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.

How to Measure Window Blinds and Shades - Video


by Chris S 7 Feb 2013

Having trouble measuring for your new window blinds or shades? Check out our new measuring video featuring Carriann Arkowski.

Visit us online at http://www.SelectBlinds.com. Here are some quick tips and notes to remember:

  • Use a steel measuring tape
  • Round down to the nearest 1/8" for width
  • Round up to the nearest 1/8" for height
  • Always reference product specifications below for complete measuring instructions

 

Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Shades - Video Review


by Chris S 1 Feb 2013

We love it when our customers post videos and before and after photos.

SelectBlinds™ Honeycomb shades can be customized to darken an especially bright room. Select Blinds cell shades will significantly reduce the amount of light and give a warm feeling to any room. As with all of our products, cellular shades come with a limited lifetime warranty and free shipping.

Thank you Mimi T. for the excellent video review.

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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.

Huge End of the Year Sale Going on Now


by Chris S 28 Dec 2012

Select Blinds end of the year sale

Select Blinds - Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale

If you have been putting off that home improvement project of updating your window blinds or shades this year, then now is the time to get that project done. We are having a huge end of the year sale on all of our window blinds and shades. Updating the blinds in your home can be a cost-effective way to enhance the look of your home and it can even add resale value to your property. 

  • Buy 3 (or more) blinds or shades and get 1 FREE
  • 30% off all orders
  • Free Shipping
  • Use Code: SALE30

We wish all of our customers a safe and happy new year!

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.

We Get by with a Little Help from our Friends...


by Chris S 30 Nov 2012

Please help our friends over at the Art Feeds charity by voting for them to receive the American Giving Awards grant. Hurry because the voting ends on December 4th.

Art Feeds is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that conducts mobile programs within schools and after school programs on a consistent basis with over 2600 elementary students who have undergone trauma and overcome obstacles in Joplin, MO.

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Here is what they would do with the grant money:

Art Feeds is up to win the American Giving Awards and a $1MM grant. To us, this means 30,000 children. Currently, Art Feeds reaches 2600 children on a weekly basis with free therapeutic art and creative education programs. We are based out of Joplin, MO, which was ripped apart by an EF5 tornado leaving 65% of Joplin destroyed. Our programs are mobile and move into the school to help the students create and heal past the trauma they have faced constantly, for the long term. $1MM would allow Art Feeds to reach every child in Joplin- 5,000 students weekly. Art Feeds would then expand the model into 4 new communities with Art Feeds Chapters to help hurting children create, grow and heal. The grant would allow us to impact over 30,000 children in communities worldwide in the next 2 years.

Huge Veterans Day Sale Going on Now!


by Chris S 9 Nov 2012

Veterans Day is a great time to be thankful for all the freedom and security that the citizens of our country enjoy. The men and women of our Armed Forces graciously and selflessly defend our country to protect its freedom. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day and was first proclaimed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919. We leave you with a great quote from President Wilson on the very first Veterans Day:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

If you know a service member or veteran, be sure to let them know that you are grateful for their service to this country.

SelectBlinds.com Veterans Day Sale

SelectBlinds.com Veterans Day Sale

Our huge Veterans Day Sale starts today and lasts until Monday 11-12-12.

Blinds Guaranteed to be Delivered by Thanksgiving!


by Chris S 24 Oct 2012

Guaranteed Blinds Delivery by Thanksgiving

Blinds & Shades Delivered by Thanksgiving or they're FREE!

Thanksgiving is usually the time of year when families get together and spend the holiday together. If you have been holding off on updating your blinds or shades on your windows, now is the time get those window coverings updated. From now until November 6th, all blinds and shades are guaranteed to be delivered by Thanksgiving or they are FREE!

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20,000 Likes on Facebook!


by Chris S 23 Oct 2012

SelectBlinds.com 20,000 Likes on FacebookWe are very pleased to announce that over the weekend we crossed the 20,000 like mark on Facebook. We are so grateful to all of our wonderful fans who helped us reach this milestone.

