Window Coverings By The Numbers

Even though we’ve probably forgotten most of what they taught us in math class, numbers will always be a part of everyday life. My life revolves around all-things décor and design, and even I can’t avoid doing a few equations now and then. How else am I supposed to measure all these window treatments? We need to embrace numbers – we count on them! Even when we’re talking about blinds and shades. Since today is Pi Day (3.14), it’s a perfect time to take a look at some interesting numbers from the world of window coverings.

Here are a few of the delightful digits that I was able to dig up:

Source: Redtri
Source: Redtri

Worldly Windows

• Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, reaches half a mile into the sky and has roughly 24,000 windows. It takes a team of 36 people about three months to keep them clean.

• The Empire State Building has 6,514 state-of-the-art windows that help block heat but still allow light.

• The largest stained glass window is made up of 2,448 individual panels and totals 22,381 square feet. You can find it in Justice, Illinois at the Resurrection Cemetery.

• In the 17th century, a circular window was often referred to as a “Rose Window”. If you divide their circumference by their diameter – you get 3.14 a.k.a. Pi!

• The world’s largest glass-bottom bridge opened in Zhangjiajie, China in 2016. It’s 984 feet long and if you’re nervous about crossing it, you’re going to have to bring your own blinds to cover up the view.

Source: Fensafitters, 24 Gadget, BBC
Source: Fensafitters, 24 Gadget, BBC

Close To Home

• Traditionally, windows are placed about 36 inches above the floor.

• Skylights can provide almost 30% more light than a vertical window of the same size.

• Even though each one is different, the average household window is between 24 to 30 inches wide and 48 to 56 inches tall.

• The average home has one window every hundred square feet, giving the average U.S. home around 17 windows total.

• Windows make up close to 15% of the wall space in an average U.S. home.

Source: Sun City Villas, Ferestrepvc, Pinterest
Source: Sun City Villas, Ferestrepvc, Pinterest

Energy Efficient

• Cellular shades can reduce summer heat gain in your home by as much as 63% and lower heat loss by 20% during winter months.

• It’s estimated that a drafty window can cause up to 35% of the heat in your home to escape.

• The openness factor of solar shades inversely refers to how much ultraviolet light will be blocked. For example, shades with a 1% openness will block 99% of UV rays.

• About 40% of the heat that enters your home comes in through your doors and windows.

• Outfitting windows with energy efficient shades can save you an average of $150 on your energy bills each year.

Source: Teal Swan, NCCED, K to Z, Iniche
Source: Teal Swan, NCCED, K to Z, Iniche

Fun Facts

• It’s estimated that over 500 million birds fly into windows each year. Get those things covered!

• 99% of our customers install their own blinds and shades.

• Edward Bevan patented the first modern horizontal blind on December 11, 1769.

• Cordless window coverings have had 0 hazards reported from 1995 to 2016, cementing them as the only viable option in homes with small children or pets.

You can get up to 15 free samples to make sure your windows will look just how you wanted. What are you waiting for?

Source: Cantech Letter, Got Custom Drapes, Made Blinds
Source: Cantech Letter, Got Custom Drapes, Made Blinds

I may not be a Mathematical Magician (I actually prefer being a Divine Designer), but I can’t help doing a few calculations every now and then. Window treatments seem to bring out the best from both worlds. Custom blinds and shades are the marriage of an exact science and artistic expression, giving you a perfect fitting window covering with a look you love. What could be better than that? Happy Pi Day!

Source: Cut & Paste
Source: Cut & Paste
Featured Image: HuisjeBoslust


Our BG designer, Katie, has been creating bright looks for windows and rooms for over ten years. Katie has great ideas and "picks” for your windows. She will be sharing with you her design choices and seasonal recommendations throughout the year. Katie reminds you that all our BG window blinds, shades and drapes are all custom made for you. Each one is hand crafted to your size, color, fabric and special requests with our added attention to quality and detail. Katie will make sure you love your windows.

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