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Window Treatments for Close-Together Windows

Mini Aluminum Blinds

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

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

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

Inside Mounts

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

Top Picks for This Look

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

One Large Shade

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

Top Picks for This Look

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

Top Down Bottom Up Shades

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

Cellular Shades

Top Picks for This Look 

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

Easy Cleaning

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

Top Picks for Easy Cleaning

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

Wrapping It All Up

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

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

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

6 Highly Durable Window Coverings

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

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

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

2 Premium Cordlesss Faux Wood Blinds

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

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

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

2” Aluminum Blinds

2 Inch Aluminum Blinds

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

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

2 Inch Wood Vertical Blinds

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

Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 5 Percent Openness

Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades

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

Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades

premium blackout double cellular shades

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

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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Fix Accordion Shades

Accordion shades—also known as cellular and honeycomb shades—are formed using multiple layers of fabric that form a cell-like structure when viewed from the side. Honeycomb shades are highly effective at insulating rooms and blocking out light, but they may need maintenance and repairs from time to time to continue looking and operating at their best.

Although some homeowners may use professional repair services or even throw out their shades if they begin to malfunction, in many cases it’s possible to fix minor damage or wear and tear yourself with minimal tools. To get started on repairing some of the most common problems that affect accordion shades, check out Blindster’s guide below:

 

Problem: The bottom rail appears uneven when raising or lowering the shade

Solution: Inspect the headrail and check the cord guides and lock to determine if there any obvious signs of wear that could be causing the cords to get stuck on one side. If any parts need to be replaced, contact the manufacturer. Re-stringing the blind can also help fix uneven bottom rails.

 

Problem: The shade is too loud when raising or lowering it

Solution: Over time, your shades may begin to become noisy during operation. That may be due to the piece of plastic that keeps the metal pieces inside the headrail from rubbing together moving or shifting after repeated use. Open the headrail and move this plastic piece to the end of the metal spears to reduce the amount of noise produced by your shade.

 

Problem: The lift cord is too long

Solution: Depending on the size of your shades and the orientation of your windows, you may find that your lift cord is too long. If that’s the case, fix it by untying the top knot from the cord that feeds into the cord collector. Then, push the cap or stop ball up to the desired height and retie the knot at that location. Lower the blind completely to make sure that the cord length is still at the right height. Then, trim off the excess cord with scissors.

 

Problem: The shade rubs against the window, wall, or molding when being raised or lowered

Solution: If your shade doesn’t easily move up and down over nearby surfaces, it may need to be reinstalled using an extension bracket. An extension bracket can add a few extra inches to your shade’s projection from the wall or window, giving it plenty of room to operate effectively without coming into contact with nearby surfaces.

 

Problem: The shade moves around too much on the window or door

Solution: A shade that is moving around due to drafts, open windows, frequently opened doors, and even powerful air conditioners or fans is an annoying problem, but also one that’s easily fixed. Blindster offers hold down brackets that can be installed near the bottom of the shade on either your window or door to hold your shade in place.

How to Fix a Cordless Cellular Shade

Cordless cellular shades are highly effective at blocking out light, protecting your family’s privacy, and complementing your home’s décor, but like all items with moving parts, they may need repairs and maintenance from time to time. If you have experienced issues with your cordless cellular shades recently, you don’t have to throw them out or hire a professional to fix them. Chances are, you can repair them yourself with just a few household tools and the following information.

Check out Blindster’s guide below to fix some of the most common and annoying problems that can occur with cordless cellular shades:

  • Problem: Hitches in movement when raising or lowering the shade

Solution: If you notice the shade’s movement seems impeded in some way, check the spring motor inside the headrail. If you see friction clips, trying removing them to see if that improves the shade’s movement and operation.

 

  • Problem: Shade doesn’t lift or is stuck in a drawn position

Solution: If your shade seems stuck and you want to fully retract it, the springs inside the headrail may have become set in their current position due to a prolonged period of being set to a certain level. To reset the springs, pull down on the bottom rail until the shade begins moving again. Then, lift up until the shade is in the desired position.

