Unlike more conventional shade designs, the designs used in top down bottom up shade types is able to work in 'reverse' from the usual direction. They can, of course, raise upwards, like any other normal shade. But they can also lower themselves from their tops. By doing this, these shades let you avoid unwanted attention while still getting the open atmosphere and light to make the room look its best.

There is more than one kind of shade that works in a 'both directions' fashion. Some types are more likely to have this feature, like the honeycomb style of shade. But the feature can be successfuly incorporated into others as well, like the roman style. Although the aesthetics and sometimes price tags may be different, ultimately no one design is superior in most cases.

Some manufacturers attempt to sell their better shades by packaging in many different novel features. You may find that those top down shades can also be adjusted left to right, for example. Little additions like these are what help to make a shade be all it can be, and are valuable for determining what's the best purchase for you.

Wooden shades are one secondary but still very popular choice for shades with the ability to lower from the top. Using this choice in material will impact the overall design in such a way as to make it more flowing and less geometric. The visual effect is, as a result, less hard and sharp on the eyes. If the folding honeycomb appearance isn't interesting to you, looking to their wooden cousins can be a large change of pace while still getting all the same features.

Besides other common design elements coupled with top down bottom up shades, you'll probably come across many claiming to be fully light-blocking. A good shade of the right design type can do just that, and allow complete security from any elements of the external world. Since the average shade can't do this, however, be sure it's something you want before you buy a product with full light-blocking. Some people find the lack of light a nuisance rather than enjoyable.

It's difficult to talk about top down styles of shades without also talking about their most common form. This feature is found in honeycomb window blinds especially often. This style of blinds is just a matter of various separate layers coming together to create a series of segmented cells that can shrink down as the product is drawn or lowered.

Remember to watch for unmentioned or barely mentioned price boosts on any shade you buy through long distance means. Top down bottom up roman shades that cost forty dollars with a twenty dollar shipping expense aren't as great a deal as they first seem. Contrast all the various expenses from one company and one seller to the next. Otherwise you have no one but yourself to blame for spending too much.

With many top down type shades very low-priced at thirty to forty dollars, you should be able to buy them even if your money is limited. But if you're ready to spend more, there are more stylish and designer brands that may be up to two hundred dollars in price. Looks are the main difference in most cases, as both types of shades get the job done that they were meant to do.