¡Vaya! ¡Abra las persianas para ver! (Open your blinds to look!)
SelectBlinds.com has recently added a version of our website in Español for our valued Spanish-speaking customers. Our Spanish speaking experience was the culmination of hard work by native speakers from several Hispanophone cultures.
Just about anything you can do in English on our site, is now accessible in Spanish. Some elements of our site may still appear in English, and as we continue to fine-tune and perfect our Spanish language experience, we ask that our visitors be patient. We always have Spanish speaking representatives standing by to help with phone calls, online chats, and email inquiries, so don’t worry. We won’t leave anyone hanging!
Head to the best online store for custom blinds in English, or send your Spanish-speaking friends to our website to check it out, shop, register for discounts and updates via email, etc. Select Blinds is your one-stop shop (now in English AND in Spanish) for custom window coverings: blinds, shades, shutters, drapery/curtains, designer fabrics by the yard, etc. Let us help you find your perfect designer style to add that extra touch of flair to your home.
To access the Spanish version of the website, just look on our homepage. Just to the right of the search bar, there’s a new “Language toggle” button where you can switch easily between the English and Spanish versions of our streamlined online custom blinds experience.
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We’d love to hear your feedback, too! How can we serve you better? We are looking forward to continuing to better serve our customers in both languages!
Venetian blinds (and Venetian-style blinds) are a recognizable, classic style for window coverings. Venetian blinds are a stack of horizontal “slats” connected by cords or strips of fabric that can be tilted at an angle upward or downward to open and close them. The “stacked slats” can also be drawn and bunched upward to entirely open up or close a window view to the outside. Their design is what typically comes to mind when someone mentions “blinds.”
Venetian blinds are traditionally made of wood, but come in a variety of materials, including aluminum and faux wood. These blinds also come in varying slat widths and finishes.
Let’s talk window treatment ideas.
What about your own interior space? There is good news for DIY decorators! There are many benefits to integrating this traditional window treatment design, in some form or other, into your home décor update.
Mini blinds feature the familiar Venetian-style blind design, but with narrower slats, usually varying no more than one to two inches in width. Their thickness is also referred to as their “gauge.” It might interest you to know that Select Blind minis are 6- or 8-gauge (.006 and .008 of an inch, respectively). They are often manufactured with aluminum or vinyl, in a wide range of colors, finishes, and lift styles. Some manufacturers use recycled materials to produce more sustainable products.
Mini blinds are commonly used to cover windows of varying sizes, including narrow, tall windows, like those adjacent to, or on either side of, a door. You’ll often see them being used in offices, schools, and industrial facilities.
Which is Better, Aluminum or Vinyl Mini Blinds?
Aluminum mini window blinds and vinyl mini blinds are both easy to clean and take care of. Though vinyl blinds are more flexible than aluminum and less likely to dent or crease, aluminum mini blinds are sturdier and stronger than vinyl blinds, and won’t split or break.
We recommend these high-quality, custom aluminum mini blinds for your home or office:
Unlike wood, faux wood blinds are extremely sturdy and they offer a wide range of styles, colors, and designs. While offering the warm, classic look of real wood. After all, affordable, high-quality custom faux wood window treatments shouldn’t have to look like cheap, fake wood. Faux wood blinds are often made from durable vinyl or PVC, and you can customize them for any room in your home. You also don’t have to worry about faux wood blinds warping or fading. There is also a wide selection of lift styles you can get for your blinds, including cordless (for homes with children and pets).
Benefits of Aluminum Mini Blinds and Faux Wood Blinds
Cost-effective and versatile. Aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are less expensive than blinds made with other materials. They also come in a wide range of colors and styles.
Durable and long lasting. Make sure your aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are made with durable materials and are built to last.
Water- and mold-resistant. The impermeable resistance of aluminum and faux wood to moisture and mold makes them an excellent option for humid spaces like kitchens/dining rooms and bathrooms.
Remember, aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are both excellent budget-friendly customizable options for your home’s window treatments that are easy to clean and take care of, and that you’ll enjoy for years.
Surely, we’d all love to draw the blinds on 2020 and go out in style with a fresh new view in our sights! That’s why our New Years Sale is helping you take to 40% off some interior accessories to make the tail-end of quarantine (hopefully) a bit more brighter! Or dimmer, depending on the kind of shades you need!
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.
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.
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 “oops!” 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 Facebook, Instagram 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!
“We have lived in our quaint Cape Cod home for over seven years and have never had blinds or shades as we love all the light that comes in through our old, paned windows. We thought it was time to try some window coverings to add privacy without eliminating all the light.”
“We ordered one roller shade as a test to see how well it would work for my kids’ bathroom. The Select Light Filtering Roller Shade in White is perfect for our needs. It was easy to install, simple, clean-lined and a good value. My children are happy since they have more privacy but still get to enjoy the beauty of the house!”
Jaclyn, what a great addition to your kids’ bathroom! It really does let the light in while adding an extra layer of privacy – an essential part of any bathroom. The bright white goes great with the style of your home, too, and we love the fun tiles on the floor!
Sheryl! We love the look of your new shades! They really mesh well with your décor and really tie the room together! Is that a homemade quilt? Either way – it’s gorgeous! Unique touches like that are really in this year, so keep it up!
Sheryl went on to say that “being able to get color samples that actually matched the shades when they arrived, plus the easy installation and friendly customer service made the whole process hassle-free!”
Choosing a winner for our semi-annual Happy Customer Contest is never easy. With so many beautiful photos showcasing your DIY window covering upgrade, who are we to decide which one is best?
So, after selecting our four finalists, we put their amazing pictures to the test and had you vote on the winner. And now that the results are in, we’re so excited to announce that the winner of the latest SelectBlinds.com Happy Customer Contest (and a $250 VISA gift card) is…drumroll ladies and gentlemen…
Wooohoooo! Yeah!! Fireworks and streamers! Sparklers! Balloons! Other exciting, celebratory things!!
Elizabeth sent in her photos back in November and we were instantly in love. The natural-looking, Premier Woven Wood Shades in Agava, color blend so perfectly with the soft, neutral walls and pops of green. And the top down/bottom up feature is ideal for keeping prying eyes out while still letting sunlight (or moonlight) in. It truly does look like a living room straight out of a magazine!
So, now that we know who the winner is, let’s take a look at our runners up.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our latest Happy Customer giveaway. For a chance to win the $250.00 VISA gift card in the first half of 2020, just follow the instructions here to submit your photos and tell us why you love #WhatsInYourWindow!
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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?
After ordering a sample, we purchased these 2″ Essential Cordless Faux Wood Blinds in Shiplap Ivory Smooth for our new home. We cannot say enough about the exceptional quality, especially for such a good price. Customer Service was also very helpful and polite each time we called. We will happily recommend Select Blinds!
WOW! Cynthia, your new home looks amazing! And the new blinds match your windows and decor so well. The soft, green walls are also super soothing – perfect for a bedroom.
Honestly, we can’t decide which room we love more. The blinds look great in both! And all that beautiful light shining in – it’s almost ethereal. Great choices all around!