The Rise of Cordless

By Steven M.

Blinds and shades have made a giant leap into the 21st century recently with the trend of the cordless option. For decades we have become used to pulled a string or cahin in order to raise our window coverings. In todays modern times of child saftey and clean/sleek looks, cordless is a much sought after option many people look for in todays window treatments. 

Cordless blinds and shades provide many advantages over thier older models of strings and chains. Clean looks and less clutter are something most people are looking for in recent times. Providing a modern look to their home or living space is a common request among consumers. Cordless provides this and much more with the elimination of extra items hanging in your window, and making the process of using the blinds and shades easier, by having less variables in which to make them function.

Child saftey is another issue that the cordless option addresses, by having less items hanging and appealing to small children. No cords to pull and play with means the risk of a blind or shade being completly pulled down and out of the window is essentially gone. A loop cord in which a child could seriously hurt themselves or worse, is also eliminated, and with it a lot of parents worries about what their children are getting into when unsupervised.

Cordless serves multiple purposes wether you want a clean modern look, or young ones who like to explore. Hence why it is one of the most requested options among consumers today.

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Much Ado About Bamboo

By Gina G.

Bamboo shades are great options to add texture and a natural vibe to any room.  If you are considering a bamboo shade but unfamiliar with them, here’s a brief snapshot:

Bamboo or woven wood shades are typical comprised of natural woods, bamboo chutes, and grasses. Because of their wooden composition, they provide some insulation, although they are not the best insulation option. These materials are generally held together by color coordinated thin threads (to allow the bamboo to really shine). Most bamboo shades will be sheer due to their composition unless the chutes are layered partially atop each other which would then give privacy. And, they are also usually the same color on the front and back of the shade.

There are a plethora of styles and colors to choose from that range from white to black but the majority of bamboo shades are offered in solid wood colors (usually popular wood tones like oak, mahogany, etc) or multi colored (to coordinate with a variety of wood colors).  The features available for bamboo shades are plentiful too.  You can choose a more formal look by choosing a bamboo style that has folds and bubbles out like a roman shade.  Or, for a more relaxed look, you can choose a more modern flat style resembling a roller shade. Most often, because of the more relaxed nature of bamboo shades, they are presented with a flat panel stlye. 

Although the headrails, brackets, and depth required for bamboo shades are varied, most come with a matching valance that is usually pre-attached to the headrail. The valance covers any hardware and gives the shade a finished look. For the bottom of your bamboo shade, you can choose whether to have it fold up (like a roman shade) or just roll up (these will usually have visible cords at the front of the shade).

Liners are another, more functional, option for bamboo shades that don’t have overlapping sticks or tight weaves. Most woven wood shades are sheer products without a liner. If you’re placing the shade in a room where privacy is necessary, you will need to add a liner to it. Some bamboo shades are offered with a blackout liner option making them viable products for bedrooms.

Finally, some bamboo shades are offered with fabric edges on the sides of the shade. These have dual purpose when utilized: to add pops of color and print and to protect the edges of the shade from damage.

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October is Window Safety Month

Kids. They’re amazing, but they somehow manage to get into an awful lot of mischief. So why not avoid some of that mischief all together by decorating your windows with Child Safe Window Treatments? Don’t know where to begin? Here are some great examples:

The easiest way to avoid any potential hazards with window treatments is to ensure that they have no cords. Fortunately, because child safety is so important that most companies make all products with  the option of cordless or corded now. Cordless products will range anywhere from a simple spring roller Roller Shade to an elegant cordless Roman Shade. The best part about cordless is that they now come with blinds too! Not just fabrics anymore; Faux Wood, Real Wood and even Aluminum blinds can come with a cordless mechanism. No cords, no worries!

Are you in love with a product that does not come with a cordless option? No problem! All corded blinds and shades now come with child safety mechanisms like cord ties or cord cleats to help hold the cords in place, which allows you to have peace of mind. These cord ties/cord cleats are mounted along the inside of the window sill or on the wall next to the window, allowing the cords to be wrapped/tied around them. You also have the option of the chain loop tie down which, again, is mounted to the sill and the chain loop is tied through the middle, making it impossible for wandering hands to grab ahold.

