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What are the benefits of faux wood blinds?
By Payless Decor
8/20/2012 3:51:00 PM  

If you're trying to decide on blinds and shades for your home, you may have come across the option of faux wood blinds. While they look like real wood, they can actually be made from a combination of different ingredients, some of which don't include wood at all. So what are the benefits of using faux wood blinds in your home as opposed to real wood blinds?

First of all, faux wood blinds are just as attractive as wooden blinds, lending your home a warm, natural vibe that will meld with any design scheme. It's a great neutral material that can help ground a room that's full of light colors or bold decorations.

Faux wood blinds are also resistant to warping, cracking or fading, unlike real wood that can be susceptible to damage from the elements. In rooms with excessive sunshine or humidity, like a sunny bathroom, these blinds won't lose attractiveness over time. They're also very easy to clean, as they can handle getting wet without becoming compromised.

Finally, faux wood blinds are often less expensive than real wood alternatives, and who wouldn't want that? Today's varieties are often made of recycled ingredients as well, making them more eco-friendly than their wooden counterparts.

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Cordless Blinds and Cordless Shades for Children's rooms
By Seth
8/31/2011 10:38:00 PM  
In recent years the window treatment industry has been under scrutiny due to child safety concerns. I would suggest that the industry has responded strongly by developing innovative products without cords that are functional without sacrificing form. As a parent myself I would highly recommend taking a look at some of our cordless blinds and shades for your child's room(s) or windows that are easily accessable. While safety is a major concern, cordless blinds offer other benefits - they are quite simple to lift and lower and you don't clutter the space around your windows with unsightly cords.

My wife and I recently put a set of blackout cordless cellular shades in my 3-year-old daughter's room. They are wonderful insulators, and the blackout characteristics ensure our little rooster doesn't start cackling at first morning light.  My daughter likes the crinkles and that she can lift them herself. We also just launched a new smooth-lift solar shade that I am considering putting in our family room. The shade cuts-down the sun, looks fantastic and has an easy, smooth lift mechanism. There are plenty of other excellent options, cordless roman shades and even cordless mini blinds.

Just a few years ago cordless blinds were either not yet available or cost an arm and a leg. However, in current day, many of our products have a cordless upgrade option, and generally it is only a nominal upgrade fee, or no upgrade fee at all.

Please let us know if we can help you find the perfect cordless window treatment option for you and your family!

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Tags: cordless blinds, cordless shades, child safe blinds
Categories: Cellular Shades, cordless blinds, cordless shades
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How To Troubleshooting Wood Blinds
By Ron and Jie
8/16/2010 10:41:00 AM  

How To Troubleshooting Wood Blinds

This how to explains how to fix your venetian wood or faux wood blinds when the lift mechanism is stuck. 

  1. Face the front of the blind toward you. Look for the pull cord mechanism located on the right side of the blind.


  2. The back of the pull cord mechanism should be in the center of the hole.



      3. Once it is centered, check the cord mechanism from the top of the headrail. Make sure the cord mechanism is secured tight to the headrail.



        4. Check to see if the small hardware piece (circled below) is locked in place. It should be at the bottom of the cord mechanism.




        1. This is the correct position it should be in.



        If you need further assistance, please email us with any questions or concerns at





        The Payless Décor Team


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        Categories: Blind Installation, Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds, How To
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        Free Sample It!
        By Rondale
        1/29/2010 2:58:00 PM  

                Let me give an example. You just purchased a new home, got new furniture, and now you need the perfect window treatments to match your home’s décor. You look at the product pictures on and are fascinated about a particular product and color. So you order it from our website, get excited when it is quickly shipped to your home, and open the package only to find that the custom-made product you ordered (while high in quality) does not match the warm ambiance you were attempting to create for your home. So what you do as a valued customer is contact us regarding your concern. Now even the good Samaritans of this world would be disappointed when they learn they are unable to return the order being that our products are custom-made to your specific needs.

                That is why we stress the importance of ordering and viewing samples prior to placing an order. We understand you look at our high quality products and are even more amazed at the low prices. But we also want you to be 100% satisfied with the finished product you receive. Our samples are the only way to accurately determine if our products are suitable for your home décor. With that being said, we highly recommend that our customers Free Sample It! before you buy. That way you can get a feel for the texture of the material and determine the best color preference. The magic word in this statement is FREE. Yes, we will ship samples to you free of charge to give you the opportunity to determine which product and/or color will match your décor.

                Now let’s rewind so I can give a more satisfying illustration. You just purchased a new home, got new furniture and now you need the perfect window treatments to match your home’s décor. You look at the product pictures on and are fascinated about a particular product and color. So you place an order for several of our free samples on our website to determine which product/color matches your home décor. You find a product sample you like so you place an order on our website. You get excited when it is quickly shipped to your home and even more ecstatic when you see the high quality products were custom-made to your needs at a cost that didn’t damage the wallet.

