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What Are Bamboo Shades?

Wood is a popular choice for window coverings, and a large percentage of homes in the U.S. have real wood blinds installed. But wood isn’t limited to blinds—it can also be used for shades.

Bamboo shades are one of the only types of real wood shades available, and that’s because bamboo can be woven into a material that can be rolled, which is essential for the operation of standard shades. As you might expect, bamboo shades trace their origins back to Asia, where bamboo was and still is used for a variety of purposes, including furniture, building materials, fences, bridges, and tools.

One of the first things you might notice about bamboo shades—particularly the ones sold by Blindster—is their attractive pricing. Bamboo shades are highly affordable and can fit into almost any budget. That makes them ideal for homeowners looking to outfit multiple rooms or even entire homes. They can also be cut to fit a wide range of window shapes and sizes, giving them even more versatility.

How Are Bamboo Shades Made?

Bamboo shades are made using bamboo and a variety of other materials, including natural grasses and reeds. Those materials are all woven together to create shades that protect privacy and block the sun’s harsh UV rays. Small natural gaps in in the weaving process mean that standard bamboo shades are ideal for diffusing natural light, creating a soft glow in any room where they’re installed.

The bamboo shades we sell are built on hand-fed looms. That gives them a more consistent quality, and it means that quality control from shade to shade remains high regardless of order size or customization options.

What Are Options Are Available for Bamboo Shades?

Homeowners who want even more light control and privacy can opt for privacy and blackout liners, which dramatically transform the function of bamboo shades. In fact, with the right liners, bamboo shades can be as effective as even the thickest roller shades when it comes to blocking out light and protecting privacy, while still retaining the unique look and charm that you can only get with natural materials.

The options don’t end with liners. Blindster is proud to offer bamboo shades with a variety of lift cord options and mechanisms, including standard operation, cordless, top down bottom up, and continuous loop lift cord. Edge binding is another popular option, as it smooths out the occasionally rough edges of the natural materials used in bamboo shades with the addition of high-quality cloth, giving them a more uniform appearance and feel.

We also offer a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, with our Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A being available to purchase in more than 10 colors and our Deluxe Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group B being offered in 16 distinct looks. If you can’t find the ideal match for your home and décor among those choices, be sure to check out our Super Value, Premium, and Cordless varieties as well for even more options.

What Makes Bamboo Shades Unique?

One of the top selling points of bamboo shades is the materials used in their construction and manufacture. Like real wood blinds, bamboo shades are made from real materials, making them eco-friendly, as they’re created from renewable resources.

Another interesting point about bamboo shades is that every shade is unique in its own way. That’s because no two pieces of wood are alike, and natural wood stains, textures, and patterns will vary from shade to shade. That makes them immediately eye-catching and unique in homes with a wide variety of furniture, color, and décor styles.

One of the best parts about bamboo shades is their versatility. They’re equally at home in formal settings as they are in bohemian-style homes where the focus is primarily on creating a unique look and aesthetic. There’s simply no limit to the places where bamboo shades can truly shine, as their natural beauty makes them both elegant and casual.

Order Your Bamboo Shades Today

Be sure to check out our wide selection of bamboo shades. Our bamboo shades have hundreds of reviews from satisfied customers who love the way they look in their homes, and if you need more information or have any questions before ordering, don’t hesitate to contact our sales representatives.

Don’t forget to order free samples to get the ideal color match for your home, and check out our measuring instructions for bamboo shades to make sure you get the perfect fit for your windows.

5 Facts about Bamboo Shades

Bamboo shades are among the most unique and visually stunning window treatments that we sell. They’re a great balance between the natural wood look that many people love in classic blinds and the matte appearance of shades. Their popularity is also due to their versatility, as these shades fit perfectly in a huge variety of rooms, whether it’s a sunroom with a nature motif, a classy study or home office, or even a neutrally decorated and designed guest bedroom.

At Blindster, we know that many homeowners and people in the market for new window treatments have questions about bamboo shades—especially if they’ve never seen them in person. Their low price and high quality makes them an intriguing product for many of our customers, and they can liven up rooms and dramatically change their look, feel, and overall vibe without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re thinking about ordering some for your home, or you just want to know more about these unique window treatments, here are five facts to know about bamboo shades:

Bamboo shades are versatile

Bamboo shades are versatile

Some window treatment shoppers may have the wrong impression of bamboo shades, as they may mistakenly believe that they are all blackout-style shades. While it’s true that we offer thick bamboo shades with available privacy and blackout liners to further reduce visibility and glare, we also offer bamboo shades that are light filtering. That means you can find bamboo shades for every room in your home, whether you’re looking for ultimate light control or beautiful soft and diffused natural light.

