Knowledge is power—especially when you’re in the market for new window treatments! Whether you’re buying window treatments for the first time or planning on replacing your existing blinds and shades throughout your entire home, you undoubtedly have many questions.
Given the number of window coverings we offer—not to mention the customizations and optional components—we know that buyers like you may be hesitant to make a purchase until they’ve done their homework and feel confident in their decisions.
To make your buying process easier, be sure to check out some of our frequently asked questions below, and don’t hesitate to contact our customer support representatives if you still have questions or concerns.
- What’s an alternative to wood blinds?
Wood blinds provide an elegant and natural look to any room, but they’re not for everyone. Their higher cost and the potential for warping and cracking if used in areas with high humidity means some people prefer other options.
If you’re dead-set on getting the look of real wood blinds without the potential downsides, faux wood blinds may be the perfect option for your home. Not only do they look virtually identical to real wood blinds, but they’re also more resistant to the elements and they’re easier to clean and maintain. In many cases, faux wood blinds are less expensive than real wood blinds as well.
- What is the average price for Roman shades?
Roman shades are an elegant and beautiful option for window treatments, but they can also be more expensive than other types of shades. The cost of Roman shades is due to factors like their luxurious tailored appearance, soft and sculpted folds, and wide selection of fabrics and colors.
At Blindster, we offer multiple types of Roman shades at varying price points. Because our shades frequently go on sale, the best way to get an idea of the average price is to frequently consult the product pages:
- Premium Roman Shades Group A
- Premium Roman Shades Group B
- Super Value Roman Shades
- Premium Roman Shades Group C
- Premium Roman Shades Group D
- What is a solar shade?
A solar shade is a window covering that’s designed with sun protection, energy efficiency, shade, and glare reduction in mind. Solar shades can be installed anywhere in your home, and many homeowners prefer to install them in areas that receive plenty of sunlight, such as sunrooms, patios, and pool rooms. They’re also perfect for areas where you want to block out sunlight and reduce glare but maintain your view of the outside, such as bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and home offices.
- What do I need to know about solar shades?
If you’re thinking about purchasing solar shades, you probably already know that they’re the ideal solution for homeowners looking for window coverings that provide excellent insulation and heat reduction while maintaining a clear view of the outside.
Solar shades accomplish that by:
- Blocking up to 97% of harmful and warming UV rays due to their heat and light absorbing materials
- Increasing energy efficiency by creating an extra layer of insulation between the inside of your home, your windows, and the outdoors
- Reducing or eliminating glare in areas that receive ample amounts of sunlight, such as bedrooms, patios, sunrooms, decks, and more
- Using transparent materials that allow you to still clearly see the outdoors even when the shade is drawn and 97% of outside sunlight and UV rays are blocked
In addition to these features, solar shades are also easy to maintain and install. Their moisture and mold-resistant properties mean they will stand up to harsh, wet conditions in both outdoor areas, such as decks and patios, and indoor areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
- What is a relaxed Roman shade?
Unlike standard Roman shades that feature a folded appearance through their entire length to create an appearance of depth and dimension, relaxed Roman shades have a more casual look without sacrificing any of the elegance you would expect. Instead of featuring curves and folds from top to bottom, relaxed Roman shades are only softly curved at the bottom where the fabric bunches together. These shades are the ideal solution for rooms where you want to create a relaxed atmosphere and don’t plan on raising or lowering the shades on a frequent basis.
- What is a corded roller shade?
A corded roller shade is simply a roller shade that is operated with a cord. Roller shades with continuous cord loop options are perfect for large and wide windows, as the cord makes it much easier to raise and lower the window covering. Corded roller shades are most often installed in living rooms, bedrooms, and offices that are equipped with exceptionally large windows where a cordless option just isn’t practical given the weight and size of the window coverings.
- What is a stepped Roman shade?
A stepped Roman shade is also known as a waterfall or hobbled Roman shade. This term refers to Roman shades that feature soft folds that run the entire length of the fabric from top to a bottom, giving it a waterfall-like appearance. They also may be known as looped or teardrop shades due to their unique appearance. Stepped Roman shades are versatile enough to be installed in rooms with a casual atmosphere and rooms that call for nothing but the utmost in luxury and elegance.
- What is the best blackout shade for a nursery?
In addition to home offices, bedrooms, game rooms, and home theaters, nurseries are also another ideal location to install blackout shades. Being able to fully control the lighting in your child’s room during the first years of his or her life can help both of you sleep more soundly during the day and night. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of blackout shades that can eliminate up to 99% of outside light, giving you the option to make your nursery as dark or as light as you want.
Some of the options we recommend include:
Choose between cordless or corded options and 9 different colors when choosing this shade, one of our most elegant and high-quality blackout shades.
Capable of blocking out 99% of outside light, these premium blackout shades are available in 15 colors and are manufactured with a 3/8” double cell fabric.
Take your pick of cordless or corded lift options and 13 different colors to match your child’s nursery, including twilight mesa, moire white, and twilight glacier.