Mapping the Journey of a Select Blinds Shopper

Nothing makes a room feel warmer and more welcoming than beautiful custom window treatments that complement and accent your unique interior design style. The good news is that buying blinds online doesn’t have to be an intimidating ordeal!

Every home update and redesign project is different, and every journey you go on as you get more confident with the DIY design process will be unique in its own way. Not to worry, though, because we at Select Blinds are just as invested in your success as you are. We want you to succeed and are here to support you all the way through your project journey!

Select Blinds is the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Brand! With free Select Blinds design consultation support, we can help make your journey a breeze. Quick questions or an entire project, from start to finish, no matter the size of your project – we got you.

Every journey begins with a first step, so let’s walk through the Select Blinds customer journey together starting with . . .

1. Measuring Your Windows

The first step (or one of the first steps) you will take with your DIY project is to measure your windows. We custom make your window coverings and need as accurate a measurement as you can provide to ensure the best fit. Don’t worry, it’s easy!

Maybe at this point, you will have your window coverings already selected, maybe not. No matter.

Having accurate window measurements will not only help with a good fit, but also helps determine how your window covering is priced, and will also help determine the variety of options available to you.

2. Choosing the Best Window Coverings for Your Needs + Ordering Samples

You will want to select the right window coverings to meet your unique needs. Are you looking for energy-efficiency? Are you needing a dark cool room for your child’s naptime? Maybe you want a quieter work environment for your home office. Are these window treatments replacing older ones, or are they for a brand new home?

Here are some things to consider:

  • Which room are you needing new blinds, shades, shutters, or curtains for?
  • How many windows are you needing to cover?
  • What unique needs does your room (or rooms) have? Privacy? Quiet? Is it a child’s room? Talk to one of our design consultants for free, and get some input and tips for what would work best for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Once you have a window treatment style and color/design/texture selected, be sure to order free samples! You can order up to 15 free samples daily, shipped to your door for free, and on top of that, ordering samples ensures you can lock in a daily promo for up to 30 days after your samples arrive.

3. Finding the Best Price

So many online blinds stores, so little time. There are any number of brands out there, so how do you know which is best? Should you go with a full-service brand (which includes measuring and installation), or should you go with more of a DIY brand?

Custom window treatments are priced based on the cost of materials–the larger the dimensions, the higher the cost. Most brands of window treatments offer many of the same styles and types, and don’t vary very much in terms of quality. Retailers tend to offer a broader range of differences, including customer experience. The “best” choice for a homeowner ultimately depends on his or her desired result and budget. Keep in mind that measuring, installation costs, and shipping fees can quickly add up toward the final price tag for your home design update project. 

The average cost of hiring help for blinds installation can average you around $700 for your entire home. Cut out the middleman! Doing your own measuring and installing yourself is the most efficient and cost-effective way to approach the dressing of your windows. Spearheading your own project and doing it yourself doesn’t require any expertise or special tools. It’s super easy, and we’re here to make it even easier! And remember, any promo you see on any given day? Just order free samples, we’ll ship them to you for free, and you can lock in any promo for 30 days after your samples arrive. We want to make sure you get the best price possible.

We offer you all kinds of helpful online resources for easy-to-follow instruction, and hassle-free measuring and installation. Plus you’ll have access to our top-notch customer service team, along with free design consulting, 7 days per week!

Many companies also charge shipping fees, especially for “oversized” items.  At SelectBlinds.com, you always get free shipping to anywhere in the contiguous United States, no matter how large your items are!

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4. Completing Your Purchase

Once you have your windows measured and have your dreamy window coverings selected, you have several options for completing your order:

  • Online
  • Over-the-phone 
  • Financing options available

Select Blinds products usually ship within 5-7 days after your order is placed, and you’ll usually have them delivered free on your doorstep within seven days after shipment. 

5. Receiving Your Order

Are you excited? Your new, stylish Select Blinds window treatments have arrived! All of our products carry with them a three-year limited warranty that covers most contingencies, and which can be upgraded if you prefer to a three-year unlimited warranty, or a five-year unlimited warranty.

What exactly does your Select Blinds warranty cover?

Most issues are covered by the three-year and five-year limited warranties, and the unlimited five-year warranty also includes many accidental things that may come up, like child or pet damage.

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What Protections Do You Have if You Submit Your Window Measurements Incorrectly?

We’ve even got you covered if you should happen to submit inaccurate window measurements. We call it our Select Blinds F.I.T. Guarantee.

If you make any kind of mistake when measuring your windows and your custom coverings don’t fit, simply call us at 888-257-1840 and we’ll remake that exact same product for you for free (at your new size) within 30 days of the date your order was delivered.* You just cover $10 for shipping, and we’ll get your new remake right out to you.

