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Doors: the “If-And-Why-But” of Shade Installation on Doors

Posted on: August 10, 2012

As an avid photographer in the Age of Film, I first toted my case filled with cameras, lenses, and filters around such locales as the highlands of Scotland, the loughs of Ireland, and the Castles and Country Houses of England and Wales.

Despite the low light found in churches, I treasure images illuminated only by the sun beaming in the interiors of Chartres, Sainte Chapelle, or the Salzburger Dom.

My feet have tramped picturesque villages, towns, cities in old provincial seats of places like Savoy and Alsace. They’ve hiked the Alps, and crossed the Vlatava into a newly-liberated Prague.

When you have little money to spare, you learn to travel frugally. Walking cuts down on expenses.

I’ve always been a walker – though sometimes I’ve had to trudge four or five miles because the buses just weren’t running that day…

Then there are the walks along the beach; always a thrill. Or through a garden. Or along a canal to the next lock or windmill.

When you walk you observe such wonderful things: Like a red-rimmed doorway beckoning you to step into an inviting interior. What resides up there? Who will you meet?

Doorways, arches, windows — all have ample samples in my photographic portfolio of bygone trips.

So imagine my surprise when today’s email gave notice of a “popular” Pinterest board dealing with DOORS, WINDOWS…AND SUCH!  This I just had to check it out.

Susan Terrana‘s board on Pinterest has a FABULOUS collection of photographs — the red-rimmed door is one — culled from all over the world. Some places are recognizably FRENCH or SPANISH, CUBAN or ROMAN. Others make you sigh, “Where on earth could this place be?!?”

Here’s two of my favorite photos from Susan’s Collection: 

Photos of glass doors, of course, made me also think of our Cellular Window Shades

A Truly LOVELY Picture; so much going on in it aesthetically, artistically – as well, of course, as being a fabulous doorway in what must be a wonderful place to live: The wing-back chair, the plump white pillow in the farther room (I’m convinced the glass pieces are actually mirrors), the scent of the pink lilies in the air. A picture IS worth a 1000 words.

But what if that couch opened out into a sofa-bed for your incoming guests… Maybe they would LOVE a shade over the door for a bit of privacy.

Could I do that, though? I hear you say.

Probably —

Although there’s very little wood frame and a LOT of glass. Installation would have to make sure NOT to screw brackets any place where an edge of the glass might be nicked and the glass cracked.

TIP #1: a good rule of thumb is to measure at least an inch beyond your glass: Bottom and Sides.

A good two-inches is a real “safety” measure at the top, where your brackets will be affixed.

Look again at this door and its sidelights: very slim trim.

And I’m also seeing a protruding lockset, which undoubtedly is mirrored on the backside of the door.

TIP #2: make sure your shade can pass in front of the lockset on the door. If a Lever-style handle, and you want the shade between the handle and the door, check that there’s enough room to allow the shade’s bottom rail to pass between handle and door, AND whether you’ll have enough room to grip the handle without fumbling against the shade cloth.

Now, I don’t have access to this house and its door, can’t do any measuring, but where might I first consider placing my Cellular Shade?

TIP #3: Use an OUTSIDE MOUNT, which screws through the back of the bracket into the flat-area surface behind the bracket.

My choice would fall to that header which runs across the two sidelights and the door, located just below the wide arch. Yes, I’d leave the arch open. Privacy wouldn’t be an issue, and it’s such an architectural feature of the adjoining rooms. The Header is above the door area, which will allow ample room for raising the shade in order to pass through the open door. There also seems enough projection, so that the shade hangs straight down without any obstruction from the lockset. One shade, wide enough to cover the entire width, would be advantageous, practical, and cost effective.

In the end, your guests might say,


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