“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!”
It’s turkey time again and you know what that means! Leftovers and our biggest and best Black Friday Sale EVAH! Whether shopping for new custom window treatments on SelectBlinds.com, or the latest tech gear or a new television on other sites, use these tips to save time and money and enjoy a safe online shopping experience throughout the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales weekend.
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.
Start filling your cart. 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 to get in and out quicker over the holiday weekend.
Sample, sample, sample! Order up to 15 FREE samples of anything on our site and we’ll give you our best Black Friday deal on any product order you place within 30 days of sampling! (It’s the sale that — almost — never ends!) That also gives you plenty of time to start measuring your windows so you’re ready to fill your cart faster! Here’s how:
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.
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.
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.
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: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.
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.
Who wouldn’t give thanks for a chance to win $1,000 in beautiful new custom window treatments from SelectBlinds.com? One lucky winner will do just that — and four second-place winners will receive $250 each in site credit — just by entering their name and email below in our Blinds-Giving Sweepstakes! Why shouldn’t it be you?!!
Enter as many times as you’d like now through December 6. Increase your number of entries and chances to win even more by sharing on your social pages. So what’ve you got to lose? Enter your name and email today! Winners will be notified by email. Good luck!*
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“We LOVE our new blinds! The cordless blinds give me peace of mind in the kids’ rooms and I enjoy letting light in, but also maintaining privacy in our master bedroom with the top down/bottom up feature.”
Dora, your window treatments are gorgeous! We love your style (and your precious pup!)! Not only do these Select Double Cell Blackout Shades in White Satin look great, but they’re cordless too, making them super safe around your little ones! Smart choice!
The top down/bottom up option also works great in your bedroom – keeping your privacy level on point while giving you a way to let all that gorgeous light shine in! Thanks so much for your wonderful review! We hope to work with you again soon!
But what is this standard we’re referring to, you might ask? Well, basically it means that any window coverings manufactured after December 15, 2018 have to either be cordless or have inaccessible cords. And that goes for all stock products, like those you would find prepackaged in big-box retail stores.
Custom products, on the other hand, can still be made with cords. Since cordless options don’t necessarily meet every individual’s needs, it’s important that corded varieties still exist. Even so, the new standard mandates that any cords be no more than 40% of the height of the window covering. It also requires the replacement of all corded tilt systems with wands.
However, if you’ve got kids or fur-babies around, we’d recommend against them. So, what can you do to make your home safe at the start of this holiday season?
You don’t necessarily have to replace your window treatments to make them cordless. Nor do you have to chop them down or board up your windows. Cord cleats, wraps and wind-ups, however, are much more reasonable and inexpensive options. They quickly and easily allow you to conceal and organize stray cords. If you aren’t sure which kind of cord management solution you want, try a few! We’re willing to bet there’s a solution out there that’s perfect for you.
Cut your cords to spite your cleats!
Can’t stand cord cleats or other cord safety gadgets? Take the easy approach and simply cut your cords. Careful not to cut them too short, though! And remember, don’t tie any knots in the end to join them. It might make organization easier, but adding a knot at the end of your cords can make them even more dangerous for wandering hands and mouths.
Rearrange your furniture to maximize safety!
When you fill your home with furniture galore, a large part of our brain focuses on form over function. And while that’s important, it’s also important to keep in mind potential dangers. Move all beds, couches, cribs and any other climbable furnishings away from windows with corded coverings. If it’s impossible to move something, refer back to the previous three suggestions.
Do you have a solution we didn’t mention for maximizing blind cord safety? Not sure which is the best window covering for your little one? Try our kid-friendly cordless buying guide or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you #gocordless and find your perfect covering.
#sorrynotsorry, but we just have to brag a bit here. Found out the other day that we made Newsweek magazine’s list of Best Online Shops 2020!
#2, in fact, in the Home Living category and one of the Top 10 best shops overall.
Here’s how we made it.
Working with Statista (an online portal for statistics) and other online databases, directories and price comparison websites, Newsweek created a list of more than 9,500 online retailers in the United States where shoppers go for the best products, prices and service. After passing a number of tests based on 48 objective criteria and surveying more than 8,000 online shoppers on seven subjective criteria (e.g., “The homepage is very clear and well structured”), they narrowed the list down and ranked the top 1,000 shops across eight industries and 39 categories. The 1,000 online shops with the highest scores out of 10 (we got an 8.58!) were then awarded “Best Online Shops 2020.”
