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Installation Guide for Your New Blinds
By Payless Decor
10/1/2014 7:43:00 AM  

Installation Guide for Your New Horizontal Blinds



For those looking to revamp their house on a budget, self-installation of new horizontal blinds is not only possible; it’s also simple. Before beginning your DIY project, make sure you have a stepladder, tape measure, pencil, screws, screwdriver or drill, and a level on hand. Then, follow these simple steps:

Before Purchase:

  1. Decide whether you want to mount your new blinds on the inside or outside of the window frame. It’s a matter of personal preference; would you rather the blinds just cover the glass (inside), or extend to the outer edges of the window frame (outside)?
  2. Carefully measure your window/ window frame, depending on your answer to #1. For an outside mount, you should measure to the outside edges of the molding. For both mounts, you’ll want to measure the window both horizontally and vertically in order to determine the length of both the head rail and the blinds themselves. The store will then cut your blinds to size.

After Purchase:

  1. Mark the frame: The end brackets, which should be included in your blinds purchase, will anchor the head rail. Keep in mind that one of the two open-sides of the end brackets should be facing straight out, and the other should be facing toward the center. Mark these placements. Then, keeping in line with these end brackets, pencil in your support bracket placements. These should be evenly spaced along the head rail, and their number is dependent upon the length of your blinds. 
  2. Install the Brackets: Using the marks as your guide, use an electric drill to create holes for exactly where the screws will go. Generally speaking, using a drill bit slightly small than the screws will be most effective. Then, screw one bracket in at a time by hand. Note: it is absolutely essential that the brackets are aligned, or else the blinds will rise and fall unevenly. Use a level to ensure perfect installation.
  3. Install the Head Rail: Consult your individual manual to determine the best way to attach the blinds. In most cases, you will insert each side of the head rail into the end brackets and snap it into place.
  4. Attach the tilt wand and valence: If the blinds have an included decorative valence, attach the valence clips and slide the decorative valence into place. The tilt wand, which is responsible for opening and closing the blind slats, has tiny hooks on one end that will latch onto the head rail.
  5. Adjust the Blinds to Appropriate Length: If your blinds hang too low, it is possible to remove individual slats from the bottom. First, remove the plastic retaining tabs/ plugs from the bottom rail, and then slide out the piece and cut the strings to proper length. Remove the excess slats, and re-knot the cord.

Keep in mind that specific blinds may have installation steps beyond these general tips. Consult your product manual or Payless Décor’s window treatment installation guide for further information. 


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Brackets for Premium Bamboo
By Jenn Lord
8/27/2014 3:02:00 PM  

Payless Décor’s Premium Bamboo shades come with a universal “L” shaped metal bracket for installation.  There are several sets of holes on the bracket that will allow you to back, top, or side mount the shades depending upon how it is turned.  There is a portion that is threaded that comes down like a screw with a wingnut and washer attached.   



The Premium Bamboo shades will be routed at the top.  You will need to unscrew the wingnut and remove the washer from the bracket.  Then, you just slip the shade over the screw portion of the bracket.  Next, just replace the washer and wingnut and then the shade is installed securely. 

The bracket is about 2” deep by about 1 3/8” long.  In order to inside mount these, you will need a minimum depth of at least ½”.  If you want a flush fit (where your shade is fully recessed) then you need to have at least 2” of depth. 

To back mount, you will utilize the back set of holes.

To top mount, you will utilize the upper set of holes.

To side mount, you will turn the bracket and use the back set of holes.

The hardware will be exactly the same for inside and outside mount.  Screws and dry wall anchors will also be included in the hardware packet.

Make sure to check out the measuring guide before ordering so that you will get a perfect fit: http://www.paylessdecor.com/measuring-guide.asp

You can download a PDF version of our Premium Bamboo Installation instructions here:     

BAMBOO_ROMAN_SHADE-BS01.pdf


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Drapery to Bamboo Switcheroo
By Seth
5/28/2013 11:18:00 AM  
Check out Alison's neat entry outlining her big switch from Drapery to Bamboo at her crafty weeks blog. She has a neat etsy shop too!

Before:
Before with curtains

After:
After Bamboo Roman Blinds

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Get your blinds parts here!
By Cherri
5/10/2012 1:36:00 PM  

We are happy to announce you can now purchase specific blind parts for your blind/shade repair or replacement!  For instance, if your pet (or kid) climbs on the back of your sofa and decides to make a chew toy out of the cords on your beautiful roman style bamboo shades.  Luckily, you can now replace the string by going directly to our web page and clicking on “blind parts” on the main page.  Easy instructions are also on this site on “how to re-string bamboo shades.”  Hopefully, this may never happen, but it’s reassuring to know you won’t have to live with “chewed” cords.

