How Blinds and Shades Can Protect Your Family and Your Home

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

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

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

  • Blinds and shades protect your privacy

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

  • Blinds and shades protect your skin

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

  • Blinds and shades protect your home

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

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

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

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

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

  • Blinds and shades protect your furniture

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

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.

Best Blinds and Shades for Dining Rooms

Dining rooms are often the most lavish room in a home. Chandeliers, stately and antique dining tables, elaborate place settings, and fine china are just a few hallmarks of dining rooms where families gather to share meals and celebrate special occasions. Due to their reputation as being the centerpieces of many homes, it makes sense that every aspect of dining rooms carries an air of elegance and beauty—including the window coverings.

For many homeowners, choosing low-profile and no-frills options for window coverings is perfectly suitable for bedrooms and bathrooms, but their tastes often change when it comes to their dining rooms. At Blindster.com, we know that homeowners often need window treatments for their dining rooms that are not only beautiful to look at, but are also versatile in both operation and light control functionality.

If you’re looking for the perfect window treatments for your dining room, look no further than these elegant, practical, and affordable blinds and shades:

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From a visual standpoint, it’s hard to beat the beauty and timeless design of classic Roman shades. Our selection of Premium Roman Shades is divided into four distinct groups: A, B, C, and D. All the shades in these categories feature a wide variety of options and customizations, including pleated and hobbled fold styles, optional cordless lifts, top down/bottom up functions, and blackout liners. Each category also features a wide variety of colors, with all four categories offering more than 200 unique colors to choose from.

 

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Whether you have a country-style dining room, a formal dining room, or anything in between, you can’t go wrong with our Faux Wood Plantation Shutters. These window coverings combine the look of real wood, with the versatility and durability of faux wood, giving them an elegant appearance and an exterior that’s easy to clean and maintain. Another benefit of the faux wood manufacturing process is the lightweight materials. Because these window coverings are hollow, they are quickly and easily installed in even the most hard-to-reach dining room windows.

 

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Many homeowners want the utmost in privacy in their dining rooms. Thankfully, emphasizing privacy in your search for window treatments doesn’t mean you have to compromise on looks or style. Our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds have all the beauty and elegance of our entire selection of real wood blinds, but with one key difference: no route holes. That means that these blinds are not only more effective at protecting your family’s privacy, but they’re also great for blocking out the sun’s harsh UV rays and glare, giving you the ultimate control over the lighting in your dining room.

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With their all-natural materials, cordless operation, and beautiful array of wood stains to choose from, our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are the perfect complement to any dining room suite or décor. No lift cord or chain means easy up and down movement, as well as a peace of mind if you have small children or pets. While the all-natural construction process is perfect for eco-friendly and eco-conscious homeowners. Choose from colors that are certain to bring out the beauty in your dining table and place settings, such as Key West Camel, Waikiki Tortoise, and Maya Camel.

 

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Roller shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy, but some varieties may feel too plain or low-profile for dining rooms. If that’s the case for your home, our Premium Woven Wood Fabric Roller Shades will definitely be enough to make you reconsider this type of window covering. Designed to look like real woven bamboo and wood, these roller shades are manufactured with a high-quality polyester fabric that filters light and cuts down on glare and heat from the sun. These shades can be ordered with a continuous loop lift cord and come in a huge variety of colors and textures, including Highlands Bark, Woodland Nile, and Savannah Sand.

 

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While maximum light control is a high priority for many homeowners, others may prefer to simply reduce the sun’s glare and UV rays, while still allowing ample natural light into their homes. If that’s your idea of the perfect window treatments for your dining room, you’ll love our 3” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades. The 3” light filtering vanes float between two soft pieces of sheer fabric, giving these shades the combined functionality and beauty of both shades and blinds. Choose from four distinct colors to match the color scheme in your dining room, including White, Ivory, Beige, and Chocolate.

 

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Finding the perfect window treatments to match your dining room décor and furniture doesn’t have to break the bank. Our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds are attractively priced and beautifully designed. The large 2 ½” slats have the appearance of real wood, but the composite materials used in the manufacturing process makes them easier to maintain and clean, as well as more durable throughout their lifetime.