“Making the Newsweek list is a massive win for our company,” an elated Rick Steele, Select Blinds’ Master of Marketing and company co-founder, said. “Our goal is to make our customers happy, whatever it takes. Being rated one of the best online shops means we’re meeting — and surpassing — that goal.
Most people think buying new blinds is hard, but using our site it’s easy!” he continued. “We love that it gives our customers the confidence to do it themselves and create a home they’re proud of while saving time and money. And we love that Newsweek thinks so, too.”
Recognition by Newsweek and other independent third-parties is always exciting, but we get the biggest thrill from hearing directly from the customers who use our site. See for yourself why we’re rated one of the best online shops. Read some of their stories right here in our blog, or check out a few of the more than 300,000 5-star reviews we’ve gotten from happy customers to find out why you would be one, too.
Picture perfect in Pennsylvania, Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse puts a modern spin on a vintage style by creating a home that’s a culmination of old and new. She is frequently writing her home’s story, expertly crafting the contents and chapters in “Pursuit of a Pretty Home in Pittsburgh”.
We recently collaborated with her for a huge window shades project, and were so interested in her designer style that we asked her to be our next Inspiring Decorator! So grab a sammich from Primanti Bro’s and read our interview with Autumn below!
1. How would you explain your style and aesthetic?
When designing our home, we wanted a retreat, a gathering point, and a space that inspired our passions. That has slowly unfolded into a timeless yet clean eclectic style as we design and decorate our newly built home. I love a blend of old and new, pieces that tell the story of time mixed against the backdrop of a newly constructed home. This, for me, is what has given our home some soul.
2. Where/Who do you get your home inspiration from?
Most recently I was very inspired by rummaging through my grandmother’s attic. While she is no longer with us, I love incorporating meaningful treasures that remind me of her into our home. Think beautiful sea glass jugs, designer vintage rattan chairs, and intricately designed dishware. It has given a nice balance of old in a new home.
Traveling the world has also served as a huge point of inspiration for my designs and perhaps why my style is a bit eclectic. And this is why you’ll see a side of travel on my predominantly home blog.
3. What personal project are you proudest of and why?
Right now, my head is still in the clouds on the completion of our custom built home. It was something we dreamed of doing, and it was such a special experience to be able to design our home and build top to bottom what works and serves our lifestyle best.
4. What’s your favorite trend right now?
I love how color and pattern is making a bold, new come back. For me, I want to be wrapped in a happy, cheerful space so I’ve been finding ways to pack a little punch throughout whether it’s the backsplash, wallpaper, rugs or furniture.
Just as in our lives we are all multi-tasking and juggling all of life’s little demands, we need our homes to do the same. I love how more and more the expectation is for a space to flex and be multi-functioning. Doubling benches as storage, or transforming what would normally be a home office into a multi-purpose room all through the design and layout of furniture. This reflects a major shift in how people want usable spaces for their families.
5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about interior design/decorating?
Let’s learn together! By day and trade I work in Corporate America in business. Unlike others I can’t sit here and tell you I’ve been doing this for a decade. It’s something I stumbled upon and realized I loved after I got my first place. I guess my best advice is to experiment on your own home/space or take some pro bono projects to build your portfolio (queue mom and dad, or friends.)
Thanks so much for letting us take a closer look at your home, Autumn! We love learning a little more about all of our influencers and hope to work with you again in the future! If you love the window treatments in Steel City Farmhouse, here’s a couple links to the products in this post:
For more details on her custom window treatments, amazing DIY installation walk-through and even insider some tech tips, you won’t want to miss her Select Blinds blog post!
“It was top of my list to get a quote or two for blinds, and we knew it would be expensive but never did we think our quotes would come back between $12-15k for 22 windows. And then I found Select Blinds.”
Shop this year’s sale and you’ll help change lives, too. When you purchase any window blind or shade online from SelectBlinds.com during our 2019 Labor Day Sale, we’ll donate part of the proceeds to Shriners Hospitals for Children®.*
Help us help make kids better while you save money. There’s no better deal than that.
And don’t forget to watch David Ragan and the #38 Shriners car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 1!
Dogs are our best friends. They don’t talk much, judge only with an inquisitive eye and cuddle better than any human could, but I’m willing to bet you a Milkbone that this isn’t the first time that you’ve Googled the many ways to contain your furry friends’ penchant for destruction. If you have a puppy problem with keeping your window coverings safe from the wrath of your doggies’ paws and jaws, we’re here to help!
