What’s the Difference Between Inside and Outside Mounted Blinds?

Window treatments are a modern necessity. Your home likely has windows, no matter what century they built it. Moderating some of the natural light that enters a home is important for sleep. However, for the rest of the day, blinds and shades help dress a window to compliment a decor.

A question that gets asked quite frequently to people in the window treatment industry is, “What is the difference between inside mounted blinds and outside mounted blinds?” To make the best cosmetic choice for your blinds or shades, it is important to know which mounting style you want.

Outside Mounted Blinds

Outside mounted blinds are, just as the name implies, mounted outside of the window frame. The outside mount style circumvents issues you may have with shallow window frames. That is why for certain applications, like french doors, they are the preferred mounting style. Additionally, they can be beneficial because you can cover up the frame of the window itself. The option to cover up the frame is helpful for people who own older houses with frame work that is not as attractive as your new window treatments. Outside mounted blinds provide a solution for a fraction of the price of replacing the window and window frames.

Additionally, by mounting the blinds outside, you can eliminate the pesky light gap that can occur with inside mounted blinds by over-sizing the blinds slightly.

Inside Mount Blinds

Inside mounted blinds are preferred for their stylish and clean appearance. Inside mount blinds are mounted inside of the window frame. For inside mount blinds, measurement is very important as there is very little room for error. Our guide on how to measure for aluminium mini blinds can help guide you through the process. One of the interesting benefits of inside mounted blinds is depending on the mounting bracket that you use, they can be mounted to the top or sides of the window frame. However, as previously stated, if your window frames are too shallow, inside mounted blinds simply will not work for your windows.

Inside mounted blinds and outside mounted blinds are both options we carry at BlindsOnline.com. Select any style of blinds or shades and proceed to the customization screen where you can specify which type of mounting style you’d prefer. Be sure to check out our measuring guides to help you determine the exact measurements you’ll need for your order.

For more information on inside mounted blinds vs outside mounted blinds, or to ask a question about our blinds selection, contact us!


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White Blinds for Minimalist Style

Minimalism in the simplest terms, is the concept of pairing down style elements to create cleaner, simpler looking, art. Using the term art broadly of course. Minimalism, made popular in the 1960s and 1970s, minimalism surfaced in painting, architecture, music, poetry, and even has contributed to a resurgence in interest in stoic philosophy. Minimalism is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Below are some of our recommendations for window treatments to give your room a clean, open look, sure to appeal to minimalist lovers.

White Roman Shades

Roman shades were originally developed in ancient Rome to help shield indoor areas from sunlight. White roman shades offer clean lines and simplicity of style that can compliment any room. One of the great things about roman shades is that they can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth or even a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment. Historically speaking, this is the most ‘spartan’ you can get in terms of window treatments.

White Single Cell Shades

White single cell shades offer the clean lines most minimalists are searching for with the added benefit of energy efficiency. Cellular shades are designed to trap a small pocket of air inside the cells which creates an insulating effect to help cut down on your energy bills. Part of the minimalist philosophy is to reduce the unnecessary from everyday life to focus on the essential. This closely aligns with the goal of single cell shades, which reduce your energy bill, so you can focus on saving money.

White Plantation Shutters

White plantation shutters are one of the most popular window treatment that we carry at Blinds Online and for good reason. Composed using a pvc base for durability and resistance to humid climates. Easily cleaned with a damp cloth, plantation shutters give an incredible open feel to any room. Plantation shutters gained their popularity in the historic South before the civil war. However, they actually date back to ancient Greece, making them as historically significant as Roman Shades. Plantation shutters gained their name from their popularity as being used on massive plantation windows, providing privacy when needed, but plenty of sunlight when the slats are opened.

White Vertical Blinds

Similar to our plantation shutters, our white vertical blinds are also made from a smooth PVC material for easy cleaning and resistance to humidity. Vertical blinds are the window treatment of choice for large glass sliding doors (like patio doors) and help provide privacy when you need it. One of the unique benefits of vertical blinds is because of their orientation, they are much less likely to collect dust than horizontal window treatments. First invented by Edward and Frederick Bopp in 1952, vertical blinds are a somewhat new creation when compared to previously mentioned styles.

