SelectBlinds - Our year in review


by AL__-S 18 Dec 2013

Hi. I’m the CEO of SelectBlinds, and I’d like to take a moment of your time to share with you some of the things we implemented in 2013 as a way to help you find the best window covering solutions for your specific need. Please read this with the thought in your mind that that this information sharing is being done as a way to get some feedback from you.

We sell window blinds and window shades, as well as drapery and curtains. Blinds and shades are not like cell phones, computers or televisions. Those types of products have major technological improvements each year. Window coverings do improve, but more so in regards to their fashion correctness, or safety worthiness. Select Blinds confirms our decisions in a very basic way. We present our window covering selection on our website, and based on your buying habits, we make a determination as to the validity of our assortment. So, having said all of that, we’d be thrilled to get your feedback on the following:

Cordless shades

We challenged the window covering engineers to make more products with cordless lift systems. There are two main reasons for this. The first is safety. If there is no cord on your window shade, there is no possible way that a child or pet will get tangled up in it. That is not to say that shades or blinds with lift cords are a hazard. They are not. We have taken precautions to insure that we are offering the safest window coverings possible. The second reason for cordless is fashion. I’m going to go way out on a limb here, and make the comment that there has yet to be a situation where someone has put up new window shades, and had a friend or relative see them and say, “Wow, I really like your new shades, and what an attractive lift cord”.

 

Lift cords are ok, and they can be wound onto a cord cleat to keep them from just laying out on the floor, but for me, I’ll go cordless, if possible. So, the selectblinds brand offers more products as cordless only, and more products with the cordless option, than ever before.

 

Partnerships

We have expanded our partnering to include The Good housekeeping label, and the Disney brand. These are both well known and well respected names that are a great way for us to showcase more than just our own highly rated SelectBlinds brand. The Disney shades can be ordered with your child’s favorite Disney character on the face of the roller shade or honeycomb shade. And of course, these shades are only offered with a cordless lift system. Everyone trusts the Good Housekeeping seal, and so far, the results have shown us that our visitors like the label. The SelectBlinds @Home Collection, inspired by the renowned designer, Carriann Johnson, continue to bring fashion forward products to the mix. 

Draperies

Window blinds and shades look great by themselves, and all of our window coverings include an attractive head rail, and/or valance. Sometimes you just want more, and draperies are one of the best solutions. We just launched this line in November, and so far the verdict is very positive.

Thanks for allowing me to encroach upon your valuable time. If you are so inclined, please let us know if you believe that we are headed in the right direction, and also let us know what else we can do to make the SelectBlinds on-line store better. 

 With sincerity and appreciation,

Al Silverberg, CEO of Select Shops

Brand Name Window Blinds for your Home


by AL__-S 28 May 2013

Window coverings are purchased less often than a new car. When buying a new car you normally start with the brand. If you want a new Cadillac, you don’t go to a Chevrolet dealer. We all have some perception of what each car brand stands for. Window coverings have brands as well. But really, who knows what each brand stands for. I’m a 34-year-old man and I shopped for window coverings for the first time in my life just last week. What an eye-opening experience.

Brand Name Window Coverings

I’m not as savvy as a teenager when it comes to computers, but I know how to shop online. So to the home office went I, in search of the right window coverings for my new house. I found certain brands that I was familiar with like Levolor, but discovered that just like cars, these window blinds brands do not address all types of window coverings.

I cruised through several sites that sold national brands as well as their own brand. In most cases, their own brand was just a generic version with less features than the national brands that they also carried. All in all, those sites confused me more than anything.

I did visit one site, SelectBlinds.com, that carried only their own brand. At first I hesitated to dig deeply into their offerings because I never heard of SelectBlinds. There were a couple things about their website that brought me back a second time and then a third. First of all, they claim to be the most reviewed, highest rated brand on the Internet. Do a Google search for window blinds or window shades and you’ll see that the claim is true. They have more reviews than all of their competitors combined. So just for kicks I started putting together an order. Much to my surprise, they fulfilled every window covering need that I had.

 

Real Basswood wood blinds went into my home office. A faux wood blind covered a window in my garage. Honeycomb shades in a blackout fabric went into my bedroom. I’m a single guy now, but I was married, and have a little girl. So obviously I have a bedroom for her, and I found a Disney window shade for her room. Every single window covering that I ordered was comparable or better than any national brand, including Hunter Douglas, that I could find on any other site.

I was still not sure that I was going to buy from SelectBlinds, and had a couple questions regarding inside mount versus outside mount. So I called their customer care department. They answered the phone, they were courteous, they knew their stuff, and helped with the last couple of issues I was unclear on.

