Why Skylight Blinds are Worth the Investment

With skylight blinds, you can control the amount of light in a stylish and functional way. It’s possible to create the perfect home environment with them. You can use skylight blinds to create an atmosphere that’s just right for any occasion and customize the lighting in a room.

Premier Light Filtering Skylights in Pale Winter SC

Why should you even cover your skylight window?

  1. Skylight blinds can help you save money. The energy-efficient cellular construction insulates your home from the heat and cold. As a result, billing costs can be reduced throughout the year.
  1. Skylight blinds can block harmful UV rays and direct UV glare. This is especially useful for rooms with TV or computer screens.
  1. Skylight blinds keep the outside out. They help soften outdoor noise, as well as protect furniture, walls and floors from fading and discoloration.
  1. Skylight blinds can improve aesthetics. No more distractions from outside when you’re hosting. Choose a color that matches your interior design.
  1. Skylight blinds are easy to install and use. Skylight blinds are generally easy to install and can be customized to fit any size window. All of our Skylight Blinds come standard as a manual lift. You can also add a Telescopic Extension Pole to your cart. Check to see if motorization is available as an upgrade. 
Premier Light Filtering Skylights in Barley SC

Check our Skylight Buying Guide for more information, or call or chat with one of our Design Consultants! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Which Blind Best Suits You Based on Your Current TV Binge

Photo credit: Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

If you’re like us, you used the holiday season to catch up or start some new shows. Based on your current TV obsession, these are the window coverings best suited for you (at least until the next trending series).

*No spoilers ahead!*

Emily in Paris

Left: Netflix Credits; Right: Sheer Curtains in Sheer White Batiste

Love her or hate her, people love to watch Emily in Paris. While there are a number of styles in the show, we’re keeping Mindy Chen’s advice in mind: “The French are romantics, but they’re also realists.” With that in mind, we chose a timeless look with Sheer Curtains in Sheer White Batiste. Its flowy linen creates a picturesque room to daydream away in.

Ted Lasso

Left: AppleTV+ Credits; Right: Rustic Americana Roman Shades

There are so many personalities here, it could be a whole ‘nother blog of fun (note: Roy Kent would be a dark heather charcoal, NOT black). But let’s stick with the man of the hour, the name of the game, shall we? Ted Lasso. Rustic Americana Roman Shades in Sweet Cream Butter checks the main boxes: cheerful and American! It’s a bonus that his office “Believe” sign is yellow too.

Wednesday

Left: Netflix Credits; Right: Premier Room Darkening Dual Shades.

In our latest Halloween blog, we shared what window covering Wednesday would choose, but that was based on the 1991 version when she was a child. In this show, Wednesday is a teenager so her woeful style has a more modern take. The Premier Room Darkening Dual Shades in Tarantula gets the job done.

The Recruit

Left: Netflix Credits; Right: 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Walnut Grain

Hopefully you’re home a lot more than CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks to appreciate your window coverings. We chose 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Walnut Grain because they’re serious, but not too serious, while being practical and stylish. Their larger slats provide more privacy, and slats are the best window treatment to subtly check who’s outside.

Loot

Left: AppleTV+ Credits; Right: Jewel Tone Drapery in Tourmaline

The color palette in Loot is just as bright and radiant as Molly Novack herself. While we had a lot to choose from – and green seemed obvious –  we’re going with Molly’s eye-catching fuschia attire and pairing it with Jewel Tone Drapery in Tourmaline. Gorgeous and elegant, the drapery’s smooth satin will make you feel like you just received an $87 billion settlement.

*This blog is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the mentioned streaming services or shows.*

3 Signs You Need to Replace Your Window Coverings

Include your windows in spring cleaning this year, and we’re not talking about standard dusting. The first step of spring cleaning is to toss out what you don’t need, so let’s start there. Here are three signs you need to replace your window coverings.

1. You hate them.

Let’s not complicate it. You can’t stand the window blinds or shades you currently have. They were already there when you moved in. Decide what you want by browsing our site or chatting with our Design Consultants!

