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Pictures of Shutters in Kirkland Washington

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If you happen to be cruising around the internet right now looking for pictures of Shutters in Kirkland Washington than you’re in luck because this picture is truly worth a thousand words or at least 600 or so.
Why would I say that as this looks just like a lot of shutter pictures that I have seen? Well there are so many things to look for when you are considering purchasing plantation shutters that you may not know exactly what you looking for or what to ask the people you choose to have come out and show you today’s shutters, and after this article you may want to have someone come out that carries a lot of different shutter manufacturers.
A good place to start is with the shutters on the main windows in this master bedroom. The first thing you should notice is the tilt rod in the middle of the shutter panel. This is called the standard tilt option and is the way that most people think of when they picture a plantation shutter. There are 2 staples for each vane in the panel, the firs goes into the van and the second goes through the first staple and into the rod. By doing this all of the vanes are tied to the rod so when you start to move the rod up or down the vanes start to open or close. Keep in mind that the vanes close tighter one way than they do the other (they call this nesting) so make sure and tell your consultant which way works best for you. The next thing is that the vane on the top third of the panel are open and the bottom 2 thirds are closed. If you look closely you will see that this customer in Kirkland wanted to be able to have privacy at times but still wanted lots of light coming in from above. There is a piece called a divider rail that separates the bottom from the top and there are 2 rods one for working each group of vanes. Depending on how tall your panel is going to be you can also have your panel made without the divider rail and you would just tell them you want your tilt rod split and also where you want it split. This is very popular to do with shutters and can give you great flexibility for you window treatment. Just like the divider rai that you no longer have to have to split your tilt rod now you don’t even need a tilt rod at all. Many shutters manufacturers will now make them with what is called a hidden tilt rod. This is where you move it from the front where it breaks up the window to the side and in the back so you don’t really see the rod. The biggest problem with this approach is that you now have a hole drilled into the end of your vanes and a screw attaching the rod to the vane and what can happen is the screw gets loose and the vane hole stripped and then you must replace the vane. Norman international has a patented feature call Invisabletilt where they put little gears in the inside of the panel and there you have it not tilt rod at all.
The next thing to notice is the vane size. They went with the 3 ½” vane but You can get from 1 ½” up to 4” vanes on your shutters (the bigger the vane the less to clean and the better view through them but the bigger vanes only look good on a certain size window so be careful. The last thing to notice on the main windows is that these shutters were purchased with the frame or molding already on them and mounted on the outside of the window opening. Many homes in Kirkland do not have the molding on the window opening, especially on the home that are over 10 years old. This Kirkland customer chose the 3” deluxe crown molding which is just one of the dozens of choices you have for adding a frame to your plantation shutters if you have a company come out which carries more than just one shutter company.
When you look at the glassed bedroom door you may think it would be a problem but this customer just went with the same window covering on the door. This is a plantation shutter with an L Frame with a  ½” build out so they could have the same 3 ½” vanes as on the main windows and not have the vanes hit the glass on the door when they open and close. Lastly let’s take a look at their closet doors which if you hadn’t noticed are also plantation shutters. That’s right we do shutters for people closet doors all the time, don’t they look fantastic with the other shutters in the room? The shutters on the closet are what is called a bi-fold shutter where you have 2 panels connected together and they fold to open and unfold to close. The top valance is the same molding as on the windows and the vane is the same size. There is a track on top and the panels have little wheels so they can move back and forth at ease. The vanes are also non moving and aimed in the downward position.
All and all I think these shutters in Kirkland make this master bedroom look amazing. If you are looking at purchasing some shutters for your home Budget Blinds of Kirkland carries the largest selection of plantation shutters companies in the Northwest, with companies like Hunter Douglas, Norman International, Alta, Springs and more, our FREE In-home consultations and the industries best shutters warranties you should have us out for a visit to you home which of course is the absolute best place to look at shutters for your Kirkland home.

