Window Shades for Garden Windows

October 11, 2010

Garden windows are a perfect addition to a kitchen or any other room in your home where you want more light and more shelf space for growing plants and flowers. Of course, there may be times when you want to keep some of that sunshine out of your home, and for that you will need a shade for your garden window.

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Here's a simple way to measure and install pleated window shades for garden windows:

  1. Using a steel tape, measure the width and height of the window frame to the nearest 1/8 of an inch.
  2. Purchase a custom-ordered outside mount window shade, which will mount on the vertical wall or trim above the window. Outside mount shades can work better than inside mount window shades for garden windows because the shade will not interfere with the window cranks used to open the casement panels on either side of the garden window.
  3. Your window shade should be manufactured approximately 2-4 inches larger than your measured window opening, which ensures that the entire opening will be covered by the shade.
  4. Using a screw driver or cordless drill, install the supplied shade mounting brackets above the window. They should be located approximately 2-3 inches in from the outside edges of the shade and be at equal heights.
  5. The shade assembly should fit into the mounting brackets and will be held in place by screws or clips supplied by the blind manufacturer.
  6. The final step will be to adjust the shade by equalizing the two strings, which attach to the lowest part of the shade assembly and lift and lower the shade.

There are many styles of shades available with outside mounts, so be sure to choose a shade that complements your interior decor, and follow the specific installation instructions included with the product you choose.

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