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What are Mini Blinds?

Almost everyone has heard the term “mini blinds,” but what does it mean—especially in comparison to other window treatments? Simply put, mini blinds are window blinds that use slats that are less than half the width of standard blinds. At Blindster, our selection of mini blinds includes a variety of window treatments featuring slats that around 1” in width.

Mini blinds are a popular term because they’re a popular fixture in households, businesses, and any buildings that require window treatments. Because of their affordability, light weight, and ease of cleaning, mini blinds are easy on the wallet, highly convenient, and are versatile enough to be installed in rooms with a wide variety of décor and color schemes.

Some major advantages of mini blinds include:

  • Highly effective at controlling light – While mini blinds aren’t as effective at blocking out light as blackout shades, they provide ample light control for most homeowners. They’re also easily operated, as wands can be used to open their slats and lift cords can be used to pull them up or down as needed.
  • Moderate cost – Mini blinds are popular choices for homeowners with a variety of budgets. They’re an especially attractive option for people who need to outfit an entire home, as the costs of higher end window treatments can add up when they must be purchased for a dozen or more windows.
  • Easy to clean – Because most mini blinds are made from highly durable and often synthetic materials, they’re easy to clean with household items, including many mild cleaners. With other blinds and shades, homeowners may need to watch out for staining or fading, but mini blinds hold up even after being exposed to small amounts of water or cleaner. They’re also easily dusted and wiped clean, making routine maintenance and upkeep a breeze.

Another advantage of mini blinds is familiarity. Because they’re so popular, many people prefer them over other types of window treatments due to knowing how to quickly and easily install and operate them.

What Are the Different Types of Mini Blinds?

At Blindster, we offer a few different types of mini blinds. Each of these varieties has its own colors, options, and possible sizes. They include:

  • 1” Aluminum Mini Blinds – If you’re looking for a classic mini blind, you can’t go wrong with our 1” aluminum mini blinds. These tried and true window coverings are like the ones you’ve seen in many other homes and businesses, but they’re made from high-quality materials and cut to extremely high levels of accuracy to ensure the perfect fit.
  • Cordless Aluminum Mini Blinds – Many homeowners are concerned about the dangers associated with mini blind cords. And while we include free cord cleats with all corded window treatment purchases, we know that many people prefer the peace of mind and convenience that comes with cordless options. Forget the lift cord—use the bottom rail to raise and lower these highly durable window treatments.
  • Privacy Aluminum Mini Blinds – If you’re concerned about your privacy—and let’s face it, who isn’t—you’ll love our privacy aluminum mini blinds. Built with no route holes, they provide seamless coverage of your windows. When closed, they cut glare, darken rooms, and keep prying eyes outside of your home.

For more information, spend some time on the product pages of our selection of mini blinds. You’ll find things like available colors, specifications, customization choices, maximum sizes offered, and even videos showing how the blinds are made.

How to Install Mini Blinds

As mentioned above, one of the biggest selling points for mini blinds is their ease of installation, their light weight construction, and people’s overall familiarity with them. However, we know that not everyone has installed mini blinds in the past, and it can be a new process for many people—especially new homeowners or people buying new window treatments for the first time.

If you need help installing your new mini blinds, be sure to check out our Blinds 101 Installation Page for a rundown on installing a huge variety of window treatments.

And for a quick refresher on installing mini blinds, follow these steps:

  1. Measure your windows – This is one of the most vital steps, as incorrect measurements can lead to blinds that don’t fit or that don’t provide the light coverage and privacy you need. Visit our comprehensive Measuring Instructions Guide for all the details on the best way to measure your windows before you place your order.
  2. Install the brackets – First, make sure you’re following the bracket mounting instructions for the type of installation you’re performing—inside vs outside. Next, be sure to follow the instructions on our installation page or provided by the manufacturer carefully. Make clear markings for the areas where you’ll drill into your wall or window frame for your brackets, and be sure they’re level to provide the best coverage.
  3. Install the valance – The valance is a covering for the head rail, and it’s secured to the head rail via valance clips. Locate these clips and keep them handy for when you reach this step. First, place the head rail on the brackets that you installed in your window frame on your wall in the step above. Then, place the valance onto the head rail and clip it into place using the valance clips. Finally, secure the blind wand if your window treatments came with one.

If you run into trouble with your mini blinds or any other type of window covering, be sure to check out our individualized installation guides for a wide variety of blinds:

What’s the Best Way to Clean Mini Blinds?

Window treatments often seem like magnets for dirt and dust. It’s important to keep them clean, especially if you suffer from allergies or have pets and small children. Many people dislike cleaning blinds because of the tedious nature, but many types of aluminum blinds are much easier to clean than other types of window treatments.

