Top Down Bottom Up Shades:
What They Are and How to Use Them

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What’s so interesting about top down bottom up shades?

Let’s start with the flexiblity. The top down bottom up shade allows you to open a shade from the top, the bottom, or in combination.

In an age where it seems that almost every inconvenience has a solution, why should window treatments be any different? Say goodbye to the natural light versus privacy debate you face every morning with your partner in the bathroom. Say goodbye to the inability to get a breeze and a view while maintaining your privacy in your dining or family room. Say goodbye to worrying about your children touching your beautiful, neutral-toned shades while still being able to provide privacy and natural light in the playroom.

It’s all thanks to the top down bottom up shade—which happens to be available through Window Works!

Top Down Bottom Up Shades Depending on your home and your lifestyle, you can utilize the top down bottom up shade in any way you see fit. We’ll give you the ways we see this type of shade most often used and let you decide if this is the perfect option for you!

Top Down Functionality

Most often homeowners utilize the top down functionality in bathrooms. The ability to lower a shade from the top down is the perfect way to give your bathroom natural light in the morning while maintaining privacy.

You are also able to maintain your view of the sky and the tops of the trees! And an added bonus: If your windows open from the top down, you can get also get a nice breeze. There is nothing like starting your day off with nature!

Other than in bathrooms, the top down functionality is particularly useful in any room on the first floor of your home. Imagine you are eating in your dining room or watching tv in your living room and you want natural light and possibly a breeze without the neighborhood seeing into your private spaces. You can open your shade from the top down but maintain the privacy of a window treatment.

Top Down Window Treatment

Bottom Up Functionality

The bottom up functionality also allows you to utilize your window and window treatments in a very standard way. If you simply want your window and shade open from the bottom, you can have it! The bottom up function is a great way to block out the intense midday sunshine that shines down on your home while still allowing the window to open.

Top Down Bottom Up Window Shades

The Combo Functionality:

Utilizing the combination of bottom up, top down is the ultimate solution to your every need when it comes to privacy, sunlight, and natural air. The combination of top down and bottom up allows for privacy, particularly at the eye level. You get coverage throughout the middle of your window, where all of the action is happening on the inside of your home, but you can still let in natural light and a breeze.

Picture a playroom where your children or grandchildren are playing:

You don’t want them to be able to touch the window treatment but you would love natural light. You can keep the shade open from the bottom to prevent them from touching anything and open the shade from the top so there is sunlight in the room! The possibilities are endless!

Bottom Up Window Shades

Additional Benefits of Top Down Bottom Up

One of the best aspects of the top down bottom up feature is that you do not need to permanently decide how you want the shade to function. It can change on a daily basis. Or, for hard to reach areas, you can have our installers set the shades how you want them and leave them. As a third option, you can motorize your shades, allowing you to easily make changes as you see fit!

The option for cordless is always available, as are many fabric, material, and color options. Because the top down bottom up function is available on Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Duettes, Hunter Douglas Woven Woods, Hunter Douglas Pleated Shades, and Hunter Douglas Roman shades, this feature can work for literally any decor.

Honeycomb Duettes

Bathroom Window Shades

Woven Woods

Window Shades For Living Room

Woven Woods Window Shades

Pleated Shades

Pleated Shades Interior Design

Roman Shades

Roman Shades Family Room

Roman Shades Dining Room

The exact capabilities do vary depending on the product, which is why it is critical to have one of our window treatment experts assist you in finding the perfect product for your home! Call us today to schedule your free shop at home appointment!

Photos courtesy of Hunter Douglas

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