 

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If your dining room has a beautiful view that you want to preserve at all costs, solar shades may be the ideal option for your home. Solar shades are unique in that they can significantly reduce heat and UV rays from entering your home while preserving your view of the outdoors. Our Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection is manufactured using high-quality Phifer Sheerweave® 5000 solar screen fabrics, which makes them extremely durable due to the vinyl coated polyester materials. Choose from four openness factors: 3 percent, 5 percent, 7 percent, and 10 percent—to get the perfect balance between light filtering and view of the outdoors.

Benefits of Faux Wood and Wood Blinds

Buying the right blinds and shades for a home is a highly subjective and personal decision, and the number of options available in 2016 can make it difficult for many homeowners to make a choice. However, two types of window coverings that are consistently popular due to their affordable prices, elegant appearance, and overall durability are wood and faux wood.

Whether you choose wood or faux wood blinds with 1” slats, 2” slats, or extra-large 2.5” slats, you’ll get window coverings that immediately enhance the beauty and overall appearance of any room in your home. In addition to improving the appearance of your windows and being highly effective at blocking out light, both wood and faux wood window treatments also perfectly complement a wide variety of home décor and furnishings.

If you’re considering real or faux wood blinds for your home, but want to know the benefits of each type of window covering, our comparison guide can help you make an informed and confident decision.

Benefits of Real Wood Window Treatments

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Real wood window treatments bring a timeless and classic beauty to any room where they’re installed. These types of blinds and shades have been used for many years in homes and businesses throughout the U.S., and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Some of the top reasons that our customers love these window coverings include:

  • Durability

High-quality wood blinds and shades are resistant to some of the most common types of wear and tear that shades face on a daily basis—especially when they are installed in homes where children and pets are present. Aluminum blinds in particular can be at risk of bending or breaking when too much weight or pressure is applied to slats, which is something many cat and dog owners know all too well. Wood blinds, on the other hand, are much harder to break.

 

  • Insulation

Wood blinds are very effective at insulating rooms. Windows are one of the primary places where homes lose heat during the winter and take on hot air during the summer. Protecting your windows with thick wood blinds can go a long way towards making your home more energy efficient and reducing your utility bills.

 

  • Ease of use

One of our newest products, the 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds, features a cordless lift system that makes raising and lowering these window treatments a breeze. Just lift on the bottom rail to set these blinds at the perfect height. And because these blinds aren’t equipped with lift cords, you’ll have even more peace of mind if your home has small animals or young children.

 

  • Beautiful wood stains and colors

Although our entire selection of window coverings is available in a large variety of colors and patterns, it’s hard to beat the timeless beauty and elegance of natural wood grain. Our best-selling wood blinds—our 2” Premium Wood Blinds—feature nearly 30 stunning stains and colors to choose from, including Nutmeg, Sumatra, Red Maple Leaf, and Sunkissed Oak. Best of all, these blinds have been treated with a special multi-coat finish process that includes a UV inhibitor, protecting the wood and finish from fading and warping, even after years of sun exposure.

 

  • Light-weight materials

Real wood blinds and shades are very lightweight, making them easy to operate and lift/lower. That can be a big bonus for homeowners who suffer from arthritis or have pains and disabilities, and for people who need to install large numbers of blinds and shades for projects such as large apartment buildings with multiple units.

 

Benefits of Faux Wood Window Treatments

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Faux wood blinds are quickly becoming some of the most sought-after window treatments on the market. To most observers, they look identical to real wood blinds, while offering some distinct benefits and advantages, such as:

 

  • Moisture-resistance

Faux wood blinds are a better option for homes that frequently experience high humidity or for rooms where the accumulation of moisture is a frequent issue, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. They also stand up better to extreme temperatures, making them ideal for homes in very hot or cold climates and areas of the country where temperatures can widely vary within a 24-hour period.

