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Lift it, baby! What are the different window covering lift types?

  At Blinds.com, we want to make your shopping experience both easy and exciting.   With countless custom options, we know the purchase process can feel overwhelming – most specifically when it comes to lift types. Here, we’ll outline the most popular lift options available on a lot of Blinds.com products. Standard Pull Cord The standard pull cord is the most common lift you will see on binds or shades.  The standard pull features a sturdy cord that hangs straight along the side of the product. Choose between left or right side pull locations. The standard pull cord is not recommended for heavy products or on wide windows. Cordless The are many benefits to selecting the cordless option.  For starters, the blind or shade is…

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Skylight shades and sunshine: a customer story

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Got skylight troubles?  We got answers!  Today’s customer design story comes just in time to save your home from overly toasty summer sunshine. Sure skylights let in amazing natural light, but customer Bob from Seattle was tired of suffering in his sweltering game room when the sun got just a little too brutal. He picked our Graber CrystalPleat Light Filtering Skylight cell shades to filter the light and keep out some of that heat!  We love that the skylight cell shade also adds a welcome pop of color to the room. Bob said: We got 2 of these for our skylights to block the sun that was heating up our room and fading items exposed to the sun beam.  These skylight…

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Can You Recycle Blinds?

r May 21, 2014 | B Eco Chic, Window Help

After replacing a house full of old worn out blinds, what do you the old ones? I don’t know about you, but we would feel pretty wasteful sending 20 + blinds straight to the landfill. There has to be another way! How To Recycle Blinds Like us, you may have googled “How To Recycle Blinds” and come up with lots of conflicting answers. Some websites say to take them to the local recycling center, but if you try this, you’ll probably be turned away. Nearly every major city’s waste services website site has window blinds on the do-not-recycle list along with light bulbs, mattresses, appliances and other odd-ball items. “Recycling” is one of those words that has many definitions. We can “recycle” our window…

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10 Most Hideous Windows on the Planet

r April 22, 2014 | B Window Help

We’ve seen some rough “before” photos in our day, but these ugly windows take the cake. All images via Ugly House Photos. 1. OCD Vertical Blinds If someone doesn’t fix that one slat we might go crazy. 2. Shine On You’d think curtains would keep you from being blinded by the light. 3. Let’s Meet in the Middle This artful swoop is the perfect distraction from filthy, nasty walls. 4. Always Invest in a Good Curtain Rod High quality drapes just won’t look right with cheap hardware. And snakes hung on the wall are always a good choice. 5. Foiled Again Knotted curtains give this kitchen a certain je ne sais quoi. Especially with a “fire retardant” wall covering. 6….

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How to Make New Plantation Shutters Fit Old House Windows – With Fox Hollow Cottage

Do you remember when we told you about Shannon, who’s ditching her crummy plastic blinds? After some blood, sweat and tears to get her nearly 100 year old house looking shiny and new, Shannon was ready to outfit her windows with gorgeous Norman Woodlore Plantation Shutters. But…there was a problem. Windows Gone Weird Old houses are full of quirky surprises and Shannon’s ornately framed windows were no exception. Each one was outfitted with three layers of stair step molding. It was pretty, but left her with hardly any room to mount window coverings. DIY Window Hack Shannon and her husband weren’t going to let weird windows crush their plantation shutter dreams. They whipped out the nail gun, wood glue, and…

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Checklist for Child Window Covering Safety

Children and window cords don’t mix. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about once a month a child between 7 months and 10 years dies from window cord strangulation and another child suffers from a near strangulation. When window cords are within reach for small children, these seemingly harmless products may become hazards. At Blinds.com we take child safety very seriously, so here are a few ways that you can make your windows safer for kids. Child Safety Tips for Window Blinds: Make the Switch to Cordless Blinds or Shades. The National Window Covering Safety Council recommends that only cordless window coverings be installed in children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Newer blinds are constructed to meet updated safety standards, so replace…

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Customer Service FAQ – How To Fix Crooked Aluminum Mini Blinds

You’re tuning into to another ‘Window FAQ’ post from Mindy, a fabulous Customer Service Representative here at Blinds.com. Have a window covering question you’d like help with? Leave a comment below! Thanks for tuning in to yet another Customer Service FAQ!  In today’s post, we are going to learn how to fix crooked Aluminum Mini Blinds.  Here we go! Tools Needed: Level and Flat head screw driver Step 1: First do a level check on your blind.  Use a level to determine if the brackets, window and mounting surface are level. Step 2: Every cordless blind will use a cordless grip handle to operate the product up and down.  It is important to make sure the handle has been installed in the center of the bottom rail so that it can raise…

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Window FAQ – What Are The Best Blinds for the Basement?

Whether you have a finished basement or not, privacy is still a top priority – and that’s where we come in!  Find out what window coverings Blinds.com deems “Best Blinds for the Basement” in today’s Window FAQ. Sports Themed Basement With football season just kicking off, (no pun intended!), we have the best blinds for the basement for all you crazy sports fans! A great way to show off your pride (and not ruin your fancy upstairs décor) is to create a man cave dedicated to your favorite team. Find your favorite team from our Blinds.com Collegiate Roller Shades and drape your windows with school spirit.  Go Team Go!   Finished or UnFinished Basements If you’d like to be a little more conservative with your…

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Customer Service FAQ – How to Replace a Cord Tilter: 2″ Horizontal Blinds

We all know how frustrating it can be when your blinds break - ugh!  Tilting your slats open and closed is a daily routine for most customers, so what do you do if they no longer tilt? Tune in to today’s Window FAQ: How To Fix Blinds That Won’t Tilt – 2″ Horizontal Blinds Tools Needed: Flat Head Screw Driver, Rubber Mallet, Needle-nose Pliers Step 1: Remove the valance from the valance clips.  Tilt the slats horizontally.  Lift and lock slats in the raised position with approximately 1″ of space between the top slat and the underside of the headrail. Step 2: Remove the blind from the mounting brackets. Step 3: Remove the cord tassels and washers from the tilter cords…

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Customer Service FAQ – Fix Uneven Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades

  You’re tuning into to another ‘Window FAQ’ post from Mindy, a fabulous Customer Service Representative here at Blinds.com. Have a window covering question you’d like help with? Leave a comment below! We’ve now gone over how to fix uneven cordless shades and uneven corded shades, but how do you adjust a crooked top rail on a cordless top down bottom up shade?  Tune in to today’s FAQ to learn how to fix an uneven cordless top down bottom up product! Tools Needed: Flathead Screwdriver Step 1: To operate a cordless top down bottom up product it is important to use a total of 4 clear grip handles.  2 handles for the top rail and 2 for the bottom rail.  If you are using less than 4 total,…

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