Take a lot of calls where the customer will first tell me, “We just want basic blinds… just cheap basic faux blinds, as we can buy at Home Depot.”
No problem. But that’s like saying I need food. I’m sure if you were offered cereal, desserts, Italian food, or a plate of vegetables, you’d have a preference. With Best Blinds & Sexy Shutters, I want to help you get your windows covered quickly for as affordable a price as possible. But I also want you to be happy with what you get in your windows and, more importantly, for it to be a solid and good product you don’t have to worry about. But, to be fair, it’s your choice. I can get you a quote for faux blinds quickly and easily. I can usually print it on the spot after measuring, so you can get the deal moving.
What’s the difference?
Basic Blinds. Literally. When I go to my portal to order them, they’re called “Basic Blinds.” They don’t have any options except for sizes. These are just like what you get if you jump online to buy basic blinds or go to a local hardware store and get the more affordable versions of faux blinds. They’ll have a Wand Tilt, a basic valance (no choice in what it looks like) without returns (this leaves you with a gap at the top of the blind on the sides where light comes in or where you can sometimes even see into the mechanisms of the blinds). And though they are measured to fit… the length tends to be in 6” increments. So you could order a blind to fit… but then have an extra 4-6 inches at the bottom whether you like it or not. They may be corded, though these blinds seem to be coming more and more where cordless is the only type now. The key driver on these seems always to be price. Almost all types have limited warranties, if any, for one year.
So what do I recommend?
Faux Wood Blinds
Go faux wood blinds, sure, but take my upgrade for a free cordless lift and lock and several other small upgrades.
Cordless Lift & Lock
My cordless lift and lock keep raising your blinds super easy. The mechanism up top activates a spring clutch that lifts 60% of the blinds for you, so they easily raise and lower. Cordless lift & lock normally come at a cost of $50 per blind.
Yep, it’s a cord, but a cord tilt is convenient. It only hangs down 60% of the blind’s total height, and that’s the furthest down it can go, so it isn’t a hazard for your little ones. In fact, it’s easier for kids; all they have to do is pull to tilt the blinds open or closed.
Three options are included in the look of your valance, including the option to have it returned or not. I recommend returns; they’re more professional. They’ll cover the edges and have a more complete and far less cheap look.
These also have a lifetime warranty. So for a minimal upcharge, you get something fast that looks good, works great, and will last at an affordable price.