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! >>

How Much Do Roller Shades Typically Cost?

Window treatments are one detail of an interior design that may not seem very important, but the truth is, nothing warms up a room and makes it feel inviting more than stylish blinds, curtains, shades, or shutters. Window treatments can add a personalized finishing touch to a space, as well as provide privacy and incoming light management to meet your unique needs. They can help cut your energy costs throughout the year, help protect your interior and furniture from damage caused by UV rays, and they can even help you sleep in on weekends and keep your room dark and cool for naptime. One classic, yet popular and stylish type of window covering is fashionable roller shades.

Are Roller Shades Expensive?

Theater room in luxury home with wide screen

Roller shades are relatively inexpensive when compared to other window treatment types (which is one reason they are so popular among homeowners and designers). What you end up paying for them will depend upon upgrades you may add on, and whether or not you pay to have someone install them for you. You can save yourself plenty of money if you are willing to take some time to do your own window measurements and your own installation. Select Blinds makes it so easy for you

What makes one window treatment or roller shade more expensive than another?

What Determines the Cost of a Roller Shade?

The type of roller shade you cost (i.e., basic vs. designer), plus upgrades, will obviously have an impact on the final cost of your window coverings. Following are some additional factors that can affect how much roller shades end up being priced.

  • Size

None of our products are “off-the-shelf.” Every product we sell is custom-crafted just for you and your windows. The larger the surface area you need to cover, the more material will be needed for your custom roller shade.   

  • Fabric/Material

Roller shades crafted with more expensive fabrics and materials tend to be priced higher. 

  • Upgrades

Maybe you want to upgrade to a 6” valance for your roller shades. Maybe you want to upgrade to Kid-friendly cordless lift. Or maybe you want to spoil yourself with a motorized lift system so you can open and close your shades from the couch across the room. Upgrades will bring your cost up somewhat. Some products include upgrade features, as do our Premier and Luxury tier products.

We’ve compiled some pricing for four different roller shades available on our website to show you what your cost per window will be before sales tax and before upgrades. Remember, shipping is always on us!

Take a Closer Look at Some Customer and Staff Favorites!

We take pride in being able to offer our customers over 150 custom-crafted products, for any budget, over 20 of which are roller shades. You can find an unlimited number of upgrades available, too. Take a look at some of the wonderful customer favorite roller shade options available to you:

Classic Vinyl Blackout Roller Shades (Essential Tier)*

Get plenty of better quality sleep with these budget-friendly blackout roller shades. They are made of flame retardant vinyl fiberglass and laminated with another layer of vinyl for extra strength and long-lasting durability.

*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)*

You’ll love these affordable light filtering roller shades, made with crease-resistant fabric, and that you can install in a flash! Raise and lower them smoothly, with upgrade options available, including motorization. 

*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 (Premium Tier)*

Get some “WOW!” factor into your home with superior room darkening fabrics in today’s most popular colors–keep out unwanted light without sacrificing style. Order with optional side tracks for top-notch privacy, and 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 Light Filtering Roller Shades (Luxury Tier)*

Take your window style up to the next level. Customize these distinguished looking light filtering shades with upgrades like motorization and matching cassettes to go smashingly with any décor.

*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

Personalize your house so that it’s all yours by turning it into your dream home. Don’t worry, because you don’t need to break the bank to do it. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. Custom craft a home that you’re proud to live in. 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 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.

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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!

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What is the Difference? Solar Shades vs. Exterior Solar Shades

Solar shades, generally speaking, are known for being designed to protect from harsh UV rays that can damage eyesight, skin, and furniture. They provide privacy, while still maintaining an exterior view. Note that lighter colors for both types of these shades can block more glare, while darker colors improve your visibility to the outside. There are both interior solar shades and then those for use outdoors – these two kinds of solar shades offer similar benefits, though there are some differences. Look for custom-crafted solar shade options to fit your unique needs.

