We talk to a lot of customers who have crank handles on their windows. They often ask us, if they buy our cellular shades, will it interfere with them. This is a very good question, especially if you’re going to make an investment on our window treatments.
The best way to mount a shade (in my opinion), is by doing it with an inside mount that sits within the window’s frame. Every shade has a minimum depth requirement in order to mount it as an inside mount. This means, a flat depth that’s all the way around the window frame so the shade can raise and lower without an interruption. One of the largest culprits for interference for these actions is window locks and crank handles.
If you look at Figure 1, this is a regular crank handle that is protruding into the window frame space. In this particular situation, there likely is enough space to have the shade rest snugly against the window’s sill. If you want to find out if you have enough space, take a ruler or measuring tape and measure the sill to the front edge to where the handle begins. You need to make sure that you have no other protrusions like window locks featured on top of the window frame.
Take a look at Figure 2, this particular crank handle featured on newer windows, which gives our cellular window shade an ample amount of space to sit on the window’s sill.
Last but not least, have a look at Figure 3. This is actually the T-Handle in my kitchen! Since I’m on a budget and do not feel like replacing my windows, an easy solution would be to mount my shades as an outside mount.
Every situation is going to be unique in its own way. The best solution is to check measure, then check our product pages to see what the minimum mount depth requirements are for the shades that you’re interested in. In the event that you want side tracks on your shades, it can be a bit tricky. So in the instances, we encourage you to send us an email and we can figure out a solution for you!