                That is the type of experience we want you to have with our products. So before you place an order…Free Sample It! And feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you may have (800-925-4635).


        Happy Shopping!




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        Tags: bamboo shades, fauxwood blinds, basswood blinds
        Categories: Bamboo Blinds, Blind Installation, Cellular Shades, Bamboo Shades, Roman Shades
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        Roman Shade 2009 Voluntary Recall
        By seth
        12/17/2009 8:36:00 AM  

        Shade and Blind safety has been an important topic for the last 10 years. Within the Window Treatment industry, we strive to constantly make our product safer and offer more utility to our customers. On December 15, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are announcing today a voluntary recall to repair all Roman shades. To view this release click here.

        What this recall means, is that anyone who purchased a Roman Shade from Payless Decor is eligible for a retro-kit to make his/her Roman Shades cordless and child-safe. Click here to access and order this kit.

        If you have a young child and are considering a window treatment optiion, we strongly urge you to consider a cordless option.

        9/16" Cellular Shades

        3/8" Double Cellular Shades

        1/2" Cordless Cellular Shades

        3/4" Cordless Cellular Shades

        3/4" Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades

        Premium Roller Shades


        However, if you do want a corded option, Payless Decor's products adhere to the latest safety regulations: All blinds have multiple cords standard (as opposed to loops) and cord cleats to tie the cords away from children. For blinds and shades with a cord-loop or continuous cord, we offer tension tie-down devices so that the cords can be pulled taut.

        If you have any questions feel free to contact us so that we can help you choose the option that is right for you. And if you are a previous customer and have lost your cord cleat or tension device let us know so we can work to get you one.



        The Payless Decor Team

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        Tags: Safety, Child Safety, Roman Shades, Roman Blinds
        Categories: Bamboo Shades, Roman Shades
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        Cellular Shades Save You Warmth and Money
        By Rondale
        10/8/2009 12:00:00 AM  

             Yes people…it’s that time of year again where the hot sun that pushed us to spend summer afternoons in our pools has turned away, ushering in the cool winds of the fall season. It’s that time of year where we fight off that cold draft seeping through our windows by cautiously raising the heat thermostat or cuddling under that warm blanket mom took the time to hand knit for us.


             But what if there was an alternative to mom’s heartfelt creation to keep warm in these cool months to come. Especially living in an economy tainted by high-energy costs. If you’re looking for a contemporary product that can also be beneficial to your lifestyle, I would recommend our cellular shades.


             Our cellular shades are custom crafted from a durable 100% non-woven polyester fabric using a single or double cell construction. What this does is act as an insulator blocking that cold air draft from entering your home. It also filters out UV rays which can damage interiors and upholstery. This will be beneficial in 4 primary ways:


        • It saves money through improved energy efficiency.
        • Protects interior furnishings.
        • Increases air circulation in your home.
        • With UV ray filtration, they can be used year round!

        In addition to the many economic benefits, our cellular shades are just darn stylish! I love their contemporary design. It adds a sense of elegance to any room. Even when they are raised, they give a neat and compact appearance. They are offered in a number of color selections and are customizable from room darkening fabrics to ‘top down/bottom up’ options. So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our cellular shades today!    

        And don’t forget to take notice of our other great products. Our bamboo shades add a rustic look to any home décor and our verticals blinds are great for patio doors, narrow windows, and doorways. These and more great products are available in the ‘Product Guide’ section of our website.

        Happy Shopping!


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        Tags: cellular shades, bamboo shades, vertical blinds
        Categories: Bamboo Blinds, Cellular Shades
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        How to Restring Bamboo Shades
        By fixitgirl
        6/24/2009 8:40:00 AM  

        Although our bamboo shades are made to last a very long time without any repairs, sometimes things can happen and it may become necessary to restring one of your shades. If you should find your shade’s cord has broken, give us a call and one of our friendly Customer Support Specialists can assist you in obtaining some brand new cords. When you receive these here are a few simple steps that you can follow to put your window treatment back in working order:


        Traditional Cords:

        Check out this quick silent video to watch one of our experts:

        1. Cut your cords the correct length. The correct length is the sum of three measurements. a) On the back of the shade the height from the bottom cord ring to the headrail, b) The measurement from the headrail to the middle of the shade (1/2 way), and c) the measurement in width from the cord track to the cord lock. Please note that for each column this measurement will be different. For example if your shade is 50" wide, there will be one column close to your cord lock and one or more columns farther from your cord locks.

        2. Start with the longest cord at the front of your shade and pull your cord through the cord lock mechanism starting at in the innermost track on the underside of the mechanism, through the midle of the two cord lock pieces and then out towards the next pulley to the left or right of the cord mechanism. You will go through each pulley horizontally until you get to the last pulley (There may be one or two pulleys depending on the size of your shade).


