Multi Function Window Coverings


There are many ways to cover a window. If you are looking for the best solution first ask what is the purpose of the covering or treatment. Is there a need for light control, privacy, decoration, sound absorption, some, or all of the above?

In this example I show you a multi-layer treatment for a long window wall. The desire for this space was privacy in the evening, light filtering / glare reduction during the day, and a decorative element that offers color and pattern. Even though this example is expansive you can use the concept for any size window.

The first layer is a roller shade in a black-out fabric. There are many fabric choices, and for this installation my client wanted simple white. The operating system is motorized. Motorized is the best choice for this application because there are so many windows to cover at once. With the touch of the remote the shades will operate with ease.

[If not motorized, there would be a beaded continuous chain for each shade. While this is usually how we install the roller shades, when windows are grouped together the hanging chain has no where to be side mounted so it is not the best option.]

Once the roller shades were in place, the builder made a wood valance to cover the roller shades. This was a nice way to conceal them and also create a seamless visual that will not take away from the view or aesthetics of the window trim detail.

Since this was new construction a drapery pocket was created at the ceiling so that a continuous track could be installed. This is a very nice way to hang drapery on a wall of this length. Drapery track can be hand operated or motorized. In this application we went with hand operated using a clear baton to draw the sheers.

Sheer fabric with a crinkle texture is a nice choice for a long wall like this one. It is forgiving, provides a needed visual pattern, and also more glare reduction than a solid sheer. The sheers were made in two wide pairs which come together to cover the glass.

Stationary pinch pleated panels were made to flank each end and to provide a central panel. the sheers will stack behind the stationary panels when the glass is exposed.

The three elements together created the multi functional coverage and decorative element for a long window wall. If you have a smaller window arrangement you may apply the same principle but choose different product.

Each custom window covering project is different and require custom made items to ensure the best fit for the space. Our professional installer makes the finished treatment secure so that you can operate drapery and shades with ease.

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