What are Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades?
Top-down bottom-up shades are one of the most versatile shades that you can come across. Also known as TBDU in short, these shades can open on two sides. They open at the bottom near the window sill as well as at the top near the window frame or the valance. When the shade opens at the top then it moves downwards to the bottom. This is the top-down function. When the shade opens at the bottom then the shade moves upwards to the top, which is the bottom-up function.
The top-down bottom-up shades are extremely functional. They address the need for privacy and light control at different times of the day. There is an eternal conflict between the need for natural light and the need for privacy. If you keep shades open for light then privacy gets compromised as it exposes the interiors of your house to outsiders. If you keep shades shut you have privacy but there is no light or warmth pouring in. This is where top-down bottom-up shades prove to be ideal for your homes.
Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades are Ideal for…
They are perfect for ground floor apartments, for rooms exposed to morning and afternoon sun and also for bathrooms. For ground floors, they are ideal as there are always privacy issues for these homes as they are easy targets for the prying eyes of the outsiders. You cannot afford to keep the shades drawn at all times as it would make the rooms dark and depressing.
The shades work beautifully for the rooms that receive a lot of morning or afternoon sun. You can continue receiving light while cutting out the glares that interfere with work and sleep. bathrooms require utmost privacy protection but also light. Top-down bottom-up shades take care of these requirements by allowing you to cover certain sections of the window for privacy while leaving others exposed for light. A common use, for example, is to cover the bottom half of the window so that no one can see inside on the ground level but leave the top portion exposed to let some light in.
The top-down bottom-up option is available for cellular shades, pleated shades, and Roman window shades.
How to Install Top-Down Bottom-Up Shades
Now that you know how these shades function we will take our time to guide you in installing top down bottom up shades all by yourself.
- The first step is to unravel the shade.
- You will find two operating cords. One will be on the right and other on the left. One cord will allow the shade to move upwards and the other to move downwards.
- There is a floating rail at the center and a top rail which is the headrail.
- Take out the mounting brackets which are the same for inside mount and outside mount.
- Get the screw and screw gun. Take one mounting bracket and bring it near the window frame. Hold it such that the front of the bracket is even with the front of the window frame. The head screw should be facing downwards towards the floor. This will allow the bracket to be positioned correctly.
- You will find some pleats hanging down from the headrail. They call that a bumper. The bumper helps to close the light gap which might occur where the top rail and floating rail meets.
- While bringing the rail over to the brackets take care that the bumper does not get caught in the bracket. Pull it down a little bit to prevent this from happening. Fit the pointy part of the front of the bracket in the groove on the headrail. Repeat this step for the other side as well. Align the rail.
- Seat the headrail into the bracket and use the screwdriver to tighten the head screw at the bottom of the bracket. Make sure that the fit is tight to prevent the shades from falling off while operating.
How Do These Shades Function?
Once the shades have been installed we will take a look at how the shades work. There are two cords, one longer than the other. This is because they will be on opposite sides. When you operate the shades down from the top you will use the right cord. You will find a couple of strings in the window frame and that is quite normal. When the shade drops down, the cords that help to support the floating rail get exposed.
When raising the bottom-up part of the shade you will have to pull up the left-hand cord upwards. As the shades move up you will see the bumper closing the light gap at the top. When you raise the shades up there will be no strings exposed unlike when you drop the shades down. There are cord cleats that are provided with the shades that get mounted on side molding or off the side of the molding. The cleat helps you to keep the strings off the floor. This is important if you have small children or pets in the house. Put the cords away from the reach of the kids. Using the cleats to keep the strings away also helps to give a neater and cleaner look to the windows and the shades.
It is easy and convenient to install these shades. You just have to take care to ensure that the right things go into the right areas and that the screws are fit tightly so that the shades don’t come off while operating. Keep the floors free of the cords by using the cord cleats to prevent strangulation or other injuries. We hope we have been of some help in your efforts to install your top-down bottom-up shades.