3-Sided Exposure - Flat Roof
For Wrap Around Porches, Imagine Another Side and Use These Concepts
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Your project will consist of 1 or more panels. The configuration diagrams to the right demonstrate general concepts and possibilities from an arial view (plan view or satellite view). You can create any configuration of your choosing using these concepts. Download Worksheet
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These are tricky and we want to help. Folks are tempted to track these and split panels for decorative swags at each column. It looks great when the curtains are gathered back into swags, but you'll also be looking at a lot of seams instead of that great view. We have a simpler method that is considerably less expensive. How to prepare.
Remember that the black mosquito mesh is crystal clear to see through. While they won't slide or gather at all using a Fixed Velcro® attachment, in actuality, folks draw curtains far less than they anticipate. The space stays protected at all times.
The challenge is that this is a giant "soup can label" and measurements need to be spot on. In the first diagram, we use a 2 panel configuration with one magnetic split for entry. The other ends overlap a column where we are able to allow for some error equal to the width of the column and still create a seal with marine snaps. While your intuition may fight you on this recommendation, plenty of clients have been very happy with the results and savings.
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A regularly shaped column has a perfectly straight edge from ceiling to floor. A 4in x 4in support post or, a 2ft x 2ft square-base, stucco column would be examples of regularly shaped columns. Regularly shaped columns are easy to snap to since the column has a straight continuous edge. If there are no obstructions, the best path for regularly-shaped columns is a path exterior to the columns, but to end a panel and start a new panel at corners. Each panel snaps independently to either side of a regularly shaped corner column.
Irregularly-shaped columns do not have a perfectly straight edge from ceiling to floor. Examples are fluted, spindled, tapered, or bungalow-style columns. Because the straight edge of the curtain will not match the non-linear edge of the column, you cannot achieve a good seal by snapping. For CORNER columns, let the panel "straddle" the corner with a path inside the columns. In the next step, we'll show you how th "pinch" the center of the panel to a corner column using our elastic cord.
Hint: If you have a panel split at an irregular column that is NOT a corner column, you can achieve your seal with a magnetic connection and then snap one panel to the irregular column for stability.
Almost Regularly-shaped Columns
You can treat these as regular columns if you take a path on the exterior side of these columns allowing the panels to run past the columns (recommended). Remember that if you are taking an outside path to "break" panels at corner columns rather than straddling a corner with a single panel. When these decorative caps have a thin profile with very little deviation from a straight edge, you can drape over the caps to snap. Open the diagram to see another trick.
You may also treat these as irregular columns and take a path interior to these columns, in which case you would not try to seal to a corner column. Instead, straddle the corner and use elastic cord (described in Step 4) to pinch center of straddled panel to corner column.