Note that if the dimensions of the remake are larger than your original blinds, there may be a small price increase due to material costs. Remakes under this guarantee are limited to one (1) per order and a total of four (4) per household per customer lifetime, whether for the same or different product(s). Any mis-measure remakes after that will be made at customer cost for the price of the original order, including any discounts, plus an additional 10% off. Guarantee excludes motorized products, drapery/curtains and shutters. See our Select Blinds F.I.T. Guarantee fine print.

What is Shipped With Your Select Blinds Product?

We’ve been able to make your installation process as easy and friendly as possible, because of all our experience working with customers just like you! You’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful new window treatments more quickly.

We include with your product:

  • Effective packing to ensure against damage during shipping
  • All the required hardware (and much optional hardware)
  • Easy-to-follow instructions and warnings (when in doubt, just go to our website for downloadable instructions, videos, or to YouTube.com, for your Select Blinds product name + installation)

Installation and Final Results

You’ll love how easy your Select Blinds window treatments are to install. Some of our products even have No-tools Headrail installation as an upgrade for even quicker installation. Have your new window treatments up and ready to enjoy in just minutes!

The only tools you’ll need include a pencil, measuring tape, screwdriver, possibly a stepladder, and a drill and drill bit. For more involved installations, you may find an extra set of helping hands work out best.

If you should get stuck, feel free to call our Customer Care team at (888) 257-1840, 7 days per week, and we’ll gladly walk you through anything we can. We’re also available via email and live chat. Not to worry! We’ve got your back!

We want you to feel proud of your new space with its beautiful new window treatments, and want you to feel confident and accomplished as a DIY designer. Stop paying companies to do for you what you can easily (and quickly) do for yourself!  

You Got This! Let’s Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade

Don’t let a home design upgrade project intimidate you. You got this! And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation resources.

We want to make it as worry-free as possible for you!

Free samples. Free shipping. Free design consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com.

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Get the Blackout Shades You Deserve

Blackout roller shades are one of the best you can find to block out exterior light and keep your indoor space cool and dark. 

Whether you want to be able to sleep in better on weekends, or want to give your child’s room a darker ambience to help them sleep better, or whether you just want to be able to take a refreshing afternoon nap, blackout shades are your thing. These shades are perfect for media rooms, as well. Watch the big game with friends, or enjoy movie night, without any annoying daytime or sunset glare coming in through the windows.

What’s the Difference Between Blackout and Room Darkening Shades?

Our room darkening shades do a great job of blocking out up to 90% – 95% of incoming light, while our blackout shades can block out up to 99%. 

Roller shades will let light in through gaps between mounting hardware and the top of the shade. To achieve an absolute blackout effect with your window treatments of choice, try our Light Blocking Side Tracks.*

*Maximize your blackout shades’ darkening capabilities with our Light Blocking Side Tracks. Effectively black out that light that sneaks in from the sides of your shades.

And while we’re talking about a powerful blackout effect for your interior space, did you know that our Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades were selected 2021’s best blackout shades by the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews?

Wirecutter says:

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds’ Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades [are] the [ones] they’d most like in their homes. The polyester shade looks and feels noticeably better in quality than other shades we considered. Among the shades we tested, it has one of the widest selections of sizes and colors, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty, the longest of any model we considered.”

Related: Are Room Darkening Shades Worth It?

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Blackout Favorites

Ready for some trendy, stylish suggestions? Here are some popular Select Blinds roller shades, known for their effective blackout capabilities:

Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades (Essential Tier)*

Yes! Our shades that won the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews endorsement as the best blackout shades of 2021. Get a better night’s sleep with these budget-friendly blackout window covers that block up to 99% of incoming light.

*Our Essential Tier products include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Select Blackout Roller Shades (Signature Tier)*

Get a top-notch blackout effect for media rooms, bedrooms, and anywhere else in your home where you need them with the clean-looking cordless convenience of these blackout rollers with a weighted bottom hems for smooth, wrinkle-free operation.

Light Blocking Side Tracks (Signature Tier)*

These Light-Blocking Side Tracks can be installed on either side of your roller shade to help maximize coverage and light blockage. Purchase them to accessorize most windows!

*Our Signature Tier products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. Made with durable materials, Signature Tier products are the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Architect Blackout Roller Shades (Premium Tier)*

Enjoy superior blackout fabrics in today’s most popular colors to keep out unwanted light without sacrificing any style. Order with optional side tracks for complete light blockage.

*Our Premium Tier products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, Premium Tier products are the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last. Some upgrade features may be included.

Designer Elements Blackout Roller Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Don’t forget to top off your interior space’s look with an upscale design element to change day into night anywhere in the home with these elegant blackout rollers. Perfect for day sleepers and style seekers alike.

*Our Luxury Tier products include superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. Luxury Tier products are for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization. Some upgrade features are included.

You Got This! Let’s Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade

Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. We are here to help! No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. You got this! 