To quickly and effectively clean your mini blinds, you’ll only need three items:

  • A feather duster
  • A vacuum with hose attachment
  • A damp cloth

Use the feather duster to collect surface dirt and dust and the vacuum to quickly remove pet hair and dust bunnies. A damp cloth can be used to wipe away stubborn dirt and dust. You can also use gentle cleaning solutions to get out tougher messes and light stains. However, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions or warnings before using any liquid other than water on your blinds.

A good cleaning routine involves only a few steps, which include:

  • Shutting blinds and dusting from top to bottom, then vacuuming up any dust or dirt that falls onto the floor
  • Opening blinds and dusting from top to bottom, again vacuuming up any remnants.
  • Using a dry or damp cloth to remove remaining bits of dirt and dust and vacuuming the floor to remove anything that fell from the slats, headrail, or bottom rail.

Looking for New Mini Blinds? Look No Further than Blindster

If you’re looking to outfit your home or business with mini blinds, you’re in the right place. We’re proud to offer several different varieties of mini blinds, each with its own colors and options. Be sure to check out our product page for mini blinds, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our sales representatives if you have additional questions before you place an order.

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.

Vertical vs. Horizontal Blinds

What’s the Difference?

There are two main types of blinds used in homes and offices: vertical blinds and horizontal blinds. Horizontal blinds are much more commonly used out of the two types, as they represent the traditional 1”-2” slat blinds that are most often seen on small to medium-sized windows. Vertical blinds use much larger slats that hang from a head rail that’s often mounted to a track, allowing them to be opened and closed with a wand or pulley system. Many homeowners and business owners use vertical blinds to cover large windows or sliding glass doors.Horizontal Blinds

It’s important to remember that there are distinct differences between vertical and horizontal blinds, and both have advantages and drawbacks. Knowing those differences before you make a purchase can help you ensure that you get the right window treatments for your windows and your home.

 

How Are Vertical Blinds and Horizontal Blinds Similar?

There are two primary ways that vertical blinds and horizontal blinds are similar:

  • Light protection – Blinds are designed to block out light, and whether they’re oriented vertically or horizontally, they’re highly effective at accomplishing that task. In fact, both vertical and horizontal blinds can provide near-blackout levels of light protection, making them ideal for rooms like bedrooms, home offices, nurseries, home theaters, and more.
  • Similar materials – Both vertical and horizontal blinds are made with similar materials. Blindster’s vertical blinds include PVC and faux wood, giving them a lightweight construction that makes installation easy—even for the largest orders.

What Are the Benefits of Vertical Blinds and Horizontal Blinds?

No matter what type of blinds you choose, you’ll get all the benefits of high-quality window coverings. However, both types of blinds are better at different things, so choosing the right type for your needs is an essential step:

Vertical blinds
Vertical Blinds

 

  • They’re ideal for sliding doors and wide windows. While traditional horizontal blinds can be custom made to fit sliding doors and wide windows, they simply aren’t practical in many instances. Vertical blinds are much better fits, as they’re easily opened and closed and can cover even the widest windows and doors.
  • They’re easy to clean. In addition to not collecting as much dust as horizontal blinds, vertical blinds are easier to clean because they’re made from two materials that are highly resistant to moisture: PVC and faux wood. That means more cleaning products can be used without worrying about colors fading or staining.
  • They block more light. Vertical blinds have much larger slats and are much wider than horizontal blinds, which means that a single vertical blind can block more sunlight than even the largest custom horizontal blinds.

 

Horizontal blinds

  • They provide more privacy. One drawback to vertical blinds is their tendency to sway from side to side or become off-kilter, resulting in gaps in coverage. Horizontal blinds are much less likely to expose the interior of your home or business.
  • They’re ideal for tall and narrow windows. Just as vertical blinds are perfect for wide windows and sliding glass doors, horizontal blinds are more practical for tall and narrow windows due to their design and construction.
  • They don’t touch the floor. If you’re worried about dirt or dust collecting at the bottom of your window coverings, horizontal blinds may be the best option, as they typically rest on window sills instead of the floor.
  • They make less noise. The operation of vertical blinds can be noisy, especially if their tracks aren’t regularly greased or maintained. Horizontal blinds typically make much less noise.
  • They can last many years without replacement. Because vertical blinds rely on a track with many moving parts, they can be more likely to wear out and need maintenance or replacing.

Ready to Find the Perfect Vertical or Horizontal Blinds for Your Home?

If you’re in the market for new blinds, make sure you know the right type for the windows in your home. After you’ve made your decision, be sure to check out Blindster’s selection of blinds. We offer many varieties of high-quality vertical blinds and horizontal blinds, and products in both categories can be customized and outfitted with additional options to create the perfect fit for every room in your home.

