100% Cordless and 100% Free Shipping

Select Blinds is a leader in the online window treatment business. We have been helping people across the country add fashion and function to their homes, with industry-leading advancements in window treatments for more than twelve years.

I’m the CEO of the company, and I own it, along with the founder, Rick Steele, whose function is CMO. The both of us are very hands on, and we are proud of the fact that we have helped hundreds of thousands of consumers outfit their windows with quality, aesthetically-pleasing window coverings.

Big deal. So what. What have we done for you lately?

I’m so glad that I asked. 2016 brings two major initiatives to SelectBlinds.com, and they are both going to benefit you in a big way.

1. 100% Cordless

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First off, we have transformed our site to sell only cordless window shades and blinds. They look better. They work better. They are safe for kids and pets. And the price is right in line with our competitors’ standard cord lift products. Is this big? Not exactly. It is huge.

2. 100% Free Shipping

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Secondly, we have made the decision to be the only window fashion company on the internet that is truly FREE SHIPPING. Look at the different sites out there.  They all advertise free shipping. So then, how can I say such a thing when every online seller offers free shipping? Yes, they do, but…

There is an oversize charge. We have been also charging this. It is basically a $70 charge for a product over 94” long or wide or tall. It makes sense. A 94” window blind cannot go UPS or FedEx ground. It requires a common carrier, which does cost more, and there is nothing that we can do about the logistics of this.

There is also a charge tacked on for shutters. Shutters cost more to ship, so every seller of them adds a surcharge. That included Select Blinds, until recently.

Select Blinds now provides FREE SHIPPING on every order within the 48 contiguous states. Oversize products get free shipping. Shutter orders get free shipping. Every order gets shipped for free. Period. End of report.

SelectBlinds, we’ve got you covered. Or at least your windows!

The Time Has Come – A Message from the CEO

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The time has come for you to do something with your window coverings. They have to be changed.

Your window treatments are old. Your window shades let light through, but you want total blackout shades. You’re moving into a new house and all of the windows need covers. Or you are moving into a pre-owned house and you want to change the window covers to match your décor. Or you are ready to take the plunge into the cordless lift system and eliminate those unsightly cords that pool on the sill or floor, also potentially causing serious injury or more to little kids.

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Whatever the reason, you’ve made the decision. The discussion is now where do you shop. The Internet is always a great place to do research. But beyond that, it really is a great place for shopping. There is just that nagging concern about DIY products that is natural. Even though we say it’s easy, you might not be able to install the new treatments for your windows when they arrive. Then what? You bought them on the computer, you don’t even know where they are coming from.

Worry, not at all. SelectBlinds.com offers the simple and smart way to shop for window coverings, and the fact is, it is really easy to install our products, especially when you order inside mount!

Inside mount eliminates the need to measure and pre-mark the height of the bracket holes. The brackets can be screwed into the top of the window frame, making it necessary to only mark the depth inside of the window frame, in order to make sure that they won’t interfere with the workings of the window.

Each type of mounting bracket has at least two options for the screw holes. Most shades offer the top and the back of the frame as options, and most window blinds give the choice of top, side, and back. The difference between them is very basic. Shades are fabric-based, and the others are made with either real wood or faux wood slats and can be horizontal or vertical.

Now that we have a basic understanding of the product definitions, horizontal window treatments that are going to be inside mounted, utilize two brackets at the ends, and if the blind is wider than what the two end brackets will support, there are supplemental brackets that go in between. Simple as pie. Just mount the end brackets on the appropriate side, in the corners of the top inside of the window frame. They can be screwed into the top, back, or side. It’s very difficult to make a mistake.

Shades, other than roller shades, have brackets that connect to the top rail, and can be mounted in an inexact distance from the ends, and are screwed in through the top or back of the bracket.

Nothing to it. I’m the CEO of SelectBlinds.com, and I hang all of my window coverings myself. The first was a little intimidating, but after that, clear sailing!

 

Roman Shade Category 100% Cordless!

Have you heard the great news? All of our roman shades are available in cordless only! Now you don’t have to pay extra for a cordless upgrade because cordless comes standard on all roman shades.