 

  • Lower cost

While there are many inexpensive options of real wood blinds, faux wood blinds are even more affordable and economical. Some of our highest-quality faux wood blinds, including our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds and 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds offer all of the elegance and beauty of their real wood counterparts, but at a lower price. In addition, our most affordable faux wood options, such as our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds, are among the most inexpensive blinds in our inventory, making them perfect for homeowners on tight budgets.

 

  • Even better durability

Because faux wood blinds are manufactured using composite materials, including vinyl and PVC, these blinds can hold up to extended periods of wear and tear without bending, breaking, cracking, or warping. In addition, they’re also much more resistant to damage from cleaning solutions and liquids, which means homeowners don’t have to be nearly as careful when wiping away dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris from their slats.

 

  • Appearance is nearly identical to real wood blinds

Don’t let the word “faux” fool you—high-quality faux wood blinds look virtually identical to the real thing. There aren’t any dead giveaways that modern faux wood blinds aren’t real wood blinds. The colors, stains, and wood grain patterns are remarkably authentic. Three of our faux wood offerings, including our 2” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, our 2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds, and our 1” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, are available in 12 distinct colors, including Real Grain Bamboo, Real Grain Cinnamon, Cherry Embossed, and Mahogany 357.

6 Highly Durable Window Coverings

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

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

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

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

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

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

2” Aluminum Blinds

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

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

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

Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 5 Percent Openness

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

Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades

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

New Window Treatment Trends for 2016

Like all home décor, the most popular styles and fashions of window treatments can change from year to year. Those changes show no sign of stopping in 2016, with several varieties of blinds and shades poised to become must-have items for style-conscious homeowners over the next 12 months.

At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of window coverings, including classic looks and cutting-edge styles and designs. If you’re looking to make a change in your home’s décor and are ready to take the plunge into the most popular and up-to-date blinds and shades on the market, we’ve got you covered.

The items listed below are some of the window coverings we offer that are trending in 2016 and can help revitalize your home’s appearance and overall style:

Shutters aren’t just for the outside of your home. Our indoor faux wood Plantation Shutters are one of our newest products and represent one of the most popular current trends in window coverings. Placing shutters indoors is making a big comeback in homes across the country due to their elegant appearance and timeless design.

 

Although these are considered a trendy item, their appearance is anything but, as they feature a truly classic look that effortlessly matches almost any home décor. Best of all, their faux wood materials make them durable and lightweight. Order yours in three different colors—Cotton, Pearl, and Vanilla.

Natural and eco-friendly materials are trending up in 2016, and it’s no different for window coverings. Our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are not only manufactured using all-natural materials, they’re also free from cords, chains, or loops, making them both low-profile and safe for children and pets. The bamboo fabrics beautifully filter the light that enters your home while protecting your privacy.

 

These shades are also among our newest offerings and are available in six distinct natural colors and patterns, including Key West Cocoa, Waikiki Tortoise, and Maya Camel. Order yours to fit windows up to 72” wide and 72” high.

One of the biggest trends for 2016 is warming and lighting your home with the sun’s rays, and one of the best window coverings for doing that is our 3” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. When opened, these shades let in copious amounts of filtered natural light that will instantly brighten any room in your home, but they also close to block out 99 percent of UV rays and protect your family’s privacy.

 

These shades are among the cutting-edge when it comes to their design, as the 3” horizontal light-filtering fabric vanes rest between double layers of knitted fabric sheers for the ultimate in versatility. Choose between 15 unique colors when ordering your shades, including Linen Pearl, Umber, Mocha, and Cocoa Bean.

Patterns and thick, intricate window coverings are poised to become hot ticket items in 2016, and our Premium Roman Shades Group D check both boxes. These Roman shades are manufactured using high-quality materials and can be ordered with two different fold style choices—plain or soft—and each can make a dramatic impact on the appearance of your windows. To create a fully matte and low-profile appearance, the lift cord for these shades is hidden behind them, but you can also order a top down/bottom up option.

 

As far as patterns go, these shades are among our most versatile. Choose from bold patterns like Rhapsody Brick, Charleston Blue, Findlay Shadow, and Essence Smoke to get the perfect match for your home’s furnishings, color scheme, and décor.

