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Light Gaps for Side-by-Side Shades

When you have a very large window, sometimes you are obligated to put two or more shades in the opening. In this post, we are talking about the Hunter Douglas Vignette Shades. They are the Rolling Style which has certain limitations as far as sizes. We could

give you the data on it, but there is so much information that it would be overwhelming. The main point that I want to share with you in this blog is about the gaps that you will have when you put multiple shades together side-by-side.

I’m going to show you the difference between the gaps on the outside part of the shade versus where they meet in the center.

The Gaps that Affect You

Side Gap for Rolled Window Coverings

When you look at the gap in the picture that shows the left side of the shade, you will see a gap, but it is minimal. According to the Hunter Douglas website, the standard gap on this type of shade is only 11/16”, which is less than a quarter of an inch. Also, because it is at the edge of the window, there are typically obstructions to the light that pours through the opening. Therefore there is not much light that comes into the room when the window is covered with one large shade.

What about when you use two or more shades, like the one the client chose on this project in Incline Village, NV? Take a look at the next photo, to see the difference.

Gaps for Multi Panel Shade

Single Gap and Double Gap

Here you see the difference between the two gaps. The single gap uses the same exact construction, but since the gap is coming from both sides, the size of the gap is nearly double.

The thing we do it help people to know which choice they should make.

How to Determine Which Choice is For You

For me personally, I like a room to be very dark when I sleep. Therefore, the selection for me is obvious. I would have done one single shade to avoid the extra light coming into the room. I sometimes offer my opinions, but typically I just lay out what the products will and will not do and cover all the pros and cons of the clients selections. When you look at this job, you can see the gaps.

There is NO FLAW in how it was designed. They LOVE the way that it works. Their selection was based on the fact that there are 3 panels of window that align with the shades. They want the ability to open and close them all independently. After we discussed it and ordered it that way, they got exactly what they wanted. Our goal is to make sure that you also get exactly what you desire for your window treatments. Give us a call so we can help you do your project as well. Thanks for reading.

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