Final Thoughts

Minimalism is a wonderful aesthetic style that can really open up even the smallest spaces. In the end, it truly depends on personal preference, your window treatment goals, and what type of window you’re covering. No matter what style you’re thinking about Blinds Online can help you decide. Our customer service team can work with you to get your blinds to your home quickly!

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Give Your Home a Coastal Feel with Plantation Shutters

plantation shuttersGive your home a coastal feel by installing composite plantation shutters. Plantation shutters add something to a room that no other window covering can. In addition to their sheer beauty and architectural detail, they are terrific performers at controlling light and privacy, plus when closed, they provide a bit of sound control.

Composite Plantation shutters

can be installed as “café” style which simply means that the shutter is only about one half as high as the window. This allows you to see outside and get light into the room while still providing some degree of privacy.

Since plantation shutters provide complete light control they are a good choice for media rooms, bedrooms and offices where room darkening is desirable.

When made of composite materials, these not only add a cool and crisp look to the window, they are easy to clean, water & humidity resistant and light in weight.

Shutters can be ordered in 2 ½ inch or 3 ½ inch width giving you a styling option. Options for hidden tilt bar are also available. Whatever your preference, be assured that these shutters will last a long time and continue to look fresh and new.

Installation can be done inside the window frame, if there is sufficient depth to accommodate the shutters or outside the frame. Outside mounting involves installing a frame of sorts on the wall or moldings that surround the window. Then the shutter panels are mounted to the frame. If you have tilt control windows or crank control windows there may be an interference with window operation so consider this before you order.

The guys at BlindsOnline.com have done a good job of simplifying the measuring & installing process so almost anyone with a little skill and a few tools can do it. They have videos showing the entire process so give that a look before you decide if plantation shutters are for you.

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Discount Custom Blinds

The key to installing

Custom blinds that fit your windows perfectly, is to purchase

Custom Made Blinds.

These made-to-order blinds are manufactured to your exact specifications, meeting the height and width requirements of each window in your house. As opposed to pre-cut blinds, which are mere estimations, or difficult adjustable-width blinds, custom blinds fit to your windows and create clean lines that add to the beauty of your home.

When ordering custom discount blinds from BlindsOnLine it’s important that you measure your windows accurately. We’ve taken the headache out of measuring by offering step-by-step instructions & videos for the various types of discount blinds and shades that we sell. From vertical blinds to roman shades, you’ll find all of the information you need on our comprehensive website.

Free Price Quotes on Discount Custom Blinds

There are a few tips to keep in mind when measuring your windows for custom blinds. First and foremost, you’ll need to determine whether the blinds will be mounted on the inside or the outside of the window frame. The measurements will vary considerably depending on the style you choose, so this should be your first consideration. It is also important to use a metal tape measure to determine the length and width, as rulers, cloth tape measures and yardsticks may not provide an accurate measurement. You can download a window measuring worksheet here. Fill out the sizes and options that you want for each window.

Once you’ve completed all of the measurements for your discount custom blinds, you can get a free price quote instantly from BlindsOnLine. Directly on our homepage, you’ll find a place to submit the width, length and style of discount blinds that you’ll be purchasing. This feature makes it easy for you to stay within your budget as you shop for affordable and high-quality window treatments for your home.

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Discount Cellular Shades

Here at BlindsOnLine, we sell discount cellular shades that either filter or block light so that you can choose the shade that best matches your needs. A major advantage of cellular, or honeycomb, shades is their energy efficiency. The layers of fabric work together to create a strong barrier against the outside temperature, keeping your home comfortable year around.

Another characteristic of the discount cellular shades that we offer include the variations in the pleat sizes, which range from a 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch in width. These pleats are the visible distinction on cellular shades, setting them apart from other popular window treatments. From the side, the cellular structure is visible, but from the front, you just see a clean piece of fabric with measured pleats that extends to the bottom of the window pane.

