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Re-purposing Old Window Treatments

If you recently purchased new blinds or shades from Blindster, you probably have a few sets of old window treatments on your hands. Instead of throwing them out, consider re-purposing them. There are several great uses for old blinds and shades that can liven up your home and help you bring out your artistic and creative sides. In some cases, old window treatments can be completely transformed into home décor or accent pieces that look nothing like their original shape or form, breathing new life into them and giving you the opportunity to place them throughout your home in a variety of uses or applications.

Decorating with Old Shutters

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer high-quality indoor faux wood plantation shutters. These window treatments are ideal for a wide variety of home décor styles and color schemes. But we also know that many homeowners are left wondering what they should do with their old shutters after they’ve replaced them. A few excellent ideas for re-purposing old shutters include:

  • Wall art – Distressed shutters add a beautiful and rustic look to any room in your home. Simply mount them to the walls of any room in your home to achieve the look. For greater visual variety, arrange shutters of different size and color together in interesting patterns or shapes. You can top the arrangement off with a wreath in the center or ivy along the length of the shutters.
  • Organizers – The slats on old shutters are perfect storage spaces for things like mail, invitations, greeting cards, bills, loose pieces of paper, and other documents that should be kept in a convenient, easy to reach place. This re-purposing idea requires no additional work—simply mount the shutter near your front door or another location where you open your mail and use it to store important items.
  • Vertical planters – Did you know that plants can thrive inside shutters? Potted plants can be attached to the slats on your old shutters to create a vertical garden anywhere inside or outside of your home. You can also place a backing on your shutters and fill them with fertile soil and allow plants to grow through the slats for an even more striking look.
  • Plate rack – An old shutter flipped horizontal with its slats facing up is an ideal dish rack. The notches between the slats make perfect spaces for dishes to be held in place. You can even attach hooks to the bottom of the shutter to hang bowls, cups, and other assorted dishware.

Decorating with Old Window Frames

Old shutters, blinds, and shades aren’t the only parts of windows that can be repurposed. Entire window frames themselves can also be put to good use. The only limit to repurposing old window frames is your imagination. At Blindster, we recommend the following projects and applications:

  • Picture frames – Converting window frames to picture frames is simple, as they’re already extremely similar. Simply adding backings and glass to the fronts of your window frames is a quick and easy way to transform them into beautiful, head-turning, and truly unique picture frames.
  • Mirrors – Window frames also have the perfect shape and size to be used as mirrors. Place individual mirrors cut to size in each section of your window frames for a striking look that will fit in any room in your home.
  • Mantel decoration – Decorating a fireplace mantel can be difficult, especially if you want to avoid cliché décor and accent pieces. Repurposed window frames provide a great opportunity to create a visual centerpiece on your mantel.
  • Front porch – The rustic look of an old window frame is ideal for front porches. Whether you hang yours without any accessories or complete the look with a vintage and distressed star, wreath, ivy, or plant, you’ll have a beautiful addition to your outside décor.

Need Ideas? Check Out These Links.

The internet is full of amazingly creative people who have a professional’s touch when it comes to re-purposing old furniture, décor, and home components. If you’re looking for ideas for your old window treatments, shutters, or window frames, look no further than some ideas presented in related Blindster blog resources:

Tips for Buying Window Treatments for Your Kitchen

Kitchens are quickly becoming the focal points of many American homes. Modern homes often feature open floor plans and large, spacious kitchens. With all that room and entertaining space available, who doesn’t want to hang out where the food is?

However, the increased attention and focus on kitchens has created a dilemma for many homeowners: finding the best ways to furnish and decorate them. Whether your kitchen is strictly a place for meal prep and storing dishes—or if it’s a family hangout spot—you’ve probably experienced that dilemma yourself—including finding the best ways to cover your kitchen windows.

As with buying blinds and shades for any other room in your home, getting window treatments for your kitchen requires a bit of research and preparation to make sure you get the perfect fit. If you need a little help, check out Blindster’s guide below to finding the best window coverings for your kitchen:

Consider synthetic window treatments if you cook frequently.

