6 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Home Office

Look, we’ve ALL been cooped up at one point or another during this pandemic. We have cleaned, organized. We’ve mastered sourdough and finally wrangled all those dust rhinos (mine weren’t cute little bunnies!) from under every piece of furniture.

And as you sit back to enjoy your accomplishments, your eyes gaze out your windows…UGH. Mis-matched drapery, ill-fitting miniblinds you bought to make do, hand-me-downs that were in the house when you bought 15 years ago, or even worse… nothing. Nada. Just heat-sucking, glare-producing sheets of glass! EEEK!

‘MAKE DO’, NO LONGER!


BUT wait, before you RUSH into buying new shades for your home, let us share the top 6 mistakes to avoid when ordering your window treatments online.

  • GET FABRIC SAMPLES. You’re excited. You’ve made the decision to invest in your home, your comfort, your privacy. YAY! Good for you! Now, take a deeeeep breath and order fabric samples FIRST. Our samples are complimentary. Yes, ordering them, delays the gratification of checking off your ‘to do’ list, but it is SUCH a crucial step. Your phone or computer screen can totally misrepresent the colors. Truth. Light is different in your home, and it has the power to transform colors. So order fabric swatches. They’re FREE. This way you won’t be disappointed that your brandy new shades look ‘too something’.
  • THINK FUNCTION. We gotta break the news to you…LOOKS are important, but not more important than function.  Yes, of course you want them to look fabulous, and they will. Shading dramatically changes the look of your room. But do not pick a shade solely because you like the way it looks. The shade has to WORK for your lifestyle: your new WFH style. Do you have a TON of heat coming into your East-facing windows in the morning? Does the glare make looking at your computer monitor excruciating? Top Down/Bottom up Shades can provide total window coverage or just a smidge, depending on your need. Does your older home have drafts that freeze you to the bone? Our Energy Saving Sidetracks will seal those dastardly drafts! And if you don’t know what kinda shade or fabric will work best for your particular window situ, our shady gurus are here to guide you!
  • MEASURING FOR SUCCESS. We’ve all heard that adage, “measure twice, cut once.” Well, we say, “Measuring Correctly with our AWESOME instructions” Each shade we handcraft is made to precisely fit each window. And no two windows are the same. Like snowflakes. Never assume they are. It is a dangerous road. When windows aren’t measured properly, it can lead to HUGE light gaps, letting in blinding Sun that you wanted to eliminate in the first place! Now don’t fret. We have super duper helpful videos. We have worksheets. We have step-by-step instructions and if that’s not enough, we’ll connect with you via Facetime (or the like) and walk you through it. We got you. Cross our shady hearts.
Just ask this Pupper, mounting can be TRICKY!
  • WHERE OH WHERE TO MOUNT? While we’re on the topic of measuring, have you heard about the differences between inside mounting and outside mounting your shades? Whaaaaaa? You haven’t?! Oh my, ok so…. there are two ways to install your shade. Outside (on top of the window frame) is ideal for ultimate light blocking, and for wonky windows (ya know the ones that look more like a trapezoid or parallelogram). Outside mounting also covers those *clears throat* less attractive frames. Inside mounting is the most common. Snug as bug in…ahh window? Yep. You should also consider the depth of your window frame. Is it enough to accommodate all of our insulating powers?! And if not, will you be ok with a tiny under-hanging?
  • WHAT’S YOUR M.O.? OMG, so you’ve decided what kinda shade you want. You’ve ordered samples and picked the most perfect color for each room. You’ve measured and re-measure…and it’s time to ORDER! HOLD it, right there, buckaroo. Have you explored all the fantastical shading options? Our ‘standard’ shade is awesome and meets the needs of a lot of homeowners. But there is SO much more to explore. We have cordless shades, ideal for a home with small children or pets. Cordless shades are sleek, but don’t necessarily work for every window. We know of one customer whose husband is 6’5. He sweetly ordered Top Down/Bottom Up shades for his wife’s home office. She’s 5’4. She couldn’t use the Top Down feature without breaking out the step stool. NOT convenient for everyday use. He called us back and purchased an extension pole, and now ALL are happy! There are a LOT of different operating systems(even motorized). You can choose what side you want the cord to be. How much insulation do your windows need? Our double-cell fabric is ideal for saving energy on your heating/cooling. And then there are our Energy-Saving Sidetracks. They aren’t for every window, or every home. But when they are needed, they are TRULY life-altering.
  • DON’T FORGET PROTECTION. Now, what happens if, perish the thought, something happens to your brand spanking new shade? Animals & kiddos, wild disco painting parties happen. Life happens. We’re human too. We totally get it. Step 1. DON’T PANIC. You simply gotta do business with a company that understands all of this. We have an AWESOME warranty. And our shades last for decades. No, we’re not overstating. Our shades last for 1, 2 sometimes 3 decades. They’re THAT good. So, that’s something super duper important when ordering your shading online. ANYONE can sell you something, but not everyone supports what they sell. Once you order with us, you become a part of our shady family.
  • HOME OFFICE FUEL. What are we talking about? That magical, warm, rich, *slightly addictive*, comforting, some would go as far as saying their ‘dark lord’….COFFEE! Personally? I quit coffee for 2 years. Nope, didn’t even substitute tea or any other caffeinated products to offset. And I gotta tell ya, my life was empty. I missed my buddy, coffee. Whatever trips your trigger, make sure to enjoy your beverage of choice at your home office. Because there you can make it EXACTLY the way you love it, and not have the barista butcher your name.

