What Are Bamboo Shades?

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

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

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

How Are Bamboo Shades Made?

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

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

What Are Options Are Available for Bamboo Shades?

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

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

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

What Makes Bamboo Shades Unique?

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

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

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

Order Your Bamboo Shades Today

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

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

Window Covering Color Trends for 2018

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

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

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

Sage

Sage

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

Marigold

Marigold

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

Blush

Blush

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

Cherry Wine

Cherry Wine

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

Lime

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

Sand

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

coconut

Coconut

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

What Makes Modern Window Treatments Better?

There’s no stopping the march of progress. Whether it’s medicine, technology, fashion, or home design, people are always innovating, improving, and refining the things we use in our everyday lives. That statement holds true even for things like blinds and shades. Although the changes in window treatments isn’t as obvious as the transition from old tube-style televisions to flat-screen high-definition panels, the industry has seen some improvement improvements and advancements in recent years.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer some of the highest-quality blinds and shades all of which are the newest models. It’s our goal to provide our customers with the latest and greatest, so that they can enjoy all the benefits of modern window treatments.

If you’re on the fence about upgrading or replacing your aging window coverings—or you’re just curious about what’s changed in the world of blinds and shades recently—check out the following reasons why modern window treatments are better than ones from previous eras:

Higher-quality materials

The materials used in many window treatments manufactured today are lighter, stronger, more durable, and easier to clean than ever before. Consider the beauty and UV-ray blocking capabilities of the Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics used in our line of Premium Solar Shades, the natural and man-made fibers used in our Bamboo shades, and the durable and lightweight composite materials used in our faux wood blinds and plantation shutters.

More options for customization

It’s 2017, and consumers demand greater customization and the ability to tailor products to their preferences and lifestyles. Window treatments are no exception to this demand, and all our blinds and shades have a multitude of options to help you get exactly what you want. Choose from features like top down bottom up operation, continuous loop and cordless lift options, privacy and blackout liners, edge binding, and cassette valances. In addition, our custom ordering process means that you can get the perfect fit for your doors and windows—no more one size fits all guessing games.

Greater variety of colors, textures, and patterns

Color schemes, textures, and patterns quickly fall in and out of fashion. The blinds or shades you purchased 20 years ago may look hopelessly outdated in 2017. In addition, they also may have faded or simply no longer match your home’s current décor and style. Thankfully, there are more options than ever for personalizing the appearance of your window treatments. Many of our blinds and shades have a dozen or more colors, with some having 30+ options to choose from.

Online ordering makes it easy to narrow your search

Before the rise of online shopping, getting new window treatments was a hassle. You had to flip through potentially outdated catalogs or drive to a store or warehouse and look at a small selection of blinds and shades under than less-than-ideal lighting conditions and with a high-pressure salesman guiding you along the way. With online ordering, you can take your time and easily sort through dozens of window treatments, including various options and colors. And once you find a few that you like, you can order samples to help you further refine your search.

Motorized shades are now affordable for all

Battery and remote-powered shades have been around for a while, but they were previously niche products that simply weren’t practical for most homeowners. But advances in technology and materials have made these shades more affordable for homeowners, and now they’re at a price point that’s comparable to standard shades. Motorized shades are the ultimate in convenience and ease of operation, and a single remote can control up to 15 shades, making it simple to control all the shades in a large room or even throughout your entire home.

Online reviews and product descriptions give you more information

Part of being an informed and savvy consumer is doing your research before you make a purchase. That includes things like checking out the reviews of the products you’re thinking about purchasing and carefully reviewing product information and technical specifications. In the past, buying window treatments was a like taking a shot in the dark, as you had no way of knowing about peculiarities specific to a model or whether it had a major flaw that wasn’t immediately noticeable. But buying blinds and shades in 2017 means you have quick and easy access to a wealth of information before you put up your hard-earned money.

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.

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.

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 strong men 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.

 

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.

Faceoff: Blinds vs Shades vs Curtains vs Drapes

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

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

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

Blinds

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

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

Shades

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

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

Curtains

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

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

Drapes

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

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

Bonus: Shutters

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

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