Window Treatments for Close-Together Windows

Mini Aluminum Blinds

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

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

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

Inside Mounts

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

Top Picks for This Look

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

One Large Shade

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

Top Picks for This Look

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

Top Down Bottom Up Shades

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

Cellular Shades

Top Picks for This Look 

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

Easy Cleaning

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

Top Picks for Easy Cleaning

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

Wrapping It All Up

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

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

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

6 Tips for Better Home Security and Peace of Mind

As a homeowner, your top priority is making sure your family and your belongings are safe from harm or theft. And while many homeowners simply install automated home security systems and count on these advanced monitoring alarms to keep them and their loved ones safe, it’s important to take extra precautions to get true peace of mind.

To reduce your risk of being a victim, check out Blindster’s top home security tips:


Hide, bury, or protect exterior wiring and power lines

1. Hide, bury, or protect exterior wiring and power lines.

Would-be burglars can be savvy, and if they know a home is equipped with a security system, their first order of business may be cutting the power lines to the home or to the alarms. Whether you’re planning on installing a security system or you already have one, make sure the power supply and wiring are either out of sight, buried, or encased in a protective barrier.

Change your locks when you purchase a new home

2. Change your locks when you purchase a new home.

Your first order of business when buying a new home should be changing the locks and getting new keys made for every member of your family. Make sure that all exterior entrances are equipped with new locks. In addition, you also may want to change the locks every few years, especially if you’ve ever needed to give spare keys to housekeepers, handymen, painters, and contractors.

3. Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places.

Almost everyone has been in a situation where they need to drop off a key for a family member or friend, and almost everyone goes to the tried and true “hiding spot” of under the mat, inside the mailbox, or in a planter next to the front door. Unfortunately, burglars are equally familiar with those hiding spots, and many homes have been stripped of their valuables by people who simply helped themselves to a spare key and walked right in. Get more creative if you need to leave a spare key, and never leave it out for more than one day if possible.

4. Use a random garage door entry code.

Many garage doors can be opened with just a four-digit passcode. While that’s enough digits to make it difficult for someone to guess the code, it’s short enough to make entry a breeze if the code uses obvious numbers, including a significant birth year, your home’s street address, or part of your phone number. You also shouldn’t use weak passwords like 0000, 1111, or 1234.

5. Keep family trips quiet on social media until you get back.

It can be hard to resist sharing your family’s travels while you’re on a grand adventure, but live streaming your kids jumping into a pool in Mexico is like putting a big spotlight on your empty home for would-be burglars and thieves. Sharing every detail of your trip on Facebook and Instagram is okay after the trip is over, that is.

Equip your windows with blinds and shades

6. Equip your windows with blinds and shades.

Burglars are much less likely to break into homes if they don’t know what (or who) is inside. Installing blinds and shades on your windows doesn’t just keep the sunlight out of your eyes and protect your family’s privacy—it also helps you avoid becoming a victim of a burglary. For the ultimate home protection and privacy, consider installing routeless blinds or blackout shades.

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:



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.



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.

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 7

When it comes to making the best possible window treatment purchase for your home, you simply can’t have enough information and knowledge at your fingertips as you compare and contrast the huge variety of blinds and shades on the market.

At Blindster, we know that our buyers are happier with their purchases and more satisfied over the long run when they feel more knowledgeable from the outset. That’s why we want to help make sure you know the ins-and-outs of window coverings before you even begin the measurement process.

If you’re in the market for new blinds or shades, we hope our frequently asked questions below will help you in your buying and decision-making process. As always, don’t hesitate to consult our other frequently asked questions articles or our helpful and knowledgeable customer support staff if you have additional concerns before you make a purchase.

  1. What are indoor solar shades for windows?

Indoor solar shades are a type of window covering that significantly reduce glare, heat, and the sun’s harmful UV rays while preserving your view of the outdoors. The best way to think of indoor solar shades is to imagine the effect sunglasses have on your vision, but instead of protecting your eyes, they protect your windows. Indoor solar shades are perfect for rooms where you want an unobstructed view of your surroundings but also want to significantly reduce the harmful effects of the sun. Ideal rooms for indoor solar shades include sunrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and home offices.


