Choose cordless options if your kitchen windows are easily accessed by children.

At Blindster, we take window treatment safety seriously. That’s why we ship free cord cleats with all our corded blinds and shades. But for the ultimate in peace of mind, choosing cordless options eliminates the possibility of most window treatment injuries. It’s especially important to use either cord cleats or purchase cordless blinds and shades if your kitchen windows are near countertops, tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture that are easily accessible to children.

Buy top down bottom up coverings for kitchens with multiple or large windows.

Getting the right lighting in a kitchen with large wall-length windows, picture windows, or wide spans of windows can be difficult, as the sun’s position changes throughout the day. Instead of having to constantly change the position of your window treatments, use top down bottom up shades to keep it’s glare out of your face while you cook, eat, and spend time with your family in your kitchen. In addition to being more versatile when it comes to light control, top down bottom up shades also create a unique aesthetic when installed on rows of windows.

Consider fauxwood plantation shutters for an elegant kitchen window solution.

If you’re looking for beautiful and unique window coverings that are extremely durable and moisture resistant, look no further than our fauxwood plantation shutters. These window treatments are built with the same synthetic materials as our fauxwood blinds, which means they’re designed to look like real wood shutters but with a greater resistance to humidity and moisture. Another bonus of these window coverings is their quick turnaround time—we can get them manufactured in about two weeks after you place your order, which is less than half the time it takes to get real wood shutters. Finally, their hollow-bodied construction makes them lightweight and easy to install.

Everything You Need to Know about Sheer Shades

Can’t decide between blinds and shades? Don’t compromise—get the best of both worlds with sheer shades. These unique and beautiful window treatments are a combination of both blinds and shades. Like traditional window blinds, they feature vanes that can be angled to let in light or block it out while protecting privacy. And like traditional shades, they feature solid pieces of fabric that span their entire length.

Another distinct advantage of sheer shades is their light-filtering qualities. Because the vanes float between two layers of transparent fabric, sheer shades are perfect for letting soft, diffused light into your home without exposing yourself and your family to the harsh sunlight, UV rays, and lack of privacy that comes with bare windows or fully raised window treatments. However, they also offer the same functionality as standard shades and blinds and can be raised and lowered with ease.

Sheer shades are a great fit for any room in your home, and if you’re thinking buying them, read on to learn more about your next purchase from Blindster:

room darkening and light blocking

Sheer shades aren’t just light filtering—they’re also room darkening and light blocking.

Many homeowners assume that sheer shades are exclusively for light filtering purposes and that they’re not very effective at darkening rooms. However, utilizing different combinations of vanes and fabrics during the manufacturing process means that sheer shades can also be great for darkening rooms and even eliminating around 95 percent of light and UV rays from entering your home. If you’re interested in sheer shades with the greatest amount of light control, you’ll love our Room Darkening Zebra Sheer Shades, our 2” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades, and our 3” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades.

Sheer shades feature large vanes for a modern look

Sheer shades feature large vanes for a modern look.

If you love the look of large slats on wood and faux wood blinds, you’ll be happy to know that our selection of sheer shades includes models with oversized vanes. For example, we have three models with 2” vanes—our 2” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades, our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades, and our 2” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades. We also have three models with 3” vanes—our 3” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades, our 3” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades, and our 3” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades.

Sheer shades are among the softest window treatments on the market

Sheer shades are among the softest window treatments on the market.

There’s a lot to love about sheer shades, but one aspect many of our customers enjoy the most is how soft they are. The layers of knitted fabric encasing the interior vanes is remarkably soft and plush, making these window treatments a joy to view and touch. The soft fabric also plays a role in the quality of light that enters your home. Because the fabric is made of such high-quality material, you’ll get a consistent and unobscured diffuse light in every room in your home where these window treatments are installed.

Sheer shades are great options for every room in your home.

If you’re looking for a consistent look and design for window treatments throughout your home, you can’t go wrong with sheer shades. These window coverings are extremely versatile and can be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, offices, and beyond due to their built-in look, their elegant appearance, and their effectiveness at protecting privacy and blocking light. To maximize your color choices, be sure to check out our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades with 19 color options, or our 3” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades with 15 color options.

