Get Ready to Shop Black Friday!

We’re SUPER excited about our biggest Black Friday Sale EVAH, starting Thursday, November 22 on SelectBlinds.com! (Check out our Black Friday Preview page here.) Also, we’re giving away $500 in window treatments at SelectBlinds.com in the name of Black Friday Savings! Enter our shopping spree below and get yourself some new window blinds or shades for cheap, or if they’re under $500, FREE!

The countdown is on, so make sure you’re ready to get our best deals of 2018!  Make out your shopping list and set a budget before heading online. Then, whether shopping for new custom window treatments from SelectBlinds.com, or the latest tech gear or a new television on other sites, use these tips to save some time and money, and to enjoy a safe online shopping experience throughout the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales weekend.

  1. Do your research. Check product and retailer reviews (like our 300,000+ 5-star reviews) before buying from a site. Study the day after Thanksgiving sales ads — online and print. (It’s the one time of the year when you want to actually look at all that “junk” mail you get!) Google “Black Friday websites” to find dozens of sites where you can sign up for deal alerts. (Like signing up for our exclusive Black Friday emails!)
  2. Start filling your cart. If you know what you’re looking for and know it’s going to be on sale, start a cart and save it so you’re ready to check out quickly when the deep discounts go into effect. Most sites keep carts from a couple of days to weeks before thinking you’ve abandoned them. If you’re thinking of shopping a new site, go ahead and set up an account now to get in and out quicker over the holiday weekend.
  3. Sample, sample, sample! You still have time to order up to 15 FREE samples of any product on our site and get them over night. That way you can jump online Black Friday Eve and order your favorites at fantastic Black Friday sales prices! (Another time-saving tip before buying on Black Friday: Start measuring your windows now so you’re ready to fill your cart faster! Here’s how:)
  4. Use price and online coupon tools. Use retailer shopping apps to scan products and price-shop online. Beware of fake apps, though. Similar to phishing emails that look legit, there are lots of counterfeit apps that pop up in Apple’s App Store and Google Play looking to steal your credit card and other info. To be safe, download shopping apps from the company’s official website.
  5. Get social. Friends love to “share” great deals – and bogus bargains – so check your feeds frequently throughout the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. Like or follow your favorite retailers (like Select Blinds!). When you do, many will reward you with special alerts on Black Friday discounts and incentives.
  6. Check price-match, shipping and return policies in advance. Read the fine print in the Black Friday ads. Some stores may suspend price-match guarantees on certain items for Black Friday sales. Pay special attention to shipping charges to make sure they don’t cancel out the great deal you’re getting. (Here on SelectBlinds, you get FREE shipping on everything, every size, every day!) Understand a site’s return and exchange policies to ensure you won’t be charged a restocking fee if you have to return something.
  7. Shop at home on secure sites you know. To keep your ID and information safe, it’s best to shop online from home. Avoid using hotspots and public WiFi networks. URLs for secure sites are often highlighted in green, or include a padlock symbol like this:SelectBlinds.com is a secure site.in the address bar. Look for URLs with “https” versus “http” (the “s” stands for “secure”). SelectBlinds.com is also secured by McAfee Secure software and is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.
  8. Use a secure payment method. To avoid the risk of fraudulent charges, shop on sites that only take secure payment methods (e.g., major credit cards or PayPal). And here’s a big tip: Use gift cards! They’re a smart way to shop online without having to provide any financial information.

Tasty Turkey Day Decor Ideas

Thanksgiving Decor - Pumpkins and More!

It’s scary to think that Halloween is already behind us and the winter holidays are almost upon us. You’ve barely recovered from your candy coma and packing the costumes away, and it’s time to start digging out the next onslaught of inflatable lawn ornaments. Often overlooked in between is Thanksgiving decor. But we found some fun ideas you can be thankful for that don’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, so you don’t feel like a turkey and can make the next few weeks before Black Friday more festive.

Turkeymingos

Photo credit Pink Inc. on Amazon.com

Fine feathered Turkeymingos like this one are available on Amazon.

Who needs inflatable turkeys when you can have a yard full of Turkeymingos? Yes, Virginia, turkeymingos really are a thing.  As in the iconic pink plastic flamingo dressed as a turkey or pilgrim.  Pinterest and Instagram are awash with ways to outfit everyone’s favorite lawn decoration in traditional Thanksgiving garb. No time to get creative? You can even find them on Amazon completely “dressed.”  No stuffing required.