Modern window treatments are designed to be durable and resistant, but frequent exposure to steam and humidity can cause issues with certain types of blinds and shades. If your kitchen windows are located near your stove or countertops, consider buying coverings made from materials like vinyl, faux wood, and PVC. In addition to being more resistant to moisture and humidity—and therefore less likely to warp or fade—window treatments made with those materials will also be easier to clean and less likely to stain.

Think about the lighting in your kitchen and its orientation towards the sun.

It’s important to have good lighting in your kitchen when you’re cooking or serving food. The last thing you want is a dimly lit kitchen or a kitchen that’s too bright. If your kitchen windows face the rising or setting sun, consider buying blinds and shades that are geared towards light control and reduction instead of shades that are designed to filter light. But if your kitchen doesn’t receive much natural light, filtering and sheer shades may be the better option, as they’ll protect your privacy while still maintaining the natural light your kitchen receives.

Choose cordless options if your kitchen windows are easily accessed by children.

At Blindster, we take window treatment safety seriously. That’s why we ship free cord cleats with all our corded blinds and shades. But for the ultimate in peace of mind, choosing cordless options eliminates the possibility of most window treatment injuries. It’s especially important to use either cord cleats or purchase cordless blinds and shades if your kitchen windows are near countertops, tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture that are easily accessible to children.

Buy top down bottom up coverings for kitchens with multiple or large windows.

Getting the right lighting in a kitchen with large wall-length windows, picture windows, or wide spans of windows can be difficult, as the sun’s position changes throughout the day. Instead of having to constantly change the position of your window treatments, use top down bottom up shades to keep it’s glare out of your face while you cook, eat, and spend time with your family in your kitchen. In addition to being more versatile when it comes to light control, top down bottom up shades also create a unique aesthetic when installed on rows of windows.

Consider fauxwood plantation shutters for an elegant kitchen window solution.

If you’re looking for beautiful and unique window coverings that are extremely durable and moisture resistant, look no further than our fauxwood plantation shutters. These window treatments are built with the same synthetic materials as our fauxwood blinds, which means they’re designed to look like real wood shutters but with a greater resistance to humidity and moisture. Another bonus of these window coverings is their quick turnaround time—we can get them manufactured in about two weeks after you place your order, which is less than half the time it takes to get real wood shutters. Finally, their hollow-bodied construction makes them lightweight and easy to install.

Everything You Need to Know about Sheer Shades

Can’t decide between blinds and shades? Don’t compromise—get the best of both worlds with sheer shades. These unique and beautiful window treatments are a combination of both blinds and shades. Like traditional window blinds, they feature vanes that can be angled to let in light or block it out while protecting privacy. And like traditional shades, they feature solid pieces of fabric that span their entire length.

Another distinct advantage of sheer shades is their light-filtering qualities. Because the vanes float between two layers of transparent fabric, sheer shades are perfect for letting soft, diffused light into your home without exposing yourself and your family to the harsh sunlight, UV rays, and lack of privacy that comes with bare windows or fully raised window treatments. However, they also offer the same functionality as standard shades and blinds and can be raised and lowered with ease.

Sheer shades are a great fit for any room in your home, and if you’re thinking buying them, read on to learn more about your next purchase from Blindster:

room darkening and light blocking

Sheer shades aren’t just light filtering—they’re also room darkening and light blocking.

Many homeowners assume that sheer shades are exclusively for light filtering purposes and that they’re not very effective at darkening rooms. However, utilizing different combinations of vanes and fabrics during the manufacturing process means that sheer shades can also be great for darkening rooms and even eliminating around 95 percent of light and UV rays from entering your home. If you’re interested in sheer shades with the greatest amount of light control, you’ll love our Room Darkening Zebra Sheer Shades, our 2” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades, and our 3” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades.

Sheer shades feature large vanes for a modern look

Sheer shades feature large vanes for a modern look.

If you love the look of large slats on wood and faux wood blinds, you’ll be happy to know that our selection of sheer shades includes models with oversized vanes. For example, we have three models with 2” vanes—our 2” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades, our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades, and our 2” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades. We also have three models with 3” vanes—our 3” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades, our 3” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades, and our 3” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades.

Sheer shades are among the softest window treatments on the market

Sheer shades are among the softest window treatments on the market.

