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Vertical Honeycomb Shades Tension

This style of window coverings to treat patio doors or sliding doors has become very popular. I’m not sure when or if vertical blinds will ever become popular again because of products like these. I do like to make sure that people are able to use their products correctly though. If the tension on a VertiGlide or VertiCell product is not set correctly, then the vertical honeycomb shades will not perform as designed.

I’m not showing you how to adjust the tension in this video, but I’m showing how the vertical cellular shade can be used. As I explained to this client, there is a magnetic catch at the end of the headrail that connects to the magnet at the end of the moving rail. When they connect, the shade is locked into its full closed position. But, like for this client, sometimes there are reasons to stop the shade at a mid-point.

So, If you don’t have significant tension on your shade, the shading will use the natural tendency to pull back to the stacked side. In order to adjust the tension, there is a cord that loops through the VertiGlide type product that needs a very simple adjustment. When there is too much tension on the cord inside the vertical honeycomb shades, then the ability to adjust the position of the moving rail becomes burdensome.

It requires a few micro-adjustments unless you are familiar with what the proper amount of adjustment feels like. I wasn’t going to show how to adjust this cord, but then I remembered my video on it. So, here it is. I hope this helps.

I just loved the client’s reaction to the VertiGlide’s installation in her home, so I asked her to try and do it again on camera. It was an amazingly accurate recreation. Here you go.


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