Spice Up Your Napkins

Photo credit Sandra Nilsson from Vintage House

This Thanksgiving, you don’t need to settle for paper plates and napkins or spend a fortune buying all new table dressings for the big feast. Just spice things up a little, like Sandra Nilsson from Vintage House does. She tied her cloth napkins in string and then tucked a sprig of greenery and a stick of cinnamon, for a simple but elegant touch to the table that smells great, too.

Go Wild

Beautiful Fall Flower Arrangement - Photo Credit Elle Decor by Getty Images

This is the perfect time of year to bring the beauty of the outdoors in. For all-natural styling, gather some branches, leaves and other plants from your own backyard to create wildly unique floral arrangements, or to add a personal touch to store-bought arrangements.

Tangerine Is the New Pumpkin

Tangerines in Glass Bowl - Photo Credit Elle Decor by Getty Images

Photo from Elle Decor by Getty Images.

Pumpkins aren’t your only option when it comes to adding a splash of orange to the table. We love this idea for filling a vase with clove-studded tangerines and pine cones. It’s a quick and easy way to adorn the dinner table, kitchen counter, or wherever you need a pop of fall.

Nutty Candles

Stealing it! This super simple idea from Good Housekeeping was too good to pass up. Use everyday glass containers (think juice glasses) filled with chestnuts, acorns, or unshelled walnuts to hold short candles in place. Finish it off by attaching a ribbon or trim around the base and place anywhere in the house, or wind ribbon between each vase to string them together in an elegant but simple centerpiece on your dinner table.

Create a Warm Welcome

Photo Credit Pam Markowski

Welcome guests with a whimsical display using a small cart filled with friendly scarecrows. Add some pumpkins and cornstalks and a seasonal welcome banner, and they’ll never want to leave. Photo by Pam Markowski

Make a welcoming wreath for the door from fall foliage found in your front yard. Don’t live in an area affected by the change of seasons? Wrap porch pillars and railings with fall-flavored garland from your local craft store. Line steps and porches with pumpkins and potted plants. Throw some crimson and gold cushions and pillows on outdoor furniture.   And don’t forget to stick your turkeymingo in the yard.

The best part (besides looking good) about these decorations is there’s no need to store them when Thanksgiving is over (just undress your flamingo and put a Santa hat on it for next month). Then, after the table is cleared and the kitchen is clean again (or not), it’s time to get ready for the Big Black Friday sales, like the one we’ll have here on selectblinds.com. We’re starting the cell-abration early with extra servings and savings all month long on our best selling honeycomb/cellular-style shades. And you still have time to decorate your windows for Thanksgiving with brand new blinds or shades. Just order by November 6 for guaranteed delivery.

Premier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades in Rainforest Green from SelectBlinds.com

Complement your holiday table setting with Premier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades (shown in Rainforest Green).

“Happy Thanksgiving … it’s your turn to say Happy Thanksgiving back.” — Joe Fox

“Happy Thanksgiving back.” — Rose, Zabars Cashier

Naomi S. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“I ordered window treatments for my whole house! Room darkening shades for the entry way and dining room, light filtering shades for the living room and bathroom, and blinds for the playroom and bedrooms.

Attached is a picture of the living room shades. I love how they look! They were really easy to put up and the quality is great! I love how it is understated elegance in the modern room!”
Thanks, Naomi! They really are perfectly understated so that stunning wall in between gets all the attention it deserves. Just gorgeous! 🙂

What Blinds Should I Buy?

You’ve just moved into a new home. The movers are gone and all of your belongings are safely encased within your new abode. As you sort through box after box in your bare living room, you get the feeling you’re being watched when you realize your windows are bare, too. Or maybe, comfy in your long-lived-in surroundings,  you randomly glance up at your bruised and broken accordion shades and think, “You know,  I need something new on the windows, but what blinds should I buy?”

No worries; you got this! Here’s a quick overview of our most popular window blind categories and suggestions on which rooms these products work best in.

Cellular / Pleated Shades

Signature Light Filtering Cordless Cell Shades in Gray from SelectBlinds.com

Our Signature Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades provide year-round insulation and privacy.