Aluminum mini blinds are among the most commonly installed window treatments in the country, and for good reason—they’re highly effective at blocking out sunlight and highly durable and resistant to fading, cracking, and warping. What makes these blinds trendy for 2016 are the color choices—especially Brushed Aluminum. Metallic colors and color schemes are making a big push to the forefront of home décor this year, and these blinds will fit perfectly in homes that feature that design.

 

Get yours cut to fit windows up to 122” wide and 108” high, and check out additional colors like White Gloss, Snow Cap, Char Brown, and Black Satin before placing your order.

A big focus for many homeowners in 2016 will be making their abodes as insulated and airtight as possible to cut down on energy bills during the summer and winter. Caulking windows and placing draft stoppers under doors helps, but an overlooked aspect of insulating homes is installing the right window treatments. Our Deluxe Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades are not only perfect for trapping warm air during the winter and keeping hot air out during the summer, but their double honeycomb design also makes them stylish and a perfect for modern furniture and décor.

 

In addition to being insulating and chic, these shades are also capable of blocking out 98 percent of the sun’s UV rays, protecting your family and your furniture from its harsh effects. If you like bold colors, you’re in luck with this shade, as there are 17 distinct colors to choose from, including Sienna Sand, Salsa, Slate Gray, and Alabaster.

If part of your 2016 New Year’s Resolution is to spend more time outdoors, but you can’t tolerate the sun’s heat, glare, and UV rays, you need our Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 10% Open. These coverings can be installed on porches, patios, and sunrooms and are capable of blocking 90 percent of the sun’s harmful rays, allowing you to relax and enjoy the outdoors without worrying about sunburns or skin damage.

 

Manufactured with Vertilux® Solar Screen 3000 fabrics, these shades will also preserve your view of your outdoor area and are designed to hold up during all harsh weather conditions, including storms, heavy rainfall, and hot summers/cold winters. Order yours today and choose between six colors, including White, Silver, Chocolate, and Charcoal.

Inside Mounts vs Outside Mounts for Blinds and Shades

When purchasing new window treatments, there can be a lot of decisions to make. Do you prefer blinds or shades? Wood or vinyl? Roman shades or roller shades? Blackout or sheer?

Out of all those major choices, one decision that many homeowners forget to consider is whether they want to mount their new window treatments inside their window frames or outside their window frames. Although it may seem like a minor decision, the installation method you choose can have a major impact on the appearance of your windows and your level of satisfaction with your new window treatments.

At Blindster, we know that choosing between inside mounts vs outside mounts can be a difficult decision for many homeowners—especially if they are accustomed to seeing their window treatments installed in a certain manner in the past. But, it’s important to review all the pros and cons before making a final decision, as certain homes, rooms, and windows may favor inside mounts, while others may favor outside mounts.

Before you begin measuring your windows for an inside or outside mount, check out Blindster’s list of pros and cons for each installation method:

Inside Mounts

Inside mount refers to blinds and shades that are installed within the confines of a window frame. That means the headrail is attached flush with the top of the window frame and the window treatment is fully contained inside the four corners of the frame itself.

Pros:

  • Inside mounts provide a sleek, built-in appearance.

If you prefer for your window treatment to look as unobtrusive as possible, inside mount installation may be your best option. Blinds and shades that are installed this way have a low-profile appearance and often have less visual impact on the room and it’s décor due to being recessed into the window frame.

 

  • Inside mounts make it easy to get precise measurements.

One of the most important parts of buying new window treatments is getting your measurements correct. The measurement process for inside mount installations is easy—you simply measure across the width and height of your window frame to get the correct dimensions. Ordering inside mount blinds and shades can give you peace of mind knowing that your shades are likely to fit your windows perfectly.

 

  • Inside mounts maintain the functionality of deep window sills.

If your window frames have deep window sills, installing your blinds or shades inside your window frames can maintain the functionality of the sills, allowing you to use them as shelves or displays for books, plants, and other decorative items—even when the blinds are closed and fully extended.

