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Archive for January, 2013

Blackout Shades: Privacy and Efficiency

Posted: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 | Filed under: blackout shades, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Black Out Shades

Black Out Shades via everythingsimple.com

Have you woken up from blinding rays of sun? Perhaps you’ve watched a film or series only to be disturbed by an annoying glare of light?  If sunlight has become a daily nuisance to your lifestyle, you need blackout shades.

Blackout shades are one of the most modern window treatments available today. Providing maximum privacy and protection from the sun, blackout shades bring darkness indoors. For those who are sensitive to light while sleeping, blackout shades provide the ultimate in bedroom luxury. Consequently, blackout shades have become very popular in luxury hotels and homes. Read more »

Sheer Blinds: Modern Window Treatments

Posted: Saturday, January 26th, 2013 | Filed under: window blinds, window treatments
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Sheer Shades

Sheer Shades

Sheer blinds are a great option for those who love natural light. These blinds work best in rooms with sweeping views or maximum sunlight, and can be tilted to avoid television glare and blinding rays. The slats can be closed for more privacy, and the translucent nature of sheer blinds make for a very pretty feature. Sheer blinds are different from other blinds due to the fabric used, which are very different from vinyl, metal, and wooden slats used in other treatments.

There are a few downsides to sheer blinds. Perhaps most important of all the cons is privacy. Because sheer blinds allow soft light in, the possibility of seeing in from the outside can present a problem in dressing rooms and bathrooms. Sheer blinds offer less privacy than Venetian blinds or traditional curtains but also offer a softer feel. Along with a lacy of privacy, sheer blinds also do not offer much protection from the outdoor elements. Compared to other window treatments, such as blackout shades, sheer blinds are energy inefficient and should be used sparingly in harsh climates. Read more »

Venetian Blinds: A Popular Window Treatment

Posted: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: modern window treatments, window blinds, window treatments
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Venetian Blinds via Flickr: Magnaverd

One of the most commonly used window treatments, Venetian blinds are composed of horizontal slats that can be operated with a drawstring or wand. The drawstring is technically referred to as a cord, and it allows the operator to determine the height of the blinds with a simple tug. The wand serves to open the slats to allow more or less natural light or privacy.

Venetian blinds are typically made of metal or vinyl; however, Venetian blinds are also popular in wood. These blinds are very popular because they afford homeowners and apartment dwellers maximum privacy. With varying degrees of slat opening, availability in miniature form, and wide selection of materials and colors to choose from, many people select Venetian blinds for the bottom line: cost. These blinds can be purchased inexpensively and are also available in more extravagant collections. Read more »

Fixing or Purchasing Blinds: An Economical Decision

Posted: Thursday, January 17th, 2013 | Filed under: window blinds, window treatments
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Vertical Blind Repair

Vertical Blind Repair

Blinds used by children or in a location with pets are commonly damaged. Most times, the issue is cosmetic and easily fixable. When the cost of repairing blinds outweighs the cost of purchasing new ones, it’s time to replace your window treatments.

Here are a few popular issues and do-it-yourself solutions for repairable blinds.

Broken Slat

Do you have gaps between your blinds? Sometimes the slats on window blinds are damaged or missing. Instead of purchasing new blinds, avoid the costly expense by fixing the issue. This repair is easy and budget-friendly. Simply purchase vertical blind clips and use to repair the problem. Vertical blind clips can be used to reattach broken or bent slats by installing the clips into the top of the blinds. Once installed, the slats can be inserted into the blind clip where it will be held in place. Make sure your slats are facing the right direction to avoid mismatched blinds.

Window Blind Cords

After repeated use, the cords used to operate blinds can become frail and split. Without cords, you cannot manipulate blinds to block or receive sun. You might be tempted to replace blinds with a broken cord, but replacing the cords is the most cost-efficient option. While the task might seem tedious at first, it just requires a little patience. First, remove all the vanes from the main head of the rail. This may require an extra set of hands. Once the vanes have been removed, follow the instructions provided by the cord manufacturer. The process is time consuming, but it only involves removing the old cord and replacing it with the new one. Before you know it, your blinds will be restored and fully functional.

Depending on the issue, there are many options for home repair. However, some parts may be more difficult or expensive to replace. If several slats are broken or bent, purchasing new blinds can be a sanity saving investment. Also, if blinds are breaking often, it might be time to look for some that are better suited for the area of use. Small pets, such as cats, and children like to play with cords and slats. In this case, finding a blind or alternative that is more durable can save money and time. There are also measures to prevent damage. Avoid handling blinds without the cord or wand, and take time to learn how to use cords properly. This can prevent breakage and keep blinds beautiful.