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Pictures of Hunter Douglas in Kirkland Washington

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If you ran across this article because you are looking for pictures of Hunter Douglas in Kirkland Washington than I’m really impressed. One reason is because Hunter Douglas has a lot of pictures of their window covering products out in internet land and part two of that is that they have a lot of products that people have taken pictures of so the fact that you found my article is quite impressive. When calling for a consultation ask if they carry the entire line of their products.
That is one of the most important things you should ask a Hunter Douglas representative if you are thinking of having somebody come out to your home. In case you were not aware Hunter Douglas and for that matter most all window covering manufacturers charge their dealers for the sample books that those companies use to sell their products. It may seem dumb that they would not give us those sample books for free so we can sell their products but that’s not what they do. Some of Hunter Douglas’ sample books cost over $300 and they must have at least 20 different products that they offer books on. If you are going to spend money on the most expensive window coverings that you can buy you might as well have somebody come to your home (which is always the best place to look at window covering products) they should at least be able to show you everything that you may want to take a look at.  Some of the most popular products that Hunter Douglas carries are their Duette honeycomb shades and their Silhouette window shadings but they are also the books that cost the most and a lot of dealers simply purchase their less expensive products in those categories (Nantucket and Applause).
The next thing to consider is that Hunter Douglas makes some products that you need special training for in order to order them. One example is home automation, if you are not trained in all of the different components that they make that you need to motorize and automate your window coverings you can show the products to your customers all you want but when it comes times to order those window treatments they will not let you do so. There is also a lot of training on their products that you will need to stay up on in order to give you the customer the right information. Every year they change how wide they will make a product or how long. Some window coverings they will motorize and others they will not. There are times when they will make a shade one width if it is a standard lift, another if it is cordless and still another if it is motorized, so make sure the company you have coming to your home in Kirkland know what they are talking about. I can tell you from experience that there is nothing more frustrating than having someone come to you home, show you just what you want with all of the options that you want, give them your money and think you are placing an order only to find out that what you wanted made can’t be made with the options you want and all the time you spent has gone to waste.

Hunter Douglas make the finest window coverings in the world by many accounts and they certainly charge for them so you might as well as some of their most experienced people come out to help you. Budget Blinds of Kirkland has been helping customers in Kirkland Washington for over 12 years now. All of our staff are full time employees with hundreds of hours of training every year in the window covering industry. We carry the complete line of Hunter Douglas products as well as the largest selection of window covering manufacturers in the Northwest just in case you are looking for something other than Hunter Douglas. We offer FREE In-home consultations and have the best window covering warranties in the business.

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Pictures of Commercial Blinds in Kirkland Washington

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If you are now searching for pictures of commercial blinds in Kirkland Washington I have to wonder what exactly you are looking for. Some of our customers have their offices in their homes and may in fact be looking for something quite unique like a custom made roman shade or maybe a room darkening draw drape, knowing that while they do have an office at home they also want to match the décor that they have in other parts of their home. Someone else could be at work this very moment in an office that is covered in glass and you’re in charge of getting rid of all the complaints that are coming to you about employees getting burned alive at their desks in the afternoon or can’t work on their computers in the morning when the sun is out because of the glare on their screens. It’s quite possible that you are getting ready to give a presentation in the meeting room you reserved and you can’t get the room dark enough to see your PowerPoint.
Yes you could be looking for a lot of different things right now for your work environment and I’d like to tell you that Budget Blinds of Kirkland has the ability to help you with every single one of them. Just this last week we had two different commercial installations in Kirkland Washington. The first one in the morning was for more 1” mini blinds to match the ones they already had in other offices. In the afternoon we installed 4 motorized solar shades in windows that were 20 feet in the air and constantly flooding the reception area with overwhelming light. These beauties were solar shades in cassettes that were run on batteries that are recharged with little solar panels in the window. The windows mentioned above were east facing and by the time they got to work in the morning the entire room was hot if the sun was out and the glare was hard to work with until about noon. Now with the new shades there is a sensor that determines if the sun is out and closes the shades automatically with a wall switch that they can push a button on if they want the shades down. We have another customer who recently purchased room darkening roller shades for their conference room from a company we carry called Draper. Draper has a patented option called Fexshade which consists of tracks on both sides with a zipper inside of the track when the shade is lowered it is zippered together at the same time which blocks out the light and give you a true black out room.
Yes there are many options to consider when you are selecting window coverings for your office. A couple of the most popular these days are the honeycomb shade and the solar shade. The honeycomb shade is popular for several reasons the first being you can get them with a cordless lift system and more companies do not like having the cords hanging around, getting twisted up or getting played with by children that come in the office so if you have a business that has children coming in you should think about honeycomb shades. Honeycomb shades are great insulators. A couple of years ago I went into an office in Kirkland where the glass came down to the floor and the desks were pushed up to the windows. When I went round to measure the windows and talked to the employees that sat at those desks they said they had blankets to put over their knees in the morning because it was so cold under the desk. With a honeycomb shade the problem was solved. Honeycomb shades are made so that the color you select is only on the inside of the shade with the outside facing the street white. This allows for some great colors on the inside to brighten up the offices while from the outside you only see white. For many of our customers they like to look out the windows because they have great views but at the same time they don’t like the glare and heat when the windows are not covered. The solar shade is the perfect choice for these situations, when they are down you can still see out the window but the glare and heat are reduced by how much depends on the tightness of the weave, they call this the openness factor and you can get them with 1% up to 20% for a wide range of protection verses maintain the view.
With all of the choices you have with today’s commercial window coverings it’s nice to have a company like Budget Blinds of Kirkland who carry the largest selection of commercial window covering options in the Northwest and also the best blinds warranty in the industry. And don’t forget we bring the showroom to you with your free in office consultations.

