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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.

How to Reduce Window Treatment Light Leakage and Side Gaps

Whether our customers order window treatments to completely block out sunlight or to simply diffuse it, we know that they often want a uniform look and design that covers their entire window. However, small light leaks are common with certain types of blinds and shades, especially depending on how they’re installed. Although it may seem difficult to eliminate this issue, it’s possible to significantly reduce it by choosing certain window treatments and installation options.

Eliminating light leakage not only protects your privacy and further reduces glare, heat, and light from entering your home, it also gives your window treatments a more matte and low-profile appearance—which can be appealing for many home décor styles. To find out how to reduce and even eliminate light leaks in your blinds and shades, check out Blindster’s tips below:

  • Carefully measure your windows before placing your order.

The first step toward getting a uniform and light leak-free window treatment is taking precise measurements of your windows. If your measurements are off by even a small amount, your blinds and shades may not completely cover your windows, resulting in small light leaks along the edges.

 

In addition to taking careful measurements, you should also take into account any size deductions that occur during the manufacturing process by consulting our measuring guides. Blinds and shades that are perfect or near-perfect fits for windows are much less likely to allow large amounts of light to leak into homes.

 

  • Carefully install your window treatments.

Blinds and shades that are installed haphazardly and incorrectly are often subject to huge light leaks that can defeat the purpose of having them in the first place. In order to get the maximum effectiveness from your window treatments, it’s important to make sure they are installed correctly. Before attempting to install your new blinds and shades, always consult the manufacturer’s installation instructions or the step-by-step installation guides found on our website.

 

When installing your new window treatments, make sure the headrail is level and flush with the top of your window. Many light leaks occur at the top of windows due to small gaps between the molding and the headrail. In addition, make sure you install the correct window treatments on the windows they were specifically created for, as your windows may vary in size.

 

  • Choose an outside mount installation option.

Even the most carefully measured blinds and shades can be susceptible to light leaks when they are installed inside window sills. Because window treatments must fit directly inside the window frame, they must be slightly smaller than the casing itself, which can result in small amounts of light entering the room on the edges of the window.

 

An exterior mount option places window treatments over the entire window, making light leaks much less likely to occur. Before ordering blinds or shades for an exterior mount option, keep in mind that you’ll need to provide measurement specifications that are a few inches beyond the actual size of your window in order to get adequate coverage.

 

  • Consider purchasing shades instead of blinds.

Although blinds are highly effective at blocking out light and insulating your home, they are more susceptible to light leaks than shades due to their slats. Shades are made with a single piece of continuous material that serves to block out light as uniformly as possible. Blinds are made of many individual pieces of wood, faux wood, or aluminum which can allow small amounts of light to enter rooms.

 

However, if you prefer blinds over shades and still want the benefit of no light leaks, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds or our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. These blinds are designed to be operated without the use of traditional route holes, which means they have a shade-like appearance when closed. Because these blinds don’t have standard route holes, you get increased privacy, glare reduction, and light control in your home.

 

  • Get a blackout liner.

Blackout liners not only significantly reduce the amount of light that enters your home, they can also help stop light leaks at the sides and bottom of your window treatments as well. The extra layer of blackout fabric creates an additional barrier between the hot sunlight that’s hitting your window and the inside of your home. This is especially true for shades that are installed inside windows and have very small, but noticeable, light leaks due to small differences between the measurements of the shades and the measurement of the window frame.

 

  • Adhere foam, thick fabric, or aluminum foil to the edges of your windows.

This last tip may not be the most glamorous, but it’s highly effective in a pinch. Aluminum foil cut to match the outer edges of your window is highly effective at blocking out light and eliminating light leaks, but it can be unsightly and detract from your home’s appearance.

 

Another option is to purchase thick foam at a hardware store or large strips of fabric and cut it to the exact dimensions of your windows. As with the aluminum foil, you can adhere it to your windows and help reduce or eliminate any light leaks from entering your home.

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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.

Comparison Shopping – Buying Blinds Online vs In-Store

During the past decade, online shopping has taken the world by storm. People purchase everything, from movies and books, to large televisions, and even cars over the Internet. No service or product industry has been unaffected by this revolution in the way we browse for items, purchase them, and ultimately bring them into our homes—and that includes the industry of window coverings.

