Choosing Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors and for Patio Doors

Vertical Cellular Shades

When it comes to picking out window treatments for sliding glass doors, patio doors, or French doors, it can be a real challenge. You need function, you want style, and you definitely do not want to have to deal with replacing your window treatments often due to too much wear and tear from a high traffic location.

Fear not, we have some useful expert advice for you from the brilliant minds of the Blindsmax team! There are actually many excellent options for covering these rather large and difficult doors, the perfect one is really going to depend on your taste, the type of door, and your budget. We will outline what we feel are your best options to evaluate.

Roman Shades
Roman shades are excellent for French and patio doors since the fabric tends to hold up very well over time. There are also plenty of styles to choose from to match existing decor. Remember to measure carefully so that you allow for the fabric to cover the entire window, but not so wide that the fabric will get in the way of the knob on the door. Roman shades are not ideal for sliding glass doors.

Roman Shades on a Door

Roman Shades on a Door

Vertical Blinds and Shades
Vertical blinds and shades are some of the best options for sliding glass doors, and there are a multitude of fabrics and other materials to choose from. A popular new trend is to use vertical cellular shades to give a room unique softness and light control while also creating a superior barrier against the extreme heat and cold fluxuations common around large sliding glass doors. Vertical blinds can be used for patio and French doors but may not be the best choice since they hide the doors themselves when closed.

Vertical Cellular Shades

Vertical Cellular Shades

Horizontal Blinds
Horizontal blinds are a good choice for patio and French doors but there are a few considerations to observe. There are many types of blinds to choose from that could work including, aluminum mini blinds, faux wood blinds, hardwood blinds, and composite blinds. Blinds have a tendency to “slap” or bump the door with general use which can be damaging and anoying, so you will need a hold down bracket installed to avoid this. Blinds are not ideal for sliding glass doors.

Levolor Aluminum Mini Blinds

Levolor Aluminum Mini Blinds

Drapes and Curtains
Curtains and drapes are also a good choice for sliding glass doors, patio doors, and French Doors because they can be used and maneuvered in various ways. Avoid purchasing pre-measured curtains since they rarely are a “perfect” fit for your specific door. When you use curtains over any door it is important that they come with a quality liner to function well and to protect the color and crispness of the fabric for years to come.

Sliding Glass Door Drapes

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In all of these cases you need to take accurate measurements and plan which materials and style is superior for your home. We have a team of real people who are dedicated to superior customer service waiting at our home office to help you make the perfect choice. So if you need a few specific ideas, help with measuring, or just want to know all of your options you are welcome to give us a call at (888) 305-8020 between 9am and 5pm EST Mon-Friday and

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Timber Blinds and Metro Shade

Timber Faux Wood Blinds

Timber Blind / Metro Shade is the company behind the manufacture of the popular and gorgeous Timber Blinds line of products. Timber Blind carries a variety of window fashions ranging from Horizontal Blinds, Vertical Blinds, and Wood Blinds to Designer Shades, Solar Shades, Woven Wood Shades, and Custom Arches for odd-shaped windows. In addition to high quality window fashions they also offer upgrades and options like decorative tape and remote control motorization for blinds.

Through dealers like who order in bulk, Timber Blinds are also available at affordable prices for commercial application. The Blindsmax team has in fact worked with hundreds of businesses across the United States to provide a wide variety of Timber brand commercial window coverings at competitive prices. We don’t mess around… ALL of our Timber blinds, shades, and shutters come with a low price guarantee.

Timber Blinds Product Specifications:

The varieties of blind and shade materials and operation are quite numerous.

Horizontal Blinds
Horizontal blinds come in a range of 1 inch to 2 1/2 inch slat sizes. Choose from Faux Wood Blinds, Real Hard Wood Blinds, and Aluminum Mini Blinds. Choose from 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 head rails and cut-outs.

Window Shades
Designer window shades by Timber Blind/Metro Shade are available as honeycomb, pleated, sheer, and solar shade options. Choose from lined or unlined shades as well as translucent, blackout, or textured fabric options. Multiple operating choices are included for these shades including continuous cord loop, top-down/bottom-up, and a cordless lift system.