Sheer shades can fit every budget and preference

Sheer shades can fit every budget and preference.

Sheer shades instantly bring a touch of elegance and timeless style to any room where they’re installed, and at Blindster, we’re proud to offer high-quality models at a variety of price points for our customers. If you’re looking to save money while still enjoying the functionality and versatility of sheer shades, you’ll want to check out our Light Filtering Zebra Sheer Shades, which are among our top-selling window treatments. And for homeowners who spare no expense when decorating and furnishing their homes, our lineup of premium sheer shades is comparable to national brands in terms of materials and manufacturing process, but available at a lower price.

 

Everything You Need to Know about Roller Shades

When many people think of shades, they think of roller shades. These classic window coverings have remained popular for many years due to their timeless style and simplicity. In addition to being highly effective at doing the things homeowners need their window treatments to do—blocking light and protecting privacy—roller shades are also easy to incorporate into virtually any room in your home, regardless of its color scheme or style.

Buying roller shades for your home through Blindster is a simple process, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind before, during, and after the time that you place your order. For example, we offer several varieties of roller shades, and each variety has its own options, including valance type, lift type, and color choice. The installation method you choose can also impact both the appearance and function of your new roller shades, so it’s important to know which method is right for your home.

So, if you’re interested in outfitting your windows with roller shades, check out the tips below, and don’t hesitate to contact our customer service representatives with any questions or concerns!

Roller shades are budget-friendly at all ends of the spectrum.

 

Roller shades are budget-friendly at all ends of the spectrum.

Whether you’re looking to save money while still covering your windows with high quality shades, or you’re prepared to splurge and get the best of the best, you can’t go wrong with our selection of roller shades. Our deluxe roller shades are available in room darkening, light filtering, blackout vinyl, and blackout fabric varieties, while our premium models carry a higher price tag but feature more options, including more color choices and more texture choices (polyester blend or premium woven wood).

 

Roller shades are easy to clean.

Roller shades are easy to clean.

Unlike many types of blinds and shades that feature folds, slats, and louvres, roller shades consist of a headrail and one solid piece of fabric or synthetic material that stretches the length of your window when fully extended. That means that these window coverings not only are less likely to accumulate dirt, dust, and pollen, but they’re also easier to clean. A feather duster is highly effective at removing most debris from even the dirtiest roller shades, and most heavy-duty cleaning jobs require only a damp rag and mild cleaning solution.

Plus for more options on cleaning Roller Shades, see our past article that talks all about cleaning them.

 

Roller shades are perfect for rooms where you want to eliminate outside light

Roller shades are perfect for rooms where you want to eliminate outside light.

Although we also offer light filtering and room darkening roller shades, we know that many homeowners want shades that eliminate sunlight and the sun’s harsh UV rays from entering certain rooms. Whether you’re buying window treatments for a bedroom, living room, home office, nursery, or game room, our blackout roller shades are the right choice. Among our deluxe models, we offer blackout roller shades in vinyl and fabric varieties, with an additional fabric choice available in our premium selection.

 

Roller shades have free cordless options at Blindster.

Roller shades have free cordless options at Blindster.

Cordless window treatments have numerous advantages over traditional cord-operated blinds and shades. First, the lack of a lift cord simply means that there’s one less part on your window coverings that needs potential repairs or replacement. Anyone with pets knows that they can be attracted to cords and chains, and that often results in damage. Second, cordless options often look sleeker and more “built-in” to the window and the room than models with cords and chains. Finally, cordless shades are safer than corded models. Although we supply free cord cleats with all corded window treatment purchases, many homeowners opt to forgo cords entirely, especially for homes where small children are present.

 

Roller shades require precise measurements for maximum privacy and light blocking.

While roller shades are popular both for their built-in look and their ability to protect privacy/block light, it’s vital that they are installed correctly to maximize their effectiveness. And proper installation begins with a thorough measurement process. If you’re thinking about buying roller shades, first decide on whether you want an outside mount or an inside mount.

