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October is National Window Coverings Safety Month

October is National Window Coverings Safety Month. The Blinds Man’s top priority is your family’s safety with our window treatments and/or window fashions. We strive to provide our clients with all the information they need in order to make an informed decision as to which window treatments you use in your home.

“The new Best for Kids™ certification program recently launched by the window covering industry will assist in educating consumers about potential window-cord hazards facing young children and will aid consumers in making the right choice when selecting window coverings. In order to be eligible for this certification, manufacturers must meet the specific program criteria and submit their window covering products to a designated third party testing laboratory. Once products pass testing they may be labeled ‘Best for Kids.’” – Window Covering Safety Council, https://windowcoverings.org/best-for-kids/

You are able to tell which window coverings are certified as Best for Kids™, you will see the following logo:

We had previously mentioned that the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have created this new standard to help with cutting down on the hazards of window coverings with children and pets in homes. The standard requires that all manufacturers, distributors, or sellers can only stock cordless or inaccessible cord window coverings. You will not be able to get stock corded blinds at big box retailers. If you require or need corded window coverings, businesses like the Blinds Man can help you with your customized window coverings.

The Blinds Man can help you with selecting the window covering that is right for you and your family. We have a wide range of products to select to meet your needs and your style.

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Where did the corded blinds go?

Have you noticed that it is hard to find corded blinds lately?

If you are in the market for window treatments for your home or business, you will have a hard time finding stock corded window treatments from retailers because of safety standards in place. Stock window treatments cannot have cords.

The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have a new standard to help with eliminating the strangulation hazard with corded window coverings. All manufacturers, distributors, or sellers can only stock cordless or inaccessible cord window coverings. If you need cord window coverings, you will have to custom-order your window coverings from businesses like the Blinds Man.

If you need corded window coverings, you will have to custom-order your window coverings

The Blinds Man is here to help! We are able to custom-order your window coverings to meet your needs. The Blinds Man works with you with every step of the process. Providing you with important details about your window coverings, measuring and installing your custom-order coverings. For whatever reason you need corded window coverings, the Blinds Man has you covered!

“The revised safety standard segments the market between stock and custom-made products because U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commison (CPSC) incident data shows that requiring stock products be cordless or have inaccessible cords would have the most significant and immediate impact on reducing the strangulation risk to young children from certain window covering cords,” said WCMA Executive Director, Ralph Vasami.1

It’s all about the you children.

Children are our future. We have to protect them as much as we possibly can. With these new safety standards, we can ensure that we are protecting all children from strangulation hazards in the home.  “Almost 17,000 children under age 6 were treated for injuries from window blinds in U.S. emergency departments from 1990-2015, researchers report online December 11 in Pediatrics. That translate to an injury rate of almost 3 our of every 100,000 kids.”2

The WCMA also has launched the “Best for Kids” certification. The WCMA created the “Best for Kids” certification program in 2015 to make it easier for consumers shopping for window coverings to identify cordless products.  When you are shopping for stock window coverings, be sure to look for the “Best for Kids” certification symbol.3

The Blinds Man can help you with selecting the window covering that is right for you and your family. We have a wide range of products to select to meet your needs and your style. We offer in-home shopping or you can stop by our store at 468 Southland Drive in Lexington to see our huge selection of window coverings.

Sources
  1. Window Covering Manufacturers Association
  2. Pediatrics – Pediatric Injuries Related to Window Blinds, Shades and Cords
  3. Best For Kids Program

The Perfect Kitchen Table

Make your kitchen a popular meeting place

Selecting the right kitchen table will make it the anchor for one of your most-used rooms. Consider a table that will meet all your needs, from homework projects to family meals, and from a food preparation work surface to a casual spot to drink tea or coffee with friends.

Just like the design of your entire kitchen plan, kitchen tables are available in many colors, sizes, shapes and styles. The perfect table for you will be different than the ideal table for other people.

Think about how many people you want to sit comfortably at the table and how you want them to feel when they spend time in your kitchen.

Consider your needs and wants.

Also think about how you want your kitchen table to function. You may want a table that you can move, even one with locking wheels, so you can keep it in the center of the space most of the time, but have flexibility to move it against the wall to serve buffet food or drinks.

Then consider your style preference – modern or traditional, neutral or full of color, sleek or country. Some people prefer a retro look, with vintage chrome or laminate. Others like the feeling of a sidewalk café with a French bistro table with metal chairs. Still others cozy up to a traditional distressed oak table with wood chairs.

Low-maintenance surfaces work best.

When selecting the perfect kitchen table, also think about maintenance. A durable, low-maintenance surface will probably be high on your priority list, so your kitchen table can accommodate all your needs.

Many surfaces are easy to clean and maintain, including butcher block, tile, marble, glass, laminate and some antique woods because they’re already distressed!

Add a new table to the mix, and make your kitchen a popular meeting place for family and friends.

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Bring Green Inside

Create a natural, peaceful feeling with green home accents.

Green is a natural choice for home decorating. This color range from the world’s forests, meadows, and gardens brings a feeling of the outdoors to the inside of your home.

For home decorating, you have so many choices in the green family, from rich and lush, to calm and serene, to bold and brilliant. Because green comes in so many shades, it’s a very flexible design color.

Just think of all the beautiful natural names for green hues: sage, lime, spring, forest, emerald, mint, fern, grass, avocado, jade, apple, celery, and pistachio.

Green design elements bring the outdoors inside.

Naturally, you have lots of possibilities to add green to your décor, whether in small touches or major design elements:

  • Painted walls and paint stenciling
  • Wallpaper
  • Upholstery
  • Drapery fabric and window coverings
  • Bedding
  • Painted wood furniture and kitchen cabinets
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Lamps and light fixtures
  • Accessories such as throw pillows, vases, and artwork
  • Tile countertops and backsplashes

Finish your design plan with neutral colors.

It’s usually best to stick with one or two shades of green. Use neutrals to finish your design plan. You can also add small touches of a complementary accent color, such as pink or yellow.

Colors that work well with green tones include:

  • White, gray and neutral beiges and creams.
  • Browns, carmels and taupes
  • Pinks, reds and salon
  • Small touches of blue, black, yellow or gold

Looking for a more natural feel in your home environment? Add green this season!

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A Sofa Buying Guide

Everything you need to consider when buy a new sofa.

A sofa is one of the larger pieces of furniture we buy, and most likely, it is the focal point of your living space. So it’s important to buy quality that will last, style that will endure, and comfort that you can truly relax on!

Shape and Size

Sofas come in many shapes and sizes. The shape determines the overall feel of your sofa – some are soft and feminine, while others are tailored and modern. Size matters, too, so the sofa fits your room and allows room for movement. For a large room, consider a sectional or two sofas facing each other or placed at right angles.

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Arm and Leg Style

When selecting a sofa, several arm styles are available, and it’s the same with the legs. It’s best to check out all the choices when you shop to see what you like best.

Color

Neutral colors are safe in terms of how long your sofa will appeal to you, and you can add color with smaller design elements; however, a bold color does make a statement and may better match your personality!

Make your home a more comfortable environment.

Frame and Filling

Make sure to ask questions about the quality of the frame and joints to make sure you’re purchasing a piece of furniture that will last a long time. Fillings can be slouchy or firm so think carefully about the “feel” you would like in your sofa.

Fabric

The choice of fabrics is almost unlimited, including leather, damask, wool, velvet, cotton, and more. If lots of kids and pets live in your home, consider indoor-outdoor fabrics for durability and beauty. Solid colors may be easier to decorate around, but patterns hide dirt more effectively.

Rest assured – the perfect new sofa will make your home a more comfortable environment.

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