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Repurpose Old Window Shutters

November 28, 2016
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Have you ever thought about what you might do with those older shutters  – interior or exterior shutters – that you’re finally going to replace with quality Danmer window coverings? Turns out, there are some really cool DIY (Do-It-Yourself) ideas to turn old shutter panels into something useful and even highly decorative in and around your house.

These kind of DIY projects are easy and affordable. And if you’re replacing older NON-DANMER shutters with some new ones, you might as well put the old ones to use if you can. Or you can simply look for older vintage shutters being tossed out when your neighbors are replacing window coverings. You can brush paint them, spray paint them, or treat to a cool spontaneous paint technique. They make great tables, chairs, decorative walls pieces as well as mantels and doors to cabinets.

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The top of this table is made from a re-purposed vintage shutter found at a local flea market. This is a creative, easy way to make a rectangular top.

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Re-purpose old shutter panels to make a bench made using shutters, old balusters, and spare wood for the arms.

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Here you can add a sense architectural perspective to a dining room with distressed window shutters placed on the wall.

Don’t forget to visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to speak to trained professionals who are excited to help you find the right window coverings for your decor and budget!

 

 

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Tips To Easily Clean Your Shutters, Blinds and Shades

November 14, 2016
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Since we’re all getting ready for the holidays, it’s tough to find the time to finish home projects we may have started throughout the year.

Here’s a quick way to brighten up your home for the holidays: clean those dusty blinds, shades or shutters. Your guests will notice that something is fresh and new in your home, and all you’ve done is a simple refresh.  That way next year you won’t have to devote several Saturdays to cleaning the house.

CLEAN YOUR SHUTTERS WITH EASE: Window shutters can be either decorative or functional, and often times are both. Whether they are Danmer Thermalite, Heritage Wood, Ultraluxe or Plantation Shutters, they’ve added beauty and character to any home. However, over time, your shutters will collect dust, and their beauty can easily be overlooked. Routine cleaning is not only recommended, it is absolutely necessary. The good news is that shutters, are relatively easy to maintain, and cleaning is a breeze. Use a soft cotton cloth and mild soap and water to wipe the louvers, and then dry immediately with a clean dry cloth. Do not use any harsh chemicals or ammonia based cleaners. Throughout the year, you can use a feather duster to keep them dust free in all seasons.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SHADES: It’s important not to begin by spot cleaning your shades. Start by dusting the shades, instead of starting with the stains. Whether your shades are Honeycomb shades, Roman shades, Sheers and Shading, or Solar or Roller Shades begin your cleaning process by using your vacuum’s suction hose with the soft brush attachment. Work your way from side to side all the way down the shade, and see the dust disappear.

 HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BLINDS: Regular cleaning will keep your Wooden Blinds, Skyline Panels, Solid & Stained Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds and Vertical Blinds looking and working like new.

Your grandmother probably used this trick for cleaning blinds:

  • Fill a small bowl with white vinegar and find a pair of clean cotton gloves or socks
  • Put your hand inside one of the gloves or socks and dip the tip of the sock, or your fingers into the bowl
  • Run your hand or fingers along each slat to remove the dust and grime. You may need to rinse the sock or glove a few times
  • Switch back and forth between the two socks or gloves, soaking one sock or glove while you use the other

Important: Although this method is safe for most materials, do not oversaturate the blinds, especially if they are wooden. Water warps wood, so squeeze as much out as possible and dry immediately. Avoid letting the vinegar come into contact with your eyes or skin.

Contact Danmer for all your Window Covering needs at 800-684-3434 or e-mail us at ScheduleMyAppt@danmer.com

Happy Holidays!

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What you didn’t know about Danmer Heritage Wood Shutters and Faux Wood Blinds

November 10, 2016
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Whether you are thinking of mixing Heritage Hardwood Shutters with Faux Wood Blinds being you are looking to save some money. Great idea, because it is very common to put plantation shutters in the front side of a home and Faux Wood Blinds on the back side. They look very similar from the outside of the home.

At Danmer Custom Window Coverings, we use the highest grade USA made Basswood and Premier Hardwood to manufacture our Heritage Custom Wood Shutters. Each one is made right here in the USA to match your décor and your budget.

These Hunter Douglas Faux Wood Blinds are the most popular of all their wood window blinds. Hunter Douglas Wood blinds are the modern alternative to shutters. The Hunter Douglas Faux Wood Blinds collection is the perfect choice for homeowners who appreciate solid look and warmth of real hardwood.