Woven Wood Shades
Timber’s woven wood shades are made from natural materials like pine, bamboo, walnut, and cherry. There are dozens of colors but while shopping for woven wood you should keep in mind that since the product is natural there will be slight color variations… this is considered part of the charm of a woven shade. Light filtering or blackout liners are available with this product.


These arches are available as full arch, quarter arch, kaleidoscope arch, or eyebrow arch shapes. Timber’s arches are available in solid wood, faux wood, or composite wood alternative materials. Full and eyebrow arches are operable with knobs that open and close the slats to control light more efficiently.

Arch Examples

Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds come with many features and options such as; the One Way Stack, Split Stack, Groover Valance, Dust Cover Valance, and Wand Tilt. Vertical blinds are a great option for large windows with a maximum width of 192 inches and a maximum length of 120 inches. There are many colors and styles available including floral and perforated patterns and a wood-like appearance.

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Timber Faux Wood Blinds

Timber Faux Wood Blinds

Timber Sheer Light Filtering Shades

Timber Sheer Light Filtering Shades

Timber Dark Cherry Horizontal Blinds

Timber Dark Cherry Horizontal Blinds

Timber Vertical Blinds

Timber Vertical Blinds


Levolor Blinds

levelor blinds logo

levelor blinds logoLevolor blinds (Often misspelled as Levelor Blinds) and shades have been a preferred window treatment option since the early 1900’s. Levolor has truly set the standard in design innovation, window fashion quality, and customer service over the years. Today Levolor is a division of well-known manufacturer Newell Rubbermaid.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is an S&P 500 company, marketing products globally in the consumer and commercial product arena with sales of approximately $5.9 billion as of 2011. Newell Rubbermaid Inc. has a strong portfolio of leading brands, including: Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Dymo®, Waterman®, Parker®, Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®. Levolor blinds head office is located in the sunny southern city of Atlanta, GA.

Levolor was founded in 1914, they remained strong through the great depression and through World War 2 becoming synonymous with the 1″ Mini Blind. The “Mini Blind” is one of the most recognized styles of blind in window fashions even today. Levolor has since widely expanded its product offerings to include a wide variety of Levolor aluminum mini blinds, Levolor vertical blinds and Levolor wood blinds; Levolor cellular shades, woven wood shades, and sheer vertical window treatments.

Levolor offers many interesting features with their blinds and shades including:

Light Filtering / Room Darkening
Blackout blinds and blackout shades, also referred to as room darkening shades and blinds, block about 99% of all incoming natural light. Light Filtering blinds and light filtering shades offer more privacy and insulating properties that make natural light softer but do not block it out completely. Levolor shades and blinds come in a huge array of materials and colors so you can find your perfect window fashion match.

Child Safe Cordless
While you should understand that there are no true “child proof blinds”, making safer choices in the operating style of your blinds can make your home safer and much less risky for small children. Cords and kids just don’t mix, and using retro-fit kits is like putting a Band-Aid on a giant gash. Your best option is cordless window treatments like Levolor cellular shades.

Top Down / Bottom Up
Levolor’s top down / bottom up window treatment option is ideal for a space where you need privacy but also want natural light. Levolor shades with this option give you more control over your window treatments by allowing you to operate them from the top down or the bottom up. Top-Down / Bottom-Up Shades are usually available on cellular shades, roman shades, pleated shades, and woven wood shades.

