October is National Window Cord Safety Month. And as a result, there is a great deal of conversation going on about something that isn’t even there, or at least you can’t see it.
Interior designers, installers, salespeople, and workrooms all across the country are talking about it, some are blogging about it, and several are going to workshops and seminars to learn about it. ”It” is window coverings without cords.
If you can only think of a cordless shade or that it is only for people who have small children, you need to go to one of the workshops or seminars, because that is only a small portion of the cord-free market. And when you think ”cord-free” don’t limit your thinking to just a ”cordless manual shade.” Think Motorization.
Nearly any type of window covering on the market today can be motorized…
Cellular and pleated shades (like the CrystalPleat shades by Graber.)
Roman and roller shades (like the Radiance roller shades by Insolroll.)
Sheer horizontal shades (like the Silhouette Shade by Hunter Douglas.)
Wood and faux wood blinds (like the Wood Alloy blinds by Comfortex can be equipped with a motorized tilt option. Plus with a retrofit kit, nearly any existing corded 2” blind can become cordless and motorized.)
Wood shutters (like the Sussex line from Norman Shutter Co.) can also be equipped with a motorized tilt option.
Even drapery rods can be motorized (like the one from Somfy Systems.)
Many of these products run on battery powered servo motors but some can be hardwired and tied into a complete home automation system.
So don’t forget about motorized window treatments. They may very well be the answer to your problem.
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In 2011, he created the "Window Treatment Installers Network" a online forum for window treatment professionals.
In 2013 he began writing for window coverings blog called TraVerse.
And in 2014 he was recruited by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy to teach their Installation 101 Curriculum .