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What Do Three Shades On One Window Look Like?

Large windows have some challenges. One of them is whether the product you choose will fit that width. Let’s look as an example at this window. It was about 10 feet wide and the product maximum for the Alta Dual Shade in this fabric is 108”. Close, but no cigar. So, the client and I had to made some choices as to how to handle this issue. The video posted below shows you our solution.

Let me give you some details of my discussion with the client. First of all, we determined that they loved the Alta Dual Shades (by Alta Window Fashions). So, we had to find out whether we could use one panel to cover the entire window. Unfortunately, the answer was no. But, just because we couldn’t use one unit didn’t mean that we couldn’t use the product. It meant that we had to use a work around. What was involved in that choice?

The Details of Doing Multiple Shades in One Window

3 Shades on 1 Large Window

We had to decide whether to do two Alta Dual shades or three shades. The window helped us make that choice. The frame of the window helps you make that choice. In this case, the window had a fixed panel in the middle and the left and right windows slide to the middle. So, the window configuration made the choice for us. The next question was what type of mechanism did we want to use.

Every window we did for this project used the PowerWand motorized system, therefore they wanted the same choice for these windows. The only question was, how wide will the gap be between the panels. We discussed it and the clients accepted it and after it was installed they became very happy with the end result. So, the bottom line is that the choices that are made are based on two things. One, the room and the opening. And second, the desires of the customer.


Kempler Design is located in Reno NV and serves the northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe regions with a mobile design showroom. Paul Kempler, its founder is considered a window fashions expert. Kempler Design has been featured in many prestigious projects, including the HGTV dream home in Lake Tahoe. Kempler Design works with homeowners as well as interior design firms looking for a local contact in the Reno/Tahoe area or is available for travel.

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