Mapping the Journey of a Select Blinds Shopper

Nothing makes a room feel warmer and more welcoming than beautiful custom window treatments that complement and accent your unique interior design style. The good news is that buying blinds online doesn’t have to be an intimidating ordeal!

Every home update and redesign project is different, and every journey you go on as you get more confident with the DIY design process will be unique in its own way. Not to worry, though, because we at Select Blinds are just as invested in your success as you are. We want you to succeed and are here to support you all the way through your project journey!

Select Blinds is the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Brand! With free Select Blinds design consultation support, we can help make your journey a breeze. Quick questions or an entire project, from start to finish, no matter the size of your project – we got you.

Every journey begins with a first step, so let’s walk through the Select Blinds customer journey together starting with . . .

1. Measuring Your Windows

The first step (or one of the first steps) you will take with your DIY project is to measure your windows. We custom make your window coverings and need as accurate a measurement as you can provide to ensure the best fit. Don’t worry, it’s easy!

Maybe at this point, you will have your window coverings already selected, maybe not. No matter.

Having accurate window measurements will not only help with a good fit, but also helps determine how your window covering is priced, and will also help determine the variety of options available to you.

2. Choosing the Best Window Coverings for Your Needs + Ordering Samples

You will want to select the right window coverings to meet your unique needs. Are you looking for energy-efficiency? Are you needing a dark cool room for your child’s naptime? Maybe you want a quieter work environment for your home office. Are these window treatments replacing older ones, or are they for a brand new home?

Here are some things to consider:

  • Which room are you needing new blinds, shades, shutters, or curtains for?
  • How many windows are you needing to cover?
  • What unique needs does your room (or rooms) have? Privacy? Quiet? Is it a child’s room? Talk to one of our design consultants for free, and get some input and tips for what would work best for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Once you have a window treatment style and color/design/texture selected, be sure to order free samples! You can order up to 15 free samples daily, shipped to your door for free, and on top of that, ordering samples ensures you can lock in a daily promo for up to 30 days after your samples arrive.

3. Finding the Best Price

So many online blinds stores, so little time. There are any number of brands out there, so how do you know which is best? Should you go with a full-service brand (which includes measuring and installation), or should you go with more of a DIY brand?

Custom window treatments are priced based on the cost of materials–the larger the dimensions, the higher the cost. Most brands of window treatments offer many of the same styles and types, and don’t vary very much in terms of quality. Retailers tend to offer a broader range of differences, including customer experience. The “best” choice for a homeowner ultimately depends on his or her desired result and budget. Keep in mind that measuring, installation costs, and shipping fees can quickly add up toward the final price tag for your home design update project. 

The average cost of hiring help for blinds installation can average you around $700 for your entire home. Cut out the middleman! Doing your own measuring and installing yourself is the most efficient and cost-effective way to approach the dressing of your windows. Spearheading your own project and doing it yourself doesn’t require any expertise or special tools. It’s super easy, and we’re here to make it even easier! And remember, any promo you see on any given day? Just order free samples, we’ll ship them to you for free, and you can lock in any promo for 30 days after your samples arrive. We want to make sure you get the best price possible.

We offer you all kinds of helpful online resources for easy-to-follow instruction, and hassle-free measuring and installation. Plus you’ll have access to our top-notch customer service team, along with free design consulting, 7 days per week!

Many companies also charge shipping fees, especially for “oversized” items.  At SelectBlinds.com, you always get free shipping to anywhere in the contiguous United States, no matter how large your items are!

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4. Completing Your Purchase

Once you have your windows measured and have your dreamy window coverings selected, you have several options for completing your order:

  • Online
  • Over-the-phone 
  • Financing options available

Select Blinds products usually ship within 5-7 days after your order is placed, and you’ll usually have them delivered free on your doorstep within seven days after shipment. 

5. Receiving Your Order

Are you excited? Your new, stylish Select Blinds window treatments have arrived! All of our products carry with them a three-year limited warranty that covers most contingencies, and which can be upgraded if you prefer to a three-year unlimited warranty, or a five-year unlimited warranty.

What exactly does your Select Blinds warranty cover?

Most issues are covered by the three-year and five-year limited warranties, and the unlimited five-year warranty also includes many accidental things that may come up, like child or pet damage.

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What Protections Do You Have if You Submit Your Window Measurements Incorrectly?

We’ve even got you covered if you should happen to submit inaccurate window measurements. We call it our Select Blinds F.I.T. Guarantee.

If you make any kind of mistake when measuring your windows and your custom coverings don’t fit, simply call us at 888-257-1840 and we’ll remake that exact same product for you for free (at your new size) within 30 days of the date your order was delivered.* You just cover $10 for shipping, and we’ll get your new remake right out to you.

Note that if the dimensions of the remake are larger than your original blinds, there may be a small price increase due to material costs. Remakes under this guarantee are limited to one (1) per order and a total of four (4) per household per customer lifetime, whether for the same or different product(s). Any mis-measure remakes after that will be made at customer cost for the price of the original order, including any discounts, plus an additional 10% off. Guarantee excludes motorized products, drapery/curtains and shutters. See our Select Blinds F.I.T. Guarantee fine print.

What is Shipped With Your Select Blinds Product?

We’ve been able to make your installation process as easy and friendly as possible, because of all our experience working with customers just like you! You’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful new window treatments more quickly.

