What Are the Cheapest Blinds?

At Blindster, we know that budgets for window coverings can vary from household to household. In addition, we also know that even when money is no object, some homeowners prefer to go the economical route when they’re purchasing new window treatments.

Our extensive product line includes both high-end, state-of-the-art window coverings as well as basic blinds and shades that are designed to look great in any home while reducing heat and glare and protecting privacy. It’s our goal to make sure our customers get what they want and need, regardless of their budgets.

No matter where in our price-tier you purchase your window coverings, you can be sure that you’ll get blinds and shades built with high-quality materials and components that are designed to last. We stand by all of our products, and that’s why we offer a Fit-or-Free Guarantee®, a 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee, and a Lifetime Warranty.

Save Money on Blinds with These Options

We have inexpensive options for our customers in every product line we offer. From standard aluminum blinds to wood blinds, you’re sure to find a window covering that fits your needs, your home, and your budget:

2in Super Value Faux Wood Blinds

2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are extremely popular due to their low prices, their durability, and their easy cleaning. Our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds are both our most economical and among our most popular due to their attractive design and large slats. They’re available in three colors—white, bone, and natural embossed—and can be cut to fit a variety of window sizes. Best of all, even when customized, these faux wood blinds are still easier on the wallet than many comparable blinds sold at big box retail stores.

2in Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

For an upgrade over our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds. Only slightly more expensive, these blinds are our best sellers and have a few added touches to make them more attractive to many homeowners. Those touches include a 3 ¼” crown molded valance and the choice of 9 colors as opposed to three in the Super Value blinds. In addition, they’re available in three darker wood stains, including natural embossed, cherry embossed, oak, and chestnut.

2in Super Value Wood Blinds

2” Super Value Wood Blinds

If you prefer the look and feel of real wood blinds, but still want an inexpensive option, our 2” Super Value Wood Blinds are perfect for you. Made with high-quality wood that resists fading due to a special-coat finish and UV inhibitor, these blinds are available in five unique colors, including crisp white, white, Swiss coffee, golden oak, and pecan. One advantage that real wood blinds have over faux wood is their insulation qualities, making them ideal for homeowners who live in cold climates.

1in Aluminum Blinds

1” Aluminum Blinds

Classic mini blinds never go out of style, and they’re a great addition to any room in your home. Best of all, they’re also inexpensive and can fit into any budget. Our 1” Aluminum Blinds are the quintessential window coverings and are built in a style that’s commonplace in millions of homes and businesses throughout the country. With 31 colors to choose from, you’re certain to find the ideal fit for your home. The economical price also continues to pay for itself over the years with these blinds, as they’re all-metal design makes them extremely durable and sturdy.

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Want an inexpensive option that’s even better at protecting your privacy than our standard 1” Aluminum Blinds? Look no further than our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. Built using the same high-quality components and materials as our other mini blinds, these window coverings are ideal for people who want to eliminate even more glare and further protect their privacy. They work by eliminating route holes, which makes them seamless when their slats are in a closed position. Order yours in white, bone, mocha, or sage to fit your room’s color scheme and décor.

Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds

Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds

Covering large windows or sliding doors can be a challenge with traditional window coverings, but vertical blinds make it easy. Large louvres mounted on a sliding track create the ultimate in convenience when it comes to controlling light across a large and wide area—and you don’t have to break the bank to get it. Our Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds are resistant to harsh conditions and come in 11 different colors, including silk white, light blue, and tan. Choose between cord and chain control or optional cordless wand control.

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Fabric Vertical Blinds

PVC isn’t for everyone, and if you’re looking for a softer alternative for covering a large window or glass door, be sure to check out our Fabric Vertical Blinds. These blinds also serve as great alternatives to curtains, and because they’re mounted on an easy gliding/rolling mechanism, they’re much easier and more convenient to operate than large, unwieldy curtains while still giving you the same light blocking and filtering qualities. Weights sewn-in to the bottoms of each louver also help hold them in place, making them ideal for rooms with plenty of air flow.







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.