 

Cons:

 

  • Inside mounts block some light and view when fully opened.

The headrail at the top of your window frame will always obscure a small amount of your view of the outdoors, and the effect can be exacerbated when the window treatments are fully opened due to the stacking of materials that occurs. Window treatments that use thick fabrics or materials may block out several inches of your window, even when the blinds or shades are fully raised.

 

  • Inside mounts require deep window frames.

Not all windows are capable of supporting inside mounts. Blinds and shades require a minimum depth for inside mounts, and some windows have shallow window frames that aren’t suitable for inside mounts. It’s vital that you have at least the minimum required space, plus a bit extra on either side of the headrail, to get proper function out of your new window treatments when they are installed inside your window frames.

 

Outside Mounts

 

Outside mounted window treatments are, as the name suggests, installed anywhere outside of the window frame. Whether they overlap the window frame by just a few centimeters or several inches, outside mounted blinds and shades create a distinct appearance in homes and can radically transform the appearance of windows.

 

Pros:

 

  • Outside mounts are extremely versatile and can be installed on almost any window.

Do your windows have shallow frames? Do they have an irregular shape that makes it difficult to inside mount traditional window coverings? Do your windows have protruding handles or cranks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, outside mounted window treatments may be ideal for your home. Because they don’t fit inside your window frames, outside mounted blinds and shades afford you with versatility that inside installations can’t match.

 

  • Outside mounts can cover unattractive window trim.

Window trim is often hit or miss. It either greatly enhances the beauty and appeal of your windows, or it’s something you would rather not look at every day. If your window trim falls in the latter category, outside mounted window coverings can cover it up completely. Best of all, if the unattractive trim or frame is at the top of your windows, you won’t have to see it even when your blinds or shades are fully opened due to being able to mount the shade well above the window itself.

 

  • Outside mounts can make your windows look much bigger.

Inside mounts fit your windows like a glove and always reveal their true size, but outside mounts can easily create the illusion of massive windows. If your home’s windows are on the smaller side but you love the look of big windows, outside mounted blinds and shades that are kept in a closed or semi-closed position can create the appearance of oversized windows.

 

Cons:

 

  • Outside mounts can be more difficult to measure and to get the right fit.

Inside mounts are easy to measure due to clearly defined boundaries of where your window treatments will go. But with outside mounts, there are no boundaries—just blank wall space. It’s important to know the exact size of the window treatments you want before ordering outside mounted blinds or shades in order to avoid ending up with coverings that are too small or too large.

 

  • Outside mounts can be more difficult to install depending on the mounting surface.

Installing inside mounts is a relatively straightforward and uniform process—especially when it comes to attaching the headrail to the top of the window frame. Installing outside mounts can range from easy to tricky depending on the surface where you will mount the headrail. Before deciding on using outside mounts for your window coverings, check to make sure that you won’t have any issues adhering the headrail.

Best Blinds for Your Garage

For many homeowners, garages aren’t just places to store their vehicles—they’re recreation rooms, DIY project stations, man caves, game rooms, home gyms, and even home offices. With all the varied purposes for garages, it’s no surprise that many homeowners view them more like additional rooms in their homes rather than simply storage areas for vehicles, tools, and things that just don’t have a place anywhere else.

No matter what purpose your garage serves, if you spend a lot of time in it, chances are you’ve dealt with bright sunlight that can be distracting at certain times of the day, as well as a lack of privacy and insulation. Purchasing window treatments for your garage is the perfect way to put the finishing touches on a room that you’re transforming from purely “utility” to “living space,” or to just make your garage a more comfortable place for your family to be regardless of the season or time of day.