Wood Blinds vs Faux Wood Blinds

When it comes to elegance, beauty, and a timeless style that complements virtually any home décor, you simply can’t go wrong with wood or faux wood blinds. And whether you prefer 1” blinds, 2” blinds, supersized 3” blinds, cordless lift, or dark or light wood stains, Blindster has the perfect wood window treatments for your home.

But what if you’re having trouble deciding between wood blinds and faux wood blinds? At first glance, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Although they may look extremely similar, real wood blinds and faux wood blinds have unique pros and cons that all homeowners should understand before they place an order.

If you’ve got your heart set on wood blinds, but can’t decide on real vs faux, check out our comparison guide below:

 

Wood Blinds

 

Faux Wood Blinds

  • Made from real wood

As the name suggests, wood blinds are made from real wood. For many homeowners, there is simply no substitute for the real thing. The texture and fine details are exactly as you would expect in a product made from real trees.

 

  • Great at insulating rooms

Real wood is thicker and denser than faux wood, which also means that it’s more effective at insulating rooms. Installing wood blinds in your windows can help keep cold air out during the winter and cold air in during the summer, making your home more eco-friendly and helping to reduce your utility bills.

 

  • Manufactured using North American wood

If you’re concerned about purchasing products that are made using local materials and supplies, you’ll love our wood blinds. They’re manufactured using wood harvested from forests in the Eastern United States and Canada.

 

  • Natural wood grain patterns

Although faux wood blinds are designed to look like the real thing, there are some subtleties and intricacies of real wood grain that simply can’t be replicated, especially upon close inspection. Our wood blinds feature beautiful wood grain patterns, textures, and colors that will add beauty and luxury to any room in your home.

 

  • More color options

The color and stain of blinds can make a big difference in how they complement a room and match furniture and décor. If you’re looking for the most color and stain options for your home, you’ll want to stick with real wood blinds. Our 2” Premium Wood Blinds are available in 28 unique colors, while our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds are available in 17 colors.

 

  • Lightweight and easy to raise/lower

Weight can become an issue when blinds are manufactured to oversized specifications in order to cover large windows. Real wood blinds are relatively lightweight and are much easier to raise and lower, even at their maximum size limits, than many types of faux wood blinds.

  • Made from composite materials

Faux wood blinds are made from a blend of materials, including a composite wood material, PVC, vinyl, and vinyl compounds. Although they may contain very little in the way of real wood, they are designed to look and feel extremely similar to the real thing. For many homeowners, it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference unless they are inspected up close.

 

  • Highly resistant to warping and fading

Not being made from real wood gives faux wood blinds an advantage in harsh conditions, especially in areas with high humidity, sunlight exposure, and heat. Because they are manufactured using highly durable composite materials, faux wood blinds are much less likely to warp, fade, or discolor, even after years of exposure to harsh elements.

 

  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cleaning real wood requires care and special solutions that won’t damage the wood or soak into it, causing potential warping and fading. Faux wood blinds are much more resilient to a wider variety of cleaning products and solutions, making them much easier to clean and maintain.

 

  • Lower price point

Although our real wood blinds are priced competitively, faux wood blinds are even more affordable. If you’re looking to outfit an entire home or business with new wood blinds, choosing faux wood is a great way to save money without compromising on the look you want.

 

  • Available as shutters

In addition to our wide variety of faux wood blinds, we also offer a beautiful faux wood shutter that’s perfect for any room in your home. Lightweight and durable, our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters are manufactured with a hollow-bodied structure, making them easy to install yourself. Like our other faux wood blinds, these shutters are resistant to moisture, heat, and sunlight, making them ideal for rooms with high humidity or that receive frequent sun exposure.

Back to School Tips for Kids’ Rooms

Back to school is always a hectic time for both kids and parents. Children have to adjust to new classrooms, new teachers, new subjects, and new schedules, while parents have to adjust to added demands on their time.

This can be a stressful time of year for families, but it also represents a fresh start. New clothes, new haircuts and new backpacks can help kids start the school year off right, but it’s also a great time for kids to get fresh starts in their rooms as well.

With kids often having schedules just as demanding as their parents, it’s essential that their rooms are well-equipped to handle all of the challenges of a new school year.

To get your child’s room up to speed for the 2016-2017 school year, check out Blindster’s tips below:

  • Make room for a desk

Make Room For a Desk

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The value of your child having access to a study or work desk in his or her bedroom can’t be stressed enough. Homework and long study periods are the norm for students of all ages and grades in 2016. Having a place to focus and complete assignments and study before an important exam can make a big difference in grades and test scores. Desks are also essential for long writing or reading assignments, as prolonged work sessions on the couch or dining table can lead to discomfort and difficulty focusing.