Please help us spread the word by sharing our post or clicking the like button in the right navigation bar.

THANK YOU ALL & See you at 50,000!

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.

Is it Time to Update those Window Coverings?


by Chris S 7 Sep 2012

Window coverings is a great term. It is very descriptive, in that you know exactly what it means. Window coverings, simply put, cover your window. At the same time, window coverings is an incredibly vague term. One could be talking about blackout blinds, or one could be talking about draperies. I speak from personal experience here, as I actually searched for new window coverings recently. Let me get to the end result, and then share some facts about the word window coverings. If you’re shopping for custom blinds and shades, do it online, and go directly to SelectBlinds.com. They have virtually every window covering product that you could possibly need, other than draperies.

Blinds vs. Shades

Blinds and shades is another example of a phrase that is both very descriptive, and very vague. If you yourself are using the term, you obviously know to what you are referring. But it is entirely possible that someone else could be confused. Are you looking for blinds, or are you looking for shades. And if you are looking for blinds, are they custom blinds, which are made utilizing several types of materials, or are you looking for the old fashion, somewhat cheap blinds looking, vinyl mini blinds. My message here is that you should be specific, if you know what you want. Window shades are totally different than window blinds.

Window shades allow the option of providing a blackout window covering. Blackout blinds don’t really exist. A window blind is made of slats, whether a horizontal blind or a vertical blind. No matter how tightly you close the slats, there is no way to achieve the effect of a true blackout blind. First of all, you would have to order no holes privacy, which wraps the lift cords around the slats, rather than running thru the slats, which requires a tiny hole being drilled into each slat in multiple locations. The other challenge is the way blinds are cut. They just will not get snugged up enough to the sides of the window casing to achieve a true blackout blind effect.

Blackout shades and room darkening shades will provide the best light blocking in pretty much every situation. Roller shades, honeycomb shades, and Roman shades, can all be ordered as either room darkening shades or blackout shades. The Roman shades are made with a liner that provides the different levels of light blockage, while roller shades and honeycomb shades use an entirely different fabric from light filtering to room darkening, to blackout.

Back to Select Blinds for a minute. This is an easy to understand site. If you know what you’re looking for, you can click directly on the category. If you are not sure which type of window covering is right for you, they have a way to shop by the feature that is important to you. You can shop by blackout, cordless, lift style, like top down / bottom up, or several other methods. Selectblinds even has a measuring guarantee, in the unlikely event that you measured incorrectly.

Blinds and Shades Upgrades


by Lisa Hs 10 Aug 2012

Cellular Shades

Custom blinds and shades have several distinct advantages over the window coverings found in your neighborhood big box retailer. Perhaps the biggest advantage is in the cost to acquire your blinds and shades. The cost can actually be less, if you are willing to put a little effort into shopping on-line.

Pre-Cut vs Custom

The blinds and shades found on the retailer’s shelf are pre-cut to specific sizes. The sizes are the most popular window sizes, so one would think that they will work in every situation. The fact is that a 30” x 60” window might not allow a 30” x 60” pre-cut window shade. The reason is basic. The frame for that window is going to reduce the opening to some degree. That means that the standard blind from the local retailer will be too wide for an inside mount, and not really wide enough for an outside mount.

Custom blinds and shades are exactly what they sound like. They are made just for you, to the exact size necessary for an installation that will give you the privacy and light control that you expect. There are plenty of options available for shopping for custom window coverings. In home consultation from a decorator is at one end of the spectrum, and online do it yourself shopping is at the other end. If you have a tape measure, a drill, and a screw driver, you will get the most for your money by shopping online.

Selectblinds.com comes out on top for online blinds and shades. The selection is broad, covering all styles of shades, from honeycomb to Roman shades, as well as real wood blinds, faux wood blinds, and aluminum mini blinds. Select Blinds offers exclusive designer collections, including a kid’s collection, and their pricing blows away the big box retailer. They make the entire process very easy to understand, they offer helpful videos, and they get your blinds and shades to you fast!

