Frequently Asked Questions straight from our Design Shoji Specifier Packet, first published in 1984.
What is a shoji screen?
What materials does Design Shoji use?
Our panels are constructed from select hardwoods for exceptional durability, stability and strength. Although it is more difficult and time-consuming to work with these denser woods, we know you will appreciate the difference down the road. We want your panels to stand the test of time, operating smoothly and retaining their original appearance with minimal care. With premium hardwoods, the beauty of the wood and woodworking will still shine years from now.
How are shoji screens used today?
What are the quality construction features of Design Shoji screens?
In keeping with tradition, no nails are used in frame construction. Our unique frame design allows for use of fabrics in the panels and provides an even, lasting stretch for fabric inserts.
Look closely at our joinery; there are no gaps between the grid and frame and you will find tight-fitting half-lap joints throughout the grid. Panels are built with a separate front and back grid so gridwork is visible from either side. There is no right or wrong side to the panel.
Our furniture-quality finishes enhance the beauty of the wood. Standard handrubbed oil and wax colors won’t chip, crack, peel or fade. Our specialty waterborne lacquer finishes are applied in successive coats with hand-sanding between coats to create an exceptional finish. Custom stains, dyes, color washes and color matching are all offered. Chemically sensitive? We can accomodate you!
The Design Shoji difference? Careful construction, premium materials and meticulous finishes to assure lasting performance from your panels.
What kind of hardware is available?
For a more traditional look, we can offer wood top and bottom tracks with a variety of edge and spacing details that will ensure a perfect fit. With our rubber-wheeled sheave system, you can enjoy the look and feel of traditional wood tracks without the high maintenance. Our exclusive low profile track system is only 3/8” – 5/8” tall for a clean, minimalist look.
Accordion fold, bifold, and shutter style hardware are also available. Need more? Vertical sash movement, telescoping track, and even curved or motorized tracks are offered.
Whatever your hardware requirements, please ask. If it doesn’t exist, we will do our best to design something that will work for you.
How is installation handled?
Completed panels are shipped with individualized installation instructions and all mounting hardware required. Panels are custom crated and then shipped by common carrier. Installing shoji is similar to putting in sliding closet doors; we suggest a carpenter, shutter or drapery installer, or handyman.
What if I have an unusual application?
We’ve built weatherproofed panels for yachts, sound-deadening panels for hotels, black-out panels for schools, interior partitions for hospitals, and acoustically transparent panels for audiophiles. Whether your need is for custom grilles, angled or arched panels, light covers or movable grids, give us a call or visit the showrooms of one our wholesale representatives!