  • Upgrade to a comfortable and size-appropriate bed

Upgrade to a comfortable and size-appropriate bed

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For most elementary school-aged children, single or twin-size beds are more than adequate to provide comfortable rest and relaxation. But as children grow to reach middle school and high school age, their sleep patterns change and getting a full night of rest can become more difficult. Larger beds, such as full or queen-sized beds, make it easier for older children to fall asleep and stay asleep longer, which can significantly improve their academic performance and ability to stay focused throughout the day.

 

  • Install blackout and noise dampening window treatments

Install blackout and noise dampening window treatments

 

Bright sunlight is great for lighting up your home, but it can be a kid’s worst enemy in the morning or while they’re attempting to study and finish homework. To help your child sleep better and focus after school, consider installing window treatments that are designed to block sunlight and reduce outside noise levels. Our Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades not only block 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays from entering your child’s room, they’re also great insulators, making them ideal for climate control and noise reduction.

 

  • Paint the walls according to your child’s personality

paint the walls according to your child's personality

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It’s well known that colors have a profound impact on mood and energy levels. If your child tends to be hyperactive or has difficulty sitting still and focusing on homework for long periods of time, consider painting his or her room a cool and calming color, such as light blue, green, or yellow. If your child has difficulty waking up in the morning or getting motivated to study, choose energizing colors like red, orange and purple.

  • Create space to showcase your child’s accomplishments

Create space to showcase your child’s accomplishments

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Displaying your child’s accomplishments can be a great motivator to keep him or her striving for more success in the future. A few prominently arranged shelves serve as the perfect displays for your child’s achievements, and you can continue adding to it as he or she grows in both academic and after-school activities throughout the years.

 

  • Make sure there’s plenty of storage space

Make sure there’s plenty of storage space

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Kid’s rooms can go from neat and tidy, to total disaster areas in the blink of an eye. Trying to keep your child’s room 100 percent clean day in and day out is often a losing battle, but you can cut down on the mess by supplying him or her with plenty of storage spaces. Label crates or tubs and keep each separate. Then use one for sports equipment, one for art supplies, and one for instruments or music-related equipment, etc. When everything has its place, your child will find it much easier to keep his or her room tidy without your help.

 

  • Encourage responsibility by hanging a large calendar or whiteboard on the wall

Encourage responsibility by hanging a large calendar or whiteboard on the wall

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Managing an ever-evolving list of appointments, meetings, errands, and family get-togethers is difficult enough for adults, but nowadays, many children have schedules that are just as busy and hectic as their parents’. Instead of hoping that your child can rely on a small, school-issued planner, hang a large wall calendar or white board in his or her room. That way he or she can list and easily keep track of all upcoming assignments, sporting events, tryouts, and other activities.

 

  • Organize closets and dressers for fewer hassles in the morning

Organize closets and dressers for fewer hassles in the morning

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Mornings are the most hectic time of day for both adults and kids. For kids, the hectic nature of mornings is often due to desperate searches through closets and dressers to find something to wear. Make it easier on your child by making sure his or her closet is organized and all clothes are accessible. Move clothing that’s out-of-season to another closet or push them to the back to make room for season-appropriate clothing, and be sure to regularly sell, donate, or hand down clothing that your child has outgrown to avoid overcrowding closets and dressers.

 

  • Limit distractions by moving electronic devices to other areas of the home

Limit distractions by moving electronic devices to other areas of the home

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Technology is an essential part of life for everyone, including kids in school. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be allowed to take over their lives or create major distractions that get in the way of homework, studying, and excelling in extracurricular activities. If you find that your child is having difficulty staying on task, consider moving his or her computer, television, gaming console, or tablet to another part of the house. This makes it easier to monitor your child’s usage and set time limits if their usage gets out of hand or interferes with school work.

Best Uses for Small, Awkward Spaces in Your Home

Whether you live in a studio apartment or a large family-sized home, chances are you’ve got a few spaces where nothing seems to fit. Because most homeowners and apartment renters want to maximize their available space, it can be frustrating to see a blank wall, empty corner, or unused nook that seems perfect for “something”—if only you could pinpoint what.

For some living spaces, the awkward areas are too small to place large furniture, but too big to leave empty. Older homes in particular are often full of nooks and crannies that can be difficult to fill, but with a little creativity, you can get the most out of your home’s unique design and architecture.

Check out Blindster’s tips below for a guide to maximizing your home’s potential by turning awkward spaces into perfect fits:

  • The tops of your cabinets

The Tops of Your Cabinets

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The cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms in many homes and apartments doesn’t extend all the way to the ceiling. Instead, there’s often a large gap between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling itself. Take advantage of this space by using it as a shelf for decorative plates, plants or art. It will look less like an afterthought in your kitchen and more like it was meant to be there. You could also use it to store kitchen appliances that you don’t need on a daily basis. Things like blenders, panini presses, rice cookers, deep fryers, and other assorted kitchen gadgets can be safely stored on top of your cabinets without taking up precious space in your actual cabinets and drawers. Just keep a small step ladder nearby for easy access whenever you need to use them.