Not only will these cordless roman shades give your home a streamlined, uncluttered style, but you will have peace of mind knowing your children are safe from window covering cord dangers.

Check out the fantastic selection:

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Which one is your favorite?

Transform Your Home with Window Coverings

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I’m a pretty straight shooter, yet I shy away from writing anything other than positive slanted articles. If there is something that doesn’t please me, I’m more likely to just pick a different subject matter on which to focus my attention. There are times that I will write something that I totally believe, but has yet to have independent corroboration. Obviously these are subjective matters.

For years I have been espousing the ability of our window coverings to actually transform the look and feel of a room and your home. I have written those words, and I have spoken those words, many, many times over. And every time that I have written or spoken those words, it has been with wholehearted conviction.

The first time those transformation words ever spilled out of my mouth was shortly after I first got involved with the window covering industry, about ten years ago. It was about the time I moved to Phoenix to join my business partner, Rick Steele, in growing SelectBlinds.com. I had moved to Phoenix from Dallas, didn’t really know the area, so I bought an 1800 square foot house on a small lot, just to get myself ensconced in the city. It was new construction, and there were only a couple of windows properly dressed, so I had to make some quick decisions and get those naked windows something to wear.

Bamboos were unfamiliar to me, but they looked really cool on our website, so I ordered some for the family room. They were made correctly, and they were GORGEOUS! I mounted them inside the window frames, and I kid you not, the thought that came into my mind was, “Wow, these treatments for my windows have actually transformed my house.”

So ten years kind of fly by, and here I am, still partnered with Rick, doing a lot more business, but still selling those bamboos. And since that time, I have not hesitated at all in stating that our products can transform the look and feel of a room and even a house. I’ve heard others say it, but only after hearing it from me. If you’re reading this far into it, stay with me. The factoidal anecdote is next.

Two nights ago, we find ourselves the guests of friends for Christmas Eve dinner and visiting. These particular friends had recently needed to update their bedroom window coverings, so naturally they asked me for a recommendation, which I was pleased to provide, along with a kicking deal.

They bought them, and when we first arrived, brought up how much they loved their new window coverings. I asked to see them, which was readily agreed upon. Beautiful romans covered every window in their bedroom. Cordless lift on every one of them!

Anyway, I go back into the kitchen, and our friend tells me that the treatments actually transformed the look and feel of their room. And, that they were so impactful, it is now no longer necessary to spend additional redecorating dollars on anything, because the new shades gave the room a complete makeover!

Select Blinds. Gotta love ‘em!

 

The Simple & Smart Way to Shop – Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale

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Hi, I’m Al Silverberg, one of the owners of SelectBlinds, and as you can imagine, selling more window coverings is something that is on my mind at all times. To be more specific, I’m extremely interested in selling more window coverings that are cordless.

Why cordless? Because they look better than a window treatment with a cord hanging down and pooling on the window sill or the floor. Oh yeah, and they are just the safest kind of blind that you can possibly hang in your house. No cord means that there is no way that a kid or pet can get tangled up and hurt themselves. But I digress.

Two things occurred in my day today that have motivated me to write this blogticle. The first is that I had a meeting with a Hong Kong tailor today, as I had been thinking that I could use some new threads, and I received an invitation to meet with a Hong Kong tailor right here in sunny Phoenix. This invitation came a couple of weeks ago, and today was the day for my appointment.

I went to the hotel where they were staying, and alas, I bought no clothes, but in conversation with the young man accompanying the tailor from Hong Kong, my vocation came up. As soon as I mentioned SelectBlinds, his eyes lit up, and he told me that not only was he a customer of SelectBlinds, he loves us so much that he got his cousin, his friend, and his grandparents all to buy window fashions from us.

There were a couple of key reasons that he bought from us.

Simple. He actually stood there in the middle of the room and explained to his senior co-worker that ordering from SelectBlinds was simple. Simply take down the measurements of the window you want to cover and enter them on our site, find the product that you like, and place your order. They arrived in short order, and were a breeze to hang. Not much more to it than hanging a picture. And they fit and worked perfectly.

