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Need help with window treatment ideas
judishines
January 6, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I have a mid-century modern house, though I'm a traditional kind of girl. This is a very large -- 145" wide -- window that slides open from the right side and has a recessed space for the window treatment on the left side. (You can just see the existing vertical blinds folded into the recess on the left of the photo.) It is next to the master king bed and gets a lot of early morning light. I want a window treatment that will 1) allow opening the window at the right, 2) look up-dated and transitional, 3) works on a huge window. I am thinking possibly of shutters or a traditional drape that draws from the side, though I don't like the look of sill-length drapes very much. What ideas do you have?
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JMittman Designs
I would vote against sill length draperies--too choppy. Do you need room darkening, or does the blind provide that? I would look into floor length ripple fold draperies, Are you familiar with them? You can google it or there is a picture on my houzz profile of ones I did. You can draw these easily on specific track hardware that would fit above your window, and they take less fabric than traditional draperies due to the way they folds at the top work. This will be a big help on your wide window. I would do these in sheer or a linen look for your window.
January 6, 2013 at 7:28AM   
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Durpetti Interiors
Honestly, due to the location of the window and your needs, a pair of soft roman shades would look great! I think the window is too large for one. This style is transitional. Not sure where you ate located, I have a great window treatment specialist or check out your local resources. I would recommend using a professional for your project. Best of luck!
January 6, 2013 at 7:42AM   
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judishines
Yes, I have seriously considered ripple-fold drapes -- great for the space. However, must be sill-length with heater at the baseboard. (See attached photo that shows both heater and sill-length recess.) Also, I have an end-table that I would like to keep and is too wide to accommodate floor length drapes. Must be room-darkening. I have included a photo of the other end of the room, with a huge sliding door that needs a treatment, but no need for room-darkening, as it faces onto woods. If I ignored the recess, got rid of the heater and switched out the endtable, I could use floor length drapes, but I'd rather not if there are other good options.

Thank you SO much for your input. I have never used this discussion board before, and it's GREAT!
January 6, 2013 at 8:00AM   
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judishines
I like the roman shades ideas, but if they are down, how could I open the window from the right and not have them banging open or blocking the air flow? That's been my dilemma about any treatment that doesn't open from side-to-side. Thanks!!
January 6, 2013 at 8:03AM   
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JMittman Designs
Is your baseboard heater electric? Where does it end on the other side? Check with your fire marshal on whether you can have floor length sheers/draperies in front of that heater. It might not be an issue. I LOVE your other window, and it would look FAB in ripplefold!
January 6, 2013 at 8:54AM   
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judishines
Thanks, JMittman. I appreciate your thinking about ripplefold -- very wonderful to have someone else's opinion. I'm now thinking maybe I could switch out the heater -- wouldn't an electric fireplace on the wall be a great alternative? Then, all I have to solve is the bedside table issue -- harder to solve. All ideas welcome!! Thanks again.
January 6, 2013 at 9:19AM     
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Cover Your Windows (1991) Ltd
One product you could look at is the vertiglide from Hunter Douglas. You could have this product stack one way to allow for you to open the window and they also come as a centre split. Another product you might consider is a 2 on 1 head rail pirouette from Hunter Douglas. This also comes with room darkening fabrics and looks like a flat style roman when down and closed but also pops open like a blind. Check out their website. It is a relatively new product
January 6, 2013 at 9:32AM   
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Window Expressions by Janet
A grommeted-traversing panel with one-way draw would be a great clean-transitional look for this room.
January 7, 2013 at 5:03AM     
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judishines
Janet, Thanks for your comment. I would need a rod that attaches to the ceiling for this. Is that possible? Can I accomplish this with a smooth pull, without the grommets having to cross a juncture in the rod that their would hang up on?
January 7, 2013 at 5:19AM   
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JMittman Designs
Hi Judi,
You would not be able to to utilize a one way draw grommet panel on this 145" wide window as you definitely need a center support. You could do a center split --like traditional draperies, but I do not believe grommet panels traverse well--it would not be a smooth pull as you mentioned. Your initial ripplefold thought would be your best option for a smooth pull.
On your question regarding ceiling mounts, there are various hardware lines that offer ceiling mount brackets--including the ripple fold hardware.
January 7, 2013 at 5:43AM   
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Blinds Direct Canada
I would recommend going with a Drapery treatment, such as Grommet Drapery. There are many fabric options to choose from also because its in a bed room i would suggest putting a blackout liner so when its closed it will be nice and dark in the room . Grommet drapery also stacks very tightly on either sides so you get all the light you need when the drapes are drawn.
http://www.blindsdirectcanada.com/drapery-toronto/grommet-drapery.html
January 7, 2013 at 6:13AM   
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Julie Thome Draperies, Inc.
Grommet drapery does not traverse well !!!!! You will curse them on a daily basis if you do grommet headings on a 145" window, and you definitely need AT LEAST one center support, probably more.