And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation resources. We want to make it easy for you. 

Free samples. Free shipping. Free design consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com

Go Window Shopping for Some Stylish New Blackout Roller Shades! >>

Are Room Darkening Roller Shades Worth It?

Custom roller shades allow you more control over the amount of light and privacy you need for any space in your home. In many cases, the right rollers can also create more comfort (e.g., cooler, darker spaces), and some can even help cut down on your energy costs throughout the year.  

As far as light control goes, window treatments typically fall within one of three categories: light filtering, room darkening, and blackout. Where do room darkening roller shades fall on the light-control spectrum? Room darkening shades are known for being not too dark, and not too light. They can help set a tranquil mood, and offer the right amount of privacy any time, day or night.  

Benefits of Room Darkening Roller Shades

If you want to prevent light from getting into a room, then custom blackout roller shades or custom room darkening roller shades should meet your needs. Either of these two kinds of window treatments can effectively reduce or block the amount of light that enters a room. You can help create different moods in any of your spaces – some types of shades (like cellular/honeycomb) can also help block out exterior noise.

Are Roller Shades Good for Room Darkening?

While room darkening shades offer more light control than light filtering shades, they don’t block out light as fully as blackout shades (i.e., room darkening shades block out up to 95 percent of incoming light, while blackout shades can block out up to 99 percent).

What’s the Difference Between Room Darkening and Blackout Shades?

Roller shades are known to let light in through gaps between mounting hardware and the top of the shade. To achieve a full blackout effect with your window treatments of choice, you’ll probably need to mount them above your window frame or use a valance. Woven-wood shades, and shades made of lighter materials, will typically need a liner to effectively block out light and to provide privacy at night. As mentioned, room darkening shades do a great job of blocking out up to 95% of incoming light, while blackout shades can block out up to 99%. 

Speaking of blackout shades, did you know that our Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades were selected 2021’s best blackout shades by the New York Times’ Wirecutter Reviews?

Wirecutter says:
“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds’ Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades [are] the [ones] they’d most like in their homes. The polyester shade looks and feels noticeably better in quality than other shades we considered. Among the shades we tested, it has one of the widest selections of sizes and colors, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty, the longest of any model we considered.”

How do I Stop the Light From Coming Up On the Side of My Roller Shades?

There are some things you can do to help keep light from seeping in from the sides of your roller shades. Some ideas include:

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Favorites

Ready for some trendy, stylish suggestions? Here are some popular Select Blinds roller shades, known for their effective room-darkening capabilities:

Classic Fabric Room Darkening Roller Shades (Essential Tier)*

Darken your spaces nicely and keep things private indoors with the velvety smoothness of these affordable, rich-looking, light blocking rollers.

*Our Essential Tier products include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Lifestyle Room Darkening Roller (Signature Tier)*

Keep the mood lighting down low while darkening your space (think perfect home theater!) with these affordable room darkening rollers. Available with optional side and bottom tracks to block 100% of incoming light.

Light Blocking Side Tracks (Signature Tier)*

These Light-Blocking Side Tracks can be installed on either side of your roller shade to help maximize coverage and light blockage. Purchase them to accessorize most windows!

*Our Signature Tier products feature thoughtful designs in trendy styles. Made with durable materials, Signature Tier products are the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Premier Room Darkening Dual Shade (Premium Tier)*

With this stylish alternative to roller shades, you can deepen your windows’ dimensions with these unique room darkening dual/zebra shades. Dual layers of sheer and room darkening fabric operate with a roller mechanism like roller shades, then easily align to lighten or darken rooms.

*Our Premium Tier products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, Premium Tier products are the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last. Some upgrade features may be included.

Luxe Modern Room Darkening Skylight (Luxury Tier)*

For those high-up skylight windows, they should be a breeze to cover with these room-darkening honeycomb shades. Several alluring colors, with optional motorization and upgrades!

*Our Luxury Tier products include superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. Luxury Tier products are for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization. Some upgrade features are included.

Let Us Help You Put More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home

Relaxing white living room features corner stone fireplace lined with tan walls accented with lower wall white wainscoting framing large windows with gorgeous view. Luxury interior.

Personalize your house and turn it into your dream home – we can help! No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. You got this! Custom-craft a home that you’re proud to live in. It’s easy, and you’ll find all the helpful resources you’ll need at selectblinds.com. Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

Go Window Shopping for Some Stylish New Roller Shades! >>

What Should I Consider When Choosing Roller Shades for My Interior Space?

Roller shades for windows come in countless different colors, textures, and patterns to perfectly complement and top off your own unique design style. Nothing adds the perfect finishing touch to a space better than beautiful custom window coverings, and stylish roller shades can make all the difference in this regard. Homeowners and designers alike should consider some key factors when selecting roller shades:

  • Inside or outside mount
  • Texture/weave/craftsmanship
  • Color/pattern

What Are Roller Shades?

