6 Child- and Pet-Safe Window Treatments

pet cat sitting in window

If you have children (or pets!) at home, you know hanging cords can pose a risk to curious little explorers. Here are six of our favorite child and pet-friendly options for window treatments to make your windows safer:


The easiest way to make shades safe is to remove the cords altogether! These shades have no loose strings, making them a perfect option for anyone with young children. 


These coverings can be controlled from anywhere, making them a great option for those with unsupervised pets at home.


This sturdy option is stylish, easy to use, and completely cordless. If your windows are particularly close to the ground, use shutter magnets or another tool to keep the lower set tightly closed to protect your little one’s hands.

Vertical blinds with wand

These blinds are closed using a wand that hangs at the perfect height for adults, staying well out of the way of adventurous little hands.

Faux wood

This material is stronger than flimsy vinyl or aluminum, making it easier to stand up against your pet’s chewing or scratches.

Wide slats

This treatment gives your pet plenty of space to gaze outside while you’re away, making it less likely that a noise from outside will rile them up and have them scratching at the windows.

Do you see a solution that will work for you? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 and set up your consultation today!

How to Clean Your Window Treatments

open blinds

At ABC, we have a wide selection of window treatments to choose from– no two are exactly alike, so you’re sure to find something that matches both your budget and your taste! One important consideration, however, is maintenance. Each window covering will need to be cleaned in a different way to ensure that you’re getting the most out of the product. Here are some tips on how to clean your windows depending on their type:   


Wood/Faux Wood

  • Dust both sides of slats with soft cloth or chemically-treated dust cloth
  • For stubborn dirt, dampen a soft cloth (do NOT saturate!), wipe, and open slats to air dry


  • Gently vacuum with duster attachment
  • For stubborn dirt, treat the way you would wood blinds



  • Gently vacuum with duster attachment
  • Stubborn stains can be spot cleaned with a sponge and mild dish detergent– just make sure not to rub the fabric!


  • Gently vacuum with duster attachment or use handheld vacuum with brush attachment
  • Spot clean with soft cloth and mild dish detergent– do not saturate the fabric!


  • Gently vacuum with brush attachment on lowest possible setting

Roller (Vinyl)

  • Wipe down with sponge and mild detergent and extend fully to air dry
  • Remove shades and cover with warm water mixed with a few pumps of mild dish soap in bathtub; gently clean with brush and allow to air dry fully before rehanging

Panel Track

  • Vacuum with dust brush attachment


Experts disagree on the best method for cleaning fabric drapes and curtains. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the fabric is safe to be either machine-washed or dry cleaned, but in general, regular vacuuming and spot cleaning should suffice to keep your fabric coverings in good condition.

Have any questions about window treatments? Whether you’re looking for a quote or just exploring a new option, we’ve got you covered! Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up a free consultation today!

Are Your Windows Ready for Winter?

winter windows

As winter approaches, it’s important to make sure that your home and windows are prepared for cold weather! We may not get much snow in Texas, but harsh winter winds as well as icy sleet and rain can still cause damage if you’re not careful. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your windows are ready for the coming months:

Make sure they’re covered

Window coverings are one of the simplest ways to control the temperature in your home. If the weather in your area is particularly cold, consider layering up your window treatments by adding a thermal lining under your drapes or shades to block the initial gusts of cold air.

Control humidity

The contrast between the cold air outside and warmer air in your home can cause a buildup of condensation. To prevent this, control the humidity in your home by opening windows or doors briefly, or using an exhaust fan to improve air circulation in the room.

Prevent drafts

Keep cold air from entering your home by caulking any exposed areas around doors or windows. You can also fix minor drafts with insulation tape or foam. Additionally, don’t forget to lock your windows! Unlocked windows can be another sneaky way for cold air to enter a room.

Add insulation

If you live in an area that gets particularly cold, you may want to add another layer of insulation on your windows. Window wrap kits are widely available and easy to use yourself: simply tape the plastic sheets in place and then use a hair dryer to shrink the sheets to fit your windows.

Looking for the perfect window treatment to keep you warm all winter long? We’re here to help! Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up a consultation today!

5 Ways to Update Draperies for Fall


We love draperies for the elegance and versatility they bring to any room. As summer begins to fade away and fall approaches, here are five quick ways to update your curtains for the upcoming season:


Opt for velvet or a heavier fabric to add a luxuriously warm and cozy feel to any room.

Color palette

Pair warm, earthy shades with bold jewel tones.


Update your curtain rod and other hardware in a warm metallic shade like gold or brass, or opt for a matte black that looks stylish all year round!