2. Your window coverings are worn out and worn down.

The wood blinds are warped, the dog chewed the cellular shades, or your drapery didn’t withstand your children’s permanent marker designs. Whatever it is, sadly, your window coverings are too far gone. It’s time to get something new.

3. You remodeled or got new furniture.

Perhaps the new decor is modern, and your blinds feel too traditional. We have styles that will work with aesthetics from boho to farmhouse to elegant. Commit to your preferred interior design style and get the window coverings that match.

Here’s what our team says is trending:

Double Roller Shades

Unique and sleek, this window treatment layers a light filtering fabric over a blackout fabric, both of which provide UV protection. Each panel can be moved individually from the other, either manually or on your remote or smartphone. 

Double Roller Shades in China Doll / Sweet Sesame

Classic Roman Shades

Enjoy light and privacy control with a traditional, high-end look with Classic Roman Shades. Choose between a standard pleated fold or upgrade to a soft fold.

Classic Roman Shades in Dusty Teal

Premier Woven Wood Shades

Naturally filter light through the unique woven wood texture, crafted from bamboo, grasses and other organic fibers. These are a top choice among bloggers and DIY designers for their ability to blend in seamlessly with almost any décor.

Premier Woven Wood Shades in Jasmine

Double Solar Roller Shades

It’s a win-win with this unique day and night solar shade. The frontmost solar shade protects your interior from the harsh daytime sunlight. Meanwhile, the rear blackout shade provides a better night’s sleep with its insulation and blackout capabilities.

Double Solar Roller Shades in Umber Brown / Dark Maitake

Jewel Tone Drapery

Impress with this visually tantalizing jewel-toned drapery. Make your interior feel rich and plush with our Velvet Collection, or smooth and light with our Satin Collection.

Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Amber

Black & White Light Filtering Roller Shades

Create a monochromatic masterpiece with these shades. Using an innovative lamination technique, the top soft fabric layer is fused with a liner that makes them energy efficient but still allows the sun to make its way through in a gentle light-filtering effect. They’re also available as Black & White Room Darkening Roller Shades.

Black & White Light Filtering Roller Shades in White Frond

Have questions? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Enhance Your Home with Sliding Door Blinds

Premier Modern Solar Panel Track

It’s too chilly to leave sliding doors open, so take advantage and shop for sliding door blinds! Our sliding door blinds and panels provide you the following benefits:

1. They Support Your Unique Interior Design.

If you’re searching for a window covering that matches your interior style, we have vertical coverings from faux wood to fabric to cellulars.

For an elegant and durable look, faux wood is always a good choice. They imitate the wood-grain texture and look of real wood blinds in a variety of rich colors that work with any décor.

Fabric vertical blinds give windows a softer, more modern flow. For a high-end designer look, consider fabric panels for a streamlined look.

Stylish yet practical, vertical cellular shades are the most energy efficient. They can also coordinate with your horizontal shades; for example, take our 3/4″ Premier Light Filtering Vertical Cellulars and Premier Light Filtering Cellular Shades.

Left: 3/4″ Premier Light Filtering Vertical Cellulars in Night Blue SC; Right: Premier Light Filtering Cellular Shades in Night Blue SC

2.  Sliding Door Blinds and Panels are Kid-Friendly.

All of our vertical sliding door blinds and panels come standard 100% cordless. A Cordless Lift is the safest choice for small children and even pets. On average, about nine children, age 5 and younger, die every year from strangulation in window coverings with cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

We offer three different draw types with our cordless vertical blinds. Order your verticals with the wand on the left or right in a one-way draw or split stack configuration. If this feature isn’t a top priority, you can upgrade to a Continuous Cordless Loop Lift.

Classic Smooth Vertical Blinds in Sandstone with a Wand

3. They Provide Ultimate Privacy.

Sliding doors are wide, so you need sliding door blinds that can handle the challenge. SelectBlinds vertical coverings come in standard sizes to extra wide widths up to 191”. Fabric panels especially increase privacy because their panels touch side-by-side when closed.

Modern Architect Panel Track in Terra

4. Sliding Door Blinds and Panels are Easy to Clean.

Dust is less likely to fall on your vertical blinds and panels – thank you gravity. Spot clean your verticals with a damp cloth and water or a very mild detergent. Visit our Cleaning Guide for detailed instructions.