Basically, roller shades are simple, solid, continuous window coverings. They don’t open and close through their main surface, the way blinds can do when you open and close their slats or vanes, but rather they open and close up and down using a roller mechanism, retracting toward or unfurling away from their headrails. The materials used to custom craft our roller shades is not sheer (see-through) at all.

Roller shades are popular for their simple, clean appearance and stylish budget-friendliness. As with any fashionable window treatments, they can add depth and a nice, personalized accent to your space, with unlimited options for trendy materials, colors, and fabrics.

How Are Solar Shades Different Than Roller Shades?

Solar shades are also pretty simple window coverings, and they cover windows and function using a roller mechanism as roller shades do–without slats or vanes.

Solar shades tend to carry a slightly higher price tag than roller shades, mainly because of the materials used for their construction: woven material (usually PVC), similar to a window screen, is used to craft solar shades. 

This loosely woven screen material allows for some transparency through the shade… it can reflect sunlight away from the screen, provide coverage from UV rays, and still allow for a view to the outside. Solar shades help protect your furniture and interior from UV ray damage, and help keep your interior cool. The “openness percentage” can vary, allowing for more or less coverage, in exchange for more or less outward visibility (e.g., the higher the visibility percentage, the more see-through capability).

Inside or Outside Mount?

Depending on your window frame’s depth and size, you can choose to mount your roller shades on the inside of the frame or on the outside (above the window, attached to the wall, or attached to the ceiling above the window). Keep in mind that outside mount usually allows more light in from the sides, and also leaves a bit of a wider gap for less privacy, but light blocking side tracks can help keep tighter closure for light and privacy management.

Texture/Weave/Craftsmanship

Textures can add a nice element of depth to an interior design motif. See what a lovely array of textures and fabrics you have to choose from for your roller shades. Creating a layering effect can also add depth to your window/space.

Speaking of craftsmanship, we at Select Blinds don’t sell “prefabricated sized” off-the-shelf window treatments. All of our window products are custom-crafted with care to fit your unique window sizes perfectly. We’ll also be there with you to help you DIY your house into your dream home, so you can save money and take pride in the newly designed gorgeous space you’ve created.

Colors/Patterns

You’ll also have a vast number of colors and patterns to choose from. If you want your window treatments to be the focal centerpoint of your room, then go with bolder colors or patterns. If you don’t want your roller shades to detract from any interior elements, go with more subtle colors and patterns.

A couple of things to keep in mind regarding your roller shade color of choice:

  • Neutral Colors can help Roller Shades Blend Into Your Design 

Creamy whites, natural browns, greys, charcoals–these are all good color selections to help your blinds blend in more seamlessly into your interior. Think balance. Colors like grey or silver can also add an additional metallic element of color to your interior if you have a design with primarily wood fixtures.

  • Accent Colors Can Add Your Own Unique Touch To Your Design

Neutral tones can be difficult to top in regard to balancing out your colors in a space, but bright colors can help with balance, too. A splash of color can liven up an otherwise heavy, drab décor.

What Color Roller Shades Make a Room Look Bigger and Brighter?

If you are going for an enlarging effect in your space, you’ll want to select softer, lighter shades of color (e.g., white, off-white, cream, etc.), as darker shades can make an area feel more enclosed. Lighter colors always give an airy, spacious feeling to a room. Something else you might try is to paint your window trim and moldings in lighter shades than your wall color.

Select Blinds Staff and Customer Favorites

Care for some roller shade recommendations? Keep reading for some Select Blinds staff and customer favorites. 

Need help measuring your windows for your new roller shades? We got you!
Learn how to measure your windows here.

Related: How to Install Roller Shades

Classic Fabric Light Filtering Roller Shades (Essential Tier)*

Deck your windows out with a vibrant vibe in the easily affordable style options available for these versatile, light-filtering cordless rollers. Lovely color selection of neutrals.

*Our Essential Tier products  include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Lifestyle Light Filtering Roller (Signature Tier)*

Affordable light-filtering roller shades that are made with crease-resistant fabric, and that you can install in a flash. Easy operation, including with motorized options. Nice selection of colors and patterns to help beautify your space.

*Our Signature Tier products feature  thoughtful designs in trendy styles. Made with durable materials, Signature Tier products are the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Premier Woven Roller (Premium Tier)*

Add some depth and dimension to your windows by weaving some magic in with the woven textures of these light filtering fabric shades – free cordless lift. An impressive array of colors, patterns, and textures to choose from.

*Our Premium Tier products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, Premium Tier products are the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

Designer Elements Blackout Roller Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Add an upscale design element to your windows with these elegant blackout rollers. Perfect for day sleepers and style seekers alike. A vast selection of “eye-catchy” patterns and colors to choose from, as well. 

