Guide to Top Window Treatments

Posted April 25th, 2008 in Learn by BLINDFinder

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On the opposite end of the spectrum are shades. Shades are available in the largest assortment of colors and textures. This variety of window treatment typically provides privacy, but still allows light to filter into a room. However, if you’d like to block all incoming light with shades, this is a definite possibility through the use of blackout shades. In it’s basic form a shade is a piece of material, usually cloth, that is raised and lowered. It differs from a blind in that there are no slats to tilt. This inflexibility may seem like a disadvantage, but shades are available with their own unique set of features such as top down bottom up.

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Shades are available in several varieties: pleated, cellular, roller and roman shades are all examples (the most popular ones in fact). Most people are all too familiar with roller shades. This was the product in your grandparent’s home that would never stay down when you pulled it down and always spring out of your hand and open quickly when you didn’t want it to. These shades aren’t too popular today, but they do work well as inexpensive alternates to blackout shades. The most popular shades today are cellular (also known as honeycomb) and roman shades. Cellular shades, as their name implies, are comprised of a series of cells stacked on top of one another. The cells enable the shade to be more effective than pleated shades, which are essentially “one-sided” cellular shades. Roman shades on the other hand are a single fabric (or woven wood) shade that forms “folds” as it is raised. These shades are becoming more and more popular today. Shades are such a large topic, covering all of the details is beyond the scope of this article, look for future additions to our learning page for more information on shades.

Now that you have a grasp on the various types of window treatments, why not jump back to our learning center to dig deeper into the details or head over to our purchasing page to find where you should order you blinds online.

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