For more info, check out our Verticals Buying Guide, or call/chat with one of our Design Consultants! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Why Wooden Blinds are Your Best Friend This Winter

2″ Architect Wood Blinds in Roasted Chestnut

During winter, you want to keep everything in your home as warm and cozy as possible. Wooden blinds are your go-to friend with slats that insulate your home against the chilling wind. Friends don’t let friends get cold after all.

Not only are wooden blinds affordable and easy to install, they also bring the essence of the outdoors inside with their natural, furniture-quality hardwood. At SelectBlinds, we only sell wooden blinds that have been sustainably harvested. Each blind is custom-crafted to your measurements and color choice to warm your home.

Plus, wooden blinds have your back with their tight-closing slats, like the 1 3/8″ Architect Wood Blinds, to give you the privacy you need. Cloth tapes are available as an upgrade for certain wooden blinds; the tape hides exposed cords and keeps out more light.

1 3/8″ Architect Wood Blinds in Stripped Jacobean
2″ Select Basswood Wood Blinds in Linden Wood with Dijon Cloth Tape

The only time wooden blinds will let you down is if you install them in bathrooms, kitchens, or other rooms with high humidity and moisture. The slats will warp. However, faux wood blinds’ vinyl slats can be in rooms with different temperatures without warping, fading, or cracking.

Additional Wooden Blinds Benefits:

  1. They can be economical – Wooden blinds are relatively low-cost compared to other types of window coverings. They are also eco-friendly.
  2. Wooden blinds can add personality – Basswood blinds add texture and depth to your rooms. They can be layered with drapes to add another dimension.
  3. They’re easy to clean – A feather duster or dust cloth is all you need to keep them looking nice.
  4. Wooden blinds can help reduce outside noise – Wooden blinds can help reduce outside noise from coming in.

Want to talk more about wooden blinds? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

SelectBlinds Review: Christmas Edition — Home Alone

Image from Home Alone – 20th Century Fox

A home as nostalgic as Christmas morning. The stately red bricks, the myriad of lighted windows … the sculpture that gets knocked down by Little Nero’s Pizza workers. Yes, we’re talking about the legendary McCallister house. For our final SelectBlinds review of the year, we’re looking at window coverings in the 1990 comedy, Home Alone.

First off, this gorgeous home is real and located in Winnetka, Illinois. Tourists visit it throughout the year, admiring it outside the gated driveway. It is someone’s actual living residence after all.

As we mentioned earlier, the front of the house has a lot of windows – 17 to be exact – which led us to wonder what their window coverings were. An hour and 43 minutes later, we concluded that the McCallisters really, and we mean really, liked drapery.

  • Emerald, embossed, velvet drapes over sheer drapes in the living room with matching tiebacks. Iconic.
  • Sheer curtains with Rod Top and Bottom red, patterned drapes in the kitchen.
  • Light blue, floral drapery with sheer drapes in the master bedroom.
  • A roller shade (sunlight made it hard to tell color) under gray curtains in Buzz’s room. Throughout the movie, you can see roller shades halfway down in other windows on the second floor.
  • White, laced curtains appear to be in the infamous bathroom scene. Questionable, given curtains aren’t moisture resistant. 
  • Soft gold, embossed, velvet drapes with sheer shades in the dining room. It also is embossed with a pattern. The tiebacks are maroon with the soft gold outline.
  • Countless Rod Top and Bottom sheer drapery covering smaller windows, like on the sides of the front door.
  • Red and white patterned curtains on the basement door.
  • White, or a very light grey, drapes over the window Kevin ziplines out of.
  • Green and red floral pattern on creme drapery over sheer shades is the last window covering we see in the movie – right before Kevin looks out to see his neighbor hugging his granddaughter (tears).
Image from Home Alone – 20th Century Fox

We told you – it’s a lot of drapery! We were surprised though to see roller shades vs cellular shades; cellulars are the best window covering to insulate homes from the cold or heat. However, cellular shades were released in 1985, a mere five years before the movie premiered.

