Q: I need to block the sun from my larger trapezoidal
windows approximately 87″ h x 18″ h, long side-short side, with a 72 ‘ width. What can I use and where can I get them? They
are in the top of a chalet wall so are also up high.
A: Thanks for your question, Jackie. So many people have these misshaped, trapezoidal windows you refer to.
They’re prevalent in modern construction, and they look great from the outside.
It’s actually a lot easier than you think to find the perfect product for this
type of window. For those of you wondering what they heck something like this
looks like, take a look:
Now that we see some examples – that’s the thing about
trapezoids, none are exactly alike – we can move forward. A lot of places
require you send in some kind of template you’ve traced of your exact window,
laid out on template paper:
But DON’T WORRY, you don’t need to do that. Just make sure
your measurements are accurate for all 4 sides and that you specify the
orientation (ie, which side is the top, which side is on the right, etc).
Your window treatment needs to accomplish two things: it
needs to cover an odd-shaped window, and it needs to block light. The best
product for you is a cellular shade. Cellulars are the absolute best insulators
and light-blocking shades available. Depending on how much light you want to
let in, you’ll choose between a light filtering shade and a room darkening
shade. Hunter Douglas Duettes are excellent cellulars that can easily be made
into the shade you’re looking for. They’re available in plenty of colors, and
they might save you a little money in the end because of their insulating properties.
They’re also static treated to resist dust, which is perfect for someone like
you, whose windows might be out of reach.
The light blocking shade I recommend is the Norman Blackout Single Cell Shades. If you’d prefer light filtering, which would let a little light in when it’s down, go with the Norman Light Filtering Cellular Shades. There are great, less expensive options, like the
Blinds.com 3/8″ Double Cell Light Filtering shade, our top selling and
highest rated product. If you have not already ordered samples, you can choose
up to ten for free and have them sent to your home. Choose a few light
filtering, a few blackout, and a few different colors to see which one suits
your style best. Once you’ve picked your product and fabric, place your order by
calling one of our Design Consultants at 1-800-505-1905. Specialized orders
like yours cannot be placed via the Web; they are placed by a Blinds.com Design
Consultant to ensure you get exactly what you want.
After you have installed your beautiful, new shades, be sure
to send in images so that your windows can be an inspiration to someone else.