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Do You Need a Substitute For Vertical Blinds?

If you need to replace vertical blinds in your home in Reno or Lake Tahoe, you may want to see another specific option. Though this blog is discussing the Provenance Vertical Drapery by Hunter Douglas, keep in mind that there are many options for vertical applications.

Believe it or not, vertical blinds are probably going to be making a comeback in the near future, but for now, they are a very low quantity of sales for the typical home. This is why people are interested in various types of window coverings when they are replacing vertical blinds. Traditional draperies, panel track systems, vertical honeycomb shades and other options are very popular. But let’s discuss the Provenance Vertical Drapery system for natural woven materials.

Hunter Douglas Provenance

This Hunter Douglas product is not new. It has been around for many years, but many dealers don’t show it often enough. I am not sure why that is the case, but it is worth looking at. If you watched the video you can see that it behaves as a drapery. Though there are some things that are not like a traditional fabric curtain or drape. Though it is a great way to replace vertical blinds.

One of the primary differences is the fullness of the material. Fullness means the amount of material in relation to the width of the drapery rod. For example, the traditional drapery fullness is 250% or 2 1/2 times. This means that if you had a drapery rod width of 100 inches, the amount of material for your window would be 250 inches of width pleated down to 100 inches. Most drapery has a fullness of somewhere between 150% and 300%. The Provenance vertical drapery fullness is about 120% as you can see below in the photo.

Hunter Douglas Provenance Vertical Drapery with Room Darkening Lining

One of the reasons that there is not more fullness has to do with the stackback of the fabric. Because natural woven material is relatively thick, the amount of space needed to stack the material to the side would be quite large if more fullness were used.

Notice that this vertical drapery is 96” wide and the stack of the drapery is about 18” at the top and 23” at the bottom. This is because the material wants to “Tent” or “TeePee”. This means that the top of the fabric is more controlled at the top of the material, so it tends to spread out a bit at the bottom. Over time, the fabric will relax a bit and it will be more parallel instead of trapezoidal.

Provenance Vertical Drapery Controls

There are 3 control methods for this product.

  1.  Traveling Wand- As is seen in the video. It is a wand or baton that you use to pull or push the material into the position you prefer.
  2. Continuous Cord Loop- This is a cord draw system which allows you to stand at one location and move the front rail to whichever position is best at the moment.
  3. PowerView Motorization- This is a great choice for those who want convenience or automation for their vertical drapery shade. It can be worked via a WiFi Hub or by remote control.

Final Thoughts

Fabric Irregularities

One concern that can come up with any natural material is the chance of irregularities in the fabric. Since it is natural, there are some bumps, slubs, and diagonals in fabrics that you need to be aware of. If you want perfect symmetry or sleek lines, please work with your designer to choose a fabric that will not have these characteristics. There is NO FLAW with them. It is the nature of the fabric.

Well, I hope you found this blog about the Provenance Vertical Drapery to be helpful. If you need to replace vertical blinds, you should at least know some other options for your door or window. Thanks for reading it and we hope to hear from you.

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