When my husband and I moved into our home last year there wasn’t a single window covering in the house. No blinds. No curtains. Nothing!
Since privacy was our main concern, we decided to purchase blinds first and then consider decorative window treatments later.
Purchasing blinds for our entire house.
I’d listened to Dave Ramsey rave about Blinds.com countless times on his radio show, so I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about. After doing some research, I determined blinds.com would be the best choice. So I measured each window, chose a product from the samples they mailed, and submitted the order online.
I can’t remember the exact timeframe since it was over a year ago, but we received the order quickly; within a few days. The order was perfect and the blinds installed quite easily. It was also the least expensive way I found to purchase blinds for our entire house.
Since we had such a nice experience with Blinds.com, we highly recommended them a few months later to a family member moving into a new house. He ordered blinds and received them quickly, but…one of the blinds ordered didn’t fit in the window.
Looking back at his notes, he realized he sent in the wrong measurements!
But, guess what?
Blinds.com sent him a replacement anyway! Even though it was his fault. They also told him to donate the other blinds to someone in need instead of taking the time to mail it back.
Now THAT is customer service!
I was a fan of Blinds.com from my own experience but I’ll be a customer for life for the way they treated my family member.
Because I had such a great experience with them, and knew I wanted to test a blackout shade, I asked if they would be interested in a review. They happily obliged and one of their design consultants worked with me to find the best one.
Choosing a sun-blocking window treatment.
My house is all one level except for one room. That room is over the garage, beside the attic and it has a large window. Needless to say, when it’s hot outside that room heats up very quickly! Last summer it was a good 10-15 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. I definitely wanted a beautiful window treatment but the main goal for this product was to keep the room cooler and, hopefully, save money on our electric bill.
The design consultent helped me find the perfect sun-blocking window treatment: the Honeycomb Double Cell Blackout Shade. It has two honeycomb air pockets so it’s incredibly effective at keeping your home insulated. Plus, it looks good!
Of course she took the extra step and wowed me again. I wanted to keep the current blinds installed and viewable from the outside so the street view would be uniform. So she asked me to measure and send pictures of the window to determine if both could fit in the window frame. She let me know that both could hang in the window frame if I was willing to reinstall my current blinds closer to the window and if I didn’t mind the Honeycomb Double Cell Blackout Shade sticking out into the room an inch.
I was willing to give it a try so she shipped it out!
Installing the Honeycomb Double Cell Blackout Shade.
I’ll admit the instructions for installing the shade could have been better. They seemed to be generic instructions so the drawings of the installation hardware didn’t look anything like the actual pieces.
Thankfully blinds.com has a great video tutorial area on their website!
I watched the video a couple of times, took a guess at how the hardware should be installed, gave my kids a few toys to keep them busy and I got to work!
With the help of an electric drill my current blinds were a breeze to move. I was then able to screw in three pieces of hardware and the blackout shade just snapped into the hardware. It was pretty easy once I figured out exactly what I was supposed to do!
As you can see from the photos, the blackout shade sticks out about an inch. But you can’t even tell when you are looking directly at the window from the front. And since we now have curtains, you don’t even notice it from the sides.
The Honeycomb Double Cell Blackout Shade cools the room dramatically.
Since our bonus room was unbearably hot last summer, I wanted to see if a sun-shade would lower the temperature. Let me tell you, from the moment I pulled the shade down, the room was cooler. I wish I could adequately convey the sense of relief I felt. All I can say is that the miserably hot room immediately became one of our favorite hangouts.
The shade made the room immensely cooler. When I pulled the shade halfway down, put one hand on the shade and one hand on the blinds below, there was a massive difference in temperature. I’d guess about 15 degrees. At least!
During this blistering summer heat wave, I’ve been keeping the shade down anytime we aren’t in the room and always during the mid-day heat. This shade has made our room enjoyable again, even during this record-setting hot summer!
*GIVEAWAY* Could you use a blackout shade to cool your room? Or maybe just another Blinds.com product?
Well, how about a $100 gift code to do just that?! Blinds.com has graciously offered to give an i Dream of Clean reader a gift code worth $100.
How to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post letting me know what you would order from Blinds.com. Blinds? Blackout Shade? Curtains? Would you give the gift code to a family member?
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This giveaway begins at 12:45 pm Thursday, 7/12/12 and ends at 11:59 pm CST on Thursday, 7/19/2012. It’s open to US residents, 18 years or older. I will use the And the Winner Is plugin to select the winning comments at random. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize or I will choose a new winner. Blinds.com will fulfill the gift code prize with an ARV of $100. No purchase necessary.
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