French Doors:

Sheers on doors are popular, but many people think they’re too old-fashioned, do not want to always block their view, or are afraid they’ll get the fabric soiled from dirty hands.

The key is to think of the door as a window, which happens to be in a door. It is usually best to use the same products as those already on windows in that room, for consistency. A blind or shade will work just fine, and can be easily fastened at the bottom of the door.

Windows with a nice view:

When you have a window with a stunning view., you should consider a product such as a shade, that pulls up as tightly as possible. Honeycomb shades are perfect. The Top-Down/Bottom-Up option is common.Wood blinds have the bulkiest stack, with 1" having the worst because they have twice as much wood. See our Stacking Chart.


The most popular type of window treatment is a honeycomb shade, which fans into a semi-circle. While horizontal blinds can be made to fit arches, they are generally cost prohibitive.

Bay Window:

Any product will work in a bay, but if there’s no sheetrock between the windows be aware of possible gaps where the products "meet". Try to avoid shades with bulky rails. Anything with a rail depth over 1 1/5" won't be a great choice for a bay window. Honeycombs or pleated shades are highly rcommended or  1"Mini blinds..


Consider using a highly efficient insulating honeycomb shade, which lets light in, but blocks heat and cold. The shades can move, with the help of an optional extension pole. We offer skylight honeycomb shades which come with side rails for support.

Second story windows:

If you want a shade, consider the Top-Down/Bottom-Up feature, which allows you to cover the bottom half of your window and not block your view. For instance, if your child is studying, he or she might not want to close off the outside view, but also feel more comfortable blocking people from seeing into the room.

Sliding Doors:

Verticals are very popular for sliding doors, despite their diminishing popularity in general. They can be installed within the frame or over the glass, but don’t necessarily choose a vertical if the other room products are something other than verticals. Consistency is important, too. Another possibility is a Vertiglide-a honeycomb shade that is essentially sideways and runs along a track by hand. You can also use horizontal blinds, but should consider putting two-on-one headrail, to make it easier to get out (you can raise one product and leave the other down). Or select our Sliding Panels- alternative to verticals.Available in roller and woven wood materials.

Harsh sun:

Honeycomb shades provide superior insulation. The more honeycomb cells  and the larger the cell size the better the insulation. When closing blnds, you’ll maximize its insulation if you close the blinds with the leading edge up. Refer to our Energy Efficiency page for more information..

Very large windows:

Whenever a window is extremely large, its weight makes it difficult to raise and puts unnecessary tension on the strings (which may cause the strings to break). You may need to consider a special control option. If the shade is very large, everyone will benefit from this option. One type is called EasyRise; Small children and elderly people sometimes need this option even on smaller shades.

For blinds, consider dividing them up into multiple blinds on a single headrail, or order multiple blinds and install them side-by-side. Usually there are multiple windows within a single opening, so you should usually divide up the blinds to line up with the windows.

Hard to reach windows:

Consider specifying extra long cords so you can open or close a product. Some honeycomb shades can be made with a remote control.

Front of house windows:

It is common to want the front of your home to be as uniform as possible-just how uniform is up to you. Most people just make sure that the front products are generally white. Most honeycomb shades have white backings despite their colored inside-facing fabric. The back of he shade is always white for neutral appearance from outside.

The more symmetrical your home the more likely the products should be similar. People often use one product across the front; however, many also use one for the first floor and another for the second. It’s your house, so whatever you feel is appropriate should be fine.

Windows with humidity:

All quality products are water resistant. Even good woo

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