Wood Blinds

There are other distinct advantages to shopping for blinds and shades with SelectBlinds. Shipping is free, there is a price guarantee, and they even have a satisfaction guarantee. They are also the highest rated, most reviewed blinds on the internet.

Everything mentioned so far played a huge part in my decision to trust my window coverings to SelectBlinds. The free upgrades were just icing on the cake. It seemed that whichever custom blind or shade that is looked at offered some kind of free upgrade. Honeycomb shades offered free top down – bottom up. Certain products offered a screaming hot deal of buy three get one free, other products promised to be made in one day, or they were free. Upgraded valances were offered at no charge on several blinds, which I took advantage of, and let me tell you, they made a huge difference in the look.

So the next time that you are standing in the aisle of big box retail looking at the array of shades, make a note of the price, and look at the quality, and then go home and log onto www.selectblinds.com. You will be happy you did.

Easy Decorating Magazine featuring Select Blinds


by Chris S 20 Jul 2012

Easy Decorating Magazine

Check out the newest edition of Easy Decoration magazine that came out this week in newstands. The magazine features the popular @ Home Collection from Carriann Arkowski that is sold at Select Blinds. Added incentive for getting the magazine is 30% off coupon toward the purchase of new blinds or shades at http://www.selectblinds.com. The magazine is full of fun decorating ideas that can be achieved on any budget.

Most Reviewed and Highest Rated Blinds in America


by Chris S 3 Jul 2012

SelectBlinds.com

SelectBlinds.com sells window fashions online. This includes window shades and window blinds, as well as plantation shutters. Select Blinds offers these custom window coverings under their own brand name. The company claims that they sell more blinds than any other online seller of window coverings.

Consumers care about those statements, somewhat. The fact is that all of the above is information from SelectBlinds. There is another interesting statement that is on their website; "The Most Reviewed, Highest Rated Blinds in America". That is exactly the statement that means something to the consumer. This is a claim that is easily proven. Custom window coverings are a major item for any home. Window blinds and window shades, allow for privacy, provide energy efficiency, and control the level of ambient light in a room.

Window fashions are such an important investment, that you can be sure that when there are customers who are unhappy with their experience, they will write a review. Select Blinds has reviews that are less than stellar, but that is the exception to the nearly 200,000 positively glowing reviews that can be found on their site, and on the sites of the independent review sites. Epinions, Google Checkout, Bizrate, Nextag, and Reseller Ratings all back up this bold claim.

SelectBlinds puts their money where their mouth is. They offer satisfaction guarantees, price guarantees, free shipping, and a suite of products that will satisfy any window covering need. They also offer an exclusive Designer Collection, called the @Home Collection by Carriann Arkowski, a Kids’ Collection, and also a collection of custom shades that carry the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

Shopping for window blinds and window shades can be an intimidating experience. To take the fear out of this event, try www.selectblinds.com, where your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Carriann Arkowski Home Improvement Newsletter!


by Chris S 21 Jun 2012

for more inspiration, visit www.carriannarkowski.com

Happy Decorating

@Home Collection - Cordless Cellular Shade Installation Video!


by Chris S 15 Jun 2012

Watch this video to order free samples of the Carriann Arkowski @Home Collection.

 

Select Blinds Commemorates Memorial Day 2012


by Chris S 24 May 2012

SelectBlinds Memorial Day Sale - 2012

Select Blinds will celebrate Memorial Day and honor the fallen by offering “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” on all products plus 30% off all orders throughout the blinds website. The company wants to give back to consumers that have made them the highest rated and reviewed blinds in America.

