Our old blinds are starting to come apart. One doesn't go up anymore, another refuses come down. One turned belligerent and fell off the wall. One cracked up. I think they are HunterDouglas, purchased at great expense just after we moved in. They lasted for a decade so I can't complain.
The cordless shades turned out to be the most reliable. Can anyone confirm?
What should we try next? Home Depot? Costco? Hunter Douglas again? Etsy? Select Blinds?
I don't trust myself to DIY blinds (or much else for that matter) so I would call Seattle Design Solutions first. In my current house I have both corded and cordless blinds, and the cordless ones (Levolor) seem indestructible.
We are getting some installed next week so I'll follow up then but we went through Costco! You get a 10% rebate for Costco so basically save on tax. We got wooden faux blinds (in white) for their sturdiness and easy to replace one blind over the whole thing if one breaks. We scheduled through Costco but the company is Jet City Blinds. Price point seemed very fair, one large and two small windows under $1000. I'm going to wait a month or so to leave my recommendation but my quote and ordering was smooth so wanted to share regardless. If you wanted to get a free quote to look at some options they are about month out for install.
I highly recommend Wessco Blinds. I've been working with them and referring them to clients for the last few years and they are wonderful. They are a local independent company owned by a husband and wife, previously owned by the wife's mother, and they sell Hunter Douglas.
I'm in the process of ordering a Bali solar roller shade from Home Depot. The shade I want is very basic and the process so far has not been smooth (their computer system is archaic). Placing the order today, so I'll update with any news.
I used Lowe's. Ordered Levolor blinds through them - they came out and measured, sent me color swatches to put up in the windows to see how the light changed them (or not), and installed them for me. 10-year warranty (and I did have an issue with one set where the cord kept getting messed up and they fixed it twice and then finally sent me a whole new blind for that window). It was about 1/3 as much as Costco or one of the other custom home blind places.
The box stores like Home Depot sell a More inferior product like Bali that does Not last as long , they also charge you for any warranty service that should be free. Wessco and local companies like them use better quality manufacturers and have better service.