Free Samples = Complete Window Satisfaction

As humans, we know that FREE=AWESOME! But, we also hate waiting longer than absolutely necessary to finish a project. The question is, how do you find that balance between finishing a project quickly vs finishing it right? Well, when it comes to window treatments, sampling is the secret to success.

Bamboo woven wood shades behind a grey chair.
Premier Woven Wood Shades in Quince

Whether you’re painting the living room or ordering new shades, sampling is a key step in the process. It lets you test the waters and find that perfect fit without wasting excessive amounts of time or money, not to mention filling your head with endless possibilities of how the colors and textures in real life compare to those on your computer screen (or those handy paint samples from the hardware store).

Selecting Your Samples

So, what should you look for when picking out samples of blinds and shades? This quick guide should help 🙂

  1. Focus on a single category
  2. Narrow down your color options
  3. Keep lighting in mind
  4. Order up to 15 available samples
  5. Pick your favorite!

Focus on a Single Category

2 inch Select American Hardwood Blinds
2″ Select American Hardwood Blinds in Pecan

First, why not narrow down your options by settling on which type of blind or shade you’re most interested in. For this, your selection could depend on which room you’re upgrading. Kitchen – try some minis or faux woods. Living room – how about room darkening rollers or romans? Bedroom – blackout honeycombs are a great choice.

Narrow Down Your Color Options

Navy and grey kitchen with grey light filtering roller shades.
Designer Elements Light Filtering Roller Shades in Driftwood

Second, keep your current or future color scheme in mind when finalizing color options. If you’re painting a wall navy blue, perhaps the window covering on that wall should be a more neutral tone. If your walls are a more neutral off-white, picking a blind or shade with a more vibrant color or pattern could be a fun way to accent your windows.

Keep Lighting in Mind

Neutral honeycomb shades in a cream themed living room.
Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Sand

The third thing to consider when picking out window covering samples is lighting. Is your room already dark/light? What time of day does the sun attack your windows with the ferocity of a million-watt lightbulb? Are there street lights you need to block out at night? If darkness is a goal for your new room design, definitely consider room darkening fabrics and products with optional blackout liners.

Order Up to 15 Available Samples

Roman fabric samples in rolls.

What else is there to say? Pick out the colors and styles you think would work best in your room and order some samples! And if 15 isn’t enough, just wait 24 hours and order 15 more! You never know, they might even all show up in the same package (mine did). And no, you do not have to pay for shipping – the free samples are entirely free.

Pick Your Favorite!

Roman shades with an intricate red pattern in a bedroom.
Lifestyle Roman Shades in Bohemian Red

Once your samples come in, the only thing left to do is contrast, compare, pick your fave and order. Ok, so there might be a step in there that concerns taking measurements (see this page for help). But, since you took the time to order samples before deciding on your window covering, you can be confident that you truly are choosing the best blind or shade for your room.

Home Remodeling in the Merry Month of May

May is National Home Remodeling Month, and with so many of us still stuck at home, it should come as no surprise that remodeling has taken off like a rocket ship to Mars. But how do you get started on a new remodeling project? And, for that matter, which rooms should you start with?

Start at the Heart

For most people, the heart of your home is the kitchen or living room. This is especially true now that we’re all endlessly snacking and binge-watching shows on Netflix. But, how do you decide between the two areas? Simple. Either go with the room that will add the most value to your home (kitchen), or go with the one you spend the most time in (living room). It really depends on whether or not you plan on sticking around for the long haul.

Beautiful and bright finished kitchen with white cabinets.

If you’ve already managed to update your kitchen and living space, how about moving on to something like flooring upgrades, bathrooms, bedrooms or anything else that tickles your remodeling fancy?

Create Your Master Plan

A great way to create a plan is to make a list of everything you want to do to your chosen room. We recommend splitting your list into 3 sections based on the level of difficulty of each project.