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Levolor Cellular Shades

Levolor Cellular Shades – 9/16 ” Single Cell Light Filtering

Levolor Aluminum Mini Blinds 1inch

Levolor Aluminum Mini Blinds 1 inch

Levolor Wood Blinds 1inch

Levolor Wood Blinds 1 Inch

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Top 5 Window Covering Problems and Solutions

Top 5 Window Covering Problems and Solutions
Top 5 Window Covering Problems and Solutions

Top 5 Window Covering Problems and Solutions

We hear from customers with window covering issues like odd shaped windows, very tall or wide windows, light-control and room-darkening issues, safety concerns, and cost. There are actually affordable solutions to all of these problems, and we will go over them on this blog. The following are the top 5 window covering problems and solutions that our customers have. (See Images Below for Examples Of Solutions)

Problem 1 – I have odd shaped windows. (See Image 1)

Custom window treatments, specialty shades, and specialty blinds can be created in nearly any size or shape you can imagine. Specially crafted blinds and window shades can meet any architectural challenge you have. At Blinds Max we have a dedicated team ready to assist you with special orders for odd-shaped windows like arches, sidelights, half moons, quarter moons and more. Call Us: 888-305-8020

Problem 2 – My windows are really tall and/or wide. (See Image 2)

Window coverings can be custom-made with dimensions as large as 144″ wide to 125″ long depending on the type of blind or shade you choose. There are also features like remote controlled motorization which is a great option if your window controls are difficult or nearly impossible to reach. These motorized controls can even be tied to an integrated or remotely controlled system (like a smart phone or tablet) that is controllable even if you are away from home.

Problem 3 – I want my bedroom and/or home theater totally dark. (See Image 3)

Blackout blinds and blackout shades, also referred to as room darkening shades and blinds, block about 99% of all incoming natural light. Window shades are the most superior window covering choice for darkening a room since blinds and curtains usually leave at least a small light gap. Blackout shades and blinds come in a variety of colors and styles so you can perfectly match your space, and when combined with other window treatments like curtains, 100% blackout can be achieved when desired.

Problem 4 – I am concerned about how safe my window treatments are. (See Image 4)

Cordless blinds are the safest option in homes where young children and pets are present. While there are no true “child proof blinds”, making safer choices in the operating style of your blinds can make your home safer and much less risky. Good options include top-down / bottom-up cellular shades, and roller shades that have no cords.

Problem 5 – Quality Blinds are too expensive. (See Image 5)

We get this a lot and our customers are often surprised at how affordable it is to have high quality blinds and shades in their home. Blindsmax offers the best selection of high quality, affordable blinds, and window shades anywhere on the web. We believe in helping you find what you need easily, acquire it with a lowest price guarantee, and we know that you will return again, assured that you will always be more than satisfied.

Starting as low as $14 per blind with free shipping included for simple beautiful blind solutions you could cover 7 windows for around $100! Plus we offer free samples for everyone, and no sales tax to residents outside the state of Tennessee (Sorry TN 🙁 state law makes us do it…) One of our favorite budget options starting at under $20 per blind is the 2″ Nulite Prestige Fauxwood, it comes in 20 realistic wood colors and in shades of white and off-white.

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Cellular Shades Blindsmax Odd Shaped Windows

Odd Shaped Windows – Blinds Max Cellular Shades

Sheer Horizontal Kitchen Shades For Wide Windows
Blackout Cellular Shades Baritone Blackout

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Timber Single Cell Blackout Shades

Child Safe Timber Single Cell Blackout Shades

2 inch Nulite Prestige Faux Wood Blinds With Tape

2″ Nulite Prestige Faux Wood Blinds With Optional Cloth Tape Options

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Graber Blinds Review By Blinds Max

Graber 1'' Aluminum Blinds

Here at Blindsmax we carry a variety of window covering brands so that our customers have the convenience of a wide-variety of great products. While we believe in every product we sell, we wanted to do a Graber Blinds review to offer you a better perspective of why we chose to carry this brand.  Graber is a nationally recognized brand owned by Springs Window Fashions.

One reason we love Graber is that not only do they consistently create beautifully crafted Blinds, Shades, Panels, and Shutters, they also back-up their work with a lifetime warranty. On the rare occasion where a customer is unhappy with a purchase due to something like a shipping defect we partner with Graber to make it right. Graber is a company that is eager to help us keep our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Window Covering Options & Sizes
Graber seeks to provide the best experience for customers as part of their business philosophy. the variety of styles, colors, and materials they offer really makes it easy to find the window fashions best suited to your home. Blindsmax provides these options to our customers via our website and/or direct customer service (888-305-8020 M-F 9am-5pm) channels.