  1. What color bamboo shades go with Revere Pewter paint?

Revere Pewter is a popular paint color with gray and beige undertones that’s perfect for any room in your home. If you have a Revere Pewter paint scheme and want to pick window treatments to match, Blindster has got you covered.


For bamboo shades, stick to neutral, earthy tones, such as Lorena Natural, Veneto Sumatra, Monte Carmelo, Mirabella Natural, Lorena Pine, and Elisa Natural. Patterned fabric shades also look great in homes with Revere Pewter color schemes, as do faux wood and wood blinds.


Our wide selection of Roman Shades are another great option for finding the absolute closest match from a color standpoint for Revere Pewter paint, as our Premium Roman Shades Group B have 60 colors to choose from, while Premium Roman Shades Group C have 59 colors to choose from.


  1. What is the average price of a blackout rolling shade window cover?

Blackout roller shades are one of our top-selling window treatments due to their ability to eliminate virtually all outside light, heat, and glare from entering rooms. At Blindster, we have a wide variety of blackout roller shades available at a wide range of prices depending on the materials they’re manufactured with and the number of options and features they include.


Some of our most inexpensive blackout roller shades include our Deluxe Fabric Roller Shades, which can be outfitted with a blackout liner, as well as our Deluxe Room Darkening Fabric Roller Shades.


Our high-end roller blackout shades include our Deluxe Cordless Day/Night Single Cellular Shades, our Deluxe Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Blackout Cellular Shades, and our Premium Solar Shades Blackout. Although slightly more expensive than other types of blackout shades, these window coverings are manufactured with premium-quality materials and include a wider range of features.

room darkening

  1. What are mini blinds?

“Mini blinds” is a common term used to describe blinds with 1” slats. These blinds are described as “mini” because the size of the slats is half the size of the slats used in traditional blinds, which typically feature 2” slats. Aluminum mini blinds are exceptionally common in homes and apartments due to their ease of use, effectiveness at blocking out light and maintaining privacy, and low-profile appearance. Mini blinds are also versatile when it comes to installation, as they can be cut to fit a wide variety of window sizes and shapes in addition to doors.

mini blinds

  1. What are the best blackout shades?

If you’re looking to purchase window treatments for a nursery, a bedroom, a game room/home theater, or a home office, blackout shades may be the perfect option—especially if you need to have full control over the lighting at all times. Blindster offers a wide variety of blackout shades to fit almost any budget and color scheme.


These are some of our most popular blackout shades:

Although this isn’t a true blackout shade, it can be shipped with a blackout fabric that will help block out 99 percent of light. It’s available in 14 different colors and includes both corded and cordless options for ease of use.

deluxe roller shades

If you prefer your shades to be both highly functional and highly decorative, these shades may be perfect for your home. In addition to having an elegant appearance, these Roman Shades can also be equipped with a blackout liner to function perfectly as blackout shades. Available in 47 different colors, you can also choose from cordless and top down/bottom up options when you place your order.

group a

As its name suggests, this is a true blackout shade with one primary purpose: to block out as much light as possible from entering your home. Manufactured using 100 percent non-woven blackout polyester fabric with integrated foil technology, this shade blocks out 99.9 percent of sunlight, keeping your home as cool, dark, and glare-free as you want. Choose from 9 different patterned colors, including Milky Way, Latte, and Sapphire.

blackout cellular

If the natural look is more your thing, but you still want the benefits of blackout shades, look no further than our Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group B. This shade is created with stained bamboo slats and reeds to bring an earthy, eco-friendly look and design to your home, and the choice of colors, including Beach Cabana, Navassa, Nove Ponte, and Mahogany Tropic all contribute to the elegance this shade can add to any room. Better yet, pair this shade with a blackout liner and you can enjoy its natural beauty while eliminating 99 percent of outside light.

deluxe bamboo

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 6

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of blinds and shades for you to choose from. However, we know that having so many options to choose from can be confusing for many homeowners—especially if they’ve never purchased window treatments in the past or are unsure about the type of blinds or shades they want to install in their homes.

