Short Shades for Small Windows

Small Window

You get this great idea to put a window above some built-ins next to the fireplace, go to a  superstore, and find that they only carry shades in standard window sizes. What do you do now? Make them yourself? That’s where we come in. The difference between superstores and BlindsOnTime is custom window treatment design.

Take that great idea and maximize it’s potential with our chic roman shades, or simple roller shades–whatever you wish! There are plenty of fabrics and designs to choose from. We even offer free swatches! Here are some design ideas to get your creative juices flowing: Continue reading

How To Pick Blinds

With so many options to choose from, knowing how to pick blinds and picking a window covering can sometimes be overwhelming. Do I want cellular shades, wood blinds, or draperies? Which would benefit the house more? Well, we are here to help you.

We have created a questionnaire on how to pick blinds that makes the daunting task surprisingly easy! You answer 8 simple questions on what you want regarding design and function, and we will narrow your search. Read more to find out what the characteristics are detail.

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Eat, Pray and Love Woven Wood Shades

Let’s take a trip to Southeast Asia.  You will find some of the most incredible shores in Thailand.  Beautiful, clear turquoise waters and bright white sands are ready to sweep you into tranquil paradise.  Southeast Asia is all about Zen and their land certainly reflects that.

Next on our destination list is India.  India is a very spiritual country full of philosophies and meditation.  Some people travel to India just to become a more spiritual person and find peace.

Now let’s take these two remarkable serene places on Earth and incorporate them into your living room!  You will have a place to relax after a long day of work, or simply on your day off.

The middle photo below is a shore in Thailand and what inspired me to choose these colors. Here are a few of my selections to bring these two locations together:

Blinds on Time: Woven Woods Collage

1.         Sherwin Williams – The water is a relaxed sea foam green, so I chose the color Aloe for the wall.  It represents the water without being too cliché about it.  It is a color sure to bring some airiness and light into your space.

2.         Blinds on Time – I chose Blinds on Time’s Woven Wood Shades Designer series in Bamboo Dusk for the windows.  They are high quality, affordable, and customizable! With Southeast Asia’s bamboo and India’s traditional straw roofs in the south, I had to bring some wood and color into the space.  It also reflects the wood on the long-tail boats in the photo.

3.         Pottery Barn – Pottery Barn’s Buchanan Sofa in Cream will bring the light colored sand into the room.   Just as you sit on the sand you will sit in this sofa and see the room, ready to soothe you.

4.         Eyes of India – Pillows are what usually bring a room together, and these Indian-style pillows bring India—and the shore—into the space.  These pillows have many colors, but do not clash with the color scheme.  The seashells make them beachy and the sea foam green colors reflect the water, or in this case, the walls.

5.         Bed Bath & Beyond – These Clear Glass Moroccan Lanterns are not Indian, but they do a magnificent job in marrying the embroidery in the pillows and the protruding rocks in the background.

So if you’re looking for a way to bring some calm into your living area and have some time to unwind or meditate without breaking your budget, this is absolutely the way to go.

Bamboo Blinds Installation and Care Instructions on blindsontime.com

Once the bamboo blinds arrive, you need to know how to install them properly. Then once they are installed, you will have to make some adjustments to get them to operate properly.

Adjusting Your New Blinds

- Yarn is used in the bamboo shades. It is flexible so you will need to adjust it slightly. Do this by pulling down on the short side to eliminate crooked blinds.

- If your blinds are not completely flat when in the lowered position, roll the shade tightly. Then twist the end of the rolls in opposite directions.

- If a strand of yarn comes out from the edge, you can cut it off with scissors without harming the strength of the blinds.

Operating Your Bamboo Blinds

Every bamboo shade has a locking mechanism to keep the shade in the desired position.

- Raise and lower the blinds by pulling the lift cord at an angle. A gentle pull will cause the bamboo shades to release and unroll.
- Locking the shade is done by pulling the lift cord at an angle outward.
- When blinds are in a bind, check the lift cords located under the valance.

Troubleshooting Problems with the Blinds

Sometimes people mistakenly think that slight imperfections and variations in color are flaws. This is not the case. Every bamboo shade is quite unique, adding to the beauty of the blinds. This is due to the natural materials used in making the blinds such as bamboo, rattan, jute, reeds, grasses, and woods.

- Problem – One side moves and the other side doesn’t when pulling on cords.
- Solution – Run the loose draw cord through the shade’s pulley mechanism and through the rings on the back of the blind. Then tie the cord to the bottom ring.

- Problem – The bamboo blinds are a tad shorter than the length you ordered.
- Solution – You can stretch the blinds a little by gently pulling on the bottom of the shade. This will get it back to the proper length and shape.

- Problem – The shades are uneven once you hang them up.
- Solution – Tap the edges with a ruler until they become even.

Cleaning your Bamboo Blinds

Cleaning your bamboo shades is a snap. All you really need to do is dust the blinds. You can do this with a soft cloth or with a vacuum. When vacuuming, you will want to use a brush attachment.

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