We include with your product:

  • Effective packing to ensure against damage during shipping
  • All the required hardware (and much optional hardware)
  • Easy-to-follow instructions and warnings (when in doubt, just go to our website for downloadable instructions, videos, or to YouTube.com, for your Select Blinds product name + installation)

Installation and Final Results

You’ll love how easy your Select Blinds window treatments are to install. Some of our products even have No-tools Headrail installation as an upgrade for even quicker installation. Have your new window treatments up and ready to enjoy in just minutes!

The only tools you’ll need include a pencil, measuring tape, screwdriver, possibly a stepladder, and a drill and drill bit. For more involved installations, you may find an extra set of helping hands work out best.

If you should get stuck, feel free to call our Customer Care team at (888) 257-1840, 7 days per week, and we’ll gladly walk you through anything we can. We’re also available via email and live chat. Not to worry! We’ve got your back!

We want you to feel proud of your new space with its beautiful new window treatments, and want you to feel confident and accomplished as a DIY designer. Stop paying companies to do for you what you can easily (and quickly) do for yourself!  

You Got This! Let’s Get More “DIY” Into Your Dream Home Upgrade

Don’t let a home design upgrade project intimidate you. You got this! And we’re here to support you all the way from start to finish with helpful resources to make your life easier. Make your house ALL YOURS as you custom-craft it into your dream home. No need to break the bank to do it, either. Sharpen those interior DIY design instincts, and save yourself plenty of money in the process. And we got you! Free interior design consulting is just another way we can support you in all your home upgrade projects. Call us today at (888) 257-1840 to tap into our free design consultation resources.

We want to make it as worry-free as possible for you!

Free samples. Free shipping. Free design consulting. Every Day. Only at SelectBlinds.com.

Go Window Shopping for Some Stylish New Select Blinds Window Treatments! >>

¡BIENVENIDOS! To Select Blinds in Spanish!

by SelectBlinds

¡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. 

Select Blinds website is now available in Spanish
SelectBlinds.com is now fully available in Spanish!

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.

Find the English/Spanish language toggle button just to the right of the top search bar on the SelectBlinds.com website

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.

COMING FOR EASTER:

Get EGG-cited about EGG-cellent savings for our upcoming tiered sale for Easter! Pick out what you might like, and order some free samples!

Select Blinds makes your home's interior beautiful and warm
Select Blinds’ window treatments complement your sense of interior décor perfectly and can make your home more comfortable and welcoming!
Photos from Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk’s Childhood Home Makeover

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!

#BlindsYouLove

#PersianasQueLeEncantan

The 4 Best Reasons to Consider Mini Blinds or Faux Wood Blinds for Your Home

by SelectBlinds

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.

Custom Aluminum Mini Blinds are inexpensive, easy to care for, and long-lasting.
Custom Aluminum Mini Blinds are inexpensive, easy to care for, and long-lasting.

Mini Blinds

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:

Custom Faux Wood Blinds are durable, look like real wood, and budget-friendly.
Custom Faux Wood Blinds are durable, look like real wood, and budget-friendly.

Faux Wood Blinds

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

  1. 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.
  2. Durable and long lasting. Make sure your aluminum mini blinds and faux wood blinds are made with durable materials and are built to last.
  3. 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.
  4. Crisp, clean appearance. If you take care of your aluminum minis and faux wood blinds, and dust/clean them regularly, they will look sharp and new for years.

Looking for faux wood blinds recommended for your home or office? Try the following:

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.

Window Resolution 2021: Take Up to 40% off Everything During Select Blinds New Years Sale!

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!

Shop end-of-the-year deals on our best-selling cellular and honeycomb window coveringsbamboo and woven woodsromansrollerssolar shades for indoors and out, shuttersreal and faux wood blindsdesigner sheers, dazzling dual-roller zebra blinds, classic draperyall-aluminum minispanel tracks and verticals, even skylights and arches. Save, too, on remote control and motorized products that work with Google Home or Amazon Echo’s (Alexa) on higher up or wide windows. Purchase your new custom blinds during our New Years Sale and we’ll add a FREE extended warranty on every item, too!

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

Remorseful man with hands over face
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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.

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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 “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 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!


Jaclyn L. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“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.”

Happy customer, Jaclyn L chose Select Light Filtering Roller Shade in White.

“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 P. is a Happy SelectBlinds.com Customer!

“We’re very happy with our Classic Cordless Woven Woods in Rosemary. They really are great quality shades for a reasonable price!”

Bamboo shades complete the look of this bedroom.

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!

Woven wood shades look great in every window in your home!

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!”

Select Blinds Happy Customer Contest: Winner Chosen!

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…

Elizabeth K!

Wooohoooo! Yeah!! Fireworks and streamers! Sparklers! Balloons! Other exciting, celebratory things!!

Elizabeth K is our Happy Customer Winner and recipient of $250 Visa gift card

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.

Kathy M.

Kathy M is a runner up in Happy Customer Contest.

Kathy’s Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Porcelain White really brighten up her dining space and look wonderful with the rest of her décor.

Dora W.

Dora W is a runner up in SelectBlinds.com's Happy Customer Contest.

Dora’s Select Double Cell Blackout Shades in White Satin are a perfect addition to her nursery, especially since she went with the cordless option for the ultimate clutter-free, kid-safety window covering.

Adonis P.

Adonis P is a runner up for SelectBlinds.com's Happy Customer Contest.

Adonis gave his home the cozy transformation he was looking for when he hung all 12 of his new Golden Sateen-colored Select Preferred Roman Shades in just an hour!

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!

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!