If you’re looking to buy new window coverings but are hesitant to make a purchase due to lingering questions or concerns, look no further than this frequently asked questions page or any of the other pages in this series of articles.

It’s our goal to make sure you get the best buying experience possible from our website and our company, and one of the best ways we can accomplish that is by answering every question you have.

Check out the answers to some of the most common questions we get in the section below, and if you have concerns about any of our products or the buying process, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team.

  1. What are Roman Shades?

Roman shades are a classic style of window covering that are among the most versatile and in terms of both blocking out light and matching your home’s décor. Roman shades are distinct due to their drape-like appearance, but they also maintain the functionality and ease of use of traditional shades. At Blindster, we offer multiple types of Roman Shades, ranging from our Premium Roman Shades that are available in more than 150 colors to our Super Value Roman Shades that feature a semi-opaque lining and an attractive price for homeowners on a budget.


  1. What is the average size of cellular shades?

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, come in a wide variety of sizes. The size of cellular shades you order for your home depends on the size of your windows or the size of the area you wish to cover if you install your shades outside of your window frames. For most homes, standard window sizes can range from 24”x36”, 36”x60”, 48”x48”, 36”x72”, 60”x60”, and 24”x60”. To make sure you get the perfect fitting cellular shades, be sure to take the most accurate measurements possible of your window frame or window area.


  1. What is the minimum width for top-down blinds or shades?

Top-down shades provide excellent versatility for homeowners. Because they can be opened and closed from both the top and bottom, as their name suggests, they’re perfect for rooms where you want to maintain your privacy but still allow ample outside light in, such as bedrooms, offices, living rooms, bathrooms, and dining rooms.


When measuring a window for a top-down shade, it’s important that you get the most accurate dimensions of your window frame or window area. If you plan on mounting the top-down shade inside your window frame, keep in mind that most shades require a minimum depth of at least 1 ½” and 2” for a flush fit. In addition, minimum width requirements generally begin at around 20”. Check the individual product listing for the shades you’re considering to get the exact specifications for the model before purchasing to verify.


  1. What is the cheapest way to buy blinds?

At Blindster, we know that not every potential customer is looking for window coverings with the most features, colors, decorative options, or blackout abilities. If you’re looking to simply add window coverings to your home or business at the lowest possible cost, we’ve got you covered.


Our 1” Aluminum Blinds are among our most inexpensive and are perfectly adequate for controlling the amount of light that enters your home or business while also protecting your privacy. If you’re looking for a more natural look, consider our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds. These window coverings offer the beauty and elegance of natural wood blinds at a fraction of the cost.


  1. What is the widest Roman Shade?

Many homeowners have windows that don’t fit standard sizes. In fact, oversized windows are becoming more and more common in homes due to the increased demand for natural lighting. If you have oversized windows and you want to install window coverings such as Roman Shades, you should first make sure that traditional window treatments can cover your windows effectively. Our Roman Shades max out at around 120” wide as manufactured by our supplier, which means that any windows wider than that will require two or more shades installed side by side for a cohesive look.


  1. What kind of fabric are roller blinds made of?

Roller shades can be made of several different types of fabric or materials depending on their specialty or intended purpose. Some roller shades are made from a vinyl material, while others are made of a softer fabric created using a composite of several materials, including woven polyester. The different types of materials used have a different effect on the shade’s purpose:


  • Light filtering fabrics are designed to allow natural light to enter the room in a diffuse manner, creating a soft glow that lights and warms the room without being too strong and creating a glare or harsh sunlight. These fabrics are great for rooms where you want to let in as much diffused light as possible, such as sunrooms, laundry rooms, guest rooms, and entryways.


  • Room darkening fabrics are designed to drastically reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your home while still not completely eliminating it. These fabrics are great for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms where some natural light is desired but not enough to be overpowering or distracting.