*Our Luxury Tier products include superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. Luxury Tier products are for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization. Most, if not all, upgrade features are included.

“DIY” Your House Into Your Dream Home

Make your home all yours by turning it into your dream home. Without breaking the bank. Nothing fills a space or makes a home or outdoor deck or patio area feel warmer and more welcoming than our beautiful window treatments. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. It’s easy, and we’re here to help! Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

Go Window Shopping for Some Stylish New Roller Shades! >>

What Does the “Openness Percentage” Mean for Solar Shades?

Solar shade fabrics are generally referred to in the context of “opacity” and in percentages of “openness.” Solar shades (and exterior solar shades) operate like roller shades, and are known for providing excellent UV ray blockage (and privacy), while still allowing a view to the outside. They are also known for helping your energy bills (block out heat and light in the summer when closed, or open them in the winter to let sunlight in to help keep your interior warm).

Openness indicates the tightness of the fabric weave, which is an indication of the percentage of light that can penetrate through (e.g. 1%, 3%, 5%, etc.). Low openness means a more tightly woven fabric, with less visibility through the shade and a higher opacity. Higher openness percentages indicate a looser fabric weave, and therefore, greater visibility.

The corresponding number to an openness percentage is the opacity of a fabric: a fabric with 1% openness has an opacity of 99% (97% opacity to 3% openness, 95% opacity to 5% openness, etc.) – the opacity is the percentage of light blockage the fabric is capable of. For more flexibility in managing your interior privacy and incoming light, you may consider dual (or zebra) shades, which display their versatility in combining the functionality of a solid roller shade with the adaptability of horizontal blinds. A layer of sheer stripes alternates with a layer of solid stripes – imagine a continuous fabric shade that you can open and close, as you would window blinds.

Visualizing the Openness Factor

  • Lower openness percentages (e.g., 1% – 5%) block out more of the sun’s UV rays, offering more protection for your furniture/interior finishes, and they also offer more privacy – they do, however, limit outward visibility.
  • Medium openness percentages (e.g., 10%) maintain a good amount of your view to the outside, while still offering suitable protection for your furniture/interior.
  • A high openness percentage (e.g., 14%) provide the best visibility to the outside, as well as decent glare reduction.

Do Solar Shades Provide Privacy During the Day?

Beautiful Luxury Home, Exterior Patio Lounge at Sunset

Solar shades are effective at reflecting sunlight during the day, so as to block a view into your interior from the outside, while allowing you to see from the inside out. Keep in mind that at night, with your interior lights on, the effect is opposite: the interior light is reflected off of the solar fabric, blocking your outward view, while allowing visibility from the exterior.  

If you should install solar shades and are concerned about privacy, consider implementing a layering effect, by adding opaque curtains between your shade and interior, so you can close them at night to block visibility from the outside.

Select Blinds Staff and Customer Favorites

Cozy Bright Living Room and Big Window

Are you considering solar shades, but are looking for some recommendations? We’ve got just the thing for you, so read on for some Select Blinds staff and customer favorites.

Need help measuring your windows for your solar shades? Find out how to measure your windows here.

Traditional Solar Shades (Essential Tier)*

Our Traditional Solar Shades, custom-crafted in long-lasting PVC with a sleek colored polymer coating, offer an enhanced design for reliable UV protection. Keep your great view to the outside. Available in a nice selection of neutral colors in 3%, 5%, and 10% openness.

*Our Essential Tier products  include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

Lifestyle Solars (Signature Tier)*

Protect your décor and your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. Available in a variety of neutral colors in 1%, 3%, and 5% weaves.

*Our Signature Tier products feature  thoughtful designs in trendy styles. Made with durable materials, Signature Tier products are the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Premium Modern Solar Screen (Premium Tier)*

See more clearly inside and out with these interior solar shades. The openness of the fade resistant fabric reduces harsh incoming light so you can still enjoy looking out. Choose from a selection of colors, including neutrals, in 5% or 13% openness – collections are Essential, Lifestyle, and Architect.

Lifestyle Outdoor Motorized Shade (Premium Tier)* 

Elevate your outdoor experience with the convenience and ease-of-use of motorized solars. Plus, they come with a gorgeous oil-rubbed valance and cable tie-downs! Neutral color selection in 5% or 8% openness.

*Our Premium Tier products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, Premium Tier products are the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

Designer Series Modern Solar Screen (Luxury Tier)*


Make your sunroom ultra-elegant and upscale with these fabulous, modern solar shades. They come in a range of subtly-patterned neutrals that can accent any design. Available in 3% or 5% weaves.

*Our Luxury Tier products include superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. Luxury Tier products are for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization. Most, if not all, upgrade features are included.