Bamboo shades are made using natural materials

Bamboo shades are made using natural materials

The “bamboo” in bamboo shades isn’t just a marketing term—it’s the real deal. Our bamboo shades are manufactured using a mixture of real bamboo slats, grasses, and reeds. The natural materials are one of the first things that homeowners and first-time bamboo shade buyers notice when they get these window treatments, and it’s also one of the things they love about their new shades the most. The natural manufacturing materials makes bamboo shades a must-have for eco-friendly and environmentally conscious homeowners.

Bamboo shades are affordable for all budgets

Want a luxurious and natural look without breaking the bank? Look no further than our Closeout Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades or our Super Value Bamboo Woven Wood Shades—our top-selling bamboo shade. Want a premium window treatment with all the options to match? Check out our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades or our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group C. The large price range means that our selection of bamboo shades is accessible on almost any budget and project size, whether you’re looking to outfit a single room or your entire home.

Bamboo shades are available with different lift options

Bamboo shades are available with different lift options

With bamboo shades, you don’t have to sacrifice customization and versatility. Our selection of bamboo shades ships with standard lift cords that are color coordinated, crash proof, and C.P.S.C. child safety guidelines-compliant. However, you can change to a continuous loop lift cord—a recommended change for any shades that are over 72” wide. We also offer top down bottom up operation for homeowners who want the ultimate in versatility and light control. Finally, we offer a cordless variety of bamboo shades for homeowners with kids and pets who want peace of mind and safety throughout their homes.

Bamboo shades have fast production times

Need to get your new shades right away? You’ll love the fast production and turnaround times of our bamboo shades. Our Super Value Bamboo Woven Wood Shades and our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades have a production time of three to five days, while our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group A and Group D have a five to seven-day turnaround time. Our remaining shades can be completed and ready to ship to you within eight to 10 days.

5 Best Blinds for Your Baby’s Room

If you recently became a parent for the first time or you just added a new bundle of joy to your family, you’ve undoubtedly seen the impact a baby can have on your life and your home. For many parents, style and contemporary décor take a backseat to making their homes as comfortable and convenient as possible for themselves and their babies.

While you’re busy setting up the bassinet, babyproofing every sharp corner and hard surface in your home, and putting together an endless array of toys, car seats, and high chairs, you may forget one key component of making your baby as safe and comfortable as possible: getting the right window treatments for his or her room.

It’s no secret that a baby who sleeps through the night can be a godsend for parents, and controlling the lighting in your baby’s room can be a huge factor in determining the amount of sleep everyone in your family gets during those first few hectic months. It’s also important to make sure any window treatments you install are safe for babies and children of all ages.

For a list of window treatments that are stylish, safe for children of all ages, and effective at controlling the amount of outside light that enters your home, check out Blindster’s suggestions below:

deluxe fabric

Although we ship every window treatment with a free cord cleat to make them safer for homes with babies, children, and pets, cordless shades may be the ideal window coverings for your baby’s room. In addition to easy cordless operation, our Deluxe Fabric Roller Shades are also excellent at blocking out light and insulating the room from both hot/cold weather and loud noises. Installing these shades makes it easy to achieve the ideal lighting, temperature, and sound level in any room in your home—especially the room where it counts the most.

cordless cellular design

Controlling the lighting in your baby’s room doesn’t always mean making the room as dark as possible. In fact, many babies thrive in rooms that are bathed in soft, natural lighting as opposed to harsh lighting from overhead light fixtures and lamps. As the name implies, our Deluxe Cordless Top Down/Bottom Up Cellular Shades can be opened and closed from the top and bottom, giving you the ultimate control over privacy, lighting, and view of the outside. Like our Deluxe Fabric Roller Shades, this window treatment is also excellent for providing sound and noise insulation.

blackout cellular shades

As every new parent knows, the slightest disruption in your baby’s routine can cost him or her—and everyone else in your family, for that matter—precious hours of sleep. Sometimes that disruption can be something as fleeting and unpredictable as car headlights shining into the room or a brief flash of lightning during a rainstorm. Our Premium Blackout Single Cellular Shades are perfect for eliminating the possibility that your baby’s rest will be disturbed by sudden bright (or not so bright) lights from the outdoors. In addition, these shades can also be ordered with a cordless option at no extra charge, making them the ideal safe and effective window treatment for your baby’s room.

wand option

If your baby’s room has large windows, or if you just want an alternative to drapes and curtains, our Fabric Vertical Blinds will fit the bill perfectly. Created using a soft and light-filtering fabric, these blinds can cover huge windows and doorways up to 129” wide and 129” long. Choose from 10 unique colors when placing your order, including Contrast Ivory, Contrast Light Green, and Contrast Claret, and add an optional PVC backing for better light blocking and insulation as well as a wand control for enhanced child-proofing.

