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choose the right treatment

what type of window treatment is best for my window?

certain window styles lend themselves better to particular types of blinds or shades. here are a few things to consider when making your window covering choice:

1. what type of window do I have?

sidelight windows

  • recommended products:
  • cellular shades
  • pleated shades
  • natural shades
  • tilt only horizontal shadings
  • tilt only wood or faux wood blinds

sidelights are tall, narrow windows usually placed on either side of doors. these shades are meant more for beauty than function.

french doors

  • recommended products:
  • cellular shades
  • pleated shades
  • natural shades
  • horizontal shadings
  • wood blinds
  • faux wood blinds
  • roller shades

for frequently opened doors consider securing blinds or shades at the bottom with hold down brackets.

specialty shaped windows - arches


  • recommended products:
  • cellular shades
  • pleated shades
  • natural shades

cellular, pleated, or natural shades can be fashioned into most arched shapes. cellular and pleated shades can be produced for half arch or quarter circles as well for skylight windows. cellular shades are also available as circles or ovals.

specialty shaped windows - trapezoid (angle top)

  • recommended products:
  • cellular shades
  • pleated shades
  • natural shades
  • vertical blinds

cellular, pleated, and natural shades can be produced with an angled top. the shades will raise as far as the lowest side of the angle. vertical blinds are also an option for angled top windows. the vanes will stack to the high side of the window.

patio or sliding glass doors


  • recommended products:
  • natural shades folding panel
  • panel tracks
  • vertical blinds
  • vertical shadings

blinds or shades are not recommended for patio/sliding doors as they will have to be raised to allow access and will stack at the top of the window.

casement/awning/single or double hung windows/picture windows

  • cassette roman shades
  • cellular shades
  • classic roman shades
  • pleated shades
  • natural shades
  • horizontal shadings
  • wood or faux wood blinds
  • roller shades

almost any style blind or shade are suitable for these type of windows. for raising large shades, consider a continuous cord control option.

2. how do I want my blind to open and/or stack?

  • window coverings that move from side-to-side are best suited for patio or sliding glass doors while coverings that raise and lower work for just about any window.
  • specialty shaped windows are more limited and in some cases will not operate.

3. how do I want to control the light and view?

  • horizontal blinds and shadings offer great versatility; you can raise them for a full view and lower for complete privacy or you can rotate the slats to any position to let in just the right amount of light.
  • vertical blinds and vertical shadings vanes rotate to direct lIght, close completely for privacy, or stack back neatly for full window access.
  • shades control light and view with a variety of fabrics. filter sunlight, control glare, or create a cozy environment for sleep with our selection of light filtering and room darkening fabrics.
  • folding panels and panel tracks easily slide out of the way for full window or door access.