 

  • Niche under the stairs

Niche Under the Stairs

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While some homes have closets or bathrooms underneath their staircases, others have small niches cut out from the wall. These niches are perfect for creating small, semi-private spaces. A small chaise or lounge-style chair complete with an assortment of pillows propped against the wall makes a great reading and relaxation nook. You can also place a small desk underneath the stairs to create a study area or home office. Another option is to get creative with bookcases and shelving and build a storage area that fits neatly inside the alcove. You could even fill the space with a dog or cat bed for your furbaby.

 

  • Small balcony, porch, or patio

Small balcony, porch, or patio

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Most apartment dwellers want huge balconies with skyline views, while homeowners want wraparound porches that are built to accommodate large numbers of guests. But getting those ideal relaxation areas isn’t always a reality, especially with shrinking property sizes. If that’s the case for you, focus on making it as comfortable as possible. A single chair and small table, complemented with a couple of unique plants and other decorative items, can go a long way towards making an otherwise cramped balcony or porch seem much more comfortable and even cozy.

 

  • Cramped bedside areas

Cramped Bedside Areas

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Sometimes, serious sacrifices have to be made to make beds fit just right. Whether you’re positioning your bed away from the morning sun or attempting to fit a king size mattress in a small bedroom, you may end up with a small, awkward space on one side that leaves very little room for any furniture. While you may not be able to fit a full nightstand on that side of the bed, you may be surprised by how much storage and function you can get from a small, circular bedside table with a couple of drawers. For many people, simply having a flat surface for their phone or tablet to charge at night is more than enough when it comes to bedside storage. For even more space saving, create a minimalist bedside lamp by hanging a cord kit and bulb from your wall.

 

  • Small kitchen walls

Small Kitchen Walls

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The walls in most kitchens are filled with cabinets or appliances, so it can be a challenge to find ways to make use of blank walls in your kitchen if you aren’t used to having the additional space. One great use of these areas is to hang a chalkboard and write some of your favorite quotes, recipes, and even a weekly meal schedule. Another option is to install a few rows of shelves where you can place spices, jars, cookware, and other kitchen essentials that will be in easy reach when you’re preparing a meal. Finally, you can also use the space to add seating. Kitchens now rival living rooms when it comes to the top gathering places in the home for family and friends. Providing seating for your family members and guests while you’re preparing a meal or just hanging out is always appreciated.

  • Empty spaces under bathroom sinks

Empty Spaces Under Bathroom Sinks

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While many homes have full cabinetry and drawers underneath their bathroom vanities, others have standalone sinks with nothing underneath except pipes. This space can seem awkward, especially if you’re used to having plenty of storage space in your bathroom. But just because you lack cabinets and drawers doesn’t mean you can’t create a great storage area, and that empty space under your sink is the perfect location. A few wire baskets make a great storage spot for towels and assorted toiletries, and if you want to keep the storage area hidden from view, hang trimmed curtains or other decorative fabric to reach from the bottom of your sink to the floor.

 

  • Long, narrow hallway

Long, Narrow Hallway

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Due to their awkward dimensions and the fact that people generally don’t spend much time in them, hallways aren’t usually at the top of the list when it comes to interior design and décor ideas. However, that doesn’t mean your home’s hallway has to be a boring or neglected area. While most hallways are too narrow to place large pieces of furniture, they’re the perfect location to create your own personal art gallery. Whether you display your own artwork or some of your favorite pieces that you’ve collected over the years, your hallway is a great place to add color, life, and creativity to your home.

Ideas for Using Your Home’s Extra Bedrooms

The number of bedrooms in a home can be one of its top selling points, but for many homeowners, there’s a question of what exactly they’re going to use those extra rooms for when they finally get settled. As the average home size gets bigger, the number of bedrooms has also increased, and it’s not uncommon for many new homes to have four or even five bedrooms. Putting that extra space to use can be a dilemma—especially if you don’t have an equal “people to bedroom ratio” in your home.

If you’re struggling to find the best use for your extra bedrooms, check out Blindster’s list of suggestions:

  • Guest rooms

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The top use for an extra bedroom or two is the most obvious—turn them into guest rooms. All you need is a bed, a nightstand, and a dresser, and you’ve got a perfectly functional guest bedroom for family and friends to use. Having multiple guest bedrooms makes it easy for you to entertain multiple people who are visiting from out of town and help them save money on lodging, meals, and other travel expenses. In addition, many newer homes feature adjoining bedrooms that share a bathroom, making them ideal for guests with children.