As the name implies, outside mounted shades are installed with the headrail outside of the window casing. The shades completely cover the entire window with extra fabric to spare to further eliminate light gaps and leakage. This installation method is great for covering unsightly window casings and to make windows appear larger.

Inside mounted shades are installed in a traditional manner with the headrail placed flush within the confines of the window casing. Because the risk of light leaks and gaps increases with inside mounted window treatments, it’s important to get precise measurements. Measure to the nearest eighth of an inch, and don’t round up. In addition, you should also measure the width and height in multiple places across your window and record the largest measurement when you provide us with the dimensions.

4 Advantages Our Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Have Over Real Wood

Shutters aren’t just for the outside of your home anymore. They look great indoors as well—especially in dining rooms, home offices, living rooms, and even bathrooms. Regardless of where they’re installed, shutters bring an elegant to any room in your home. And unlike outdoor shutters, our faux wood plantation shutters can be adjusted with a front or hidden tilt rod, making it easy to protect your family’s privacy and control the amount of sunlight that enters your home.

If you’re on the fence about installing shutters on the interior of your home, it’s important to know that they have several benefits over other types of window treatments—particularly real wood shutters. Be sure to check out our extensive photo gallery of this window covering on our website to see them installed in real customer homes, then read customer reviews for firsthand experiences with this product. And if you have any questions or concerns about our plantation shutters, you’re sure to find helpful answers in the product’s Q&A section.

Have you decided you’re ready to buy—or at least take a closer look at our faux wood plantation shutters? Check out Blindster’s list of the four advantages these window treatments have compared to real wood shutters:

They’re easier to clean and maintain.

As the name implies, these shutters aren’t made with real wood. Instead, they’re made with a composite material that includes PVC, making them highly resistant to dirt, dust, and stains. And if you do need to engage in any heavy-duty cleaning, you’ll have peace of mind using a variety of cleaners, as these shutters are designed to hold up under even the harshest conditions. For regular cleaning, a feather duster will suffice to remove most debris, while heavier build-up is easily removed with a mild cleaner and a damp rag—which won’t damage the surface.

They’re easier to install.

All the window treatments we sell at Blindster are designed to have a simple installation process, but mounting our faux wood plantation shutters is among the easiest out of any in our product lineup. And despite faux wood often being slightly heavier than real wood, these shutters are made using a lightweight polyvinyl and feature a hollow-bodied construction process, making them easy to lift and hang—even when they’re cut to fit large windows. Be sure to check out our measure and install instructions before you place your order and begin the installation process to ensure the best possible fit for your windows.

They’re designed for a quick manufacturing, packaging, and shipping process.

Need your new window treatments right away? You can’t go wrong with our faux wood plantation shutters. Due to their slightly more complex manufacturing process, it can take longer to build shutters than other types of window coverings. However, our faux wood plantation shutters can be custom cut to perfectly fit your windows and packed to ship within about 10 to 14 days after your order is placed. That’s less than half the time it takes to cut and package real wood shutters.

They’re perfect for rooms with high humidity or exposure to the elements.

Real wood may be natural, but it’s not the best option for rooms that are exposed to natural elements such as heat, water, humidity, and sunlight. Kitchens and bathrooms are ideal locations for faux wood plantation shutters. Real wood can warp and crack when it’s exposed to constant fluctuations in humidity—especially if it’s installed on windows near sinks, tubs, and showers. Pool rooms are another place where faux wood beats out real wood 100 percent of the time. Finally, faux wood is the ideal choice for homes near the ocean, as the sun’s UV rays and sea breeze can quickly wear down real wood, but the PVC construction materials used in these shutters help them withstand the harsh effects of the sun and sand over many years.

 

Top Home Furnishings to Buy Online

Furnishing a new home—or replacing your existing furniture—can be both an exhilarating and exhausting process. On the one hand, it breathes new life into your home and can make it feel brand new by radically changing the look of rooms. But on the other hand, furniture shopping can be time-consuming and stressful, especially if you’re dealing with pushy salespeople and worrying about delivery costs and installation fees.

