Stack Heights – How Thick Will Your Shade Be?

Cordless Double Cell Light Filtering Stack Height
The stack height is how thick the entire shade is when it’s fully compressed.

Stack Height: The distance from the bottom of the bottom rail to the top of the headrail of a window treatment that is fully raised up to the top of the window.

Knowing Stack Height Helps to:

  1. Determine where you should hang your shade above doors or window frames.
  2. Envision how much space at the top of the window will be blocked by the shade.
  3. Decide which type of shade to get in the first place!

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Use Your Shades to Trap Solar Heat!

If you already have cellular shades, chances are you’re into saving energy. And maybe you’re into saving some money, too! After all, 20% of the heating bill flies right out the window unless they’re covered with any sort of insulating material.

So you know how cellular shades reduce energy transfer by keeping your heat from escaping out into the cold. BUT, do you know how to use your shades to actually get free heat? Allow us to introduce: Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (aka SHGC).
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Beautiful Views In New Mexico!

New Mexico sure is a beautiful place! The varying temperatures and environmental changes really require some help from cellular shades, as the hot sun beams in during the summer,  and to provide insulation in the winter. One of our wonderful customers shared these pictures with us, and shows how handsome and clean shades can look! They can be dressed up with curtains, or left simple, the way this customer has left them.

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Our Customers Share Their Shades!

Our customers come from all over the world! Their shades provide them with insulation, ambiance, and protection from the sun. We love seeing the variety of uses, and to see how different all the rooms look! Whether your home, office, or business is little or large, our shades can help you out! Please visit us today and learn more about how we can help!

Meet the Folks behind Your Shades!

President - Kelly
President – Kelly

SymphonyShades.com is a local, family owned and operated business here in beautiful Vermont. The entire team consists of under 25 people. We have staff making the shades in production, Erin and Emily are in Web assisting with your orders and questions, and Kelly the President works closely with Brian the Vice President, keeping everything running smoothly. We like to keep our team small, so we are all informed and can keep our process intimate and concise!

Web Team - Erin
Web Team – Erin

We love working with customers because we do pride ourselves with the quality of our product! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your business! We look forward to staying connected to our customers, so if you have a story to share with us or would send us a picture of your shades, we would love to see them!

Sincerely,

The Symphony Shades Team

 

Child Safety With Cellular Shades

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Child Safety is important to anyone who lives with or cares for a small child. Too many reports show children getting caught up in strings and cords, with unfortunate consequences. Our Standard shades come with equalizer boxes, or cord connectors: different names – same purpose! These handy little boxes, which look more like maracas, connect cord ends and come apart with slight pressure.
Maybe you have a rascal of a cat who loves to jump around and get hung up in the cords? Well her fun will soon be over because it doesn’t take a ton of pressure to detach. We also offer cord cleats which allow you to wrap your cords in a figure 8 pattern, to help keep them secure on the wall. Even if cords aren’t your worry, or even what you fancy, we have plenty of other options to choose from. Smoothy Cord loops have a rope-look and Cordless shades have no cords!

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Another advantage of our cellular shades is the design of the actual shade. It is a solid finish, with no gaps and spaces. Blinds for instance, open up to let the light in, through horizontal panels, but those gaps are another hazard for a child. Not to mention, blinds are often hard to the touch made of aluminum which can cause more pain to anyone or any animal getting caught between the panels.
Our cellular shades are some of the safest shades by our standards. If secured properly, and using the best cord feature for your needs, you can be sure to have a pleasant experience for everyone in the family.

Ever Wonder Why Window Shades Aren’t Window Blinds?

Window Shades or Window Blinds

Often times, customers call in and ask, “What’s the difference between blinds and shades?” A lot of people think these words are interchangeable, but they aren’t. Blinds and shades are two very different window treatments.

Blinds:

Blinds are “hard” window treatments. They use slats and vanes that come down when the blind is lowered. They are usually controlled via pull cord. The slats can be adjusted for privacy and light control; the different angles allow different amounts of light inside the home. Out of all the available blind types, faux wood, wood, mini blinds, vertical blinds and woven wood are the most popular among consumers.

Shades:

While blinds are considered “hard” treatments, shades are the opposite and are “soft.” They are made from fabrics on a continuous roll; shades are meant to fit tightly on the top and should stack very neatly. Because they are soft, the fabric flows well and is warm.

Shades cannot be adjusted for different light filtering types. The initial configuration will determine how the light will flow through the room. The most popular types of shades tend to be roller shades, roman shades and our favorite, cellular (honeycomb) shades.

At SymphonyShades.com, we only sell cellular shades. Why is this? We do this because we believe that they are the best available window treatments due to their durability and energy efficiency. To learn more about our shades, give us a call at 877-887-4239.

How To Remove Mini Blinds

Sorry buddy, your special fortress has gotta go.
Sorry buddy, your special fortress has gotta go.

It has been an eyesore to you for years, but now it’s finally time to take down those mini blinds that have been cluttering your home’s interior space. Before you take these blinds down and replace with a new set of cellular shades, you want to make sure you don’t damage your window frame or walls. For this project, you’re going to need a few tools and an open afternoon.
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