Solar Shades

Solar shades are mounted indoors, mainly to help protect your interior and furniture from fading and discoloration. Interior solar shades tend to work well in climates where it gets cold in the winter; in the summer months, you can keep your solar shades closed to block out the sun’s rays. In the hot weather months, these shades can reduce incoming heat by 30 to 70 percent. In the wintertime, you can open them up, to let the sun’s rays in to help keep your house warm. Think of a two-in-one shade that offers privacy, as well as protection from exterior glare.

Exterior Solar Shades

Exterior solars are mounted outside, attached to your home like an awning, and they are usually better for warmer climates. Not only do they block out the sun’s glare, they can help protect your furniture from sun damage (exterior solars are best utilized over decks, patios, and south-facing windows). They can reduce incoming heat by about 80 percent. Exterior solar shades are generally constructed from weather-proof, durable PVC to keep them looking new for years to come, but be sure to double check – you don’t want to mount exterior solars constructed with interior solar shade materials.

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Do you have an outdoor deck you need solar shade coverage for? Maybe a poolside area? Or perhaps you just want to protect your interior and furniture from the sun’s incoming glare in the summer. Whatever your needs are, you can find stylish custom interior or exterior solar shades you’ll love! Here are some suggestions:

Traditional Solar Shades (Essential Tier)*

These custom solar shades, hand-crafted with long-lasting PVC in a sleek colored polymer coating, offer an enhanced design for reliable UV protection, while maintaining a great view outside.

*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.

1% Classic Exterior Sheer Weave Solars (Signature Tier)*

Effectively block out 99% of those harsh UV rays, while protecting your deck and patio furniture from fading and discoloration. See how amazing these amazing exterior solar shades are!

*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.

Lifestyle Outdoor Motorized Shade (Premium Tier)*

Treat yourself to an indulgent 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!

*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.

Luxe Woven Solar (Luxury Tier)*

These uniquely textured solar shades let in just the right amount of light, while letting you still see outside with openness factor options ranging from 1% to 10%.

*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.

Let Us Help You “DIY” Your House Into Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer 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 right with the right window treatments – by themselves, or layered for a rich, deepening effect!

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4 Stylish Upgrades for Your Sliding Glass Patio Door with Panel Track Blinds

Glass patio doors (including sliding glass doors) are a striking and popular feature in many homes, but covering one of these doors for privacy and light control doesn’t always seem so easy. There may be many options available on the market for covering your sliding glass door or wide windows, not all of them are both easy to use and complementary to your décor.

For instance, vertical blinds are a common choice for wide windows and glass patio doors, but maybe you’re looking for something different. Consider some other window treatment options for covering your sliding glass patio doors. Take sliding panel tracks, for instance.

How Do You Modernize a Sliding Glass Door?

Panel tracks are a “unique style and functionality” approach to covering sliding glass doors, as well as for other wide glass doors and windows. They suspend from up above like vertical blinds, but they are easier to use, and provide more continuous coverage for privacy and light management. 

The panels also stack neatly away when they are pulled open, and you’ll never hear any rattling or clacking noises when you operate them (multiple panel size and stack options are available). They won’t pop out of their suspension mounts either, like vertical blind slats often do. They can also be used as room dividers and even as chic closet doors. Panel tracks offer up a contemporary, aesthetically pleasing look and feel and can be found in a variety of textures and colors.  

Some Things to Consider Regarding Panel Tracks

Panel track blinds are an excellent option for large windows, sliding glass patio doors, and other wide glass patio doors. Here are a couple of things to take into consideration:

  1. Panel track blinds operate in a similar fashion to vertical blinds: they glide back and forth on a guided metal track system, so for inside mount, they will need more mounting depth than most other kinds of window coverings. Be sure to check the minimum depth requirements for your blinds before purchasing.
  2. Panel track blinds may look a bit less than flattering on small windows – they are definitely better designed and proportioned for large windows, sliding glass, or patio doors.

Measuring and Installing Sliding Panel Tracks

Our panel track blinds are all custom-crafted and built to your unique specifications. Our products are known for their easy installation, so you can save yourself plenty of money, time, and headaches by tapping into your inner DIY master. Check out our How to Measure guide to find relevant information you’ll need to know how to measure for your panel tracks effectively. We also offer you all the installation resources you’ll need to be successful with your home projects!  

