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Here’s a quick little post to alert readers to a page we’d love to build up: Your Q&A Forum — where people are free to post their questions, or find answers among those listed. We start off with a query that came via the phone: Can you use the “side track” system with skylight shades? Click on the link (or the page tab above) to find out the answer to that timely question!


The other day a couple sent in three aged cell shades for fabric replacement. They was tired of the well-worn and wanted to begin partly anew. Trouble is, they must begin more anew than they had hoped! The shades they sent in are past salvaging.

There does come a time when even the best product is so tired, worn, dirty, sunned that the best thing you can do is start fresh. Just think, if, like this couple, you owned your cellular shades for 17 years!

Let’s play a little game, for which I will round up calculations for a bit of easy math:

Say you pay today $200 for a shade, and that shade looks sorry after 20 years of being in constant use in a dusty environment; forced air heat in the winter, open windows in the summer. Do the calculations: that shade “cost” you only $10 per year! Gosh, that’s barely 2½¢ per day. It gave great service, no? But it looks a bit worse for wear now…

Certainly you could look into replacing the fabric; rather like a car getting a new engine or at the very least some  bodywork to take care of rust and a new paint job! But you still maybe have something no longer ‘state of the art’. Strides in the blindcrafting industry happen every day. One thing to weight in this decision is the cost of “updating” your old blind versus the cost of something totally new — all the parts seen and unseen.

Only you, the homeowner, can make that decision.

To get back to my older couple: They are in a bit of a hard-spot. Their product is not quite being made anymore! Comfortex, who manufactured their original shades, have not only changed and upgraded the shades in this model line, they have changed the specifications. My couple can no longer obtain what they had due to the SIZE of their shades, which are no longer made to the modest width (57-inches) they had been able to purchase in 1993. (Today’s specs are under 36-inches for one model; under 48-inches for a second model.) They have no choice but to continue to “make due” (which no one should have to do!) or to scrap what they have and search for a totally new shading system. A tough choice, especially in this economic climate.

There are those — unlike the can’t-stay-asleepers — who sleep oh-so-well that they need a bit of rousing in the morning. Guess what! There is no better way of awaking naturally than your cellular shade in a light filtering fabric.

Just imagine this scenario:

The sun is breaking over the horizon, the sky slowly begins to lighten — and you are “naturally” awakened as your room brightens and brightens. Isn’t that a more comforting way to wake up than the ding of an alarm clock. (Not that we advocate anyone going clockless!)

Take a look at this bedroom:

The shade color just compliments this idea of waking by the rays of the sun, doesn’t it?!

The light filtering fabric provides the privacy one requires in a bedroom, as well as filters out bothersome nighttime ambient light from street lamps or porch lights on neighboring housing.

Here you can see how the TOP DOWN/BOTTOM UP feature would come in handy! Then you’d get light in the room, but still keep the privacy within the room.

Many years go, one Boston radio announcer, whose show was carried locally here on Vermont Public Radio, began his morning hours of classical music not with a musical interlude, but with birdsong! First one bird, tweeting (and not on Twitter!); then another joined in; then a few more until a whole tree-full of birds. Then, quietly growing out from this background, gaining in volume, came the theme music (in case you’re curious: Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba). It was simply lovely.

So, for those who want a gentle awakening…. try light filtering cellular shades, along with your morning birdsong.

We welcome ideas from our readers on how you best like your morning to start.

Ah, August! Thoughts — especially here in New England — turn to the idea of Fall being just around the corner; of children getting ready for “back-to-school”; and the annual descent of college students arriving in their dorms and apartments.

So our ‘theme’ for August is going to be multi-fold, encompassing cleaning and care of your window treatments; sprucing up or replacing your old, tired-out shades; as well as readying new space and thinking about how to get enough sleep — which is where our blackout shades definitely come in handy!

First up: Cleaning and caring for your cellular window shades…

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