There’s a lot to love about sheer shades, but one aspect many of our customers enjoy the most is how soft they are. The layers of knitted fabric encasing the interior vanes is remarkably soft and plush, making these window treatments a joy to view and touch. The soft fabric also plays a role in the quality of light that enters your home. Because the fabric is made of such high-quality material, you’ll get a consistent and unobscured diffuse light in every room in your home where these window treatments are installed.

Sheer shades are great options for every room in your home.

If you’re looking for a consistent look and design for window treatments throughout your home, you can’t go wrong with sheer shades. These window coverings are extremely versatile and can be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, offices, and beyond due to their built-in look, their elegant appearance, and their effectiveness at protecting privacy and blocking light. To maximize your color choices, be sure to check out our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades with 19 color options, or our 3” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades with 15 color options.

Sheer shades can fit every budget and preference

Sheer shades can fit every budget and preference.

Sheer shades instantly bring a touch of elegance and timeless style to any room where they’re installed, and at Blindster, we’re proud to offer high-quality models at a variety of price points for our customers. If you’re looking to save money while still enjoying the functionality and versatility of sheer shades, you’ll want to check out our Light Filtering Zebra Sheer Shades, which are among our top-selling window treatments. And for homeowners who spare no expense when decorating and furnishing their homes, our lineup of premium sheer shades is comparable to national brands in terms of materials and manufacturing process, but available at a lower price.

 

Best Window Treatments for Different Climates

One of the best ways to insulate your home and make it more energy efficient is to install blinds and shades on your windows. But what’s best for a home in the humid South may not be the best option for a home in the dry Southwest. In addition, windows in geographic regions that get 300+ days of sunshine per year should be insulated and covered differently than windows in regions that get much less sunshine and experience cold or freezing temperatures for several months.

While any window covering is better than no window covering when it comes to insulating your home and protecting your furniture and your family’s privacy, maximizing the effectiveness of your blinds and shades by picking ones that are suited to your area’s climate can go a long way toward making your home more energy efficient 365 days per year.

For a list of the best window treatments for different climates, check out Blindster’s top picks below:

Sunny and Dry

Homeowners who live in warm, dry, and sunny climates have a wide range of options to choose from. The biggest need for many people in these area is reducing the amount of heat that enters their windows, eliminating harsh glares, and reducing the effects of UV rays.

Ideal window treatments for this geographic region include:

  • Solar Shades Many homeowners in warm, sunny climates want to maximize the perks of living in such an area by filling their homes with natural sunlight. However, they also want to minimize the warming effect caused by sunlight and the damage its UV rays can do to their furniture and even their skin.Our Premium and Deluxe solar shades are made with Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics, which are highly durable while significantly reducing heat and glare while preserving your view of the outdoors. They’re also designed to cut down on the intensity of the sun’s UV rays, increasing the lifespan of your furniture and protecting fabric, wood, and other materials from fading.
  • Sheer Shades If solar shades aren’t a good fit for your home, but you still want to maximize natural sunlight to heat and light your living room, bed room, or dining room, sheer shades are an excellent alternative.These window coverings are a mixture of shades and blinds with fabric vanes floating between soft, knitted fabric sheers. Raise the vanes to get soft, diffused, and filtered light in your home that has 99 percent fewer UV rays than unblocked sunlight.

Cold and Rainy

Areas like the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast often receive large amounts of rainfall and snowfall. In the winter, windows can become a major source of heat loss for homes in these regions. At Blindster, we recommend heavy blinds and shades that can provide maximum insulation to keep warm air in and cold air out during the fall, winter, and early spring.