In recent years, buying furniture and major décor pieces online has become more of a viable option for many homeowners. Many retailers now allow customers a chance to view 3D models of their products, read dozens of customer reviews, get exact size dimensions, and even order color samples—all without leaving their homes. Best of all, the prices for online furniture are often cheaper than the furniture you’ll find in a showroom or retail store.

At Blindster, we’re obviously big proponents of buying furniture and all varieties of home furnishings online—and here are some of the top purchases you can and should make with just a click of your mouse:

Mattresses

Mattresses

Internet-based mattress retailers have taken the bedding world by storm over the past few years. Aggressive ad campaigns have pushed these mattress store alternatives to the forefront of many homeowners’ minds when they’re thinking about replacing a sagging or mushy spring mattress, and it’s hard to resist the appeal of skipping out on a trip to the local mattress store. While some people may be hesitant to purchase a mattress without ever sleeping on it, there are a huge number of reviews and comparison websites that can help you determine which mattress will be right for you. Best of all, many online mattress retailers offer 100 percent money-back guarantees if you don’t like your mattress at any point during a trial period of around 90 days.

Assembly-required furniture

Assembly-required furniture

Love it or hate it, adding furniture to your home is now likely to be a DIY afternoon project that requires an Allen wrench and a lot of patience. While no one likes spending a Saturday reading vague instructions and trying to decipher baffling diagrams, one perk of buying such furniture is that it comes in a box and is often lightweight and easily shipped. That makes it perfect for online shopping. Unlike a bulky sofa or loveseat that requires a special moving truck and a pair of strongmen to carry it into your home, boxed furniture is often delivered by standard delivery services. That means you’ll likely pay little to no extra costs for shipping, and you’ll also save some money without having to worry about fitting the box in your vehicle.

Blinds and shades

Blinds and shades

Buying new window treatments online is easier than ever. And at Blindster, we’re proud to help customers get the perfect blinds and shades for their homes without ever actually leaving their homes. In addition to detailed product descriptions of every item in our inventory, our website also offers high-resolution photos from multiple angles and lighting scenarios, as well as user reviews from people who previously purchased those window coverings. If you’re undecided on a color or texture, you can even order samples that will help you decide which look is right for your living room, bedroom, or any other room in your home. And because we’re online-based, we can offer great prices year-round, free shipping, and even a lifetime warranty on our products.

Pillows, sheets, and blankets

Pillows, sheets, and blankets

If you’re looking for the absolute best deal when it comes to completing the look of your new couch or bed—or if you’re looking to spruce up aging furniture—you can’t beat online sales and retailers for things like pillows, sheets, and blankets. One of the biggest perks of purchasing these items online is convenient access to reviews. While buying these items in store can give you the advantage of seeing them in person and perhaps even being able to feel the texture, you may be unaware that the sheets are prone to fading or tearing, or that the blanket is prone to pilling and fraying.

Accent pieces

Accent pieces

Finding the perfect accent pieces to complete a room’s look can be challenging and can have you driving around town all day in search of the perfect purchase. But buying these items online is a much simpler and more convenient process. Search engines make it easy to narrow down your choices based on size, price, and color, turning what would otherwise be an entire day of shopping into an hour-long online search. As with pillows, sheets, and blankets, you’ll have tons of reviews to guide you, and you’ll quickly know whether that mantle clock is as sturdy and well-built as it looks, or if that corner shelf is made of real wood or particle board.

Rugs

Rugs

Got hardwood or laminate floors, but you’re missing the comfort of carpet? Rugs are a great way to add a little padding under your feet without committing to the expense of wall-to-wall carpeting. Rugs are great additions to any home from both a comfort and an aesthetic point of view, and they’re also perfect online purchases. Many online retailers sell rugs at reduced prices, and there are also online-exclusive rug sellers that offer thousands of varieties. Like accent pieces, it can be difficult to find a rug that perfectly matches a room’s color scheme and furniture. But buying rugs online can help you filter rugs that are bad fits for your home in seconds.

 

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.

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.