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BlindsCenter Episode 1 - Roller Shades vs. Solar Shades, How to Measure More!

Length: 6:48 Added: May-11 Views: 300

Welcome to BlindsCenter! What's better than sports re-caps? Window covering advice, of course! Our show brings you window covering design tips, home decor trends and more.


Welcome to BlindsCenter! What's better than sports re-caps? Window covering advice, of course! Our show brings you window covering design tips, home decor trends and more.

Sean Graham: Greetings and salutations, everyone! I'm Sean Graham. Christopher Straisar:[sp?] And I'm Christoper Straisar. Both: And welcome to Blinds Center! Sean: Today's show is brought to you by our good friends at, America's #1 blinds store, who have graciously provided all of our supplies and expertise. Chris: That's right, Sean. Blinds Center will take you inside the exciting world of blinds, shades, and shutters. We'll help you decide which product is right for you by featuring special guest interviews and product experts who are excited to share their insight and knowledge. Sean: So, strap up, strap on, because we'll teach you the dos and don'ts, the whys and why nots, as well as the comical side of the window covering world. Chris: Today's show focuses on two similar but different products, solar and roller shades. So, without further ado, let's get it on! Sean, who do you have with you today? Sean: Today our first segment is called Face/Off, where experts discuss our featured products, showing you the good and the bad. Face/Off features two product experts from who have a passion about our featured products, and are willing to argue their opinion as to why theirs is the better choice. Joining us today are experts Lauren and Tyler. Hey guys! Lauren: Hi! Tyler: How are you? Sean: So, Lauren, I understand you're pretty passionate about solar shades. Tell us why. Lauren: I am Sean, they're great products. We have interior and exterior solar shades. They provide great visibility through the products, they're great UV blockers, and they help keep your space cool. Sean: Okay, sounds pretty interesting. Tyler, what do you have for us? Tyler: Few quick points for you, Sean. Number one, this product does come in light filtering or room darkening. This, by the way, is a room darkening shade. Number one, when this product is down, it literally does block out a majority of the light. Number two, if you're interested in privacy, you can't see in and no one can see out when this product is down. Number three, it does have some great lifting options. You can get a continuous cord loop, you can put it either on the left or the right, and if child safety is a issue, you can actually get it in cordless. Sean: Alright, well that's good stuff, guys! Is there anything that we really need to consider before making a choice here? Lauren: Yes, Sean, there is. Tyler's product is okay, but when you have it completely pulled down, you lose your view. Is that a sacrifice you'd like to make? Sean: Okay, Tyler, what's your answer to that? Tyler: She has a good point, Sean. Do keep in mind, when her product is down, it doesn't give you exact privacy, but with my product, when it is down, it does give you complete privacy and it does block out all the light when it is down. Sean: Alright. Great job guys! Two great points, and I appreciate your feedback today. Well, there you have it, folks. Two well-stated positions from our experts. But what do you think? We're going to leave it up to you, Blinds Nation, to decide. Who made the better argument today? Which product do you prefer? To vote on which is your favorite product, head over to vote on our facebook page at and let your voice be heard, and we'll share the results on our next episode. Now, back to you, Chris. Chris: Next up on Blinds Center is Tale of the Tape. This helpful little segment provides you with expert measuring and installation advice. To that end, we've recruited master installer Scott to show all you ladies and fellas just how to measure correctly for easy and foolproof installation. Today, Scott is going to show us how to best measure for solar and roller shades. Take it away, Scott. Scott: Hi, I'm Scott, with, and today we're going to be going over how to measure for your new solar or roller shade. We'll be using our sample window here to demonstrate. You want to measure your window at the top, the middle, and the bottom and record those three measurements. You want to actually use the top measurement where the product will actually be mounting, and only use the middle or the bottom measurement if it is a quarter-inch smaller or less. The reason for that is that fabric deduction on these shades are typically half an inch on each side, so because it already is a little generous, your window can come in just a little bit and the product will not touch the sides of the window. At this time, you want to go ahead and measure the left and right hand side for the length and record both of those numbers and you want to make sure to take the longer of the two. In showing you our product, the roller and solar shades both use the same mechanisms, and it comes standard when the fabric rolls off the back of the drum. What this does is when placed into your window, it puts the fabric or the solar material closest to the window, to provide the most privacy and light control. If for any reason you have locks, latches, or any other obstruction, you can actually order reverse roll, and at that point, the fabric will come off the front of the roller. This will allow you to fully recess your product, and the fabric will now come down from the front allowing extra clearance. The controls are generally set by the manufacturer, at 50-75% the length of the window. If you need those longer or shorter for any reason, make sure to go ahead and measure from the top down, record that number, and there'll be a drop-down box in the ordering menu, and you can go ahead and make the adjustment there. If you have any questions, make sure to contact one of our design consultants, and they'll be happy to walk you through this process. Thank you. Chris: Man, that's so easy a Blinds Center anchorman can do it. Sean: Thanks, Chris. Chris: My pleasure, Sean. Sean: [laughs] Thanks for the knowledge, Scott. We'll be looking for some more great information from you on future episodes of Tale of the Tape. Last on today's show, is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Let's start with The Good: one of our customers recently sent us this photo. What do you think, Chris? Chris: Well Sean, I really think the customer did a great job. I like what they did with the color, and the addition of the draping panels, as well. I think it gives it a good, clean look. Sean: The doors and the window makes for a good application for roller shades. Chris: Well, that's a nice one, Sean. But you know, we can't have The Good without pointing out some of The Bad. Here's a photo that I think makes this point. And Sean, this is what I call "the triple decker." Sean: Oh, man! [laughs] Chris: Yeah. Ladies and gentlemen, do not try this at home. Sean: And finally, there's The Ugly. What do you think of this one, Chris? Chris: Whooo, doggie! Are you kidding me? Sean: [laughs] Looks like his dog got to it. In this case, he is not man's best friend. Chris: No, he is not. Sean: Alright. Chris: Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. That's all we have time for in this episode of Blinds Center. Join us next time as we feature more great products, tips, tricks, and expert advice, and analysis and fun. Sean: Until the next time, thanks for joining us, from your friends at Blinds Center and at, America's #1 blinds store. Chris: Peace!

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