A 2-story wall of windows leaves no barriers to sunlight. The natural light floods the room, creating a seamless connection to the outdoors. This transparency is not without the need for an occasional privacy screen or sunlight filtering. There are several options available for 2-story window treatments that both filter the light and provide decorative window accents.
Curtains and Drapes
Add a touch of drama to the scale of your 2-story windows. Long panels are simple to make from fabrics by the yard. If your 2-story windows tower at 20 feet, you will want to work with 7-yard cuts of fabric. You will need a minimum of two long panels for your window. Depending on the width of your windows--whether they're narrow or a full wall--you may need multiple panels to completely cover the windows when the curtains and drapes are drawn.
Consider the curtain rod. The rod will be handling more than twice the amount of weight of standard size windows' curtains and drapes. Choose heavy-duty rods that can support the weight of long and heavy window treatments with bending during use.
Choose sheer fabrics to filter the light while providing some privacy over the window. For your opaque drapes, look for lightweight fabrics, as the long length will be enough to add some weight to the drape. These lighter fabrics will also make it easier to maneuver the curtains from open to closed positions.
Shades are another option for 2-story window treatments. Shades are flat, neat window treatments that can be raised or lowered to a desired height. Shades vary in their degree of sunlight screening, from translucent to opaque.
According to Blinds Galore, solar shades are a nice addition to living and dining spaces. These rooms are not as privacy demanding as bedrooms and bathrooms, so solar shades will filter light while providing moderate privacy.
Another shade option for 2-story windows is to have custom-made Roman shades. These will be made with light fabrics that provide privacy, as well as heavy-duty hardware for operating the shades. Roman shades will add both style and interest to your 2-story windows.
Blinds are also available for 2-story windows. Blinds provide both controlled privacy and filtered natural lighting. The blinds will have to be custom ordered for your windows, and they are available in a large selection of colors to coordinate with your room. Cleaning the blinds does not always make this the first choice for 2-story windows.
Most options for 2-story windows can be fitted with mechanical operating devices, according to Blinds Galore. These devices can open drapes so that you do not have to manually adjust their positioning. Blinds and shades are available with remote controls to raise and lower them to your desired height. Some more advanced systems are even set to timers to open in the morning and close in the evening.
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