When you purchase shades from cellularwindowshades.com, you become a part of our ‘shady’ family. We’ll check in on ya, see how the shades are performing, ask about the weather and perhaps share our favorite seasonally-appropriate recipe.
When we did our friendly outreach, we got a surprise.
Check out this response!
Thanks so much for checking in. The shades are perfect! Everyone that has visited comments on the shades. My mother is looking to purchase your shades for their church fellowship hall. She is working to get the approval of the building committee. I would love to get some color samples for her. She is looking for cream/beige in blackout. They often show films in the fellowship hall.
Thank you again. Keep up the good work! We are proud to have shades made in the USA!
Well, if that doesn’t just warm your heart.
So colors/fabrics were selected, samples were sent.
THANK goodness! Because we found out how much the church truly needed our shades!
“Great, thank you kindly! They literally have feed sacks and cardboard taped to the 2 windows.” -Robyn
WHAT?! FEED SACKS AND CARDBOARD TAPED TO THE WINDOWS!!?? So, in a couple days, samples were received. The color “Almond” in our double cell blackout fabric was selected. A nice warm, neutral that worked with the church’s interior. And shades were sent to our craftsmen.
The windows are TALL! And they needed our shades ASAP!
Thank you and your team for helping with our church window shades! They are perfect for the fellowship hall. They look great pulled up for an event or down for movie night. We appreciate your product and being able to count on quality, looks and timing!! Wonderful job!!
Thank you, Robyn
Our shades will not only help with movie night, but they will reduce the church’s energy usage, lower their bills and provide privacy! YIPPIE!
See how well our fabric coordinates with the church’s interior? It’s like they were MADE for each other. Oh wait, they were. *wink* Each shade is handmade in our facility here in Vermont.
Does your local community event space need our amazing shades?
To start, (it’s a very good place to start) fill out the basics in each of the 6 sections (calendar, pricing, overview, photos, listing and location). Upload one nice shot for right now. Come back and zhush everything out later.
Take some shots of your own, or opt for pro. And use a mix of both! Some people mistrust pro shots, and some ONLY look for shots by owner. This way if you have a little bit of each, you’ll be more attractive to a larger audience! But you could be saying, “BUT I’M NOT READY TO RENT YET!” Trust me, you must get photos up quickly (maybe even before your place is completely ready for it’s closeup). Booking a pro photog and schedules not gelling for a while, and then……it might take AN ENTIRE month from the day the photog uploads to your listing. UGH. If you don’t wanna wait, use your iPhone. Done.
Life’s an adventure; enjoy the ride.
1.Use crisp, white sheets.
“WHY WHITE?” You ask… they are SUPER easy to keep clean. Bleach after each guest. Bleach is your friend when it comes to stains on white fabric. White sheets also give that posh ‘hotel vibe’. Colored or patterned sheets look more folksy, college dorm-like. Who wants that feeling again? *shudder*
We don’t have to tell you to wash and dry your AirBnb bedroom sheets immediately after a guest leaves, do we? Didn’t think so. Gotta maintain those good reviews right?
White bed linens, also help when tidying up after each guest, because you’ll be able to see if they’ve left something behind, more quickly!
“Yep, I found your husband’s cell. It was right on the bed.”
*Hero status achieved*
2. Dress up your bed with a delicious duvet.
Let’s talk cleanliness for YOU and your guests. For sanitary reasons, duvets are the WAY to GO. Easy clean up once each guest departs. And you can switch up the look of your bedroom with seasonal -appropriate duvets. A cozy plaid for the Wintertime, or a crisp clean white linen duvet for Summer breezes. Using a duvet, you are able to remove and wash it every time. YAY! Duvet covers can be found relatively inexpensively and they are much easier to clean than blankets. (unknown mixed fibers can be a totally pain to launder).
Not throw pillows, people. Sleeping pillows. EVERYONE is different. You’ll never be able to please them all. So get that notion right outta your noggin. I recommend purchasing 6 pillows total.