Your House, Custom-Crafted Into Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home or outdoor deck or patio area feel warmer and more welcoming than our beautiful window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. It’s easy! We can help you transform your house into your dream home! Treat your windows (or outdoor area) right with the right window treatments!

Go Window Shopping for the Perfect Solar Shades! >>

Self-Care and Sleep Hygiene: Get Ready for Sleep Awareness Week, 2021! Sunday, March 14 – Saturday, March 20, 2021

by SelectBlinds

We’re about to time travel forward! Well, sort of. Just an hour ahead. In MOST of the country.

Daylight saving time (not “savings time”) 2021, begins at 2 a.m. (your local time) on Sunday morning, March 14, 2021. This is the annual time change when we “spring forward” an hour and you “lose” an hour of sleep. Be sure to retire an hour earlier on Saturday the 13th, unless you want to be dragging all the next day!

Speaking of losing sleep, this same Sunday also kicks off one of our favorite weeks of the year here at Select Blinds: National Sleep Awareness Week, “a weeklong celebration of sleep health,” March 14 through March 20th. You might also find it interesting to know that World Sleep Day (Regular Sleep, Healthy Future) is commemorated on Friday, March 19th this year.  

Getting a good night’s sleep consistently is considered healthy (there’s even a term for it: sleep hygiene), and is a key component of a solid self-care regimen.

Sleep Hygiene - Sleep Awareness Week 2021
Sleep Awareness Week, 2021 – Are you getting enough sleep?

Self-Care Ideas: Good Sleep for Good Self-Care

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the organization that brought us Sleep Awareness Week to coincide with daylight saving time, recommends somewhere between seven and nine hours of nightly sleep for most adults.

According to the NSF, as many as 40 million Americans have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or with waking up earlier than they would like. Common distractions from adequate sleep include disruptive noises and natural light coming in through the windows, especially early the morning.

How are you sleeping these days? Getting a good night’s sleep (maintaining solid sleep hygiene) contributes to boosting your brain’s activity, increasing your energy level throughout the day, bolstering your immune system, improving your overall mood, and increasing your productivity.

Tips for getting a good, solid, healthy night’s sleep include:

Seems like a lot to cover, but Select Blinds has plenty of solutions to help you out with minimizing your exposure to incoming light.

Sleep Hygiene - Celebrate Your Sleep Health
Sleep Hygiene – Celebrate Your Sleep Health

Do Blackout Shades Work?

Let’s talk blackout shades vs. room-darkening shades. Room-darkening shades reduce up to 95-99 percent of incoming light that enters a room through the window(s). Then there are blackout styles that can eliminate glare up to 100 percent. They may not necessarily make a space completely pitch black, but these shades can come pretty close to darkening your room any time of the day.

A good blackout shade can help ease your transition from night to daytime (or vice versa), thus helping improve your overall sleep quality. Blackout shades are also energy-efficient to help you cut the cost of energy spending in your home.

Blackout Shades to help you get a full night's sleep.
Select Blinds Blackout shades to help you get a solid night’s sleep.

What Are the Best Blackout Shades?

Customers love our products! Read up on our customer reviews. Speaking of improved sleep hygiene, consider the fact that from a 2020 review of the “best blackout shades,” The New York Times review considers Classic Cordless Blackout Shades its favorite out of its top three picks.

The review panel “unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds Classic Cordless [Blackout Shades are] the [ones] they’d most like in their homes,” citing the quality polyester custom shades’ look and feel as being “noticeably better in quality than other shades [they] considered.” In addition to top-notch look and feel, the NYT review also cited the shades’ wide color and customizable size selection, and the longest warranty of any other shades they reviewed. 

Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shades
Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shades were rated the best Blackout Shades by Wirecutter, and featured in the New York Times!
  • Maybe you’re interested in a recommendation that offers additional insulation and durability, you might consider getting the Select Blackout Cellulars.
  • If you’re looking for a shade that combines traditional and blackout shade functionality, consider the Top down, Bottom up style Modern Light Filtering / Blackout TriShades.
  • For our most complete blackout effect, try our Designer Sleep Shades, which features unique side tracks. They are very effective at blocking out 99 percent of incoming light.
  • If you need any more help in choosing a room darkening or blackout shade, check out our Select Blinds guides for properly equipping bedroom and nursery windows.

For more on getting good blackout shades to get better sleep, see NASCAR driver David Ragan discussing success and how to win that advantage over your day with a good night’s sleep. He does it with effective Select Blinds blackout shades for his RV:

NASCAR’s David Ragan discusses winning that advantage over your day with a solid night’s sleep, thanks to Select Blinds blackout shades.

Don’t forget to celebrate Sleep Awareness Week with us this year by getting into the habit of getting regular, great Zzzzz’s.

Nighty night.

