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How Can I Treat My Corner Window?

We don’t get this question very often, but from time to time someone will have us come out to measure and they point to it and ask “How can I treat my corner window?”

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When I see things like that I tend to cringe. You see, I have come to the conclusion that architects, builders, and especially window manufacturers are all part of a vast conspiracy to try to cause me to have a nervous breakdown. Even if they aren’t trying to cause me to go bonkers, they clearly do not appreciate the value of building a home with windows where you can actually install window treatments.

These windows were fairly shallow. So much so that installing regular wood blinds or woven wood shades would have been almost impossible (especially in the corner). Even cellular shades or roller shades would have been problematic.

This was the breakfast area off of the kitchen so vertical blinds were out also because they would get bumped or “clack” every time someone tried to sit on the back side of the table.

The client chose to go with plantation shutters. I love shutters. I’ve installed a lot of shutters over the years. But I was still a bit concerned about this window. The window was not deep enough for a fully recessed inside mount shutter. We also had to address the issue of the various changes in the depth of the trimwork.

But after measuring and referring to my shutter handbook I was able to write up a measure sheet with the dimensions for a shutter that would cover the windows and would be fabricated as one complete unit that utilized a custom corner post. You’ll notice we also incorporated vertical T-Posts to give the frame some added structural integrity.how can i treat my corner window

A project like this is simply more than one guy can safely handle on his own, so I called in some back up. It took the two of us, just under an hour to assemble the frame, mount it, align all of the panels correctly, and make any final tweaks but I think the end result was well worth it.

How Can I Treat My Corner Window

Just in case you are wondering, the designer on this project ordered these shutters from Norman Shutter Company. They are the black walnut stain on a real wood shutter with antique brass hinges. They have a 3-1/2″ louver size with the invisible tilt upgrade.

VIDEO: Child Safety by Hunter Douglas

I am an installer and a parent. As such, I am acutely aware of the potential dangers of corded window treatments. Below we have included the latest video discussing child safety by Hunter Douglas. Hopefully sharing this information with the public will help bring awareness to this issue and give parents, guardians, and caregivers the information they need to select safer window treatments for their homes.

Why is “Child Safety” Important?

Cords on window treatments have been dubbed one of the top 5 hidden dangers in American homes. The problem is so large that several industry and consumer groups have established October as “National Window Covering Safety Month.” In fact, according to some reports, it takes less than 60 seconds for a child to suffer severe injury or even death as a result of becoming tangled in a loose cord on a blind or shade.

Who is Hunter Douglas?

Hunter Douglas is a manufacturer of a wide variety of window coverings, including wood blinds, roller shades, roman shades, and interior shutters. They, like most manufacturers, are concerned with providing safe window treatments and provide many options that eliminate or limit access to cords that could injury young children.

They created this short video and encouraged their dealers to share it on their websites to get the word out to the general public about the potential dangers of corded window treatments. (Disclaimer: we are not a Hunter Douglas dealer but we have partnered with several in our area).

Also, please remember to hire professional window treatment installers that are trained to properly install your window coverings with appropriate safety devices.

Skylight Windows

Do you have hard to reach windows, such as skylight windows?

Are you concerned that the sunlight may be damaging your furniture and floor? Are you concerned the heat passing through these windows is causing your HVAC system to work harder than it should? Perhaps motorized cellular shades are what you need.

The video below shows a set of motorized shades we recently installed for a client.

You’ll notice that instead of a hand-held remote that can easily be misplaced, this client has a controller mounted on the wall. It is wireless and mounts on top of the existing drywall so you do not have to hire an electrician. Also, the controller has 4 programmable groups. On this project we programmed one shade for each “group” as well as the “ALL” setting so she can control all four or just one of her shades. If this client decides she needs a hand-held remote or a wall switch added on the other side of the room, it is very easy to “clone” the controllers without having to touch the shades themselves.

Cellular shades are the most common window treatment used for skylight windows. And adding motorization gives you the highest “ease of use.” But if cellular shades do not interest you, there are other options for skylight windows – including aluminum mini-blinds, pleated shades, roller shades, solar screen shades, as well as plantation shutters.

skylight windows with plantation shutters

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SPECIAL REPORT: Window Covering Child Safety

As an installer I show my clients the proper way to operate and maintain their window treatments.

Unfortunately I can't be there every minute of every day to make sure they are using them properly and that they are teaching their children how to use them and live with them properly.

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Shades Of Things To Come

Window treatments in general, but roman shades in particular, have been getting a lot of heat from various consumer groups, regulatory organizations, as well as the media.

Here’s why.

roman shadesAccording to the Window Coverings Safety Council and others, window coverings (such as blinds, roman shades, etc.) are among the top 5 “hidden dangers” in a home due to their dependence upon cords to operate them.

Over the past few years there has been a big push for consumers to purchase cordless or motorized shades and blinds.

The discussion over this touches everyone because you either have children or you know someone who has children and nobody wants to turn on the news and hear about a child that has gotten hurt because they were playing with the cords on the blinds. Unfortunately it happens despite the best efforts of everyone involved.

There are those who have called for the immediate halt in the production of any type of window covering that uses cords. Which is great if you own a company that makes plantation shutters or motorized shades, but not so good if you own a company that makes/sells blinds, roman shades, or draperies.

There are those who believe that the government should step in and dictate how the products should be made. Yeah, that will work, afterall, they have a 40-page binder that helps them decide which $500.00 screwdriver to purchase.

Frankly. It’s not about regulation it’s about education.

Everyone involved in the process needs to make sure they are sharing the information that is available.

The companies that manufacture the products (who are the ones that have the financial and technical resources to make changes in the design if necessary) need to make sure that their dealers understand the risks and the alternative options that are available within their product lines.

The dealers need to make sure that their sales reps and installers understand the potential risks and the proper installation techniques to reduce or eliminate the risks to the homeowners and individuals purchasing the products.

And the consumers need to make sure that they understand the potential risks involved before they make the purchase and if necessary, change to a different product or upgrade to a cordless or motorized type product.

It is a fact of life, regardless of how much you try to protect your children, and regardless of how much you try to warn them not to mess with the cords on the shades or other potentially harmful household items, kids will be kids and they will play with stuff they are not supposed to.

If it is left to the government or some other sort of “regulatory commission” to determine the requirements for roman shades and other types of corded window treatments, what you may find in the future is a distinct lack of product options to choose from. Either the companies will decide it is not worth the hassle to comply with those regulations or the consumers will decide that the added costs to purchase a compliant product is too high. And as a result those products will be “regulated” right out of existence.

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