For suggestions on finding the perfect blinds and shades that will complement any garage, check out Blindster’s tips below.

privacy aluminum blinds

Not everyone wants anything beyond a basic window covering for their garage. If that’s case for your family, our Privacy Aluminum Blinds may be the perfect option. These blinds are not only highly effective at blocking out sunlight and insulating your garage, but as the name might suggest, they’re also ideal for protecting your family’s privacy. By using a manufacturing process that eliminates visible holes from appearing anywhere in the blinds, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s no visibility inside your garage from the road. When placing your order, be sure to check out our options of four distinct and unique colors, including White, Bone, Mocha, and Sage.

premium faux wood

If your garage is more of a man cave or a home office than a storage space, you may be looking for window treatments with a more upscale appearance that can also hold up to the elements. Our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds are an inexpensive and durable option that not only look beautiful in any setting, but they’re also available in a huge range of sizes and options, making them perfect for garages with non-traditional sized windows. Choose from wood stain colors like Antique White Embossed, Smooth Birch, Smooth Natural and Smooth Cherry.

smooth pvc

Many garages have exceptionally large windows or sliding glass doors that can be difficult to cover with traditional window treatments. If that’s the case at your home, our Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds may be the ideal solution. These blinds are easily opened and closed using a chain/cord or optional wand and can also be fully opened with minimal force due to a self-lubricated track. Because they’re manufactured using PVC and aluminum, these blinds can stand up to harsh conditions and can also be cut to fit windows or doors that are more than 10 feet long and 10 feet wide. Choose from 11 different colors, such as Light Blue, Ivory, and Light Mint.

exterior solar shades

Because they’re often uninsulated, garages are exposed to extreme temperatures on a yearly basis. Our Exterior Solar Shades 10% Open are designed to be installed in outdoor areas such as porches and patios, but they’re also ideal for garages with large windows that can cause major fluctuations in temperature on a frequent basis. Our 10% open shades block 90 percent of UV light, while our 14% open and 5% open block 86 percent and 95 percent, respectively. Despite the differences in UV light blockage, all of our exterior solar shades preserve your view of the outdoors while increasing your privacy.

blackout solar shades 2

The ultimate in insulation, privacy, and UV light blockage, our Premium Solar Shades Blackout not only eliminate 100 percent of the sun’s rays from reaching the inside of your garage, but they also hold heat inside your garage during the winter and keep it out during the summer. Available in eight different colors, including Wheat, Mushroom, Graphite, and Onyx, these shades are bacteria and fungus-resistant and can be easily cleaned due to their matte appearance and lack of folds where dirt and dust can accumulate.

solar 3 percent

If preserving your view of the outside is your top priority in your garage, then our Premium Solar Shades 3% Open are the ideal window treatments for your home. When fully drawn, you will still have an unobstructed view of the outside with almost no reduction in visibility, but these shades will block 97 percent of the sun’s UV rays, protecting your furniture, vehicles, and your family. Like our Premium Solar Shades Blackout, these window coverings are also bacterial and fungal resistant, making them ideal for the potential harsh conditions in your garage.

top down bottom up cellular

If you value options and features in your window treatments—including the ability to raise and lower them from the top and bottom—you’ll love our Deluxe Cordless Top-Down/Bottom-Up Cellular Shades. Made using a fabric that’s both soft and durable, these shades are ideal for families with small children and pets, as the lack of cord or chain makes them safe for all family members. In addition, their cellular manufacturing process also makes them ideal for insulating your garage during the winter and even reducing nearby sounds, such as construction or traffic noises.

day night shades

Our Deluxe Cordless Day/Night Single Cellular Shades are the ideal window coverings for your garage regardless of the time of day. Manufactured using two shades in one, the top shade is light filtering and designed to protect your privacy while allowing ample light into your home or garage, while the bottom shade is blackout and designed to eliminate virtually all sunlight. The double-layer of shades also means these window coverings are highly effective at insulating any room where they’re installed, which means a warmer garage in the winter and a cooler garage in the summer.

Best Blinds for People Who Hate Blinds

Yes, it’s true—there are many homeowners who simply dislike blinds and shades. At Blindster, we know that many people who are initially resistant to the idea of purchasing and installing window coverings in their homes is often due to a very limited experience with them—especially if they’re familiarity starts and ends with traditional vinyl blinds or dark roller shades from a bygone era of home décor.

