How Would You Rate Your DIY Skills?

DIYer Alica Bovino's home office curated from second-hand finds and bamboo blinds from Select Blinds
A self-professed designer, blogger, DIYer and secondhand furniture stalker, Alisa Bovino @aglassofbovino is one of our favorite Insta inspirations. (Seriously. That chandelier!!!) Here’s the office she created for last year’s One Room Challenge, featuring our Premier Modern Natural Wood Shades.

People have been DIYing since the dawn of civilization, but according to Inc., the phenomenon has exploded in recent years thanks in large part to social media. In fact,  over 200 million people visit Pinterest each month in search of DIY inspiration.

There’s nothing quite like the pride of being able to show off something you did yourself, or the satisfaction of knowing you saved beaucoup bucks doing it, especially when it comes to buying and installing your own custom window coverings. When considering doing any project yourself, though, make sure you price out the materials and your time investment and compare that against the cost of hiring a pro. (The national average for hiring someone to install blinds, BTW, is $620!) A quick comparison of the prices here on Select Blinds with Big Box stores or a design service and installers, and you’ll see why doing it yourself with us is a great deal.

So how would you rate your DIY skills? More than 60% of our social followers who responded to a recent poll said that they would “DIY all day! I know I can do it!” or that they were willing to learn. Personally, I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler. (Thank goodness for electronic and laser measuring tapes!) So I totally get why a lot of people think they can’t put up their own window blinds and shades, or are afraid to try.

But the good news is, you can! And doing it yourself can save you tons of time and money, too.

Premier Single Cell Light Filtering arched window blinds
You can even install shades for arched windows by yourself. Pair them with a matching Premier Single Cell Light Filtering Shade (shown here with a top down bottom up lift) to curate a look that’s all your own.

The custom crazed DIY community here on SelectBlinds.com has taken the mantra, “If you can hang a picture, you can hang your own blinds” to heart. With just a few simple tools (basically a pencil, measuring tape and drill are all you need), it takes just a few minutes to hang almost any of the beautiful bamboos, romans, rollers, wood blinds and other custom window treatments you’ll find here on our site. Even if you’re all thumbs.

Like me. But if I can do it, you can, too!

It’s easy to get started. First, look through our IG gallery to see some examples of what other DIYers have done. For more inspo, be sure to get free samples of coverings you’re interested in to check colors and fabrics. Then, follow these simple steps for measuring your windows.

Next, order the products you need and use the handy instructions that come with every window covering or download them here. Not great at following directions? We have plenty of step-by-step install videos you can watch, too. And if you get stuck along the way, we’re always here online, on the phone, or via live chat to answer your questions and talk you through it.

Afraid of making a mistake? Don’t be. With our FIT Guarantee, even if you do mess up on a measurement, just let us know and we’ll remake the mis-measured blind or shade for free.

So why pay more to hire a professional? With Select Blinds, it’s easy to DIY. Just grab your drill and proudly say,

You can do it!

Norbert B. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer

“Good value, great products and fantastic customer service. Installation was fast and easy. Now I just need to paint the walls!🙂”

Norbert, we love the look of your new Cotton colored Classic Faux Wood Shutters! They’re so classy and elegant and really make your bay window look elegant! And the red couch – which looks super comfy, by the way – is a great way to add a pop of color to your room!

Face Your Fears: 4 Things You Can Do to Make Buying Blinds Less Scary

Spiders like this one top the list of people's top 10 fears

Everyone is afraid of something. Spiders (#1 in top 10). Clowns. Heights (my biggest phobia). Snakes. Public speaking. Bellybuttons.

Innies and outies???

Yes, omphalophobia (fear of the navel) is a real thing. Along with other uncommon fears such as turophobia (fear of cheese), pogonophobia (fear of beards) and nomophobia (fear of being without mobile phone coverage — talk about the stuff of nightmares. 😉 )

Another irrational fear we found? Chrometophobia, the fear of money. Specifically, spending it. Especially when it comes to buying blinds.

While there is no scientific word for the fear of buying blinds and shades per se, in a short, unscientific survey we conducted on Facebook and IG, respondents ranked “Nice Blinds Are Too Expensive” as their #1 fear when shopping for new ones. Also related to money was the fear of paying for and scheduling someone to install them, along with buyer’s remorse (wasting money on something they didn’t like after they bought them).

Wasting money on blinds you don't like is #1 fear when shopping for them

We understand. Questions like, what kind of coverings should I get for my windows? What if I make a mistake measuring them? What if my shades don’t fit? What if I don’t like the color? What if my husband has no idea how to use a hammer, much less hang a shade? can definitely make you want to hide under the bed. (Unless you suffer from teraphobia and are afraid of monsters there.) But here on selectblinds.com, we help you face those fears. And overcome them! All while saving you time — and money — too!