Smart. Because there is no better way to buy window treatments than from SelectBlinds.com. His words! The prices are fair, the web site makes the entire process easy, and… drum roll please… he waited for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free promo, and saved a ton of money.

Simple & Smart.

His experience is what 99+ % of our customers experience. Getting it done is simple, and it makes them feel smart. So that started me thinking about what I know that you might not know.

SELECTBLINDS IS GONNA DO BUY 3 GET 1 FREE any day now. So if you need four or more window treatments, get ready to visit SelectBlinds.com.

That’s what I mean by a promotion that counts. Count to three, and let us get you to four!!

The second thing that got me thinking about writing this blurb is that my son had a quick survey on impulse buying on Facebook. It made me think about what it takes to qualify as an impulse. How about a promotion that counts, on a product that you have plans to buy, but just not now, and  the deal is so good, you have to jump all over that bad boy. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

So anyway, I’m just saying… It might be something to think about.

Are You Ready for Black Friday 2015? We Are.

Black Friday 2015 is almost here! And that means you’re prepping for big sales. We’re prepping on our side, too, to give you access to our biggest sale EVER! When you see what we’re going to offer, you won’t believe we’re giving such large discounts. But we’re determined to make it your best Black Friday ever.

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The SelectBlinds.com 2015 Labor Day Sale

You’ve been waiting for Labor Day to roll around so you can save BIG on your favorite window blinds and shades. You don’t have to wait any longer! This year, you get 35% off sitewide, and then you get to choose to add the buy 3, get 1 offer or an additional 10% off your purchase. Saving money and getting stylish window coverings has never been easier…or more fun! Shop now at selectblinds.com.

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From the CEO – Our 3-Part Promise

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Hi, I’m Al Silverberg, the CEO of Select Blinds. I’m actually one of the owners, too. Rick Steele, the founder of the company, and I are partners in the business, and we want to share some of the things that we view as important. We can really boil it down to three main thoughts, our 3-part promise.

1 – The Experience

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This is everything about your visit to our site. Shopping for window coverings isn’t an everyday occurrence, but even so, we believe that buying window blinds from Select Blinds should be easy, helpful, and enjoyable. We make it easy by providing information in the right places. For example: information on how to measure for your blinds or shades and how to install them can all be found where you’d expect them to be. If you’re on a product page, there is a tab for measure and install that provides generic information for blinds, and then there is the specific instructions for the exact product that you are considering for your home.

From any page, you can access this information from the drop down menu at the top, called “How To”.

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We are helpful by doing more than just publishing this information. We provide videos as well, but sometimes you just want to confirm that what you are doing is the right thing. We can help you. Using our contact manager will send us your question via email, so we can then respond to you directly. We also have live chat available, and we have our own Phoenix-based customer care team, available to you during extended hours. After all, we know that this is something that most people prefer to do from their home and not their place of work. Enjoyable is a relative term. We know that this is not necessarily the most fun thing you can spend your valuable time on, but we do our best to think about our site in the same manner in which you do. We respect your time, and hope that it comes across in our way of doing business.

2 – The Assortment

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Each window is unique. Not in the makeup of the glass and frame, but in the role it plays in your home. And being unique requires that the window covering is the perfect fit for its unique role. That’s why we have more than one-hundred products. Our assortment is broad enough to cover any requirement. There are sites with more and sites with fewer options, but not a single other site offers more of the right assortment. By January of 2017, we will be offering only products that are cord-free. This is for aesthetic and safety reasons. Aesthetically, who wants cords dangling on the window sill or pooling on the floor? Nobody! And safety, because there are no cords for small children or pets to get tangled up in.

3 – The Price

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Fair. That’s right, fair. Our products are of the highest quality, configured with upgrades and offered with options, and at better pricing than most. You might find cheaper, but you won’t find a better value.

Once again, I’m the CEO. Don’t just take my word for it. Do your research. You’ll find that nearly a quarter of a million customers have independently reviewed our experience, assortment, and price. And they back me up. Thank you for taking the time to read this.