Handwritten checklist of things to do.
  • Things you can DIY without help
  • Things you can do with a bit of research or assistance
    • Adding a tiled backsplash
    • Putting your light switches on dimmers
  • Things that require a professional touch
    • Extending your counter into a breakfast bar
    • Rearranging your entire kitchen counter and built-in appliances

Once that’s done, go through your list again and cross off anything that seems out of reach or unrealistic. Whether it’s just plain expensive or you simply can’t do it because of the constraints of social distancing, get crossing!

Take Action

Now that you’ve got your refined list, it’s time to, as Ms. Frizzle says, “take chances, make mistakes and get messy!” Though, maybe you should forego the mistakes part in an effort to prevent “re-remodeling.”

First things first, figure out which project on your list you’re going to tackle first. Obviously you won’t be installing a tiled backsplash before rearranging your counters, so let’s just pretend you’re redoing EVERYTHING and go from there.

Kitchen blueprints in black and white.

If you’re hard-core remodeling your kitchen, the best place to start will likely be with a professional contractor. Get a recommendation from a friend or google a few and get a couple of quotes and designs to compare. If you need some inspiration, check out this article! Oh, and pro-tip – you’ll want to keep in mind that most remodels end up more expensive than quoted. There’s always something that gets uncovered.

From there, we suggest supervising the work occasionally to make sure everything is on track and course-correcting as appropriate. Once the professional work is done, the next step is to tackle other projects as you see fit. it might be a good idea to do the more difficult, research-intensive tasks first just in case you run into any issues.

Grey subway tile backsplash in a white kitchen.

So, if you skipped having the contractor add that subway tile backsplash you’ve always wanted, now’s the time to do it yourself! And even if you’ve done one before, we recommend checking out this video by Home RenoVision DIY. It covers the tools you’ll need and even how cut tiles to fit around outlets and make sure your whole project stays level.

Once you’ve gotten the harder, more time-consuming or labor-intensive projects out of the way, you can move on to the finishing touches. If you didn’t have brand new cabinets installed, now would be a great time to strip and paint/stain them, then add some adorable new handles or knobs.

Blue paint and paintbrush on a white background.

To do so, you just need to remove the doors from the cabinets, sand them down and repaint or stain. If you plan on upgrading the handles or knobs, it might be a good idea to invest in matching or complementary hinges as well to complete the look. once everything is dry, simply reinstall the doors in the same place and screw in the new handles and BAM! NEW KITCHEN!

Wash, Rinse Repeat!

After that, just keep plugging away at your list until you tick all the boxes. Regardless of whether you start off with a contractor or stick to tasks you can DIY right away, the important thing is to keep the momentum going. Once your list is complete, you can happily move on to any other room.

Work Out Your Cabin Fever at Home

So, now that a lot of us have been at home for a while, the charm is certainly starting to wear off. Walks around the neighborhood and weekly trips to the grocery store aside, we aren’t really being very active. And that’s a serious problem with the current situation.

YouTube Workouts

Whether you prefer Zumba, Pilates, Jazzercise or old school Tae Bo, there’s a perfect YouTube channel for your lifestyle. From quick 15 minute workouts to hour-long sessions and anything in-between, YouTube’s got it all. And if you’re not sure about a style or don’t want to pigeon-hole yourself, why not try out some more generalized low-impact routines? You can even get the whole family involved!

Free Exercise Apps

Free apps like Zombies, Run, Yoga Studio and 200 Situps (other exercises available) can be a great way to dip your toes into the exercise game without committing a monthly allowance to your new hobby. Learn a bit about running and interval training or even take up yoga! You’ll be amazed what some of these simple apps can help you achieve!

Indulge in the Ultimate Home Gym

While a home gym isn’t something everyone has the time, space and money to create, it can be an extremely rewarding project once completed. But just because you’re designing a home gym doesn’t mean you need every piece of equipment available. There are plenty of budget-friendly treadmills, stationary bikes, exercise balls and even weights and floor mats that you can easily use to deck out your new home gym.

