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Adam Doppelt
about 1 month ago • Seattle

new blinds

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?
15 replies
about 1 month ago
We used 3-day blinds for some cordless ones and they were GREAT! Person came out, measured and suggested colors, showed samples, we ordered, they installed. They work great many, many years later!
  • about 1 month ago
We have soma blinds. It’s a French company and has the user interface you’d expect from French engineering. Otherwise, they function very well.
  • about 1 month ago
Shades or blinds? :)
  • about 1 month ago
I really like the cellular shades from Home Depot. We have the ones that are both light filtering and blackout. They aren’t super expensive and very customizable on length.
  • about 1 month ago
Serena Shades are very highly rated. They have both automated and manual styles.
These (the automated ones) are what we are ordering for our house.
  • about 1 month ago
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.
Window Treatments - Seward Park
  • about 1 month ago
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.
Window Treatments - Downtown
  • about 1 month ago
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.
Window Treatments - Queen Anne
  • about 1 month ago
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.
Blinds
  • about 1 month ago
Thanks everyone, this is super helpful. I will report back after we make a decision. I also received one suggestion via email:

justblinds.com - If you want to measure and install yourself. I've been really happy with the quality of the cordless top down/bottom up cellular shades. 10 years later, no issues.
Window Treatments
  • about 1 month ago
We purchased blinds online, easy to install, they walk you through the measurements and great service! If there’s a problem easy to return.
  • about 1 month ago
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.
  • about 1 month ago
Absolutely call Budget Blinds of West Seattle. Consultant, designer and installer all in one. Plus they're a local family and give above and beyond customer service. Good luck!
Window Treatments - West Seattle
  • about 1 month ago
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.
  • about 1 month ago
We've always have had good luck with Smith and Noble. That said I was impressed by blinds that we got from blinds.com for our rental properties.
  • about 1 month ago

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