  • Blackout fabrics are designed to eliminate as much light as possible from entering your home. As their name implies, blackout roller shades can block up to 99 percent of light, giving you the ultimate control over the lighting in the rooms of your home where you install these shades. Blackout fabric roller shades are ideal for home offices, game rooms, home theaters, nurseries, and bedrooms where creating the ideal sleeping conditions during daylight hours are essential.

Blindster’s Frequently Asked Questions Part 1

Got questions about buying new window coverings? We’ve got answers. At Blindster, we know that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to buying blinds and shades.

So whether you’re confused about how a specific type of window treatment works, the best way to measure your windows before placing an order, or the pros and cons of specific types of blinds, you’re in the right place.

Check out our frequently asked questions below, and if you still have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives.


  • How do you get accurate window measurements before ordering blinds or shades?

Before you place an order with Blindster, it’s important that you have the most accurate measurements possible of the window or area you wish to cover.


For inside mounts, measure the height on the far left, middle, and far right of the window and note the largest measurement, as you’ll use it when placing your order. Then, measure the width at the top of the window frame where the headrail will be installed.


For outside mounts, measure the full width of the area you want to cover with the shade and, if space permits, add an extra 1” to 1 ½” to each side to eliminate light leakage. Measure the full height of the area you wish to cover with the shade and add 1 ½” to 2” to encompass the flat mounting surface area. Add additional inches to account for things like molding or framework that you wish to cover with the window covering.


  • What are blackout shades?

As the name implies, blackout shades are designed to literally “blackout” a room by blocking virtually all natural and artificial light from entering through the windows. When installed correctly, blackout shades can reduce up to 99% of light from entering a room.


That makes these shades perfect for home theaters, home offices, man caves, game rooms, bedrooms, and any room where you need the utmost privacy and control over glare and lighting. Blackout shades are also highly effective at insulating rooms and making them more energy efficient during the summer, as they reduce the effect of the sun’s hot rays when it comes to increasing ambient temperatures inside your home.


  • How do you buy blinds for windows?

Buying window blinds is a relatively simple process that requires making a few important decisions, such as:


  • Do you prefer blinds or shades?

Blinds and shades are both effective window coverings with their own pros and cons. Blinds are easily adjusted and can be opened to let in light without being raised. In addition, blinds are often preferable with certain types of décor and home stylings. Shades may be slightly less versatile and must be raised to let in light (or lowered for top-down/bottom-up varieties), but they offer a much greater variety of color and pattern to match furniture and other home design elements.


  • Do you want to install your blinds inside or outside of your window frame?

Inside installations are the most common method for hanging blinds. These installations involve mounting the headrail flush with the top of the window frame and the entire blind being contained within the window casing.


Outside installations involve mounting the headrail completely outside of the window frame on the wall, molding, or even the ceiling. This method is generally used when the window frame is too shallow for an inside mount or you wish to cover unattractive woodwork or molding around your window.


  • What type of blinds do you like?

Blindster offers a variety of blinds to fit every home, room, and window:


  • Faux wood blinds

Faux wood blinds provide the same elegant beauty of wood blinds, but cost less and are often easier to maintain. They’re made from a synthetic material that’s designed to look like real world, but far less prone to problems like cracking, warping, or splitting. In addition, they also hold up better in environments with high moisture or high humidity, such as homes near water or the ocean.


  • Wood blinds

If you’ll settle for nothing less than the genuine article, wood blinds are the way to go. No matter what type of décor or style you prefer in your home, wood blinds are the perfect complement. The natural construction, intricate wood grain patterns, and beautiful staining can turn any window in your home into a true showpiece.


  • Aluminum blinds

Low-profile and sleek, aluminum blinds are among the most practical window coverings we offer. Durable, stain-resistant, and built to hold up after years of use, aluminum blinds are both easy to operate and excellent at blocking out light. Aluminum blinds are exceptionally common in homes due to their versatility and durability, and they’re easily cleaned and maintained.