Stress / Separation Anxiety
Believe it or not — and your Furbo or Petcube can confirm this — your dogs basically do what they normally do when you’re there even when you’re not. However, those with separation anxiety have an emotional challenge to overcome. Since their species evolved as pack animals, they crave companionship and attention. They need to be around other beings to feel truly at home and comfortable. If you and your family have a close relationship with your dog (not just being part of the Christmas photos) then it’s going to be harder for them to grasp where you are going, how long you’ll be gone and if you’re coming back. Understanding how your dog’s brain works in relation to your existence is essential to learning about their anxiety. Adding another dog, hiring a dog-sitter, or consulting your vet may be some things to consider to help manage your little buddy’s stress.
Excitement and Energy
Have you ever been so happy and squeezed your teeth together so hard that you gave your jaw muscles a charlie horse? Or bit your cheek because your food was so delicious that you didn’t care to differentiate it from your meal? You JUST CAN’T control yourself! That’s how your dogs feel. With a lack of opposable thumbs and a quadrupedal frame, their mouth is really the only way of ‘squeezing’ in excitement. Not to be confused with canine ADHD, their hyperactivity may just be because they missed you and are excited to have you home.
No window shade is fully “dog-proof,” but here’s a few tricks and tips to help keep your dog chewing their toys and not your blinds:
–Leave home quietly and return quietly so you don’t startle, spook, or heighten your pooch’s stress energy levels.
–Exercise and playtime with other dogs lets your pup let off steam and learn how to build relationships with their own kind.
–Better toys mean longer-lasting amusement, less money spent and create a connection between your canine and their favorite stuffed animal. Multipet has some of the highest-rated pet toys on Amazon, with prices to howl about.
–Citronella dog collars are a much more humane deterrent than the dated shock collar typically used to prevent incessant barking. They can also help stop Fido from destroying your interiors.
–Enroll your dog in a local training class so they can learn how to behave from a pro and be with other dogs who are learning as well.
–Give them melatonin after exercise and a hearty meal to help get them on a regular relaxation and sleeping schedule.
While many of these also apply to children, let’s both hope your human kids aren’t gnawing on ANYTHING except their food. Keep everyone’s safety in mind with cordless blinds, free of dangling lift cords which can be a potential to hazard to children and pets alike.
Ever come home to this:
We hope not. But if you had purchased your window treatments from us, you’d be in luck! SelectBlinds.com’s 5-Year Unlimited Warranty keeps you covered (literally) even if your dogs get so bored with their toys they take to the blinds. Just call us up, let us know your story (seriously, we love good stories) and get a warranty replacement in less than 10 days. Coupled with the above tips, that should keep your window treatments safe and sound!
If you’re handy, or if your warranty has expired, you can order replacement slats for your Venetian-style window coverings (horizontal wood, faux wood and aluminum minis). See how easy it is to DIY your way back to perfect window shades by watching this video on How to Change the Slats on Your Window Blinds.
If your hound has been harassing your blinds, call our self-help hotline (at 888-257-1840, via live chat, or email). One of our Window Treatment Therapists will be happy to help talk you through the steps of mending not just your blinds, but your relationship with your dog!
Kim S. used our Classic Cordless Blackout Shades to cut down on glare and cool off the new office of CeramFab Inc. , a ceramic fibers company that sells products like blankets, bricks, paper sheets, etc., used in high temp furnaces and areas requiring high temp/flame resistant protection.
” We are very happy that we chose to go with SelectBlinds.com for our office window blinds. I was having a hard time finding blackout shades that would fit our windows because they’re a little outside standard measurements, but these were easy to order and the color selection was fantastic. We needed blackout shades that could keep the glare off of the computer screens in the offices and darken the conference room enough for a projector, and the Classic Cordless Blackout Shades (Wirecutter’s Top Pick for Blackout Shades in 2019) work great. We received our order in less than two weeks from the date of order. The shades were very easy to install. Two people put up 10 shades in about one hour. I would absolutely recommend these shades to anyone looking for window blinds.”
Thanks for letting us hang out in the office, Kim! Enjoy the cooler temps and shady headquarters to relax in while you work!
Need something like this for your office? Check out our huge selection of window treatment styles at SelectBlinds.com!