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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:

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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.

Top Reasons to Order Samples Before Placing Your Order

 

You’ve measured your windows. Gathered your tools. Read the reviews. Selected the optional components and features you want. All that’s left is clicking the “submit order” button.

The hard part is over and you’re ready to buy your new blinds and shades, but before you do, there’s one crucial step that can be the difference between getting the perfect window treatments to complement your home and being dissatisfied with your purchase.

That crucial step, of course, is ordering samples. At Blindster, we know that window coverings are a highly subjective purchase, and no amount of photos, informative descriptions, and online color swatches will give you the “big picture” of what your new blinds or shades will look like in your home quite like real-life samples.

Because of our huge selection of products, we offer our customers the chance to order up to 10 free samples from any product in any category, including wood blinds, faux wood blinds, roller shades, Roman shades, solar shades, and many more.

So if you’re considering making a purchase and outfitting your home with new window coverings, take the time to check out our list of reasons to order samples before you place your order:

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  • Samples give you a better view of colors than online photographs.

Although we strive to make our online galleries of colors and patterns as accurate and true to life as possible, it can be difficult to get an exact representation on-screen due to the variations in displays. A color that appears dark blue on one monitor, phone, or tablet may appear almost purple on another screen. Without having a sample of the actual product in your hand, you may be unable to determine whether your new blinds or shades will match your home’s style, décor, and color scheme until the window treatments arrive at your home.

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  • Samples help you see small details in fabric patterns and wood grain.

Much of the beauty in fabric shades and wood blinds comes from the small, intricate details present in the fabric and wood itself. It’s difficult to fully display those details on an electronic device, which means you may be missing out on subtle colors, shades, and patterns that truly bring out the beauty and elegance of certain types of window coverings. Having the sample in your hand also makes it easy to compare its pattern or wood grain to your furniture and décor, helping you avoid window treatments that simply don’t fit the aesthetics in your home.

 

  • Samples make it easier to enlist the help and opinions of others.

If you’ve narrowed down your options to just a handful of colors and patterns, but still can’t make a decision, having samples on hand makes it much easier to get opinions from your friends, family, and neighbors. In many cases, a quick glance from a distance at a color, pattern, or wood grain that’s being held up next to furniture or a painted wall will tell you more than hours spent analyzing colors online. And if you’re unsure about whether the color scheme or pattern matches, have others help you by asking their opinion on different samples.

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  • Samples allow you to feel the texture of window coverings.

Texture is an often overlooked aspect of blinds and shades, but it’s an important thing to consider. Getting the right texture can go a long way toward making you fall in love with your new blinds and shades, while the wrong texture can leave you frustrated with your purchase. With online shopping, there’s no way to test the texture of the fabric, vinyl, aluminum, wood, or bamboo window covering you’re viewing in your Web browser. Our sample ordering process makes it easy to get your hands on the window coverings you’re interested in before you make your purchase.

 

  • Samples help you pick out furniture or paint for a new home or remodeling project.

At Blindster, we know that many of our customers purchase window coverings for new homes or renovation projects where a substantial amount of work and new purchases are taking place at the same time. In those cases, it can be difficult for homeowners to determine the right color or pattern for their new window coverings—or they may have difficulty picking out furniture or wall colors based on the blinds and shades they want to install. With samples of your favorite shades on hand, you can quickly compare various décor, furniture, and paint at the hardware or furniture store and get the right items and supplies for your home.

 

  • Samples let you look at the window covering under normal lighting conditions.

Seeing a certain color or pattern in person isn’t the only visual benefit to ordering samples or blinds and shades. The unique lighting in your home that your new window coverings will be exposed to during the day also plays a big role in their appearance and how well they complement your home’s décor. The appearance of a sheer shade in a room with moderate amounts of natural light may look completely different than when it’s placed in a room with plentiful natural lighting. With your samples, you can easily test how specific shades and blinds will look under a variety of lighting conditions in every room in your home.

 

  • Samples help you place your order with confidence.

Buying new window coverings can cause anxiety—especially if you’re outfitting multiple rooms in your home. You’ve spent hours researching, measuring, comparison shopping, reading reviews, and preparing for your new window treatments. The idea that your blinds or shades may be a poor fit for your home can be a distressing one. But, with samples your favorite choices right in front of you, you can feel much more confident with your order. Don’t second guess yourself and don’t be a victim of buyer’s remorse—request your 10 free samples before you place your order with Blindster and get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will love your new window coverings.

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 People with Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

Whether you’re looking to purchase blinds and shades to simply eliminate outside light, or you’re looking for window treatments that will complement your home’s décor, there’s a good chance you have a strict budget for this purchase. While the majority of blinds and shades are relatively inexpensive, the cost of outfitting an entire home or several rooms with new window coverings can add up.