Buying blinds is not a fast endeavor. I had spent approximately 2 hours measuring, ordering, on the phone with customer service, and creating an account. So I figured what the heck, put in my Amex number, and placed my order.

All of the blinds showed up within two or three days of each other, and I hung them myself. All in all it was a really satisfying experience. In my opinion SelectBlinds.com is the number one brand of window coverings on the Internet. Come to my house and you’ll see why.

Real Wood Blinds - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


by AL__-S 21 Feb 2013

I recently shared my door blinds experience, of replacing French door roller shades with real wood blinds. It’s been a little more than a month since I hung the blinds, and for anyone interested, they are working out better than the motorized roller shades, and I am quite pleased with the choice I made in wood blinds.

Real Wood Blinds from Select Blinds

Real wood basswood blinds, in the 1” slat size, are the window blinds now hanging as my French door blinds. The good, the bad, and the ugly are as good a way as any to relay my thoughts.

The good is really good. These door blinds, made from 100% basswood, look great. The room in which the blinds hang is a home office. The floors are wood, and the doors are wood. The roller shades that were in use before the wood blinds made their debut also looked good, but the real wood slats trump them easily. Another plus is the fact that the slats are tiltable, so when the sun hits the windows, causing glare, a simple twist of the tilt wand angles the slats to whatever degree necessary to redirect the damaging UV rays.

Ease of installation is another really big “good” feature of the designer wood door blinds. The mounting brackets are simple to figure out, and require but two screws. Inside mount brackets attach to the inside top of the frame, providing a pretty solid template for hanging any window blind exactly level. Door blinds almost always are mounted outside the window frame. You can still use the window frame as a guide to mount the brackets, and they might be perfectly level, but it’s not as sure of a thing as an inside mount. The designer bass wood blinds from SelectBlinds come with valances that have a magnet mount. The beauty of the magnetic mount valance is that you can make any slight leveling adjustment with the valance. A very handy feature for any horizontal blind.

The bad is that I like to raise the door blinds at times, which precludes my using the hold down brackets, which means that when I open and close the door, the blinds swing off the door at the bottom. It’s really not a big deal, as they settle in exactly where they should, but I want to be fair in my assessment. The bad leads to the ugly, which is occurring under the same scenario. When the door blinds are raised, the lift cords have to be wound up on a cord cleat, or they are very ugly laying strewn about the floor.

The good about these door blinds is very strong, while the bad and the ugly are not a big deal at all. I love the real wood blinds, and would not trade them out.

Which Window Covering Is Right For You?


by AL__-S 28 Jan 2013

Window coverings are really anything that covers your window. Most people think of window blinds or shades, plantation shutters, or even drapes. But the fact of the matter is that even an old sheet hanging over your window, is a window covering. I’m not advocating the use of old sheets to cover your windows; I’m just saying that your idea of what should be covering your window is not necessarily the only option.

Solar Shades vs. Wood Blinds

I recently changed the window coverings in my home office. Recently being this past weekend. I can save you reading the rest of this by telling you the end result. My wife was right. But you already knew that. The interesting thing about it is the details. My home office is a nice size room, and two of the walls face outside, and include 4 French doors each. And actually, two of the French doors are faux French doors. I had hung motorized lift solar shades on the windows. They had a handy remote, with which I used to raise them and lower them. The shades were beautiful, and although the privacy factor was less than 100%, they blocked harmful UV rays, and there was the “cool” factor. I mean any time anyone was over, I found the need to raise or lower the shades, and always got the desired response of “wow”.

So my really cool solar roller shades, due to the motorization, had some issues. Although these issues were not a deal killer for me, my wife pointed out the deficiencies in their operation. These shades never seemed to go up or down at the same speed. These window shades were battery operated, and it seemed like there was always one or two shades, out of the eight, that had to have the batteries replaced, which is no easy feat. Oh, and on two of the roller shades, I couldn’t get the battery case to fit behind the head rail, leaving the battery case exposed.

My thinking had been that the solar roller shades were the window covering that made the most sense for the room. Now that I have replaced them, I can easily see that my inclination towards window shades, specifically roller shades, and even more specifically solar shades, was not the best solution. So, I decided on the 1" basswood, real wood blinds to cover the windows of my French doors, and faux French doors.

I love them! The solar shades provided limited privacy. The basswood blinds give total privacy. The solar shades blocked harmful UV rays, but only when they were in the lowered position. The 1” wood blinds have a tilt rod, and I can tilt against the rays of the sun, and still have the ability to clearly see out through the slats. The roller shades had motorization, which eliminates cords, and is really cool. The wood blinds, well, never mind. They do not have motorized lift, but they don’t have to be raised. Just tilt the slats where you want them. The wood blinds look amazing, and I have to admit that they actually enrich the look of the room.