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Pictures of Window Coverings in Kirkland Washington

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Looking for Pictures of Window coverings in Kirkland Washington? Well you could be looking for many things with a search like that. There are many reasons to get window coverings for you Kirkland home so let’s review a couple

You may have too much sunlight coming into your home:
 Everyone likes sunlight coming into their home, but having too much sunlight can be a real problem at certain times of the day. You want to be able to control the amount of sunlight that gets into your Kirkland home at all times and there are many options for getting this done. Ask yourself a few questions like do I want the window covering inside or outside of the window? Do I want them to go up and down or back and forth? If you wanted a nice fabric you could make a draw drape that would open and close back and forth or with the same fabric you could make a roman shade that goes up and down.

You may live in a large neighborhood and you really need some privacy:
 When you don't have any window coverings on your windows, this gives anyone the chance to see into your home. In some cases our customers want something they can draw down and still see out which is great during the day when it is light outside but at night when it is dark out people can see right into your home. In this case some Kirkland homes will add another shade in the same room that they can draw down for privacy, this product is called a dual shade and is very popular right now. Others would have a drape added for privacy at night.

You may be looking for a way to lower your energy bill:
 Many people don't know it, but having good window coverings is a great way to help save on your energy bill. Without the coverings on the windows you are allowing the air inside the home to escape, and you are allowing the air outside of the home to get into the house. A simple honeycomb shade may be what you are looking for or if you want something with vanes that open and close you might want a plantation shutter, still one of the best insulators in the window treatments category.
You may be concerned with outside elements coming into your home doing damage:
This can be a real concern especially if you live in an area with trees like Kirkland has. If this is your main concern you should probably go with a plantation shutter as they are made of real wood and if they use tong and groove to make their shutters like Norman Shutters they are very strong and would stop most anything coming in the window
You may be looking for some color in the room to liven it up a little:
Well if this is the reason that you are looking for pictures of window coverings in Kirkland, Kenmore or some other place than you are right to just look for window coverings as you have a world of choices for color no matter what type of covering you are looking for. Thousands of Fabrics for drapes and shades, tons of choices for roller shades and solar shades, all the paints and stain choices with wood blinds and of course the honeycomb shed with more color and texture choices than ever before.
Thant’s a lot of choices for new window coverings for your home. It’s a good thing that Budget Blinds of Kirkland has the largest selection of window covering manufacturers in the Northwest and also we offer FREE In-home consultations where we bring all of those samples right to your home which of course is the absolute best place to look at new window treatments.