Memorial Day will soon be here and the temperatures are rising.  Price savvy consumers rush to the stores and the web to find the best prices of the year on home décor and improvement products.  For those seeking to beat the heat and decrease energy and cooling costs in their home, Select Blinds offers energy efficient blinds and shades in various styles, sizes, and colors. The Memorial Day “Buy 3 Get 1 Free + 30% off” sale at http://www.selectblinds.com makes it easier to update window coverings for the whole house, or one room at a time.

Carriann Arkowski Spring Newsletter


by Chris S 8 May 2012

Carriann Arkwoski Newsletter

Carriann Arkwoski Newsletter

for more inspiration, visit www.carriannarkowski.com

Happy Decorating

Come check out her @ Home Collection of blinds and shades at http://www.selectblinds.com/home-collection-carriann-arkowski.html !

Carriann Arkowski is Renovating even in the Water!


by Chris S 21 Oct 2011

Carriann Arkowski At Home CollectionDesigner Carriann Arkowski and a local Realtor critique three Sausalito, California houseboat renovations to determine which one will get the biggest bang for their buck. First, they check out a nautical steam schooner houseboat with a movable steering wheel in the dining room. Next, they visit a nautical-inspired houseboat with an indoor/outdoor shower. Finally, they check out a contemporary houseboat with spectacular views.

Check out Carriann's @Home Collection of window shades!

Shutters now available at SelectBlinds!


by Chris S 21 Sep 2011

Faux Wood Cafe Style Shutters

SelectBlinds, the most reviewed and highest rated blinds in America, adds plantation shutters to their already impressive line of window fashions.

Select Blinds understands the additional complexities in ordering shutters on-line, as compared to ordering window blinds or window shades. We have put together an offering of three distinct shutter styles that are easy to measure for, with features that are easy to understand, installation instructions that make sense, and backed by the world class customer care department that has earned this company the coveted Stella Service award.

Plantation shutters by Select Blinds are available in four neutral colors, and are made of durable, warp resistant faux wood. Contrary to popular belief, faux wood does not come from the South American Faux tree. The SelectBlinds faux wood is a man-made material utilizing the scratch proof, moisture proof, Polyresin 3 material. All three faux wood shutter styles are available with either 2 ½”, 3 ½”, or 4 ½” louvers. The louver is what is referred to as a slat in a horizontal blind.

Faux wood standard folding shutters are the most popular style of plantation shutters. These standard folding shutters are available in multiple panel configurations, making them perfect for any window in any room.  The most popular panel configuration is the single panel plantation shutter. Single panel shutters offer the greatest range of light control, as there are no breaks in each panel. Bi-fold panels are basically halving the singe panel. Bi-fold panel shutters are quite handy when there is limited “swing” space in the room for opening your plantation shutters.

Faux wood café style shutters are ideal for those settings where an unobstructed view from the top portion of a window is desired. Imagine a bay window in a breakfast nook where total light control is not an issue, and privacy is only a concern to a certain level. The SelectBlinds faux wood café style shutter is the perfect solution. The café style plantation shutter offers the flexibility to go up as high as desired on the window, affording privacy and light control to your specific instructions.

Standard Folding Shutters

Shutters on any window end a certain air of sophistication to any environment, but nothing in the window fashion word says wow like a French door shutter. The SelectBlinds French door shutter can be ordered in all three louver sizes because you can specify door handle cutouts to allow for obstacle free shutter operation.

Plantation shutters are safe; there are no lift cords with which a child might get caught up in. faux wood plantation shutters will not warp, making them ideal for extreme climates. Plantation shutters are timeless in their design, making them a viable window fashion statement no matter how you choose to decorate your home. The Select Blinds plantation shutters are backed by the industry setting satisfaction guarantee, and a limited lifetime warranty, making ordering shutters from Select Blinds a worry free endeavor.

Enjoy your new Shutters!

A Shade Cooler than the Rest!


by Lisa Hs 12 Aug 2011

Cordless Blackout Shades

There are many styles and varieties of window shades. Window shades to hide the sunlight or window shades that let the sunlight shine in to illuminate a particular room. They are highly decorative and deco

rators of today use them to highlight the completion of their workmanship. Soft, genteel looking, and attractive, they display a personality of their own when added to a room.