Both the shades and the blinds are great window coverings, and they both can be found at www.selectblinds.com, where you can find all of your window covering needs.

Ready your Home for the Holidays


by AL__-S 3 Dec 2012

Update your blinds for Christmas

Do you have holiday guests staying with you this season?

If so, you probably are freaking out a little bit about making sure that your house is going to look as good as possible. And unless you have just redecorated, you know that there is some room for improvement. Well time is running out, and the things that you can do to ready your home for company, shrinks with every passing hour.

Window coverings. What a great idea! Transform your home with new window blinds and window shades and accomplish more than just impressing your company, which you will surely do. New window coverings are a good idea for several reasons. Please allow me to share some thoughts.

Window shades give the entire room a feeling of transformation. The visual impact of going from a horizontal blind, whether a real wood bind, mini blind, or faux wood blind, to a fabric shade, such as a Roman shade or honeycomb shade, is impactful.

Window blinds and shades are easy to change out. Each window covering can be replaced in a matter of minutes, and unlike new wallpaper or paint, changing the window coverings requires no prep work. Either one, paint or wallpaper, will require so much more time to prep than the required brackets being changed in order to hang new shades. Plus new paint will smell up your house for a period of time.

The visually pleasing impact and the ease of installation are enough in the way of reasons to make a change to your window coverings, but there is more. Energy efficiency will likely be better than your current situation, making the new window covering idea even more appealing. If you already have a fabric window shade installed, the impact might be negligible, but if you are going from a horizontal blind to a fabric shade, there will be a positive difference.

It all sounds good, right? I know what you’re thinking . Thanks for the tip, but it must be too late to order window fashions for delivery by Christmas. For the most part, this is true, but at SelectBlinds.com you can order with a guaranteed delivery by Christmas, or FREE!! So get those windows measured, jump on-line, and visit www.selectblinds.com.

Use Window Shades for Energy Efficiency


by AL__-S 15 Oct 2012

Double Cell Blackout Shades for Energy Efficiency

Window shades provide a certain level of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency, in the case of window shades, relates to two main benefits, which are summarized here, in the order of how they affect you.

Energy Efficient Window Shades

  1. Cover your window with an insulating window shade, and the first thing you will notice, when standing by the window, is that you are not feeling the weather outside. Honeycomb shades are good insulating window coverings, and the double cell honeycomb shades are better at insulating, than the single cell shades. The insulating benefit is realized in every season. The window shade, whether it’s a room darkening shade, or a blackout shade, will provide the insulating, energy efficiency, from both the heat and the cold.
  2. The second noticeable benefit of a window shade is true energy efficiency. To varying degrees, depending on the construction of the shade, your energy costs will be less than if you did not have a window shade covering that window. This is true even if your window is covered with a real wood blind. Window blinds are great, and I have several in my home, but a real basswood wood blind will be trumped in the insulation factor, by a cellular shade, every time.


Window shades offer benefits beyond energy efficiency, including privacy and light control. And for the record, a window blind is not the same thing as a window shade. Both are window coverings, but a shade is made of a fabric material, and a blind is made of a more solid material, like wood or faux wood, or even aluminum. Another characteristic of a window blind is that it will have slats. Horizontal blinds have horizontal slats, and vertical blinds have, well you know, vertical slats.

Winter is fast approaching, so if there are drafty areas in your home, that are originating at a window, now is a good time to consider changing your window covering for an energy efficient, insulating window shade.

Genie in a Bottle Themed Home Redesign Project


by AL__-S 2 Oct 2012

We finally updated our family room furniture. We have been in this house for nearly 3 years, and we had old furniture to begin with, so it was time, even though as the man of the house I could have probably been okay with the old stuff for the rest of my life.

Genie In a Bottle Living Room

I’ll admit that we did use a designer to help us, and they were great. The couch and chair are custom made, which this is the first time I’ve ever done that, and it was worth it. The theme, chosen by my wife, is Genie in a Bottle! Everything tied in with the Roman Shades and Cornices that we bought from SelectBlinds.com when we moved in.

My chair! I actually got to do a “Sit Test” on it before it was completed, to make sure the cushion was right for my cushion. And I love that rug, which we initially had some doubts about. Thank you SelectRugs.com

When we go out for dinner, I like to sit at a high top, or at the bar, so we put one in the house. This is where we eat, not at the dining room table.

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