How? It’s easy! Just follow these four simple steps to buying blinds you’ll love.

1. Sample your style & get inspired!

Get started right here with The Blinds Spot design blog. You’ll find inspo from our team of window design experts along with some of our favorite inspiring decorators and bloggers. Then check out some of the more than 300,000 5-star reviews real customers just like you have given our products for more great ideas (along with peace of mind about buying your window treatments online!). Browse the different categories you’re interested in and order lots of free samples to find the perfect product in the color you need to match your style.

Get inspired by one of our favorite influencers and partners, Alicia Armstrong of Our Vintage Nest!

2. Measure your windows for the perfect fit!

Follow this handy guide on How to Measure Your Windows and you’ll be an expert in no time! You can save hundreds, even thousands of $$ when you do it yourself. And tons of time. No waiting around or opening your home to high-pressure salespeople and installers. And if you make a mistake, no worries. With our F.I.T. Guarantee, we’ll always make it right!

3. Customize with confidence!

Ordering your own high-quality custom window coverings is easy on SelectBlinds.com. Just select the style, color and features you want. Questions? Give the experts on our Customer Care team a call to help guide you through the process and fill your cart with everything you need. Or find the answers here online with the numerous buying guides, frequently asked questions and other helpful resources on our site. You also get free delivery and a 90-day satisfaction guarantee on everything, so you never have to be afraid of wasting money on something you don’t need or want.

4. Take pride in a job well done (and all the time and money you saved!

With a few simple tools and our easy install guides and videos, you don’t need to spend money on installers. You can do it yourself and have your beautiful new custom window coverings up in no time. We like to say, ‘if you can hang a picture, you can hang your own blinds.’ It’s really that easy.

Hanging blinds and shades from selectblinds.com is easy

Keep reading The Blinds Spot for more in this series on how to find blinds you’ll love. Over the next three weeks we’ll be sharing the results of more customer polls to find out what customers just like you are looking for, how they rate their DIY skills, and how we can help you find custom window coverings you won’t be afraid to hang in your home. 

How We Protect Your Personal Information on SelectBlinds.com

Have you ever been hacked? You’re not alone.

Maybe you were one of the the 100 million CapitalOne customers whose records were stolen in a data breach in July 2019. Or in the 2017 Equifax data breach, which exposed the personal information of 145.5 million Americans, including their Social Security numbers.

SelectBlinds.com cares about keeping your information safe.

With so much of our lives and personal information now literally on (the) line, many states in the U.S. are adopting data privacy laws to help consumers protect their privacy and control how their personal data is used online.

With the enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) earlier this month, for example, customers in that state now have the right to request a record of the personal information (name, address, credit cards, etc.) a company collects on them online, and to know how that information is tracked and used by the company.

New York, Washington, Vermont, Colorado and Massachusetts also have similar laws in the works this year.

At Select Blinds, protecting the personal information of our customers is paramount. We thought it would be a good time to remind you just how we do that. We recently updated our Privacy Policy in compliance with the new CCPA. In addition, here are other ways we work to ensure your identity and information is protected any time you’re shopping for custom window coverings on SelectBlinds.com.

We protect your online info off line, too. Servers used to store any personally identifiable information needed during the sales process are housed in a secure environment. In our offices, that information is restricted to and accessible by only those employees who need it to perform a specific job (for example, a billing clerk or a customer care representative). Every one of our employees must lock their computers whenever they leave their desk and use password-protected screen savers to log back on. Every six months, as well as any time new privacy policies are added, our employees are reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our users’ information is protected.

Go ahead. You can now breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing your information is as safe as possible while you’re on our site. And whether you’re shopping for beautiful new custom window blinds and shades here or for anything else online, check out these 10 tips to make your shopping experience even safer and more secure.

Happy shopping!

Fashion Color Blackout Rollers from SelectBlinds.com help you keep your privacy.
Looking to protect your privacy at home, too? Motorized blackout shades like these Fashion Color Blackout Rollers (in Iron) help keep prying eyes from seeing into your home. Easily schedule them to open and close automatically with the tap of an app on your smartphone, or just ask Alexa to do it, whether you’re there or not.

Kris H. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

Sure, solar shades on your windows in the summer definitely help beat the heat. But they’re also a great year-round solution to reducing the amount of direct light coming in, especially during winter when increased glare from the snow-covered ground can be blinding. Just look how these custom Motorized Sheer Weave Solar window treatments (in Bronze 1%) helped our most recent Happy Customer, Kris H.

“Love our new sheer weave blinds ! We lost the glare but get to enjoy the outdoors on our beautiful acreage!