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Pictures of Honeycomb Shades in Kirkland Washington

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Well you’re starting to read this article right now so you must be looking for pictures? Honeycomb Shades or maybe pictures of honeys which in the last case you would be in the wrong place. But if you are by chance looking at honeycomb shades for your home or office you are in the right place.
Honeycomb shades are a very popular choice for home owners in Kirkland Washington these days because they seem to fit most of the requirements for the problems our customers are having in their homes. They’re very good insulators so if you are looking for a blind that can cut down on the outside noise or the cold crisp days we have here in Kirkland the cell shade is a good choice. Notice that this time I called the same window covering by a different name, well, it’s really the same product just described differently by the companies that first introduced them. Hunter Douglas called theirs the Duette Honeycomb Shade and Graber called theirs the Crystal Pleat Cell Shade.
Honeycomb shades are offered in many different cell configurations. There are singles, doubles and triple cells, Hunter Douglas has a shade called the Architella honeycomb shade which has a cell inside of the outer cell for more insulating and also one with another cell inside of that one (WOW). But it’s not just the amount of cells that you have it’s also the size of those cells. Three eight’s inch all the way up to an inch and a half. There are a lot of options for Operating systems you can use for lifting your window coverings. There is the kind where you pull a string and as the string gets longer and on the floor the shade goes up the window and vice a versa. There is a cordless lift where you have a handle on the rail and use that to lower and raise the shade. There is a continuous cord loft where you have a looped cord on the end of the shade and you just pull around and around until the shade is lowered or raised. There is a system by Hunter Douglas called an Ultra Glide where you pull on the string a ways and the shade goes up a ways then the cord retracts back up so no cords on the floor (very cool). And last you can motorize your honeycombs to make it as easy as pie. There is an option you can get that is known in the industry and a top down bottom up feature. When they first came out with this window covering product the only way you could operate the shade was to lower it form the top and as you did that the fabric would start covering the window. When you get to the end of the window the entire window would be covered and you could not see out the window opening. As Kirkland customers started buying and using their new window coverings they quickly asked if the shade could also drop down from the top so if the bottom of the window is covered you could drop the fabric from the top to see out and still have some privacy below. You can now get your shade so the fabric is turned vertically and instead of going up and down in the window it goes back and forth making it perfect for large windows and sliding glass doors some companies call this a vertical application honeycomb shade while Hunter Douglas calls it a Vertiglide.
And of course you have the colors. More choices for colors and textures than ever before. Reds, oranges, chocolates and more, no matter what your favorite color is you’ll be able to find it if you have a large selection of manufacturers to choose from. That is one of the reasons that Budget Blinds of Kirkland has the largest selection of honeycomb  shade companies in the Northwest, as of this writing we have 10 including companies like Hunter Douglas, Enlightened style, Signature series, and a lot more. We do this because we have many customers in Kirkland Washington, Kenmore Washington and other northwest locations that want to see every color out there before making their final choice. And it’s not just color, as you start to look at all the samples you quickly realize that the texture is a little different on many of the selections,  Choose wisely and if you don’t find the color are texture you are looking for with one company, don’t settle, go on to the next company.
If you are looking to change your window coverings and are considering Honeycomb shades you really should have Budget Blinds of Kirkland come out with our free in-home consultation and see all of your choices at the same time.
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Pictures of Roller Shades in Kirkland Washington

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It’s quite possible that you’re reading this article right now because you are looking for pictures of Roller Shades in Kirkland to see if you will like them in your home. These shades are very popular with many people because of the many benefits that they offer. The following are the top benefits that you need to be informed about now so you can decide if this is the right type of shade for your home's windows.
There’re very customizable:
The roller shade of today has a lot of choices for both color and the way you control you shade. From prints to stripes or pinks to oranges there are many choices. You can put them in small openings as they are a very thin fabric. You can put them in skylights or angled tops. You can motorize them to come down and go up on their own depending on the weather. You can get them for very long openings.
They come in different opacity levels:
No matter what amount of light you are trying to change coming into your room the roller shade can get the job done. You can get them made of Mylar that looks like sun glasses to just block the glare. You can get your roller shades made out of sheer type materials to soften you look out your window. You can get them made from wonderful textures the filter the light and give you privacy while letting the sun filter through those great fabrics or you can get then room darkening so no light at all comes through the fabric.
There are different ways you can operate them:
Today’s roller shades are not like the ones you see in the old movies, you know the ones on a spring roller when you pull on them they shoot up your window and flap around a few times. Don’t get me wrong, if you have always wanted a shade like that you can still get them but you have many other options as well. The most popular is probably the clutch operating system which is a beaded chain in a loop and you just pull on the loop and they go up or down. If you don’t like having the chain on the side of your windows you can opt for a cordless lift where you still give the shade a tug to get it going but then you let go and it rises up slowly in the window until it reaches the top. Just keep in mind that goes up must come down so if you are a little vertically challenged remember you have to be able to reach the bottom of the shade to pull it down. Of course if you don’t want the chain and you don’t want to reach up to grab the roller4 shade and pull it down you can just get it motorized and all your problems are solved.
There great to complement other window treatments you may want in the same area:
Roller shades are a great window treatment to mix and match with. You can put them under a nice cornice or valance and play the colors off of each other. They work extremely well with draw drapes instead of the older way of having a layer of sheers and a layer of drapes you have a sheer roller shade and drapes or just side panels to hide the gaps you have on the ends of roller shades. You can turn them on their side and make long panel tracks out of them.
As you can see, there are many thing you can do is you are putting roller shades in your Kirkland home. One of the best ways you can do that is by calling Budget Blinds of Kirkland and have we come out to your home for a free In-home consultation. When we come we’ll bring with us the largest selection of roller shade companies in the Northwest. Companies like Graber, Hunter Douglas, BECE and many more.

