The Time Has Come – A Message from the CEO

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The time has come for you to do something with your window coverings. They have to be changed.

Your window treatments are old. Your window shades let light through, but you want total blackout shades. You’re moving into a new house and all of the windows need covers. Or you are moving into a pre-owned house and you want to change the window covers to match your décor. Or you are ready to take the plunge into the cordless lift system and eliminate those unsightly cords that pool on the sill or floor, also potentially causing serious injury or more to little kids.

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Whatever the reason, you’ve made the decision. The discussion is now where do you shop. The Internet is always a great place to do research. But beyond that, it really is a great place for shopping. There is just that nagging concern about DIY products that is natural. Even though we say it’s easy, you might not be able to install the new treatments for your windows when they arrive. Then what? You bought them on the computer, you don’t even know where they are coming from.

Worry, not at all. SelectBlinds.com offers the simple and smart way to shop for window coverings, and the fact is, it is really easy to install our products, especially when you order inside mount!

Inside mount eliminates the need to measure and pre-mark the height of the bracket holes. The brackets can be screwed into the top of the window frame, making it necessary to only mark the depth inside of the window frame, in order to make sure that they won’t interfere with the workings of the window.

Each type of mounting bracket has at least two options for the screw holes. Most shades offer the top and the back of the frame as options, and most window blinds give the choice of top, side, and back. The difference between them is very basic. Shades are fabric-based, and the others are made with either real wood or faux wood slats and can be horizontal or vertical.

Now that we have a basic understanding of the product definitions, horizontal window treatments that are going to be inside mounted, utilize two brackets at the ends, and if the blind is wider than what the two end brackets will support, there are supplemental brackets that go in between. Simple as pie. Just mount the end brackets on the appropriate side, in the corners of the top inside of the window frame. They can be screwed into the top, back, or side. It’s very difficult to make a mistake.

Shades, other than roller shades, have brackets that connect to the top rail, and can be mounted in an inexact distance from the ends, and are screwed in through the top or back of the bracket.

Nothing to it. I’m the CEO of SelectBlinds.com, and I hang all of my window coverings myself. The first was a little intimidating, but after that, clear sailing!

 

Roman Shade Category 100% Cordless!

Have you heard the great news? All of our roman shades are available in cordless only! Now you don’t have to pay extra for a cordless upgrade because cordless comes standard on all roman shades.

Not only will these cordless roman shades give your home a streamlined, uncluttered style, but you will have peace of mind knowing your children are safe from window covering cord dangers.

Check out the fantastic selection:

Cordless Roman Shades

Roman shades fit most decor.

Print Roman Shades make a statement in your windows.

Roman shades on your doors!

Light filtering roman shades

Contrasting roman shades.

Which one is your favorite?

Transform Your Home with Window Coverings

Transform your home - window by window.

I’m a pretty straight shooter, yet I shy away from writing anything other than positive slanted articles. If there is something that doesn’t please me, I’m more likely to just pick a different subject matter on which to focus my attention. There are times that I will write something that I totally believe, but has yet to have independent corroboration. Obviously these are subjective matters.

For years I have been espousing the ability of our window coverings to actually transform the look and feel of a room and your home. I have written those words, and I have spoken those words, many, many times over. And every time that I have written or spoken those words, it has been with wholehearted conviction.

The first time those transformation words ever spilled out of my mouth was shortly after I first got involved with the window covering industry, about ten years ago. It was about the time I moved to Phoenix to join my business partner, Rick Steele, in growing SelectBlinds.com. I had moved to Phoenix from Dallas, didn’t really know the area, so I bought an 1800 square foot house on a small lot, just to get myself ensconced in the city. It was new construction, and there were only a couple of windows properly dressed, so I had to make some quick decisions and get those naked windows something to wear.

Bamboos were unfamiliar to me, but they looked really cool on our website, so I ordered some for the family room. They were made correctly, and they were GORGEOUS! I mounted them inside the window frames, and I kid you not, the thought that came into my mind was, “Wow, these treatments for my windows have actually transformed my house.”

So ten years kind of fly by, and here I am, still partnered with Rick, doing a lot more business, but still selling those bamboos. And since that time, I have not hesitated at all in stating that our products can transform the look and feel of a room and even a house. I’ve heard others say it, but only after hearing it from me. If you’re reading this far into it, stay with me. The factoidal anecdote is next.

Two nights ago, we find ourselves the guests of friends for Christmas Eve dinner and visiting. These particular friends had recently needed to update their bedroom window coverings, so naturally they asked me for a recommendation, which I was pleased to provide, along with a kicking deal.

They bought them, and when we first arrived, brought up how much they loved their new window coverings. I asked to see them, which was readily agreed upon. Beautiful romans covered every window in their bedroom. Cordless lift on every one of them!

Anyway, I go back into the kitchen, and our friend tells me that the treatments actually transformed the look and feel of their room. And, that they were so impactful, it is now no longer necessary to spend additional redecorating dollars on anything, because the new shades gave the room a complete makeover!

Select Blinds. Gotta love ‘em!

From the CEO – Our 3-Part Promise

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Hi, I’m Al Silverberg, the CEO of Select Blinds. I’m actually one of the owners, too. Rick Steele, the founder of the company, and I are partners in the business, and we want to share some of the things that we view as important. We can really boil it down to three main thoughts, our 3-part promise.