At Blindster, we pride ourselves on being one of the largest online retailers of blinds and shades in the world, but we also know that many homeowners are reluctant to purchase their window treatments sight unseen. That’s why we make every effort to provide our customers with the clearest pictures of our products and the most accurate and informative descriptions to help make the buying process as easy as possible.

If you’re a homeowner who prefers shopping in-store, or if you just need a little extra encouragement before submitting an order for your ideal window coverings, check out our list of reasons to buy online:

  • Quickly compare several blinds and shades at once.

One of the biggest perks of online shopping is the ability to quickly and easily compare huge numbers of products in a short amount of time. Whether you’re sorting them by window covering type, features, optional components, installation options, installation sizes, or prices, being able to access our database of products with the click of a mouse or the touch of a finger means you can narrow down your search in minutes.

 

  • Shop from the comfort of your home.

In terms of modern conveniences, it’s hard to beat the ability to shop from home. No more getting in the car, driving to a store, finding a place to park, fighting crowds, flagging down a salesperson, going through a checkout line, hauling your purchase to your vehicle, and driving back home (and not to mention using gas in the process). With online shopping, you never have to leave the couch (or put on real pants) and your new blinds or shades will arrive at your home within days, custom cut and ready for installation.

 

  • Take advantage of sales immediately.

Everyone loves a big sale—and everyone really loves a big sale where they save hundreds of dollars without ever leaving the couch. With brick-and-mortar stores, keeping track of sales can be difficult, as certain locations may not participate, or there may be other stipulations such as limited inventory at each store, required coupons to get the savings, or difficulty finding the items that have a reduced price. With online sales, there’s no hassle—you simply navigate to the page of the blinds or shades you want, add them to your cart, and check out. It’s that easy.

 

  • Never worry about store hours again.

Whether you’re a night owl or your work schedule means you’re asleep during traditional business hours, you know that trying to run errands and buy things for your home can be difficult when all of the local stores are closed. Online shopping at Blindster, on the other hand, has no opening or closing hours. Our website is up 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can browse our selection whenever you’re ready to outfit your home with new window coverings, whether that’s at 3 p.m. or 3 a.m.

 

  • Get the measuring and installation instructions you need fast.

Measuring your windows and installing blinds and shades may seem complicated, especially if you’ve never done it in the past. At Blindster, we know that many homeowners are reluctant to change their blinds and shades because of the perceived difficulties of this essential step, but we also know that having the right information at your fingertips can make the process a breeze. You can quickly and easily access and download the measuring and installation instructions for virtually all of the blinds and shades we offer even before you buy them, which means you can have the tools and equipment you’ll need on hand long before your new window coverings arrive.

 

  • Check out every color and pattern with the click of a button.

Getting the right color or pattern for your blinds and shades is crucial. When your window coverings match or complement your home’s furniture, style, and overall décor, the results look beautiful and help boost your home’s beauty and visual appeal. But when the colors or pattern don’t match, it can throw your entire home’s visual balance off-kilter. If you’re shopping for window treatments in a store, you may have access to only a single display color or a small swatch of colors. But when shopping at home, you can easily view every available color and compare it to other colors throughout your home to find the best options.

 

  • Order free samples of multiple products to help narrow down your choices.

For many homeowners, the biggest concern when it comes to purchasing window treatments online is their fear of buying the wrong blinds or shades due to not being able to see them in person. At Blindster, we understand that concern, and that’s why we allow our customers to order up to 10 free samples from any product in any category. Choose from our faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds, Roman shades, roller shades, cellular shades, sheer shades, and more when you’re comparison shopping and trying to determine the best window treatments for your home. The samples are yours to keep and can help you make the right choice when you submit your order.

 

  • Instantly read thousands of reviews to help you make the right decision.

When you’re in a store browsing for window coverings, it can be difficult to tell if the blinds or shades you’re considering are as high-quality as they appear. Will the fabric fray after a couple of years? Will the paint or wood stain crack, chip, or fade? Will the lift mechanism break and become difficult to operate? In most cases, the sales associates won’t be much help, as you’ll need an unbiased opinion from someone who owns the product and installed it in their own home. Almost every window covering on our website has dozens of reviews from people who own the product and have first-hand experience with it, making it easy for you to read about other people’s experiences with the blinds or shades you’re thinking about buying.