Our three theories: Peter McCallister wanted to see how cellular stood the test of time before investing in them, Kate McCallister loved the drapery’s elegant look, or drapery was simply the best window covering for the movie.

The sheer drapes were perfect to showcase the “dancing” mannequin silhouettes that initially diverted the Wet Bandits. Cellular or roman shades would not be translucent enough to highlight the figures while providing enough depth to hide them.

Image from Home Alone – 20th Century Fox

The living room drapes were also ideal for breaking Harry and Marv to break in. We’re sure they would have even punched through wooden blinds to get Kevin, but they were trying to be subtle. Harry made little to no noise when going through the drapery, until he stepped on the ornaments of course.

The Conclusion

Overall, the McCallister’s home had elegant window coverings that encompassed the spirit of Christmas. Even though it felt repetitive for how big the home is, we can’t think of a better window treatment than drapery to support Kevin’s scheming.

Want to recreate the dashing, drapery style?

Main Living Room: Pair our 100% polyester Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Emerald with Sheer Curtains in Sheer Pure White Crepe underneath. Don’t forget the tieback to match!

Left: Jewel Tone Drapery in Velvet Emerald; Right: Sheer Curtain in Sheer Pure White Crepe

Master Bedroom: Along with sheer curtains, go with the Select Custom Curtains in Mist Floral Scroll.

Dining Room: We love the soft touch of the Delicate Sheen Curtains in Gold Eclipse.

Kitchen: We don’t offer Rod Top and Bottoms at this time, but Lifestyle Custom Drapes in Bohemian Red is a fresh, modern look.

Living Room: Bring in nature with Select Custom Curtains in Victorian Floral Jade.

Interested in new window coverings? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Crush Your New Year Resolutions with the Right Window Treatment

New year, new you? It’s that time of year where we make resolutions to better ourselves and our lives. This may be a surprise, but having the right window blinds or shades can actually help you achieve your goals.

Take a look at typical New Year Resolutions and see which window covering or feature you need!

Exercise More with Top Down Bottom Up Shades

For those who prefer home workouts, a Top Down Bottom Up Shade is great if your TV is by a window facing the street. Keep the bottom down for privacy, and lower the top part to let in light. You can focus on hitting your PR without worrying that your neighbors are seeing you sweat.

Premier Light Filtering TriShades in Flan DC

Save Money with Cellular Shades

Save green by going green with cellular shades; they are known for being energy efficient. The “cell” construction traps air and provides insulation from the heat and cold. Plus, the soft fabric diffuses light and reduces heat from entering the room, saving you money on electricity.

Be sure to ask yourself these five questions to get the best cellular shade for your home!

Lifestyle Light Filtering Cellulars in Blueberry

Improve Quality Time with the Cordless Lift System

Focus on what really matters: creating memories with friends and family! All our products come with a Cordless Lift option, which is the safest choice for homes with young children and pets. As a bonus, your room will automatically have a clean look once it’s free of dangling cords.

Designer Reserve Roman Shades in Naples Grey

Sleep More with Room Darkening Shades

Blackout, or room darkening, shades are your wingman for this resolution vs normal window blinds. In fact, blackout window coverings block up to 98% of outside light, and our Designer Sleep Shades eliminate any lingering light with their standard side tracks.

If one of our room darkening shades isn’t your style, you can always upgrade to a room darkening liner for your current window covering.

Designer Sleep Shades in Weathered Wood

Reinvent Yourself & Get Window Coverings to Match

Reinventing yourself can mean a lot of different things, but let’s say you want to focus on your personal style. You want to go more maximalist, minimalist, etc. New window blinds or shades can help.

In terms of appearance, for a traditional atmosphere, check out Roman shades, wood or faux wood blinds, and shutters. For a modern look, consider panel tracks, dual shades, or roller shades

Left: 2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds in Cherry Embossed; Right: Premier Light Filtering Dual Shade in Bonobo

And for those who want to really stand out, we offer several patterns in our Roller Shades, Roman Shades and Drapery. We personally love the geometric design options in our Black And White Light Filtering Roller Shades!