A few reasons why Heritage Wood Shutters are the ultimate window dressing:

  • Heritage plantation wood shutters are made from durable, furniture grade basswood
  • Tight grained, low resin basswood will not bleed
  • Duraglide Louver Tension System: nylon bushing with stainless steel pin
  • Epoxy coated staples: guaranteed not to fall out
  • Rabbeted stiles
  • Diamond coat finish seals out moisture
  • Hand sanding creates a silky-smooth finish
  • Furniture grade dowels every inch where stiles and rails meet
  • Elegant and traditional feel
  • Come with a transferable warranty

A few reasons why Hunter Douglas Faux Wood Blinds is the ultimate alternative to window dressing:

  • A sturdy, strong, and cost-effective interior window treatment
  • Easy-to-clean blinds and engineered to withstand moisture
  • Faux wood blinds coordinate beautifully with your décor in matching color and wood grains, stains and whites
  • Protection from harmful UV rays
  • Covered against fading, yellowing, warping and bowing
  • Cost effective

With over 40 years of experience Danmer has been manufacturing elegance you can afford with shutters and window coverings. Contact us at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE in-home consultation, and to explore the many options and most stylish window coverings for your home.

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Daylight Savings: Make the Most of Available Light

October 31, 2016
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You can choose window coverings not only for decoration but also for energy savings. The right window treatments will reduce heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer. Here’s a guide to help you weigh the options and come up with a perfect solution for your home or office.

Danmer Genuine Thermalite Shutters
Energy efficient Thermalite™ Shutters Insulating  system will insulate your home up to three-times better wood shutters for optimal temperature regulation. The right shutters can lower your home energy bills by as much as 35%

Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades
Duette Architella honeycomb shades keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  A variety of fabrics and a Vertiglide™ option for large windows and sliding doors make it the top-selling product in the industry.

Huntter Douglas Silhouette® Shades
Silhouette® shadings feature soft adjustable fabric vanes that appear to be floating between two sheer fabric panels that beautifully diffuse harsh sunlight. Simply tilt the vanes to achieve your desired level of light and privacy, while helping to lower your home energy bills.

Hunter Douglas Vertical Solutions®
Vertical Blinds are an economical assortment of verticals offered in 3 ½” styles, patterns and colors.  Vertical Solutions® will protect your furniture and flooring from fading with at least 75% protection from harmful UV rays.

What kind of window treatments do you prefer? Call us at (888) 326-6378 to learn more about Danmer, or to set up your free in-home consultation.

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Trick or Treat: Is Your Home Safe for Halloween

October 24, 2016
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Halloween is around the corner, so it’s likely that you and your family are planning a fun-filled season full of tricks and treats.  Fun costumes, scary movies, haunted attractions, and other forms of spooky entertainment make for festive frights that are usually harmless.

But beware, as accidents do happen. The best way to avoid them is to ensure that precautions are taken to ensure a happy Halloween for all.  Here are a few helpful tips promote family safety, both in and out of your home:

  • When taking the kids on a trick-or-treat run, make sure they are wearing costumes with light colors, glow sticks, and/or reflective elements for maximum visibility to drivers.
  • If the kids are trick-or-treating without adult supervision, make sure they travel in a group, and only visit houses in familiar neighborhoods.
  • When driving, remain alert and drive slowly in residential areas where young pedestrians may be present.
  • If you’re hosting a Halloween party, be sure to inspect your home for possible dangers. Did you know that over 500 children have suffered strangulations due to unsafe blinds and shade cords over the past few decades in the U.S. alone?  Think about retrofitting your shades or blinds with cordless operations, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners, or wand controls.

Ready to make your window coverings child safe?  Call Danmer at (800) 684-3434 to learn more about window coverings with child-safe features, and from the Danmer family to yours, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Avoid Moisture Damage to Window Coverings

October 17, 2016
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Selecting the right Window treatments for your kitchen or bathrooms can be kind of tricky. Moisture from sinks, bathtubs, and other utilities can be really hard on your window coverings. The last thing you want to be replacing your window treatments every few years because of water damage. Fortunately, there are realistic options when it comes to fitting your windows with durable, yet elegant window treatments:

  • Thermalite Shutters. Custom designed to fit your windows, Thermalite interior shutters are water-resistant, kitchen and bathroom safe, available in various styles, and guaranteed NEVER to crack, warp, peel or discolor. The right shutters will actually pay for themselves as these are a permanent solution for your window treatments.
  • Provenance Woven Wooden Shades. While also resistant to kitchen moisture, Hunter Douglas’s Provenance® Woven Wood Shades offer another functionality to your kitchen: You can open them from the top for maximum light and privacy control.
  • Vertical Blinds. Custom Vertical blinds are typically designed to fit your kitchen doors and windows and are highly customizable to fit your décor and your budget. Choose from dozens of modern styles, patterns and colors in both water-resistant fabrics and vinyl.

Ready to give your kitchen and elegant and functional upgrade?  Give Danmer a call at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE in-home consultation.

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THE BASICS: Shutters, Shades or Blinds?

October 10, 2016
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Autumn is in full swing. The winter holidays are just around the corner. So, maybe you’re thinking of ways to freshen up your home to get ready for a season of family gatherings and celebration. One of the easiest ways to simply and affordably spruce up your home is to refresh the look of something found in every room: your window coverings.

