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Blinds and Shades Frequently Asked Questions

Apr 26 2011

Window treatments are a reflection of personal style. There are thousands of different colored shades and blinds. There are hundreds of fabrics, a plethora of styles. Once you’ve decided on what you like, then you have to figure out how to measure your windows, which types of coverings work best for which windows and more.

Choosing blinds and shades can be overwhelming. Let’s run through a few of the most frequently asked questions to help get you on your way to purchasing the perfect window treatments for you.

What are the most energy efficient blinds? Honeycomb or cellular shades can increase the energy efficiency in your home by blocking drafts and sealing in warm or cool air depending on the season.

How do I measure of blinds and shades? This will depend on whether you are mounting your window coverings on the inside of the window or the outside. We recommend contacting your window treatment company on-line or in person for exact instructions. Inside mounting means measuring the width and height in three different places from top to bottom and side to side in case the window is not exactly square or tapers in certain places. For external mounts, measure the window in three places and add three inches to the width and height. For horizontal blinds add four inches to the width and 3 inches to the height for exact measurements.

How do I clean my blinds? This will depend on the type of blinds and shades you own. Fabric shades can usually be vacuumed. Wood blinds, aluminum blinds, faux wood blinds and shutters can usually be cleaned with a feather duster or with a damp cloth. For extensive cleaning, window treatments should be removed.

How do I hang my blinds when I get them? Most companies include hardware to hang window treatments. If you are unsure as to how to hang your blinds, call a window treatment expert to hang them for you. All window treatments should come with detailed instructions.

What’s the difference between custom blinds and one-size-fits-all blinds? Custom blinds are created just for you. They are designed to fit the exact specifications of your windows. One-size-fits-all often means you will get blinds and shades that are too long or too wide and look out of place in your home. Custom blinds usually come with some type of warranty.

Just as there are hundreds of different styles of blinds and window treatments there are hundreds of different questions relating to them. We recommend doing a little research before you purchase window coverings. Ask for samples so you know what you’re getting.

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This plan does not cover measuring errors. Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit.

30 Day Returns

This plan does not cover returns.
5 Year Guaranteed to Fit
Who is covered:
  • Warranties cover the original purchaser of the window blinds and shades.
What is covered:
  • Any defects in materials of workmanship
  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings
BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective. This will be your sole remedy under this warranty. Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.

What is not covered:
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage

30 Day Measuring Insurance

Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit, however, we all make errors from time to time and this protection plan covers any mis-measurement mistakes. If the window coverings do not fit, please let us know within 30 days of receiving the items. The blinds/shades will be remade at the correct dimensions at no cost to you unless there is a difference in price between the old and new sizes or if the new size requires an oversize shipping fee. Limit is 1 remake per blind/shade. All remakes will have to be remade in the same color, feature and specifications, no changes are allowed.

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.

Any mis-measurements reported after 30 days will not be covered, however, new blinds and shades can be ordered with an additional 10% discount.

30 Day Returns

This plan does not cover returns.
5 Year Guaranteed to Love
Who is covered:
  • Warranties cover the original purchaser of the window blinds and shades.
What is covered:
  • Any defects in materials of workmanship
  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage
BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective. This will be your sole remedy under this warranty. Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.

30 Day Measuring Insurance

Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit, however, we all make errors from time to time and this protection plan covers any mis-measurement mistakes. If the window coverings do not fit, please let us know within 30 days of receiving the items. The blinds/shades will be remade at the correct dimensions at no cost to you unless there is a difference in price between the old and new sizes or if the new size requires an oversize shipping fee. Limit is 1 remake per blind/shade. All remakes will have to be remade in the same color, feature and specifications, no changes are allowed.

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.

Any mis-measurements reported after 30 days will not be covered, however, new blinds and shades can be ordered with an additional 10% discount.

30 Day Returns

If for any reason you are not satisfied with the window coverings and wish to return, please notify us within 30 days of receiving the order. Our customer care department will provide a Return Authorization Number (RGA) and shipping address to return the product. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. Refunds will be processed 2-3 business days after receiving the items (Guaranteed to Love fee is not refundable).

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.