roman shades christmas

When it comes to purchasing elegant and beautiful window coverings, it’s hard to beat the stylings offered by cordless Roman shades. Our Premium Roman Shades Group A are among our top-selling window treatments due to their luxurious appearance, but their effectiveness at blocking out light, protecting your family’s privacy, and matching the décor in your home also makes them a practical option for every room in your home—even your baby’s room. And if you’re looking for a specific color to fit your baby’s room, you can’t go wrong with this shade. Choose from 45 distinct colors, including Lucky Sateen Teal, Rio Cream, and beautiful patterns like Farrell Blossom Vintage Gold and Farrell Blossom Crimson. You can also take comfort knowing that this shade conforms to C.P.S.C. child safety guidelines, making it both beautiful and safe for your baby’s room.

Best Blinds for People Who Hate Blinds

Yes, it’s true—there are many homeowners who simply dislike blinds and shades. At Blindster, we know that many people who are initially resistant to the idea of purchasing and installing window coverings in their homes is often due to a very limited experience with them—especially if they’re familiarity starts and ends with traditional vinyl blinds or dark roller shades from a bygone era of home décor.

If you’re among the homeowners who prefer bare windows or curtains but you’re coming around to the idea of installing window coverings—or if you’re looking to convince your spouse or other family members that blinds and shades are the way to go—check out our list of the best window treatments for people who, well, hate window coverings!

sheer shades

If you’re looking for shades that are as unobtrusive as possible, our light filtering sheer shades are the way to go. These shades block 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays while also allowing ample sunlight to enter your home. When turned into an open position, the shade lets in a beautifully diffused light due to two layers of soft, knitted fabric sheers. Choose from a wide variety of colors to fit your home’s décor, including Pearl, Wheat, Mocha, Goldenrod, Cocoa Bean, and Pumice.

distressed wood

Real wood blinds bring a touch of elegance and timeless beauty to homes that many other types of window coverings can’t match. These distressed wood blinds utilize a rough, natural texture and a manufacturing process that prevents them from fading or warping. They’re also highly effective at insulating your home during the summer and winter. Six different colors are available to choose from, including Amber Ale, Tavern Oak, Vintage Cherry, Peppered Malbec, Aged Cognac, and Deep Merlot.

premium faux wood

If you like the look of wood blinds but aren’t a fan of natural materials, our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds may be just what you’re looking for. These blinds provide all of the elegant beauty of natural wood blinds but with the benefit of more durable materials that are highly resistant to moisture. Just like the distressed wood blinds, these blinds are also resistant to warping and fading due to a special treatment during the manufacturing process. Bold color choices for these shades include Smooth Birch, Smooth Natural, and Smooth Cherry.

premium blackout cellular

While window treatments aren’t must-have purchases for everyone, being able to control the lighting in certain rooms, such as bedrooms, nurseries, and home offices, often is. If that’s the case with you or your spouse, our Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades are more than suitable to get the job done. These shades block out 99 percent of sunlight and the sun’s UV rays, protecting your furniture and eliminating virtually all outside light. The double cellular manufacturing process also acts as a highly effective insulator, keeping warm air inside during the winter and hot air outside during the summer.

deluxe exterior

Whether you have a porch, deck, sunroom, or other outdoor area, you’ve probably experienced the problem of the sun making it difficult to see and enjoy your view at certain hours of the day. Our Deluxe Exterior Solar Shades 14% Open are “barely there,” meaning your view remains unobstructed but the glare and heat from the sun will be significantly reduced. In fact, this shade is capable of blocking 86 percent of the sun’s UV rays, extending the life of your outdoor furniture significantly and keeping your family safe from the harmful effects of the sun.

deluxe cordless

Many homeowners dislike the limited functionality of shades and the appearance of long strings or cords. This shade uses a top down/bottom up function, which means it can be opened from the bottom and the top, giving you the ultimate versatility and control over privacy and natural sunlight. In addition, it’s also operated cordlessly, meaning no unsightly cords hanging that can detract from its appearance.

woven wood

If you’re not a huge fan of window coverings but you’re passionate about eco-friendly and natural décor, you should definitely check out our Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group D. This shade is manufactured using real bamboo, grass, and jute fabrics and is excellent at both light control and light filtering. You can also add optional liners for additional light blockage and privacy. Choose from a huge variety of colors and stains, including Sunset Gold, Riverwood Bronze, Harbor Mocha, and Rangoon Umber.

