Window Shades

Add privacy with window shades

If your home is on a sunny lot, you know just how important shades are to your comfort and to extending the life of your furniture, wall decor, and other items in your home that are vulnerable to light. In this article, we give you a brief overview of the most common types of window shades on the market so that you can choose the right ones for your home.

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Folded and Pleated Window Shades

One of the most common and versatile types of shades available are formed from a single sheet of fabric that is specially folded or pleated. The term pleated shades usually refers to window treatments made up of dozens of small folds. When completely down, the shade is mostly flat with a slightly corrugated appearance; when raised to admit light, it folds into a small stack of fabric.

Roman shades are simply a variant of pleated shades, but traditionally they use a wider pleat – usually, each pleat is several inches in width. This gives the Roman shade a more classic, finished look that fits in well with a home decorated in a traditional style. In addition, Roman shades lay flat, whether raised or lowered, to create a tidy, neat look that homeowners appreciate. They create a much simpler, understated look than traditional formal drapes.

Cellular and Roller Shades

A newer window shade on the market is the cellular shade. In essence, cellular shades are composed of two or more fine pleated shades layered together. The result is a thick shade that looks as if it is "honeycombed" together. Due to the extra layers of air between the pleats, cellular shades have fantastic insulating properties, making them perfect for very cold or hot climates.

Finally, we have the roller shades; these are an old standby that has been around for quite a while but continues to offer great value. In this type of shade, the window dressing fabric is rolled into a long tube that is housed within a lightweight canister. With the touch of a button or pull of a cord, the material simply rolls or unrolls to offer shade.

Because they are a type of vinyl window shades, rollers look good at a fantastic price that will beat most fabric shades out there. For even better value, check out the discount window shades offered by online retailers that are often the same high-end products from brick and mortar retailers, but at a 50 to 75 percent discount. Roller shades are not fancy, but they provide an effective and affordable means of maintaining your privacy and protecting your wall coverings and artwork.