Graber Products

Take a look at some of Graber’s popular options…

Graber 1'' Aluminum Blinds

Graber 1” Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum Mini Blinds
Graber Aluminum Mini Blinds are offered in several sizes from 1/2″ Micro Mini Blinds, to 2″ Mini Blinds. Aluminum blinds are popular because they are lightweight, durable, easy to clean and dust resistant. These types of blinds can optionally come with cloth tapes, both the blinds and cloth tape options are available in an array of colors.

Faux Wood

Graber Faux Wood Blinds

Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds from Graber offer all the elegant appearance of real wood at a lesser cost. Graber crafts their blinds with durable warp resistant slats. Faux Wood is a great choice for any area in a home, especially rooms with high humidity like a bathroom or a lot of routine wear and tear like a laundry room.

Graber Hardwood Blinds

Graber Hardwood Blinds

Real Hardwood Blinds
Not only does Graber offer rich wood blinds in a variety of stain options and wood varieties, the company also practices what they call “Green By Nature”. Graber is constantly searching for ways to save energy, reduce waste, and improve on air quality to lessen the impact the company has on the environment. Wood blinds are extremely efficient and eco-friendly because they reduce UV damage and block solar heat gain inside your home.

Graber's CrystalPleat Cellular Shades

Graber’s CrystalPleat Cellular Shades

Child-Safe Cordless Cellular Shades
With cordless options like the Duo Fold Top-Down / Bottom-Up cellular shades, you can create a beautiful and safe environment in your home. Graber manufactures cellular shades in their high recycling facilities to be superior at insulating windows and improving energy-efficiency. Light filtering cellular shades also provide a high level of privacy while letting in natural light with the top-down option.

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How much do new blinds cost?

At we often get calls from customers who want to know one thing up-front before they choose their blinds or window shades: “How much do new blinds cost?” The answer is far from simple since the cost varies from product to product, however I will do my best to explain the purchase process and what the typical costs associated with buying new blinds are going to be.

Purchasing new blinds or shades for your home can be a very daunting task since there are many factors to consider including: Style, Window Size & Shape, Light Control, Energy Efficiency, Motorization, Colors, Materials, Exterior Co-ordination, Number of Windows, and Budget to name a few. Add to that the choice of whether or not you will also need help installing your new window coverings and we often see our customers overwhelmed. Luckily we have a full staff of dedicated people at our Blindsmax home office (888-305-8020 M-F / 9-5pm EST) ready to help with all of the above and more.

To get you started in the right direction one of the first considerations that affects the cost is the material the blind is made from. For example a solid hardwood blind is going to cost quite a bit more than a faux wood blind will, but the trade-off to consider is durability and potential energy savings over time. Of course solid wood blinds may not be a fit for every room, a bathroom for example is one place you may opt for a faux wood or composite option because of the moisture factor.

Since there is often no “one blind style fits all” solution for every room of your home that is also another big consideration when you are trying to figure out how much your new blinds will cost. You will need to consider add-on’s and additional options for your blinds as well. Common upgrades include: cordless (especially if you have children or pets), remote control motorized (very helpful for very large or tall windows), and top-down bottom-up

(Nice for more light and maintained privacy).

You also want to consider how long you plan to be in your home. Also you should consider if investing in a higher-end window covering would be a selling-point if you do plan to move in the not so distant future. It usually comes down to cost in the end; we have customers who have a simple need to cover their windows in the most attractive low-cost fashion possible.

So… how much do new blinds cost?

When you need to find out exactly what your cost will be the first step is to take careful and accurate measurements of each window you plan to purchase blinds or window shades for. After you have measured the length and width of your window you need to find how many square feet it is. If you are not sure how to measure please consult our “How To Measure” guide. To find the square footage of your window multiply the width times length to get square inches and convert it to square feet by dividing that by 144 (12 x 12).