Enjoy Long Walks in the Neighborhood

Ok, so long walks on a beach might sound better (and more romantic) but until beaches are truly back open at all hours, your best bet is walking in the neighborhood. They don’t even have to be long walks! Just unstick your butt from that old office chair and get moving! Just make sure you stay at least six feet away from others and maybe wear a mask if you can find one.

Face Yoga

You heard right! Yoga for the face! With all these Zoom meetings happening, you could argue that working out your face is even more important than the rest of your body. Of course, this is totally false, but it might make you feel better about making funny faces at yourself (or your computer) every day! Learn some of the basics of this latest craze with the help of Marie Claire UK and Face Yoga expert Danielle Collins.

Virtual Classes from Your Local Gym

Ok, so your actual gym might be closed, but a lot of the more traditional brick and mortar facilities are expanding their offering with free online classes for members. Planet Fitness is one we know of that is offering free live streamed workouts daily. All you have to do is log in online or on their app. Check with your local gym to see what they’re offering and start enjoying virtual classes with your fellow members!

Quick & Easy Projects to do During Quarantine

With little to no commute time and basically zero random weekend outings, there’s plenty of time for you to take on those little projects that have been adding up over the years. Here’s a list of some of our favorite quick projects you can do around the house now that you finally have the time.

1. Boost Your Bathroom’s Style

A stunning blue and white themed bathroom.

It’s easier than you think to upgrade your bathroom. forget ripping out tiles and putting in a new toilet. All you’ve really got to do is change up your style. Get a new shower curtain (or other accessories), a new rug or two and clear off unnecessary clutter from the top of your sink. As a finishing touch, get those new towels you’ve been wanting and toss the faded ones with holes. Just make sure everything matches and you’ll have a bathroom to die for in no time.

2. Join the Purge – Go Through Your Closet

Highly organized closet in shades of white and cream.

Pull everything (and we mean everything) out of your closet, dump it on the bed and get your purge on! I did it this past weekend (no, this pic is not my closet) and it feels great to be able to find anything I want in seconds rather than minutes. And you wouldn’t believe how much stuff we got rid of! Sure, cleaning out your closet might take a few hours, but WOW! There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you free yourself of clutter.

3. Deck Your Windows with Blinds of Beauty

Beautiful black and white kitchen with white blinds.

Adding new blinds or shades to your windows can completely change the atmosphere or a room. It can brighten or darken any space in an instant and even add a pop of fun color if you go that route. These simple 2″ American Hardwood Blinds in Super White are a great choice for brightening up any room, especially kitchens.

4. Personalize Your Glassware

Woman looking through two wine glasses.

Quarantine is the perfect time to break out the arts and crafts. And if you’re over the age of five, macaroni art just doesn’t cut it. Use clay to turn wine glasses into medieval goblets or use a Dremel to engrave names or funny phrases onto pint glasses. You can even use chalk paint to make your glasses personalized every time you use them!

5. Paint Your Cabinets a Fun Color

Blue kitchen cabinets add a pop of color to your space.

While monochrome is definitely in this year, so are pops of color. Blue is especially popular for 2020, so why not take your kitchen or bathroom a step further and add a little color to those old oak cabinets? You can even paint some cabinets one color and others a different color. It’s really whatever you want!

6. Upgrade Your Kitchen Hardware

Galley-style kitchen with new hardware.

Upgrading cabinet hardware might seem like a pain, but it’s super easy and is an easy way to enhance the look of your kitchen (or bathroom) without going for an all-out remodel. And if you’re already painting your cabinets, why not upgrade the hardware to match your new style?

7. Update Your Outlet & Switch Covers

White outlet with a black plug.

If your house is anything like mine, the previous owner decided that painting over stair rails, switches, outlet covers and other hardware was the clear solution to modernizing a place before selling. My response? Outlet covers aren’t that expensive! Just upgrade! They come in so many different materials and colors that there’s guaranteed to be a style to suit any room in your home.

8. Hang Some Patio Lights

Outdoor patio with string lights and comfortable seating.