        Blind Lock

        3. Once you are at the last pulley, pull it down towards the holes that are in the shade and lead to the outer side.

        4. Pull the cord through towards the back side of the shade and lead it through the round guide rings in the same column.

        Blind Pulleys

        5. Knot the cord at the last guide ring on the bottom of the shade.

        6. Repeat with the next cord. Place note that each cord will go in a different chamber within the cordstop mechanism. If there are only two cords, put the shortest cord in the outermost chamber and the longer cord in the back  or middle chamber.

        7. Now that all of your cords are through and tied to the back of your shade. Ensure that in the front all the cords are even. Now put the cord-pulls on them


        Continuous Cord Loop:

        1. The cords must be tied at the rod and secured under the clip. The knot will hold the cords in place.
        2. The cord then goes into the clip on the bottom of the plastic piece that holds the rod to the headrail. This way, the cord will be secured to the rod when it is rotated.
        3. Next, the cords will go through the grommet to the back of the shade and continue down the guide rings on the back of the fabric.
        4. The bottom of the cord then goes through the tassel and is tied off. Each of the knots can be re-adjusted to ensure the shade will raise evenly.


        Make sure to take a look at your bamboo shade and its current cords prior to beginning this process. This will help you feel more familiar with the parts and assemblies so that these directions will make any restringing a snap.


        Happy repairing,

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        Tags: bamboo shades, bamboo blinds, wood blinds, shades, window blinds
        Categories: Bamboo Blinds, Blind Installation, Bamboo Shades
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        Bamboo Blinds or Bamboo Shades: What is the Difference?
        By admin
        6/24/2009 8:28:00 AM  

        Many times customers and businesses use the terms blind and shade synonymously. So when it comes to a Bamboo window treatment, this mixing of verbiage can cause confusion. Even we use the term interchangeable ways since and actual shade is usually what customers are looking for even if they search for bamboo blinds. So what is the difference? A shade is usually a piece of fabric or in this case, woven wood (bamboo, grass, reed, fabric, etc) that is raised and lowered in either a roman style, or a roll-up style (the former being more elegant generally). A blind, however, indicates thee are slats that tilt open and closed, like venetian blinds, mini blinds, etc, there are slats, made solely or primarily with bamboo. These slats may have a woven look, or may look very similar to a basswood blind - depending on how they are manufactured. True bamboo window blinds are much more of a niche product, since they are usually a bit more expensive than bass wood blinds, yet look similar (although they are ‘greener’); whereas, bamboo shades are quite en vogue with designers right now, who often dress a window with a combination of a bamboo shade, and colorful drapery panel set.

        Hopefully this helps explain the difference, but if you still have any questions, give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss with you in more detail!

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        Cellular Shades and Insulating Your House
        By admin
        3/11/2009 8:31:00 AM  

        With home heating costs this season estimated to go through the roof, there are viable ways to maximize the energy efficiency of your home with the proper window coverings.

        Hitting home for many families is the ever-increasing cost of energy.  If you live in a cold climate you are probably feeling the pinch of fuel costs even if they are a bit down from earlier in the year.  I lived in Pennsylvania for many years and I was acutely aware of this.  It seemed that every winter the prices just kept going up.

        There are ways to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your home and one of them is with the right types of window blinds and shades.  One of the best types of window treatments for insulation is cellular shades.  They come in single and double cells.  The double cell shades offer the greatest level of insulation both for hot and cold weather. However, both types of shades are specially designed to keep the heat in and the cold out.

        The single and double-cell construction of cellular window shades not only provide the highest level of insulation, but also filter out harsh UV rays that can damage interiors and upholstery in your home.  In addition, if you get a blackout shade, insulation is generally increased further. Our cellular shades, also known as cell or honeycomb window shades are made from 100% woven polyester fabric for durability and offer many years of resilience against wear and tear.

        Cellular shades can actually pay for themselves with the money saved in energy cost.  In today’s economy it’s definitely a wise economic decision.

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        Custom Blinds Fast
        By admin
        3/3/2009 8:20:00 AM  
        We have found that your needs come in all shapes and sizes. Big blinds, small blinds. Blinds for vacations homes, for RV’s, shades for the deck, that match a family heirloom or the colors of the old ball team. One requirement that we have been making a priority lately is speed to your house without adding additional costs. All of our custom blindsand shades are being produced more quickly than ever, and our Designer blinds and shades are being produced the next business day!

        Now more than ever we are offering the ultimate combination of quality, affordability, convenience and SPEED!

        Check out more details on this aspect that we think will revolutionize online blind buying and check out our

        press release.

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        Tags: blinds, window blinds, window shades
        Categories: Online Blinds Retailing
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