{window treatment solutions}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Hunter Douglas Technology

Do you have tall, beautiful windows that would be impossible to reach, but a loss to cover up with window treatments forever? Do you have a window right above the kitchen sink with an annoying cord that gets in the way of doing dishes and occasionally finds its way into your garbage disposal? Wouldn’t it be nice to have blinds and shades without cords that you could manipulate from wherever you are with the technology you already have?

Hunter Douglas is one step ahead with their Platinum™ App. You can easily operate your window coverings with any Apple or Android device and a sleek wireless remote control.

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{installing window treatments safely}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Installation Safety

safe window treatments

LiteRise, motorized and cordless window treatments are designed with safety in mind.

When you’re installing your beautiful new window coverings, we want to make sure that you’re careful and staying safe. Did you know that falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury in the U.S.? They cause about 8 million visits to the emergency room every year. June is National Safety Month, and we don’t want you to be in that number!

When you’re installing your window treatments, please start by thoroughly reading the directions. Most of the window coverings at Hirshfield’s are professionally installed, but at times homeowners do the installation themselves.


“Warning labels on the lifting mechanisms are an unsightly orange for a reason,” says Shannon Scarrella, manager of Hirshfield’s Shop at Home. “They inform you of the risks of a certain cord or about the dangers that an improper mount can pose.”

Manufacturers provide a recommended bracket amount depending on a particular draperies’ width. For custom rods, Hirshfield’s works with manufacturers to determine the number of brackets that are required per the width of the rod and the weight of the material. Homeowners installing into sheetrock should use anchors before installing the brackets or mount into studs if possible.

Window treatment safety is also a concern after they’re installed. More and more companies offer cordless lifting options for their blinds, but some do still have standard cords. Other cords now have a “breakaway” tassel, which is designed to break when a certain amount of pressure is applied. Cord-loop lifting systems now have safety features as well.

“These systems are in place for child safety,” explains Scarrella. “Even if there aren’t children living in your home now, you may someday sell your house to a family with small children, have children visit or become a family with children. Children are curious and they will try to find out how the window treatments operate—trust me, I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old. I know that I don’t want to have to worry about their safety and window treatments.”

This June, make sure that your window treatments are being installed securely and are safe for children, too. Let’s all avoid the emergency room and stay safe and sound.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{window treatment wednesday: window coverings to block noise}

Add some peace and quiet to your home by using the right window coverings.

You know what they say about buying a home—location, location, location. When you choose where you want to live, there are numerous factors: proximity to work, good neighborhood schools, the character of the neighborhood, quality of parks and recreational trails—the list goes on and on. And sometimes you’ll choose to live somewhere that’s relatively noisy because the other “pros” are so abundant. I once lived near a small airport. Although it was usually quiet, once a week, large tandem military Chinook helicopters would fly in the area. They were so loud, it sounded like they were going to land on my roof!

I understand and sympathize with people who have a house they love but an exterior noise problem they loathe. How can window treatments block noise, keep your house quieter and increase your feeling of calm and serenity?

Andrea Mandel is a Minneapolis window coverings expert at Hirshfield’s. She says that when it comes to blocking noise, anything in front of a window will help, with the amount of reduction determined by the materials and product features you choose and whether the window covering is open, closed, raised or lowered. Some manufacturers, such as Hunter Douglas, rate their products’ ability to absorb sound to guide homeowners. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday}

Window Treatment Wednesday is usually reserved for product information, great window treatment photos, or an opportunity to showcase our brilliant window treatment staff. Today’s Window Treatment Wednesday is a reminder that the Hunter Douglas sale ends on Father’s Day, June 17, 2012 

I was in our Roseville store at the end of the last Hunter Douglas sale and a number of phone calls were customers wanting to take advantage of the sale, and some needing an on-site measure. With it being the day before the sale ended, the staff did their best to accommodate the customers.

If you’re wanting to take advantage of this sale, make the call sooner than later, or stop by one of our stores and speak with one of Hirshfield’s window treatment specialists.

A great deal is the free LiteRise® cordless lifting system you’ll receive if you purchase a Silhouette® window shade.

You have hereby been served! The Celebration of Light spring savings event (SALE) ends June 17, 2012.

{celebrate the season: window treatment sale at hirshfield’s}

With window treatments from Hirshfield’s, you get style for your windows and savings for you! Right now at Hirshfield’s, you can save $25-$300 per unit on select Hunter Douglas window treatments.

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{friday finds: window treatment promotions}

Natural Shade with a header

Natural Textured Shade

 If you are in the market for new window fashions Hirshfield’s has a great window treatment sale* going on.

 The Premier Collection is a new product line Hirshfield’s is excited to offer our customers. This is a great shade if you are looking for an economy shade. Included in the collection are Natural Shades, Roman Shades, Roller Shades, Real Wood and Faux Wood blinds, and Cellular Shades. A wide variety of weaves, fabrics, and opacities are presented in this collection.

The Premier Collection Sale highlights:

Mix and Match Progressive Saleends October 31, 2011
Additional 10% off the purchase of one or two products
Additional 15% off the purchase of three or four products
Additional 20% off the purchase of five or more products

$99 Measure/Install on The Premier Collection – ends October 31, 2011
From one window to 15 windows $99 (On five windows you save approx. $86)

Free Top Down – Bottom Up on the Cellular Shadesends October 27, 2011

Hunter Douglas Silhouette

On our Hunter Douglas products:

Free Installation on Hunter Douglas
$500 minimum purchase
Promotion ends October 31, 2011

Free LiteRise® upgrade on Duette, Vignette Tiered, Brilliance Pleated, Country Woods, Everwood – ends November 30, 2011

Free UltraGlide® upgrade on Duette, Silhouette, Pirouette, Vignette Modern Roman Shade – ends November 30, 2011

Hunter Douglas Celebrate the Season Mail-in rebates – ends December 12, 2011
Here’s the link for the particulars on the Hunter Douglas rebates.

Buyer be aware. It’s not unusual for some dealers to adjust their retail pricing during sales. Make sure you compare the bottom line pricing after all discounts and rebates are applied to your purchase.

* If the install is going into a concrete wall,  you live beyond 30 miles, or you have a specialty window; these are examples where it might cost you more than the sale offers.  Any questions check with a Hirshfield’s sales person for clarification.

{energy efficient blinds make sense (and save cents!)}

We’re all budget conscious these days, so in this video Jen explains how you can save money and help the environment with Hunter Douglas energy efficient blinds. They make sense and save cents!

And don’t forget, the Hunter Douglas window fashion sales event is going on now through April 30th! Take an extra 15% off Hirshfield’s already discounted prices on HunterDouglas Window Fashions!

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