In specifying roller shades an often-overlooked item is what side of the roller shade the chain pull should go on. This information is very important and is not something that can be easily changed in the field. Notice we did say easily, so to clarify some manufacturers roller shades can be switched with some onsite work. Find out what all needs to happen!
As the Hospitality industry continues to transition to include a greater amount of roller shades in both guestroom design and public spaces designers, purchasing agents and hotel owners must also gain and growing understanding of the possibilities and limitations that are normative with roller shades. We receive a multitude of questions in regards to what roller shades will look like when installed, or how they will function and so on.
As roller shades are taking up and larger and larger portion of the window treatment pie, designers and hotel owners alike are dreaming of all the different ways to use roller shades. One of the newest ideas to really make its mark is digitally printed roller shades. The idea is simple, take a white base cloth and add color and/or a design to the window treatment via a digitally printed image on that roller shade. As you can imagine printed roller shades gives you nearly limited options. Your favorite artwork, a geometric pattern, or nature brought indoors all of it is possible and all of it is as easy as licensing the artwork and using it.
We are back again with another roller shade comparison post. If you missed our first post comparing the products of Mariak then make sure to check it out. With so many brands out there and each one usually offering multiple series it’s hard to know what you are truly getting when ordering or specifying as a designer. We understand that much of the information that you have to work with is rather technical and therefore difficult to place in a context that allows everyday design decisions to be made easily. Here we will be comparing and contrasting the two series offered by SWF Contract which is a subsidiary company of Springs Window Fashion.
Child Safety Specifications are incredibly important. We all want to ensure that our hotels and properties are safe for all of our guests. It is truly a matter that with or without the specifications we should be coming to the same conclusion. The safest environment for our guests is the best environment and we will want to accomplish that each and every time.
Somfy Systems is the undisputed top of the class manufacturer when it comes to motors for motorized roller shades. Their motors are used by almost every top roller shade manufacturer and for good reason. Beyond knowing that they are good, what else do you know about them? Could you describe the difference between their motors? More generally, what differences exist between roller shade motors? Is there really that much room for variance?
We recently covered the basics of Roman Shades in a blog and also released a resource card for easy access to some of the most pertinent information. That being said the most difficult problem with Roman Shades is that they are still complicated and we often see mistakes in spec writing that lead to Roman Shades being manufactured and installed in a way that does not suit the reality of a space or the design intentions of a designer.
Roller shades are a growing trend in the hospitality industry. They are rather simple to make, are priced well, are durable, have multiple design options, and have an overall clean look. It’s no wonder more and more designers are wanting to integrate them into their projects. That being said, with so many players in the market how in the world do you decide what manufacturer to specify or whom to purchase from and why? Sometimes designers must feel like drawing a name out of a hat would be more beneficial. We feel your pain, we’ve experienced it to, and therefore we’ve written this blog post to focus on a company profile of Mariak and a comparison of the 3 roller shades they produce.