Anyone Can Install Custom Made Wood Blinds!

wood blindsSo you’ve purchased your brand new wood blinds and you’re ready to beautify your home!

One of the major selling points for wood blinds is how easy they are to install. They can dramatically change the look of a room, without a lot of effort or money.

They can add just about any type of effect that you like to a given room. But they are most often used to give a feeling of warmth. The natural look and texture of the grains make you want to enter a room and stay there for a while.

All you will really need is a screwdriver, a cordless screwdriver, or a drill with the appropriate drill bit.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Take an Inventory of Your Wood Blinds’ Package

First of all, take your blinds out of the box and familiarize yourself with all of the parts. They should also come with:

  • Detailed instructions
  • Your brackets and screws
  • Your valance and valance clips
  • Any related hardware

Step 2: Prepare Your Bracket

Start your installation by first positioning your first bracket at the top corner of your window frame, being sure that you have the right side away from the glass.

You will clearly want the open side facing away from the window, so you can slide your blinds right in there.

For easy installations, it’s probably best to slide your brackets all the way to the front of the window sills opening.

Step 3: Create Starter Holes

You can make things easy on yourself by creating some starter holes before you start drilling or screwing. Just put the appropriate screw in place, in the correct hole, and lightly tap with a hammer to get things started. Do this to any two of your side bracket holes.

Step 4: Fasten the Brackets

Now use your drill or screwdriver to fasten two of your screws inside of the bracket. Install your left and right side brackets, and any other ones your blinds may have come with. Be careful not to over tighten.

Step 5: Attach the Valance

Next, snap the included valance clips onto the front of your headrail before mounting the blinds. Remember to space these valance clips evenly. You also obviously want to avoid any contact or interference with any mechanism at the top of the blinds.

Step 6: Insert your blinds

Now slide your head row into the brackets. This should go and easily. No close the covers on your brackets from top to bottom, making sure they are in their securely. They should snap into place when done correctly.

Step 7: Add the Finishing Touches

Now snap the valance into place, from the top to the bottom. Next, you should lower and test your blinds, to make sure everything is running smoothly.

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How To Clean Plantation Shutters

The timeless appearance of plantation shutters adds long-term value while inspiring upscale design that feels like home. However, these beautiful window treatments won’t do you any good if they’re unmaintained. Luckily, shutters don’t require an enormous amount of maintenance, and are surprisingly easy to clean.

But how do you clean your shutters the right way? There are several ways to clean them with minimal effort. The great news is that window shutters, whether decorative or functional, are relatively straightforward to manage.

Cleaning Items That We Recommend:

Feather Duster or A Dry Cloth

Use a feather duster or a dry cloth to brush off dust. You can clean the slats with a cloth or feather duster if you clean your window shutters on a regular basis.

Clean Socks

Wipe down dust with a clean sock. A sock is an effective cleaning hack that helps clean your blinds fast!

Vacuum with Attachment

This is the perfect cleaning device for removing dust from hard-to-reach window treatments on tall windows. The brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner picks up anything your regular duster might have left behind.

Dryer Sheets

Rub fabric dryer sheets onto both sides of the slats. Dryer sheets will not prevent dust, but it will cut down on the amount of dust that clings to your blinds or shutters.

Toothbrush For The Small Details

Use a toothbrush to remove dust from hard to reach spaces.

White Vinegar

If your shutters are extra dirty, wipe them down with white vinegar to keep your shutters nice and clean.

Cleaning Steps For Removing Dust:

Use a duster to remove dust: Run the feather duster or a dry cloth in between each blind, hitting the tops and bottoms.

Vacuum off lingering dust: Connect the attachment onto your vacuum cleaner, and run the attachment over the shutters to remove anything left over.

White Vinegar: Remove dirt and grime with a bowl filled with white vinegar. The white vinegar should remove most stains, debris, and dirt off of plantation shutters.

For easy cleaning, wipe down your shutters with a sock. Dip a clean, fresh sock in white vinegar, and wring the sock out. You want to make sure the sock is barely damp, but with just enough solution to clean.