Black And White Light Filtering Roller Shades in Cream Vector

P.S. If you’re looking for the latest interior design trend, we gathered seven Colors of the Year 2023 to save you time!

Travel More with Motorized Window Blinds and Shades

Motorization can reduce your stress while traveling. Can’t remember if you lowered the shades? Use your smartphone to check and adjust them if necessary.

You also can program your Motorized Lift to raise and lower your shades throughout the day. It’ll look like you’re home, and it is more cost-effective than leaving a couple lights on 24/7.

Motorized Architect Light Filtering Roller in Domino

While we have a variety of shades that can be upgraded with a Motorized Lift, at this time, our Architect Wood Blinds are the only window blinds that provide the feature.

2″ Architect Wood Blinds in Hazel Greige

Sounds like a new year, new view to us!

Order today to get them as soon as you can! Need help figuring out which window blinds can help you reach your goal? Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants for more info! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Start the Year in Style: Colors of the Year 2023

As you’re getting ready for the holiday hustle and bustle, you may have realized some of your window coverings need a new look for the new year. But who has time to look up interior design trends right now?

Don’t worry. We got you covered. We gathered seven Colors of the Year 2023 and curated which of our window coverings are a close match!

You’ll notice a similarity within the variety of earth tones that were chosen. They represent calming themes like reconnecting, reflection, and peace. Perfect for after the holi-daze.

BEHR – Blank Canvas

Image Credit: Behr

We love the creamy, dreamy vibes of Blank Canvas. This warm white is a perfect way to start off the new year – it’s literally a blank canvas! And like a canvas, it’s a foundation to support your other pieces of home decor. Behr even vouches it “renews every room of the home.” 

Porto Cream on Designer Series Roman Shades

Jogging Path on Architect Light Filtering Roller Shade

Dunn-Edwards – Terra Rosa

Image Credit: Dunn-Edwards

Mesmerize your guests with Terra Rosa, which is part of Dunn-Edwards’ Life in Poetry color palette. This deep pink will create a warm, dare we say romantic, atmosphere in any room.

In their words, Dunn-Edwards describes it as a “high chroma, cinnamon rose hue [that] is strong, yet approachable, and acts as a refreshing neutral updated to browns and burgundies.” With that in mind, you can confidently pair window coverings in this color with one of our taupe curtains/drapes.

Vintage Coral on Rustic Americana Curtains and Rustic Americana Roman Shades

Cardinal Weave on Farmhouse Curtains and Farmhouse Roman Shades

Sherwin-Williams – Redend Point

Image Credit: Redend Point

Bring the outdoors in with Redend Point. The earthy tones ground you into a state of relaxation. Sherwin-Williams says, “minimal yet cozy, this color creates a comforting backdrop for the everyday moments that matter.”

Amalfi Chocolate on Designer Light Filtering Dual Shades

Graham & Brown – Alizarin

Image Credit: Graham & Brown

Graham & Brown went for a deep, muted red with its color of the year, Alizarin, naming it after a pigment used as a dye. They state this color “can be used in small spaces to create a cocooning effect or in larger rooms to transform the space into an opulent abode.”

Cinnamon DC on Select Light Filtering Cellulars

Velvet Amber on Jewel Tone Drapery

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams – Darkroom

Image Credit: HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

If you’re looking for a more subtle option, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams has you covered. Their color of the year is an elegant black with purple undertones that is calming in its simplicity. The brand says, “this alluring black is a classic for heritage interiors, yet modernly retro for a throwback inspired aesthetic.”

Ashy Slate SC on Premier Blackout Cellular and 3/4″ Premier Blackout Vertical Cellulars

Vintage Shadow on Designer Elements Blackout Roller Shades and Designer Elements Blackout Panel Track

Pantone – Viva Magenta

Image Credit: Pantone

If you’re looking for a hue with more vibrancy to it, look no further. Pantone’s Viva Magenta is the energetic cousin of the red family. Its inspiration is from the cochineal dye.

Pantone describes their color as “a new animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint, an electrifying, and a boundaryless shade that is manifesting as a stand-out statement.”

