Window Batons Resource

THINGS TO KNOW

 
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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, resulting in a reinforced draw.

 
 
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CLIP

This baton uses a small clip which attaches directly to the master carrier hanging behind the drape and therefore is often referred to as a hidden baton. Clip batons are not recommended for use with large treatments, as they are not as stable as batons with adaptors.

 
 
 
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MATERIALS

Batons come in three different types: fiberglass, acrylic, and decorative. Fiberglass batons are sturdier than acrylic and come in five color options (white, black, silver, brown, and gold) but may also be ordered in custom colors. Acrylic batons are clear and great for designs that limit detractors from the drapery. A fluted/textured option is available in acrylic, while decorative batons are made in wood or metal and come in various sizes.

 
 
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SIZE

Batons come in various lengths (36”, 48”, 60”, 72”, and 84”) but are always either 3/8” thick (fiberglass) or 1/2” thick (acrylic). Their length is determined by the mounting height of the drapery in a room and whether that room is ADA compliant. Typical batons are specified to hang 60” off the floor, while ADA batons should be no higher than 48” above the floor.

 
 
 
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ADA Standards

ADA standards specify that the reach may not exceed 48” off the floor and treatments may be controlled without having to grasp, pinch, or twist the wrist to operate. The most cost effective way to meet these standards is a baton with a looped end. Motorized drapery with a remote control is also an option to meet ADA standards.

 

MOTORIZED

Available in two different options: plug & play or direct wired. Motorized drapery is more expensive; yet is a great alternative for large treatments or ADA compliance, and works in conjunction with building automation systems.

 
 
 

CORD DRAWN

Another alternative with tall and wide treatments. It is recommended that all operable treatments wider than 15’ and taller than 12’ utilize assistance to operate. Cord drawn hardware utilizes a pulley system allowing for treatments to be drawn via pull cords. This is not an ADA compliant option.

 
Callie England