Just because you can’t have friends over in person doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your outdoor space. And now that summer is on its way, you’ve got more cause than ever to get your patio ready for some nighttime hangout sessions, even if they are just video chats. String lights are a great way to set the mood or just take in the fresh air.

Make Your Home Craftastic This Month!

March is National Craft Month! So, all you fellow DIYers out there, we’re pretty sure you’re just as excited as we are to find a few more fun projects. Especially if those projects just happen to enhance your existing dĂ©cor, like the ones we found!

Wine Bottle Lamps

Wine bottles can easily be turned into stylish lamps.

Got a few empty wine bottles left over from your last game night? Give them a good wash, remove any stray labels and turn them into cool lamps by filling them with battery-powered LED string lights! Talk about setting the mood ;).

Picture Frame Clock

Arranging 12 picture frames in a circle (or would that be a dodecagon?) might seem a bit difficult, but it really isn’t. Start with marking your center, then place the 3, 6, 9 and 12 frames. After that, it’s as simple as slipping a few more frames in between. Fill the frames with your favorite pics and add actual working clock hands to the center to finish your personalized giant clock!

Floating Bookshelf

Show off your love of books with an invisible book shelf!

This one’s a bit easier than the clock. Two metal L brackets are attached to the wall and inserted between the back cover of the book and the pages. For best results, we recommend gluing the back cover to the brackets so that it can’t move, just make sure it’s level before you add the glue. Then stack some of your favorite books on top and you’ve got a magical, floating bookshelf!

Cabinet Breakfast Tray

Ok, so a spare cabinet door isn’t something most people are going to have lying around, but you can get one pretty cheap at your local hardware store. While you’re there, make sure you grab a couple of handles – in your favorite finish, of course. Screw the handles onto the front of the door at each of the shorter ends and voila – homemade, custom breakfast tray!

Patterned Dresser

Wall papered and painted dressers are a great way to show off your style.

Adding wallpaper to the drawers of an old dresser can really breathe new life into an old piece of furniture and your whole design aesthetic. Use the same pattern for each drawer, or mix it up with different patterns and even various colors of paint to create an entirely unique piece to showcase in your home.

Woodsy Votive Candles

This one’s ridiculously cheap and easy. Just head to your local dollar store and pick up some of those plain, clear glass votive holders. If you don’t already have votives, a hot glue gun and ready access to random sticks, you’ll want to track those down too. Cut the sticks to various lengths that are half an inch to two inches longer than the votive holders are tall. Glue the sticks vertically around the outside of the votive holders and you’re done!

Window Frame Artwork

Old window frames are a great canvas for paintings!

Whether it’s a solid wood window or one with glass panes, there are many ways to turn an old window into a feature to be proud of. Paint the inside panels of an all-wood window like the picture above, or place pictures behind glass panels almost like a picture frame. Friends and neighbors won’t be able to stop talking about your DIY expertise!

Chalk Board Wall

Painting a whole wall with chalkboard paint is great for playrooms and kids’ bedrooms, but not so much for kitchens or entryways. Instead, try nailing a spare or refurbished frame to a wall and painting the wall inside with chalkboard paint. It’s a great way to organize grocery lists, chores and even cute greetings to visitors!

“Anything Goes” Flowers

Floral arrangement made of sample fabric and other blinds materials.

There’s no reason that floral arrangements can only be made of flowers, or even that they have to include flowers at all. What you see here is actually an arrangement made out of some of our free samples that customers can order when trying to decide which blinds or shades they should get.

Do you have a fun and easy DIY craft that looks great no matter your decor? We’d love to hear about it!

Looking for the Best Blackout Shades During Sleep Awareness Week? Wirecutter Found ‘Em for You!

Select Blinds Signature Cordless Blackout Shade from SelectBlinds.com

For most of you, Daylight Saving Time started last Sunday. Which means most of us — except those of us here in Arizona — lost an hour of sleep Sunday night when time ‘sprang forward.’ If you haven’t caught up on those shortened zzz’s yet, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and Select Blinds have some tips for you.

