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Coverings for Odd Shaped Windows

by Lyn
(Tas, Australia)

Testing the heat escape theory

Testing the heat escape theory

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During the winter we are finding that these windows are allowing the heat, which rises to the top, to escape. This makes the rooms very cold and the heaters very inefficient.

We covered the offending windows with newspaper to test this theory & were amazed at the warmth that returned.

Due to it's shape & the fact that we love the light it affords in Summer, we are lost for ideas for stylish, effective & tempory/adjustable solution.

Any ideas....?

Answer

Considering the sucess you had with covering the windows with newspaper, imagine how much more insulating capabilities you will add to your windows by covering them with cellular shades.

Yes, you can get cellular shades that open and close even in this odd shape (it's called a trapezoid).

Check out our operable trapezoid window shades that you can open and close easily. The cellular shade fabric has special cells that trap air within them therefore adding a layer of insulation on your windows when closed.

Want a lower cost solution?

Try heat control window film. It blocks the sun's glare while allowing light in. The low-e window film has a special coating that doesn't the heat escape in the winter.

But take care when installing window film on such a high place (over your head). The safest would be if it is installed by two experienced people or even better hire a professional to do the installation.




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Coverings for Odd Shaped Windows
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the clever ideas.
We will follow the cellular blinds up as they sound perfect.

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trapezoid window treatments

by Mike Capra
(Schaghticoke, NY)

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I have a large trapezoid window in my living room, that I have used vertical blinds on. The window is an angle top window similar to the one in your diagram.

I am on my third vertical blind for this window. The problem has been that after about three to five years the headrail mechanism that holds the blinds in place breaks and the vertical slats all slide down to the lowest side of the window. I have used two different manufacturers and the same problem exists. Its as if the continued weight of holding them in line eventually weakens the mechanism and it gives out.

For the most part we hardly ever raise the blinds to the highest side of the window, we just turn them 180 degrees, to block out the light and/or unwanted heat.

Any suggestions? I really don't want to continuously be replacing the vertical blinds.

Answer

As you can see on our trapezoid window page we have many solutions other than vertical blinds for angle top windows like pleated and cellular shades, wood blinds, Silhouette and woven woods.

If you want to be able to completely expose the window we have cellular shades for trapezoid windows that open up completely.

You will need to buy shades or blinds that are room darkening if you want to completely block the sun when the shades are closed.

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Baton at top of trapezoid windows
by: Anonymous

What about putting up a wooden baton not to interfere with PVC window frames. This way you could attach rails, or other fitting to hold up a fabric shade to help insulate window to keep in heat during winter months. This fabric shade could then be removed in summertime. Any comments?

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