Batons come in several different materials and sizes. They also must meet ADA codes. Continue reading to learn the technicalities of batons.
Batons come in three different types: fiberglass, acrylic, and decorative. Fiberglass batons are sturdier than acrylic and come in five standard color options (white, black, silver, brown and gold) but may also be ordered in custom colors. Acrylic batons are clear and great for designs that limit detractors from the drapery. A fluted/textured option is available in Acrylic, while decorative batons are made in wood or metal and come in various shapes and sizes.
Batons come in various lengths (36”, 48”, 60”, 72” and 84”) but are always either 3/8” thick (fiberglass) or ½” thick (acrylic). Their length is determined by the mounting height of the drapery in a room and whether that room is ADA compliant. Typical batons are specified to hang 60” off the floor, while ADA batons should be no higher than 48” above the floor.
ADA standards specify that the reach may not exceed 48” off the floor and treatments may be controlled without having to grasp, pinch or twist the wrist to operate. The most cost-effective way to meet these standards is a baton with a looped end. Motorized drapery with a remote control is also an option to meet ADA standards.