The Best Durable Blinds and Shades for Your Garage

Garages are one of the last places that many homeowners consider when they’re buying new window treatments, but they’re a prime spot for adding new blinds and shades—especially if they’re detached or have large wall-side windows to match the ones throughout the rest of your home.

There are numerous benefits to having window treatments on your garage windows. First, they protect your privacy and provide the light control that you need, making them perfect for working on projects, creating a hobby space, or just protecting your vehicles from the sun’s rays. Second, they help insulate your garage, which can be huge beneficial if it’s not air conditioned. And finally, they create a more cohesive appearance with the rest of your home, particularly if you’re installing the same type of window treatment on every window.

Ready to start looking for the best blinds and shades for your garage? Check out Blindster’s guide to finding the right fit:

Cordless Aluminum Blinds

When it comes to buying window treatments for your garage, toughness and durability are some of the most important qualities to look for. Garages are known to accumulate dirt and dust, and that means your window coverings will need frequent cleaning. Our Cordless Aluminum Blinds are made with a high-quality aluminum that has a chip and fade resistant baked enamel finish. That means these blinds can withstand even the toughest conditions for years without needing to be replaced. Their cordless operation also means that they’re easy to operate and safe for homes with small children. Choose between eight distinct colors, including traditional White, Mocha, Brown, and Black to match your garage interior.

Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds

Need to cover a large garage window or a set of sliding doors? Be sure to check out our selection of vertical blinds, including our Smooth PVC Vertical Blinds. These window coverings are ideal for installation over big windows and doors. In addition, their high-quality and highly durable PVC louvers and aluminum head rail are built to last for years under the harshest conditions. Effortlessly open these blinds to let light in and close them to protect your privacy with their standard cord/chain control, or use an optional wand control for even greater customization. Choose from 10 colors to complement your garage, such as Buttermilk, Off White, Blue, and Grey.

Premium Solar Shades 5 Percent Openness

Want to preserve your outdoor view in your garage as much as possible while still protecting your family’s privacy and reducing glare? If those needs are on your window treatment checklist, you owe it to yourself to give our Premium Solar Shades a try. We offer multiple varieties with different levels of openness, which refers to how much of their view that they preserve. Our 5 Percent Openness shades are manufactured using Phifer Sheerweave® 4000 fabrics and are Greenguard® certified. In addition to being beautiful, they’re also highly durable and resistant, and they even block out 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting your vehicles from fading. Bacteria and fungus resistant, these shades are a breeze to clean, and they’re available in 16 colors perfect for garages, including Charcoal, Ash, and Granite, and Greystone.

Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades

Got a large garage or shop with several windows? If so, you know that it can be a hassle to walk over to each window and manually raise or lower the shades multiple times throughout the day while you’re working. Our Premium Motorized Blackout Double Cellular Shades make it easy to raise and lower your shades at the touch of a button anywhere inside your garage. Battery-powered and operated via a single remote control that can be programmed to work with up to 15 shades, these window treatments are the ultimate in convenience and efficiency. They’re not just great at saving time, either. These shades are high-quality through and through, and their 100 percent polyester materials use an integrated foil technology that provides excellent insulation and blocks 99.9 percent of sunlight.

Best Blinds for Doors

Whether you’re outfitting a new home with window treatments or replacing your existing ones, don’t forget to order blinds for your doors. Both standard-sized doors and large sliding glass doors can let in huge amounts of light and put your family’s privacy at risk if they aren’t covered. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of blinds that will get the job done and improve the appearance of any room where they’re installed.

Before you place your order, it’s important to remember that ordering blinds for doors is a slightly different process than ordering blinds for windows. First, you’ll need to make sure the blinds are able to be cut to the size you’ll need to cover your door. Secondly, you’ll need to make sure that your measurements are as accurate as possible to ensure a good fit and protection against light leaks throughout the length of the shades. Finally, you should verify that your blinds are the right style and color for your home, and ordering samples is the perfect way to get peace of mind before placing your order.

