How to Remove Static from Your Vertical Blinds


by Charlene 8 May 2015

Vertical blinds can sometimes have static, but it's easy to take care of the problem. And chances are you have the solution in your home already.

High Price Does Not Mean High Quality - A Personal Experience from CEO, Al Silverberg


by AL__-S 23 Dec 2014

I'm the CEO of SelectBlinds, and a do-it-yourselfer on almost every home improvement project that I can get away with. My wife and I moved into our current house about one year ago. The house was built in 1980, and was in really good condition, but as far as we were concerned, there were quite a few things that we wanted to upgrade, including the window coverings. As I mentioned already, I am the CEO of SelectBlinds, so access to the latest and greatest was not a problem.

We covered all of the windows that needed to be covered, meaning the bedrooms, and the front facing windows. The beautiful view of the backyard was a big selling point, so we left the rear facing floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors bare, just like the people from whom we bought the house did.

We hung battery-powered motorized cell shades in the bedroom. I measured and installed them myself, and I have to admit, it was a fairly easy process, and when I was done, I had a feeling of accomplishment. The other windows were covered with roller shades, roman shades, and non-motorized, cordless honeycomb shades.

The price was not a big concern, but I was aware of the price, and was also aware of the fact that the shades were fairly priced, and they are all excellent quality products. I ordered them through our web site, just like any customer, and all of the blinds and shades that I ordered were delivered promptly, and without damage or issues. Overall a really positive experience. Go, SelectBlinds!

Fast forward to the present, which is mid-December, 2014. We live in Phoenix, and you might have heard that it gets a little warm in the summer. Those rear facing windows point to the north, so there is no direct sunlight on them, but, man, you can really feel the heat. So we decided that we were going to put solar shades on the windows and doors, and we were going to have them motorized. Battery powered is ok, but after using the ones in our bedroom for a year, and having to replace batteries in some of them, I decided that we were going to have these shades motorized, hard wired. I also decided that I was going to take this opportunity to experience a full-service design center, and have a "professional" take care of everything.

October 15th was the date of our first meeting with a Hunter Douglas full-service window coverings design center/dealer. The meeting went well. They brought out sample books of the types of products that we were considering, but surprisingly to me, the swatches were not even as good as the ones that we send out for free to any visitor to our site. Our swatches are bigger, and they are made in a way that it is easy to hold them up to your window to get a real good feel as to how they will look on your windows.

We had the dealer measure the windows, and knowing that I am "in the industry", he was kind enough to work with the manufacturer, Hunter Douglas, in order to get me a discounted price. So there was a little delay in getting to the point where we said "GO".  The exact date was 10/31, and they confirmed the order on Nov 1st. I'll skip the details, but December 16th they finally installed our shades.

Am I happy? I'm always happy! I don't feel good about the in-home, Hunter Douglas design center dealer experience though. I spent a ton of money, got the shades in an unacceptable amount of time, and the results, well, I'll let you decide.


Moral of this story? You don't have to pay more for perceived quality. Just because something costs more doesn't mean its quality will match its price.

Say Hello to Fall with Window Insulation and Warmer Bedding


by Charlene 23 Sep 2014

Fall is finally here! It may not feel like it in some places, but in other places, autumn is in full force. Leaves are changing colors, and soon they'll be scattered on the ground. The air is getting cooler and the daylight hours are getting shorter. So now's the time to prepare your home for that beautiful fall weather, which will inevitably turn to the harsh chill of winter.

Better Insulation

Because the fall season brings with it colder temperatures, you'll want to make sure you have the best insulation possible. This will save you money by reducing your energy usage. One of the easiest ways to better insulate your home is to focus on your windows. By simply adding the right window coverings, you'll save money, energy usage, and still have a beautifully stylish home.

Honeycomb shades, also called cellular shades, provide the best insulation. Their honeycomb construction gives your window shades even more layers, all while trapping the cold weather in the little cells. For even more insulation, choose double cell honeycomb shades.

Don't like the look of cellular shades? You can still get great insulation benefits with other types of window shades, including roman shades and solar shades.

Light Filtering

Fall is beautiful, but it just doesn't offer the same warm natural light that summer did. While you may have wanted to block out the sun and the heat in the summer, blocking out light in the fall will only leave your home cold and dark.

Choosing a light filtering window shade will give your home that soft, warm glow that's perfect for this time of year.  With the decreasing amount of sunlight for the next few months, it's important to use the sunlight you do have with light filtering window shades.

Warmer Bedding

If you haven't yet, now's the time to change out your bedding. Depending on where you live, you may need even warmer bedding than other places. Start with warm sheets. Then you can add blankets, throws, down comforters and duvet inserts. Make your bed as cozy as possible, and you'll have a happy and warm fall while you appreciate the chill in the air, tucked away in your bed.

One of the best, and most fun, benefits of saying hello to fall is that you can choose fall color palettes for everything from your window coverings to your bedding. Isn't it time you prepared your home for fall?

 

Charlene Jimenez

How to Layer Window Coverings


by Charlene 15 Aug 2014

Layering your window coverings will bring extra style into your home, but it's also a great way to have more control over privacy, insulation, and natural light. But knowing why you want to layer your window coverings and knowing how to do it right are two different things. But don't worry. It's actually easier than you think.

Start with Blinds or Shades

Photo Credit: Select Blinds

First, cover your windows with your favorite blinds or shades. You can choose anything from wood blinds to bamboo shades to cellular shades. It doesn't matter what you choose. Just make sure you love them.

Add a Cornice

Then, you can add a cornice, depending on how much layering you want, but adding a cornice isn't necessary. Some like the finished look a cornice gives a space, but you may not. Using a cornice is just another way to add depth to your window coverings.

Use Drapes

Photo Credit: Select Blinds

The final step is to use drapes or curtains. This will complete the layered look. And don't be afraid to mix patterns, textures, or colors. Layering is one of the easiest ways to give your home a unique look, a look that perfectly reflects your style and your personality.

And that's it! Just take it one layer at a time and you'll find a combination that you love.

 

Charlene Jimenez

Order Free Samples – Here’s Why You Should


by Charlene 8 Jul 2014

 

It’s tempting to skip the free samples and just order the window coverings you want. Let’s be honest; we all like shortcuts. We’re busy and we have things to get done, so why take longer than necessary to order the blinds or shades you need for your windows? Actually, there are quite a few reasons why you should order free samples first, including:

Gives You a Chance to Change Your Mind

If you can’t decide between a few options, ordering free samples is a great way to help make up your mind. Or, maybe you knew what you wanted when you ordered the samples, but you’ve changed your mind. So many factors can affect how the samples look in your home, so it’s better to find that out before you spend money.

Helps You Make Sure the Color is Right

Colors can have minimal to severe variations when seen on computer or phone screens. The only way to see a product’s true color is to see it in person. And that’s why we offer free samples! Maybe the color you see on the screen would complement your wall color perfectly. But when you get your order, the color could be all wrong and not as perfect as you originally thought. Eliminate the risk of making the wrong order by ordering samples first.

Lets You Consider the Effects of Lighting

While your computer screen can change the product’s color, so can your home’s lighting. Light can change how everything looks. It can make something look beautiful, or it can change its look completely. You may find that the time of day can change the look of your window coverings, and you may not like what you see at dusk.

They’re Free!

What do you have to lose? They’re free! Mix and match your favorite styles, colors, patterns, and materials, and you’ll be ready to make your final purchase. Your dream window coverings are just a free sample away!

Order your free samples today and make a more confident purchase tomorrow!

 

Charlene Jimenez

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