Some of the top window coverings for rainy and cold areas are:

  • Roman Shades Roman shades are thick and heavy like a winter coat. And just like your favorite winter clothing, these window treatments are designed to ward off cold air and keep drafts at bay. Our Premium Roman shades are available in four groups—A, B, C, and D—with dozens of colors to choose from within each category.When combined with energy efficient or newly insulated windows, these shades are the ultimate in keeping your home protected the harsh elements outside. Raise them during the day to naturally heat your home when the sun is out and lower them at night to seal the warm air indoors. Finally, pair them with a blackout liner for extra privacy, light reduction, and insulation.
  • Wood Blinds Nothing completes the look of a stately New England home or a rustic cabin nestled in the Pacific Northwest quite like wood blinds. Our real wood blinds are made from kiln-dried American basswood, which is harvested from forests in the Eastern USA and Canada. For many homeowners, there’s no substitute for the subtle textures and colors found in actual wood grain, and that’s why we use only the highest-quality wood in our manufacturing process.Real wood blinds are great at insulating homes and acting as a barrier between your living room, bedroom, or office and cold, rainy drafts outside. The best part about installing wood blinds in wet and cold climates is the fact that they seamlessly match almost all furniture and décor that’s native to those areas.

Sunny and Rainy

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but anyone who lives there knows that rain showers are a frequent occurrence—as are high levels of humidity. All the moisture in the area can cause some types of window treatments to fade, warp, or even mildew over long periods of time, especially if they’re exposed to the elements due to open windows or doors.

These window treatments are designed to hold up against both the sun’s damaging rays and the effects of frequent high humidity:

  • Faux Wood Blinds Faux wood blinds are created using synthetic materials, such as vinyl and vinyl compound materials. However, they look and feel extremely similar to real wood. But unlike wood blinds, faux wood blinds are designed to stand up to harsh conditions. Real wood is susceptible to warping and discoloration due to things like constant sunlight exposure and humidity, but faux wood was specifically designed to be used in humid conditions such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages.With these blinds, you’ll have peace of mind in even the wettest and sunniest climates. Feel free to leave your patio doors and windows open and let in a fresh breeze, as the hardy construction of faux wood blinds means that they’ll be no worse for the wear even after years of exposure to moisture and high humidity.
  • Aluminum Blinds Want blinds that are easy to clean, resistant to fading, and durable enough to hold up for many years? If so, you can’t go wrong with our aluminum blinds. These window coverings are extremely common in homes, apartments, and businesses throughout the world for good reason. They work well in virtually any climate and thrive under even the harshest conditions.In addition to being highly effective at blocking out light and protecting your privacy, aluminum blinds are also ideal for warm and humid climates. Like faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds won’t mold or mildew and can be easily cleaned with solutions that might damage other types of window coverings.

Best Blinds and Shades for Dining Rooms

Dining rooms are often the most lavish room in a home. Chandeliers, stately and antique dining tables, elaborate place settings, and fine china are just a few hallmarks of dining rooms where families gather to share meals and celebrate special occasions. Due to their reputation as being the centerpieces of many homes, it makes sense that every aspect of dining rooms carries an air of elegance and beauty—including the window coverings.

For many homeowners, choosing low-profile and no-frills options for window coverings is perfectly suitable for bedrooms and bathrooms, but their tastes often change when it comes to their dining rooms. At Blindster.com, we know that homeowners often need window treatments for their dining rooms that are not only beautiful to look at, but are also versatile in both operation and light control functionality.

If you’re looking for the perfect window treatments for your dining room, look no further than these elegant, practical, and affordable blinds and shades:

roman-shades-dining-room

From a visual standpoint, it’s hard to beat the beauty and timeless design of classic Roman shades. Our selection of Premium Roman Shades is divided into four distinct groups: A, B, C, and D. All the shades in these categories feature a wide variety of options and customizations, including pleated and hobbled fold styles, optional cordless lifts, top down/bottom up functions, and blackout liners. Each category also features a wide variety of colors, with all four categories offering more than 200 unique colors to choose from.

 

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Whether you have a country-style dining room, a formal dining room, or anything in between, you can’t go wrong with our Faux Wood Plantation Shutters. These window coverings combine the look of real wood, with the versatility and durability of faux wood, giving them an elegant appearance and an exterior that’s easy to clean and maintain. Another benefit of the faux wood manufacturing process is the lightweight materials. Because these window coverings are hollow, they are quickly and easily installed in even the most hard-to-reach dining room windows.

 

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Many homeowners want the utmost in privacy in their dining rooms. Thankfully, emphasizing privacy in your search for window treatments doesn’t mean you have to compromise on looks or style. Our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds have all the beauty and elegance of our entire selection of real wood blinds, but with one key difference: no route holes. That means that these blinds are not only more effective at protecting your family’s privacy, but they’re also great for blocking out the sun’s harsh UV rays and glare, giving you the ultimate control over the lighting in your dining room.

