Stay 'Cool' in the Shade this Summer


by Lisa Hs 14 Apr 2011

Window coverings are primarily classified as either window shades or window blinds. There are other window coverings, such as curtains and shutters, but for the do-it-yourselfer, shades and blinds are the sweet spot.

Self-measuring and installing window shades and window blinds in no way detracts from the quality level, or from the options available in custom window coverings. SelectBlinds.com is an on-line only, direct to consumer, custom maker of window blinds and window shades. Select Blinds is unique, in that they sell only their brand. This is a good thing. SelectBlinds stands for quality, service, and value.

Summer is not quite here, but the good folks at SelectBlinds have recently rolled out their 2011 line of custom window shades, and the selection is impressive. Before getting in to the details, it’s worth mentioning my discussion with their VP, Nate Kennedy. When asked how best to describe the difference between a window shade and window blind, nimble footed Mr. Kennedy replied, “a window shade filters light, providing varying degrees of shade, including complete blackout, and a window blind, when in the closed position, completely blocks ones view.” Quite right.

Window shades for summer 2011 include cellular shades, Roman shades, bamboo and woven shades, pleated shades, roller shades, and sun control sheer shades. Cool colors and hot offers make the summer 2011 line up worth talking about.

First of all, as hard as it is to believe, on top of their current offering of 30% off all orders, plus free shipping, SelectBlinds is offering to everyone, from a selection of their most popular products, buy 3, and get the

4th free! I just couldn’t go further without mentioning that amazing saving opportunity on custom made window shades and window blinds.

Allow me to provide you with a brief definition of the different types of window shades.

Sheer shades: When in the opened position, sheer shades allow light and snooping eyes, to pass through the window. When closed, the fabric horizontal slats act like a window blind, blocking both light and prying eyes.

Roller shades: Spring loaded or with a continuous cord loop lift system, roller shades have just the two positions. Roller shades are either up, or they’re down. Your only choice is how far up or down the roller shade is.

Cellular shades: Honeycomb constructed material make up this extremely popular window shade. Cell shades are offered in single cell or double cell, and come in a variety of cell sizes. Honeycomb shades are also available with a multitude of custom options.

Pleated shades: These window shades look a lot like honeycomb shades, but pleated shades are a single layer of fabric while honeycomb shades are a double layer of fabric.

Bamboo/woven shades: Made from exotic materials, these are room transforming window shades.

Roman Shades: Fabric rich, Roman shades are the most drapery-like window shade available. Depending on the fold style selected, Roman shades’ fabric generously cascade down the window.

See the full selection of custom made window shades and window blinds for summer 2011 now at SelectBlinds.com.

The Photo Contest Winner!


by Lisa Hs 4 Apr 2011

We would like to thank all of our customers for participating in the photo contest. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures with us, all of them were great! The winner of the first stage of this contest photographed her 3/8” Double Cell Light Filtering Shades. The image shows the great advantages of one of the most popular options, cordless top down bottom up. The cordless top down bottom up offers the benefits of raising the shade from the bottom up, but also lowering the top down for a greater view while maintaining privacy. This product looks great in our customer’s breakfast room!

Sports Shades Have Arrived!


by Chris S 23 Mar 2011

Selectblinds.com is proud to introduce our line of NCAA Sports Roller Shades. These roller shades will come in three different fabrics offering a wide spectrum of light control and privacy options. The light filtering fabric comes standard and is the most popular choice, but we also offer room darkening and solar screen fabrics as well. This product comes in widths and heights up to 144” so they can fit virtually any window. This sports lover’s product includes the upgraded continuous cord loop lift system.

“This will be an excellent performing product, because people gravitate to their alma mater”, states Nate Kennedy, VP of Operations at Selectblinds.com. “People are fiercely loyal to their favorite college and we are giving them another way to showcase that allegiance.”

This product will be very popular for those decorating a room in the theme of their favorite college. It would also be a great complement to a child’s sports themed room.These shades are sure to make your home the place to be for all of your universities biggest games. Combining these shades with other licensed merchandise will give you an atmosphere that can only be trumped by actually being at the game.

Selectblinds.com’s collection of universities includes some of the most prestigious in the country. Among the college’s that will be offered are Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Kansas, BYU, Arizona, and many more. Sign up for the Select blinds email list to keep track of all of the universities that will be added every month, so if your favorite college isn’t available today, chances are it will be very soon.

Look at All the Pictures!!!


by Chris S 22 Mar 2011

Hello Friends, As you may know we are running a little contest right now. We asked for YOU to show us your photography skills with your blinds and shades that you purchased from us in them.

It looks like you all got the memo!

We are thrilled about how many responses we have received and are currently reviewing them all and are going to be placing them on the Blog shortly. And by shortly, we mean you will start seeing them TODAY!!!

A big Thank you for everyone who has submitted pictures already. Just by browsing through a few of them quickly we can definitely see that everyone loves to show off their blinds and shades in a variety of ways.

Keep them coming!

-SelectBlinds Customer Loyalty Team

Window Blinds and Window Shades


by Lisa Hs 7 Feb 2011

Window blinds and window shades offer a couple of obvious benefits to any home. While window shades offer a better energy efficiency insulating factor, both window blinds and window shades afford you with a level of privacy, and enhance your home décor.

Cellular Top Down Bottom Up Shades

Energy efficiency may be a consideration when shopping for window coverings, but that is not normally the primary concern. If insulation for energy saving was the main consideration, nothing beats a window shade like an army blanket. But who wants an army blanket covering their window?

Now I’m not belittling the benefit of energy efficiency. We all want to see the heating bill shrink occasionally, and I could expound on the benefits of energy efficient window shades at length. Or you can see a great variety of window shades that insulate your windows with us at SelectBlinds. That will give me the opportunity to share an additional benefit of window blinds and window shades that most of us never even think about.

Window blinds and window shades are a great way to preserve the life of your home furnishings. In particular I am referring to furniture, area rugs, and carpeting. Most people don’t realize the harmful effects of UV rays that come through the window, whether opened or closed, and the impact that those rays have on your belongings.

Picture a beautiful oriental area rug on the floor of your living room. Contrary to what the name suggests, most people live more in other rooms, and the living room gets used only around holiday time. Privacy is not a big issue in the living room, so you have beautiful window shades or window blinds on the windows, but since privacy is not a concern, you leave those window shades opened at all times. You see that oriental area rug almost every day. The sun is beating through the window, and unbeknown-st to you, it is gradually fading the colors of that rug. One day you do a major house cleaning, you move the sofa, and you are just shocked to see the difference in the colors of the exposed area of the rug versus the part covered by the sofa. I think you see where I’m headed here. Window blinds and window shades add life to your home furnishings.

Window shades offer a better insulation factor than window blinds. Window shades are made from soft fabrics, and can be custom made to include liners that add light control and additional insulation. Window shades are traditionally either up, letting light in, or down, blocking light, but also blocking the view.

Window blinds are made of horizontal or vertical slats. Real wood blinds can really enrich the feel of a room, but fall short of the insulating factor offered by window shades. Horizontal window blinds do offer the ability to be in the lowered position, and allow for a view. In fact, horizontal window blinds can be tilted to reflect the sun away from the floor and furniture, while still giving you a fairly open view to the outside.

Hope this was useful information for everyone!

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