Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blinds(ter) Window Coverings

One of the things (on the long list of needs) we plan to purchase are blinds.  I really like the Silhouette Shading by Hunter Douglas:


Hunter Douglas Silhouette® shadings
Fabric/Material: Sunscreen Privacy Shading
http://www.hunterdouglas.com/sheers

They act as a blind with sheer material on both sides to provide privacy.  You can let less light in by changing the angle of the blind.  While very nice, they can be pricey.  For a standard 36"x62", I was quoted $490-650 each.

So, instead, in an effort to save money, we are probably going to go with Faux wood blinds, specifically the 2" Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds.  Not sure what color yet.

2" Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds
http://www.blindster.com/


I have compared prices at Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Menards, JCPenney, Blinds.com, Selectblinds.com, Blindster.com and local blind manufacturing companies.  Blindster has the best deals in the most colors.  It also has free shipping, a free fit guarantee, 60 day satisfaction, lifetime warranty and my favorite a lifetime upgrade guarantee.  The lifetime upgrade guarantee means if you want to upgrade to a better blind at a later date, this will issue you a credit towards your new purchase for the price you paid with the original purchase.

If we buy the 2" Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds from Blindster.com, it will only cost $1350 for all 29 windows.  Ryan Homes wanted $2500 (installed) and only gave us white as an option.  Plus, with Blindster, I can upgrade to a nicer faux wood or some type of shades in the future for just a little more.

What company have you used (or intend to) for your window treatments?

12 comments:

  1. cool.. I really appreciate all the information you are putting on your blog. We have 29 windows as well :)

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  2. Thanks for the information! Our interior townhouse only has 10 windows so it will be extremely cheap for us! Technical question for you... How do you insert links in you posts and captions? I usually update from my iPad but also have a laptop. My iPad does not automatically put a link in when I use a website.

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    1. There should be a "Link" button at the top where you write your posts. Highlight the text you want to link, select the button. If the text is already a web link, it's done. If not, it will ask where to link the text. You can add the web link then.

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    2. You are the blogger guru :)

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  3. Thanks, I'm going to check out blindster.com

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  4. We went with Home Depot's Home Decorator Custom Cut 2" faux wood blinds. We paid around $600 for 19 blinds.

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    1. That's a good deal. Did they install it? If so, how much did it cost per blind? How would you rate those blinds?

      I looked at the cost at Home Depot for our 29 windows and it is $1050, but it only comes in 3 colors (white, alabaster and golden oak). Also, the lengths are limited. Do they have a guarantee if you measure wrong and order the wrong size they will replace it for free?

      Blindster also makes a "Super Value" faux wood 2" blind that is more comparable (and comes in 3 colors) that would run $1150. So, price alone, HD is cheaper, but Blindster has better perks.

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  5. Thanks for sharing! This is the next purchase we plan to make. I am not too familiar in the blinds department but I will check out Blindster!

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  6. We plan to do plantation style shutters downstairs. We will likely invest more there than upstairs to show nice. It'll be pricey but I love the look. Maybe cafe shutters in morning room too.

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    1. Those are really nice. Like you said, costly, but nice.

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  7. So were you happy with the quality of faux wood blinds from blindster once you had them up? Thinking about getting 16 from them.

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    1. We ended up going with custom Levelor faux wood blinds. See this post: http://woodbineravenna.blogspot.com/2015/06/two-more-weeks.html.
      I didn't want to have to put up 29 blinds. It ended up costing about $1600, but they installed it.

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