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What Are the Best Window Treatments for a Home Theater?

Whether you have a full-fledged home theater equipped with plush auditorium-style seating and a giant projector screen, or a cozy movie room with a big flat-screen television and an oversized couch, you need one thing to complete the experience: complete and total control over the lighting. After all, nothing ruins the movie-watching experience quite like a harsh glare on the screen or light leaks that throws off the brightness, contrast, and colors on your perfectly calibrated projector or television.

At Blindster, we’re proud to sell some of the best blackout blinds and shades on the market, and we know that home owners use them in a variety of rooms, including bedrooms, nurseries, home offices, and living rooms. And while they’re great to have throughout the home, they’re essential for a home theater—especially if you’re looking to get the absolute best picture when viewing your favorite movies.

If you’re looking to complete your home theater experience, check our window treatment recommendations below:

Premium Roman Shades with Blackout Liner

Heavy curtains have long been associated with theaters of all kinds, including movie theaters. And if you’re looking to replicate that look with your window treatments, you can’t go wrong with our selection of Premium Roman Shades. These window coverings are among our most luxurious, and their thick, high-quality fabric are a great way to being the movie theater aesthetic to your home. Make sure to choose the optional blackout liner to eliminate as much outside light as possible, and don’t forget about options like cordless lift for a built-in look and top down bottom up for even more control over your lighting.

Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades

A home theater is often the most high-tech room in a home, and our Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades are among the most high-tech window treatments we carry. Imagine controlling an entire row or even an entire room full of shades with the click of a button from anywhere in the house. These shades utilized a battery-powered motorized lift and quickly raise and lower, and they’re controlled with a 15-channel remote at your convenience. In addition to blocking 99-percent of sunlight, these shades are also available in 15 unique colors.

Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades

Looking for a traditional and sleek window covering for your home theater? Look no further than our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades. These window treatments are built using 100 percent high-end polyester and fiberglass fabrics, which means they’re not only effective at blocking the sunlight and giving you ultimate light control, but they’re also designed to last for years. Choose a continuous loop lift cord for easy operation and pick from more than a dozen colors to match the décor in your home theater, including Moire White, Twilight Savannah, and Twilight Mesa.

Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades with Blackout Liner

Want a look for your home theater that’s a little different from the norm? Our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are among our most unique window coverings due to their construction materials, which include hand-woven bamboo, grass, and jute fabrics. Their appearance is sure to liven up any room, including your home theater, and the selection of patterns and wood grains available is unparalleled—especially for rooms with a rustic style. Choose from beautiful looks like Sunset Gold, Bangkok Umber, Riverwood Silver, and Rangoon Straw, then pair your new shades with optional blackout liners to give your windows beautiful and highly effective coverings.

Light Filtering Pleated Shades with Blackout Liner

Got a home theater that pulls double duty as a home office, game room, or fitness room? If that’s the case, you may not want traditional heavy blackout shades, especially if you frequently use the room during the day. Our Light Filtering Pleated Shades are manufactured with a beautiful woven polyester fabric with 1” pleat, and they’re designed to fill rooms with diffused natural lighting. However, you can also add a blackout liner, giving you the ability to eliminate outside light and protect your privacy when you need it.

Everything You Need to Know about Roller Shades

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Roller shades are easy to clean.

Roller shades are easy to clean.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Roller shades have free cordless options at Blindster.

Roller shades have free cordless options at Blindster.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Everything You Could Want to Know About Bamboo Shades

Bamboo shades have experienced a resurgence in their popularity recently and it is easy to understand why. They are inexpensive, stylish and durable with many modification options. These shades can pull a room together in a way that makes it seem like they were always meant to be there.

Whether you’re thinking about new shades or just want to know more about the bamboo blinds you love, check out Blindster’s list of facts below:

Rooted in China

The earliest versions of woven wood shades were created by the ancient Egyptians stringing reeds together to form rudimentary covers for their windows. But, it was in China where the first true bamboo shades were made. Bamboo grew easily and abundantly in that area of Asia, making it a popular material for construction.

Eco-Friendly

Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly materials used for blinds. It is easy to grow and requires a surprisingly small amount of water to maintain health. Using bamboo relieves the strain on large hardwood forests and preserves more natural habitats.

Not Technically Wood

Bamboo is classified as a type of grass and grows astronomically faster and more prolific than your typical tree.