 

  • Pet rooms

Pet Room

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Having pets can be a great source of companionship, entertainment, and stress relief for your family, but they can also be difficult to live with at night—especially if they’re nocturnal animals—or if you have guests who have pet allergies. Having an extra bedroom or two can be a great way to give your animals the space they need to stay happy and healthy, while also preventing them from keeping you up all night or causing your guests to have an allergic reaction. To create an ideal cat room, all you need is a litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, bedding, and some favorite toys. Dog rooms are similarly low-maintenance, but you may need to be more careful with the items you place inside, as some dogs are prone to chewing or clawing when they get bored.

 

  • Home office

Home Office Space

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More and more jobs are allowing people to work from home, but trying to do so without having a dedicated workspace can be difficult. A home office makes it much easier to get the peace and quiet necessary to concentrate for long periods of time, make and receive phone calls, and have a designated place where work is separate from home. Spare bedrooms are ideal places to use as home offices and require nothing more than a desk, a chair, and a computer to become dedicated home workspaces.

 

  • Storage room

Storage Room

Lack of storage is one of the biggest complaints for many homeowners in 2016. If that describes you and your family members, your spare bedroom may be best served as a storage area. Small guest bedrooms work great for this concept, as they’re large enough to function as improvised walk-in closets but small enough that you won’t feel bad for utilizing the square footage of the room itself as an actual living area or bedroom.

 

  • Exercise room/home gym

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If you’re tired of driving across town every day to the gym, or if you’re just more inclined to work out at home, converting a spare bedroom into a home gym may be perfect for you. A treadmill, a set of free weights complete with a weight bench, and a body weight exercise area are all you need to have a small but effective home gym that can help you stay fit without the hassle of driving to an actual gym or the expense of paying for your membership every month.

 

  • Movie and game room

Movie and Game Room

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Whether you’re a gamer or an avid film fan, chances are your living room isn’t ideal for enjoying your favorite hobby. Whether there’s a glare from the outside, the sound is too loud for your neighbors or family members, or you just don’t have enough room for all of your specialized equipment, having a dedicated space can help you maximize your enjoyment. A big-screen television or a projector, a surround sound system, and some blackout window treatments, like Blindster’s Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades, will make any bedroom the ideal place to enjoy games and movies at any time of the day.

  • Study and relaxation room

Relaxation Room

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As homes become more connected and high-tech, having a place where you can read, relax, and rest is truly invaluable. Turning a spare bedroom into a study and relaxation room can be done by outfitting it with comfortable seating, stocking a bookshelf a few of your favorite books, bringing in a stereo that you can use to play relaxing music, and putting together a bed for occasional naps. To make the room truly effective at helping you to de-stress and leave the worries of your day behind, enforce a strict “no electronic devices allowed” rule and leave your phone or tablet at the door. By creating a space where you’re always unplugged, you’ll quickly associate the room with feelings of relaxation and reflection.

 

  • Arts and crafts studio

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Everyone needs a chance to explore their creative side from time to time. Whether you enjoy painting, woodworking, or building small DIY crafts, your spare bedroom can be easily converted into a small home art studio. Make sure to keep a chest or set of drawers stocked with plenty of supplies like paints, canvasses, and wood, and If possible, add a sink for easy cleanup of paints, glue, clay, and other art and DIY materials and adhesives. You can also use the space to get creative from a musical standpoint. Use it to create electronic tunes on a computer, spin your favorite vinyl albums, or practice playing your favorite instrument.

 

  • Recreation room

Recreation Room

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Love playing pool, throwing darts, or battling your friends and family in table tennis? Turning your spare bedroom into a rec room is a great way to have access to these activities anytime you want. When choosing a pool table, make sure that you have plenty of room on all sides of the table to extend your cue without bumping into walls or furniture. In addition, consider placing a backing behind your dart board to protect your walls from errant throws, as darts can quickly damage drywall by creating small holes.

  • Kids’ playroom

Kids Play Room

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If your children’s bedrooms aren’t big enough for them to fully stretch out and enjoy playing with their toys, consider converting a spare bedroom into a playroom. Having a dedicated playroom is a great way to give your children more space while also keeping their bedrooms neat and clean. Having a large toy chest where they can easily access their favorite games, dolls, and action figures makes setting up for playtime and cleaning up after they’re done a quick and simple process, and it also spares the rest of your home from being overrun by toys that can be extremely hazardous to your feet in a dark hallway at 2 a.m.

How to Bring the Outdoors Inside

One of the top perks of owning your own home is having access to an outdoor area. Lawns, decks, and patios are great places for entertaining guests, working on projects, or just unwinding and relaxing after a long day, but for many people, these areas are frequently off-limits or simply not enjoyable due to rain, cold temperatures, insects, extreme heat and humidity, allergies, and other weather-related or seasonal events.