 

  • Problem: Shade brushes up against the wall or window when raising or lowering it

Solution: Shades that come into contact with your wall or window are likely mounted too close to the surface that’s being touched. If that’s case, you may need an extension bracket that will provide extra clearance for your shade.

 

  • Problem: Shade moves too much due to air drafts or open windows

Solution: If your shade is getting blown around by your air conditioner, fan, the wind from the outside, or doors being opened and closed frequently, you can use hold-down brackets to keep it in place. Hold-down brackets are easily installed near the bottom rail of the shade and will prevent it from moving in almost all situations.

 

  • Problem: Shade hangs unevenly at the bottom

Solution: Eventually, you may notice that your shade no longer rests in an even and symmetrical position. If that’s the case, you may need to simply pull your shade down completely and then lift it back the desired position. This can help reset the position of the lift mechanisms and cords inside the headrail. To prevent this from happening in the future, always lift the shade from the middle instead of the sides. That helps balance the tension and avoids overloading one side of the lift mechanism.

 

  • Problem: Shade looks like it is beginning to sag

Solution: Over time, your shade may begin to take on an appearance of sagging. This may be due to the friction clips inside breaking or losing their effectiveness. If your shade isn’t equipped with friction clips, the friction clips are broken, or you need to replace ones that you lost, contact Blindster or the manufacturer for replacements.

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Everything You Could Want to Know About Cellular Shades

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

They Were Released in 1985

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

Their Design Makes Them Energy Efficient

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

They Come in Several Styles

Close Up Cellular Shade

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

Color Makes a Difference

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

Two Shades in One

double cellular shade

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

Easy to Maintain

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

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 3

If you’ve got questions about window treatments, we’ve got answers. At Blindster, we know that many homeowners and homebuilders put their priorities elsewhere during the construction and buying process. Whether they’re picking out appliances for the kitchen, deciding which color to paint the living room, or debating if it’s worth it to install hardwood floors, those decisions often push things like buying blinds and shades to the bottom of the list.

But eventually, all homeowners and homebuilders have to decide what types of window coverings to install—and making a smart decision often means asking many questions. If you want more information to help make the measuring, installing, and buying process easier, check out our frequently asked questions below or contact one of our customer support representatives.

  1. How do I shorten wood blinds?

Wood blinds are a great option for homeowners who want a natural and elegant look when purchasing window treatments. If you ordered wood blinds and found that they’re too long to fit your windows, or if you want to move them to smaller windows in your home, you can shorten them to a get a perfect fit.

 

To shorten your wood blinds, remove the plus on the bottom rail to reveal the knotted lift cord. Untie that knot and slide the bottom rail off the cords. With the bottom rail remove, pull the cords out of the slats you wish to remove. Store the extra slats in a safe location in case you need to reattach them to your window or replace broken slats.

 

After removing the extra slats, reattach the bottom rail by placing it at the bottom of the blind and feeding the cords through its openings. Cut any additional lengths of cord, slide the plugs back on, tie the remaining lengths of cord together, and place the plugs back inside the bottom rail.

 

  1. What are the best blinds for hot, sunny weather?

If you live in a hot climate or have felt the sun’s hot rays heating up your home during the summer, you’ve probably wondered how to make your windows more energy efficient by keeping hot air outside of your home. If you prefer blinds, faux wood and aluminum blinds are effective at keeping the heat’s heat from raising the ambient temperature of your home. If you prefer shades, consider purchasing blackout shades, which are designed to eliminate as much light as possible from entering your home. Triple cell cellular shades are also highly effective at insulating your home and keeping cold air inside.

