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Softwood Blinds Offerings

Softwood blinds are made with the best materials to handle humidity like no other blind and require little maintenance. They have the beauty and warmth of a variety of finished wood textures.  The Royal Valance comes standard on all Softwood blinds (as shown).

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Wood blinds add a warmth to the room just like shutters. They are available in 1,2,2.5 , and 3 inches. With or without route holes in a variety of paints stains and finishes. The standard size that people order is the 2 inch smooth is pure white or swiss coffee to match the paint color of the wood trim or wall color.  wood blinds are available in specialty shapes, motorized,and with special features.

Features

  • Cloth Tapes small and large
  • Cordless Lifts
  • Decorative Valances or Cornice Boxes
  • Hidden Route Holes 
  • Multi Colored
  • Wand or Cord Tilting mechanism
  • Motorization Tilt Only
  • Specialty Shapes
  • Tile Cut Outs
  • wood Cornice
  • Hold Down Brackets
  • Control Positionment
  • 2 or 3 on 1 Headrail systems

Clolth Tapes are material placed in front of and behind the latter support or is the support system for the slats. They are available in 2 sizes Small and Large and range between 3/ 4 inch and 2 inch depending on the size. This is an older look, some have said it makes it feel like you are in jail. Some of the tapes are available with a decorated print on them.These tapes typically run every 10 to 24 inches depending on the size and type of blind you order.This feature is said to increase privacy and light control and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

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Cordless lifts are a unique animal in themselfs. This sytem eliminates the lifting strings and places them spring loaded inside the headrail mechanism, typical warranty is 5 years on this system and is limited in size and or weight of blind.

Decorative Valances are a cover or strip of wood in front of the headrail. It is designed to cover up both the headrail and mounting brackets and to decorate the top front part of the blind. These valances come in a variety styles and sizes and are available with or without returns or side pieces.

Valance Returnsare standard on an outside mount blind about 3 1/ 2 inches and covers up the head-rail mounting brackets. The other way is on an inside mount blind to have an outside Mount valance that is 1 inch wider than the window opening with 1/ 2 inch returns. We are proud to say that our company came up with this simple concept that is used industry wide now.

Hidden Route Holes or also known as routeless or privacy plus. What this does is maximize privacy and strengthens the slat. By eliminating the holes punched in the slat, and replaced with a notch in the back to hold the slat in possition. This system is not reccommended for doors  because they can fly out when the door is flung opened . The only thing that also might be said is the slats may not always align strait up and down all time and may require adjustments.This feature is usually 10-15% more but they sometimes have free upgrades...just ask if there is a promotion going on.

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Motorization is available but only tilt only and not lifting.It is limited in size and weight. The shades are operated with a remote control or timer.

Multi-Colored slats are available. This is where you can section off areas of the blind and have the top half blue and the bottom half white or red.This multi colored shade is very typical or European areas where they have three bright colors one on top of the other one.

Wand or Cord Tilting is the choice you have when ordering the blinds controls tilting mechanism. A wand is a round stick that you twist to close and open the slats of the shade to see out the window. The size it comes is usually 1-4 feet or 2/ 3 rd the length of the window. The cord tilting mechanism is two cords with a tassel on the end of each string. You pull on one cord and it lowers the shade closed, at the same time putting the tassel lower. Now the other tassel will be higher, making it hard to reach sometimes. It is recommended to split the controls on a cord tilting system so you don't confuse all the strings and ask yourself which one tilts the shade and which one opens it.

Specialty Shapes mini blinds can come in a variety of shapes from circles to rake heads we can most certainly find a shade to fit you oddest of window shapes.

Wood Cornice a fancier valance upgrade can be ordered for an extra charge for those people who like the look of a larger more ornate valance. This upgrade may require separate installation from the blind.

Tile Cut Outs are available for an extra charge of 10-30 dollars a side or for a handle cut out area. Typically seen in kitchen windows, the bottom slats on the side are cut to accommodate for the tile on the wall called a splash. It can also be used to cut out areas that would prohibit a shade from coming down like an air condition unit or pet door.

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Hold Down Brackets are available at no addition charge and is used typically to attach a blind at the bottom to a door or area with excessive wind. When not attached it can cause a safety issue because of the sharp edges or pins.

Control Positioning is an area I like to spend a little bit of time on with customers. On a blind there are typically two sets of controls. One is to tilt the blind open and closed. The other is to lift the shade up. I prefer to have the controls on the same side of the shade, so you don't have to go to one side to tilt the shade open , then to the other side to lift it up.(The only exception to this is with cord tilt option you may want to separate these so they all don't get mixed together).
 Most manufacturers offer standard controls and don't want to spend the time with you. Standard controls is the wand or tilt on the left and the cord to pull it up on the right.
 Reverse Standard is the reverse of that. It is very important to consider furniture placement before you decide because you might be putting the controls in a place that Will be impossible to reach.
I prefer to use the rule of to the side of the window the wind does not come through. It will keep the dirt off the controls and prevent the wand from swinging back and forth against the blind causing an annoying sound when the wind taps it back and forth.
Another option on the controls is the lenght.Typically 2/ 3 rds of the window length. or 30 inches. This is important to concider when you have a window in a stair well or if you can't reach over the sink or if you are in a wheel chair. I prefer to use shorter controls so the kids don't play with them or hang off them 12-24 inches.