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Top Down Bottom Up Shades: Masters of Light Control

Posted March 23rd, 2008 in Learn by BLINDFinder


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When selecting a window treatment, the goal is usually to find something that offers privacy while providing a decorative look. It is desirable to open your blinds, shades or curtains to allow light in, but to do so in a manner that still provides privacy. As an example, let’s say you’d like sunlight in your bathroom, a typically dark room, but of course you want to maintain privacy… enter top-down / bottom-up shades. These shades operate and look like any other shade with one exception, there is an additional cord that enables you to lower the top of the shade while keeping the bottom of the window covered. Sound confusing? As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. In the image you can see the shade floating in the middle of the window… this is the power of the top-down / bottom-up shade.


These shades provide the most flexibility in light control and they are even available as blackout shades. Back to the bathroom example, with a top-down / bottom-up shade, you could leave the top of the window open to allow sunlight to enter and keep the bottom of the window covered for privacy… a win-win situation. For information on where to find a great deal on this type of window shade, head over to our purchasing page. And don’t forget you can learn more about shades and other window treatments on our learning page.

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  1. [...] As we’ve discussed in our guide to ordering blinds online, price is just one component to focus on when selecting a window treatments vendor. However, price is often a critical factor… after all, you’re most likely purchasing online in order to save money. To this end, we have scoured the web for the best prices available. Below is a chart depicting the results of this survey. We plan to do these surveys on a regular basis varying the focus each time. Today the focus is on the highly versatile window treatment, the top-down, bottom-up shade. [...]

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