(Ex. 42 inches wide x 48 inches long = 2016 sq inches & 2016 / 144 = 14 sq feet)

For blinds on the lower end of the price range the average cost is roughly $3.80 per square foot.

For blinds on the higher end of the price range the average cost is roughly $7.30 per square foot.

Lower priced blinds tend to be faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds, and pleated shades. Mid-range window treatments options are solar shades, composite blinds, roller shades, woven-wood shades and vertical blinds. High-end blinds and shades tend to come with lifetime warranties from the manufacturer and are made with the best of the best materials, they include hard wood blinds, cellular blinds, roman shades, and insulating blinds. We recommend getting samples (which we have available for free on Blindsmax) to make sure you are 100% satisfied with the colors and wood tones you plan to order for your home.

Installation costs tend to vary by area and contractor. Here in the south-east the average cost is somewhere between $15-$25 per blind, that includes the hardware required to hang the blind securely in the window, larger blinds may need several mounting brackets for stability. You can of course install the blinds yourself fairly easily, the instructions that arrive with your blinds will take you step-by-step. We also have “Blind and Shade Installation Guides” available on our website if you should get stuck.


Now that you hopefully have some insight into the tough question of How much do new blinds cost? Feel free to browse our selection of blinds and window shades. We have the lowest prices guaranteed, in fact if you can find the same product for a price that is lower than ours we will match the price plus 10% of the difference, provided it’s verifiable via the internet. This guarantee applies only to custom made window treatments and it does not apply to closeouts, commercial orders or discontinued items. We reserve the right to not sell any product below our cost.


Psychology of Colors In Interior Design

Few of us really consider the psychology of colors when we start thinking about the design of a room. If you are like most people you tend to think of colors you like first rather than how they might make you feel, but the psychology of colors is actually quite important. Recently I came across a very interesting infographic explaining how certain colors make you feel, and where they might best be used.

Trying to lose weight? You may want to avoid red…

Need to de-stress after work? Try painting your room green…

Psychology of Color InfoGraphic

Psychology of Color InfoGraphic

In an ideal world we could go with an entire scheme in the color that would make us feel good, but this may not always suit your tastes or budget. One of the easiest ways to introduce some of the color you love to the room without overwhelming it is to use color on your window shades and tie that in with a few accents. Say you love your royal purple bedroom but you want the healing and restful properties of green, with your green shades you could also toss in a complimentary green throw, a few decorative pillows, and perhaps a green vase or two to tie the design together.

5 Reasons Wood Window Blinds Are SO Worth It

Wood Blinds

Why am I raving about wood window blinds today? Possibly because they are the best kind of blind ever made(that may be personal opinion but I digress…) Wood blinds and faux wood blinds are always a popular choice and there are plenty of reasons why that have nothing to do with my curiously strong enthusiasm. They say a picture is worth 1000 words so just look at this warm and inviting room…

White Wood Blinds

Wood Blinds

Wood immediately evokes a warm, welcoming, permanent feel in any room. Heavy draperies are quickly being replaced by simple earthy wood blinds mounted inside the window frame. It’s a minimalistic but super stylish look that works with lots of different decorating styles.

Wood Blinds

Wood Blinds

If you look at the blue room above you will likely notice how the wood window blinds compliment the sky blue color. These are colors from nature, working in harmony to create a balance. If the blinds were white instead the blue would have even more of a color punch, instead the wood makes this room feel more serene and comfortable for the artist inhabiting it.

Wooden Blinds

Wooden Blinds

On the other hand this earthy brown room might be a little “too” brown with natural wood tones on the windows. The white faux wood blinds used are ideal for tying in the earthy feel without making the room too dark. The soft brown tones in this living room give it and inviting and pleasant feel.

Wood Window  Blinds

Wood Window Blinds

Hardwood blinds are durable and made to last, adding the warmth of natural wood to your space. Wood blinds can be stained or purchased in a variety of colors and wood varieties with 1″, 1 3/8″, 2″ and 2 1/2″ slats. Custom hardwood blinds are an excellent investment and add to the value of your home.

