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.

Benefits of Cellular Shades

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Typically when you buy honeycomb or cellular shades for your windows, you don’t think about the benefits of the shades and what it can do for you and your home. Surprisingly, there are many benefits of cellular shades, despite their thin fabric. Here are a few things cellular shades can do for you:

Insulation: The space between the fabrics is so it can insulate your home from harsh climates. If you are looking for more than just standard insulation, double-celled shades will do the trick. Not only will it help your home feel cooler during a scorcher, but it will also help your home stay warm when the winter season rolls in.

Reduce Energy Costs: Oh yeah. Their insulating properties help your home keep a stable temperature making your air conditioning units or heaters work less, which means more money in your pocket!

Filter and Block UV Rays: UV rays are damaging to the photos, art, and furniture in your home.  Just like you protect your skin with sunblock, you need to protect your rooms with honeycomb shades.  They offer a variety of filtering intensity so you need a lot of sunlight, or you need to block sunlight, these will do the trick.

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Privacy: The versatile movement of these shades allows for different degrees of privacy.  During the day, you can have the shades fully opened.  Mid-day you can place them half way up so people cannot see inside your home, but light can still shine through, and at night, you can keep your shades fully closed for ultimate privacy.

Safety: If you have kids or pets, you can have the option to buy cordless honeycomb shades.  This prevents your child or your pet from getting tangled in the cord when your shades are fully opened. If you buy some of Blinds On Time’s Honeycomb Shades right now, you will get a free upgrade to cordless. Yay for bonus benefits!

Aesthetics: Color choices are a must for interiors, and these shades do not disappoint. They offer a wide variety of colors from dark colors to pastel, and patterns.  The choices are abundant. Cordless shades allow for a sleeker look as well.

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Now that you’ve learned more about honeycomb shades, check out Blinds On Time’s selection of Cellular Shades and insulate, save, protect, and decorate your home!

Tips To Reduce Carbon Footprint: Kitchen Edition

Not all of us are energy efficient savvy, many of us can’t afford solar panels or hybrid cars, so that’s why we’ve developed some tips to reduce carbon footprint. We have ways to make your daily life more eco-friendly, especially in the kitchen. There’s plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, without emptying your pockets. In this series, BlindsOnTime.com will give you personal tips on how to become more energy efficient, and make your home a bit more green.

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Reduce Carbon Footprint: Your Kitchen

  • Get rid of water bottles. Bottled water has a huge carbon footprint. Try buying reusable water bottles, and using water-filtering devices instead of continuously buying water bottles. And, if you must use water bottles, recycle!
  • Close your windows properly, and make sure your attic is properly insulated. This will help you save a lot of money on your energy bill.
  • Use florescent light bulbs. They use about 75% less energy than normal light bulbs, and last longer. You may find that florescent lights are more expensive, but over time they pay for themselves because they use less energy and last longer.
  • Buy local. When your food has to travel less to enter your home, it reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Unplug. Try using power strips for groups of electronic items. Unplug appliances you’re not using, like a microwave toaster, or blender.

Reduce Carbon Footprint: Kitchen Window Coverings

Have windows in your kitchen? Choose from BlindsOnTime.com’s most energy efficient products like honeycomb shades or roller shades. Without energy-efficient window treatments, up to 50% of a home’s heating & cooling energy can be lost through your windows. The honeycomb shades provide window insulation, keeping the heat in during the winter, and keeping the sun’s harsh heat out in the summer. Finally, our light-filtering honeycomb shades diffuse light across any room to make it less necessary to turn on electrical lighting!