Place the sock over your hand: Run the sock over each blind. For extremely dirty shutters, have a few backup socks on hand.

Cleaning Plantation Shutters

Removing Dust

We recommend cleaning plantation shutters on a regular basis to keep dust, allergens, and germs at bay. Shutters are notoriously tedious to clean, and can be dust magnets.

Cleaning Hard To Reach Places

Are your plantation shutters located in a hard to access location? Your best bet would be investing in a blind duster with microfiber fabric. These dusters have a pole attachment that reaches high enough so you can go without having to get out a ladder.

Avoid Common Mistakes

Liquid cleaners are not the best solution for plantation shutters, and we do not recommend cleaning your plantation shutters with water because most liquids can cause warping over time. But if you decide to use a liquid cleaner for your shutters, just use a small amount of white vinegar to clean off dust and grime. We hope this guide has answered a few questions, and points you in the right direction for which cleaning materials are best for your needs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call one of our Blinds Online representatives.

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What is the Difference Between Blinds and Shades?

If you’re just starting to look for window treatments for your house or apartment, finding a place to start can be difficult. Between measuring your windows, figuring out the dimensions of the blinds you want, and installing them, can be overwhelming enough to make you want to just hire someone to do it all for you. But hiring a window treatment company to install your blinds is expensive when you consider the mark-up they will charge for their window treatments and labor.

So, we have created this article as a starting point to help explain what the difference between blinds and shades are. Sometimes people use the terms blinds and shades interchangeably, however they are very distinctly different.

What Are Blinds?

It is very likely that while you’ve seen window blinds before, you have never stopped to think about what they actually are. Window blinds, quite simply, are window coverings made of horizontal or vertical slats. Typically window blinds are made of a few select, time-tested materials like aluminium (like aluminium mini blinds), wood (like real wood blinds), or a pvc-based material (like faux wood blinds).

What are Shades?

Window shades on the other hand are window coverings made of fabric. Because of the materials used, shades operate differently than window blinds and can feature a number of different aesthetic designs unlike typically much more neutral window blinds. Additionally, because shades are made of fabric, they can only be open or closed, unlike window blinds which allow you to adjust the level of light coming from the window.

Choosing Between Blinds or Shades

Choosing the right window treatment depends on a number of factors and personal preferences that have to be considered. Ask yourself the following questions before deciding on blinds or shades:

  • How do I want to control light flow and privacy?

Privacy and light control are the main difference between blinds and shades for windows. Because shades are made with fabric, they cannot be adjusted like blinds can. However, by using light filtering shades, you can choose the level of opacity that your window treatments have, allowing you to have varying levels of light and privacy even when the shades are closed.

  • How frequently are people going to be adjusting the window treatment?

In areas with high volumes of traffic, like doors, it is often advantageous to opt for the most durable window treatments you can find. Because blinds are made from stronger, more rigid materials (like pvc or wood), they tend to last longer than shades which are made of fabric. For offices that share windows or doors, we tend to recommend using blinds as opposed to shades.

  • Do I need more insulation?

One of the advantages that shades have over blinds is their ability to add insulation to your window. For improved energy efficiency in heating or cooling your home, cellular shades can be an excellent option. This is particularly helpful if you live in a place with extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures like the South West or the North East.

  • Do I need to worry about child safety?

Child safety and window treatments are an important thing to consider when you have children. It is estimated that every two weeks a child will be strangled by window treatments that are not set up properly or do not have the cord retrained. If you have children, or children visiting your home, choosing a cordless window treatment is an important choice to keep your family safe.

  • How much money do I have budgeted for window treatments?

If your funding to re-do your window treatments are unlimited, then there is no point in comparison shopping or installing yourself. But if you’re like most people, saving money on your window treatments is a priority. That’s why BlindsOnline.com keeps our prices at wholesale levels for everyone. Getting the right window treatments at the right price is possible without having to pay a premium to big box retailers.

The difference between blinds and shades is subtle to people who are new to shopping for blinds online. This guide hopefully clarifies the question of blinds or shades and points you in the right direction for which window treatments are best for your needs. For answers to additional questions, contact us!

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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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