Order Samples Before Buying

Faux wood samples help you choose the perfect color
BY BLINDSTER | December 03, 2015
September 29, 2023

You've measured your windows. Gathered your tools. Read the reviews. Selected the optional components and features you want. All that's left is clicking the "submit order" button.

The hard part is over and you're ready to buy your new blinds and shades, but before you do, there's one crucial step that can be the difference between getting the perfect window treatments to complement your home and being dissatisfied with your purchase.

That crucial step, of course, is ordering samples. At, we know that window coverings are a highly subjective purchase, and no amount of photos, informative descriptions, and online color swatches will give you the "big picture" of what your new blinds or shades will look like in your home quite like real-life samples. Because of our huge selection of products, we offer our customers the chance to order up to 10 free samples from any product in any category, including wood blinds, faux wood blinds, roller shades, Roman shades, solar shades, and many more.

So if you're considering making a purchase and outfitting your home with new window coverings, take the time to check out our list of reasons to order samples before you place your order:

Samples give you a better view of colors than online photographs

Although we strive to make our online galleries of colors and patterns as accurate and true to life as possible, it can be difficult to get an exact representation on-screen due to the variations in displays. A color that appears dark blue on one monitor, phone, or tablet may appear almost purple on another screen. Without having a sample of the actual product in your hand, you may be unable to determine whether your new blinds or shades will match your home's style, décor, and color scheme until the window treatments arrive at your home.

Samples help you see small details in fabric patterns and wood grain

Much of the beauty in fabric shades and wood blinds comes from the small, intricate details present in the fabric and wood itself. It's difficult to fully display those details on an electronic device, which means you may be missing out on subtle colors, shades, and patterns that truly bring out the beauty and elegance of certain types of window coverings. Having the sample in your hand also makes it easy to compare its pattern or wood grain to your furniture and décor, helping you avoid window treatments that simply don't fit the aesthetics in your home.

Samples make it easier to enlist the help and opinions of others

If you've narrowed down your options to just a handful of colors and patterns, but still can't make a decision, having samples on hand makes it much easier to get opinions from your friends, family, and neighbors. In many cases, a quick glance from a distance at a color, pattern, or wood grain that's being held up next to furniture or a painted wall will tell you more than hours spent analyzing colors online. And if you're unsure about whether the color scheme or pattern matches, have others help you by asking their opinion on different samples.

Samples allow you to feel the texture of window coverings

Samples from sent to your home

Texture is an often-overlooked aspect of blinds and shades, but it's an important thing to consider. Getting the right texture can go a long way toward making you fall in love with your new blinds and shades, while the wrong texture can leave you frustrated with your purchase. With online shopping, there's no way to test the texture of the fabric, vinyl, aluminum, wood, or bamboo window covering you're viewing in your Web browser. Our sample ordering process makes it easy to get your hands on the window coverings you're interested in before you make your purchase.

Samples help you pick out furniture or paint for a new home or remodeling project

At Blindster, we know that many of our customers purchase window coverings for new homes or renovation projects where a substantial amount of work and new purchases are taking place at the same time. In those cases, it can be difficult for homeowners to determine the right color or pattern for their new window coverings—or they may have difficulty picking out furniture or wall colors based on the blinds and shades they want to install. With samples of your favorite shades on hand, you can quickly compare various décor, furniture, and paint at the hardware or furniture store and get the right items and supplies for your home.

Samples let you look at the window covering under normal lighting conditions

Seeing a certain color or pattern in person isn't the only visual benefit to ordering samples or blinds and shades. The unique lighting in your home that your new window coverings will be exposed to during the day also plays a big role in their appearance and how well they complement your home's décor. The appearance of a sheer shade in a room with moderate amounts of natural light may look completely different than when it's placed in a room with plentiful natural lighting. With your samples, you can easily test how specific shades and blinds will look under a variety of lighting conditions in every room in your home.

Samples help you place your order with confidence

Buying new window coverings can cause anxiety—especially if you're outfitting multiple rooms in your home. You've spent hours researching, measuring, comparison shopping, reading reviews, and preparing for your new window treatments. The idea that your blinds or shades may be a poor fit for your home can be a distressing one. But, with samples of your favorite choices right in front of you, you can feel much more confident with your order. Don't second guess yourself and don't be a victim of buyer's remorse—request your 10 free samples before you place your order with Blindster and get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will love your new window coverings.