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Old 04-05-2015, 06:39 AM   #1
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Changing from pleated shades to honycomb

I am going to get rid of the old pleadted shades and replace with 3/8 or 1/2 inch honycombed.

The problem i see is the brackets for the honycombed. Most new ones seem to have a lever that sticks out that you slide to one side which locks the shade in. Different than the snape in pleated ones. I am concerned with if there is going to be enough clearance for that lever in the open position. I only have about 2 inches clearance with the valance

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Old 04-05-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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We installed honeycomb shades on driver side and passenger side in front. They do stand out from the wall about 3/4" - 1". Our valance covers them ok with no modifications, but there is one problem. Going down the road, they work ok, but when making turns or maneuvering they tend to swing in and out, banging against the wall. I'm trying to dream up a way to latch them down while traveling.

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Old 04-05-2015, 10:37 AM   #3
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We are exploring the ways to do this now. Currently I believe we are looking at Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades. We are down to deciding between the motorized shades and the ultraglide which is a ratchet mechanism. The first hurdle is going to be the depth of the shade headpiece. It is about a half inch wider than the valances. I think we are going to get rid of the three sided carpet valances and then just go to a wooden valence at the top of the shade. I do not have anywhere to put soft drinks on the couch and I have found some teak drink holders that would fit nicely to cover up the holes from the bottom bracket on the valance. One of the things I like about these shades is the degree they hold the shade at the top when they are retracted. If you bring them all to the top when you travel there is not any way for them to bang around. For times when that might be an issue I saw a shade at lowes that had magnets in the top of the shade when it was in a raised position it held tight with the magnets. I believe that some small rare earth magnets glued to the shade bottom and a small piece of steel ( you can buy them for house cabinets) attached to the frame of your window would hold them in place while traveling.

I look forward to more ideas on this. I think the honeycomb shades are a good way to go with their insulation abilities.
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We replaced all our pleated with MCD roller blinds. They are two rolls. One is a sunscreen and the other is a Black Out Blind. Had to space the valance out about 1/2" but they fit well, easy to operate, and provide blackout when you're parked next to a street light or spending the summer in Alaska.

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Thats inter4esting i never even thought of that. Would need some type of clip that could hold it in
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