As Jmittman says your best bet here are ripplefold draperies on a track, either ceiling mount or wall mount, they can go either way. If your base board is water not electric you will be fine to cover them. If you were nervous about covering the baseboard, make your drapes end just at the top of the baseboard, to try and avoid the cutoff sill look.

It looks like your king size bed barely fits in that room. If you are agreeable to chaing to a Queen you can keep your side table and have the drapes stack there as well.
January 7, 2013 at 7:52AM   
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Harmonique Home
I would make a different recommendation from those above, although if you prefer a drapery treatment the ripple fold is a great idea. My clients with mid-century homes are opting for very simple roller shade treatments. Forget that thought about Grandma's spring rollers...there are all kinds of new materials that are beautiful and durable, and the roller mechanism is a continuous cord that is easy to operate and is hidden under a matching fabric-covered valance. Clean lines, easy to operate, reasonably priced and functional!
January 7, 2013 at 11:29AM   
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judishines
This looks lovely. I'm concerned about having the blind down at night and still wanting the window open from left to right. What would keep the blind from swinging outwards or blocking the air? Is there a horizontal version? Thanks very much for responding to me!
January 7, 2013 at 12:50PM   
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JMittman Designs
Those do look very pretty. I am not that familiar with this product. The pictures shown appear to be inside mounted, which you could not do with your sliding window. Does your window have a frame? You might be able to install it outside the frame? Harmonique Home, are you able to provide any details about that?
Judi, I think you are right. Pretty as these are, I think they might interfere with your needs. --I'm getting that you want the windows open at night for air, and would want the shades drawn, correct?
January 7, 2013 at 5:37PM   
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Window Expressions by Janet
The J. Ennis Collection has a traversing grommet rod that open and close easily and keep the grommets spaced.
January 8, 2013 at 4:43AM   
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judishines
J, Yes, I want the windows open at night for air and want the shades drawn fully also to be room darkening. That's the problem with anything that pulls down instead of across. Thanks!
January 8, 2013 at 4:59AM   
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Bellamira Design
Call your local Hunter Douglas representative. They have what you need. "Cover Your Windows" had the best ideas. They have duet window shades built to pull to the side. You can get a matching side-pull fo rthe sliding glass door opposite. You can get them in room darkening, sheer, and everything in between.
January 8, 2013 at 5:49AM   
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JMittman Designs
Good morning--Window Expressions by Janet--pretty name--I'm Janet too! :) This sounds like a very innovative product that I have never seen. Could you post a picture of it?
January 8, 2013 at 6:56AM   
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Cover Your Windows (1991) Ltd
That is why the vertiglide from Hunter Douglas sounds like a great way to go. It is a vertical application that can stack either right or left to a minimal amount of about 3-6 inches and also it can centre split ....it comes in everything from room darkening to sheer fabrics check out the Hunter Douglas website. Kim
January 8, 2013 at 7:50AM   
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JMittman Designs
Agreed, the vertiglide would be applicable here too.
January 8, 2013 at 8:11AM   
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Weatherwell Elite - Aluminum Shutters
Hiya! Here are some ideas for you. If you are into plantation shutters how about using split shutters or even colors....... it looks so good!
January 8, 2013 at 12:25PM   
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Harmonique Home
Yes, the roller treatment would require that you reach behind, or lift the shade to operate the window. There is another option that is a track-mounted gliding woven shade which can be lined or not. Here is a video of how that works. http://horizonshades.com/site/averte-natural-fold.html. I prefer this to anything "honeycomb" which is so over-used. Step out and do something really beautiful!
January 8, 2013 at 12:46PM   
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Harmonique Home
Plantation shutters might be nice. They are so improved today and the one treatment that does add value to your home as they become a permanent fixture. Plus they have good insulating properties.
January 8, 2013 at 12:48PM   
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Window Expressions by Janet
J. Ennis collection Traversing Grommet Pole
January 8, 2013 at 1:27PM   
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Window Expressions by Janet
Ceiling mountable hardware (This is from TMS's outdoor collection.)
January 8, 2013 at 1:57PM   
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JMittman Designs
These are both very pretty rods, but if the intention is to slide panels on these rods all the way to one side as mentioned above, these would not be suitable for this application as the 145" window will require a center support. Either of these rods could be used for a split panel, but could not be used for a one way draw. It is just physically not possible for the curtains/rings/grommets to slide over the center supporting bracket.
January 8, 2013 at 2:04PM     
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Susan Flowers
I prefer blinds to curtains, but to the rod issue I have seen plumbing pipe used successfully as a curtain rod and it is rigid enough for a long expanse, if you like a more industrial look.
January 8, 2013 at 2:15PM   
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On the Spot Furniture Revival llc
I have a 12' slider that I wanted my treatment to allow me the freedom to open and close all the way. I found the attached panels (several manufacturers have). All the supports- including the center- attach at the top of the rod so I can push the panels any which way. I hope that makes sense!
January 8, 2013 at 5:36PM   
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