#BlindsWeLove   #CelebrateSleep   #SleepAwarenessWeek #CelebrateYourSleepHealth

Bamboo and Woven Wood Shades Bring More “Japandi” Into Your Life

by SelectBlinds

What to do with your outdoor patio design. You want to block the harsh rays of the sun, but you want your outdoor blinds to offer a warm, simple, and natural look to your patio or indoor space. You need some custom outdoor blinds, like bamboo/woven wood shades to get that perfect touch. You need some “Japandi!”

What is Japandi Design?

Welcome to an up-and-coming minimalist design aesthetic known as Japandi. Pinterest Business has deemed this design sensibility as one of the top home trends for 2021.

The concept of Japandi combines the simplicity and flair of Scandinavian/Nordic design with the connected-to-nature and minimalist sense of spacing and warmth from Japan. The result is peaceful, practical, and polished.

This alluring, hybrid, East-meets-West look and feel pulls together natural materials, like wood, bamboo, and warm colors, into a vibrant space where occupants feel more deeply enveloped in the environment. Why not experiment? Convert your indoor/outdoor space into your own engawa (a Japanese-style covered indoor/outdoor porch), or blend the earthy, natural Japandi design feel with your own unique sense of style to create an inviting, simple, and elegant space for yourself and guests.

Japandi design combines earthy, natural Japanese design with simple Nordic aesthetics.
The result is practical, functional, and pleasing to the senses.

Minimalist Style Can Offer More Clarity and Peace

Perhaps you’ve experimented with minimalist design in your home, and found them to be practical and functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. It can also bring you freedom and quiet from the modern hustle of day-to-day life. When you’re relaxing at home or on your outdoor patio, there’s nothing better than the calm of being surrounded by clutter-free, natural-looking materials and colors.

Let’s start with some sensible light blocking to keep the glare out.

Sarah Joy Blog Uses Select Blinds Window Treatments
Indoors or outdoors, Japandi minimalist design brings clarity and peace to a space.
Image courtesy of Sarah Joy.

What Makes Bamboo Shades a Good Choice?

Bamboo/woven wood shades are a great way to help you infuse a natural feel into your home or patio.

Bamboo shades are:

  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Fade-resistant

You can’t beat the earthy look and feel of bamboo shades!

Did you know? Cascading “Roman-style” shades made of bamboo/woven wood are increasingly referred to as simply, “Roman shades.”
But they’ll always function and feel like bamboos!

Top down, Bottom up style bamboo shades are also a popular option.

Protect Your Bamboos!

One thing about blinds and shades made with natural materials like bamboo or wood: they may look and feel marvelous, they may be durable, but they are NOT impervious to rain, moisture, or harsh, direct sunlight.

Bamboos/woven woods are best for (and last the longest) indoors, or at least in covered outdoor patio areas, where they won’t be exposed to the outdoor elements.

If you know your shades are going to get wet, you’ll want to opt for something like exterior solar shades, that are better constructed using PVC to withstand the heat, UV rays, rain, and other outdoor weather for years without rusting, molding, or fading.

Keep your bamboos dry and out of the sun’s harsh rays to help them last longer and looking new.

Some Insider Tips on Selecting Bamboo Shades

As you’ve probably guessed, the point of Japandi design is to help you feel more at home and in touch with your environment. The natural colors and textures of bamboo/woven wood shades help with this natural feel.

Start with samples! Never trust the color settings on your computer or device when ordering your custom bamboos online. Always start with product samples so you can see for yourself exactly how your favorite color choices are going to look in your space. Be sure to experiment with lighting to experience a wide range of effects.

Consider lining options. Make your woven woods all your own with lined options for more light control. Unlined bamboo shades will darken your space somewhat, but will let some light filter in. A solid blackout privacy lining helps block out the light entirely to help create a nice, dark, shady space. 

Go cordless! Cordless options are best with kids and pets. Though they sometimes add to the price tag, cordless options are always a safe bet when you have little ones and furry ones running around your home.

Bamboo shades can offer adequate privacy and light control,
while still letting some light into your space.

Our Suggestions

Let us recommend the following to help you “Japandize” your outdoor patio or indoor space:

Get in touch with nature, invite more peace and simplicity into your life, and make your home or relaxation space more “Pinterest-perfect” with some budget-friendly and natural-looking bamboo/woven wood shades to keep out the noise and harsh sunlight from your solace.

My New Assistant has Four Legs!

Happy National Puppy Day!!! While the circumstances around working from home right now aren’t great, we’re really loving the extra time we get to spend with our furry companions. To help get in the spirit of this wonderful, obviously longstanding holiday, we’ve collected some adorable puppy pics from fellow SelectBlinds.com employees in their new “working from home” habitats. Enjoy!

Are You Cordless Compliant?

Photo Credit: Boston Children's Hospital

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.
  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  Buyer Guide for kid-friendly coverings 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

Ask Customer Service! Top 6 FAQs About Buying Blinds Online

SelectBlinds.com puts customers first!