Email us: service@cellularwindowshades.com

Home-Schooling Subject: NAPTIME

You might have heard, Vermont schools have closed for the rest of the year. The kiddos are staying home for the rest of the school year. You probably also heard the collective screams from all the parents. And more and more states will follow suit.

NOW more than ever, nap times are NEEDED (desperately needed, am I right, parents?). Naps are not only beneficial to our children, but c’mon parents, we know YOU need that down time as well.

Gram and I in ’79 in Mystic, CT

Personal sidenote: my grandmother knew I was a competitive kid. We played numerous card games, checkers, Scrabble, etc. Soooo..it was no different when it came to racing! Doing my best to break my fastest time from point A to point B. My gram, was a genius! She’d ‘race’ me to sleep. Clever, because I never wanted to lose! Very clever, indeed.

Our Blackout shades will create a nap-enticing environment, that your stir-crazy kiddos will not be able to resist.


“More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Young children and elderly persons nap, for example, and napping is a very important aspect of many cultures.” Sleep Foundation

I remember FIGHTING my mother about nap time, but once they tried to wake me up for dinner, I was nothing short of combative. Now, as an adult, I love a good nap. 20 mins GREAT! 1.5 hours even BETTER.

Now with homeschooling a new reality for many families, parents need down time, just as much as their kiddos.

This mama shared her newly created home-schooling schedule, due to the global pandemic, and yes, every day includes “Quiet Time”

“We then have quiet time in our house.(1-3pm) They can have their Kindles, watch a movie, play with toys, or read books — as long as the volume is low. Usha may take a nap during this time. For me, this is time I work on my business by making products, updating my social media, checking inventory, preparing orders for shipment, breathing and relaxing. They also usually have a snack during this time.” Tamykah Anthony, a scientist, STEAM educator

Creating a space for this “Quiet Time” is so important for your kids to be able to shut out the daily chaos that we are hearing, seeing and actively being a part of, can put SO much stress on you and your children.

Close our cellular blackout shades, curl up with your snuggly-soft blanket, dive into a book, a movie and get lost for a while. And yes, take a little snooze. We are certified Nap Promoters.

Check out all these health bennies from a little shut-eye:

  • Relaxation
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Increased alertness
  • Improved mood
  • Improved brain function; quicker reaction time and better memory

Even on the best of our ‘normal’ days, not to mention our new quarantined life, we are exhausted. If you find your energy GONE mid-day, you might like to know that 34% of the U.S. naps. Napping can boost your immune system, (we ALL need that right now) help you learn new skills, and improve your physical stamina.

So whether you join in with your kiddos on the glorious mid-day rest or not, our blackout shades can encourage this downtime, and like me, as a kiddo…I start looking forward to naps.

Taking Color Risks With Cellular Shades!

Sometimes customers want a specific color, and we do not carry it. Although it can be frustrating, we feel with a little planning, the right look can be achieved. There once was a customer who really wanted a grey blackout shade color for a bedroom window to match other window treatments in their bedroom. I suggested an accent shade color, one that would bring out colors in the room décor, whether it was a color in the comforter or decorative pillow, to tie it all together. Do all shades have to match at all times?

top-down-bottom-up-double-cell-light-filtering-shades (1)Don’t forget, Top Down Bottom Up shades give a different look than Standard Shades. Letting in light from both ends versus just the bottom can make for a different experience. Is the view all clouds or all grass? Colors are processed by how our eyes and brain perceive light. Light filtering shades will make a room’s ambiance more luminous, where black out shades, even if lowered to let light in, will take on a different look and feel. There are lots of factors to consider when planning a room.

Shades don’t have to be uniform. They can be diverse, vibrant, or take on new design characteristics. Look around at the paint colors, the natural lighting versus the artificial lighting. Is this room for entertaining, a baby to sleep, or for watching TV? Sometimes the mood of a room can set the stage for company, or for your everyday atmosphere. Thinking outside the “frame” can open your view to other possibilities you never thought possible. Be subtle or bold – the choice is yours!

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If  you are interested in getting color samples, check out our color options today – you get up to 10 samples!   http://cellularwindowshades.com/order-free-samples/27-order-free-samples.html