Finials (the ends of curtain rods) and tiebacks can both be a quick way to update the look of your window treatment! Play with color and texture to provide a fun contrast from the fabric of your curtains.


If all else fails, just give your drapes a thorough cleaning to have them looking good as new! Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you’re treating the fabric correctly.

Are you ready to give your draperies an autumn makeover? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up your consultation today!

7 Window Treatment Trends of 2020

window treatment trends

At ABC, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the most modern window treatment on the market. This new decade has already introduced some of the most stylish looks yet! Here are some of the top trends we’ve noticed for window coverings this year:   

Smart windows

More and more people are choosing to fit their homes with smart devices such as Alexa and Google Home, Ring doorbells, and lights and AC systems that can be controlled from anywhere through an app. This year, we’re seeing more and more windows join the party as homeowners opt for window coverings that automatically raise and lower throughout the day. These windows can be controlled by voice via smart home assistants or through an app. 


In the past, colorful window treatments have been limited to curtains and drapes. Lately, however, shades have been getting a rainbow makeover! Opt for muted pastel shades if you still want them to be relatively neutral or go for a bold jewel tone to truly let your windows stand out.  


Color is not the only pop you can add to your home windows. Window treatments made with printed fabric can really pull a room together. Window treatment patterns range from classic and sophisticate to modern and bold. At ABC we have over 1,000 fabric swatches to choose from! We guarantee we have one that will help you add a little more of your personality to your home.  

Ethical craftsmanship

Homeowners are making an attempt to live greener and support more responsible practices. Window coverings made sustainably and from organic materials have grown in popularity as consumers do more research on their own to ensure they support companies whose values match their own.


Metal hardware has been one of the hottest trends in interior design in recent years, and for good reason! It’s sleek and modern but can add a touch of glamour when using a gold or bronze finish. By opting for metallic drapery hardware and rod finials (AKA the decorative ends of a curtain rod), you can easily bring your windows in on this trend! 

Neutral & natural

Warm earth tones are coming back into fashion after a few years of being overlooked for cool-toned neutrals. Natural wood shades are also seeing a surge of popularity for those who prefer a minimalist style– matching your window coverings to your wood floor or furniture provides a simple, clean look when paired with pristine white walls.


Dislike the look of tangled pull cords? You’re not alone! Cordless drapes and shades have all risen in popularity recently, as well as shutters and cordless blinds. This sleek look is popular for another reason too: it’s safer for anyone with small children or pets to simply avoid hanging cords altogether.

Did any of these trends catch your eye? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up a consultation today and let us help you with your window treatment and any other visions you have today!

6 Window Treatments that Can Help Lower Your Energy Bills

window treatments

As Texans, we know better than anyone just how hot summers can get! Here at ABC, we offer a variety of window treatments that will fit your personal taste and take your windows to the next level– but did you know that the right one can also help you save money? Read on for some information on our favorite window solutions and how they can lower your energy bill if used effectively:


The simplest and most effective way to save energy is by installing shades. If properly mounted close to the window and adjacent wall, shades create a seal that traps hot air and prevents heat loss and gain. Opting for a dual sided shade with a darker and lighter side will also increase functionality, allowing you to flip the shades to retain or dispel heat as the weather changes. This treatment is incredibly versatile overall: shades come in a variety of colors, sizes, and fabrics.


Reflective blinds, especially those that are white or another light color, have been proven to reduce solar heat gain. This option is effective for both the interiors and exterior of your home. Blinds allow you to be flexible with light, ventilation, and privacy.


Drapes, like shades, can be incredibly effective at retaining and dispelling heat if mounted properly. The material and color of your fabric will play a key role in keeping warm air in during the winter and out during the summer.

Awnings & Roof Overhangs

Awnings and roof overhangs are both great choices to elevate your backyard space and beat the heat during the summer months! These options are proven to significantly reduce solar heat, while also trapping heat during the winter. This action helps warm the interior of your home. Work with a professional to determine which option is right for your house.

High Reflectivity Film

If you live in an area with short winters, high reflectivity film can be a great solution for large windows! This reflective covering keeps heat out of your home all year long, especially when using an option that is more opaque and mirror-like. 

Mesh Screens

Though it may seem unlikely, mesh screens actually work to dispel heat by diffusing solar radiation. This option is best used on exteriors, and is a great choice for any large windows or glass doors that receive lots of light.

Ready to install window treatments that work for you? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up your consultation today!