Natural Wood Blinds

Natural Wood Blinds

What are mini blinds?

Aluminum Horizontal Blinds Graber

With the many varieties of blinds and window shades on the market you might be wondering “What are mini blinds anyways?” and “What is the best choice for my home?”. Mini Blinds as we know them were developed in the 1950’s and are also called venetian blinds because  traveling Venetian traders brought the blinds to Venice and Paris to sell. They have become a durable and affordable classic blind, available in a variety of colors to suit just about every room and taste.

Originally mini blind slats were held together by pieces of fabric, today thinner cord is used for this purpose to maximize the view when the blinds are open. Mini blinds can be customized to perfectly fit any size window including side-lights. Venetian blinds are available in wood, plastics, aluminum metals, faux wood, or vinyl.

Available Styles

You can also choose many different slat sizes for mini blinds. The 1/2 inch slat size is often called a micro mini blind and tends to be used in smaller windows. One inch and 1 3/8 inch slats are used in most homes and offices, and the 2 inch slats are usually used for larger more expansive windows.

Aluminum Mini Blinds

Aluminum Mini Blinds

How Mini Blinds Work

Of course mini blinds main purpose is to give you control over light and privacy, they do this through the use of a wand or continuous loop operation and cords. Because this window blind uses cords, it is not suitable for spaces where children or pets have access to the windows. It works by tilting the slats all the way open, partially open, or closed in either direction.

Available Options

First of all you can add remote controlled motorization, and you can add cloth tape meant to enhance the style of the mini blind. Second there are the mount options available, all window coverings come as either an inside mount or an outside mount. They work as follows:


An inside mount fits inside the window frame. This works best for most windows and offers a custom fitted appearance. Make sure to measure the exact window opening size at the top, middle, and bottom then choose the smallest measurement and the manufacturer will deduct a fraction of an inch from that measurement automatically for the perfect fit.

An outside mount is installed on or outside of the window casing. The manufacturer will not make any deductions to this measurement. End caps and frame size should be considered when measuring for an outside mount.

Now you no longer have to wonder “What are mini blinds?”

Window Blinds

Window Blinds

Window blinds… nearly everyone owns them and yet they are rarely given much thought unless you are an interior designer, or you are moving into a new home.  The truth is they should be given a lot more thought and consideration due to the impact they have on not only the overall style of a room, but because of the main reason we buy them… function. Let’s take a look at the many reasons we need to really think harder about our window blinds before we just run out and buy whatever is on a store shelf.

Eyes by Brian Finifter of Flickr

Eyes by Brian Finifter of Flickr

Glorious Beautiful Light… In Your Eyes
Have you ever woken-up in the morning feeling fantastic and rested (hah!) only to crack open your eyes and… ow! Yes we feel your pain, that bright light in your eyes first thing in the morning is less than pleasant. Window blinds may not be the answer to solving  your morning ritual of pain, in this case you probably want window shades to cover those east facing windows.

A Movie With Friends
Picture this, it’s a warm sunny Saturday afternoon and you have friends over to watch a movie and hang-out together. Everything is going well until you realize that you can’t seem to get the room dim enough to eliminate the light and glare… from your friends and the windows alike. There are a few solutions to this one; for beginners if you have blinds you probably bought those knock-off blinds that do not fit your window right so they just won’t cut it, you should have had them custom-fitted. You could also couple good fitting blinds with curtains to get the lighting right, or you could get room-darkening cellular shades.



Wood Window Blinds

Of course I have to mention style, whether you personally think it is important or not everyone has a style preference. Sure plain white window blinds typically do the job and perhaps that is all you really want, but there are more options out there ladies and gentlemen. For example real hardwood blinds and shutters really add atmosphere and value to a home while also fitting snugly and offering better light control and even energy efficiency. Or if wood is not your thing you can for example literally take any image you want, and have it printed on a window shade for a look uniquely you.

So my advice to you? Take another look at all the styles, colors, and types of window blinds on the market before you install and forget them, they are one necessity you should not take for granted.