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Thursday, I spoke to a woman who had installed the ComforTracks side-tracks, but was unable to pull the shade down over the crank.

She was adamant that the depth required for the side tracks — a minimum of 1 1/2 inches, but a flush mount requires 1 7/8 inches — was available on her window, yet was curious that the shade could not be pulled completely down, because of the crank handle.

Take a look at this window – its flat surface depth – its crank.

If we assume the flat surface depth is 2-inches, one can concede that tracks could be applied to this window. But look closely at the handle: it is the full depth of that flat surface! So for this window to fully accommodate a cellular window shade with side tracks, it would require the depth of 1 1/2 to 2-inches as measured from the furthest point beyond that handle.

The greatest hint I can give about measuring is NOT to measure depth with the idea of where is the point of greatest depth (for even sash windows have more depth on the upper sash than the lower sash), but where is the point of least-greatest depth.

This user could have side tracks on their window – but the shade will never clear that crank at the bottom. If the molding were straight out for another couple inches, the story would be quite different. Always remember: it is flat surface depth beyond any window obstructions like cranks, handles and locks.

For more information, see our measuring guide.

I am reminded to say that long-handled CRANKS are a thing of the past: check out our supply of T-Handles. NOTE: This will help your profile, but not solve all lack-of-depth problems.


The October issue of This Old House magazine has a short one-page “illustrated” PRICE-WISE article about Cellular Shades!

The quick look at cellular shades involves the ComforTrack Plus blackout shades.

WARNING: The ONE THING readers of TOH do NOT want to do with their Symphony BLACKOUT fabric shades, however, is SOAK the fabric!!! That cleaning method is ONLY for LIGHT FILTERING fabrics!

We’d love to hear from you, if you heard about cellular shades through This Old House magazine — tell us, if this was your source when you order from

Check out our “As Featured In….” page of links all about the Energy-Saving Side Track System. You can learn about the side track system, and why it will save you money — and how to benefit from Comfortex’s Insulation Systems Federal Tax Credit for 2011.

We added a couple new pages to our blog, The Inside Scoop at CellularWindowShades:

Check out our handy guide: How to Measure for Symphony Shades. Learn the tricks of the trade, and you will measure with confidence and success.

We’ve also include two video links, produced by Comfortex; the most useful follows the installation of a shade with side tracks from start to finish, including bracket placement and track placement.

Especially important here, the “handyman” is shown measuring for window depth. We’ve had customers with casement windows who have installed tracks, but left little room for the shade to come down unimpeded and now have to pull the shade — gently, gently — beyond the cranks and locks of their windows. Take five seconds to determine if you have enough clearance, just as this man does.

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