Easy Keeper

Not only is bamboo easier to grow than trees, it is more durable once it is in your home. Bamboo shades are perfect for high humidity areas like the kitchen, bathroom or garage because the reeds are less susceptible to water.

Modifications

These shades can be easily modified to fit your needs. A plain bamboo blind will filter light and add texture to any room. Many of our customers prefer this look because they can still have brightness in their home while offering some protection to their furniture from fading. Customers who want complete sun blockage can customize their bamboo shade with a blackout liner. A blackout liner will make the bamboo shade more functional, without taking away from its natural and organic appearance.

Adjustable

If you order a new bamboo shade and it happens to be a little wide or long for your window, don’t panic! Bamboo blinds are pretty easy to adjust at home with just a pair of scissors. You can follow this tutorial to trim your shades to fit. To prevent this dilemma, check out our instructional measuring video on our YouTube page.

On-Trend

On top of all the benefits of a bamboo shade, they are also currently very on-trend. They are inexpensive and easily combined with curtains and a few window seal plants to create an organic look indoors. They also come is such a wide variety of textures and tones that virtually anyone can find a shade to match their aesthetic.

 

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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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 Frequently Asked Questions Part 5

At Blindster, we’re dedicated to providing the ultimate customer service, experience, and satisfaction to everyone who purchases window treatments from us. One of the best ways we can do that is by helping buyers like you learn as much as possible about window coverings so that they feel confident in their decisions and completely satisfied with their purchases.

We know that buying blinds and shades is something many people only do a few times in their life, and that can make steps like researching, measuring, comparison shopping, and installation an unfamiliar process. Our frequently asked questions pages are designed to help all potential buyers learn as much as possible about window treatments so that they not only get the right blinds or shades today, but with every future purchase they place with us as well.

To learn more about the wide variety of window coverings we sell, check out the questions below or get in touch with our knowledgeable and helpful customer service representatives.

  1. What are the best faux wood blinds?

Faux wood blinds are an appealing option for many homeowners, as they provide an elegant look that’s extremely similar to real wood blinds at a lower price point and with easier cleaning and maintenance requirements. At Blindster, we offer several types of faux wood blinds that can meet the needs of virtually every homeowner, including:

 

These wide-shutter style view faux wood blinds are the most luxurious we offer and can be ordered with a full range of sizes and options. They’re also available in seven different colors, including white, alabaster, smooth cherry, and smooth birch.

 

Like the 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, this option matches the beauty of real wood blinds but uses smaller slats. It’s an ideal option to install on doors and long, thin windows.

 

Available at a lower price point than our premium faux wood blinds, these window coverings are both highly affordable and beautiful. Their 2” slats give you an excellent view outside and the seven colors to choose from means you’ll have no problems matching your décor.

  1. What are thick or wide wood blinds called?

Wood blinds with extra wide slats are becoming more and more popular, and many homeowners are curious about how to find these blinds online. At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of wide blinds that are made from both real wood and faux wood. Our widest real wood blinds are our 2 ½” Premium Wood Blinds, which are available in 12 colors. Our widest faux wood blinds are our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds and our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds.

 

  1. What are the cheapest type of blinds?

At Blindster, we know that many homeowners look are on a budget and look for value and affordability in addition to style and design. That’s why we offer a variety of window coverings that can fit any price range while still complementing home décor and giving you the privacy and security you want.

 

Some of our most affordable blinds include:

 

Our lowest-priced faux wood blind, this window treatment is available in two different colors and is perfect for any budget.

 

One of the most common styles of blinds, our 1” aluminum blinds are incredibly versatile and are available in 23 different colors.

 

If privacy and affordability are your top concerns, these blinds have got you covered. No visible holes make them perfect for both light blockage and total privacy from neighbors and anyone walking or driving near your home.

 

  1. What kind of Venetian blinds have the best visibility?

The term Venetian blinds refers to any blinds that have movable slats in a descending row from top to bottom that can be adjusted to open or close. Whether they’re made from wood, faux wood, or aluminum, Venetian blinds are among the most common window treatments in American homes.

 

When it comes to visibility, the best types of Venetian blinds are those that have the largest slats. At Blindster, we offer several varieties of Venetian blinds with extra-large slats, including our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds, our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, and our 2 ½” Premium Wood Blinds.

