Welcome to another edition of Blindster’s frequently asked questions. Although we strive to make the researching, comparison shopping, measuring, buying, and installation process as easy and efficient as possible for our customers, we know that many people still have questions about window treatments before and after making a purchase.
It’s our goal to make our customers as satisfied as possible with their purchasing decisions, and the best way to do that is to provide as much information about blinds and shades as we can.
To learn more about some of the most common questions and concerns our customer service representatives receive, or to just expand your knowledge of common window treatment types and terminology, check out the questions below:
1. What is the best way to remove blinds from a window?
Whether you’re replacing them or cleaning them, you will occasionally need to remove your blinds from your windows. Removing your blinds is an easy process that only requires a few tools and a few simple steps:
- Raise your blinds all the way to the top
Raising the blinds makes them compact and much easier to handle and store away if you’re planning on replacing or selling them.
- Remove your blinds from the brackets
Release the headrail of your blinds from the mounting brackets by pushing it out of the clips that are holding it in place. Check your installation manual to find the easiest and most effective way of completing this step to avoid accidentally damaging the headrail or mounting brackets.
- Remove the mounting brackets from the wall, window frame, or other surface
Use a manual or electric screwdriver to detach the mounting brackets and any optional extension brackets from the mounting surface. You can also remove optional components, like hold down brackets and cord cleats, at this time.
2. How can I shorten a blinds cord?
By default, blinds cords are generally around half the length of the blind itself. If your cords are still long for your window or door, it’s possible to shorten them. To do so, completely lower the blind until it’s in a closed position. Then, untie the knots at the end of the cord and cut it to the desired length plus one additional inch. Use the remaining one inch of cord to feed through the tassel or cap and tie another knot to secure the cord.
3. How do I shorten mini blinds?
If your blinds are too long for your current window, or if you plan on moving them to a small window, you may want to shorten them for a better fit. Like shortening the lift cord, shortening your blinds is a relatively simple process that can be done in an hour or less by following these steps:
- Release the string ladders
The first step to shortening your blinds is to release the string ladders on the bottom rail. Then, untie the knots of the lift cord inside the bottom rail on both sides of the blind.
- Remove extra slats
After coming up with the ideal length for your blinds, remove the bottom rail and the number of slats necessary for the blinds to reach that length. Keep these slats in a safe location in case you ever move your blinds again and need to reinstall them for extra length. You can also use them to replace any broken slats in the future.
- Replace the bottom rail and cut the extra string length
With the extra slats removed, slide the bottom rail back onto the string ladder and cut any extra lengths of string above the rung that hangs below the bottom rail. Then, insert each of the lift cords through the bottom rail hole and secure them by tying a knot. Finally, replace the bottom rail plugs to complete the shortening process.
4. What are cellular shades?
Cellular shades are a popular type of window covering that are made using pleated fabric that’s arranged to create honeycomb pockets or compartments that fold into themselves when the shade is raised and help provide extra insulation when the shade is lowered.
Cellular shades are available with varying layers of honeycomb pockets, and the more layers a shade features, the more insulation and energy efficiency it provides. At Blindster, we offer a wide variety of cellular shades, including premium light filtering, premium blackout, and deluxe cordless day/night shades.
5. What are cordless blinds?
As the name suggests, cordless blinds and shades are window treatments that can be operated without the use of a cord. Cordless blinds and shades are popular options because they’re easily operated by hand and provide a sleek and uniform appearance without the appearance of multiple cords located on every window. They’re also popular options for homeowners with small children or pets who worry about the potential hazards of blinds cords.
6. What are faux wood blinds made of?
Faux wood blinds are designed to look identical to real wood blinds, but often at a lower cost and with easier maintenance and easier cleaning. These blinds are manufactured using vinyl and vinyl compound materials, and some are manufactured using a combination of synthetic materials and real wood to provide an even more realistic look and feel.
7. What kind of shades should I purchase for a basement window?
Although they may receive slightly less sunlight than other windows in your home, your basement windows can be a source of unwanted heat and light. Before you purchase window treatments for your basement, it’s important to understand a few facts.
First, basements tend to have a higher humidity than other rooms in your home—and that can be bad for cellular shades and real wood blinds, as moisture can accumulate and damage the materials. Second, basement windows tend to attract large amounts of dirt and dust—especially if the basement itself is unfinished.
For basement window coverings that will be easy to clean and maintain, Blindster recommends faux wood blinds, roller shades, or blackout shades for the ultimate in light control, privacy, and insulation to protect your basement from heat and sunlight.