Cellular and pleated window coverings are the most popular and cost-effective way to cover windows while also reducing heating/cooling costs via their insulating honeycomb design. Pleated’s are made from a single layer of fabric filled with tiny, insulating cells, whereas cellulars are made from multiple layers with single or double cells. The accordion-style pleats in both styles block harmful UV rays and trap incoming air and even noise. Try them in a light filtering material to illuminate living rooms or dens, wherever you need some protection but also want adequate light penetration. A blackout, or room darkening, material is recommended for bedrooms and media rooms to keep out natural and artificial lighting. Steer clear of cellular/pleated shades in areas of high moisture, though. Humidity in the bathroom or kitchen can cause the adhesive on the cells to loosen, causing them to separate or sag (and nobody likes a droopy shade!).

Wood/ Faux Wood Blinds

Signature 2 Inch Faux Woods in Porcelain from SelectBlinds.com

Our Signature 2″ Faux Wood Blinds are the perfect window covering for the bathroom or kitchen.

Which brings us to our next window covering option! Wood and faux wood window treatments are like step-brothers; same basic concept, different materials. Our wood window treatments are made of soft, light basswood whose consistent grain offers an intellectual look with a traditional feel. Although wood can be prone to warping in moisture and intense heat, available in various stains and paints, they’re an inviting option for almost any room in your home.

Faux woods, on the other hand, are made from a polymer composite in a variety of colors with either a matte finish or textured, wood-grain-like vinyl finish. This PVC-like material provides a more pliable and resistant slat that is impervious to warping. Keep in mind, these are heavier than their real-wood counterparts, so they aren’t recommended for wider windows. If you’re looking for the perfect window coverings for over your kitchen sink or bathtub, sample a slat of our faux Venetians here!

Roller Shades

Designer Roller Collection II in Room Darkening Lillian Silver from SelectBlinds.com

Our Designer Roller Shade Collection II inherits its patterns from historic Italian design books.

Like a well-oiled machine, rollers are smooth, consistent and dependable. The perfect foundation for popular layered looks, add a cordless lift and you have an affordable, child-safe product that’s applicable in any space. In a rainbow of brilliant colors, they’re a great transitional product in kids and teens rooms. If you’re looking at a vinyl roller shade, be leery, though, when installing in areas near condensation and vapor. It’s possible to see water spots or experience slight material distortion where splashing water is frequent.

If you have a really high or hard to reach window, add motorization to your rollers to make raising and lowering your treatments as easy as pressing a button, tapping your phone, or asking Alexa!

Woven Wood Shades

Cynthia Harper's Kitchen with Designer Series Woven Woods in Jute Natural from SelectBlinds.com

Our Designer Series Woven Woods Shades (no liner) make Cynthia’s light and bright kitchen pop!

Take a look at the plethora of photos featuring natural woven wood and bamboo window coverings on our Instagram and you’ll see why they’re a designer favorite! With their ability to adapt to surroundings, no wonder designers call them “window chameleons.” Farmhouse, coastal, rustic, boho, you name it … these shape-shifters are real game changers. Bamboo blinds are typically a series of tiny wood slats bound together with a tough twine, or a medley of straws, grasses and woods entangled in an idyllic weave (hence the alias “woven wood blinds”). With three choices of transparency — no liner, privacy, or blackout liner — these eco-friendly products are bound to be the focal point in any bedroom, studio, or sitting room!

Roman Shades

Select Light Filtering Romans in White Canvas from SelectBlinds.com | Fox's Home Free

These White Canvas Romans were featured on Season 2 of Fox’s Home Free!

Do as the Romans do! Voluminous and voluptuous, roman shades are a true window dressing. With so many fabric and fold options, you’ll find no shortage of inspiration to conquer a clash with home design. Another great candidate for homes that need insulation, these Italian-inspired, centuries-old classic window treatments work great in bedrooms, dining rooms and living areas. The luxurious and elegant fabrics can be reinforced with a light filtering or blackout liner, too.

Sheer Shades

3 Inch Room Darkening Sheers in Cocoa Bean from SelectBlinds.com

Versatile 3″ Room Darkening Sheer Shades combine the fabric of shades with the slats of a blind.

For the look of sheer luxury and intrigue, try the unique style of this 2-in-1 window treatment. Constructed with wide fabric slats between two delicate sheets of sheer fabric, they create a stunning shadow effect on windows. Open and close them like a traditional horizontal blind; raise and lower like a regular shade. Their light and airy construction in sheer and contrasting colors make an impressive design statement, particularly on extra wide windows. And most of our sheers come standard with a motorized wand for easy, child-safe operation with the touch of a button.

