Top down bottom up shades have become increasingly popular over the last view years because of their ability to provide a simple, customized lighting experience and their clean look. Top-down bottom-up shades can also be installed on a long row of windows and raised/lowered to different heights on the top and bottom, creating an interesting visual effect and dramatically changing the lighting in the room. Before committing to this type of shade for yourself, you may be wondering exactly how these window treatments work. Check out Blindster’s thorough explanation of top down bottom up shades:
Top down bottom up shades are operated using a simple cord mechanism and two top rails. The first rail is called the mounting rail, and it is attached to either the inside of your window or mounted outside, depending on your preference. The second rail, called the floating rail, clicks into the mounting rail and can be disengaged by pulling on the cord or the tab in cordless options.
The top and the bottom of the shade operate independently, offering the most versatile lighting and privacy options. Corded top down bottom up shades have a cord on either side of the shade. One of the cords will bring the top down and the other will bring the bottom up.
To operate the top down function with a corded shaded, simply pull the correct cord (it could be on the right or left depending on your shade) towards the middle of the shade to unlock it from the mounting rail and then let the cord lift up until the floating rail reaches your desired level. When the floating rail comes away from the mounting rail if will expose strings inside the window. These are necessary on all top down bottom up shades to support the floating rail. To bring the shade back to the top, simply pull the same cord down until it clicks back into place in the mounting rail.
The bottom up function operates like a regular shade, by pulling down on the correct cord to lift the bottom to your desired level. To bring the shade back down, pull the cord towards the middle of the shade to unlock it and then allow the cord to lift up.
A cordless shade has plastic tabs at the top and bottom of the shade. To operate the top down function, gently pull the tab down to release it from the mounting rail and stop when you reach your preferred placement. To bring it back to the top, just pull up on the tab and snap it back into the mounting rail. To lift the bottom of the shade up, pull up on the bottom tab. To replace, pull down on the tab.
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