Product Highlight: The Nano Roll

nano roller shades

NOW INTRODUCING: the Nano Roll, the coolest and most modern roller shades available! We’re extremely proud to offer this sleek, sophisticated, and easy to use product, from our friends at Screen Innovations. The Nano Roll currently comes in 12 colors and three sizes, so we’re sure to find the right fit for your home. It’s also available in three motor types: magnetic rechargeable, 24v low-voltage, and AC power.

Here are a few key features of the Nano Roll: 


  1. Wireless control interface: Enjoy the ease of a wireless connection? The Nano Roll can be controlled with Wifi or Bluetooth, so you can operate it totally cord-free! However, if you prefer the reliability of a wired connection, a directly wired control option is also available.


  1. Automation: Using an app, we can program your shades according to the astrological clock, or any other way you’d like! The app also allows you to control multiple shades at the same time, saving you time at the beginning and end of the day. Now, you can raise and lower your shades from anywhere in the house.


  1. Voice control: The Nano Roll integrates with “smart home” programs such as Alexa and Google Home, so you can raise and lower them with just a voice command– perfect for when that pesky glare is blocking your view of the TV but you’re too comfortable to get up!


Are you ready to transform your home and take your shades to the next level? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 for a free consultation!

A Breakdown of The 12 Types of Window Coverings on the Market Right Now!

different kinds of blinds

So you are in the market for new window blinds or shades, huh? When you’re starting out, all the options can feel very confusing and overwhelming. To help you, our experts have broken down the large variety of window coverings for you. We hope this article helps you get a clear idea of what you are looking for in your newest home addition.

cellular shades

1. Cellular Shades

These have 3D honeycomb-shaped cells that are filled with air and help insulate your home from outdoor temperature transfer. These are a great option for people looking for energy savings.

Alternating blinds

2. Layered Shades

Layered Shades feature a double layer of fabric that alternate between solid colored and opaque stripes. When the solid colored fabric aligns on both layers, the opaque fabric allows for light to be softly filtered through. These are a great option for people who desire a modern look. 

natural bamboo shades

3. Natural Shades

These are typically made of materials such as bamboo, reeds, jute, and grass. These earthy materials are woven together to give you a shade you can roll up and down to achieve your desired amount of light. Natural Shades are great for people looking to achieve a private and relaxing ambiance.

pleated shades

4. Pleated Shades

These window coverings feature crisp folds of fabric that layer perfectly when the shade is pulled up. These are available in a variety of pleat sizes and fabric colors or patterns, which is why we recommend these to folks looking for a sophisticated and fashionable option.

tan roller shades

5. Roller Shades

They offer the sleekest and most seamless appearance of all the options. These shades feature a single panel of fabric that rolls up discreetly into its own casing. Roller Shades are offered in a variety of light filter options and fabrics. We recommend these to homeowners that really enjoy the look of their home without window covers, but are looking for something that can provide temporary privacy because roller shades are nearly undetectable when they’re not being used. 

roman shades

6. Roman Shades

Roman Shades are made of fabric and come in a variety of light-filtering and fabric design options. When you desire more light, these shades fold up into large pleats creating a simple, yet dramatic look for your windows. 

sheer shades

7. Sheer Shades

From afar, sheer shades look very similar to traditional blinds, but they are actually made of solid-colored fabric that lay flat in between 2 layers of sheer fabric. These shades faintly filter light when the fabric in between lays flat and when the fabrics are turned vertically they provide complete privacy. These add a soft, delicate touch to any room.

solar shades

8. Solar Shades

These are almost identical to roller shades except they are made with fabrics that block UV rays from entering the room. We recommend these to anyone that has a resident in the home with sensitivity to UV rays.

roman shades

9. Roman Shade

Roman Shades are made of fabric and come in a variety of light-filtering and fabric design options. When you desire more light, these shades fold up into large pleats creating a simple, yet dramatic look for your windows. 

sliding panels

10. Sliding Panels

These are offered in solar, roller, natural, and even roman shade styles, but they are made to retract and extend horizontally, rather than vertically like the majority of shades do. We recommend these to people looking for a solution to a large balcony sliding door or a tall vertical window.   


11. Traditional Blinds

This tradition window covering comes in a variety of textures, colors, and materials. These are most often offered in materials such as wood, composite and faux wood, vinyl, and aluminum. 

green shutters

12. Shutters

Shutters provide a timeless, classical look to your home. Typically being offered in two materials, wood and composite wood, these are a more pricey window cover option, but they are definitely a great investment as they add value and warmth to your household.

Here at ABC Blind & Drapery, we offer all of these window covering solutions and can custom make fit them to any window. If you are in the market for blinds, you need the help of our experts! Give us a call for a free consultation! (512) 459-6561

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