 

  1. Why are cellular shades so expensive?

Cellular shades are sometimes more expensive than other types of shades due to their complexity and versatility. Instead of being made from a single piece of fabric, cellular shades are manufactured by combining multiple layers of material to create pleats. Single cell shades work well to insulate your home and aer perfect for budget-minded homeowners, while double and triple cell cellular shades have a higher upfront cost but can help reduce your home’s energy bill.

  1. What are cordless cellular shades?

As the name suggests, cordless cellular shades are shades that are operated without the use of a cord, string, loop, or chain. Cordless cellular shades are a popular choice because of how easy they are to operate, their matte and sleek appearance, and their lack of lift cord, which can ease the minds of parents and pet owners.

 

  1. What are plantation window blinds?

Plantation window blinds look like shutters that you install inside your home as indoor window coverings. Plantation shutters can provide a unique and charming look to your windows while also offering excellent insulation, light blocking/regulation, and resale value. With real wood and faux wood options, plantation shades can fit virtually any home’s interior and budget.

 

  1. How do I remove vertical blinds from a window?

Whether you’re replacing, repairing, or moving vertical blinds, removing them from your windows or doors is a snap and easy process. The first step involves removing the blades from the track that holds them in place and allows them to slide along the length of the window or door. To do this, rotate the blades until they halfway open. Then, remove each individual blade by pushing upwards, opening the clip, and then twisting the blade until it is able to be removed from the track.

 

Once the blades are removed, locate the brackets on the back of the track. Place a screwdriver inside the opening of the spring clip and twist it until the clip releases. Complete this process on both sides of the track to release it from the brackets. If you plan on removing the blinds entirely or installing a different type of window covering, you should also remove the mounting brackets after removing the vertical blinds.

 

  1. What are standard size blinds?

Because windows come in all shapes and sizes and blind installations can vary from inside and outside mounts, there is no true standard size for window blinds. However, many windows fall within the range of 36 to 72 inches in length and 24 to 60 inches in depth, especially in homes with traditional floorplans and apartments. If you’re considering purchasing blinds or shades from Blindster, it’s important that you properly and accurately measure the interior of your window frame for an inside mount and the full area you wish to cover with the window covering for an outside mount.

 

  1. What are the best blinds for picture windows?

Picture windows are great for providing breathtaking views of the outdoors and letting in ample amounts of natural lighting, but buying the perfect window coverings can be difficult given their size and prominence in your home. At Blindster, we recommend choosing a window covering that fits your home’s décor and style, as well as your personal preferences. Large wood and faux wood blinds can greatly enhance the beauty of large picture windows, while aluminum blinds offer a more practical and economic approach.

 

  1. What are the pros and cons of roller shades?

Roller shades are a simple and yet highly effective window covering that are completely obstructing when fully opened while also being great for blocking out light and protecting your privacy when closed. Some of the most prominent pros and cons of this type of window treatment include:

 

Pros

 

  • A sleek, built-in look that disappears when the shade is fully open
  • Provides an alternative to curtains and other heavy draperies
  • Quick and easy to clean, requires very little maintenance and upkeep

 

Cons

 

  • May not provide the visual appeal some homeowners look for in window coverings
  • Can be difficult to operate if the rolling mechanism becomes damaged or jammed

Blindster’s Frequently Asked Questions Part 2

Welcome to another edition of Blindster’s frequently asked questions. Although we strive to make the researching, comparison shopping, measuring, buying, and installation process as easy and efficient as possible for our customers, we know that many people still have questions about window treatments before and after making a purchase.

It’s our goal to make our customers as satisfied as possible with their purchasing decisions, and the best way to do that is to provide as much information about blinds and shades as we can.

To learn more about some of the most common questions and concerns our customer service representatives receive, or to just expand your knowledge of common window treatment types and terminology, check out the questions below:

 

1. What is the best way to remove blinds from a window?

Whether you’re replacing them or cleaning them, you will occasionally need to remove your blinds from your windows. Removing your blinds is an easy process that only requires a few tools and a few simple steps:

 

  • Raise your blinds all the way to the top

Raising the blinds makes them compact and much easier to handle and store away if you’re planning on replacing or selling them.