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With their all-natural materials, cordless operation, and beautiful array of wood stains to choose from, our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades are the perfect complement to any dining room suite or décor. No lift cord or chain means easy up and down movement, as well as a peace of mind if you have small children or pets. While the all-natural construction process is perfect for eco-friendly and eco-conscious homeowners. Choose from colors that are certain to bring out the beauty in your dining table and place settings, such as Key West Camel, Waikiki Tortoise, and Maya Camel.

 

woven-wood-roller-shades-dining-room

Roller shades are highly effective at blocking light and protecting privacy, but some varieties may feel too plain or low-profile for dining rooms. If that’s the case for your home, our Premium Woven Wood Fabric Roller Shades will definitely be enough to make you reconsider this type of window covering. Designed to look like real woven bamboo and wood, these roller shades are manufactured with a high-quality polyester fabric that filters light and cuts down on glare and heat from the sun. These shades can be ordered with a continuous loop lift cord and come in a huge variety of colors and textures, including Highlands Bark, Woodland Nile, and Savannah Sand.

 

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While maximum light control is a high priority for many homeowners, others may prefer to simply reduce the sun’s glare and UV rays, while still allowing ample natural light into their homes. If that’s your idea of the perfect window treatments for your dining room, you’ll love our 3” Deluxe Light Filtering Sheer Shades. The 3” light filtering vanes float between two soft pieces of sheer fabric, giving these shades the combined functionality and beauty of both shades and blinds. Choose from four distinct colors to match the color scheme in your dining room, including White, Ivory, Beige, and Chocolate.

 

faux-wood-dining-room

Finding the perfect window treatments to match your dining room décor and furniture doesn’t have to break the bank. Our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds are attractively priced and beautifully designed. The large 2 ½” slats have the appearance of real wood, but the composite materials used in the manufacturing process makes them easier to maintain and clean, as well as more durable throughout their lifetime.

 

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If your dining room has a beautiful view that you want to preserve at all costs, solar shades may be the ideal option for your home. Solar shades are unique in that they can significantly reduce heat and UV rays from entering your home while preserving your view of the outdoors. Our Premium Solar Shades Exotic Collection is manufactured using high-quality Phifer Sheerweave® 5000 solar screen fabrics, which makes them extremely durable due to the vinyl coated polyester materials. Choose from four openness factors: 3 percent, 5 percent, 7 percent, and 10 percent—to get the perfect balance between light filtering and view of the outdoors.

Best Blinds and Shades for Your Office

For many people, their office is a home away from home. After all, most jobs require employees to be in the office for at least 40 hours per week, and many business owners may also work at night and on weekends. Because of the long hours many people put in at the office, it makes sense that employees, managers, and business owners want to feel as comfortable and “at home” as they do when they’re actually at home. A big part of making that happen is taking the time to decorate and furnish their offices with the same care and attention that they give their home living spaces.

At Blindster, we know that one of the most effective ways to make your office feel like home is to pick the right window treatments. Although it may seem like a small touch, having the perfect blinds or shades to complement your office décor and maximize your control over lighting, privacy, insulation, glare, and other factors can go a long way towards making you more comfortable throughout the work day.

So if you’re looking for the best blinds and shades for your office, check out our list below:

2 12 Inch Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

Thick wood blinds bring a touch of elegance, beauty, and timelessness to any room, including your personal office at work or your home office. In addition to being inexpensive, these blinds are also highly durable and are resistant to fading, cracking, and warping. Choose from a variety of stains and colors when you order your own set, including Natural Embossed and Cherry Embossed for a traditional wood grain appearance. You can also choose brighter stains and colors like Antique White and Alabaster to create the illusion of more space and maximize your office’s natural lighting. With 2 ½” slats, these blinds can be opened for extra-wide views of your office’s outdoor area, but when closed, they are highly effective at protecting your privacy.