Most window shades are custom fit, so measuring them correctly is the key.  A consumer must remember that measurements are either taken from the inside of the frame of the window, or the outside of the frame. This depends on what look they may be trying to achieve. Plus, they need to take into the consideration what kind of pull they want to use, and where it should be placed on the window shade for easy up and down use.

Some of the fabric used for window shades is quite unique. An attractive eye popping fabric is the lace window shade, looking especially well in an antique décor room. This window shade is elegant and will give your room an old fashioned, take you back in time, look. There is no lining needed with this window shade as it is perfect without it, and it is a great alternative to the sheer fabric window shade. This gorgeous lace window shade is desired by many decorators adept at antique decor. Roller shades and roman shades work especially well in the eye popping white lace window shade. It is difficult to see in from outside with this lace window shade, which allows for privacy. If you want to enhance an unattractive window, install lace window shades. “Body and substance is what it is all about”, say the decorators.

Solar control window shades are exceptional and a much needed item in the Southwest. This is where the sun shines on a constant basis, and the heat is intense. These shades will not fade out, or allow the sunlight to fade or discolor the furniture, and are easy to keep clean. The newest advances in technology are implemented into this solar control window shade. They will filter out the heat, glare and harmful UV rays, but still allow the flood of natural light to enter the room. The glare on the television is also drastically reduced. This window shade allows a person to see the outside world, and still have their privacy at all times of the day and night. This ability is called the ‘openness factor’ with this solar controlled window shade. They can be custom made in a cast of colors, such as grey, white, chalk and a light tobacco brown. The lighter colors are said to enhance thoughts and energize intelligence, and are perfect for study areas or libraries.

Blackout fabric window shades are especially popular with day sleepers. They will completely eliminate the light from a bedroom, or media room, and allow complete darkness for sleep, movie watching or privacy. These window shades feature a contemporary design and a continuous loop chain instead of the standard spring roller. This allows the window shade to glide easily with trouble free elevation and is perfect for that pitch black room. These are available in various prices and sun control factors depending on the purpose, and the room. The blackout window shade can be purchased in a three percent factor, allowing very little light in the room, to a fourteen percent factor which allows maximum light to enter.

Window shades are the perfect answer in cutting back on energy costs of the home or office space. Practical, stylish, durable, easy to clean and low cost window shades are still the wave of the future for home and offices.

Faux Wood Blinds and their Versatility


by Lisa Hs 28 Jun 2011

Faux Wood Blinds

One of the most popular online searches is the search for faux wood blinds. Due to the fact that they are economical and versatile, they are a great alternative to the more expensive real wood. Faux wood is considered the new generation of blinds. This new style of blinds, offer a more natural wood look, with a less expensive purchase. Adding faux wood blinds to any window can alter the atmosphere extensively. If a tropical feel is the décor of choice, wood blinds will enhance that décor. If a large space needs to be covered, adding vertical faux wood blinds will achieve that much needed height that you are looking for.

Faux wood is a compilation of man-made materials and natural wood products.  Modern day faux wood blinds, with their high UV ratings, are completely warp resistant. These blinds are perfect for rooms in a home that have extreme temperature changes in heat and/or moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Color choices are numerous in the faux wood designed blinds, which is hard to find in natural wood blinds. Whether seeking a warm or traditional decor, faux wood remains extremely stylish and practical for a fraction of the costs compared to real wood. Faux wood blinds are helping today’s cost conscious consumer create a custom, beautiful, one of a kind, interior design window treatment. Creating a beautiful room, while saving money, is definitely a consumers dream.

Faux wood blinds give a few more benefits than hardwood blinds, besides that cost factor. One very cool benefit of these faux wood blinds is that they are easy to clean with simple soap and water, or any type of spray window cleaner. No more having to go out to find and purchase the best and usually very expensive, cleaning products specifically made to clean wood. These usually end up leaving the real wood with streaks and grease spots. Not having to deal with that problem is a bonus in itself. Faux wood blinds are guaranteed to shine and last, no spots, no greasy stains, just a simple cleaning.