Ready to find the perfect blinds for your doors? Use the information and recommendations below to help you make your choice:

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

Available with different colors and stains in groups A, B, and C, these blinds are our highest quality faux wood door treatments and are designed to replicate the look and feel of real wood blinds. And because these blinds received a high durability rating due to the composite materials used during their manufacturing process, they can withstand exposure to sunlight and humidity without warping, cracking, or fading, making them ideal for outside facing doors and rooms that receive plenty of fresh air.

2in Distressed Wood Blinds

2” Distressed Wood Blinds

Want a rustic yet elegant look for your doors? Be sure to check out our 2” Distressed Wood Blinds. Made with high-quality real wood, these blinds incorporate a natural and rough-textured surface in conjunction with beautiful and unique stains. Choose from colors like Peppered Malbec, Aged Cognac, and Deep Merlot, and enjoy hardy finishes that are designed to resist fading and warping, while also helping to insulate your home during the hottest days of summer and coldest days of winter.

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

Privacy Aluminum Blinds

A great choice for homeowners who are looking for a door covering that’s practical, sleek, and inexpensive, our Privacy Aluminum Blinds utilize classic 1” slats and a baked enamel finish that makes them highly resistant to fading, chipping, and cracking. If you’re looking for blinds that are great for privacy and light blocking, you’ll love this window treatment, as its routeless design means a consistent and uniform appearance from end to end. Eliminate glare from your doors and get the peace of mind you and your family deserve—all at an affordable price.

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

If you need to cover a large door or pair of doors, vertical blinds may be the best option for you. And if you’re looking for vertical blinds that are affordable, easy to clean, moisture resistant, and build to last, our faux wood vertical blinds are your best option. Built with the same composite materials used in many of our other faux wood blinds, these window and door coverings require minimal maintenance, and they also ship with self-aligning wheeled carriers and self-lubricating acetyl parts, meaning you get years of hassle-free operation. You’ll also have plenty of options, including standard cord, chain, and wand controls, as well as more than 15 colors, such as Textured Cherry, RealGrain Dark Walnut, and Textured Brite White.

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Fabric Vertical Blinds

Traditional PVC and faux wood vertical blinds aren’t everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to covering their doors, and if that’s true for you, our fabric vertical blinds may be just what you’re looking for. Designed to be a mixture between traditional vertical blinds and drapes/curtains, these window coverings are built with a soft and light-filtering fabric that lets soft, diffused, and filtered light into your home while still protecting your privacy. Best of all, these blinds use sewn-in weights to hold them in place, making them ideal for patio doors that are frequently left open. And if you’re looking for additional light blocking and stability, be sure to select the optional PVC backing before you place your order.

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 5

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

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

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

  1. What are the best faux wood blinds?

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


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


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


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

  1. What are thick or wide wood blinds called?

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


  1. What are the cheapest type of blinds?

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


Some of our most affordable blinds include:


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


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


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


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

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


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


  1. What are roller shades?

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


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


  1. What are roller shades made of?

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


  1. What are vertical blinds made of?

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

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 3

If you’ve got questions about window treatments, we’ve got answers. At Blindster, we know that many homeowners and homebuilders put their priorities elsewhere during the construction and buying process. Whether they’re picking out appliances for the kitchen, deciding which color to paint the living room, or debating if it’s worth it to install hardwood floors, those decisions often push things like buying blinds and shades to the bottom of the list.

But eventually, all homeowners and homebuilders have to decide what types of window coverings to install—and making a smart decision often means asking many questions. If you want more information to help make the measuring, installing, and buying process easier, check out our frequently asked questions below or contact one of our customer support representatives.

  1. How do I shorten wood blinds?

Wood blinds are a great option for homeowners who want a natural and elegant look when purchasing window treatments. If you ordered wood blinds and found that they’re too long to fit your windows, or if you want to move them to smaller windows in your home, you can shorten them to a get a perfect fit.


To shorten your wood blinds, remove the plus on the bottom rail to reveal the knotted lift cord. Untie that knot and slide the bottom rail off the cords. With the bottom rail remove, pull the cords out of the slats you wish to remove. Store the extra slats in a safe location in case you need to reattach them to your window or replace broken slats.