  • Vertical blinds

Perfect for sliding doors and large windows, vertical blinds have a unique and highly distinctive appearance that contribute to the ambience and mood in your home. Their large vinyl vanes are quick and easy to clean, and they’re easily operated using a simple wand. A quick twist of the wrist opens or closes the blinds, while pushing or pulling causes them to effortlessly glide along a heavy-duty track system designed to last for years and years.


  • What are the cheapest blinds to buy?

At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of window coverings that vary significantly in style, design, color, material, and price. If you’re looking to keep costs low, budget blinds may be your best bet.


Our 2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds are our best-selling model of faux wood window coverings and provide an elegant look at an affordable price. Our aluminum blinds are another great option for budget-minded homeowners, with our Privacy Aluminum Blinds providing excellent security for your family and our Cordless Aluminum Blinds providing wand and cord-free operation.


  • What color roller shades work best at reducing sunlight?

Roller shades are among the most effective window treatments when it comes to eliminating outside light from entering your home. If you’re looking to maximize your roller shades’ ability to block out light while matching your interior décor, look for darker colors, dark green, grey, burgundy, and brown. Black, of course, provides the ultimate in light blocking functionality, and this color is perfect for home theaters, man caves, and home offices.

How Top Down Bottom Up Shades Work

Top down bottom up shades have become increasingly popular over the last view years because of their ability to provide a simple, customized lighting experience and their clean look. Top-down bottom-up shades can also be installed on a long row of windows and raised/lowered to different heights on the top and bottom, creating an interesting visual effect and dramatically changing the lighting in the room. Before committing to this type of shade for yourself, you may be wondering exactly how these window treatments work. Check out Blindster’s thorough explanation of top down bottom up shades:

Top down bottom up shades are operated using a simple cord mechanism and two top rails. The first rail is called the mounting rail, and it is attached to either the inside of your window or mounted outside, depending on your preference. The second rail, called the floating rail, clicks into the mounting rail and can be disengaged by pulling on the cord or the tab in cordless options.

floating rail

The top and the bottom of the shade operate independently, offering the most versatile lighting and privacy options. Corded top down bottom up shades have a cord on either side of the shade. One of the cords will bring the top down and the other will bring the bottom up.

To operate the top down function with a corded shaded, simply pull the correct cord (it could be on the right or left depending on your shade) towards the middle of the shade to unlock it from the mounting rail and then let the cord lift up until the floating rail reaches your desired level. When the floating rail comes away from the mounting rail if will expose strings inside the window. These are necessary on all top down bottom up shades to support the floating rail. To bring the shade back to the top, simply pull the same cord down until it clicks back into place in the mounting rail.

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The bottom up function operates like a regular shade, by pulling down on the correct cord to lift the bottom to your desired level. To bring the shade back down, pull the cord towards the middle of the shade to unlock it and then allow the cord to lift up.

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A cordless shade has plastic tabs at the top and bottom of the shade. To operate the top down function, gently pull the tab down to release it from the mounting rail and stop when you reach your preferred placement. To bring it back to the top, just pull up on the tab and snap it back into the mounting rail. To lift the bottom of the shade up, pull up on the bottom tab. To replace, pull down on the tab.

cordless topdown

Browse our full selection of top down bottom up shades here.

Window Coverings Dictionary

Almost everyone is familiar with the differences between shades and blinds, but beyond that, the world of window coverings may be a bit of a mystery for many homeowners. While being able to name the individual components of shades and blinds isn’t something most people set out to learn, it is knowledge that comes in handy when ordering new window coverings or determining which type of window coverings work best in your home.

Check out Blindster’s glossary of common terms below for a crash course in Window Coverings 101 and to feel like a pro when you place your next order:

  • Blackout

Shades that are designated as blackout shades provide maximum privacy and sunlight/glare reduction. These shades are ideal for bedrooms, home offices, and home theaters where privacy and light control are most vital.


  • Bottom Rail

Blinds have both a headrail and a bottom rail. The bottom rail is weighted and secures the cords that allow the blind to be raised and lowered. Bottom rails are made from materials like wood, faux wood, and aluminum depending on the styling of the blinds.