NSF 2020 Sleep In America Poll Infographic

Corresponding with the start of Daylight Saving Time each year, the NSF introduced Sleep Awareness Week to remind us how to make beneficial changes in our sleep routines to improve our sleep and overall health. Here are some things you can do:

That last point is where we can help. SelectBlinds.com offers a variety of blackout and room darkening blinds to keep sleeping areas quiet and practically light-free. In the dark about picking the best blackout shade? Wirecutter can shed some serious light on that question, too.

The curators and creators of “best of” lists for everyday items people shop for, Wirecutter journalists spent 25 hours on research, interviewed five industry experts and tested 12 models to find the best blackout blind for you. Their conclusion? (Drum roll, please.) Our very own Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade!

Select Blinds Signature Cordless Blackout Shade from SelectBlinds.com

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade is the one they’d most like in their homes,” writes Wirecutter’s Jack Smith. “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.

“If you’re interested in a version of our pick that offers additional insulation and durability, you might consider getting the Select Double Cell Blackout Shade. And if you’re looking for a shade that combines traditional and blackout shade functionality, consider the top-down bottom-up Premium Light Filtering/Blackout Cordless Shade.”

Read Wirecutter’s complete guide here. If you need any more help in choosing a room darkening or blackout shade, check out our own Buying Guides for bedroom, nursery and home theater window coverings.

“We like cellular shades because they look good, effectively block light, and are easy to install. Our panel unanimously agreed that the Select Blinds Classic Cordless Blackout Shade is the one they’d most like in their homes,” writes Wirecutter’s Jack Smith. “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.

“If you’re interested in a version of our pick that offers additional insulation and durability, you might consider getting the Select Double Cell Blackout Shade. And if you’re looking for a shade that combines traditional and blackout shade functionality, consider the top-down bottom-up Premium Light Filtering/Blackout Cordless Shade.”

Read Wirecutter’s complete guide here. If you need any more help in choosing a room darkening or blackout shade, check out our own Buying Guides for bedroom, nursery and home theater window coverings.

Designer Sleep Shades
For the most complete blackout effect, try our Designer Sleep Shades. Featuring unique side tracks, they block out 99% of incoming light. Perfect for baby’s room, bedrooms and the family media room.

Still having trouble falling asleep? Reading in bed always helps me. See if you can identify with any of the findings of this year’s Sleep in America poll, the NSF’s annual review of current sleep topics.

Have any other tips for a good night’s sleep? Leave them in the comments below.

Sweet dreams.

Baby Yoda sleep meme

How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse (Without Gaining 20 lbs from Eating Ice Cream)

Remorseful man with hands over face
Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash

At some point we’ve all learned: wine and Amazon don’t mix.

Besides making you a prime target for porch pirates, buying something you don’t really need or getting something and realizing it’s not what you really wanted thanks to those late-night shopping sprees can leave you with a severe case of buyer’s remorse — and a few unwanted pounds.

Buyer’s remorse strikes almost all of us at one time or another. And we all handle it differently. In a fun little poll we took recently, finding solace from it in the form of food and drink (specifically wine and chocolate) was one way our followers shared. An equal number turned things around by buying more stuff, while a few others had a good soak in the tub and cried it out.

woman in bathtub with head down
Photo by Tophee Marquez from Pexels

Most people, though, simply choose to cancel or return their order. Which is easy to do with Select Blinds. In fact, we give you a 24-hour grace (or sobering up) period before sending your order on to our manufacturing plant. Just so you can make sure you’ve got everything right or that you aren’t having any second thoughts.

Another way we help you avoid buyer’s remorse? Our 90-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If there’s a defect in a product’s material or workmanship, or if it isn’t made to the exact size and specifications you ordered, we promise to make it right at no cost to you for up to 90 days from the date of purchase.