If you’re among the homeowners who prefer bare windows or curtains but you’re coming around to the idea of installing window coverings—or if you’re looking to convince your spouse or other family members that blinds and shades are the way to go—check out our list of the best window treatments for people who, well, hate window coverings!

sheer shades

If you’re looking for shades that are as unobtrusive as possible, our light filtering sheer shades are the way to go. These shades block 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays while also allowing ample sunlight to enter your home. When turned into an open position, the shade lets in a beautifully diffused light due to two layers of soft, knitted fabric sheers. Choose from a wide variety of colors to fit your home’s décor, including Pearl, Wheat, Mocha, Goldenrod, Cocoa Bean, and Pumice.

distressed wood

Real wood blinds bring a touch of elegance and timeless beauty to homes that many other types of window coverings can’t match. These distressed wood blinds utilize a rough, natural texture and a manufacturing process that prevents them from fading or warping. They’re also highly effective at insulating your home during the summer and winter. Six different colors are available to choose from, including Amber Ale, Tavern Oak, Vintage Cherry, Peppered Malbec, Aged Cognac, and Deep Merlot.

premium faux wood

If you like the look of wood blinds but aren’t a fan of natural materials, our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds may be just what you’re looking for. These blinds provide all of the elegant beauty of natural wood blinds but with the benefit of more durable materials that are highly resistant to moisture. Just like the distressed wood blinds, these blinds are also resistant to warping and fading due to a special treatment during the manufacturing process. Bold color choices for these shades include Smooth Birch, Smooth Natural, and Smooth Cherry.

premium blackout cellular

While window treatments aren’t must-have purchases for everyone, being able to control the lighting in certain rooms, such as bedrooms, nurseries, and home offices, often is. If that’s the case with you or your spouse, our Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades are more than suitable to get the job done. These shades block out 99 percent of sunlight and the sun’s UV rays, protecting your furniture and eliminating virtually all outside light. The double cellular manufacturing process also acts as a highly effective insulator, keeping warm air inside during the winter and hot air outside during the summer.

deluxe exterior

Whether you have a porch, deck, sunroom, or other outdoor area, you’ve probably experienced the problem of the sun making it difficult to see and enjoy your view at certain hours of the day. Our Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 14% Open are “barely there,” meaning your view remains unobstructed but the glare and heat from the sun will be significantly reduced. In fact, this shade is capable of blocking 86 percent of the sun’s UV rays, extending the life of your outdoor furniture significantly and keeping your family safe from the harmful effects of the sun.

deluxe cordless

Many homeowners dislike the limited functionality of shades and the appearance of long strings or cords. This shade uses a top down/bottom up function, which means it can be opened from the bottom and the top, giving you the ultimate versatility and control over privacy and natural sunlight. In addition, it’s also operated cordlessly, meaning no unsightly cords hanging that can detract from its appearance.

woven wood

If you’re not a huge fan of window coverings but you’re passionate about eco-friendly and natural décor, you should definitely check out our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group D. This shade is manufactured using real bamboo, grass, and jute fabrics and is excellent at both light control and light filtering. You can also add optional liners for additional light blockage and privacy. Choose from a huge variety of colors and stains, including Sunset Gold, Riverwood Bronze, Harbor Mocha, and Rangoon Umber.

Busting the Most Common Window Covering Myths

Buying blinds and shades can be a confusing process for many homeowners—especially if they’ve never done it in the past. Unfortunately, there are a handful of myths about window treatments that can needlessly complicate the process and make it even more difficult for homeowners to get the function and look that they want when they’re searching for the perfect blinds and shades.

At Blindster, we know that many of our customers have questions about blinds and shades, and we also know that there are many inaccurate myths that can make any buyer hesitant to make a purchase. If you’re almost ready to buy the perfect window coverings for your home, but there are a few concerns holding you back, check out the facts behind some of the most common myths about blinds and shades in the section below, and if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service representatives.

  • It’s too difficult to measure, order, and install blinds or shades by myself.

Anyone with a measuring tape and a few basic tools can order and install blinds or shades that will fit their windows perfectly. While the measuring process does require measurements that are as exact as possible to ensure the right fit, we provide measuring instructions for every window covering we offer that will help make sure you send us the right dimensions when you place your order. We also offer instructions for installing blinds and shades both inside and outside of windows, depending on your personal preference or the size of your window frames.

