You Should Know
Over the years of selling our bamboo curtains we have
boiled down some of the important bits of information that you as an
informed customer should know prior to considering a purchase.
Click on any of the topics below for more
getting requests for these. YES! we can supply these BUT
.....there is always a catch!),
there are some
pointers you should know. We have sold these for several years and
we learnt a number of important facts.
blinds do not last long before they start to peel and flake. Normal
paint does not penetrate easily into the bamboo fiber. The best paint
job will last ~2-3 years (depending on the amount of sun and usage). Unlike normal wood
blinds, bamboo blinds either rollup or pleat up when raised, this causes
the bamboo to rub against each other and slowly but surely over time and
usage the paint will flake and peel. (unless of course you never roll up
your blinds, then the problem goes away!).
Transferable lifetime warranty does not cover this problem.
repainting. White dye properly used will actually penetrate the bamboo
fiber, however the bamboo will never be completely white like paint. 2nd
option: repaint every 2-3 years, light sanding and spray painting
(we will provide the instructions)
or Color matched Blinds
See section above
for core information. Red/oak blinds are sometimes stained or painted.
This type of blind has the same problem as white blinds. Continuous
exposure to sunlight WILL fade the color of these blinds. Speed of the
fading will depend on the amount and intensity of the sun exposure.
some change in Dye lots, (what is this??, every new batch of inventory
stock of blinds is a new dye lot, dye lots do not necessarily match the
sample we send you. In general the color are very very close but never
an exact match) if an exact match in color is critical, please request a
factory sample to match color.
Color matching is
also a common request. Please send us the name, paint number and the
name of the manufacturer and we will custom paint the blinds.
(yup, even purple
and Door Blinds
O.K..... This has become one of our most
requested blinds. Extremely common in the far east and europe, it has
been catching on pretty rapidly in N. America.
There are 2 options.
1) Horizontal Bamboo
2) Vertical Bamboo blinds
You can have one blind running across the entire 2 paned doorway. Please
note the maximum width are usually 96" or 144" . If your doorway exceeds
this width, you will have to split the blinds in two. A very common
request is to have a multiheadrail system
as 2in1 or 3in1, please read the attached link carefully, good bits of
information is available, pictures of multiheadrail is shown above).
Our opinion, we do not recommend blinds
of width's greater than 96"
Why? Click her to find out more
For Patio Doors, we
recommend splitting the horizontal blinds into 2 parts
single blind tend to look like a large mat.
Patio doors look better with two separate blinds.
Patio doors with two separate blinds are more functional. One
blind can be opened for entry and exit while the other can be closed.
Allowing the blind to be displayed at all times.
Note: length A
This length is crucial for horizontal bamboo blinds. When a blind
is fully raised, a blind will compress to a certain height, this is know
as "stacking". (see item below for
more information, For all blind length's, stacking heights are indicated
in the above link) The stack height
will dictate how high the blind will be installed, above the top of the
doorway. (If the
stack is not taken into account, you will be knocking your head on the
blinds every time you walk thru the doorway!).
The distance above the door to the ceiling
(A) must be at
least the stacking height. If this additional height is not available,
horizontal blinds should not be used, please consider vertical blinds.
see measuring instruction for more details on measuring for doorways.
2) Vertical Bamboo
This is our preferred option. A
cleaner more efficient look. They open
and close like a vertical curtain except that they are made from bamboo!
The only restriction is that the door height must not exceed the maximum
width of the bamboo style. Also note the
stacking requirements for vertical blinds, dimension
(B) is now crucial.
3 on 1 Headrail
These blinds have
2 or 3 blinds attached to 1 headrail. The idea is to have one common
valance for more than one blind. (for example you would have 3 blinds on one
headrail with a common valance). Each blind will have separate cords, locks and
lifting mechanisms, consequently each blind can be independently raised
and lowered. We have made blinds that were up to 165" width!
have one continuous valance, the width must not exceed their maximum
size of 96" or 144". (depends on the style). If the maximum width is
exceeded, the valance will be split.
THEREFORE: if your blind exceeds
the maximum width, there is no advantage to getting a multiheadrail
will end up looking like two blinds with two valances!)
If you have a
very large single window or multiple windows in sequence
order 2 or more blinds of equal width and butt the blinds up against
If you have 2or3 windows next to each other and the
width is less
than the maximum width, a multiheadrail blind might be applicable to have one
There is an
additional surcharge for multiheadrail blinds.
blinds is a topic that would take a bunch more pages. Suffice to say we
make these styles. Call us for more information.
What's stacking. Whenever you raise a blind to full open position, you
will always lose a certain height to the folding/compression of the
blinds at the top of the window. (Blinds are like accordions, they can
only compress to a certain size).
You must account for
this loss in window visibility. (especially for small window)
Approx. Roman Stack Height
One way to get by
this loss in visibility is to install the blinds above the window
opening or in the window molding itself. (Ie if you
install the blinds above the window opening, when the blinds are fully
raised, the stack height will be above the window opening and you will
have full visibility, also see the next topic below on molding). Inside
mounting is not the ideal choice for door ways and entrances.
For Vertical Blinds
When vertical blinds are
compressed (window/door blind is fully
opened), they will stack to the dimensions below. There must
be enough wall space on either sides of the window or door to take up
the stack else, some of your window/door view will be blocked by the
stack. (known as single draw)
If you do not have sufficient wallspace on either side of your
door/blind, you can get around this also by splitting the blind into 2
separate blinds. (known as a split
draw). This will split the stack/ wall space requirement to
half for each blind.
Please click on the following link for more information on
vertical bamboo blinds.
Approx. Stack Width
All your blinds come complete with Hardware.
This means installation brackets and accompanying accessories. (Please
note, some blinds do not come with screws, why we have no clue!)
Normal hardware brackets
Hold Down Brackets
Normal Hardware brackets are used for inside and outside mounts.
Hold Down Brackets are used to secure the
bottom of shades. It used in conditions where the shade is likely to
move often, like in a windy window or a door. A steel rod is run the
entire bottom hem of the blind. There is a surcharge for hold down
For more information on hardware, please see visit our
| Soft Valance
So what a soft valance....
(a valance that's not hard? heh!)
Normally a 6" valance is free with any horizontal blind. However, you
might want to have the valance alone to accent another style of window
covering. (like mini blinds)
You would definitely want to consider
these when using vertical bamboo blinds. Please click on the pictures above for more information
on these valances, these standalone
valance styles are currently carried only by the
Horizon Line Collection.
| Manufacturing, Fabrication
What does this gibberish mean?..........
Manufacturing is the country where the bamboo material/mat is made. The
blind initially come in 144ft by 12ft rolls of bamboo mat material. Home
country of construction varies from China/Taiwan, Thailand, India,
S.Africa to Mexico. The only bamboo blinds that we are aware of being
manufactured/woven in the U.S are from ConradShades. (designed for the very high end folks out there!)
Fabrication is the actual process of
making the bamboo blinds. (Its cut
from the rolls and fabricated into blinds). Most of the major
fabricators are in the U.S, some are overseas. For example blinds
from S.Africa, Thailand, Indonesia are actually manufactured and
Construction is how the blind material/mat
is made. In most cases, the mat is constructed via a machine. The most
unique blind we carry are handmade, with no usage of a machine. Its
painstaking work but the result are magnificent!
Questions?? Chat with Us!!
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