 

2 Inch Premium Cordless Wood Blinds

Many of our customers prefer the authentic materials used in real wood blinds, and if you’re among them, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds for your office. Like our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds, these window coverings are perfect fits for both home offices and “home away from home” offices due to their classic design and long-lasting appeal. Manufactured using a top-quality kiln-dried basswood, these blinds are lightweight, durable, and built to withstand years of sunlight exposure. Best of all, a cordless lift system is included at no charge, which means there’s no distracting lift cords that can get tangled or make the blinds difficult to operate.

Privacy Aluminum Blind

If you need to outfit an entire office with new window coverings, chances are you’re looking for a solution that’s both highly effective and inexpensive. In that case, you’ll want to check out our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. Competitively priced and designed as a no-frills option for blocking out sunlight, reducing glare, and protecting privacy, these aluminum blinds get the job done while still offering you four distinct color options: White, Bone, Mocha, and Sage. To maximize their light-blocking and privacy capabilities, the cord holes disappear when the blinds are closed, eliminating light leaks. Combine that with a baked enamel finish that’s resistant to chipping and fading, and you’ll be set for years with these blinds installed throughout your office.

Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades

For many office workers, whether they’re owners, managers, employees, or just people working from home, having luxury décor and furnishings not only helps to signify their success, but it also motivates them to work even harder. Our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades perfectly complement both high-end office décor and high-achieving workers, and the light-filtering properties of the real bamboo materials used in the manufacturing process enhance the natural lighting that enters your office. Several beautiful, dark wood stains are available, including Key West Camel, Waikiki Camel, and Key West Cocoa. If you dislike lift cords, then you’re in luck with these shades, as a cordless lift option is available at no extra charge.

Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades

Having natural sunlight in your office can be a great way to energize yourself and feel invigorated, but it’s not always welcome throughout the day. The sun’s rays can create distracting glares on your computer screen, fade and damage furniture and décor, increase the ambient temperature in your office, and even damage your skin. Our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A are a stylish and elegant option for blocking out the sun’s harmful rays and increasing your privacy when you need it. Available in 13 unique colors, these shades come standard with a cordless spring roller shade lift and can also be ordered with a clutch continuous loop lift cord for an additional charge.

 

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

If you’re looking to make your windows the focal point of your office, look no further than our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters. These bold window coverings bring the elegance of our wood and faux wood blinds, but their extra-large size compared to standard blinds makes them a truly unforgettable aspect of your office’s décor. Because these shutters are manufactured with durable yet lightweight faux wood, they’re easy to install and are designed to last for many years. Custom made in the USA, these shutters benefit from a quick 8-10-day manufacturing process, which means they’ll get to your office sooner after you place your order. Choose from three beautiful and light-enhancing colors when you place your order: Cotton, Pearl, and Vanilla.

 

2 Inch Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades

Hate the look of harsh overhead lighting? Many office workers feel that they perform at their best when they get the benefit of ample natural lighting in their work spaces as opposed to fluorescent and incandescent lighting, and there are no better window treatments to maximize your office’s natural lighting than our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. Manufactured with two layers of soft fabric sheers, these shades let in beautiful diffused natural light when open, and block out 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays when closed. That makes them perfect for offices that get a variety of different lighting conditions throughout the day.

Best Blinds and Shades for Doors

Whether your home has sliding glass doors or doors with large windows built-in, you undoubtedly know how the openness of such doors can be a double-edged sword. They’re perfect for letting in natural light and filling your home with a warm glow during the day, but they can also significantly reduce your privacy.

The good news is that the vast majority of the window coverings we sell at Blindster can be ordered to fit doors, regardless of their shape or size. Doors outfitted with window coverings can often be even more stunning than many windows due to their larger size and the huge amounts of filtered natural light they bring into your home.

To find the perfect blinds for the doors in your home, check out our recommendations below:

embossed pvc blinds

When most people think of window coverings for doors, they probably imagine blinds that look much like our Embossed PVC Vertical Blinds. These blinds are easy to operate and open/close due to a self-aligning wheeled carrier and self-lubricating acetal parts. Choose from more than 20 colors to perfectly fit your home’s décor and style, including Manhattan White, Charleston Sand, and Stanford Bluehaze, and pick between a chain or wand control. Don’t worry about your doors being too big, either—this blind can be custom cut to fit doors up to 129” wide and 129” long.