You’ve taken down your horizontal faux or basswood blinds to paint the room or have windows washed.  Now it’s time to hang the blinds again, only you find that the valance clips are nowhere to be found (we get calls on this one all the time).  Valance clips are now available for sale in sets of 3.

Last, but not least, we now offer Custom Crown Valances.  Say, for example, you would like to do inside mount blinds, but would prefer to have a valance on the outside trim of your window with side returns.  Now you have a chance to be creative without spending a lot of extra cash.

Cords and Valances come in a variety of colors to match your existing window treatments. Shipping is FREE.

Whatever the reason you may need to replacement parts for your blinds – we’ve got them!


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Bamboo Folding Doors
By Rondale
5/9/2012 4:27:00 PM  

Looking for the perfect product to divide a room or a window treatment that can give privacy to your large windows/patio doors? Well look no further than out Platinum Collection Bamboo Folding Doors.

Our Platinum Collection Bamboo Folding Doors are great in that you can use them in a studio to add privacy to your bedroom area or you can use them to replace a closet door track. There are so many ways they can be used but the main thing is this product offers superior durability and the clean look of a natural bamboo product.

The Platinum Collection Bamboo Folding Doors open/close with strong handles which add a decorative touch to the product. The product offers a few options including privacy liners and a 20% fullness which adds body when the doors are completely closed. They come standard with a 5% fullness factor.

So if you are looking for decorative way to divide a room, cover a large window, or for functionality of a closet…look no further than our Platinum Collection Folding Doors. Feel free to order free samples today!

Happy Shopping!

Rondale


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True designer quality real-wood window coverings
By Cherri
3/30/2012 10:27:00 AM  

Great News! Payless Décor is proud to announce an exciting new addition to our Real Wood Horizontal Blind Collection.  Our 2” Elite Wood Blinds are hand-crafted from the finest North American basswood.  Premium finishes add warmth and enhance the character of the wood while providing UV protection against fading or color change. 

These beautiful blinds are custom made to specifications for a perfect fit for each window.  You can even further personalize blinds with design options such as valance styles, decorative cloth tapes, rounded corners, and the “routeless” option (no holes).

Blinds are designed for a lifetime of beauty, function and durability.

Other Distinct Features include:

 

    * Custom made blind shipped in 4 business days after your order is placed

    * Matching wand, cord, ladders and wood tassels for a premium look.

    * Lift and tilt control location options

    * Finished ends of slats for a beautiful blind from every view

    * 3.25” royal crown valance for extra light blocking

    * Multiple no charge and upgrade valance options

    * UV protected finish to prevent fading and color change

    * Thicker cord used to prevent fraying and increased life of the blind

    * Compliant with the American National Standards Institute for the Safety of Corded Window Products

 

Check out these blinds on our web site today! 


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Curtain Rod Selection
By Cherri
2/29/2012 12:39:00 PM  

Curtain Rod Selection

 

 

When it comes to decorating the home, most people think of the most obvious; the style of the room, the paint, the furniture, window curtains etc. When it comes to curtain rods or Drapery poles, we sometimes overlook how important of a product they actually are. There are many varieties to choose from depending on the style of your room and the fabric of the curtains that is used. Whatever your personal taste might be, a curtain rod can be that special accessory which finishes off the look of the window. Using the right curtain rod can compliment your decor by adding that special touch to your window treatments.

Curtain rods are literally what hold the entire window treatment together. Our unique rods are available in a range of materials and styles including metal, wood and polymer. The right curtain rod will enable you to enhance your curtains if chosen correctly. Here are a few things to bear in mind when choosing your curtain rods.

First of all, you need to determine the place where you are supposed to mount the curtain rods. This in turn shall vary with the type of curtain you are employing. Few curtain types look good if hung above the window frame, whereas many are hung within the window frame.

Secondly, you need to decide upon the design and style of the curtain rod. As curtain rods are available in a large variety, you will have a lot of options to choose from. Choose a decorative rod if the rods are to be mounted above the window frame. Or select a traverse rod if you are hanging curtains which are closed with a chord. In addition, it is also recommended to evaluate the material of the rod. Ensure that the rod is made of a good quality material and suits the climate you live in. Whether you are aware of the fact or not; cold, heat, dust, and humidity are all known to affect curtain rods. In addition, also check that the curtain rods you select match well with the furnishings of the room.