  • Bottom-Up/Top-Down

This term describes shades that are capable of being raised or lowered from both the top and bottom. These shades are highly versatile and allow homeowners to raise the bottom of the shade for a traditional appearance or lower the top to let in light while maintaining their privacy.


  • Continuous Cord Loop

This term describes an option for shades which are operated using a cord loop—often a metallic or beaded chain—that allows for smooth raising and lowering of the shades. Continuous cord loop options are popular options for large and heavy shades, as the raising and lowering mechanism makes it much easier to change the height of these shades.


  • Cord Cleat

Cord cleats are one of the most important components that all homeowners should install with their blinds or shades. These small brackets attach to the wall near the headrail and provide room to secure the lift cord, placing it safely out of the reach of small children and animals. Cord cleats are essential for all homeowners with pets or small children, as they dramatically reduce the risk of strangulation or other injuries.


  • Cordless

Many shades and blinds can operated without cords by simply pulling on the bottom and allowing the window covering to reach the desired height. In addition to being incredibly simple and easy to operate, this option is also safe for small children and pets and provides a sleeker appearance due to the lack of a lift cord.


  • Eco-friendly

Blinds and shades that are considered eco-friendly generally include window coverings that are manufactured using natural materials and window coverings that help insulate homes and reduce energy costs.


  • Extension brackets

These optional components provide extra clearance for shades and blinds that are installed outside of window frames. Extension brackets are typically used when window coverings must extend over or beyond window sills.


  • Flush mount

When a blind or shade is mounted inside a window frame and no parts of the headrail protrude out, the installation is considered a flush mount. These mounts provide a sleek and built-in appearance for windows while also maximizing light control.


  • Headrail

The headrail is the long encasement that extends the full length of a shade or blind and houses all of the mechanical components used to lift or lower the window covering. Headrails can be mounted either directly inside the window frame for inside mounts or on the wall or ceiling adjacent to a window for outside mounts.


  • Hold Down Brackets

Hold down brackets are optional components that hold shades or blinds in place and prevent them from moving or swaying. These components are ideal when window coverings are installed on or near frequently opened windows and doors.


  • Inside Mount

The most common method of mounting window coverings, inside mounts refer to installations that are flush with the inner part of a window frame. Inside mounts provide a sleek and built-in appearance to blinds and shades while also reducing light leakage. In addition, inside mounts also preserve the appearance of details on window frames.


  • Lift Cord

Lift cords are used to raise and lower blinds. The vast majority of blinds feature lift cords on the right side, but certain types of blinds offer the option of installing lift cords on the left side for easier access. Lift cords should always be placed out of reach using a cord cleat in homes with small children and pets.


  • Outside Mount

A less common option for mounting window coverings, outside mounts refer to installations that are completely outside of the window frame with the headrail mounted on the wall or ceiling. Outside mounts are ideal solutions for windows with extremely shallow window frames or for homeowners who wish to cover unattractive windows and window frames. Because this option is susceptible to light leaks, Blindster recommends adding additional width (around 3” total) to orders.


  • Route Hole

Route holes are small holes in the slats of horizontal blinds that provide spaces to attach the lift cords.


  • Routeless

Although route holes don’t allow significant amounts of light into rooms, many homeowners prefer their blinds to be completely solid and provide as much privacy as possible. Instead of using route holes, routeless blinds use small notches for attaching the lift cords.


  • Valance

Valances are decorative pieces that cover the headrails on blinds and shades. These components vary from standard pieces to decorative pieces that can provide a more luxurious appearance to window coverings.


  • Wand

A wand is a long cylindrical object found on blinds that controls the orientation of the slats. These components are typically made of plastic or wood and allow for easy operation of the slats to maximize control of lighting and privacy. Wands can be placed on either the left or right side of most blinds.

What’s the Deal with Window Treatment Opacity? (Light Control)

Do you remember learning about the term “opaque” from grade school science class? If something’s “opaque,” you can’t see through it, right?

