Fabrics

 

 

 

   
     
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Most flexible cloth fabrics can be applied as shade coverings these days however there are some constraints that could limit the choice or scope depending on application.
 
As well as woven fabrics shade coverings can be fabricated from standard pre-printed or textured PVC’s, parchment papers etc. or custom printed from photographs or artwork onto translucent or opaque PVC’s
 
A selection of the more readily available materials can be downloaded by clicking the pdf file link below. (Coming soon)

If you have a particular fabric sample or material reference you’d like us to use in order to coordinate the shade finish with other soft furnishings etc. we’re more than happy to investigate its possible application.

Key points to note:

• Standard fabric roll widths, shade size and/or shape will determine whether a shade can be covered in a single wrap with single fabric seam, or if two or more seams will be necessary to cover the shade.

• Patterned or stripped fabrics do not always look right on conical or empire shade types. Due to the taper the pattern will nearly always appear to drop away towards the lower ring of the shade as it is wrapped. Even with the smallest of pattern repeats its not possible to match a pattern across the seam on a tapered shade. As a custom print on film Inspiralight can overcome these issues.
 
• Heavy or dark coloured materials generally allow little or no light penetration. Pairing with a clear or white lining will enable some penetration and often accentuates the weave of woven fabrics as light shines throught the fabric. Alternative use of reflective linings such as gold, silver or the thicker opaque whites reflect the light back pushing the light up or down through the open ends of the shade.

• A rolled shade edge produces the most simplistic clean edged finish to a shade but is not always possible. Construction of a rolled-edge finish is highly dependent on the fabric or material of choice and occasionally by shade style. By preference or when a rolled-edge finish is not possible a taped-edge construction technique may be employed, as the name implies this involves introducing an additional tape or ribbon to form the finished edge around the frame. Generally available in a range of stock colours a rippon is selected to contrast with the primary shade covering material.

• Shades can be fitted with light diffusers if required at both top and bottom open ends of the shade or to one end only, as preferred. Normally diffusers are finished in a semi-translucent frosted clear or white PVC material hiding the shade internals and light source producing a more evenly distributed light output through the diffuser.