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Pictures of Drapes in Kirkland Washington

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If are looking for Drapes for your Kirkland home here are a few tips to keep you on the right track
Know your budget:
Before shopping for anything these days you have to take some time to figure out exactly what your budget is going to be. This is especially true when it comes to new Drapes. If you are not on top of this you will be sitting with your consultant looking at things like hardware for your drape that can cost $500 or more in the blink of an eye, or looking at a 100% silk fabric that you just love and then you find out it is $167 per yard (ouch!). Maybe the designer will mention a cornice board would look great over your new window treatment and then you find out it adds $1,800 to the price. It’s always to your advantage and your consultants to know how much you want to spend on this project before you start putting it all together.

Know what window you want drapes on:
It’s easy to think to yourself that you like drapes and want them on all of your windows and some Kirkland homes do that but again remember you budget. If you put a cordless honeycomb shade in the window maybe it costs you $400 but if you put a draw drape with a line on the same window it could cost you over a thousand. So thing about what you want the treatment to do and then decide on a treatment that fits those requirements.

Think about the how the room is going to be used:
If you have a room that you want to get really dark from time to time like you child’s bedroom or maybe a theater room you may think that you must do that with a drapery and you would not be wrong but there are many other products that you could use also like a roman shade mounte4d outside of the window frame or a room darkening cell shade or maybe a plantation shutter. You may have pets and while you love drapes they just wouldn’t work with all of your animals so just give it some thought.

Consider the time it will take:
This means several things first custom made drapes take a while to get made. Think about it with drapes there are still real people working in soft treatment work rooms who make these products by hand, this take time. Many manufactures run out of fabric all the time so there is another delay. Budget Blinds of Kirkland has thousands of fabrics to choose from and dozens of different style of drapes to choose from like pinch pleats or grommet tops or maybe back or top tabs. Take your time with this and if you don’t see the fabric you want from one company than call another one as there are a lot of fabric companies out there like Kasmir or Fabricut so just take your time and plan ahead.

Give some thought to the size of the window:
This is a tricky one as one of the reason people think about drapes is because they have a large area to cover and they think the drape is the best way to cover it. With today’s window covering many shades can be made to cover very large windows. Honeycomb shades can go as wide as 144” as can roller shades. Plantation shutters can go as wide as you want. Cell shades can be turned on their side and as long as you want and then there is the panel track so drapes are not you only choice for wide openings. The next thing to think about is the stack I have been in many Kirkland homes where my customer wants drapes on their wide windows and they forget that drapes need a place to go so if you have a 200” opening and you want to put drapes on the window the stack on both side of the window will be about 40” which when I show where the stack will be many customers get depressed as they forgot that all that fabric needs to go someplace.

If you keep these suggestions in mind you should have no problem finding the right drapes for your Kirkland home and don’t forget Budget Blinds of Kirkland offers FREE In-home consultations and the Northwest largest selection of drape manufacturers and we would be happy to send one of our design consultants to your home which of course is the best place to look at new drapes for your home.

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