And if you’re not happy with your custom covering for any other reason within the first 90 days — you don’t like the color, you need a different mount or lift style, changed your mind about a feature, etc. – we’ll remake that same product in the same size for the same great discount price you originally paid, plus an additional 10% off.

Even if you make a mistake on your order, we have you covered. With our F.I.T. Guarantee, if you have an â€śoops!” moment measuring your window and your custom covering doesn’t fit, simply call us and we’ll remake that exact same product for you (one remake per order) for free within 30 days of the date your order was delivered. (You just cover a small $10 shipping fee.)

Ordering lots of free samples is another way to make sure you’ll never be sorry for shopping with us. Try up to 15 at a time to find the perfect color and type of blinds you’ll love. Reviewing some of the hundreds of thousands of 5-star reviews and pictures we get from happy customers (check them out, right here on The Blinds Spot) will give you even more peace of mind. And if you need a little inspiration, follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to see how some of your favorite social influencers use our custom blinds and shades in their most popular projects.

With our team of experienced window design experts always here to help, you’ll never have to worry about getting something you don’t want or need. Just call or click to talk with us and turn that frown upside down!

So don’t worry about that extra glass of wine. Now that you know you can shop responsibly and remorse-free here on SelectBlinds.com!

Designer contemporary faux wood blinds
Move faux-ward! Take an extra 5% off faux wood blinds like our 2″ Designer Contemporary Faux Woods through March!


How to Incorporate Florals Into Your DĂ©cor

In celebration of National Floral Design Day (yes, it’s real and it’s this Friday), we’ve put together this quick list of fun ways to spread the floral love throughout your home.

1. Roman Shades

Floral roman shades add natural beauty to any window.
Designer Reserve Cordless Romans in Blue Frond

We’re a window covering company, so of course we’re going to suggest some fabulously floral roman shades! Not only are they efficient when it comes to blocking light and heat (especially if you go with outside mount), they’re also ultra-stylish and the multitude of fold styles means there’s one to match almost any type of dĂ©cor. Check out some of our favorite florals in these Luxe Roman Shades and Designer Reserve Cordless Roman Shades.

2. Wallpaper

Spice up your bedroom with elegant floral wallpaper.

Floral wallpaper is especially in this year, but even if it wasn’t, wallpaper is a great way to add a little flowery fun to your home. Especially this peel and stick kind from Spoonflower. It doesn’t even have to go on the wall! Floralize your ceilings to add a new level of imagination to any room.

3. Soft Accents

Neutral floral accents like this rug are perfect for any décor.

From throw pillows and cuddly blankets to actual bedding and even rugs, there are a lot of ways to add a floral touch to your room with the fluffy stuff you use every day. And just because it’s a floral pattern doesn’t mean it has to be brightly colored. Neutrals are especially in this year, so why not celebrate floral with a softer color palette?

4. Wall Art

A floral painting adds a pop of color to your wall.

Paintings, canvas prints and even fun picture frames or mirrors (like this one) are all great ways of bringing a little floral flair to your home without feeling as if you’ve gone overboard. Whether it’s the focal point of the room or just a small accent, floral patterns are a gorgeous way to highlight the natural beauty of your space.

5. Actual Flowers

Adding real or fake flowers to your home showcases the beauty of nature.

Adding flowers to your home is an obvious way to incorporate florals into your décor. And, depending on your ability to keep plants alive, you can even go with fake flowers for all the beauty of nature without the required maintenance. Though, it might be a good idea to dust them every once in a while. All joking aside, flowers are a beautiful way to celebrate nature and even introduce pops of color, if so desired.

How do you add florals to your home? Do you have any tips or tricks we didn’t mention? Let us know!

Take your Bathroom from BLAH to SPA

There’s nothing more relaxing than a trip to the spa. But, busy schedules aside, spas can be expensive. That’s why we’ve tracked down some of the best tips and tricks to make your 2020 home spa dreams come true!

1. Declutter Your Space

Declutter your bathroom to give it the ultimate spa-like look and feel.

