April 2010 - The Great Room

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Ordering Window Coverings Online Is Easy

Practically everything for your home can be purchased online – from light fixtures to appliances to furniture. Custom window coverings, once the sole domain of in-home sales, interior designers and specialty stores, are easily ordered online and typically at substantial savings. Custom window blinds and shades allow a precise fit in your window opening, which not only looks better but provides superior insulation by reducing heat loss through your windows. Here are 4 quick tips to make your online shopping experience easy: 1) Order samples so you can see and feel the color and material of the blind or shade before you place your order. Samples are often available free of charge or for a nominal cost. 2) Measure your windows using a steel tape measure and follow measuring guides as available. If you are not comfortable or able to measure or install your window coverings, measuring and installation services are available for most areas of the country. Look for blind…

4 Ways to Choose Eco-Friendly Blinds


An important, but often overlooked, factor in determining which blind or shade to put in your home is the environmental impact in its manufacturing and the effects on indoor air quality in your home. Energy efficient blinds and shades also help the environment. By effectively channeling the natural power of the sun, window coverings insulate during the winter, block solar heat gain in the summer and reduce UV damage inside the home. We’ve put together a list of 4 important attributes to look for when purchasing your window treatment:  GREENGUARD certification, sustainable manufacturing, Oeko-Tex® certification, and energy efficient design. 1) GREENGUARD Certification: The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), an industry independent, non-profit organization, grants GREENGUARD Certification. GEI puts products through a series of tests to determine if they meet acceptable standards for indoor air quality. Those that pass are awarded GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification. Products that receive the GREENGUARD tag are continually tested to ensure they maintain the approved standards. 2) Sustainable Manufacturing  Products manufactured at facilities employing…