Special thanks to Debra Dunham, a former ABC Blind & Drapery designer of 15 years, who came out of retirement to give current designers Britt and Kelly a special class in custom draperies.  We’re inviting you to listen in on their class!  This is the fourth video in the series and assesses the need for motorized drapes or other types of motorized window coverings.

When motorized drapes are necessary and other options for custom window shapes

What if the windows are too tall to manually close the drapes?  Explore the options for custom window shapes from motorized drapes to shutters and beyond.



Speaker 1: Over here and shade this in. I have always done it with a pencil. Then by the time you have left she has got a general idea about what her window is going to look like once you have everything installed.

Speaker 2: Are these panels going to- Are you going to be able to pull those together and cover the-

Speaker 1: Absolutely not.

Speaker 2: These are not-

Speaker 1: These are stationary panels and they are just here to look go because what happens with this height is that this is too tall to be able to pull forward. You can leave it open.

Speaker 2: Or maybe you can make them motorized drapes.

Speaker 1: The only way that we can do a drape in this home that functions is to motorize it and one thing that we can do if it does need to function is we take the larger wooden pole. It is split in half, a track is attached to the back of it and here again we need that splice, it is going to be there and then the motors for something this big that open and close the motors are going to be hidden behind the drapery. The motors are going to be this big. They are very small, they work extremely well but just for this look.

The next option for this customer with the light control could be shutters. The shutters when we take them up this high generally they are put into a position to where it shoots the light up to the ceiling instead of being through the house. Then the lower windows totally controlled. They could also do wood blinds. Motorize up here to tilt if they do want that control.

Speaker 3: So you wouldn’t drop- It would still be the same at the top is where you would have the rod. You wouldn’t drop it down here?

Speaker 1: You could but one thing that when you walk into this room if I dropped this rod right here it takes away from that beautiful height. This is drama.

Speaker 3: Right. The shutters will still fit behind there and tilt so that it is- [crosstalk 00:02:48]

Speaker 1: They will tilt and also we can make a wand for them if they want to be able to tilt those.

Speaker 3: Oh okay. That makes sense.

Speaker 1: Another thing that we have done a few times is that we- Lets say they are doing wood blinds up here in the top and so what we do is on the tilt control is attach a little jump ring to where they can take a telescoping pole and tilt those where they wish.

Here if you want to draw. Let me erase this. She could also leave this open. She could also have film put on this window. Film is going to be effective but it is not going to be as effective as the solar screen and this product also if it is west facing will create the most beautiful shadows you have ever seen around the room so it is really pretty. Then the stairwells are usually where I pick up my pattern from. If there are metal stairwells in there or a lot of times front doors. The front doors that have the iron work on them I will pull the pattern out of there too.