A Wide Selection of Window Treatments, Including Discount Cellular Shades

In addition to cellular shades, you’ll also find a wide selection of other discount window coverings, from simple aluminum mini blinds to wood blinds and skylight shades. Each product we carry is manufactured from high-quality materials so that the end result is more than just a low-price shade–it’s a quality home decorating idea. And, regardless of your personal style, you’ll find something to suit your taste here.

When ordering your discount cellular shades, you’ll want to take accurate measurements of each window in your home and submit the results with your online order. These measurements will be used to process your custom order, so that the shades or blinds arrive at your home ready for installation. Our website has detailed measuring and installing videos for every product so there is no need to worry about getting the right shades to fit. Once we receive your order, you can expect your custom shades to ship in about five days.

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Measure it Out Twice, Only Cut it once – Get it Right the First Time with Measuring Guides from BlindsOnLine.com

If you’re looking to save some money, buying your blinds online is one easy solution. Why? Well, when you purchase your window treatments online you are not paying for the convenience of having them installed by a professional – you have to do it yourself. Fortunately there are many window treatments that require very little effort to install.

Moreover BlindsOnLine.com also has a measuring guide on their website that do-it-yourselfers can use to perfectly install any blind, shade, or skylight. To view the guide for yourself, visit https://www.blindsonline.com/pc/How-to-Measure-Install-Blinds-and-Shades-d4.htm. Continue reading Measure it Out Twice, Only Cut it once – Get it Right the First Time with Measuring Guides from BlindsOnLine.com

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Renting a Condo – But Need More Shade From Your Neighbors?

While there are certain benefits to living in a condo, like the price and luxury, there are also some downfalls – primarily that if you live on a lower floor or next to other tall buildings, you may be distracted by your neighbors (many homeowners may also face a similar problem).

The good news is that you can improve your environment and your mood with one simple change: window treatments. Window treatments not only let you control the amount of heat and light that enters your condo, but can also create a barrier between you and your pesky neighbors. Continue reading Renting a Condo – But Need More Shade From Your Neighbors?

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Redecorating Your Kitchen? How Purchasing Window Blinds Can Help

Have you been thinking about renovating your kitchen? If so, then you might be trying to save on costs, but one area you can’t cut costs with is your windows. Did you know that each year, countless of Americans lose hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars because their windows lose heat in the winter and bring it in during the summer. The good news is that you can save money by purchasing energy efficient blinds and other window treatments online from companies like BlindsOnLine.com. Continue reading Redecorating Your Kitchen? How Purchasing Window Blinds Can Help

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What to Think About When Buying a New House

The windows of a home are not only a huge part of its overall appeal, but can also be a source of significant heat loss and gain. When you are searching for a new home, it is important to inspect every part of the house and never forget the windows. If they look old, weathered, or have gaps, you will have to replace them or face the excruciating heat during the summer, the chilling cold during the winter, and the heavy electrical bills all year round. #energyefficient Continue reading What to Think About When Buying a New House

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Last Chance of the Summer to Purchase Discount Skylight Shades on Sale at BlindsOnLine.com

If you are looking for discount skylight shades, chances are that you are looking for one of the cheapest options available to you, but that shouldn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality just to save a few dollars. BlindsOnLine.com, offers an alternative option; customers who purchase discount skylight shades from BlindsOnLine.com will find that they are much less expensive because they are intended for Do-It-Yourselfers, decorators, and facility managers who can install them on their own.

Skylights are a great addition to any room because it allows homeowners to look up at the sky, often straight from the comfort of their own beds. Unfortunately, sometimes it is difficult to install skylight shades because they are usually situated on top of ceilings and other awkward places. However, if you are qualified to add these honeycomb-shaped shades to your skylights on your own, you will be able to control when you want light to touch every inch of your home and when you want complete darkness.

Currently BlindsOnLine.com offers the following discount skylight shade options:


Skylight Light Filtering Shades Skylight Blackout Shades

To find out more about the different discount skylight shades available from BlindsOnLine.com’s white label manufacturers, visit their website today and type in the promotional code (AUGSKY) on checkout to receive 10% off of their products. If you would like to find skylight shade design ideas visit https://www.pinterest.com/explore/skylight-shade/.

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