Also love our new shutters! They have had a great insulating effect on our NW bathroom and make the room look so finished! Installation so user friendly. Love them!! So happy!”

Motorized Sheer Weave Solars let you enjoy view and protect interiors
With Motorized Sheer Weave Solar Shades in the living room, you'll love the view outside
Motorized Sheer Weave Solars reduce glare from snow and sun
Shop Classic Faux Wood Shutters for the bathroom
To keep out the cold — and heat — Kris also added our Classic Faux Wood Shutters in Cotton to help insulate these beautiful bathroom windows.

Super 2019 Cyber Monday Sales Spectacular in Progress Now!

Select Blinds Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday Sale! 45% off + take an extra 10% off all window treatments at SelectBlinds.com!

Order by December 5 for guaranteed delivery by Christmas or it’s free!*

Think our Mega Black Friday Sales event blew it out of the water? Think again.

We’re back. With the biggest, baddest Cyber Monday Sale we’ve ever had! Save 45% PLUS get an extra 10% off on every single beautiful blind, shade and custom window treatment sitewide.

That means you get the best discounts and 2019 Cyber Monday deals on our best-selling cellular and honeycomb window coveringsbamboo and woven woodsromansrollerssolar shades for indoors and outshuttersdesigner sheers, dazzling dual-roller zebra blindsclassic draperyfabric horizontalsall-aluminum minispanel tracks and verticals. Get smart and save on convenient motorized products that work with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and pair perfectly with specialty treatments for those hard-to-reach windows like skylights and arches.

Oh yeah. FREE shipping is included on everything, too! And our FIT Guarantee is guaranteed to make you feel better about buying your blinds online!

So now worries! Don’t waste time on competitors ads. Start clicking and save now on all the custom window treatments you love right here on SelectBlinds.com!!! 

START SAVING NOW!

*Get guaranteed delivery by Christmas or it’s free details here.

Save on sassy shades like our Architect Zebra Dual Roller and everything else during our 2019 Cyber Monday Sales Spectacular!

Mega Black Friday Sale Starts Now!

Order by December 5 for guaranteed delivery by Christmas or it’s free!*

Save lots of green this Black Friday on SelectBlinds.com! Everything — and we mean EVERYTHING — sitewide is 50% off! Pull on those stretchy pants and stretch your blinds budget to the max with half off every beautiful blind, shade and custom window treatment we offer.

That means you get the best discounts and 2019 Black Friday deals on our best-selling cellular and honeycomb coveringsbamboo and woven woodsromansrollerssolar shades for indoors and outshuttersdesigner sheers, dazzling dual-roller zebra blindsclassic draperyfabric horizontalsall-aluminum minispanel tracks and verticals. Get smart and save on convenient motorized products that work with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and pair perfectly with specialty treatments for those hard-to-reach windows like skylights and arches.

Oh yeah. “Everything” includes FREE shipping, too! And with our FIT Guarantee, we guarantee you’ll feel better about buying your blinds online!

So after you’ve passed the gravy, be sure you don’t pass up on all the looks you’ll love and be proud to have hanging on every window in your home. Start stuffing your wallet with savings of 50% now on EVERY. SINGLE. PRODUCT. It’s the mega sales event of the year, so fill your belly and then fill your cart on SelectBlinds.com!!! 

START SAVING NOW!

*Get guaranteed delivery by Christmas or it’s free details here.

Shop Black Friday deals by feature, like popular top down bottom up (shown here in our Premier Bamboo Shade in Balsam), cordless and motorized lifts, and light filtering or blackout fabrics.

Elizabeth K. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“I ordered the top down/bottom up Agava colored Premier Woven Wood Shades with a white privacy liner. I couldn’t be happier! They came in a timely manner and were easy to install. They have made a huge difference in our family room – it’s now so cozy! Thank you!”

After

Love the new look, Elizabeth! Those woven woods are a perfect match for your décor and we’re loving the increased “cozy factor!” Looks like a magazine-worthy family room anyone would be proud to call their own!

Before

The bright green pops of color were already a fantastic touch, but now they really pop with the natural look of your new shades! Thanks so much for the review and we hope to work with you again in the future!

Kathy M. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“We are thrilled with not only the high quality of the shades we received, but also the outstanding customer service throughout the order process. It was so simple! And we got them so quickly – only one week – just like promised. Competitors quoted almost 3 times the price and 4-6 week turnaround. We couldn’t be more pleased!”

WOW Kathy! Your Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Porcelain White look amazing! And all that gorgeous natural light coming in through the porcelain-white shades really brightens up your space! We’re so glad you love them and can’t wait to work with you again on your next window project!