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Coupled roller shades, pure and simple, are two or more roller shades that are linked together with what is called an ‘intermediate’ bracket that allows one clutch system to control all of the shades linked together by that type of bracket. Coupled roller shades are a great asset to use in a few different unique situations but there are important factors to consider. Find out what they are here!
The word openness is thrown around quite a bit in regards to roller shades. It’s a word that designers and shade manufacturers have coopted to basically mean how much light comes through a shade fabric. Yet there is incredibly limited information amongst manufacturers about how openness is tested and decided. Which means that openness can actually differ one manufacturer to the next.
With roller shades gaining more and more popularity among designers, property owners and even guests, it is no wonder that drapery manufacturers are seeing an uptick in roller shade specifications. In turn textile manufacturers are increasing the availability and range of roller shade specific fabrics coming to market. This is great news for designers because with the broadened scope of fabrics to choose from comes the ability to further nuance design of a guestroom or a public space. Here are some details on how to choose which kind of fabric for your room!
We recently wrote on the difference between L & U side and sill channel for roller shades. If you missed that blog you can check it out here. We definitely recommend checking out the difference between the two types of side and sill channel that are offered by Roller Shade Manufacturers. In this blog we will be affirming the use of side and sill channel, talking about some of the things to ask and watch for depending upon the Roller Shade Manufacturer you are working on, and finally discussing two different items that are making there way out onto the market that can augment side and sill channel in reaching a point of light fastness in hospitality guestrooms.
Most conversations over what type of roller shade should be used in a certain setting are based on a decision over the type of clutch that will be used. Yet the secondary question to what type of clutch is what type of bracket to use. In some cases, this can become primary because different types of brackets are not available for every type of clutch. Find out about the two clutches that can be used for roller shades, here!
Complete blackout conditions are very important in hospitality guestrooms. We all know that guests place a high priority on not having streams of light flowing into their room as soon as the sun comes up. With traditional drapery we solve for this by using blackout drapery with returns to the wall. Check out our blog “What are Hospitality Drapery Returns?” for more information. In this post we will be considering how to create the same blackout situation with roller shades, specifically when they are inside mounted within a window.
A phrase that may come up in dealing with roller shades is the concept of ‘walking’. We often get the concern posed to us from properties, designers, purchasing agents and the like that their roller shades have shifted or that the roller shades were not cut straight at the bottom. Now these two comments may seem like separate issues but 99% of the time they aren’t. What is happening in both situations is that the shade band is ‘walking’ on the shade tube.
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.