Select Blinds Customer and Staff Panel Track Favorites

If you’re looking for options for covering a sliding glass door, your choices go beyond just traditional vertical blinds or curtains. For continuous coverage, more convenient functionality, and more unique style, consider panel tracks for your sliding glass patio doors. Here are four of our favorites to recommend:

White Embossed Panel Tracks (Premium Class)*

Sliding panel tracks in snow white linen-like fabric feature beautifully detailed embossed delicate patterns. Enjoy the glow of incoming light filtering in as a warm backdrop for any décor.

Architect Light Filtering Panel Track (Premium Class)*

Upgrade your interior design motif with luminous style and elegance. Our light-filtering panel tracks offer a wide selection of options, including a wide array of  gorgeous solids and soft textures to find your perfect fit.

Modern Architect Panel Track (Premium Class)*

You’ll love these versatile, light-filtering panel track verticals, designed to provide excellent coverage for sliding glass doors and large windows. Try them as a unique room divider, too.

*The Premium Class features lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

Designer Elements Blackout Panel Track (Luxury Class)*

Dress up your large windows and sliding glass or patio doors for any occasion with the ultimate style of these blackout panel tracks. Keep harsh UV rays outside where they belong.

*The Luxury Class includes superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship, The Luxury Class is for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization.

Make Your House Your Dream Home

Nothing fills a space or makes a home feel warmer than our beautiful window treatments. Fine tune those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. We can help you transform your house into your dream home! Treat your windows right with the right window treatments.

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Are Roman Shades Good For Your Living Room? Take a Look at 5 Favorites

Roman shades are one of the most unique and classic-looking types of window treatments, not to mention versatile. They combine the practicality and elegance of shades and curtains. 

“Romans,” as they are often referred to, are excellent choices for living room windows. They can offer a hint of formality for guests, holidays, and events, while withstanding everyday use over time. Living room Roman shades are sure to be a long-lasting hit in your home.

Are Roman Shades Good for the Living Room?

Roman shades feature the luxury of what designers often refer to as a “timeless” look. They’ve been around for hundreds of years, yet they never seem to go out of style.

Are Roman Shades Contemporary?

See for yourself.

Roman shades:

  • Can provide a clean and uniform for a room’s windows.
  • Are elegant, and can also be considered to have a “casual” look.
  • Are easy to operate and to keep clean.
  • Are budget-friendly and easy to install.
  • Are amazing ways to manage light and privacy. When closed they provide complete privacy.

They are not only contemporary, but also very versatile.

What Are the Different Styles of Roman Shade Folds?

There are four common styles of fold for Roman shades:

Flat fold: This style hangs as a solid, flat fabric, then crisply pleats toward the bottom.

Soft (Relaxed) fold: The traditional pleated style, folded with cascading loops of fabric from top to bottom.

Pleated fold: Features pleats every few inches all the way down the shade.

Gathered fold: This style hangs flat almost all the way down, then bunches up toward the bottom.

Read: How to Select the Best Drapes for Your Living Room

How Do You Choose a Roman Shade for the Living Room?

We offer a wide variety of Roman shade style options, in countless colors, textures, and patterns. Following are five Roman shade favorites for your consideration, organized into our product classes. All of our beautifully crafted products include a limited 3-year warranty, as well as free shipping (5-year limited and 5-year unlimited warranty upgrades available). For accurate color matching in your home and to see how it fits in with your decor, order a free sample ahead of time. We’ll ship your sample(s) to your door for free, and you will be able to lock in any promo that catches your eye for up to 30 days from the time your samples arrive at your home!

Casual Pleated Roman Shades (Essential Class)*

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

The Casual Pleated Roman Shades are meant to convey comfort and ease. They are polished but look like the process was effortless. These Roman shades are soft to the touch, with a lightly textured fabric that is made to be strong and easy to clean. You will love how warm and bright these shades are. We’ve taken out the guesswork of choosing the right color with a smart selection of tried and true color options.