1 – The Experience

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This is everything about your visit to our site. Shopping for window coverings isn’t an everyday occurrence, but even so, we believe that buying window blinds from Select Blinds should be easy, helpful, and enjoyable. We make it easy by providing information in the right places. For example: information on how to measure for your blinds or shades and how to install them can all be found where you’d expect them to be. If you’re on a product page, there is a tab for measure and install that provides generic information for blinds, and then there is the specific instructions for the exact product that you are considering for your home.

From any page, you can access this information from the drop down menu at the top, called “How To”.

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We are helpful by doing more than just publishing this information. We provide videos as well, but sometimes you just want to confirm that what you are doing is the right thing. We can help you. Using our contact manager will send us your question via email, so we can then respond to you directly. We also have live chat available, and we have our own Phoenix-based customer care team, available to you during extended hours. After all, we know that this is something that most people prefer to do from their home and not their place of work. Enjoyable is a relative term. We know that this is not necessarily the most fun thing you can spend your valuable time on, but we do our best to think about our site in the same manner in which you do. We respect your time, and hope that it comes across in our way of doing business.

2 – The Assortment

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Each window is unique. Not in the makeup of the glass and frame, but in the role it plays in your home. And being unique requires that the window covering is the perfect fit for its unique role. That’s why we have more than one-hundred products. Our assortment is broad enough to cover any requirement. There are sites with more and sites with fewer options, but not a single other site offers more of the right assortment. By January of 2017, we will be offering only products that are cord-free. This is for aesthetic and safety reasons. Aesthetically, who wants cords dangling on the window sill or pooling on the floor? Nobody! And safety, because there are no cords for small children or pets to get tangled up in.

3 – The Price

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Fair. That’s right, fair. Our products are of the highest quality, configured with upgrades and offered with options, and at better pricing than most. You might find cheaper, but you won’t find a better value.

Once again, I’m the CEO. Don’t just take my word for it. Do your research. You’ll find that nearly a quarter of a million customers have independently reviewed our experience, assortment, and price. And they back me up. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

High Price Does Not Mean High Quality – A Personal Experience from CEO, Al Silverberg

I’m the CEO of SelectBlinds, and a do-it-yourselfer on almost every home improvement project that I can get away with. My wife and I moved into our current house about one year ago. The house was built in 1980, and was in really good condition, but as far as we were concerned, there were quite a few things that we wanted to upgrade, including the window coverings. As I mentioned already, I am the CEO of SelectBlinds, so access to the latest and greatest was not a problem.

We covered all of the windows that needed to be covered, meaning the bedrooms, and the front facing windows. The beautiful view of the backyard was a big selling point, so we left the rear facing floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors bare, just like the people from whom we bought the house did.

We hung battery-powered motorized cell shades in the bedroom. I measured and installed them myself, and I have to admit, it was a fairly easy process, and when I was done, I had a feeling of accomplishment. The other windows were covered with roller shades, roman shades, and non-motorized, cordless honeycomb shades.

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The price was not a big concern, but I was aware of the price, and was also aware of the fact that the shades were fairly priced, and they are all excellent quality products. I ordered them through our web site, just like any customer, and all of the blinds and shades that I ordered were delivered promptly, and without damage or issues. Overall a really positive experience. Go, SelectBlinds!

Fast forward to the present, which is mid-December, 2014. We live in Phoenix, and you might have heard that it gets a little warm in the summer. Those rear facing windows point to the north, so there is no direct sunlight on them, but, man, you can really feel the heat. So we decided that we were going to put solar shades on the windows and doors, and we were going to have them motorized. Battery powered is ok, but after using the ones in our bedroom for a year, and having to replace batteries in some of them, I decided that we were going to have these shades motorized, hard wired. I also decided that I was going to take this opportunity to experience a full-service design center, and have a “professional” take care of everything.

October 15th was the date of our first meeting with a Hunter Douglas full-service window coverings design center/dealer. The meeting went well. They brought out sample books of the types of products that we were considering, but surprisingly to me, the swatches were not even as good as the ones that we send out for free to any visitor to our site. Our swatches are bigger, and they are made in a way that it is easy to hold them up to your window to get a real good feel as to how they will look on your windows.

We had the dealer measure the windows, and knowing that I am “in the industry”, he was kind enough to work with the manufacturer, Hunter Douglas, in order to get me a discounted price. So there was a little delay in getting to the point where we said “GO”. The exact date was 10/31, and they confirmed the order on Nov 1st. I’ll skip the details, but December 16th they finally installed our shades.

Am I happy? I’m always happy! I don’t feel good about the in-home, Hunter Douglas design center dealer experience though. I spent a ton of money, got the shades in an unacceptable amount of time, and the results, well, I’ll let you decide.

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Moral of this story? You don’t have to pay more for perceived quality. Just because something costs more doesn’t mean its quality will match its price.

Introducing Disney’s Frozen Window Coverings

Disney’s Frozen has inspired and entertained both children and adults all across the globe. The characters are fun and personable, so what’s not to love? Now you can bring the fun into your child’s bedroom with Frozen window shades. With all your child’s favorite characters, including Sven, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, you can create a magical space for your child’s growing imagination.

Introducing Disney’s Frozen Window Shades!

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Give the Gift of Beautiful Windows

If you haven’t gotten all your holiday shopping done yet, and if you’re holding out for an amazing gift for someone special, we have just the thing. This year, give the gift of beautiful windows.

Take a look at some of our most popular window coverings and click on them to be taken right to that product. See if anything pops out at you or matches the style or that special person on your holiday shopping list.

If you need a little more help, look through our buying guides. They will help you find the perfect window coverings for every member of your family.

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