If you’re ever unsure about a product, you can look for the Best for Kids certification label on products as well! This label easily helps you to identify those blinds or shades that are best for homes with children.

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Cellulars 101

Honey comb shades, also known as cellular shades, are a very popular window covering across the country. You’ve probably heard about them at this point but if you haven’t or maybe just want to know a little bit more, this is the place to learn all there is to know about them.
This type of shade is constructed with “honey comb” shaped cells which consist of a single or double layered design. This unique design is made to trap air in between the layers of fabric to provide excellent insulation properties. This intricate design allows you to provide your home with a high level of energy efficiency. This of course means that these shades can keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, saving you money on your electric bills. Due to the construction of these shades, if you live near a busy highway or have noisy neighbors, cellular shades may help to deflect some of that sound as well.
Depending on your needs and budget, there are a variety of thickness and styles of shades to choose from. If you are looking for a sure fire way to block out the sunlight in your bedroom, you will want to go with a blackout cellular opposed to a light filtering cellular which will allow light to filter through the fabric. There are also sheer options which will allow a lot of light and even a degree of visibility through the shade. Of course, there is always the option of making your cellular shade a Day/Night shade which can allow 2 types of fabrics onto ONE shade; creating the ability to be light filtering AND blackout.
Another great reason and perk of cellular shades are the mechanism options; you really have so many options to choose from – regular, cordless, top-down-bottom-up, motorized and as we mentioned previously, Day/Night shades. Cordless and motorized are great options for those families with small children.
When it comes to cellular shades, you can trust Blinds To Go to provide you with a wonderful and affordable selection. OH! and did we mention the lifetime warranty on the mechanism?
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Do’s & Don’ts for Cordless

Nowadays, homeowners have more options than ever before when it comes to window treatments: wood blinds, faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds, shutters, honeycomb shades; the list goes on and on! It’s not just the style and materials that homeowners have to consider though. The right lift system can make all of the difference. Just as there are many different styles of window treatments, there are also many different styles of lift systems. Each is unique and provides users with vastly different functionality. The lift system everyone is talking about today is cordless lift.

Cordless lift eliminates – you guessed it – all cords and it allows you to raise and lower your shade with the smooth operation. Besides the added safety factor, this unique functionality also offers several other benefits as well. For starters, cordless window treatments are easy to operate. Simply lift up and down. Then, of course, aesthetic appeal. Cordless window coverings give your windows a more streamlined, modern look that is sure to compliment your home decor. No more cords to try and hide. No more cords for your dog or cat to play with and ultimately ruin your window treatments. No more cords to…well, just no more cords. Period. Sleek, easy to use, and safe, cordless is the future of window coverings.

Cordless lift systems are available for a wide variety of blinds and shades to bring both convenience and clean lines. The cordless mechanisms make your home décor look elegant and modern. Not many people want all these different cords hanging and looking busy on their windows. It makes it easier for cleaning the window treatments and when you’re ready to clean your windows there won’t be multiple cords to get tangled together and eventually not operable. I’ve found that kids also are able to work their shades or blinds easily with the cordless lifts. Otherwise, kids would just try to tug at their window treatments and then eventually snap the cord or something goes wrong where they break their window covering itself.

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Pleated Shades

The pleated shade is a versatile and simply  window shade, very similar in appearance to a honeycomb or cellular shade. The difference between them is that while a honeycomb shade has cells, the pleated window shade consists of a single lighter layer of material. Pleated shades work well by themselves for a minimalistic decorating approach or with other window treatments such as curtains and valances.

These versatile shades come in a variety of sizes. Some can reach lengths up to 120” wide and 120” high depending on the fabric/material. In general, pleated shade come with numerous options as well, giving you plenty of ways to make these shades work for what you need in your space.

Pleated Shade Options

Light Filtering – Light filtering shades are the perfect option for those looking for privacy without blocking out a lot of natural light.

Room Darkening – You should choose room darkening shades if you want to block out a majority of light from outside, this is an ideal option for bedrooms and media rooms.

Blackout – You can also get a backing on the shade to help make it so that no light comes through the shade at all!

Cordless – This is an ideal option for those who want a clean, cord-free look. It is the safest option for those with children and pets too.

