Tips & Advice for Measuring and Installing Window Treatments

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ask The Expert

I have been in the Window Treatment Industry for 25 years. I’ve performed in home consulations, in store sales and installations. I have seen just about every type of treatment out there and installed it in just about every type of window opening. I created “ask the expert” for you. So put me to the test, post your question below, I enjoy helping. And by chance I don’t have an answer, maybe someone else here will.


261 Responses to “Ask The Expert”
  1. Pam says:

    I don’t know what brand they are. But I did take them down and found that the problem with the pulley system. It was missing a pin (I think). I made something up to improvise and now it operates fine…just a little tight traversing. Thanks anyway.

  2. Shay says:

    I have two sliding glass doors with vertical cellular shades on both. On one, the shade won’t stay closed, like the magnet is not engaging. Is there an inexpensive fix?

  3. Robert says:

    Hi Shay

    First check to make sure the magnet is still there? If it is, does it feel loose. It’s possible that the plastic housing that holds the magnet in place broke which will cause it to not engage. You can check with the mfg. to get a new housing. How is the tension, does it seem hard to go back and forth or does it want to spring back when your trying to close it? If there is too much tension it will cause the magnet to disengage. You can decrease the tension easy but I would need to know what brand you have.


  4. Shay says:

    I think Pam is answering my question in error. I can send you photos if that helps. We just bought the home so I don’t know the manufacturer.

  5. Robert says:

    A photo would be good.

  6. Shay says:

    How do I send a photo through this site? Can I email you directly?

  7. Robert says:

    Yes, send it as an attachment to

  8. Gary says:

    I’m buying a house that is full of levelor blinds for both windows and doors. These are celluar, cordless type shades that raise and lower simply by pulling or pushing on the bottom element. They are shaded red on the interior of the blind and white on the reverse side that faces outward. What I’m wondering is whether there is a simple way to reverse the blind, so that the red side faces out, and the white side faces in?

  9. Robert says:

    Hi Gary

    The shade can be installed in one direction only, so you cannot reverse it.


  10. Diane says:

    We were told by the company we are considering purchasing cellular pleated shades from that if we were not going to be regularly opening and closing the blinds to go with pull cords instead of cordless. The reason given is that the cordless will stop working without regular use. I like the look of the cordless, but will only be in the home six months out of the year. Have you found this to be the case? Thank you.

  11. Robert says:

    Nope….never heard of that and never ran into a case of that being true.

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