Pyrope on Jewel Tone Drapery

Tourmaline on Jewel Tone Drapery

Glidden + PPG – Vining Ivy

Image Credit: Glidden

Moving away from the reds, both Gilden and PPG decide to look at the blues and greens in Mother Nature with their Color of the Year, Vining Ivy. Whether you’re looking for a calming presence as you wind down or an energizing color to start the day, Vining Ivy matches your mood.

Glidden describes it as a “‘bluish-greenish-something-in-betweenish’ color [that] serves up versatile vibes, making it an on-trend addition to any room.” Meanwhile, PPG says, “Its versatility takes the guesswork out of design, leaving consumers with more time to indulge in the things that matter most to them.”

Rain Water on Rustic Americana Roman Shades and Rustic Americana Curtains

Blue Matte Velour on Cozy Roman Shades and Cozy Curtains

Night Blue SC on Premier Blackout Cellulars and 3/4″ Premier Blackout Vertical Cellulars

Are These Interior Design Trends Not Your Style?

Perhaps you’d like to have one of the colors above be an accent wall, or all the walls, and you’re looking for more neutral window coverings.

In addition to the ones similar to Behr’s Blank Canvas, here are some of our favorite colors on a few blinds and shades.

Antique White Embossed on 2 1/2″ Luxe Modern Faux Wood Blinds

Luna on Luxe Modern Woven Wood Shades

Vintage Lace on Designer Elements Light Filtering Roller Shades

Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to discuss which color will work best for your home! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

Why Every Family Needs the Cordless Lift System

Little Dreamer Light Filtering Roller Shades in Avery Salmon

November is Child Safety and Protection Month, and as the month comes to a close, we wanted to remind you of one of the most important innovations in window coverings to date: The Cordless Lift System.

“Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “What does a cordless lift have to do with child safety?”

It has everything to do with it! On average, about nine children, age 5 and younger, die every year from strangulation in window coverings with cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

That’s why SelectBlinds became the first custom window covering company to go cordless on all products in March 2016.

We care about keeping your family safe! We have the Cordless Lift System option on every product we sell.

Keep reading to see all our different cordless lift options for our window blinds and shades.

Classic Cordless

Operate these with ease; simply push up and pull down on the bottom rail.

Cordless Lift & Lock™

When you press and hold the button, you can move the blind up and down to your preferred position. To lock it into place, simply let go of the button.

Easy Lift and Tilt

These blinds won’t go up until you grab the bottom rail to lift and tilt it.

Pull Tassle Lift

A tassel hangs closely to the bottom rail so there are no dangerous, long cords. Pull it down and let it raise the blinds automatically.

Cordless Top Down Bottom Up

These shades can be raised and lowered from the top and the bottom for privacy and light control. Lift the bottom rail to raise, and pull to lower. If you choose a Lift & Lock™ system, both rails will have a push button.

Motorized Wand or Remote Control

The cordless motorized wand is attached to the headrail and has two buttons – one to raise the window covering and one to lower it. If you want to operate a single shade or multiple shades from across the room, the remote control option is the perfect solution for you.

Home Automation

Take motorization to the next level by pairing Alexa, Google, & Apple products for shade operation by voice control. Everything else is automated. Why not your windows?

If you do have corded window coverings, be sure to check these child safety updates and download our top five safety tips for protecting little ones. You can also keep dangling cords out of reach of kids and pets by requesting our free cord cleats.

Want to talk through these cordless options? We’re happy to help! Chat with one of our Design Consultants, or call them at (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!


P.S. For all our history buffs, here’s how the #gocordless movement came to be.

The 1990s

The first study that window blind cords were a threat to children came out.

1994 – 2003

A series of patents were submitted for cordless innovations.

2002 – 2004

The CPSC staff and the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA), voluntarily, and jointly review investigation reports between 1996 and 2002 to find solutions to hazard scenarios. Their findings, which were shared in 2004, showed that the majority of leading incidents were a result of a continuous loop cord or multiple cords.

2012

CPSC and WCMA’s National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products was approved in November 2012 with requirements like: “new testing requirements for cord accessibility, hazardous loop testing, roll-up style shade performance, and durability testing of all safety devices.”