Vertical Wood, Faux Wood & Cellular

Select Textured Verticals in Charleston White from SelectBlinds.com

These Select Textured Vertical Blinds are an example of a stellar sliding glass door window treatment.

A long-time favorite for covering tall and extra-wide windows and doors, today’s vertical window treatments make a towering design statement in a variety of easy-care materials to fit any style. Like horizontals, verticals are available in wood, faux wood, fabric, and textured PVC vanes in popular patterns and colors. One of our newest additions to the family is the Vertical Cellular. Since windows and doors account for a third of all heat/cooling loss in homes, use them to harness the undeniable insulating quality that honeycomb window treatments bring for a modern spin on patio door window coverings. Or try a new, avant-garde wide panel vertical treatment you can also use as a unique room divider.

Solar Shades (Interior and Exterior)

Exterior Signature Sheer Weave 1 Percent in Light Sandstone from SelectBlinds.com

The Exterior Signature Sheer Weave 1% solar shade blocks 99% of UV rays, keeping you cool in and out.

Solar shades create a barrier between you and the sun, without compromising your view. Varying degrees of “openness” (1%, 3%, 5%, 10% and 14%) allow for just the right amount of light control. The lower the percentage, the more they  block light.

Exterior solar shades are excellent for patios and decks, while interior solar shades help reduce glare and heat in kitchens and sun rooms. Like roller shades, cordless solar shades are easy to use and install. Free cordless operation is available with many of our solar products, or for high, hard-to-reach areas, consider a continuous cord loop or motorized lift.

Drapery/Curtains

Grommet Drapes in Linen Weave Rich Ivory from SelectBlinds.com

The wide selection of colors in our Grommet Drapes/Curtains to complement any furniture or decor.

Whether you want to store heat or prevent it, curtains are one of the best ways to keep your electric bills down. Use drapery to highlight a window all on it’s own, or combine forces with a horizontal blind for full room darkening, layered look! To see how to hang curtains pleat-by-pleat, watch this video from Better Homes & Gardens.

#GoCordless

Clean looking cordless gives window treatments a more modern, streamlined appearance, and make it easier to raise and lower them (no more tangled cords!). But more importantly, we always recommend going cordless to keep your little ones safe from strangulation hazards posed by dangling lift/tilt cords. And at SelectBlinds.com, you’ll find a cordless option for every product in every category listed above.

Start Shopping!

Now that you’re well equipped to handle your own window design, it’s time to start shopping! SelectBlinds.com has a solution for any window or door in your home, even skylights, french doors and arches! Check out our Buyer Guides and watch our YouTube channel for quick tips and and answers! Your SelectBlinds.com Customer Loyalty Team is always here to help, too:

Phone: 888-257-1840

Email: customercare@selectblinds.com

or Chat online at SelectBlinds.com

Are You Cordless Compliant?

Injuries and death from window blind cords send two kids to the ER each day.*

That’s why, in January of this year, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association announced the approval of a new industry standard to require all “stock” window blinds and shades be cordless or have inaccessible cords. The new mandate, which goes into effect in the U.S. and Canada on December 15, applies to pre-made blinds purchased in stores or online. (Corded blinds will still be available in custom products.)

Select Blinds has been ahead of the cordless curve since 2014 when it became the first retailer to offer a cordless version of every product it sold. Today, over half of all window treatments purchased by our customers are cordless. As a major proponent and supporter of the #gocordless movement, child safety is at the forefront of everything we do. As you shop on Selectblinds.com, if you select a corded or non-compliant product, you’ll be prompted with the following message:

Warning! Corded lift features are not covered under or deemed Best For Kids. Any accessible cords pose strangulation hazards to children and pets. Please choose cordless lift systems in homes where children and pets will be present.

Are you doing everything you can to protect them from the danger of strangulation and other injuries inherent in loose and exposed cords? October is National Window Covering Safety month, and we’re encouraging anyone with young children (2- to 4-year olds are most at risk) and pets in the home to take our Cordless Challenge.  Here’s how:

  1. Replace all corded products with cordless coverings as your budget allows. Start with rooms where your children spend most of their time. When purchasing new window treatments, look for the Certified Best for Kids logo. Certified Best for Kids
  2. Move cribs and other furniture children can climb up on away from windows, window coverings, etc.
  3. Keep all cords out of reach of children. Cut cords short or wrap them around a cord cleat.
  4. Do not tie cords together! This creates a new loop in which a child could become entangled.
  5. Anchor cords for continuous cord loop options.
  6. Make sure you lock cords on window treatments to prevent them from falling.
  7. Corded window treatments purchased before 2001 should be replaced or equipped with a retrofit kit to reduce potential strangulation risks.