Choosing window treatments to enhance your room’s style and functionality can be done with just a little research and then a little planning ahead.  To make your start on this project a breeze, here are the 3 basic window treatments for your consideration:

  • Shutters. Available in a variety of shapes, colors, and styles, the right shutters are a permanent solution for your window coverings. They offer a considerable degree of control over privacy and incoming light.  Insulated for energy efficiency, Danmer’s Shutters will reduce your electric bill and look great doing it!  Just choose from popular styles and materials, such as Thermalite, Heritage Wood, UltraLuxe, and Plantation, and let Danmer do the rest!
  • Shades. Hunter Douglas shades come in a colorful array of natural and man-made fibers that add beauty and texture to any room’s decor.  Options include Roman shades, Honeycomb, Sheers, or Roller style. Danmer has just the right shades to fit your décor and your budget.
  • Blinds. Hunter Douglas blinds crafted for elegance and functionality through your home. Options include Wooven Wood Blinds, Skyline Panels, Solid & Stain Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Horizontal Blinds, Vertical Blinds, and Motorized Window Blinds. Danmer has just the right shades to fit your décor and your budget.

If you’re still unsure of which window treatment will work best for your home, talk to an expert: call Danmer at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE in-home consultation.  We’ll answer your questions and help you choose the best product to fit your decor and budget.

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Are you ready for World Smile Day?

October 4, 2016
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Did you know that Friday Oct 7th is World Smile Day? It’s actually the first Friday in October EVERY year. World Smile Day celebrates the ubiquitous yellow smiley and it promotes a simple idea: That everyone should do an act of kindness on this day, or to or help one person to smile, or both.

There’s actually been a proclamation made by the U.S. Congress to celebrate World Smile Day. Now that should put a smiley on your face.

Want to know a bit more about the smiley face? In 1963, the State Mutual Life Assurance Company hired Harvey Ball from Worcester, Massachusetts as a free lance artist to create a smiley face for use in improving company morale. It’s later popularity exploded in the 1970’s. The first World Smiley Day celebration was on October 1, 1999.

After Harvey died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honor his name and memory.  The Foundation continues as the official sponsor of World Smile Day® each year.

Danmer loves to make our Customers smile. We do this by helping them select just the right window coverings to fit the décor and budget of their home. Let us make you smile! Call Danmer today to set up your free in-home consultation (800) 684-3434.

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Decorating Your Living Room for Fall

September 28, 2016
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September 23rd marks the first day of Autumn, our annual equinox that causes leaves to change color and days to get shorter. This colorful shift in environment creates a very distinct look that many love and look forward to every year. But as the scenery changes outdoors, you may feel inclined to duplicate the season’s color scheme indoors, as well. Here are a few tips for decorating your living space in the spirit of fall:

  • Bring the outdoors in. Many elements of Autumn that look great outside can look great inside, too! Go ‘real’ with vivid plants, acorns, and foliage, or decorate with artificial leaves, pumpkins, and other vivid red, orange, and brown decor.
  • Festive Candles. Not only can the look and purpose of a seasonal candle set a room’s mood or ‘theme’, but it can also display the season to your other senses, too! Fall candles come in a variety of aromas, including everything from pumpkin spice to fragrances of earth and rain. Some even produce the scent of a kitchen on Thanksgiving Day!
  • Traditional holiday staples. In addition to adorning your living room with a general Autumn decor, you can also enhance it with elements that reflect the most famous of fall holidays: webs, spiders, and other creepy decor for Halloween, and wreaths, turkey decorations and cornucopias, for Thanksgiving.
  • Window Magic. Your windows, some of the most important areas of any room, can be very functional in your holiday decor. As long as you can do so carefully, go wild! Surrounding your window coverings, whether they’re Shutters, Shades, or Blinds, with strings of colorful leaves or lights can be quite festive!

Window coverings, themselves, can become an instrumental part of your decor. By choosing versatile colors and patterns that work for any occasion, any decorating project can only help compliment the design that’s already in place. Call Danmer at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE in-home consultation to see the latest window covering styles and trends for fall.

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Window Coverings That Reduce Home Cooling Cost

September 20, 2016
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Whether you’ve been beating the heat with box fans or AC, you may feel like you’ve gotten the last laugh … until the electric bill comes — and then nobody’s laughing. It’s simple math: the hotter it gets, the more energy it takes to cool down, but by treating windows with energy efficient window coverings, such as Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters Insulating System, you can stay cool while slashing home energy bills by up to 35%. Here’s why:

  • Maximize R-Value. Thermalite Shutters are great for double pane windows, providing one of the highest R-Value shutter ratings on the market.
  • Less Heat Transfer. Using the Thermalite Shutters Insulating System in hot climates reduces the amount of heat transfer that enters into your home.
  • Restricts Air Exchange. Thermalite Shutters allow you to control the amount of airflow traveling between your window openings and the outside environment.
  • Lower Kilowatt Hours. Saving kilowatt hours means saving on your cooling bill, and Thermalite Shutters assists you in both.
  • Enhanced Energy Efficiency. Thermalite Shutters will insulate your home up three-times better than wood shutters.
  • Monthly Energy Savings. Energy efficient window coverings pay for themselves by keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Ready to keep cool while saving some cold hard cash? Call us at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE in-home consultation, featuring Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating System.

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