Thirdly, you need to decide upon the size spacer you wish to employ. However, this typically depends on the type of curtains you are hanging. Rings and hooks are the two most common types of spacers employed.

Lastly, you need to select the finials for the curtain rods. Finials are nothing but decorative pieces which are attached to both the ends of the rod. You will be pleased to know that our rods come with finials included!

Sincerely

Cherri


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Mix and Match - Platinum Collection Sliding Panels and Shades
By Cherri
2/2/2012 11:25:00 AM  

Great News! Now you can create a complete look for your space or room with bamboo roman shades and sliding panels that match.  Our Platinum Collection Woven Wood Sliding Panels are made of the same materials as our Platinum I and Platinum II Bamboo Shades. Now you can match the bamboo shades in your window to the your sliding glass door treatment!  Take an adventurous step away from the antiquated look of pvc vertical blinds and drab shades for your decor.

The fact that each shade and sliding panel can be customized to your specific measurements at a very reasonable cost is a major plus. Each bamboo panel track slider comes with a matching bamboo valance to hide the headrail and edge binding to protect the bamboo edges.  You get to choose the free optional edge banding color at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE too!

Bamboo natural woven wood bamboo shades as well as sliding panels is a trendy and unique window treatment that is great for covering small or large windows and doors.  Sliding panels can even be used as a room divider. Panels glide easily along a track system for sleek, simple use.  Bamboo shades raise and lower with ease.

Our Platinum Collection Woven Wood Sliding Panels and Platinum I/Platinum II Bamboo Shades are made from all natural bamboo for a great alternative to vertical blinds and mundane window treatments. Friends and family will love the new look and you will enjoy the natural eco-friendly beauty of your shades and panels for years to come!


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Standard Vertical Blinds
By Cherri
1/4/2012 9:09:00 AM  

                   STANDARD VERTICAL BLINDS


Our Standard Vertical Blinds are a great option you should consider if you are contemplate sprucing up your home for the spring on a budget. It is worth pausing for a moment to consider what a huge impact the window coverings could have on almost any room in the house; from the bedroom to a showpiece dining area.

We at Payless Decor are convinced our Standard Vertical Blinds have just what it takes to combine both style and practicality (not to forget economical) that make them so special in our eyes.

For a start, vertical blinds are extremely versatile so you will never be stuck for possibilities. Don't think of vertical blinds as merely a solution for your patio door. Their neat streamlined appearance is especially well-suited for narrower windows or doorways because of their height-conscious design. Vertical window blinds can be used as a sophisticated substitute for draperies in any room of the home or office. One of the major benefits of blinds such as these is that they can be set to face in a certain direction, from fully open to entirely closed.  You may find this is especially useful in extreme outdoor conditions; such as bright sunlight or darkness. Moving your blinds to filter out just the right amount of light will lead to a perfect home setting.

Our Standard Vertical Blinds come in five basic colors that will surely complement your current decor and are custom made to your specifications. Tracks can be configured for a one-way draw, split draw, center stack, or opposite stack to suit personal preference; the direct drive control unit with large sprocket wheel provides a smooth and responsive operation. You can also purchase a single or double valance to complete the look for your window. So with our Standard Vertical Blinds, you have an almost unlimited flexibility in designing your room.

Sincerely,

Cherri


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Customer involvement
By Seth
12/1/2011 9:09:00 AM  
We are always trying to improve our products & level of service.I just wanted to point out a few things we are doing right now to involve our customers. Most of these types of activities we do through our facebook page, so 'like' us at www.facebook.com/paylessdecor if you want to get updates every once in a while.

So here are a few of the things we are doing, and if you have a blog or have a suggestion feel free to provide is with a different idea:
  • Product testing -- Want 2 test our new Cordless Solar Shades-http://bit.ly/uGZ6eJ & blog a review about them? We'll give u 1or2 free. Just reply w/yr blog

  • Beautiful results -- Budding photographer's: If you bought a product from us and think it just looks delightful in your home, snap a pic and post it here. Some of them we'll use for our site and if so, we'll give you $10 or a $10 credit! (We'd rather have real-life applications of our products vs. the staged shots which sometimes can be a bit antiseptic.



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