Best Blinds for Your Kitchen

As home builders and recent home buyers can attest, the focal point of most new houses is no longer the living room or dining room—it’s the kitchen. It’s the place where meals and memories happen. Whether you’re hosting a holiday get-together, a family reunion, or a dinner party, chances are you and your guests will end up spending plenty of time in your kitchen.

Because of the increased focus on kitchens, many homeowners have opted to give those rooms the same decorative touch they give their bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. While the primary purpose of kitchens will always be preparing and preserving food, there’s nothing that says yours can’t be one of the most stylish rooms in your home—especially if you install the right window coverings.

If you’re looking to hang new blinds or shades in your kitchen, but don’t know where to start, check out Blindster’s recommendations below—and if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support representatives.

premium sheer

Kitchens are one of the primary rooms where many homeowners prefer ample natural lighting. If you like the look of a sunbathed kitchen in the morning to help get a jump-start on your day, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. Due to a manufacturing process that utilizes two layers of fabric sheers, these shades not only softly diffuse light and block up to 99 percent of UV rays, but they’re also highly effective at protecting your privacy when closed. Choose from 25 colors when placing your order, including Goldenrod, Wheat, Cloud, and Linen Ivory.

premium wood

Wood blinds are the perfect option for traditional, classic homes with the décor and style to match. The large slats of our 2 ½” Premium Wood Blinds look supremely elegant and preserve your view of the outdoors when open and are also highly effective at blocking out light and protecting your family’s privacy when closed. Custom order these shades to fit windows that are up to 84” wide and 96” high and make sure to browse our wide selection of colors, such as Verona, Cinnamon, and Sumatra.

premium bamboo

If you’re looking to make your home as eco-friendly as possible, you’ll love our Premium Bamboo Shades Group C. These shades are manufactured in the USA using real bamboo slats, grasses, and reeds to create a window covering that’s both stylish, natural, and effective at controlling the intensity and brightness of the light that enters your home. These shades are also highly versatile, with a wide range of options available when you place your order, including a privacy liner, a blackout liner, a top-down/bottom-up function, and a continuous cord loop option. Finally, enjoy a large range of wood stain colors, including Golden Grasses, Napa Valley, and Belmont-Walnut.

premium solar

At Blindster, we know that many homeowners want to preserve as much natural light as possible in their homes, while reducing heat, glare, and damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. Our Premium Solar Shades 3 Percent Open check all of those boxes and then some. Not only is this window covering one of our most elegant-looking shades, but it’s also one of our most popular due to its ability to filter natural light while preserving your view of the outdoors. Made with Phifer Sheerweave® 4400 and 2410 fabrics, it’s bacteria and fungus resistant, making it ideal for the occasional messes you may experience in your kitchen. Choose from several bold colors, including Charcoal, Pewter, and Granite.

premium roman

Transform your kitchen into the true showpiece of your home with our Premium Roman Shades Group C. A very elegant window covering, this shade is hand-crafted using the highest-quality fabric with a plain (flat with seams) or soft (hobbled) appearance depending on your preferences. This shade is available for custom fitting on windows up to 120” wide and 120” high. Features including a cordless or top-down/bottom-up function, as well as a deluxe 95 percent or premium 100 percent blackout liner allows for the ultimate in light control and privacy.

faux vertical

If your kitchen connects to your outdoor area, it can be difficult to find the right blinds or shades for your doors or windows. Our Faux Wood Vertical Blinds can cover a huge section of your kitchen—up to 129” wide and 129” long—while remaining incredibly easy to operate via a self-aligning wheeled carrier and self-lubricating parts. Their faux wood construction gives them the elegant appearance of real wood blinds, but with enhanced durability and an easier to clean surface. When ordering, choose between a wand or chain control and 16 unique colors, including Textured Maple, Textured Pearl White, and RealGrain Bamboo.

aluminum

We know that some homeowners prefer window treatments that simply get the job done at a low cost, without drawing too much attention or becoming the focal point of the room. If you value function and simplicity over features and options, our 2” Aluminum Blinds may be the perfect choice for your kitchen. These window coverings feature large aluminum slats capable of blocking out the sun’s rays during the day, protecting your privacy at night, and letting in all the natural light you want when they’re opened. The baked enamel paint means they’re highly resistant to fading, and the heavy-duty aluminum used during manufacturing means they won’t bend or break easily.

daynight

On the flip side, if options and control over your shades are both must-haves on your list, you can’t go wrong with our Deluxe Cordless Day/Night Single Cellular Shades. The top shade has a filtering effect, allowing beautiful and diffused light into your kitchen, while the bottom shade is blackout, eliminating virtually all outside light. This gives you the ultimate control over your kitchen’s lighting and your family’s privacy. Enjoy the deluxe cordless system when operating this window covering and choose from distinct colors of soft fabric, including Cool White, Ivory Beige, Antique Linen, and Espresso.