After removing the extra slats, reattach the bottom rail by placing it at the bottom of the blind and feeding the cords through its openings. Cut any additional lengths of cord, slide the plugs back on, tie the remaining lengths of cord together, and place the plugs back inside the bottom rail.


  1. What are the best blinds for hot, sunny weather?

If you live in a hot climate or have felt the sun’s hot rays heating up your home during the summer, you’ve probably wondered how to make your windows more energy efficient by keeping hot air outside of your home. If you prefer blinds, faux wood and aluminum blinds are effective at keeping the heat’s heat from raising the ambient temperature of your home. If you prefer shades, consider purchasing blackout shades, which are designed to eliminate as much light as possible from entering your home. Triple cell cellular shades are also highly effective at insulating your home and keeping cold air inside.


  1. Why are cellular shades so expensive?

Cellular shades are sometimes more expensive than other types of shades due to their complexity and versatility. Instead of being made from a single piece of fabric, cellular shades are manufactured by combining multiple layers of material to create pleats. Single cell shades work well to insulate your home and aer perfect for budget-minded homeowners, while double and triple cell cellular shades have a higher upfront cost but can help reduce your home’s energy bill.

  1. What are cordless cellular shades?

As the name suggests, cordless cellular shades are shades that are operated without the use of a cord, string, loop, or chain. Cordless cellular shades are a popular choice because of how easy they are to operate, their matte and sleek appearance, and their lack of lift cord, which can ease the minds of parents and pet owners.


  1. What are plantation window blinds?

Plantation window blinds look like shutters that you install inside your home as indoor window coverings. Plantation shutters can provide a unique and charming look to your windows while also offering excellent insulation, light blocking/regulation, and resale value. With real wood and faux wood options, plantation shades can fit virtually any home’s interior and budget.


  1. How do I remove vertical blinds from a window?

Whether you’re replacing, repairing, or moving vertical blinds, removing them from your windows or doors is a snap and easy process. The first step involves removing the blades from the track that holds them in place and allows them to slide along the length of the window or door. To do this, rotate the blades until they halfway open. Then, remove each individual blade by pushing upwards, opening the clip, and then twisting the blade until it is able to be removed from the track.


Once the blades are removed, locate the brackets on the back of the track. Place a screwdriver inside the opening of the spring clip and twist it until the clip releases. Complete this process on both sides of the track to release it from the brackets. If you plan on removing the blinds entirely or installing a different type of window covering, you should also remove the mounting brackets after removing the vertical blinds.


  1. What are standard size blinds?

Because windows come in all shapes and sizes and blind installations can vary from inside and outside mounts, there is no true standard size for window blinds. However, many windows fall within the range of 36 to 72 inches in length and 24 to 60 inches in depth, especially in homes with traditional floorplans and apartments. If you’re considering purchasing blinds or shades from Blindster, it’s important that you properly and accurately measure the interior of your window frame for an inside mount and the full area you wish to cover with the window covering for an outside mount.


  1. What are the best blinds for picture windows?

Picture windows are great for providing breathtaking views of the outdoors and letting in ample amounts of natural lighting, but buying the perfect window coverings can be difficult given their size and prominence in your home. At Blindster, we recommend choosing a window covering that fits your home’s décor and style, as well as your personal preferences. Large wood and faux wood blinds can greatly enhance the beauty of large picture windows, while aluminum blinds offer a more practical and economic approach.


  1. What are the pros and cons of roller shades?

Roller shades are a simple and yet highly effective window covering that are completely obstructing when fully opened while also being great for blocking out light and protecting your privacy when closed. Some of the most prominent pros and cons of this type of window treatment include:




  • A sleek, built-in look that disappears when the shade is fully open
  • Provides an alternative to curtains and other heavy draperies
  • Quick and easy to clean, requires very little maintenance and upkeep




  • May not provide the visual appeal some homeowners look for in window coverings
  • Can be difficult to operate if the rolling mechanism becomes damaged or jammed

How Vertical Blinds Work


Vertical blinds are aptly named for their wide slats that hang vertically from the headrail at the top of your window. They are no longer the ugly, one-color-fits-all version from the

past; they now come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics and plastics to fit any décor.  Verticals are some of the most durable blinds you can furnish your windows with, so they are

perfect for doors or windows that see a lot of traffic. While the mechanisms that operate these blinds may seem complicated, they’re actually relatively simple to understand.

brown vertical

Vertical blinds’ mechanisms perform two basic functions, they either completely slide the blinds out of the way, stacking them in the corner, or they simply tilt the slats to allow more light to come through.