 

  1. What are roller shades?

Roller shades are window coverings that provide the classic, traditional appearance the most people associate with standard shades. Roller shades can vary in color, design, and even function. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of roller shades, ranging from room darkening shades to total blackout shades to light filtering shades. We also offer roller shades that provide a natural bamboo look.

 

In terms of style and finding the perfect shade to match your décor and furniture, it’s hard to beat roller shades. Our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades – Group A are available in 34 colors, and our Premium Fabric Roller Shades Woven Wood are available in 26 colors, which means you’ll have no shortage of options to find the perfect match for your home.

 

  1. What are roller shades made of?

Roller shades are made from a variety of materials. As the name suggests, our Deluxe Vinyl Roller Shades are made from a high-quality vinyl fabric that’s also reinforced with fiberglass to block out light and provide the ultimate in privacy. We also offer standard roller shades that are manufactured using high-quality woven polyester that uses an acrylic backing if a blackout option is selected. Finally, our Fabric Woven Wood Roller Shades are also manufactured using high-quality woven polyester that’s designed to be filter light and mimic the appearance of natural bamboo.

 

  1. What are vertical blinds made of?

Ideal for very large windows and sliding patio doors, vertical blinds use large blades that are mounted on a track directly above the window or door and can be adjusted to quickly and easily open or close using a wand. At Blindster, we offer several types of vertical blinds, including ones manufactured using both standard and embossed PVC, a soft and light-filtering fabric, and a faux wood material for the ultimate in elegance and affordability.

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 4

Knowledge is power—especially when you’re in the market for new window treatments! Whether you’re buying window treatments for the first time or planning on replacing your existing blinds and shades throughout your entire home, you undoubtedly have many questions.

Given the number of window coverings we offer—not to mention the customizations and optional components—we know that buyers like you may be hesitant to make a purchase until they’ve done their homework and feel confident in their decisions.

To make your buying process easier, be sure to check out some of our frequently asked questions below, and don’t hesitate to contact our customer support representatives if you still have questions or concerns.

  1. What’s an alternative to wood blinds?

Wood blinds provide an elegant and natural look to any room, but they’re not for everyone. Their higher cost and the potential for warping and cracking if used in areas with high humidity means some people prefer other options.

 

If you’re dead-set on getting the look of real wood blinds without the potential downsides, faux wood blinds may be the perfect option for your home. Not only do they look virtually identical to real wood blinds, but they’re also more resistant to the elements and they’re easier to clean and maintain. In many cases, faux wood blinds are less expensive than real wood blinds as well.

 

  1. What is the average price for Roman shades?

Roman shades are an elegant and beautiful option for window treatments, but they can also be more expensive than other types of shades. The cost of Roman shades is due to factors like their luxurious tailored appearance, soft and sculpted folds, and wide selection of fabrics and colors.

 

At Blindster, we offer multiple types of Roman shades at varying price points. Because our shades frequently go on sale, the best way to get an idea of the average price is to frequently consult the product pages:

 

 

  1. What is a solar shade?

A solar shade is a window covering that’s designed with sun protection, energy efficiency, shade, and glare reduction in mind. Solar shades can be installed anywhere in your home, and many homeowners prefer to install them in areas that receive plenty of sunlight, such as sunrooms, patios, and pool rooms. They’re also perfect for areas where you want to block out sunlight and reduce glare but maintain your view of the outside, such as bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and home offices.

  1. What do I need to know about solar shades?

If you’re thinking about purchasing solar shades, you probably already know that they’re the ideal solution for homeowners looking for window coverings that provide excellent insulation and heat reduction while maintaining a clear view of the outside.

 

Solar shades accomplish that by:

 

  • Blocking up to 97% of harmful and warming UV rays due to their heat and light absorbing materials
  • Increasing energy efficiency by creating an extra layer of insulation between the inside of your home, your windows, and the outdoors
  • Reducing or eliminating glare in areas that receive ample amounts of sunlight, such as bedrooms, patios, sunrooms, decks, and more
  • Using transparent materials that allow you to still clearly see the outdoors even when the shade is drawn and 97% of outside sunlight and UV rays are blocked

 

In addition to these features, solar shades are also easy to maintain and install. Their moisture and mold-resistant properties mean they will stand up to harsh, wet conditions in both outdoor areas, such as decks and patios, and indoor areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

 

  1. What is a relaxed Roman shade?

Unlike standard Roman shades that feature a folded appearance through their entire length to create an appearance of depth and dimension, relaxed Roman shades have a more casual look without sacrificing any of the elegance you would expect. Instead of featuring curves and folds from top to bottom, relaxed Roman shades are only softly curved at the bottom where the fabric bunches together. These shades are the ideal solution for rooms where you want to create a relaxed atmosphere and don’t plan on raising or lowering the shades on a frequent basis.

