Bottom-Up FlexShade Offers Both Privacy and Light

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Dual Roller Bottom-Up FlexShade provides privacy.

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Bottom-Up FlexShade features tensioned draw cables that lift the shade. When used on the lower half of the windows, they provide privacy and light simultaneously.

When you have a lower floor apartment in a big city with nice street views, privacy is a concern. But when that apartment is part of a well-designed, beautiful building, the last thing you want is to have the integrity and beauty of the space compromised by ugly, intrusive products.

This was the dilemma faced by one New York City couple who wanted to redecorate their recentlypurchased apartment.

“They wanted to have privacy without losing the architectural beauty of the space. And of course they still wanted to allow in a lot of natural light,” said Marc Chelnik, a Draper dealer who was approached by the building’s architect to help solve the dilemma.

Standard roll-down shades were not the answer, nor were mini blinds. The customers needed an aestheticallyappealing solution that would keep the space well-lit, yet private.

“The Draper Bottom-Up FlexShade worked the best because with the second floor location, when they are used on the lower half of the nine-foot high windows, they provide privacy and light simultaneously,” Chelnik said.

The Draper Bottom-Up FlexShade does exactly what the name implies. They are window shades with fabric that rolls “up” on a spring roller located at the bottom of the window. The shades offer either motorized or clutch operation. For the motorized version, a second roller, or two pulleys, are secured at the top of the window, and thin, unobtrusive cables lift the fabric into position.

Chelnik used both type—a single roller and a two-cable pulley version known as the Draper Dual Roller Bottom-Up FlexShade. The name derives from the fact that both rollers are located in the headbox at the bottom of the window.

On most windows the single roller Bottom-Up FlexShade worked great, but on one of the main architectural features—a beautiful arch window—something special was needed.

“Since the arch window is the main feature of the area, we needed a stealthy design,” Chelnik said. The dual roller was perfect for the job, but Chelnik did customize his installation, using a unit that is taller than Draper is typically able to provide. “The Dual Roller Bottom-Up FlexShade allows us to use the 1/2 inch pulleys at the top. Since they are 14 feet off the floor, they are nearly invisible.” The pulleys were attached with anchors in the mortar.

But the increased height wasn’t the only custom part of the job. Draper provided fascia or headboxes to hide the rollers, endcaps and operating mechanism on most of the shades in the apartment. The dual roller version on the arch window was, again, another story.

“All of the lower millwork was designed by the architect based on the specs supplied and coordinated with us,” Chelnik said. “The results are great—the unit fits right in and when lowered is completely unobtrusive.”

To make control simple, Draper provided remote-controlled, radio-operated motors, also with a multi-channel remote to allow control of single shades or all of them as a group.

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