 

  • Remove your blinds from the brackets

Release the headrail of your blinds from the mounting brackets by pushing it out of the clips that are holding it in place. Check your installation manual to find the easiest and most effective way of completing this step to avoid accidentally damaging the headrail or mounting brackets.

 

  • Remove the mounting brackets from the wall, window frame, or other surface

Use a manual or electric screwdriver to detach the mounting brackets and any optional extension brackets from the mounting surface. You can also remove optional components, like hold down brackets and cord cleats, at this time.

 

2. How can I shorten a blinds cord?

By default, blinds cords are generally around half the length of the blind itself. If your cords are still long for your window or door, it’s possible to shorten them. To do so, completely lower the blind until it’s in a closed position. Then, untie the knots at the end of the cord and cut it to the desired length plus one additional inch. Use the remaining one inch of cord to feed through the tassel or cap and tie another knot to secure the cord.

 

3. How do I shorten mini blinds?

If your blinds are too long for your current window, or if you plan on moving them to a small window, you may want to shorten them for a better fit. Like shortening the lift cord, shortening your blinds is a relatively simple process that can be done in an hour or less by following these steps:

 

  • Release the string ladders

The first step to shortening your blinds is to release the string ladders on the bottom rail. Then, untie the knots of the lift cord inside the bottom rail on both sides of the blind.

 

  • Remove extra slats

After coming up with the ideal length for your blinds, remove the bottom rail and the number of slats necessary for the blinds to reach that length. Keep these slats in a safe location in case you ever move your blinds again and need to reinstall them for extra length. You can also use them to replace any broken slats in the future.

 

  • Replace the bottom rail and cut the extra string length

With the extra slats removed, slide the bottom rail back onto the string ladder and cut any extra lengths of string above the rung that hangs below the bottom rail. Then, insert each of the lift cords through the bottom rail hole and secure them by tying a knot. Finally, replace the bottom rail plugs to complete the shortening process.

 

4. What are cellular shades?

Cellular shades are a popular type of window covering that are made using pleated fabric that’s arranged to create honeycomb pockets or compartments that fold into themselves when the shade is raised and help provide extra insulation when the shade is lowered.

 

Cellular shades are available with varying layers of honeycomb pockets, and the more layers a shade features, the more insulation and energy efficiency it provides. At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of cellular shades, including premium light filtering, premium blackout, and deluxe cordless day/night shades.

 

5. What are cordless blinds?

As the name suggests, cordless blinds and shades are window treatments that can be operated without the use of a cord. Cordless blinds and shades are popular options because they’re easily operated by hand and provide a sleek and uniform appearance without the appearance of multiple cords located on every window. They’re also popular options for homeowners with small children or pets who worry about the potential hazards of blinds cords.

 

6. What are faux wood blinds made of?

Faux wood blinds are designed to look identical to real wood blinds, but often at a lower cost and with easier maintenance and easier cleaning. These blinds are manufactured using vinyl and vinyl compound materials, and some are manufactured using a combination of synthetic materials and real wood to provide an even more realistic look and feel.

 

7. What kind of shades should I purchase for a basement window?

Although they may receive slightly less sunlight than other windows in your home, your basement windows can be a source of unwanted heat and light. Before you purchase window treatments for your basement, it’s important to understand a few facts.

 

First, basements tend to have a higher humidity than other rooms in your home—and that can be bad for cellular shades and real wood blinds, as moisture can accumulate and damage the materials. Second, basement windows tend to attract large amounts of dirt and dust—especially if the basement itself is unfinished.

 

For basement window coverings that will be easy to clean and maintain, Blindster recommends faux wood blinds, roller shades, or blackout shades for the ultimate in light control, privacy, and insulation to protect your basement from heat and sunlight.

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.

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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.

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

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