Be sure to check out our full selection of options here!

How to Fix a Cordless Cellular Shade

Cordless cellular shades are highly effective at blocking out light, protecting your family’s privacy, and complementing your home’s décor, but like all items with moving parts, they may need repairs and maintenance from time to time. If you have experienced issues with your cordless cellular shades recently, you don’t have to throw them out or hire a professional to fix them. Chances are, you can repair them yourself with just a few household tools and the following information.

Check out Blindster’s guide below to fix some of the most common and annoying problems that can occur with cordless cellular shades:

  • Problem: Hitches in movement when raising or lowering the shade

Solution: If you notice the shade’s movement seems impeded in some way, check the spring motor inside the headrail. If you see friction clips, trying removing them to see if that improves the shade’s movement and operation.

 

  • Problem: Shade doesn’t lift or is stuck in a drawn position

Solution: If your shade seems stuck and you want to fully retract it, the springs inside the headrail may have become set in their current position due to a prolonged period of being set to a certain level. To reset the springs, pull down on the bottom rail until the shade begins moving again. Then, lift up until the shade is in the desired position.

 

  • Problem: Shade brushes up against the wall or window when raising or lowering it

Solution: Shades that come into contact with your wall or window are likely mounted too close to the surface that’s being touched. If that’s case, you may need an extension bracket that will provide extra clearance for your shade.

 

  • Problem: Shade moves too much due to air drafts or open windows

Solution: If your shade is getting blown around by your air conditioner, fan, the wind from the outside, or doors being opened and closed frequently, you can use hold-down brackets to keep it in place. Hold-down brackets are easily installed near the bottom rail of the shade and will prevent it from moving in almost all situations.

 

  • Problem: Shade hangs unevenly at the bottom

Solution: Eventually, you may notice that your shade no longer rests in an even and symmetrical position. If that’s the case, you may need to simply pull your shade down completely and then lift it back the desired position. This can help reset the position of the lift mechanisms and cords inside the headrail. To prevent this from happening in the future, always lift the shade from the middle instead of the sides. That helps balance the tension and avoids overloading one side of the lift mechanism.

 

  • Problem: Shade looks like it is beginning to sag

Solution: Over time, your shade may begin to take on an appearance of sagging. This may be due to the friction clips inside breaking or losing their effectiveness. If your shade isn’t equipped with friction clips, the friction clips are broken, or you need to replace ones that you lost, contact Blindster or the manufacturer for replacements.

Shop our large selection of cordless shades here

Blindster Frequently Asked Questions Part 4

Knowledge is power—especially when you’re in the market for new window treatments! Whether you’re buying window treatments for the first time or planning on replacing your existing blinds and shades throughout your entire home, you undoubtedly have many questions.

Given the number of window coverings we offer—not to mention the customizations and optional components—we know that buyers like you may be hesitant to make a purchase until they’ve done their homework and feel confident in their decisions.

To make your buying process easier, be sure to check out some of our frequently asked questions below, and don’t hesitate to contact our customer support representatives if you still have questions or concerns.

  1. What’s an alternative to wood blinds?

Wood blinds provide an elegant and natural look to any room, but they’re not for everyone. Their higher cost and the potential for warping and cracking if used in areas with high humidity means some people prefer other options.

 

If you’re dead-set on getting the look of real wood blinds without the potential downsides, faux wood blinds may be the perfect option for your home. Not only do they look virtually identical to real wood blinds, but they’re also more resistant to the elements and they’re easier to clean and maintain. In many cases, faux wood blinds are less expensive than real wood blinds as well.

 

  1. What is the average price for Roman shades?

Roman shades are an elegant and beautiful option for window treatments, but they can also be more expensive than other types of shades. The cost of Roman shades is due to factors like their luxurious tailored appearance, soft and sculpted folds, and wide selection of fabrics and colors.

 

At Blindster, we offer multiple types of Roman shades at varying price points. Because our shades frequently go on sale, the best way to get an idea of the average price is to frequently consult the product pages:

 

 

  1. What is a solar shade?

A solar shade is a window covering that’s designed with sun protection, energy efficiency, shade, and glare reduction in mind. Solar shades can be installed anywhere in your home, and many homeowners prefer to install them in areas that receive plenty of sunlight, such as sunrooms, patios, and pool rooms. They’re also perfect for areas where you want to block out sunlight and reduce glare but maintain your view of the outside, such as bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and home offices.

  1. What do I need to know about solar shades?

If you’re thinking about purchasing solar shades, you probably already know that they’re the ideal solution for homeowners looking for window coverings that provide excellent insulation and heat reduction while maintaining a clear view of the outside.