What’s one of the first things you notice about any spa? How CLEAN everything is. It’s all perfectly organized – towels rolled or stacked in neat little piles and river rocks strategically placed around the room while small fountains let out tinkling water noises that are sure to relax even the most cluttered and hyperactive mind.

Take a cue from your favorite spa (or even just a picture of one) and hide any unnecessary items in closed drawers or cabinets. Organize any daily essentials on cute little trays or in matching jars to give everything a clean, finished look.

2. Upgrade Your Shower Head

Current shower head covered in hard water stains with only half of the openings working? Yeah, you could clean it. Or you could upgrade to an amazing rain shower head. The softly falling water will soothe something in your soul that standard, harsh shower heads just can’t.

3. A Few Choice Plants

Hang plants in your shower to make it feel like a jungle.

Okay, so you don’t have to necessarily hang plants inside your shower, but we swear it does make shower time way more spa-like. The smell of the fresh plants and the vibrant greens mixed with a healthy amount of steam will help open your senses to the natural world. If you’re like me and can’t keep a plant alive, fake ones on the sink or even a few loose sprigs of eucalyptus behind the showerhead can make a big difference.

4. Fluffy Robes & Towels

Robes are perfect for both the beginning and end of your bath/shower routine. Wear them while you prep your increasingly-extravagant bath or cuddle up with a cup of tea after a nice, long soak. And while you’re at it, trade in your standard towels for bath sheets. The overlarge rectangles of fluff are so much more luxurious than their smaller brothers.

5. Add Blinds or Shades

Add the perfect blinds to your bathroom window.
1″ Essential Aluminum Blinds in Chalk White

Having a window in your bathroom allows for beautiful natural light, but it can also leave you exposed to your neighbors and random passersby. Adding a custom window covering to your home spa might be the final touch you’ve been looking for to let the natural light in without getting in trouble with the neighborhood watch. Whether it’s faux wood, aluminum or even some sort of woven wood or fabric shade, there’s a perfect fit for your bathroom window.

6. Get a Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speakers are a great option for playing your favorite spa music during your designated relaxation time. Wet hands can make them a bit more difficult to use, though. Especially if you want to change the song/station or simply forgot to turn it on before climbing into your bath. Spring for a speaker that works with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant so that you can manage your music selection hands-free!

7. Add a Bath Caddy

Set candles bath salts, wine and other bathtime essentials on your very own bath caddy.

A great way to spice up any bathtub is with a bath caddy. And while you’re at it, add some candles, plants, maybe even some homemade bath salts. From simple caddies like the one pictured above to more ornate DIY versions like this one, there’s a perfect style for any tub. Some even have special ridges to help hold books and wine glasses to prevent them from falling into the water.

8. Bring on the Bath Bombs

If bath salts aren’t your cup of tea, a bath bomb (which you can easily make yourself) could be an ideal way for you to up the spa factor of your bathroom routine without worrying about shards of undissolved salt stuck in unseemly places. Plus, who doesn’t love an exotic, potentially colorful bath? Some bath bombs even have little surprises inside, so indulge your inner six-year-old and have some fun!

9. Candles & Oil Diffusers

Oil diffusers are a great way to fill your home spa with relaxing scents.

Oil diffusers and candles help create an exotic and soothing atmosphere that will have you sighing “AHHH” in minutes. From tealights scattered on the side of your bath to full-size aromatherapy candles, there’s a perfect option for your new home spa. And if candles aren’t your thing, there’s always oil diffusers like the one pictured above or even those cute little machines that puff out scented vapor. Whether it’s essential oils or candles, we recommend eucalyptus and lavender scents, although aloe and cedarwood are also solid options as well.

10. Stock Up on Products You Love

Treat yourself to some fancier bath products.

Let’s face it, drugstore shampoo and conditioner aren’t going anywhere. But, for those occasions where you want to treat yourself, get some fancy toiletries. Better yet, get them in bulk and buy some cute, matching containers to refill from your main stock whenever you’re running low. The coordinated look of all of your spa products will fit perfectly with your new, well-organized spa theme.