2014

The CPSC officially got involved and started the rulemaking process to develop a mandatory standard for manufacturers.

2016

In March, SelectBlinds became the first custom window covering company to go cordless on all products.

2017

The CPSC proposed revising the standard for manufacturers to no longer use cords in window blinds.

2018

In January, the proposal was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The majority of window covering products now have to produce coverings with

1. No operating cords (cordless);

2. Inaccessible operating cords; or

3. Operating cords shorter than 8 inches in any position.

In December, manufacturers adopted the new standard on cordless blinds and consumers are no longer able to purchase blinds with cords longer than 8 inches in retail stores.

Corded window coverings are available by custom-order products; however, the cords must have a default length of 40% of the blind height and default to a tilt wand instead of a tilt cord. 

2022

In May, Canada enforced regulations and restricted certain products being sold.

In November, the CPSC approved a federal safety standard for operating cords on custom window coverings. They also approved a federal safety rule that non-compliant window covering cords are added to the CPSC’s substantial product hazard list.

5 Questions to Ask When Buying Cellular Shades

It’s no secret that cellular shades, sometimes called honeycomb shades, are amazing. They are, after all, the most popular customer choice here at SelectBlinds.

To name a few of their well-known features: 

  • Insulation: The “cell” construction traps air and provides insulation from the heat and cold.
  • UV Protection: Cellular shades can block up to 99% of incoming light. Blackout cellulars are best for this purpose.
  • Energy Efficient: In addition to insulation, the soft fabric diffuses light and reduces heat from entering the room, saving you money on electricity.
  • Sound Reducing: Their layers block out not only light, but also outside noise.

Cellular shades come in a variety of colors, and they can be framed with curtains or drapes to create dimension. Did we mention that they’re easy to clean

But before you buy cellular, here are 5 questions to ask yourself to ensure you’re choosing the best one.

1. How many cells should you get?

SelectBlinds cellular shades come in single- or double-cell constructions. Double-cells, you guessed it, trap more air than single-cells, so it’s another layer of insulation.

Do you live in the sunny, warm side of the country? A single-cell shade may be enough for you. If you’re somewhere more temperamental, a double-cell will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Left: Cordless Light Filtering Top Down Bottom Up Shades in Taupe; Right: Select Blackout Cellulars in Black DC

2. How wide should the cells, or pleats, be?

SelectBlind cellular shades come in a variety of pleat sizes, from ⅜” to 2” wide. Smaller pleats will look more natural in shorter window frames; while the wider pleats are more proportional for larger sized windows. 

However, your answer to the last question will play a part in this. Typically, double-cell construction means smaller pleats, and single-cell means larger pleats. Depending on your frame, you may need to adjust how many cells to get.

Wider pleats are also lighter per square foot, which makes them ideal for large sliding doors and wider windows. This principle also applies when using them for skylight blinds and arches and window arches.

3. Where is the placement of the cellular shade in your home?

Cellulars can absorb moisture and even odors due to their fabric material. Kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms exposed to condensation are not recommended for cellulars. (Faux wood blinds would be a good alternative though.) However, cellular shades are great for rooms by busy streets because they reduce sound.

4. What extra features, if any, do you want to add?

Like all our blinds, you can choose if you’d like a Continuous Cord Loop Lift or one of our Cordless Lift options. For example, the Top Down Bottom Lift allows you to raise your cellular shades from the bottom or lower from the top, and it’s available as corded or cordless.

Motorization is another feature that customers love. Choose from a remote control, motorized wand, or home automation system.

Remote Control Motorization with a Roller Shade. This feature is available for selected cellular shades too.

5. Should I get Cellular TriShades?

Eliminate the need for multiple coverings with this two-in-one custom window treatment. This shade can both filter light and black it out entirely, depending on how you adjust the sections. Simply pull down the light filtering handle to let light in, or pull up on the handle for the blackout feature.

Remember when we talked about placement earlier? TriShades are great for rooms primarily used during the day but that host the occasional overnight guest.

Left: Modern Light Filtering/Blackout TriShades in Gray Cloud; Right: Premier Light Filtering TriShades in Silvery Moon DC

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