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Faux wood blinds can be found in the same shades, colors and stains as hardwood blinds. From white to cherry, to a mahogany stain, there are no limitations in choices. Whatever color scheme or decor that may have been chosen, for any home or office, there will be a faux wood blind to complement that room. If a person is undecided on a color or a stain, a sample can be ordered from most online sites. Then you can take the samples, place it next to the desired window, and make your decision, easier to accomplish.

Keep in mind, measuring your windows precisely, is extremely important. You must consider whether you want the blinds on the outside or the inside of each window. Inside mounting of the faux wood blinds will provide a clean look and is most commonly used. If you want the window to appear larger than actual size or provide less light to enter the room for more privacy, then outside mounting will work best.

Installing faux wood blinds can change the look of the whole room. The color choices are endless and outstanding in stunning wood tones and stains. A natural wood look, without the high costs of hardwood, is exceptional in faux wood and much appreciated by the consumer. The assurance of quality, versatility, and durability, without the upkeep of hardwood, will complement any décor. Faux wood blinds will make a distinctive statement of your personality and refined tastes, and the compliments with keep on coming.

Celebrate Memorial Day with SelectBlinds.com!


by Chris S 24 May 2011

SelectBlinds offers an array of ways to save on custom made window shades and window blinds in advance of Memorial Day. “Most retailers wait until Memorial Day weekend for their big sales”, states SelectBlinds Merchandiser, Rosa Hoverson. “Many people travel, or have family gatherings over the holiday weekend, so we wanted to offer visitors to our site the opportunity to enjoy saving on their window coverings now.”

“Rosa has been working with our suppliers to get allowances that we can pass on to the consumer”, according to SelectBlinds VP, Nate Kennedy. “She has been able to come up with significant savings opportunities in every window shade and window blind category on our site.”

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For those customers looking to outfit their home with more than three window coverings, we have a great mix of products from which you can choose to buy 3 and get the 4th free”, says Ms. Hoverson. The buy 3 promotion includes cellular shades, cordless cellular shades, real wood blinds, Roman shades, woven wood shades, bamboo blinds, roller shades, and more. “The beauty of our promotion is that you can mix and match within the products,” adds Mr. Kennedy.

“For those customers who want their window shades or window blinds delivered quickly, we have a suite of products that we guarantee made in one day, or they’re free”, states Rosa. The made in one day program includes basswood blinds, faux wood blinds, woven wood shades, sheer weave shades, and natural wood shades.

“SelectBlinds sells custom made window coverings,” says Mr. Kennedy, “as such, there are plenty of customizing option.” Ms. Hoverson adds, ”Options can add up, making some window shades and window blinds a little on the expensive side. We have an offering of options that we are giving away in virtually every category. These free options represent a tremendous savings opportunity”

Top down / bottom up lift system for cellular shades are perhaps the most popular option, and SelectBlinds is offering it as a free upgrade on most honeycomb shades.

Real wood horizontal blinds are an extremely popular product, and Select Blinds is offering a free option. An upgraded 5” wood valance on their 2” Premium Basswood wood blinds is included at no extra charge.

Room darkening sheer shades are a designer’s favorite because they are a fabric window shade made with fabric horizontal slats, allowing the window shade to be in the lowered position, and still give you light control. Select Blinds is offering the matching fabric headrail insert on its 2” room darkening sheer shades as a free upgrade.

Window blinds and window shades are all offered at 30% off of every order, and that’s on top of the buy 3 get the 4th free promotion, and the free upgrades. There is no reason to wait for Memorial Day at SelectBlinds. They are making it easy to shop for all of your window covering needs now. And to make your shopping experience even more enjoyable, they will ship your window blinds and window shades free!

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.

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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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