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Window Covering Choice for 3 Panel Sliders

This post talks about the Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb Shades done in the vertical application called VertiGlide. The thing that is different about this attached video is that it is a split stack. This means that part of the shade stacks to one side and the balance of the fabric stacks to the opposite side. Typically, people assume that 50% goes to one side and 50% to the other. This job shows you that you can choose how much goes to each side.

Technical Facts about Stacking VertiGlides

If you look at the attached pictures, you will see that you have a few different stacking options with the Hunter Douglas VertiGlide. The top picture is the most used. It is the side stack. It can be stacked on either side, left or right. DuoLite VertiGlide is the second photo. The left side is a different fabric than the right side. Typically, people use a sheer fabric for one of the panels. When you look at the third photo, it shows you the least ordered style. It is called “Traveling Center Stack”. It can stack anywhere in the middle, or it can stack all the way over to the left or right sides. Be aware that the stacking on this product is double of a typical single stacking product. The last picture shows you the type of VertiGlide that we did on this job. Let’s break it down a bit more.

Even though we have 36” on the left side in our current job, the stack is essentially the same as the opposite side which is 72”. This is because the mechanisms in the headrail have a limit to how small they can stack. The stacking dimension of this product is 6 1/2” per side.

3 Panel Sliders Have Complications

Stacking of the VertiGlide

People like symmetry. So, when a slider door opens from a place other than the far left or right, or at the center, they can get frustrated as to the right choice for the 3 panel slider door. In fact, many people have their 3 panels all slide to the same side. In that case, they generally don’t choose the split stacking panels. Also, the notes I shared about the stacking widths become important. If we did draperies, the stacking would be about double on one side versus the other. With the VertiGlide, the stacking size is identical, but the amount of pleats inside the vertical hardware will be very different. Even though it is different pleat quantities, it essentially looks the same on both sides.

I really hope this information hasn’t been too complicated for you. It is easier to talk to you about it when we are helping you with your project. At least you can tell that we handle the technical side of things as well as the style aspects. We hope you will consider working with us. Please reach out if we are a good fit. Also, here are some other photos that relate to the video we posted above. Thanks for reading and watching.

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