How to Remove Your Old Blinds Without Tearing Apart your Home’s Walls

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Tools You’ll Need

  • Joint Compound
  • A Set of Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint Brush
  • Putty Knife
  • Wall Primer (Optional)
  • Sponge
  • Paint that Meshes With Your Wall’s Current Color

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Tips for Picking Out Window Treatments for a Nursery

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If you have a young child and are in the process of upgrading their nursery’s window treatments, there are a lot of things you need to consider. Safety, first and foremost, is the most important aspect when it comes to picking out window treatments for this room.

Safety Features

Again, we can’t stress this enough, safety needs to be at the top of your mind at all times. When you pick out window treatments for a child’s room, we always try and guide our customers to our cordless window treatments.

Why is this? 

Cordless shades are the only 100% child-safe window treatments that we offer our customers. They give you peace of mind knowing that your child will be safe, preventing potential entanglement with cords. Read More

Are Your Windows Scary Enough?

Happy Halloween!  In the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve, here are some festive and fun ways to get your windows looking their most terrifying:

1. Cute Cutouts

Who doesn’t love a good DIY?  A great hands-on way to add some cute yet creepy Halloween goodness to your windows is by making your own thematic cutouts!  All you need is construction paper, computer paper (for printing desired image, if you aren’t doing it freehand), a pencil, scissors, and then maybe tape/adhesive, string, hole punch, etc.
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Equip Your Southern Home With Cellular Skylight Shades!

We get a lot of calls from customers in Southern states that experience difficulty in dealing with open skylight windows. Untreated skylight windows can pose a lot of issues, especially in areas like Florida, Georgia, where temperatures can exceed 110 degrees in the summertime!

What’s a solution for those with this problem? 

Our energy saving cellular skylight shades.

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Inside Mount or Outside Mount: Which Option Should I Choose?

When your purchase window treatments, you’ll likely be given the option to pick between an inside mount or outside mount option. Often times, our customers have questions surrounding the difference between the two and what it could mean for your home.

Inside Mount

Outside Mount

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What Size Cells Should I Pick for My Window Treatments?

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If you’re in the process of picking new cellular window treatments, you have a lot of options to pick from. There are many different customizations you can make for your shades. Pick between numerous lift options, fabric types, colors, cell sizes among other options. Today, we want to help provide you with some clarity to one of these choices, cell sizes.

Small Honeycombs

Cellular shades with honeycombs that are less than 3/8” are classified as “small cell shades.” Shades with small cells are typically very flexible, and give the end user excellent insulating properties. The small cells allow the treatments to have multiple cells, our double cell shades feature honeycombs are 3/8” and the multiple cells help enhance the R-Value of your windows.
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Enhance Your Apartment’s Appearance with a Set of New Window Treatments

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If you’re a recent graduate, or a young professional, moving into your first apartment is a pretty big deal. When you have a tight budget, there’s going to be some important decisions to make. You might not be living in this space for more than a few years; however, it’s important that it feels cozy and warm during this time.

A good way to start off is with a set of the window treatments. Believe it or not, this is one of the more important items for your home. They’ll help you keep your privacy, and believe it or not, they help cut down on your utility bills throughout the year.

How is this?

If you decide to purchase cellular window treatments, like the ones we provide our customers here at EcoSmart Shades, they act as a barrier between your windows and the outside.  When it’s cold outside, you’ll see savings on your energy bills because of their excellent insulating properties. If it’s warm outside, these shades will reduce the workload of your air conditioning, keeping the cool air from escaping your home.

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What’s In Store Cell Shades? Only the Future Can Tell…

It’s always fun to look back through the years and note how things have changed. We chuckle at now outrageous hair and clothing styles; we wonder how we possibly survived without modern amenities like a GPS in your phone, or without a phone at all! This fast and vast rate of change carries over to home improvement as well. Read on to see what we think the future holds for insulating cell shades.

1. Online Shopping – Top Seller for Cellular

Studies show that online sales increase by 11% each year. Now, more than ever, online shopping is easier, quicker, and more hassle-free, making it in many ways preferable to buying in-store. This is promising for the cellular window shade industry, and especially for us, since we are entirely web-based. When you shop online, you can order samples, find all the information you need for measuring and installation, and best of all, your order is shipped right to you.
Online orders usually mean you can install the shades yourself, which translates to savings since you don’t have to work with a designer or installer. Ease of access, ease of assembly and usage, and reduced fees are what will make the internet the primary platform for cellular shade shopping.

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Bundle Up Your Skylights With Insulating Shades

Skylights

We’re willing to bet you’ve been told at some point or another that you must wear a hat in cold weather because your body heat rises and escapes out of your head.  While this may or may not be a scientific fact – it actually is a fact that if you have uncovered skylights, heat is going to seep right through them all winter long.  Don’t let your home go without a hat – insulate your skylights and enjoy the energy savings!

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October Is National Window Cord Safety Month

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This month, check your window treatments for child-safety features, or lack thereof. October is National Window Cord Safety Month, sponsored by The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) alongside the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Now is the time to install child-safe window treatments in your home, or bring your older, less safe treatments, up to speed!

Homes with children, and pets, should be equipped with only cordless shades, as they are the only truly child-safe type option.  Most corded shades (ours included) come with child-safety features such as breakaway cords and tensioners, but the fact remains, and cord is a hazard.  According to the CPSC, window treatments and coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in homes in America.  Instances of strangulation and death have occurred.  Many of these deaths were from older products that lacked proper safety devices, and fortunately, this day in age these accidents are highly preventable.

“Window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards in the home,” says  U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC recommends that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.  They are available today in the marketplace and will prevent window blind strangulations. Make sure all window shades, blinds and draperies in your home do not have cords that are within the reach of a child.”

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