 

  • I won’t be able to find window treatments that match my home’s décor.

Window treatments go far beyond the standard aluminum blinds that many people are used to seeing in apartments, offices, and homes. At Blindster, we offer several types of blinds and a huge variety of shades that are designed to match almost any home’s color scheme and style. For example, our Premium Roman Shades Group A are available in 47 different colors, while our Premium Roman Shades Group B are available in 60 different colors. We also offer shades in unique and eye-catching patterns that are designed to complement both your sense of style and your home’s overall beauty and elegance.

 

  • My windows aren’t standard size and window coverings won’t fit.

Our window coverings can be custom made to fit almost any window size. Many of our blinds and shades can fit windows up to 120” wide and 120” tall—with some models available in even larger sizes. If your windows are wider than our offered sizes, you can order multiple blinds or shades and connect them for a single uniform appearance across your room.

 

  • Window coverings block out too much light and make rooms too dark.

While it’s true that many window coverings—particularly blackout shades—are designed to eliminate as much outside light from entering homes as possible, there are several types of shades that are designed to maintain natural light while cutting down on glare and other harsh elements of sunlight. For example, our 3” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades allow a soft and diffused natural light to brighten up your home while also protecting you and your furniture from 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays.

 

  • Window coverings aren’t effective at making a room completely dark.

At Blindster, we’ve received many questions from homeowners on the opposite end of the spectrum who are concerned that shades won’t be effective at blocking out light in their game rooms, home theaters, nurseries, or other rooms that require complete light control. Our Deluxe Solar Shades Blackout delivers 100% light blockage, meaning you can eliminate all outside light from entering your home. We also offer a wide variety of traditional blackout shades in different colors and materials that block out 99 percent to 99.9 percent of sunlight and UV rays.

 

  • Window treatments are too expensive to install throughout my home.

The cost of window treatments can vary significantly depending on the type of blinds or shades you purchase. If you’re looking to outfit your home with window treatments for the lowest possible price, we have great options that can fit your budget, such as our 1” Aluminum Blinds, our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds, and our Deluxe Vinyl Roller Shades. Our wide range of window treatments at a wide range of prices means that homeowners can install window coverings in every room without breaking the bank.

 

  • Window covering cords are dangerous and unsightly.

Certain types of cords used to operate blinds and shades can pose risks to small children and pets. However, all window treatment orders purchased from Blindster come with free cord cleats that you can use to wrap up excess lengths of cord to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. And if you prefer to not see or use a cord when operating your blinds or shades, we offer a huge variety of cordless options, including our Premium Roman Shades, our Deluxe Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Blackout Cellular Shades, and our Premium Fabric Roller Shades – Woven Wood.

 

  • Window coverings are difficult to clean and maintain.

Depending on where you live and the environment your window coverings are exposed to, you may need to clean your blinds and shades on a semi-regular basis. However, thoroughly cleaning your shades doesn’t take more than a few minutes per week to complete. Just use a duster to remove built-up dust, pet hair, and other debris from the entire surface of the blinds or shades. If your blinds or shades become stained, lightly scrubbing them with a cloth soaked in a mixture of water and mild detergent is sufficient to remove all but the darkest and most deep-set stains. Maintaining blinds and shades is easy with proper operation, and most problems can be fixed simply by resetting their lift mechanisms by following step-by-step instructions on our website or that are included with your order.

 

  • Window coverings will ruin my view.

If you own a home with a beautiful cityscape or landscape view, you may be hesitant to cover it up with blinds or shades because of the potential that they will spoil your view. However, in many cases, window coverings can actually enhance your view by properly framing it and diffusing the light. Top down/bottom up shades are perfect for homes with spectacular views, as they can be adjusted from the top and bottom for the ultimate in light and privacy control during the day and night. Sheer shades are another great option to preserve your view at all hours of the day while reducing the amount of harsh sunlight that enters your home.