So if you do have a GoldiLocks staying, she has her pick! 2 soft, 2 medium, 2 firm. Have the pillows fill the bed OR stack them nearby, according to firmness with cute notes indicating their softness. Having numerous pillows on the bed look great! But more importantly it provides your guests with options. B
3. Selecting your mattress.
Ok, so you already have a mattress in your AirBnB guest bedroom. But is it comfy or lumpy? We suggest this queen-sized one. Why? It’s totally inexpensive, reviews are plentiful and GREAT..and what’s crazy, it’s ONLY $130 buckaroos! How sweet is that??! (also invest in this mattress cover)
4. Window Decor.
You HAD to know we were gonna mention shades, riiiight? We recommend our Smoothy (continuous cord), blackout, Top Down/Bottom Up Shades.
Why Smoothy? It’s SUPER duper rugged. And very easy to replace a worn out cord. I mean, I can do it with my eyes closed. Not braggin’, just saying’.
Why Blackout? There are MANY light-sensitive people out there. (Including me) And who knows when your guests will be arriving and from where. Wouldn’t it be awesome to offer them a nice, dark room in the middle of the day to catch up on some zzzz’s that they missed out on, taking that red-eye from Croatia?
Why Top Down/Bottom up? One word, PRIVACY. Your guests can lower the shades from the top, to see what the day looks like, and maintain their privacy. I’m sure your neighbors will appreciate that as well. *wink*
Don’t just read like 1 or 2 recent reviews of potential renters. Read a smattering from the beginning, some in the middle and most current. Also have a salt shaker handy. Why? Some need more than a grain of salt. There are some that are never happy and downright mean. They will find a way to complain about almost anything. Remember ‘The Grouch” ??
While 99.9% of reviews about renters are awesome, don’t let the Oscar get to you. That’s an awesome benny to AirBnB. They can review you, and you can see who they are before you rent to them. Win- Win!
Don’t be PETTY! (unless it’s this Petty, then always, ALWAYS be this Petty)
The beauty of having additional things to offer and having real, loving humans renting your pad, is that you’re able to offer them for free (yes for free) a taste of what they might like. DO NOT become the host who charges for every little thing. Ew. Gross. Don’t charge your guests for “made by blind monks” soap.No one wants to use that soap THAT badly (yes, this actually happens).
Nor does your guest, who is staying on your goat farm, feel good about being charged $5 bucks for a glass of your goat “Marcus Wellby” scrumptious milk. No offense Marcus. (yeah, that’s a Llama, I know)
Take the local winery approach. Offer samples of things for free, generously.
Your favorite snacks, local paper at the start of each stay, locally made ornament around the holidays, well you get the idea. Generosity inspires generosity. I think you’ll find your reviews will be more grateful and your guests will thank you for your time, craft, intention and goods with some. Plus, it just feels downright good, to be good to others, aimrite?
There are 2 different ways to book your place. You have Instant Book and Request to Book. Request to book is the only way AirBnBused to operate. It’s not confusing, really.
Ok, so now YOU want to explore this world with the sweet Airbnb dough you’ve made.
Make a list of what is MOST important to you.
You know that ol’ chestnut, “Know what you don’t want..”? There are so many different rentals AirBnB has to offer now. Yurts, penthouses, houseboats in Amsterdam, huts, private room, tiny houses, tree houses, well, you get the idea. While there are so many different kinds of rentals, it’s all about what you are comfy with. My husband refuses to rent a room. It’s all or nothing for him. I’m open to a yurt or tiny house, him? Not so much. (Oh, I should also mention, he’s 6 5′).. Privacy is great, but if you’re down for hangin’ with the owners or other renters, go for it.
Prioritize the amenities you desire. We all know there are just some amenities you just can’t live without. WI-FI, AC, washer/dryer…microwave. It’s different for everyone. AND it depends on the type of trip. Biz or scratching that must-see off your bucketlist. But when traveling to different places, you need different things. You can customize your “filters’ for every single trip you take, so prioritize accordingly.
YAY! So now you can be the most AWESOME AirBnB host/hostess and you are now encouraged to free fall into your wanderlust. GO! Be FREE!