2 inch sheer shades

Our sheer shades are among our best sellers due to their versatility, and the 2” Premium Room Darkening Sheer Shades are no different. Windowed doors are unique in that homeowners frequently want the ultimate in privacy—especially when their doors face sidewalks or streets—while also having the luxury of maximizing the natural light they produce. These shades fit the bill by being manufactured using two layers of soft fabric sheers and block 97 percent of light and 99 percent of UV rays, while also being perfect for filtering sunlight during the day and filling your home with soft, diffuse light.

woven wood group d

Doors that lead in and out of outdoor areas, or just doors in homes that feature a natural décor theme, are the perfect places for bamboo shades. Blindster’s Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group D are the ultimate in luxury and quality when it comes to natural shades and they can be cut to fit most doors, with a maximum width of 93” and a maximum height of 108”. The hand-woven bamboo, grass, and jute fabrics can be selected in 20 unique colors and patterns, including Rangoon Umber, Bangkok Herb, and Jakarta Dawn.

 

privacy wood blinds

If you’re a fan of natural materials but prefer a more traditional and classic look for your doors, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Privacy Wood Blinds. Manufactured with the highest quality basswood, these window treatments will help insulate your home from the harsh outdoor elements and won’t fade or warp even after years of exposure to intense sunlight. These shades are also perfect for homeowners who want the ultimate in privacy, as a routeless option is included free of charge. That means your blinds won’t have any holes or openings when closed, giving your family peace of mind at all hours of the day and night.

 

2 inch aluminum

Looking for blinds that are all about function while designed to be as unobtrusive as possible from a design standpoint? Then look no further than our 2” Aluminum Blinds. These mini-blinds are exceptionally common in homes throughout the country due to their ability to block out natural light and protect privacy, match and blend with almost any décor, and a hardy manufacturing process and robust materials that makes them resistant to fading and warping. Large doors are no problem for these blinds, as they can be custom cut to fit spaces up to 122” wide and 108” high. You can also personalize your blinds with unique colors, including Brushed Aluminum, Char Brown, and Black Satin.

 

roman shades group b

If you accept nothing less than the best from a style and décor standpoint when purchasing window treatments, our Premium Roman Shades Group B may be right up your alley. Roman shades are known for their decorative and luxurious appearance, and they are the perfect fit for homes with a classic look and elegant furnishings. The folds and beautifully textured appearance of Roman shades make them the perfect fit for the length of most doors, and they look just as beautiful open as they do fully closed. In addition to their stunning looks, these shades are also highly effective at blocking out sunlight and protecting your privacy due to their thick fabrics.

 

premium solar shades

If privacy isn’t a major issue in your home and you are focused more on preserving as much natural light in your home as possible while also cutting down on the sun’s harmful UV rays, you’ll love our Premium Solar Shades 5% Open. These window treatments can be cut to fit exceptionally large doors up to 144” wide and 192” high and preserve nearly all visibility while eliminating 95 percent of UV rays from entering your home and fading your furniture and décor. Greenguard® certified and manufactured using high-quality Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics, these shades are built to last and will hold up in your home for years to come.

 

premium roller shades

Not satisfied with standard colors and textures in your home’s shades? Outfit your doors with our Premium Light Filtering Fabric Roller Shades – Group A and enjoy a huge variety of stunning colors and patterns, including Lumen White, Lumen Onyx, Swirls Mocha, and Lima Autumn. With maximum measurements of 108” wide and 120” high, these light-filtering shades will fit the majority of doors and can be outfitted with a standard cordless spring roller lift system or an optional continuous loop lift cord for easy operation.

How to Use Shades to Make Your Home Look Bigger

If your home or apartment is a bit lacking in the square footage department, you probably know all about getting creative when it comes to adding storage and finding ways to fit everything you need into small spaces. But creativity can only go so far, as your living space may soon look and feel completely cramped depending on your furniture and storage needs.

While you may not be able to start knocking down walls to create extra space for your belongings, you can do several things that minimize that cramped feeling—including changing your window coverings.

