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Durable Blinds for Heavy Wear and Tear Areas

blinds for high traffic areas

If you have kids, a few precocious canines or felines that act as your kids, you are probably all too familiar with the phrase, “this is why we can’t have nice things.”  Of course, having a house full of white fabrics and antiques is not an ideal situation when you have your kids in the house. Just because you can’t have priceless artifacts, doesn’t mean you can’t dress your home with style and safety for the little ones. Today, we are going to shed some light on durable and safe blinds that will defend against your kids, canines and felines. Faux Wood Blinds Are you the type of person who really enjoys a rustic look to your house, but wouldn’t dream of installing wood blinds because they might warp? Then you are the type of person type who could use faux wood blinds to achieve a rustic look to your house. Wood blinds will provide your home with the look…

Your Blinds Should be a PerfectFit™

your blinds should fit perfect for you

Ordering products online can be risky. Sure you’re saving money, but you don’t get to physically see it and touch it so you don’t always know what you’re getting. Now you can take the  worry out of ordering custom blinds online with our PerfectFit™ For You replacement  guarantee. PerfectFit™ For You lets you exchange a blind that doesn’t work for you, whatever the reason. You can get the exact fit and style you want, without sacrificing the savings and convenience of online shopping. Other online window treatment companies don’t think the way we do and with big box stores, if your measurements are slightly off, you’re out of luck – and stuck with blinds that are too small or too big to fill your windows. Accidentally order an inside-mount blind when an outside mount would have worked better? You might be out of luck exchanging that blind. When the shades arrived, were they not quite the same color as you’d imagined? The other…

Single-Cell vs. Double-Cell Cellular Shades

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When updating or decorating a home, there are many decisions to make. You have to choose what type of material in which all the countertops are made, the color of the rug in the bathroom, and what types of treatments you will add to the windows. With all of these different components, researching each area will help keep you organized—and not overwhelmed—during the process. So, let’s focus on one thing today: window shades. You know you are leaning toward a cellular or honeycomb blind, but are confused whether a single or double cell shade will benefit your home. We will shed light on the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision. What Is a Cellular Shade? Simply put, cellular shades or blinds are constructed with cell pockets that resembled a honeycomb when viewed from the side. The cellular shape promotes insulation and thus energy efficiency, but they are not a one-size-fits-all option. Aside from just…

Celebrate 10 Years with BlindSaver!

celebrating 10 years of blinds and shades

We can’t believe it, but it’s been 10 years since we sold our very first custom window blind online. Time flies! Back in 2004, we were just getting started in the online home décor business. Since then, we have shipped more than 1 million products to customers all over the United States and Canada. Thanks to our fantastic customers, we’re happy to say more than 60% of our business comes from repeat buyers and referrals. That’s something we’re especially proud of. Since we started 10 years ago, one of our most important goals was to make sure getting the custom blinds you want is as easy and worry-free as possible. Our talented and knowledgeable customer service team is always there to help you with tough questions – even years after your purchase. Plus, we provide easy-to-use tools and tutorials on our site that can help you choose your new window treatments, from how-to-measure videos to free product samples. Customer service…

Blinds vs. Shades: Choosing the Right Window Treatment

blinds vs shades

When renovating a room, windows should be one of the preliminary things you decorate, after all, they draw a substantial amount of attention in a room. But as there are so many options within even the two most standard categories, window blinds and shades, choosing the perfect window treatment can seem overwhelming. To make it simple, first think about what you want to accomplish with your window treatments. Do you want to have control over privacy in the room? Do you want to let in a lot of sunlight without obstructing the view? Are you concerned about energy efficiency? There are many types of window blinds and shades that address each individual issue. Before deciding, understand the difference between blinds and shades, as well as their many subtypes, to find which one works best for your room. What Makes a Blind a Blind? Blinds have horizontal or vertical slats that louver to control the amount of sunlight and air allowed…

Strange Window Shapes and How to Cover Them

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Windows are not always just rectangular boxes set in the wall. Using interesting window shapes is a great way to add interest to your home decor while taking advantage of natural light. If you’ve decided to install an unusually shaped window, or if you already have one, the challenge becomes how to cover it. Most shades and blinds are created in rectangular shapes, and it’s unlikely you will find one in a round, oval, or diamond shape. Here are some ideas to cover unusually shaped windows in stylish ways. Accent Windows The most unusual shapes are usually found in smaller windows. Round, oval, diamond, arch-topped, and other window shapes can add visual interest to both your indoor decor and to the exterior of your house. But if you need to control light levels or want to maintain privacy, these unusual shapes may still need to be covered. While non-rectangular blinds and shades are not standard, it is possible to have…

Avoid Fading: Pick Window Treatments That Stand the Test of Time

sun damage on window shades

Sunlight can be hard on fabrics and other materials, causing color fading and ultimate deterioration of the fabric. This is bad news for some window treatments, which are often hung specifically to block bright sunlight from entering rooms and damaging the furnishings inside. While window shades and curtains protect furniture, rugs, and other items from fading, they take the brunt of the damage from the sun. It’s no surprise that window treatments are most in danger of fading and sun damage, especially when hanging from bright, sunny windows. In order to keep your window treatments looking fresh for years, choose window treatments that can stand the test of time. Color Matters Light colors reflect sunlight, while dark colors absorb it. This makes light-colored fabrics naturally more resistant to sun damage, because most of the sun’s rays bounce off the fabric. This is especially true for the ultraviolet wavelengths in sunlight, which cause the most damage to fabrics. Light colors also…

Great Blinds to Fit Every Budget

great blinds on a budget

Ambitious house makeovers don’t always come with unlimited budgets. Most of us need to keep a close eye on the numbers. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make great changes or establish a brand new décor to refresh your home. New window shades or blinds are one of the biggest and most influential investments you can make in changing the look of your home. Windows take up huge wall space in many rooms, larger than any other single piece of art or anything else that hangs on the walls. This means a dated window treatment can drag down an entire room’s decor, simply because there’s so much of it. Windows also draw attention with sunlight and outdoor views, so window treatments are always going to be first in the line of sight. A great window treatment can become the focal point of your décor, with a beautiful color, fabric, texture, or pattern to serve as a starting point for…