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And if you’d like us to shout out your listing, email us!
First they took down their blinds, and opened their shipment, so everyone can see how well they are packed.
“You guys even packed them according to size. I didn’t expect that, but much appreciated.”
Being in the industry, we know shade lingo like the back of our hand. That being said, it might not be so clear to the ‘average’ Gregs out there. But he reassured us “Your instructions are clear. Made sense to me.”
His wife even shot short videos for us! (Jo told us that the AC runs all-year round, actually. “It’s Florida, it’s always HOT!” )
Greg chose to mount his blackout shades on the outside of his window sills.
WOO HOO! Greg likes our screws.
They are nice and long, and super durable, if we do say so ourselves.
GOOD tip, Greg!
You don’t want to tighten the screws TOO much.
Second bracket is in place, now to install the shade!
“Hey it even looks like a ‘P’. I bet that’s how it got it’s name.“
If you’re wondering, yes, Greg is in sales. I think we should hire him!
Great job, Greg!
Another awesome tip, Greg!
Our blackout fabric, in particular does have a “GREAT” fabric memory. So, as he shows in this clip, just give it a little tug.
His eyebrows say it all, don’t they?! HAHA!
He saved the largest shade for last, in their bay window.
We cannot thank our awesome customers enough for taking the time to show others how our shades are installed. You ROCK!!!
“We can already FEEL the difference with the shades lowered. We’re not baking!”, said Jo.
So… are you ready to be the next Greg (well, except for the whole being filmed part)? Great! All you need to do to get started is hop on over to CWS and order yourself some new shades!“
Springtime is almost here, and with the daffodils and robins also comes open windows and a spring cleaning frenzy to breathe new life into our closed up homes. Make sure your window shades are looking bright and fresh to match. All of our fabric is naturally anti-static and dust repellent, so you may never actually need to clean them. But if you do, here are our simple steps to clean Symphony brand honeycomb shades: (more…)
This time of year, folks notice the drafts seeping in from their sliding doors, French doors, or any other sort of door largely comprised of glass. Most double pane glass has an R-Value of 1.8 – compare to cardboard with an R-value of 3.
The solution? Insulating cellular shades! They look great, and they make an enormous difference in room temperature as well as energy saved. There are just two things to consider: mounting location and any obstructions, like handles or door frames.
Mounting Options For Each Type of Door
French Doors are rather versatile when it comes to choosing where you’d like to hang your shades. For a tidy look, hang a shade on each door, a couple inches above the glass. This way, you can open and close the door even if the shade is lowered. Or use one big shade to cover the whole opening, if that floats your boat! (more…)
Lots of people call in and ask about what the R-Value is of our shades. R-Value is defined as: “the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.”
Our shades have different R-Values depending on the type of shade and how many panes of glass the window has. Sidetracks increase the insulating power as well. Below is a list of our shades and how they compare to each other:
One of our customers, Keith, from Firehouse Gallery & Pottery in Texas, made us this amazing ceramic vase with our Logo! We aren’t sure what we will use it for, but Erin and Emily in Web, along with others in the building are admiring his amazing talent! In a digital era, we truly value the interpersonal connection we get with our customers, and receiving this made our week!
From all of us at CellularWindowShades.com, have a great rest of summer, and check our our insulating shades for the cooler months!
CellularWindowShades.com isn’t a super sized industrial building where people don’t know each other. Many of our team members are native Vermonters or have lived in this state for years. We are a family-owned company, which started with a man named Gordon, and with the help of his family, he developed great shade designs and has served others locally and internationally for years!
His daughter Kelly is the president and she is backed by a bunch of great team members. Let’s meet a few of them:
Brian is the Vice president and he works on production efficiency and making the company run smoother! Whether it’s big orders for a school, or helping train new staff, he jumps in where he can help, which is a lot of places!
Erin and Emily work on the Web Team, helping assist you with your calls, emails and orders! They love to reach out and be of genuine assistance. Erin is from Connecticut and Emily is from Vermont! There are several other members working on the team in production, but they are busy, hard at work! As always, have a great day and thank you for your business!