At Blindster, we know that all of our customers have different needs and wants, both from a style and a budget perspective. While we always recommend our highest-quality window coverings for homeowners, they don’t always fit in everyone’s price range. Thankfully, there is a large variety of lower cost blinds and shades that feature all the elegance, style, features, and options you expect from more expensive options.

For recommendations on the best blinds and shades for your home that won’t break the bank, check out our list below:

 

No matter what room you install them in, wood blinds always convey elegance and classic charm. They’re also highly versatile from a décor standpoint, as they effortlessly complement almost any type of furniture, decorative color scheme, and window type. Our 2” Premium Wood Blinds are among our bestselling window coverings due to their affordable price and their natural wood grain beauty, and they’re available in 35 distinct colors, including Sugar Maple, Oak, and Pecan. In addition to their striking looks, these blinds are also highly effective at insulating your home during the winter and summer.

1 inch aluminum

Aluminum blinds are among the most commonly used window coverings in the world, and for good reason—they’re efficient at blocking out light and very affordable. Our 1” Aluminum Blinds feature a low-profile, minimalist design, and are available in 13 distinct colors, such as Porcelain, Snow, Brushed Aluminum, and Matte Black. Get them custom cut to fit windows up to 96” wide and 126” high and enjoy blinds that will last for years due with their baked enamel paint and scratch-resistant aluminum slats.

super value roman

The best way to describe our Super Value Roman Shades is luxury on a budget. Roman shades are traditionally one of the most elegant and eye-catching varieties of window coverings, and the cost can reflects that. However, this particular shade is affordable without sacrificing quality or appearance. Its thick fabric makes it ideal for insulating your home from the harsh temperatures during the winter and summer, which means it’s also highly effective at reducing your electricity bill and keeping your home at its most comfortable 364 days a year. Choose from nine unique colors when placing your order, including Pecan, Camel, and Burgundy.

room darkening roller

Shades designed to block out virtually all outside light are perfect for game rooms, home offices, nurseries, and bedrooms, but outfitting several rooms with blackout shades can sometimes stretch budgets. Our Deluxe Room Darkening Fabric Roller Shades are the ideal solution for homeowners who want the blackout effect from their shades, but have a strict budget for their window coverings. These shades are designed to block out between 90 and 99 percent of outside light depending on the color of the fabric you choose, which includes options like Ivory, Charcoal, and Chocolate.

deluxe top down

Who says options and features mean a hefty price tag? As the name suggests, our Deluxe Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades are jam packed with features. They are highly adaptable and perfect for rooms where you need both privacy and natural sunlight at the same time. Best of all, these features are available for these shades at no extra charge. With an insulating R-Value of 3.4 and ½-inch honeycomb construction, these shades are as effective at retaining cooled or heated air, as they are versatile in both form and function.

flat sheer shades

Due to their complex manufacturing process, sheer shades can be some of the most expensive window treatments on the market, but our Horizontal Flat Sheer Shades are designed to fit both your home and your budget. These window coverings combine the form and function of a roller shade with the versatility and light diffusing qualities of a sheer shade. Enjoy soft, beautiful, and filtered light in your home when the shades are open, and world-class light control and privacy when they are closed. In addition, you can also choose from colors that enhance the light filtering qualities, such as Natural, Grey, and Beige, as well as colors that enhance the blackout qualities, including Coffee, Brown, and Light Brown.

shades group A

Whether you’re searching for shades that are eco-friendly, stylish, or simply great at blocking out light, you can’t go wrong with our Deluxe Bamboo Shades Group A. Despite being one of our most inexpensive bamboo shades, this window covering lives up to its “deluxe” reputation. Its construction process utilizes real bamboo and reeds, while also offering a huge variety of colors to choose from, including Mirabella Tan, Franca Cherry, and Elisa Mahogany. Add a blackout liner for extra privacy and light control and custom order your bamboo shades to fit windows up to 96” wide and 120” high.

solar shades open

Shades aren’t always about blocking out the maximum amount of light. For many homeowners, they’re more about reducing glare without spoiling the view of the outdoors. If that’s your idea of the perfect shade, you’ll love our Deluxe Solar Shades 5% Open. Not only are these shades affordable for almost any budget, but they’re also capable of eliminating 95% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. The open nature of these shades also means that you’ll still be able to enjoy the appearance of your outdoor areas, without harsh sunlight in your eyes. Get these shades custom cut to fit large windows up to 144” wide and 108” high, and choose from colors like White Linen, Brown Chocolate, and White Pearl when you place your order with Blindster.

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.

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.