The first function is operated with a blind wand. The blind wand is typically a long, thin plastic or metal piece that is attached to the last slat on the blind. Each slat is attached to a sliding plastic piece that is inserted into the track that runs along the headrail.

By pulling on the blind wand to the right or left, you can move all of the slats at the same time to either open or close the blinds. The tilting mechanisms are either operated by turning the blind wand or by pulling on a separate cord that is attached to the headrail. The blind wand or cord is connected to a mechanism that causes the axle that runs along the headrail to turn. This axle is also attached to small gears that connect to each slat and as the axle turns, it twists the gears and opens or closes the slats to more light.


Blindster’s Frequently Asked Questions Part 1

Got questions about buying new window coverings? We’ve got answers. At Blindster, we know that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to buying blinds and shades.

So whether you’re confused about how a specific type of window treatment works, the best way to measure your windows before placing an order, or the pros and cons of specific types of blinds, you’re in the right place.

Check out our frequently asked questions below, and if you still have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives.


  • How do you get accurate window measurements before ordering blinds or shades?

Before you place an order with Blindster, it’s important that you have the most accurate measurements possible of the window or area you wish to cover.


For inside mounts, measure the height on the far left, middle, and far right of the window and note the largest measurement, as you’ll use it when placing your order. Then, measure the width at the top of the window frame where the headrail will be installed.


For outside mounts, measure the full width of the area you want to cover with the shade and, if space permits, add an extra 1” to 1 ½” to each side to eliminate light leakage. Measure the full height of the area you wish to cover with the shade and add 1 ½” to 2” to encompass the flat mounting surface area. Add additional inches to account for things like molding or framework that you wish to cover with the window covering.


  • What are blackout shades?

As the name implies, blackout shades are designed to literally “blackout” a room by blocking virtually all natural and artificial light from entering through the windows. When installed correctly, blackout shades can reduce up to 99% of light from entering a room.


That makes these shades perfect for home theaters, home offices, man caves, game rooms, bedrooms, and any room where you need the utmost privacy and control over glare and lighting. Blackout shades are also highly effective at insulating rooms and making them more energy efficient during the summer, as they reduce the effect of the sun’s hot rays when it comes to increasing ambient temperatures inside your home.


  • How do you buy blinds for windows?

Buying window blinds is a relatively simple process that requires making a few important decisions, such as:


  • Do you prefer blinds or shades?

Blinds and shades are both effective window coverings with their own pros and cons. Blinds are easily adjusted and can be opened to let in light without being raised. In addition, blinds are often preferable with certain types of décor and home stylings. Shades may be slightly less versatile and must be raised to let in light (or lowered for top-down/bottom-up varieties), but they offer a much greater variety of color and pattern to match furniture and other home design elements.


  • Do you want to install your blinds inside or outside of your window frame?

Inside installations are the most common method for hanging blinds. These installations involve mounting the headrail flush with the top of the window frame and the entire blind being contained within the window casing.


Outside installations involve mounting the headrail completely outside of the window frame on the wall, molding, or even the ceiling. This method is generally used when the window frame is too shallow for an inside mount or you wish to cover unattractive woodwork or molding around your window.


  • What type of blinds do you like?

Blindster offers a variety of blinds to fit every home, room, and window:


  • Faux wood blinds

Faux wood blinds provide the same elegant beauty of wood blinds, but cost less and are often easier to maintain. They’re made from a synthetic material that’s designed to look like real world, but far less prone to problems like cracking, warping, or splitting. In addition, they also hold up better in environments with high moisture or high humidity, such as homes near water or the ocean.


