By: Karen

I know I’m not the only one out there that hates verticals. But the truth of the matter is, they do the job, and they do it fairly well. But they are noisy, bulky, and generally unattractive. I know they tilt open and closed, and move to the side when you want to use the door, but I don’t have blinds on my other windows that open and close, I have shades that are either open or closed, and I am just fine with them.

Turns out that I am not the only one, and companies have been working hard to come up with creative alternatives. Of course there are fabric verticals, which are slightly more updated, but still the same general concept. The other new design is the panel track systems, where there is a vertical track that moves wide panels from side to side. The only downside is that you always have a panel – usually between 20” – 25” depending on the manufacturer covering your window. Because of where my door is situated, it is an undersized five-foot slider, which would leave a good amount of the door covered at all time.

The other solution I came across is what is called a “2 on 1,” where you have a single headrail, which two independently operating shades. They can be made with pleated or cellular shades, and ensure that the two shades are lined up, and give a clean appearance at the top of your door. Another option was doing two independent roller shades that run on a continuous loop system on the outer sides of the door, with a valance over the top that covers all of the mechanisms. The good thing about either of these options is you can easily coordinate a similar shade in the windows in the room to really pull the look of the room together.

I ended up going with the option of the roller shade because I liked the clean look that it gave on my doors, and I went with the corresponding shade on the two windows in that room. I felt like I had many more options of fabrics, and I really updated the entire look of the room by getting rid of the verticals!