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5 Window Shades Design Considerations

Apr 25 2010

Homeowners looking to purchase new window shades or blinds can be distracted or even overwhelmed by the growing number of available products in the industry. There are always new promotional pricing deals advertised. There are countless new features available as well as options, custom color choices, etc. With all the available details to sift through consumers often miss some of the basics and find themselves discontent with their final product. And when homeowners are looking for increased curb appeal, or a drastic update by purchasing window blinds getting the details right is vital. 

Interested homeowners should consult the following list of 5 Design Considerations to remember when looking to buy window shades or blinds. Considering each on the list increases the probability that the installed product will meet all expectations of the consumer post-purchase. The list is not all inclusive, but it is definitely a solid start for the novice blinds shopper. 

1. Always remember that your blinds and other window shades are going to be a part of the decor of your home. They will be one of the very few aspects of your home that will be visible from the inside and the outside. So don't forget that they need to accent the design scheme you currently have in place. 

2. Consider your own priorities. What is most important to you when it comes to window coverings? Make yourself a clear cut list so it's easy to identify the advantages of the listed features of each product as you consider and compare. What is important to you? Discount pricing? Style? Energy efficiency? Light blocking capabilities? Versatility (like top down, bottom up features, etc.)

3. Keep the pricing in mind, both short and long term. If you are considering energy efficiency products you can use online energy savings calculators to estimate your monthly savings after installation. This could offset the initial cost of your purchase. 

4. Privacy is one of the main purposes of window shades. It's surprising how often people overlook the importance of this vital aspect. Remember that you'll need more privacy on ground floor windows as well as any bathrooms and bedrooms. Keep your own floor plan in mind and try to envision in which other areas you might need additional privacy. 

5. Safety is always an issue. Many industry experts suggest that all consumers stick to cordless purchases for safety reasons. The corded varieties pose a safety risk to small children as they can become entangled in the dangling cords that operate the blinds or shades. If you have small children or have frequent visits from small children you will definitely want to restrict your purchases to cordless varieties. 

Updating your home with faux wood blindswood blinds, bamboo woven wood shades, roman shades or other types of window blinds can be one of the easiest and most affordable home improvement projects a homeowner undertakes. And it's one of the home improvement projects that can provide homeowners with a drastic change. So go out with a clear idea of what you're looking for and then make sure that you get it. Because in today's market...you can bet it's available.
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Who is covered:
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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.