We recently polled our Customer Loyalty team to find out what were the most FAQs they received from you, our customers. (And no, “What is covfefe,” one of the top 10 questions people Googled last year, wasn’t one of them. Still no definitive answer to that one, but Google’s working on it.)

Here are their answers.

1. Why does it take so long to make/get my blinds?

Because we want to make sure it’s made right … the first time! All of our products are custom made to custom fit each and every window. Every order is manufactured based on your exact specifications, from size to color, to type of lift system and accessories. Since we don’t make them with 3D printers (yet), production times also vary depending on the individual product. Shutters, for instance, have much longer production times than say, a roller shade, due to the highly variable configurations, louver sizes and other custom features you have the option to select.

Even with such attention to detail, one of the biggest benefits of buying custom blinds online instead of from pricier in-home design stores and services is that they can still be ordered, made and delivered in just days or a few weeks vs. several weeks to months. (Doing it yourself cuts out the time-consuming and costly middleman.) One of the coolest features on our site is the ability to filter products by “Production Time,” so you can see immediately which products are available to meet your timeline. Each product page also includes a “Shipping & Production” tab with more details. We also keep you up to date on the production and delivery of your order via email, and you can track the status of your order anytime online. And rest assured that everything we custom make for you is covered by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so that if we do make a mistake (everyone has their “oops” moments), we’ll make it right!

2. Are blinds and shades easy to install? Can I really do it myself?

Yes! If you can hang a picture, you can hang your own window coverings. With most products, it’s really that easy. (Just ask one of our Happy Customers, Sarah S., who hung 17 (count ’em!) of our 2″ Premium Faux Woods in <4 hours!!!) All it takes in most cases is screwing in a couple of brackets and popping in the headrail. Every product comes with printed instructions and all the mounting hardware you need (you supply the screwdriver). You can also find individual product installation guides on each product page under the “Measure & Install” tab, or on our “How to Install” page.  And if you get stuck or have a problem, we won’t leave you hanging. Just give one of our expert Customer Loyalty Team members a call, and they’ll talk you through it, step by step.

Yes, you can hang most shades and blinds, like our fab Select 2-1/2″ Fabric Light Filtering blinds, by yourself in just minutes.

3. Why should I order samples?

Why not? They’re:

  1. Free!
  2. Cut from the same cloth (literally) that the actual product is
  3. Easy to compare differences in fabrics, colors and styles (we’ll send you up to 15 free samples at a time — more than any other online company — and even ship them to you for free!)
  4. Your “color guarantee” that you’re getting the color you want and think you’re seeing (colors can look a lot different on a monitor or smartphone)
  5. Great for sharing with friends and family to get their opinion (which you can feel free to ignore)
  6. Oh, and (since this is a Top 6 list) did we mention FREE??

And here’s another thing about sampling before you order online. Dye lots frequently change, so there may be slight differences in the same color. To be on the safe side, if it’s been a month or so since you got your samples, we recommend getting another sample of the same color before you actually order to make sure the carpet still matches the drapes (so to speak).

4. How do I measure for two or three blinds in one window?

Hanging two or three blinds on one headrail is a great option for covering a big window. Just follow the simple, step-by-step instructions in our online Tech Tip guide, How to Measure for Installing Two Separate Blinds in One Window. Many styles, including wood, faux wood, mini and fabric blinds, are available in extreme widths. They can are also be ordered with a shared valance to seamlessly tie them together into one super stylish treatment. For other ideas on how to cover large windows, check out our aptly named Buying Guide for large windows. And if you really want to take it to the extreme, quickly narrow your search for extra wide blinds on SelectBlinds.com by checking the “Extreme Widths” refine-by box on our category pages.

 5. What are faux wood blinds made of and how are they different than real wood?

Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby! But faux woods come real close. Most faux wood products are made from durable PVC vinyl, so they’re more resistant to moisture, heat, humidity and scratches than their real-wood counterparts. And with UV ratings as high as 500, they won’t warp or fade either, so they last for years. But the biggest difference and benefit? Getting the look of real wood window treatments for a whole lot less. Many are even imprinted with a wood grain-like finish, so it’s hard to tell the forest from the trees when compared to their wooden window covering cousins.

6. How does a top down bottom up shade work?

What goes up must come down. That’s kind of the idea behind how top down bottom up shades work. These wildly popular window treatments give you the ultimate in light and privacy control, with the ability to raise, lower and position your shades wherever you need them using dual-action top and bottom rails. Simply pull down on either rail to lower the shade and pull up to raise it. Top down bottom up lifts are available in a variety of styles, too, including cellular, roman, bamboo/woven wood and pleated shades.

Any other questions? Call, email, or click the chat button on any page to contact one of our knowledgeable Customer Loyalty Team members. Or leave a comment here.