It’s easy to feel cramped and even claustrophobic when you’re forced indoors for long periods of time, but bringing the outdoors inside can help open up your living space and make it feel more alive, no matter what time of year it is. So whether you’re a homeowner whose outdoor space is at the mercy of Mother Nature, or you live in an apartment and your balcony just isn’t cutting it, check out Blindster’s tips for the best ways to bring the outside inside:

  • Clean your windows and replace your window treatments for the ultimate in natural lighting.

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One of the top reasons why being outdoors is so relaxing and energizing is due to the effects of natural sunlight. Thankfully, you don’t need large, floor-to-ceiling windows to get the full benefits of natural sunlight in your home—you just need clean glass and the right window treatments. Dirty windows have a big impact on the quality of the light that enters your home, and taking the time to thoroughly clean them both inside and out can make the lighting more brilliant and intense. But in order to control the light, you’ll need the right blinds or shades. For maximum light control, you can’t go wrong with our Deluxe Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades with a top down bottom up option, which gives you the ultimate freedom over both natural lighting and privacy.

  • Choose natural and eco-friendly furniture, décor, and window treatments.

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With granite, concrete, and steel dominating the look and feel of many modern homes and apartments, it’s easy to feel completely detached from nature in the industrial-like environments that these materials often create. That effect is even more pronounced when you don’t have easy or comfortable access to an outdoor space. To offset the ambiance created by these materials, hang nature-inspired artwork and choose furniture, accent pieces, and window treatments that use natural wood and contain natural textures and patterns. Our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are among our newest window coverings, and they’re manufactured using all-natural materials and woven on hand-fed looms. Choose from six distinct natural wood stains and colors, including Aruba Camel, Key West Cocoa, and Waikiki Tortoise.

  • Paint with colors found in nature.

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If you want to bring the outdoors inside, think of your favorite landscape paintings and look carefully at the colors the artist used. You’ll find plenty of shades of green, brown, blue, white, and tan. Using these earthy colors as a guide when purchasing new furniture and painting your living space is a great way to transform even the most “man-made” areas of your home into more natural environments. For an even greater effect, choose window coverings, bedding, and décor that incorporates these colors.

  • Use candles or open your windows to bring the smell of the outdoors into your home.

DIY Outdoorsy Candles

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Smell is one of the most powerful senses, as a particular scent can immediately evoke strong memories and feelings associated with a particular time or place. That’s why bringing the smell of the outdoors inside your home is so effective when it comes to replicating the ambiance of your lawn, deck, or patio area. Candles with the scent of fresh grass, the ocean, or an evergreen forest are a great way to bring the outdoors inside, but when weather permits, you should also try opening your windows and letting the breeze carry outdoor smells indoors. Make sure to install screens on your windows to prevent insects and allergens from entering your home, especially if you plan on keeping your windows open for long periods of time.

  • Play ambient nature sounds on Spotify or iTunes Radio.

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You’ve created an indoor space that looks, smells, and feels like the outdoors—now it’s time to make it sound like you’re outside as well. Spas and massage clinics often use natural soundtracks or the sounds of soft rain and distant thunderstorms to create a feeling of relaxation, and using those sounds inside your home can create the same mood while also making you feel like you’re outside.

 

  • Decorate using indoor-friendly plants.

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The biggest perk of enjoying time outdoors is enjoying the sights and smells of the natural life that surround you. And while you may not be able to convert your home into an actual greenhouse, you can enjoy many of the perks of your outdoor space by filling your home with plants. In addition to filling your home with life, color, and a natural fragrance, plants also help purify the air. Some of the best indoor-friendly plants to bring inside your home include ferns, peace lilies, succulents, yucca, and palms.

  • Add nature themed decor.

Nature Themed Decor

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One of the easiest ways to bring your love of the outdoors inside is by adding nature-themed art or furniture. You could even make your own DIY nature art by collecting branches and pine cones from your yard. Raw edged wood tables and slabs have become increasingly popular over the past few years as rustics looks create warmth in the home.

  • Purchase a small indoor fountain.

Indoor Water Fountain

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If you have a small pond or creek near your home, you know how relaxing the sound of running water can be when you’re enjoying your outdoor space. If you’re not a fan of replicating the noise artificially via a stereo, you can get the same effect by purchasing a small fountain. These decorative pieces are relatively inexpensive and use a pump to recycle the water, creating the relaxing sound of running water that you love.

Top Color Trends and Schemes for Spring 2016

One of the quickest and easiest ways to completely reinvent your home’s look and style is to change its color scheme. Whether your budget and time allow you to change only one or two rooms, or you’re planning a full overhaul of your entire home, the results can have a dramatic impact on the appeal and aesthetics of your living space.

One of the top color trends for 2016 involves pairing a few bold colors together in order to create a striking visual arrangement. At Blindster, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of color choices for our blinds and shades, and that means it’s easy to find the perfect complementary colors for the paints and colorful décor you choose for any room in your home.

