Based on your detected country, we suggest the draperinc.com domain for the best experience.

Glossary of Window Shade Terms


Download a copy in PDF format

Click here to download a copy of these definitions in PDF format.
Image

Ball Stops

Upper and lower stopping limits for bead chain clutch shades.

Image

Bead Chain

Operating chain for clutch shades. Stainless steel standard. Optional plastic in five standard colors.

Image

Bead Chain Connector

Metal piece to connect ball chain.

Image

Bracket

Standard mounting point for shade. Use the term "bracket" when providing shade without fascia or headbox.

Image

Ceiling / Wall Headbox

Also called a "surface headbox." Consists of decorative front fascia panel and top back cover. Shade is accessible by removing front fascia.

Image

Chain Hold Down

Safety device to keep chain taut. P-clip standard. If clutch-operated roller shades are installed in an environment where it's possible that young children will be present, choose upgraded spring loaded tensioner to comply with ANSI/WCMA A100.1, the Standard for Safety of Window Coverings.

Image

Clutch

Bead chain operator for manual roller shades. Sized as needed for shade panel lifting requirement.

Image

Clutch NEXD

Heavy-duty clutch mechanism is integrated into mounting endcap. Endcap is available in three sizes (slim, small, and large) depending on size of shade and desired hardware options.

Image

Coupled

Two or more bands of shades operating on a single motor or crank. Also sometimes referred to as "multi-banded" shades.

Image

Coupler

Allows one motor or crank to operate multiple shade fabric bands.

Image

Endcap Cover

Decorative cover for endcap. Included in width of shade measurements as standard. If endcap covers are not to be used, notify Draper so width of covers may be taken into account.

Image

Endcap with Fascia or Headbox

Endcaps provide mounting point for shade, and attachment point for fascia/headbox. No brackets are needed when endcaps are used.

Image

Fascia

Decorative aluminum shade cover.

Image

Pocket Style Headbox

Four sided cover intended for recessed installation. Shade is accessible from the bottom.

Image

Railroad / Transverse

Width of window is greater than width of fabric. Pieces of fabric are rotated, seamed horizontally and trimmed to the correct width. In some cases several pieces may be seamed together to cover unusually tall windows. Not all fabrics are suitable for seaming.

Image

Regular Roll / Reverse Roll

Regular Roll: (Fig. 1) Fabric is rolled off back of roller, next to window. Reverse Roll: (Fig. 2) Fabric is rolled off front of roller, away from window.

Image

Seams

Two pieces of fabric joined together to make larger piece. All Draper seams are heat sealed. Custom locations available to match mullions.

Image

Slat Bar

Bottom shade weight which is enclosed in a heat sealed hem.

Image

Spline Attachment

A method of attaching shade fabric to a roller that allows shade fabric to be removed without removing roller assembly from mounting hardware. Fabric is welded to a plastic spline then inserted securely into a matching channel in the roller. May affect which shade sizes use small/large fascia or headbox.

Image

Spring Assist

Also known in specifications as Lift Assist Mechanism (LAM). Specialized roller which reduces resistance when raising a manual shade.

Image

Stay

Metal strip to minimize fabric curling or for fabric retention in side channels.

Image

U Channel

2½" x 1" side channel for fabric. Used to reduce light gaps.

Image

U Channel Cap

Optional plastic cap for use with U Channels. Provides a finished end at bottom or top of installed light gap reduction channel.

 
Quick Feedback

We would love to get your thoughts so don't hesitate to send us your feedback!

Name
Email
What could we improve? (required)
Please enter the following characters to help us prevent spam:
nothuman