Buying blinds

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Buying blinds

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I need to replace ~10 blinds across my home. I want to replace the ones in bedroom with a blackout roller, and the remaining ones with a light filtering roller.

Any suggestions on where I should purchase the Blinds from, preferably reasonably priced. I see selectblinds.com as a popular online store - are there others recommended by Bogleheads?
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blinds.com bought a boat load of window coverings from them over the years.
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blindsgalore.com has worked well for us. At the time, their pricing was better than other vendors.
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Lowes
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gas_balloon wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:39 pm I need to replace ~10 blinds across my home. I want to replace the ones in bedroom with a blackout roller, and the remaining ones with a light filtering roller.

Any suggestions on where I should purchase the Blinds from, preferably reasonably priced. I see selectblinds.com as a popular online store - are there others recommended by Bogleheads?
I've picked out custom blinds at my local Lowe’s. I could see the blinds I was purchasing with both eyes open.
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There are many many on-line options if you do not see what you want at the local home store.

I used Smith and somebody...can't remember who the somebody was...it wasn't Wesson.
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I was very happy with the ones via costco at https://member.baliblinds.com/

And if you don't like them, you can return them, no questions asked, which helped a lot.
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If you want someone else to come and install nice stuff, Costco.

If you want cheap stuff that you DIY install, Lowes or Home Depot.

Roller shades are very easy to install if you have a drill, a screwdriver, and a level. But the better stuff really does look nicer, and the hardware is better quality and lasts longer.
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MrBobcat wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:51 pm blinds.com bought a boat load of window coverings from them over the years.
Thanks, they seem to be out of samples for most of their products right now. I will have to give it a try later.
supalong52 wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:56 pm blindsgalore.com has worked well for us. At the time, their pricing was better than other vendors.
Ordered sample swatches, their prices are definitely cheaper than most other places.
Toons wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:57 pm Lowes
:happy
DesertDiva wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:59 pm I've picked out custom blinds at my local Lowe’s. I could see the blinds I was purchasing with both eyes open.
Thanks, I will check out Lowes and HomeDepot.
adamthesmythe wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:06 pm There are many many on-line options if you do not see what you want at the local home store.

I used Smith and somebody...can't remember who the somebody was...it wasn't Wesson.
Thanks, did a quick google search. I think you are referring to smith & noble.
ensign_lee wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:16 pm I was very happy with the ones via costco at https://member.baliblinds.com/

And if you don't like them, you can return them, no questions asked, which helped a lot.
Nice, I did not even know Costco sold blinds through them! Will definitely check it out.
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I’ve been very happy with justblinds.com

Have done an entire house and various one off orders through the years, good selection of materials and colors plus excellently priced especially with frequent sales.
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I’ve been very happy with justblinds.com

Have done an entire house and various one off orders through the years, good selection of materials and colors plus excellently priced especially with frequent sales.
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I"ve used selectblinds for my last 3 homes. Yes, that's been a few years. :happy Good quality product, fast, cheap, good customer service if something goes wrong.

Can't say they are better than the others because I have had no need to try any others.
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Try Smith & Noble.
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions!

After doing a price quote with most of the recommendations in this thread, I found that the big-box stores (Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot -- in that order) are the cheapest for single-cell blackout cellular shades.

Unfortunately Walmart does not offer custom-cut solution to fit the width of my window, and I don't feel adventurous to use a miter saw to cut it on my own. Lowes did not have the color selection I wanted, so I ended up going with Home Depot for now.

FWIW, the difference between the big box stores and online options like justblinds were almost 2x (Example, $40 vs $80-90 for some sizes). I am only comparing single-cell shades with blackout and no added bells-and-whistles.
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I just commented on a thread a week or two ago asking the same questions. Have you searched?
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j0nnyg1984 wrote: Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:22 pm I just commented on a thread a week or two ago asking the same questions. Have you searched?
This is a 2 week old thread.. I'm just updating the comment thread with my findings based on comments I received earlier in the thread.
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Just got mine from member.baliblinds.com , through Costco.

Pretty happy with them overall. Got the fancy motorized ones, but I'm sure they were a bigger headache than normal blinds would be. I'd recommend them.
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