Check out our free Best for Kids Buyer Guide for more information on cordless safety, and remember: cords and kids don’t mix!

Premier 2 inch Light Filtering Cellular Shades in baby room

Select Blinds is proud to offer cordless lift options on every product, including our Premier 2″ Light Filtering Cellular Shades.

*USA TODAY NETWORK Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY Network Published 12:13 p.m. ET Dec. 11, 2017

Happy National Coffee Day!

How did you spend National Coffee Day?

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It's National Coffee Day!Nothing, per one of the most popular memes ever, gets done before coffee. Consider: 31% of coffee drinkers make coffee the most important part of their morning, brewing a cup first before any other morning behavior or activity. Coffee is such an important part of most peoples’ daily routine that, according to Huffpost:

  • 55% of coffee drinkers would rather gain 10 pounds than give up coffee for life.
  • 52% of coffee drinkers would rather go without a shower in the morning than give up coffee.
  • 49% of coffee drinkers would rather give up their cell phone for a month than go without coffee.

And while 75% of the caffeine consumed here in the U.S. comes from coffee and the average American spends about $1092 on it each year, we are not the world’s leading coffee consumers.  The “Coffee per Capita of the World” title goes to … Finland! (We don’t even crack the Top 10, landing at #25 on the list of top coffee-consuming nations.)

But  today is not the Fins day to celebrate. Saturday, September 29 is National Coffee Day here in the USA, and celebrate we will with great National Coffee Day Deals at favorites like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and Peet’s. And be sure to look for that “Hot Donuts” sign for special coffee-glazed doughnuts at Krispy Kreme!

Celebrate, too, with one of the hottest home design trends — the coffee bar! From converted bar carts to custom built-ins, design magazines and Pinterest are percolating with DIY and other ideas for creating your own personal corner cafe.  Looking for a fun project this weekend? Get brewing with some of these ideas!

 

Photo credit: Chelsea Mohran

This cute coffee cart gives Chelsea Mohran  extra storage space while organizing all her coffee essentials for easy access. Love how she’s staged it with fresh florals, too.

Photo credit: Style Me Pretty with Harwell Photography

A simple rolling bar cart makes an elegant way to take your coffee wherever and however you want it. Post from Style Me Pretty with Harwell Photography.

Photo credit: @mrscarlissa

Everyone needs coffee … and cake. And dancing in the kitchen. @mrscarlissa really knows how to perk up a bland corner cabinet.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess

So I have to say I’m kinda obsessed with the photo wall behind Elsie’s restyled cafe cart. But I also love how she turned this flea market find into a space-saving service area (note the Thermoses on the bottom) in her very small kitchen.

Photo credit: Carrie Waller with Dream Green DIY

This colorful coffee station has it all! Carrie Waller created this IKEA hack to display her collection of colorful mugs and cookware. Especially love the little shelf for Keurig cups.

As a dramatic backdrop, keep the coffee theme going with a new window covering in a rich, bold java-inspired color. Try a sip of our Designer Series Blackout Roller Shades in Cafe au Lait (shown below on the left) or Mochaccino, or treat yourself to an Espresso in our 2″ Select Classic Basswood Wood Blinds. We think you’ll love them a latte!

 

P.S. This weekend is your last chance to enjoy September Wood Blinds Savings and get an extra 5% off any of our wood blinds!

Anne B. Is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“We moved a few years ago to this cute ranch with a huge picture window in need of replacement. You can see in our “before picture” that we had to use several window treatments (shade, curtains, valance) to cover the expanse and still have a little privacy. 

bay window with curtains

Before

Just before your Labor Day sale our new windows were installed and they cried out for  shades. Using the guide on your site we measured and ordered three Signature Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Perfect White. They look fabulous, block the sun if needed, and give us privacy at night. Our small grandchildren can’t get tangled up in cords with the cordless feature. I don’t even need to rush to put up a valance because they look great just the way they are. Thank you!”

bay window with new signature light filtering cordless cellular shades

After