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Knowing the Basics and Glossary

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Blinds are window coverings that offer versatility. They have horizontal or vertical slats that can be rotated for maximum light and privacy control. Vertical blinds operate similarly to a drapery; they can be opened from the center and stack as a pair on both sides of the window, or they can draw from one side and stack as a panel. Horizontal blinds are drawn up and can be easily hidden, if desired, beneath a valance or top treatment.

Cellular shades are an innovative fabric shade constructed from honeycomb-shaded cells that insulate windows with pockets of trapped air. The practical honeycomb structure of this shade is visible only from the side. From the front, a closed cellular shade appears to be a cascade of crisp pleats. When opened, cellular shades fold up neatly along the pleat lines to the top of the headrail.

Cord cleats are used to wrap the excess operating cord around, bringing the cords up and out of the way of small children.

Double cell honeycomb is cellular fabric with double cell design for increased energy efficiency. This fabric is also available in single cell design.

Fabric shades are shades that are generally raised and lowered by folding or gathering fabric to the top.

Honeycomb shades are the same as cellular shades, an innovative fabric shade constructed from honeycomb-shaded cells that insulate windows with pockets of trapped air. The practical honeycomb structure of this shade is visible only from the side. From the front, a closed cellular shade appears to be a cascade of crisp pleats. When opened, cellular shades fold up neatly along the pleat lines to the top of the headrail.

Horizontal blinds are blinds with horizontal slats made from wood or fabric. The slats or material can be rotated for light and privacy control.

Pleated shades are fabric shades made from a crisply pleated material that closely resembles a cellular shade.

Roman shades are fabric shades that fold neatly to the top when drawn open. A classic roman shade has overlapping folds when the shade is lowered, while a flat roman has no folds when lowered.

Room darkening fabric is a term that refers to fabric that has been treated or is constructed to block out a large portion of the sunlight, providing a "room darkening" effect. This type of fabric is used mainly in bedrooms, but has applications in a wide variety of rooms.

Shades are window coverings that are made of material, which can be permanently pleated, like that of a cellular or pleated shade, or can be a drapery fabric like that of a roman shade. Shades are drawn up and stacked at the top of the window. Shades can be raised to allow more light into a room and then lowered to afford more privacy. They can be stopped at different intervals on the window, and still maintain a neat, finished look.

Single cell shades are a cost-efficient cellular shade based on a single cell design.

Stack is a term used to describe the amount of space a treatment uses when drawn to reveal your window.

Top treatment refers to any treatment that is used over the "top" of another, most commonly referred to as a valance.

Undertreatment refers to any treatment that is used beneath another, and most commonly refers to blinds, shades and sheer draperies.

Window shadings refers to a new category of fabric blinds which combine the features of a horizontal shade with the elegance of sheer fabrics.

Window treatment refers to a blind or shade used to cover a window.

Wood blinds refers to our wood alloy blinds that are made from a proprietary wood alloy material that combines the natural richness of American hardwood and the durability of thermal polymers. The result is a wood blind of unparalleled quality.
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