We noted in our blog post entitled, “Why Would You Use an Open Roll Bracket for Roller Shades?” that one of the main reasons for using an open roll bracket is when the roller shade will be installed either within an architectural pocket or within a top treatment, such as a cornice or valance. The ability to use an open roll bracket in this situation is clear, as an external piece is covering it and the actual hardware does not need to be covered with fascia or end caps. Plus, using open roll brackets when it is possible will save you money. All of this is explained in further detail in the above referenced blog post.
In specifying roller shades, especially in architectural pockets, there is an important factor to make note of and that is the diameter of the shade when it is completely rolled up. Why is that important? It’s important because not only do you need to ensure that the bracket will fit within the architectural pocket (See our Bracket Options), but you will also need to make sure that when the roller shade is completely rolled up, the diameter of the fabric on the shade tube does not exceed the dimensional room of the pocket. If it does, the roller shade could get stuck in the pocket and not come down or it would prevent the roller shade from rolling all the way up.
Now, you can rest assured that this problem will be checked by the roller shade manufacturer, if they are given the information and dimensions of the pocket that the roller shade will be installed in. But in the design phase of a project, you don’t want to communicate prematurely with a shade manufacturer. You want to check and see if this is a viable option from the very start. That is why we have created the below chart that will tell you exactly which bracket to use depending on the size of your window/shade. Please note that this is strictly for manual shades. If Motorizing, please reference our blog called, “Based on the Motor, How Big Can My Roller Shade Be?”.
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