Top Down / Bottom Up – This option is great for light and privacy control since you can raise and lower your pleated shades from the bottom OR top of the shade. This option is ideal for bathrooms and bedrooms so you can get a lot of light in but still maintain privacy.

Lift Cord – This is the traditional blind which operates with the pull of a cord and an automatic locking mechanism to keep the shade from crashing down.

Motorized – This option will give you the choice to lift and lower your shade with the touch of a button! This option is great for larger windows or higher and harder to reach windows.

As you can see, you have plenty of options to choose from.. so what will it be??

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How to Sleep Better at Night: Cellular Shade Edition

The basis of good health starts with good food, exercise and restful sleep. While a blind or shade can’t cook you dinner or work out with you, it may be able to help you get a good night’s sleep. Whether it’s the early morning sun or outside artificial lighting, light can interfere with our sleep and effect our wellbeing. Cellular shades are a great help in this matter; so here are some options to help keep your bedroom dark.
Your first option would be a light filtering cellular shade. These shades are your typical cellular shade you find most places; light, airy and filters the light from the outside… (hence, light filtering!) These shades will block minimal light and help to defuse bright lights such as street lights or billboard signs. Sometimes with these shades, if you chose a darker color (no neutrals) then it will transform into more of a room darkening shade instead; giving you much more light blocking ability.
If you want or need even more light blocked best option would be blackout cellular shades. These shades are made with a light blocking material inside of the “honeycomb” part of the cellular shade which does not allow any light to pass through. On most windows, the only light that will show through will be the light gaps along the outside of edges of the shade/window. A fun tip though: to eliminate even that light, you can put drapery panels on either side of the window and then establish complete darkness! Now you won’t know if it is day or night!
Cellular shades also come in a variety of colors and options such as cordless or  top-down/bottom-up which will allow you to operate the shade 2 separate ways. Of course there are many other options for black out shades available, but cellular shades are usually a less expensive option as well as an energy efficient option; how can you beat that?!
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Keep Cool Cellulars

Keep Cool Cellulars
We have all experienced the downfall of summer. That blazing heat that drives us crazy, cranking
the fans on high, and the air conditioners to the coldest setting. Of course this also means higher
electricity bills. With cellular shades you can cut that electric bill down and stay cool at the same time. Cellular shades are perfect for acting as an insulator trapping the cold in the summer as well as the warmth in the winter. Not only do cellular shades help with insulation, they also come in many different colors to match specific room settings. Cellular shades are made with a polyester material that can be a solid color of choice, or have a unique pattern design to it.  On top of the colors as well as the patterns, you also have the option to have the shade filter light through,  as well as being completely black out. The cellular shades are also very efficient for their minimal stacking at the top of the window giving more viewing pleasure when the shade is completely up. Going more into the technical parts and features about cellular shades, they can be upgraded to a top down bottom up feature which allows you to have a second cord that brings the top of the shade down while the ot6her cord brings the bottom of the shade up like normal. Another feature they have is the cordless upgrade. The cordless is a great feature the cuts out the hassle of cords getting snagged on something, tangled, or even breaking, Of course with people that have kids and or pets, it gives them one less toy to play with that you don’t want them playing with. To top off all of the amazing features and benefits, you can combined the cordless with the top down bottom up feature, allowing you to pull the top of the blind down to the desired level,  as well as the bottom up without the use of cords. With all of the features and benefits of cellular shades, there is no doubt that your summer will be more relaxing from the reduced stress of your electric bill, to having your rooms looking great while staying cool. Don’t let the heat get the best of you this summer, keep cool with cellular shades.
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Child Safe Blinds

By Karen E.

A lot of customers we have coming in are fist time home owners,  who are looking to settle into their new homes. Often, at the same time of settling into a new home, people are starting a family, which makes child safety a top proirity when coming in to look for blinds or shades.

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It’s Really Spring

By: Gloria H.


Being located in New England it is still hard for me to believe that spring is here.  I still warm my car up in the morning before work and I still have a bit of spring cleaning left to do.  So if you are like me and just can’t believe that it is really springtime then I have a few tips that can help you visualize spring by adding a new window treatment to your home.

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