Features:

  • Flat fold.
  • Corded lift system (Kid-friendly Cordless lift upgrade available).
  • Liner options include: no-liner, privacy liner in white or ivory (or a blackout liner upgrade).
  • The available No-tools Headrail upgrade makes our trademark easy product installation even easier.

Lifestyle Roman Shades (Signature Class)*

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

This Roman shade also offers a broad range of designer colors to choose from, and they’re made from quality, durable fabrics. Due to their opaqueness, they are ideal for living rooms, bedrooms, baby nurseries, and even for home theaters. These plush Roman window treatments are the perfect touch for your next home improvement project.

Features:

  • Flat fold (soft fold upgrade available).
  • Corded lift system (Continuous Cord Loop, Cordless, Corded Top Down Bottom Up, and Motorized lift upgrades are available).
  • Liner options include: no-liner, privacy liner in white or ivory (or a blackout liner upgrade).
  • Customized edge binding upgrade available.
  • WiFi hub upgrade available for programming/automation.

Select Roman Shade (Signature Class)

Depending on the fold style, fabric and color, they play well with any design theme, from urban chic to fancy formal. In traditional floral patterns or modern metallic colors, you can take your design in any direction with these Select Romans. Available in a variety of bold and muted colors.

Features:

  • Flat fold (soft fold upgrade available).
  • Corded lift system (Continuous Cord Loop, Cordless, Corded Top Down Bottom Up, and Motorized lift upgrades are available).
  • Liner options include: no-liner, privacy liner in white or ivory (or a blackout liner upgrade).
  • Customized edge binding upgrade available.
  • WiFi hub upgrade available for programming/automation.

Luxe Roman Shades (Premium Class)*

*Our Premium Class products feature lasting designs in timeless styles, and crafted with high-quality materials. The Premium Class is the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

Luxe Roman Shades represent the essence of sophistication and class. These custom window treatments show in an exemplary manner what you’d expect in a high quality Roman shade. Dress your windows in distinguished style from three collections of fully lined, classic floral, solid and striped designs, to high-impact patterns that gently filter light.

Features:

  • Flat fold (soft fold upgrade available).
  • Corded lift system (Continuous Cord Loop, Cordless, Corded Top Down Bottom Up, and Motorized lift upgrades are available).
  • Comes fully lined with standard privacy liner in white or ivory (a blackout liner upgrade is available).
  • Customized edge binding upgrade available.
  • WiFi hub upgrade available for programming/automation.

Designer Series Roman Shades (Luxury Class)*

*Our Luxury Class products include superior design in distinct styles. They are crafted with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. The Luxury Class is for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization.

These highly customizable, designer quality Designer Series Roman Shades are a DIY designer’s dream come true. You get your choice between four gorgeous fold styles, and dozens of lavish fabrics, categorized into two groups. These are colors that shimmer and shine, with patterns in classic florals and scrolls. Peppy, preppy stripes and textures, along with weaves to choose from. All backed with a premium liner at no extra charge to eliminate light peeking through pinholes common to the construction of regular Roman window treatments.

Features:

  • Your choice of fold is included: flat, gathered, pleated, or relaxed.
  • Your choice of lift system is included: Corded lift, Continuous Cord Loop, or Cordless.
  • Comes fully lined with a room-darkening liner, with a blackout liner upgrade available.
  • Customized edge binding upgrade available.
  • Go minimalist without a valance (standard), or upgrade to a matching 6” valance.
  • Standard headrail is included, with two-shades-on-one-headrail upgrade available for wider windows.
  • Hold-down brackets and extension brackets are also included if selected.

Roman shades from SelectBlinds.com give you the unmistakable durability, practicality, and style that our products are known for, and that keep us ahead of our competition. 

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Do Louvered Shutters Work in Your Bedroom? 7 Reasons Why They Do

Louvered  shutters (previously referred to as plantation shutters) are not only practical, they are elegant, stylish, and a great investment in your home. They give an unmistakably secure and cozy feel to just about any space. Whether you value a traditional look or a modern look in your home, custom shutters are a viable solution for any bedroom window.