  • Wood blinds

If you’ll settle for nothing less than the genuine article, wood blinds are the way to go. No matter what type of décor or style you prefer in your home, wood blinds are the perfect complement. The natural construction, intricate wood grain patterns, and beautiful staining can turn any window in your home into a true showpiece.


  • Aluminum blinds

Low-profile and sleek, aluminum blinds are among the most practical window coverings we offer. Durable, stain-resistant, and built to hold up after years of use, aluminum blinds are both easy to operate and excellent at blocking out light. Aluminum blinds are exceptionally common in homes due to their versatility and durability, and they’re easily cleaned and maintained.


  • Vertical blinds

Perfect for sliding doors and large windows, vertical blinds have a unique and highly distinctive appearance that contribute to the ambience and mood in your home. Their large vinyl vanes are quick and easy to clean, and they’re easily operated using a simple wand. A quick twist of the wrist opens or closes the blinds, while pushing or pulling causes them to effortlessly glide along a heavy-duty track system designed to last for years and years.


  • What are the cheapest blinds to buy?

At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of window coverings that vary significantly in style, design, color, material, and price. If you’re looking to keep costs low, budget blinds may be your best bet.


Our 2” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds are our best-selling model of faux wood window coverings and provide an elegant look at an affordable price. Our aluminum blinds are another great option for budget-minded homeowners, with our Privacy Aluminum Blinds providing excellent security for your family and our Cordless Aluminum Blinds providing wand and cord-free operation.


  • What color roller shades work best at reducing sunlight?

Roller shades are among the most effective window treatments when it comes to eliminating outside light from entering your home. If you’re looking to maximize your roller shades’ ability to block out light while matching your interior décor, look for darker colors, dark green, grey, burgundy, and brown. Black, of course, provides the ultimate in light blocking functionality, and this color is perfect for home theaters, man caves, and home offices.

4 Best Window Blinds and Shades for Sliding Patio Doors

The best answer to this question?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We can’t tell you the best thing to do because it all depends on your personal window treatment tastes.

So today, we’ll give you some ideas and pros and cons so you can make the best decision for yourself.

Vertical blinds are the most popular and usually the best choice. You can get vertical blinds with PVC, fabric, faux wood, or embossed PVC vanes.

With vertical blinds, you can also choose where they stack. They can stack only on the left or right. But they can also open from the center and stack on both sides. And if you want, they can stack in the center of your sliding door too.

Check out some of the pros and cons of each type of blind and shade:

1. PVC Vertical Blinds

PVC is the most economical window treatment for your sliding patio doors. Remember, because these blinds are so much taller than most shades or blinds, you’ll pay more on average.

But if you go with PVC instead of faux wood or fabric, you save the most money.

2. Fabric Vertical Blinds

You get both light control and privacy with fabric. As an option, you can get fabric with PVC backing to make the vanes steadier and block light better.

As an alternative to PVC inserts, you can also get weights added to the bottom of their vanes. These weights make them move and hang just like PVC vanes.

On one end of the spectrum, you can get fabric vertical blinds that simply diffuse light. On the other, they can significantly darken your room.

One of their biggest advantages? It’s the fact their vanes come in so many colors and textures that they match your home’s décor, regardless of what you already have.

3. Faux Wood Vertical Blinds

It looks equally ornate to real wood, but it’s just as durable as PVC and doesn’t require as much maintenance!

Another benefit faux wood has versus real wood is it resists moisture and is easy to clean. They also most closely match our most popular horizontal blinds: Fauxwood Blinds.

4. Embossed PVC Vertical Blinds

On a budget, but still want great style for the dollars you spend? Embossed PVC vertical blinds are just what you need.

You get more style and texture with embossed PVC, but it’s still very economical like regular PVC.

You can’t go wrong with any of these vertical blind options for your sliding patio doors.

And remember, you can get up to 10 FREE samples from Blindster before you order.

That way, you know exactly what looks good in your home before you pay us anything!