 

  1. What is a corded roller shade?

A corded roller shade is simply a roller shade that is operated with a cord. Roller shades with continuous cord loop options are perfect for large and wide windows, as the cord makes it much easier to raise and lower the window covering. Corded roller shades are most often installed in living rooms, bedrooms, and offices that are equipped with exceptionally large windows where a cordless option just isn’t practical given the weight and size of the window coverings.

 

  1. What is a stepped Roman shade?

A stepped Roman shade is also known as a waterfall or hobbled Roman shade. This term refers to Roman shades that feature soft folds that run the entire length of the fabric from top to a bottom, giving it a waterfall-like appearance. They also may be known as looped or teardrop shades due to their unique appearance. Stepped Roman shades are versatile enough to be installed in rooms with a casual atmosphere and rooms that call for nothing but the utmost in luxury and elegance.

 

  1. What is the best blackout shade for a nursery?

In addition to home offices, bedrooms, game rooms, and home theaters, nurseries are also another ideal location to install blackout shades. Being able to fully control the lighting in your child’s room during the first years of his or her life can help both of you sleep more soundly during the day and night. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of blackout shades that can eliminate up to 99% of outside light, giving you the option to make your nursery as dark or as light as you want.

 

Some of the options we recommend include:

 

Choose between cordless or corded options and 9 different colors when choosing this shade, one of our most elegant and high-quality blackout shades.

 

Capable of blocking out 99% of outside light, these premium blackout shades are available in 15 colors and are manufactured with a 3/8” double cell fabric.

 

Take your pick of cordless or corded lift options and 13 different colors to match your child’s nursery, including twilight mesa, moire white, and twilight glacier.

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

Everything You Could Want to Know About Roman Shades

Roman shades are a classically popular window treatment with everlasting style. Their versatility and durability make them the perfect shade for high traffic rooms like the living room and offices. They have the ability to soften a room with a comfortable vibe and add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space.

If you’re thinking about updating your windows with Roman shades or simply want to know a bit more about them, this list will help inform you all about this classic option.

They are said to have originated in Rome

Their original purpose was to shade pampered spectators in public amphitheaters or stadiums, the most famous being the Colosseum in Rome. Well-to-do audience members did not want to endure the hot Mediterranean sun and so they sat underneath large, elaborate cloth awnings that protected them from the sun’s rays. The system of ropes and pulleys that was used to remove and replace the awnings for events was essential for the development of today’s Roman shades.

Roman shades are difficult to make

Each shade is very complicated to make and takes a lot of human labor to ensure its perfection. Because of the time put into each individual shade, they do tend to be a bit more costly. Any mistakes that are made while creating the shade are very difficult to remedy, with a lot of imperfect shades having to be recreated entirely.

Some Roman shades require training

Like parting your hair a different way or house breaking a new puppy, some Roman shades need a little training when they are new and young. If your new shades are made of a thick fabric, you may have to train them to fold in the correct place. After a few times of being guided into the correct placement, the fabric of your shade will start to hold a “memory” of where it should fold.

They are perfect for inside and outside mounts

Roman shades look beautiful mounted within your window frame and also outside your window frame. If you have nice trim around your windows you should show it off by mounting the shade inside the frame. They will look perfectly built-in and allow the finer details of your home to really shine. If you have unsightly trim or simply want to make your windows appear larger, these shades can be easily mounted on the wall around your window and you can let your pretty shades take center stage.

They come in a variety of features

Roman shades are very versatile and can fit into any aesthetic. Because they are made of fabric, there are a lot of color and texture options available, as well as options for top down/bottom up, blackout, cordless and pleated.

They come in different pleat styles

When picking the perfect Roman shade for your next home decorating project, you will be able to choose from flat, relaxed or butterfly. Flat shades are the standard, classically pleating shade we all know and love. Relaxed roman shades bow at the bottom and provide a more feminine look. Butterfly roman shades have a dip in the middle and the fabric is pulled up on either side.