What Are the Benefits of Shutters for a Bedroom?

Because your bedroom is your quiet, private retreat, you want privacy, but also the ability to manage the mood with as much light (or dark) as you prefer. There’s also something timeless about shutters that complements just about any interior décor.  

The best part is, you don’t need to worry about expensive interior designers or installation costs. Knowing some basics about these versatile window coverings can help you make an informed design decision, and start you on your way to becoming a shutters DIY expert in no time. We’ve put together seven reasons why shutters are among the best options to keep any bedroom interior covered.

  1. Color and Material Options

You know how important it is that your window treatments go well with and accent your own personal style of an interior motif. That’s one of the reasons shutters are so popular: the many options you have for materials and complementary colors. The warm, natural, classic look of stained wood is great for some, but you can also go with neutral colors in polyresin or in a hybrid material combination.

2. Maximizing Privacy

Maximum privacy can be achieved with ease with louvered shutters (previously known as plantation shutters), where you need it. The louvers of your shutters can be adjusted to any degree of closure you like to provide privacy and peace of mind. A wide-open view outside or complete darkened quiet, and anything in between. With just the simple movement of a tilt rod.

3. Light and Airflow Control

Sometimes you want to sleep in, and other times you want to brighten up your room. Let a touch of the outdoors into your room by opening up your shutters wide. Or keep the louvers closed, but let in the fresh air while you sleep undisturbed. Your preference.

4. Customizable

Bedroom windows aren’t always necessarily perfect squares or rectangles, and they don’t have any standard size, so they might present a challenge when it comes to finding coverings for them. Some windows are smaller, some are tall and narrow, etc. You can almost always find a way to treat your bedroom windows with custom interior shutters. You can find a custom fit designed to work perfectly for your specific windows.

5. Kid-Friendly

Without dangling cords from your window treatments that can prove dangerous for children and pets, shutters are about as kid-friendly as you can get. You can even install them in your kids’ rooms, worry-free.

6. Practicality

Window treatments are always best when they’re functional and user-friendly. Interior shutters are all that, while being chic and stylish, as well as being easy to clean! Either simply dusting them (wood shutters), or wiping them with a damp cloth and mild soap (poly & hybrid) can keep them looking good as new for years. Another thing: Interior-mounted shutters fit back nicely into your window’s recess, giving an added measure of space to your room.

7. Energy Efficiency

You may not have considered this, but many shutters are designed with hollow louvers that can trap heat (similar to cellular shades), to keep incoming heat out of your interior in the summer, and to keep things cozy and warm during the winter, by trapping heat before it can escape. Energy-efficient window treatments can help you keep your utility bills low, all year long.

Take a look at your many options for shutter materials:

Wood Shutters

Never underestimate how classically stylish real wood shutters can make your interior look. They are very lightweight, more than faux wood, poly, and hybrid shutters are. Be careful in humid environments, as the wood can potentially warp, mold, or split. If you live in a humid climate, you may want to consider faux wood shutters.

Faux Wood Shutters

Faux wood shutters are made of polyresin and they offer the look of traditional wood, while offering moisture resistance for high moisture areas like bathrooms and over the kitchen sink. Faux wood shutters are also scratch-proof and extra long-lasting.

Poly Shutters

With all the strength and feel of real wood shutters, our poly shutters are crafted with care out of patented recyclable, non-toxic, and flame-retardant materials. They feature a crisp, patented finish, and are super easy to clean and care for. No painting, repairing, or replacement is ever needed for the life of your shutters.

Hybrid Shutters

Hybrid shutters offer the best of both worlds regarding materials, by combining the austere look of real hardwood frames with the resilience of solid poly panels. The result is a custom window treatment that doesn’t just bring in a stylish vibe. The panels help insulate windows and doors almost two-thirds better than wood shutters to help keep energy bills low and rooms more comfortable. As with poly shutters, you never need to worry about yellowing, cracking, chipping, splitting, or warping.

However you decide to treat the windows in your bedroom, always keep in mind that shutters are among the most effective and smart solutions available. Happy window treating!

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