To get your home’s colors ready for spring 2016 and beyond, check out our guide for creating the ultimate color combinations.

Burgundy, Pink, Gold, Cream Scheme

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  • The color scheme: Burgundy, pink, gold, and cream.

The combination of burgundy and pink creates a strong visual that immediately attracts the eye’s attention, but the intensity of the two colors is calmed and neutralized by the presence of more neutral and natural colors like gold and cream. This color scheme can be easily created in bedrooms and living rooms using paint, pillows, blankets, and window treatments.

 

The window treatments: Premium Roman Shades Group B – Lexi Cream, Premium Roman Shades Group D – Charleston Gold, Premium Roman Shades Group A – Wilmington Caliente

 

Our Roman Shades offer a wide variety of colors, making them ideal for capitalizing on trending color schemes and modernizing the look of any room in your home. In addition to being available in dozens of unique and striking colors, our Roman Shades also bring an elegant and beautiful look to any room where they’re installed. The combination of bold colors and attractive design makes these window treatments among our most popular, especially for homeowners who are looking to spruce up their home décor and style.

Red, Turquoise, Bright Green Scheme

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  • The color scheme: Red, turquoise, and bright green.

Turquoise and bright green are common spring colors that can’t help but make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. Combining these colors with red accent pieces, such as window treatments, pillows, or artwork, can help create an interesting visual contrast. This color scheme is both bright and energetic, making it ideal for bedrooms, studies, kitchens, and other places where you may need a boost throughout the day.

 

The window treatments: Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades – Forest FAB146, Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades Group A – Carina Turquoise CA201, Micro Aluminum Blinds – Garnet Red

 

Creating this visual combination is easily achieved with our large selection of blinds and shades. For creating the beautiful spring-inspired color scheme of dark green and turquoise, look no further than our Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades and our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades Group A. To completely pull off the look, a bold red should be added somewhere in the room, and if you choose to add that color via your window treatments, our Garnet Red Micro Aluminum Blinds will get the job done without breaking the bank.

Royal Blue and Yellow Scheme

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  • The color scheme: Royal blue and yellow

This color scheme is perfect when it comes to creating both a spring-inspired look and a nautical look, also making it work for year-round use in homes near the coast, lakes, or rivers. An easy way to create this look is to mix and match blue and yellow window treatments and bedding with the opposing color wall paint or wallpaper. Choose black or gray accent pieces and small decorative flourishes to create a rich and elegant atmosphere throughout your room or your entire home.

The window treatments: Deluxe Blackout Vinyl Roller Shades – Navy, Premium Light Filtering Double Cellular Shades – Buttercup, Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A – Twilight Savannah

 

Whether your blue and yellow color scheme is strictly spring-inspired or influenced by your home’s proximity to water, the window treatments listed above are a great way to bring the relevant colors into your home and accentuate the décor and accent pieces needed to pull off this look. For a nautical-themed room, you can’t go wrong with a few maritime pieces of décor like artwork, decorative seashells, or anchor motifs. To make the look more spring-influenced, eschew the nautical décor and instead place plants and colorful DIY projects throughout the room.

Neutrals and Bold Scheme

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  • The color scheme: Neutral colors with a bold accent wall or bold accent pieces

 

Although a room or home that’s mostly decorated with neutral colors may sound boring, the results can be dramatic and striking when that scheme is paired with a few strategically placed splashes of bold color, such as accent walls, brightly colored furniture, and dramatic window coverings. Finding neutral color décor is easy, as there’s no shortage of accent pieces and bedding available in colors like cream, white, tan, beige, and gold.

 

The window treatments: 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds – Off White, 2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds – Antique White, Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A – Mirabella Tan, Cordless Pleated Shades – Oxford Ivory, Premium Roman Shades Group A – Lucky Sateen Teal

 

The first four of the window treatments listed above represent beautiful neutral colors that can fit with virtually any color scheme and pair beautifully with bold accent pieces and walls, while the last choice represents a bold color option if you choose to save your splash of color for your window treatments. Whichever option you choose, know that this color scheme is highly versatile and subjective, and that means you’ll have tons of freedom to experiment with the best colors and patterns for your home and your décor. And because the most common colors for both blinds and shades are neutral colors like white, gray, tan, and cream, there is no shortage of options to choose from, whether you prefer Roman Shades, aluminum mini blinds, or anything in between.

Benefits of Faux Wood and Wood Blinds

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

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

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

Benefits of Real Wood Window Treatments

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

  • Durability

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

 

  • Insulation

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

 

  • Ease of use

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

 

  • Beautiful wood stains and colors

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

 

  • Light-weight materials

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

 

Benefits of Faux Wood Window Treatments

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

 

  • Moisture-resistance

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

 

  • Lower cost

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

 

  • Even better durability

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

 

  • Appearance is nearly identical to real wood blinds

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