What are Pleated Shades?
Pleated shades are often referred to as pleated blinds. Sometimes the pleats may appear to be slats at a distance. However pleated shades are made with a single continuous piece of fabric not slats.
Pleated shades are perfect for those looking for classic 1" pleat size in a single-layer shade with more definition and texture than a roller shade but without the slats of horizontal blinds. The fabric of pleated shades gives you flexibility in light and privacy control while the accordion folds occupy very little space at the top of the window when raised.
What are Cellular Shades?
Cellular shades, honeycomb blinds, are named for the empty pockets of air that run parallel to their seams. In general, cellular shades resemble traditional pleated shades when viewed from the room. Unlike pleated shades, however, cellular shades are composed of at least two sheets of fabric; one facing the room and the other facing the outdoors. Both of these fabrics come in a variety of opacities and colors, giving you flexibility over the color used to accent your room and that used to accent your exterior décor.
The layers of fabric are joined together at the seams so that, when the shade is pulled down, pockets of air are created to help insulate the room. These “cells” protect your room against heat loss in the winter and heat absorption in the summer. They also provide barrier against both outside and inside noise.
What are Roller Shades?
Roller shades are window coverings that have a rolling mechanism. The top of a roller shade fits at the upper part of the window. Cloth or vinyl is attached to the shade's top as well as its bottom bar. In a standard rolling type of shade, the window covering rolls out from the back in a downward motion. In a reverse rolling roller shade, the fabric rolls from the front to create a more streamlined look.
Cassette head rail roller shades have a valance or decorative top section that covers the top bar. A roller shade may be accented with a bottom pull, fringes or scalloped edges. A small tugging motion with the hands on the bottom of roller shades causes the rolling mechanism to roll the shade up to reveal the window pane. When pulling the shade down, stopping halfway will allow the window covering to remain half open; pulling it downward all the way, closes it completely.
What are Bamboo Shades?
Also known as Woven Shades or woven woods, these blinds are made of
bamboo, jutes or reeds. These window coverings usually can be lined as
an option to provide greater privacy. Bamboo shades are very elegant window coverings that are designed
especially for keeping out sun light, and for providing shade indoors. Available as standard look of a flat, roll-up shade which is raised with a pull
cord. Alternatively, bamboo shades can be made with a roman fold, which
gives the blind a "hobbled" look.
What are Roman Shades?
Roman shades are a type of window covering used to block out the sun. Roman shades are different from standard window shade in that they stack up evenly when being opened, however when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical shades of blinds.
Roman shades are usually opened with a cord mechanism, allowing the user to adjust the height of the covered area. In this case, the opened portion of the blinds remains smooth, while the very top will be stacked evenly. Available in a variety of styles, both Looped Roman Shades and Classic Roman Shades are designed to create depth and dimension.
Q. Why Choose Made-to-Measure Custom Window Shades?
Our shades are custom made to your window measurements and specifications so they will fit properly and function as desired. All our window treatments are constructed with quality materials and come in a wide range of colors, styles and options. Premium materials and quality production ensure years of service from our blinds and shades.
Q. Please explain the difference between inside and outside mount?
Simply stated these terms refer to whether you will be installing your window coverings inside or outside the window opening. Inside mount means the blind or shade will be installed within the recessed area of your window opening. Outside mount means the blinds or shades will be installed on the wall surface outside the window opening, or directly on the trim or molding that surrounds the perimeter of the window opening, or on a door.
Q. Is there a minimum depth requirement to do an inside mount?
Yes, you will need a certain amount of depth in order to install a blind or shade within the recessed area of your window opening. This amount varies by product and you can find this information under “Specifications” on our website information for the product you want to order.
Q. How do your products compare with the well-known national brands?
We sell only top quality products that are comparable to the national brands. Every product we offer is covered by both a 60-day satisfaction guarantee and a limited lifetime warranty.
Q. Why do you recommend that some larger sized products be made as 2 or 3 blinds on 1 headrail?
There are size limitations on wood binds; this is due to weight, stress on the working parts of the product, or ease of operation. This is why we recommend Shades for windows over 72” wide unless you want multiple blinds on one headrail as a Wood blind will come.
Q. What is the Continuous Loop Lift Cord option offered on different types of shades?
A continuous loop lift cord option means the lift cord of the shades is a continuous loop operated by a clutch assembly to make lifting and lowering the shade smooth and easy. This option is especially recommended for larger shades.
Q. Some products offer a cordless option; how does this work?
A shade with the cordless option will not have any visible external lift cords. The shade can be raised and lowered by grasping the metal rails instead. This is a very popular option for homes with children or pets.
Q. What is a Blockout Shade?
A Cellular insulating fabric or a liner added to most any fabric. Offering maximum light blockage and energy efficiency..
Q. What is Top Down/Bottom Up option?
This handy option allows you to let the window shade
drop from the top, as well as rising from the bottom. This is a great
way to maintain privacy while still allowing light to come into your
Q. What is Continuous Cord Loop option?
The lift cord stays the same length eliminating the
extra cord hanging down when the shade is raised. This is a good option
on large windows or when the cordless option is not available. Standard on many shades.
Q. What is a Motorized Shade?
Your shades can be motorized for extra child safety or for hard to reach windows and skylights.