Banded Roller Shade Details
The term “banded roller shades” is a little complicated. Bands can meet various things when it comes to shades. It also can depend on what the fabricator calls it. For this blog, I’ll briefly lay out what it can mean when I talk about banded roller shades.
There are two primary definitions of banded shades. The one that I use most is the one you can see in the above video. This is where there is one roller shade tube with multiple panels of roller shade fabrics on it. This can be done for two specific reasons. One is that you have too wide of an opening for the width of the fabric to be able to cover it with one band of fabric. The other is if you want to create individual shades for a visual or practical reason.
The other way that some companies use the term, Banded, has to do with multiple roller shades that are joined together with “couplers”. This is where you can have one motor, if you go that route, which can be tied to the other shades in a row. There are some circumstances where this is a better solution than separate bands on one roller shade tube, but that will be conversation for another day.
Breakdown of WHY We Chose This Solution
Let’s break down the above video to explain what we did, and why, for these banded roller shades. The overall room width is about 17 feet. That is too wide for one shade to cover the entire opening. So, we had options. One was to do two shades, but if we did, the gap shouldn’t be at the center of the five windows because this would allow direct sunlight into the room. So, if it was offset, that would mean that one shade would be 2/5ths of the opening and the other shade would be 3/5ths. Most people don’t want that amount of irregularity. So, what was the solution?
By doing “Banded Roller Shades” we were able to cover the opening with only two roller shades and motors, but with 5 individual bands of roller shade fabric. This is not a solution that would work for everyone. In my case, personally, I need my room to be totally dark at night, so this would allow too much light into the bedroom for my needs. But for this client, this was the perfect solution and they are very happy with the overall look and the functionality of their banded roller shades.
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