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

Drapery Tips

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So you’ve bought some new drapes and you’ve got them hanging by your windows, adding that extra oomph to your space.  Now what? You have to keep them looking great- try these drapery tips! At times we forget that drapes need some love too. Take these few extra tips in taking care of them and they will be sure to last you for years! Continue reading

How To Pick Window Treatments

These 3 tips on how to pick window treatments will help you find the best choice if you’re on a budget, looking for shades for privacy, or wanting some style.

Budget – If you have children or pets, the everyday wear-and-tear becomes inevitable. The best option would be to buy inexpensive window treatments. That way when something drastic happens, you won’t break the bank getting them replaced. Just because you’re saving some cash does not mean you have to sacrifice style! Blinds On Time has a variety of budget-friendly options to choose from. Pleated shades and cellular shades are amongst the favorites. They come in a variety of color selections, making them perfect for fitting into any room. Not only are they affordable, but also very functional. If you need privacy, light control, or cordless window treatments, these shades will definitely fulfill those needs.

Privacy – Blinds and shutters are a perfect choice for achieving ultimate privacy in a space. They allow light to shine through during the day, but can also close completely without allowing anyone to see through your windows at night. If you do not want solid blinds for safety reasons, then cellular shades are another great option.  They can move in many different forms when you order top-down/bottom-up shades, allowing you to have various control of light and sight.  The only downside is you would not be able to see through any slats, only sections of the window.

 

Style – Elegant and refined, drapes will certainly transform your space from ordinary to dashing! Hang the curtains from the highest point of your wall all the way to the floor.  Also, to make your windows seem larger, make the drapes fall on the side, exposing the whole window. They come in many different styles and textiles and colors.  Add some roman shades or wood blinds for some extra style and UV protection. Valances are also another awesome addition to your drapes adding traditional style and sophistication.  If you want a more modern look, use bold patterns and sleek lines. Maybe you just want to dress-up some blinds you already have?  Adding valances will add just a pop of style! Here is a before and after shot to show you how draperies can change a room:

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How to Clean Window Blinds

Cleaning your window blinds is important if you want to avoid dust build-up.  The UV rays of the sun can cause the dust on your blinds or shades to harden, making them really exhausting to clean.  Say goodbye to dust with these helpful techniques:

Wood Blinds: One thing to always remember with wood blinds is to NOT use water! It can cause your wood blinds to warp or discolor, and that is never fun. Take a clean dust cloth and wipe the dust off the slats for maintenance. If you want a really good clean, vacuum the blinds with soft bristle brush attachment on each side of the slats regularly to suck away dirt.

Pleated Shades: A dry sponge will be your best friend with these.  You can find one at a hardware store’s drywall section. It lifts away dust and dirt without using any chemicals that can stain your shades. Simply rub the dry sponge on the shades! It’s that easy. If the shades are too dirty, then a trip to the dry cleaners will do the trick.

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Aluminum Blinds: Take a lint-free towel and spray some all-purpose cleaner on it.  Make sure the curved side of the blinds are facing towards you and gently wipe downwards so you do not bend them. Reverse and do the same. For maintenance, simply dust the blinds with a lint-free towel.  If you do not have a lint-free towel, a sock will do a great job, too.

 

Cellular Shades: Most cellular shades do not require much cleaning, but a vacuum once in a while prevents dust build-up. If you need a better clean, use the dry sponge like the pleated shades.

These few extra steps will save you time and hassle in the long run.  Try including these techniques into your cleaning routine and let us know how much they have helped you.

Blinds vs Shades

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Blinds and shades both spruce up the windows, so they have to be the same, right?  Wrong. Blinds vs shades don’t necessarily mean the same thing.  It is important to know what each word means to effectively communicate what you want in your space. Let’s go over some of their characteristics between blinds vs shades:

MATERIAL:  Blinds are made of hard materials such as wood, faux wood, metal, or vinyl. Shades are made up of soft materials like fabrics and woven woods.  These two both hang from the top of the windowsill.

LOOK: The easiest way to distinguish between blinds and shades are if the material has slats, or if it is one solid material.  Blinds have vanes, or slats, that allow you to adjust the amount of privacy and light you prefer throughout the day. They still allow you to look outside, even if they are fully lowered. Shades are made of one solid fabric that can also be moved to tweak your privacy and light preference, but only up or down.

LIGHT CONTROL: The flexibility in light control award goes to blinds. You can control if you want no light, full light, partial light, what direction you want the light to go, etcetera.  Let’s not completely forget about shades, though.  Sheer shades let the light to softly diffuse into the room, and thick shades darken the space.

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LIFESPAN: Blinds are extremely durable, especially if they are made of wood.  They are easy to clean, and do not fade with sunlight as quickly as shades do.  If you are looking to buy window coverings that will last you for years, blinds are the way to go.  Shades are harder to clean because the fibers in the fabric will collect dust and dirt over the years.  Sunlight can also weaken and fade your fabrics, especially if the color of your fabric is dark.  For a longer lifespan, buy shades that include lining.  The lining will act as a barrier and protect the fabric from sunlight.

DESIGN: Because shades come in a vast variety of fabrics, they offer a wider range of styles, patterns, and colors.  They can turn your room into an O-K room to a fantastically stylish room, and are fun to pick out! Blinds do not disappoint either.  These are the better option if you want to control your privacy, light, and furnishings without distracting from your design.

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Remember these characteristics between blinds vs shades when you are discussing window treatments with your designer, husband, friends, or searching for them on our site.  Shop our selection of Cellular Shades and get a free upgrade to cordless before the offer ends October 30th!