Window Batons Resource

THINGS TO KNOW

 
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MATERIALS

Batons come in three different types: fiberglass, acrylic, and decorative. Fiberglass batons are sturdier than acrylic. Acrylic batons are clear and are great for applications where batons will be visible. A fluted/textured option is also available in acrylic, while decorative batons are made in wood or metal.

 
 
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SIZE

Batons come in various lengths (36”, 48”, 60” & 72”). The length is determined by the mounting height of the drapery and whether that room must be ADA compliant. Standards specify batons hang 60” off the floor, while ADA batons should be no more than 48” off the floor.

 
 
 
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ADAPTOR

This type of baton hangs in front of the drapery, offering easy access to a guest in the room. Its construction utilizes a plastic stiffener and a connection with both the drapery and the master carrier; this creates a reinforced draw.

 
 
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CLIP

This baton uses a small clip which attaches directly to the master carrier that hangs behind the drape. Usually referred to as a hidden baton, these are not recommended for use with large treatments as they are not as sturdy as batons with adaptors.

 
 
 
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CORD DRAWN

Another option for tall and wide window treatments; for operable treatments wider than 180” and taller than 144”, assistance is recommended to manuever. Cord drawn treatments apply a pulley system. Not applicable for an ADA compliant option.

 
 
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MOTORIZATION

You can power window treatments using two different options: battery or hardwired. Motorized treatments can be a great solution for large treatments or meeting ADA standards. Motorized systems are more expensive than manual, and do require more training, but more applications require motorized options to be recommended.

 
 
 
 
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ADA STANDARDS

ADA Standards specify that the reach may not surpass 48” off the floor and window treatments may be controlled without having to grip, pinch, or rotate the wrist to maneuver. A baton with a looped end is the most cost-effective way to meet ADA standards. Motorized treatments with a remote control is another option to meet ADA standards.