 

Solar shades accomplish that by:

 

  • Blocking up to 97% of harmful and warming UV rays due to their heat and light absorbing materials
  • Increasing energy efficiency by creating an extra layer of insulation between the inside of your home, your windows, and the outdoors
  • Reducing or eliminating glare in areas that receive ample amounts of sunlight, such as bedrooms, patios, sunrooms, decks, and more
  • Using transparent materials that allow you to still clearly see the outdoors even when the shade is drawn and 97% of outside sunlight and UV rays are blocked

 

In addition to these features, solar shades are also easy to maintain and install. Their moisture and mold-resistant properties mean they will stand up to harsh, wet conditions in both outdoor areas, such as decks and patios, and indoor areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

 

  1. What is a relaxed Roman shade?

Unlike standard Roman shades that feature a folded appearance through their entire length to create an appearance of depth and dimension, relaxed Roman shades have a more casual look without sacrificing any of the elegance you would expect. Instead of featuring curves and folds from top to bottom, relaxed Roman shades are only softly curved at the bottom where the fabric bunches together. These shades are the ideal solution for rooms where you want to create a relaxed atmosphere and don’t plan on raising or lowering the shades on a frequent basis.

 

  1. What is a corded roller shade?

A corded roller shade is simply a roller shade that is operated with a cord. Roller shades with continuous cord loop options are perfect for large and wide windows, as the cord makes it much easier to raise and lower the window covering. Corded roller shades are most often installed in living rooms, bedrooms, and offices that are equipped with exceptionally large windows where a cordless option just isn’t practical given the weight and size of the window coverings.

 

  1. What is a stepped Roman shade?

A stepped Roman shade is also known as a waterfall or hobbled Roman shade. This term refers to Roman shades that feature soft folds that run the entire length of the fabric from top to a bottom, giving it a waterfall-like appearance. They also may be known as looped or teardrop shades due to their unique appearance. Stepped Roman shades are versatile enough to be installed in rooms with a casual atmosphere and rooms that call for nothing but the utmost in luxury and elegance.

 

  1. What is the best blackout shade for a nursery?

In addition to home offices, bedrooms, game rooms, and home theaters, nurseries are also another ideal location to install blackout shades. Being able to fully control the lighting in your child’s room during the first years of his or her life can help both of you sleep more soundly during the day and night. At Blindster, we offer a huge variety of blackout shades that can eliminate up to 99% of outside light, giving you the option to make your nursery as dark or as light as you want.

 

Some of the options we recommend include:

 

Choose between cordless or corded options and 9 different colors when choosing this shade, one of our most elegant and high-quality blackout shades.

 

Capable of blocking out 99% of outside light, these premium blackout shades are available in 15 colors and are manufactured with a 3/8” double cell fabric.

 

Take your pick of cordless or corded lift options and 13 different colors to match your child’s nursery, including twilight mesa, moire white, and twilight glacier.

Everything You Could Want to Know About Cellular Shades

When Cellular Shades came on the market they were one of the most innovative window treatment options to be released in a very long time. Their popularity grew because of their effectiveness at reducing energy costs by reducing a home’s total thermal loss. Whether you’re already a cellular shade fan or you’re looking for a reason to buy, this list will tell you everything you could want to know about cellular shades.

They Were Released in 1985

Today’s cellular shade began with the launch of Hunter Douglas’s 1985 Duette Honeycomb Shades. They had the same cellular structure we know now and were advertised as being soft, durable and highly energy efficient. Since then, many other companies have created their own versions of those shades and began referring to them mainly as cellular shades.

Their Design Makes Them Energy Efficient

Most of the heat transfer in your home happens through windows and doors. The individual cells within the shade hold air, creating a barrier between the window surface and the indoor room, making them much more protective than regular shades.

They Come in Several Styles

Close Up Cellular Shade

Cellular shades can come in multiple layers of cells; each extra layer provides more heat and light control inside your home. The layers act as insulation around your windows, keeping out heat in the summer and the warmth in during winter.

Color Makes a Difference

Changing the color of your cellular shade can also affect its ability to reduce heat transfer. The darker the shade, the more light filtering you are going to get inside your home.

Two Shades in One

double cellular shade

Day/Night cordless cellular shades are part light filtering and part blackout. The light filtering part of the shade can be scrunched up to reveal the blackout shade and the blackout shade can be scrunch down to use the light filtering shade. It is the ultimate in window treatment flexibility!

Easy to Maintain

Cellular shades tend to be more durable than horizontal blinds, which can become bent and unsightly. They are typically made from spun lace and bonded polyester that is easy to dust and clean.