At first glance, it seems so simple, covering a window. When you consider a window, you think of a lovely rectangle shape with exact dimensions, but what could possibly be tricky about getting a blind or shade to fit perfectly? Well, there’s high windows, low windows, windows on ceilings, old windows, enormous windows, and drafty windows, just to name a few! Lucky for us, there is a solution to tricky windows. Read on for some tips on covering your precarious windows.
High or Hard to Reach Windows
Towering windows are a sunning interior feature that make a room feel larger as they expand the amount of light that comes inside and make us feel closer to the sky. While all of this natural light is welcome, too much sun exposure can wreak havoc on wood flooring, rugs, and artwork. Some feel that a marvelous expanse of windows is such a focal point, they don’t want to add any treatments that may take away from their splendor. Another common assumption is that if covered, there will need to be long disenchanting cords dangling down from the tops of the windows needed to operate the shade. Here is where the beauty of roller shades and sheer shades come in. When drawn, both styles filter light and block UV rays in varying degrees. When raised, the entire shade retracts onto a roll or into a head rail, making the shade blend seamlessly into the window frame. Another feature that suits tall or hard to reach windows is the motorized option. With the quick touch of a button, the shades can be easily opened and closed without any obtrusive cords or ladders needed to reach the heights of your beautiful windows.
Old Drafty Windows
The cold months of winter are just around the corner and those drafty old windows aren’t going to keep you any warmer than they did last year. A less expensive alternative to getting all of your windows replaced is to get your hands on some performance insulating cellular shades. Ranging from one cell to a double cell, there is a cellular shade that will lower your heating costs by standing as a buffer between your cozy home and the frigid air that will be trying to creep inside to chill you. Cellular shades continue to be one of our favorite window treatments which we are constantly updating with new fabrics, textures and colors.
Active Children or Pets around Windows
Most of us have experienced days where it seems as if the kids or the pets are running the house. When our homes are as busy as our lives, it is essential to take general safety measures to ensure our family’s well-being. Peace of mind at home is crucial when our mind is on a million other things. Blinds and shades with cords is one more thing to worry about, even though you desperately need window coverings to control the light. You would also like a little privacy from the neighborhood when eating dinner with your family. With cordless blinds and shades, the shade is either up or it is down and there are no dangerous cords to entice your kids or tempt your pets. Safe and efficient, cordless operation is the best option for your hustling home.
Similar to tall or second story windows, skylights are novel, appealing and adored, until the light just becomes too much. Imagine all of the solar heat that tortures your roof. With a skylight, the heat just gushes in, raising cooling costs in the summer, and letting the heat escape in the winter. Cellular shades made specifically for skylights immensely help control the heat loss and gain though these special windows in the ceiling. Fabricated with special tracks, these shades adapt to different sizes and slopes, creating the perfect fit. They may be operated manually, with an extension pole, or best of all, they can be motorized.
This fall, don’t be tricked by your windows. Just follow my tips and treat those wily windows to new shades!