How to Install Blinds Like a Boss

Select Double Cell Light Filtering honeycomb shades in white
Honeycomb/cellular shades like these top down bottom up Select Double Cell Light Filtering Shades are some of the easiest window coverings to install yourself.

Do you have any idea how much it costs to have a professional put up your blinds for you? Not many of our followers had a clue either.

We did a quickie poll last week to get their best guess. $0-$10? $10-$25? $25-$50? $50-$100 per window?

Guess again. According to Fixr.com, which provides cost guides, comparisons, and cheatsheets for hundreds of remodeling, installation and repair projects, the national average is $620. (Gulp!) Granted, that cost can vary up or down depending on the number and type of window coverings and the size of your windows. (This estimate is based on hanging eight faux wood blinds on standard 27″ wide windows.) But you get the idea.

Paying someone to put up your blinds can get pretty expensive pretty quickly. And that’s above and beyond what you’ve already paid for the shades. So before you sign that check and open up your home to a perfect stranger, let’s think about this.

What’s keeping you from saving hundreds, even thousands or more by installing your custom window treatments yourself?

You don’t need a pro to do it, even if you’ve never held a hammer in your life. In fact, you don’t even need a hammer, so no worries about smashed fingers. Most window blinds and shades can be put up in 20-30 minutes — or less, once you get the first one installed — using just a screwdriver or drill. Nailed it!

Here’s how to become a pro in no time.

  • Check the mounting surface. It should be clean, smooth and dry. Most window coverings are mounted on drywall or in wood, and come complete with screws and any other necessary hardware. You may need additional fasteners, such as sink screws, if you’re hanging extra wide or heavy window coverings, or to attach your blinds on an aluminum or concrete surface, to ensure the brackets will hold them securely in place.
  • Read the instructions. If you’re more of a learn-by-doing (i.e., learn from your mistakes) kinda girl like me, it can be tempting to grab the drill and just start drilling. But reading through the directions before you try to hang your window treatment can save a lot of time. Carefully open the package your custom window coverings came in and check to be sure you received all the necessary pieces/parts before you start. Review the install guide, noting which directions you’ll follow (for inside or outside mount). More of a visual learner? Check our YouTube channel for a video on how to install your product.
  • Get everything you need together. Just like whipping up your favorite recipe, always good to gather all the ingredients you need together first. Ladder? Check. Pencil? Check. Drill? Check. Level? Check. Insurance card? (Just kidding!)
All you need is a drill, tape measure, pencil and level!
  • Mark where you want to place the brackets. Again, this will depend on whether you’re hanging your covering inside or over the window. Most standard size windows need only two brackets, usually spaced 2″-4″ in from each end of the headrail. For wider treatments, just space any extra brackets you need equidistant from the end brackets.
Mark the spot to hang your bracket.
  • Attach the brackets. Before drilling in the screws, it’s a good idea to pre-drill the holes to make it easier. This also gives you a little ‘wiggle room’ in case you need to make any last minute adjustments to make sure the brackets are straight and aligned.
Attach your brackets
  • Slide or snap the headrail onto the brackets. And voila! You’re done! Pull your shade up and down a few times or open and close the slats on your blinds to make sure everything is working O.K. before putting the tools away.
Snap or slide the headrail  onto the brackets

Oh, one last tip. If you’re not using cordless coverings, be sure to screw in a set of cord cleats next to the window to keep cords wound safely and tightly, up and out of the reach of children and pets.

That wasn’t so hard, was it? The hardest part is going to be deciding what to do with all the money you saved doing it yourself. Take a bow and treat yourself to something special. Maybe that lavish tropical vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Or those adorable designer shoes and matching bag that match absolutely nothing else (but, hey, they’re Gucci). Or maybe some more new blinds?

Save money and time by installing your blinds yourself!

You’re the pro; you decide!