Best Blinds for People Who Hate Blinds

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

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

sheer shades

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

distressed wood

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

premium faux wood

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

premium blackout cellular

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

deluxe exterior

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

deluxe cordless

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

woven wood

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

Be sure to check out our full selection of options here!

Busting the Most Common Window Covering Myths

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

  • Window covering cords are dangerous and unsightly.

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

 

  • Window coverings are difficult to clean and maintain.

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

 

  • Window coverings will ruin my view.

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

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.

How to Measure for Pleated Shades

Pleated shades make excellent window coverings for a wide variety of rooms in your home. In addition to featuring a beautiful accordion-style fabric design, pleated shades are also highly versatile and can be ordered with standard lift, top down bottom up, continuous cord loop, and sheer options for increased functionality, privacy and light filtering.

If you’re considering ordering pleated shades for your home, you should first take the time to accurately measure the area where you’re planning on installing the shades, whether that’s the interior of your window frames or the area surrounding your windows.

Learn the Differences between Inside and Outside Mounting Options

The two primary methods for mounting shades and window coverings include mounting them flush inside a window frame or outside the window by attaching them to the wall, ceiling, or molding. Both mounting options have their own pros and cons, which you can see in the table below:

 

Inside Mount Installation

Outside Mount Installation

·        Inside mount installations are perfect for homeowners who want to achieve a sleek, built-in look with their window coverings

·        This installation option preserves the view of intricate or ornate woodwork and framework surrounding the window

·        For a secure inside mount, installation requires a minimum depth of 1 3/8” for deluxe cordless pleated shades, ½” for standard lift, 1” for continuous loop

·        For an inside flush mount, installation requires a minimum depth of 1” for deluxe cordless pleated shades, 2” for standard lift continuous cord loop, and top down bottom up

·        If your window frames aren’t deep enough to support installation, use the outside mount option instead

·        Outside mount installations are perfect for windows with shallow window frames that can’t support traditional mountings

·        This installation option gives you the option to mount your shades to your wall, ceiling, molding, or other solid surface surrounding your windows

·        Use this mounting option to hide unattractive windows and framework

·        Outside mounts of deluxe cordless pleated shades require a minimum flat mounting surface of at least 1” for a secure mount, ¾” for standard pleated shades, and ½” for continuous cord loop

·        When measuring, include the flat mounting area when providing dimensions to Blindster

·        Note that the headrail will be ¼” wider than the ordered width

 

Carefully weigh the pros and cons before deciding which mounting option you will choose. After you’ve decided, it’s time measure your windows or wall.

Follow the instructions below to get the most accurate dimensions possible before you place your order with Blindster.

Measuring Instructions for Inside Mount Installations

Step 1: Measure the interior width of the window by taking its dimensions in three separate locations—the top, middle and bottom. Measure the entire length of the glass and record the smallest of these three measurements, as that’s the number you’ll use when you place your order. Note that Blindster will make a small deduction when the factory creates your shade (around 3/8” to ½”)

Step 2: Measure the interior height of your window by taking its dimensions in three separate locations—the left side, middle and the right side. Record the largest of these three measurements, as that’s the number you’ll use when you place your order.

Measuring Instructions for Outside Mount Installations

Step 1: Measure the full width of the area you wish to cover with your new pleated shade. If there’s enough space to do so, add an extra 2” to 3” to your measured width to eliminate light leakage from the sides of the shade. Use this number when placing your order with Blindster.

 Step 2: Measure the full height of the area you wish to cover with your new pleated shade. When measuring, make sure to account for the extra 1” of flat mounting surface required for outside mount installations. Also, note that adding 3” to 4” of extra height to your order will give you enough room to mount your shade above your window frame and above molding or framework that you wish to cover.