The blinds and shades you choose don’t just affect the amount of light that enters your home—they can also affect how big or small your home looks and feels. Choose the wrong window coverings and a small space feels even more cramped, but choose the right window coverings and previously tight quarters suddenly feel homey and breezy rather than confined and claustrophobic.

To give the smallest rooms in your home or apartment some extra breathing room without resorting to using a sledgehammer, check out Blindster’s tips below:

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  • Choose blinds and shades that are low-profile and flush with your windows.

Large, intricate, and billowing shades, such as certain types of Roman shades, cellular shades, and even vertical blinds can enhance your home’s beauty, but their design can also make small rooms feel even smaller. When choosing window coverings for tight spaces, always look for ones that are as low-profile as possible. That means roller shades, aluminum blinds, and wood blinds are all great options, as these window treatments are effective at both complementing your window and your décor without overwhelming the room.

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  • Install sheer shades for the ultimate in natural light and openness.

Heavy, thick, and dark shades can look beautiful, but they aren’t always the best option for small rooms. Sheer shades, on the other hand, are among the most conducive to tight spaces. In addition to letting in huge amounts of natural light, they’re also unobtrusive both from a physical and visual standpoint. Letting in ample amounts of natural light always makes rooms look and feel larger, and the sheer materials and fabric used in sheer shades also make the window treatments seem to disappear at all hours of the day and night.

 

  • Mount your window treatments outside of your windows.

If your room seems small due to small windows—commonly found in garages, basements, laundry rooms, and other utility areas—creating the illusion of larger windows can also create the illusion of more square footage. Instead of mounting your window coverings flush inside your windows, considering mounting them outside of the window itself. By attaching them to the window frame, or wall, and allowing the edges to overlap frame by several inches. Your windows will appear up to a foot larger, which in turn, will make your room look and feel larger as well.

 

  • Hang a mirror facing your windows and window coverings.

Using a mirror to create the appearance of a larger room is a tried-and-true tactic, but it’s doubly effective if you use one to reflect your windows. A well-placed mirror can greatly enhance the effect your real windows have on your own perception of the size of your room and increase the amount of natural light inside your home.

 

  • Opt for light colors when choosing your blinds or shades.

Dark colors make a bold statement and can match your furniture and décor, but they can also make small spaces feel even more enclosed. Light colors, on the other hand, are perfect for making the most of your room’s square footage. In fact, for the best results, consider choosing shades with white or off-white fabric to maximize this effect. In addition to opening up your space, white décor also promotes feelings of calmness—especially when combined with ample amounts of natural light.

 

  • Think vertical for rooms with low ceilings.

Vaulted ceilings are becoming more and more popular in new homes, but if your home has a traditional low ceiling, there is a trick to making your ceiling seem higher. By mounting your window coverings close to your ceiling, your eye will be drawn upwards, creating a sense of verticality in your home that may have been missing due to the low ceilings.

 

  • Choose solid colors over textures and patterns.

If you’re opting for shades over blinds, choose shades that are monochromatic in color (with light colors being preferable). Shades that utilize a single color have a more matte and built-in appearance when mounted inside or outside windows than shades with intricate designs, textures, and patterns, all of which can subtly make rooms appear smaller. When square footage is an issue, every inch counts—even those created by visual tricks—and choosing solid colors is one way to create that advantage.

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  • Opt for uniform colors across the board.

This requires a bit more planning and a higher cost than other tips and tricks, but if you’re serious about maximizing the appearance of your space, it may be one of the most effective of them all. Choose a single light color—such as white, grey, beige, or slate—and decorate your room almost entirely in that color. Yes, that includes paint, carpet, furniture, window coverings, and other assorted decorative items. The more uniform the colors are in a single room, the larger it will appear due to the lack of contrast.

 

  • Remove clutter from areas near your windows and window coverings.

Having large windows—or creating the illusion of large windows—is a small-room advantage that can be quickly wasted when you move too much “stuff” in front of them. Although it can be difficult to resist placing a table, chairs, or other essential furniture near a window due to your room’s layout, do your best to rearrange these items elsewhere or simply get rid of them altogether. An unobstructed view of your windows and the light they let into your home can dramatically increase the perceived size of your living space.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.