For example, your walls are opaque. However, your window’s glass is not.

With blinds, for the most part, you don’t get different opacities. They’re opaque and don’t let light through.

Now when it comes to shades, the term gets confusing. There are different levels of opacity. And for your reference, the industry often uses “light control” to mean the same thing as “opacity.”

Makes sense, though, doesn’t it? Without thinking about it, pretty much everyone knows what “light control” refers to.

When you encounter this term while shopping for shades, many products have different levels of “light control.” Some let a lot of light in, while others block the majority of it out.

We’ll explain what these light control terms most commonly refer to when used:


These blinds control light, but they don’t darken your room so well. They’re more for rooms where you know you want a fair amount of light, but maybe you want to block some out too.
They work better for living rooms than bedrooms, for example. With these blinds, a sheer attaches to each vane, which purposefully helps allow light in your room.

Of all the opacities discussed on this list, they let in the most light, allowing you to see outside best, but also reducing your privacy most.


They’re the same idea as sheer shades, but they let a little more light in.

Light filtering

You see this option most often with roller shades. Not only do they help control light, but they also preserve your view outside. However, because they still let in a fair amount of light, they’re not the best for protecting your privacy.


These shades almost entirely block all light from entering your room. Note that no shade can be designed to block 100% of all light. However, these take care of 99% of your light and work well in media and bedrooms.

Room Darkening

– Shades in this category block less than 99% of all natural light. Just like their name sounds, they darken your room to varying levels. Most often, you’ll see cellular shades used as room darkening shades because they’re the best at it.


You see this term used in reference to solar shades. The higher the percentage, the more light they let in and the less privacy you have. But, you can see outside easier. You can get these shades with a 1% openness factor.

You will see some companies use this “opaque” interchangeably with “blackout.” In general, consider it a term that refers to all these previous terms as a whole.

Confusing? Yes.

Necessary? No.

If you’re not sure, always ask the blinds company you talk to what they mean with different terms.

But hopefully, this sheds some light on the issue for you.

Best Window Treatments for Media Rooms

The key to creating an effective media room that’s perfect for watching sports, movies, and playing video games is to reduce or eliminate light that can cast a glare on the screen. The best way to keep light out of your media room is to install room darkening/blackout window treatments.

While blinds are effective at reducing the amount of outside light in media rooms, shades work best due to the fact that they are one solid covering with no gaps that allow light leakage. With the right shades installed, you’ll not only be able to eliminate almost all outside light from casting a glare on your television or projector screen, but you’ll also have an added decorative touch in your media room.

1. Premium Roman Shades Group A

Our Premium Roman Shades Group A are highly effective at blocking light and adding beauty to your media room’s windows—particularly when the optional blackout liner is installed. These window coverings are available in 59 different colors, which means you’re sure to find the perfect match for your room color and décor.

2. Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades

If you need blackout shades that block as much light as possible, our Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades are perfect for you. Not only do these coverings come in 15 different colors, but they also block 99 percent of outside light, meaning your media room will stay dark and cool during daylight hours, providing you with glare-free viewing and gaming.

3. Deluxe Blackout Solar Shades

One of our newest offerings, the Deluxe Blackout Solar Shades give homeowners a movie theater experience. Available in seven colors, the solid and matte texture of these window treatments not only blends in effortlessly with almost any room décor, but they’re also extremely effective at blocking outdoor light, heat, and cold from entering your media room.

4. Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A

For media rooms that don’t need to be completely blacked out, the Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades add a splash of character while still reducing the amount of ambient light and glare. In addition, these window coverings can also be equipped with a blackout liner to further reduce outside light from entering the room while increasing insulation.

5. Premium Roman Shades Group B

Sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect window treatment color to match your furniture and other room décor. But with 73 available colors to choose from, the Premium Roman Shades Group B offer a huge variety of choices that are almost guaranteed to give you exactly what you want covering your media room windows. And with available cordless, top down/bottom up, and blackout liner options, these shades are every bit as versatile as they are decorative.

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