One of the best alternatives of horizontal windows and window blinds are sliding panels. They make great accent to decors that have Asian themes. They also look softer than glass. They have the ability of being a window and a wall simultaneously. They offer privacy to a room while still filtering light.
These windows are most ideal for covering doors in patios for they maintain an outdoor look when used in patios. They also stand out in covering windows. Some interior designers use them in a room as attractive dividers. This is because they can be designed as large as floor to floor or wall to wall coverings to create a striking look.
Installing these coverings require using a track for holding the pane in place. Unlike in wooden blinds whereby the blinds and the window are separate and independent, in these sliding panes, the panel itself is still the blind. The track normal exists at both the bottom and the top. However, in some windows, the track is only on just one side.
Start with installing the track. The surface on which you will mount the track should be secure. Ensure that the window has all the components needed for installation such as bracket screws for mounting. Some windows are sold with swivel brackets that make it possible to open the window horizontally and on a pivot point.
When installing the track, allow for some distance , just some few inches, between the wall and the swivel for the window to open. Ensuring that the window will be secure and solid will depend on the number and installation of tracks.
The next step will involve installing the rail head. When installing pivot brackets, ensure you allow for some distance between them and the wall just like in the case of the tracks. In some instances, you might require more tracks for the entire room.
This will make it possible to stack more panels. In case you may desire to add another valance, ensure you only use the one that’s specifically designed for the window. Otherwise, it may not fit properly.
Once done, you can now install the panel into the rail. This may be the hardest step since you need to fit them properly and careful to ensure they don’t fall over. You can use some Velcro strips inside the rail head to secure the pane further. This should allow you to slide in the panel.
Any excess fabric on the valance should be tripped. Wooden valances usually have an L joint made of aluminium at the corner and this is inserted into the panels. The final step involves installing the cords. The cords move the sliding window along its track.