The Dangerous Truth of Corded Window Coverings & How We’re Changing the World

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Did you know that one child every month dies from window covering cord strangulation? And that’s not counting those who are injured or those injuries and close-calls that aren’t even reported.  And did you know that these types of deaths are silent deaths? Even if it’s happening in the next room, you might not know until it’s too late, until the damage has already been done, until you’ve lost your child.

Take a moment and think. How many windows do you have in your house? And how many of those windows have some kind of covering on them?

My Own House

I live in a decent-sized house, and it sports 25 or so windows with coverings. I’d like to believe that I was involved in the decision-making process when choosing them, but really that just makes me feel better about the fact that I was only involved in the paying part.

When it was all said and done, my wife and I had a good mixture of treatments on our windows. Because my house wasn’t a new construction, we left some up that came with the house. And that’s when I started comparing corded versus cordless coverings for windows.

Out of 25 treatments, only 3 of them had a corded lift system – all of them roman shades. Two I intentionally designed that way and the other was from the stack of returns SelectBlinds.com had received. After all, I wanted something for my man cave, and my only criterion was the size of the treatment. And if you were to come to my house, you’d agree that it’s the ugliest shade in the whole house, by a long shot.

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Needless to say, these are my least favorite treatments in the house. Not only are the dangling lift cords visually unappealing, but they’re also unsafe. Even though this shade and all the coverings for windows sold by my company, SelectBlinds.com, prior to April 1st, 2016 were CPSC compliant with safety regulations, you can see how they still posed a threat to young children. The cords are knotted every six or seven inches, which is meant to make it impossible for a child or pet to get entangled, but it can lead to strangulation or even suffocation.

Even though I have no small children in my house, these tangled cords remind me of a noose. And that’s exactly what it could become, and what it has become for many families over the years.

Making a Difference

The safety regulations are meant to keep kids safe, but obviously the current regulations aren’t the right ones. These corded shades are coming off of my window and they have come off of SelectBlinds.com as well.

We’ve known for a while that we needed to do more, and so we did:

1. We offer the most free cordless options in the industry.

2. Our free cord cleat program is open to everyone, not just customers. Cord cleats are small parts that window covering cords can be wrapped around. This keeps cords out of the reach of children and pets. After all, we understand that not everyone can upgrade their current coverings to cordless ones. People just have to request them through our site, and they’re sent free of charge, no strings attached. Even so, a cordless lift system is the only 100% safe option. No cords = safe children.

And yet, we still felt the need to make more of a difference, to save more lives. And so…

At Select Blinds, 2016 is the year of cordless.

So why do all this? Why do it when it will cost us a lot of money, time, and resources?

Because it’s the right thing to do. Simple as that.

We’ve cut the cord!

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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