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Roll-Up Bamboo Window Shades

Updated on December 23, 2017
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If you have joined the trending ‘green revolution’ group, then you’ll be more desirous of using natural environmentally friendly materials like bamboo and other natural wood products for many of your home décor furnishings, more so than using man-made products like PVC-based materials, or man-made fabrics.

Using natural materials adds texture, 'natural warmth', and elegance into interior spaces and eco-friendly materials such as grass, bamboo, jute, and wood slats does a good job at this; it adds a smooth ambiance to a room.

What is particularly loved about roll-up bamboo shades is their versatility and they are not so voluminous.

Isn’t it’s a great thing that we no longer have to contend with busy prints and yards and yards of floral fabrics; silk, damasks, thick velvet curtains, swags, tails, and all, window treatments reminiscent of the past century?

Bamboo window shades
Bamboo window shades

Bamboo Roll Up Shades - Hard Window Treatments

Bamboo roll-up window blinds fall within the category of ‘hard’ window treatments. The term

The term hard is used to describe window dressings like window blinds, shades, and shutters, and are commonly thought of as more contemporary (modern if you wish), streamlined, convenient, AND affordable than ‘soft’ window treatments like drapery, curtains, valances, and sheers.

Qualities of Bamboo Window Shades

Bamboo shades have a natural lustre that shimmers subtly with a soft colour that introduces real warmth into rooms, warmth many of us cherish. This is one of the reasons why they work well in any interior space within a home.

They absorb ultra-violet light and provide a wonderful filter for incoming daylight, and if you need those that can block out natural light (for your afternoon nap), you can go for lined ones. Just roll them down if you want to obliterate daylight.

Most people also love bamboo shades because of their simple, clean, and streamlined look including the fact that they possess the ability to control daylight more effectively.

And if it comes to style, just like in fashion, they can be dressed up or down, depending on which room they are to be installed in, and whether they are meant for windows or sliding glass doors.

Popular Types and Standard Measurements

From country cottage and mountain lodge styles to the higher end ‘couture’ shades, you’ll find wide varieties of bamboo blinds on the market.

There is always one type that will work great for every home, including yours. Popular choice includes:

  • Cherry
  • White mist
  • Bermuda
  • Hawthorn
  • Walnut
  • Burnt bamboo
  • Roman

They do mostly come in standard sizes . . . from 60cm (2ft) wide, up to 180cm (6ft) wide, with up to a 160cm (5ft 6in) drop when rolled down.

Note: If you are ordering for bamboo blinds online, it’s good to note that standard sizes of ready-made shades come in widths of:

  • 60cm
  • 90cm
  • 120cm
  • 150cm
  • 180cm

All with a standard drop of 160cm.

Ready-made shades and blinds cannot be trimmed, so it’s good to ensure you take the correct measurements with the advised allowance before you place your order.

Trying to find a wide variety to choose from at your local stores, malls, or home improvement shops is not quite easy. At times, you’ll have to place orders of your choice from these stores and there is a waiting period in most.

And . . . after all, there is only so many offline shops can stock!

The best place to find a large selection of colours, type, and styles of bamboo window shades to choose from is online. You’ll be amazed at what you can find on the net.

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      SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

      I am considering bamboo shades for my lanaii. I like the look.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hi Gloria.

      To answer your question, i recommend that your bamboo window shades or any other natural material blinds you may wish to use, be separated allowing the white frame to show. Placing them side by side without any space gives it a bland look.

      The contrast of the white spaces between blinds will look more appealing to the eye.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for visiting.


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      Gloria 7 years ago

      I have 3 windows side by side and will have to hang my shades outside the window frame, do you recommend leaving some space (white frame) between each shade, or hang them side by side without any space in between?

      Also, where can I purchase those curtains?


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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hello Maria. The curtains are lovely - quite simple without any fuss or frills. Bamboo window shades and the soft curtains can be found at malls and department stores that retail readymade curtains, blinds and shades. And if you can sew, they are the easiest to make.

      Check how to make them here...

      Thanks for the visit.


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      Maria 7 years ago

      I love this combination of bamboo shades and curtains. Do you know where I can find the curtains?

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Decowindowfilms, thanks for the window film tips. Must research on that.

      Thanks for visiting.


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      decowindowfilms 7 years ago

      Great Hub. Window treatments can really change the overall look of your residence.

      It's great to use eco-friendly treatments as well.

      Utilizing decorative window film is another great way change the overall look, and keep the room cooler at the same.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hi Pretty, thanks so much for visiting and for your very nice comments.


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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      nice hub because it is well researched and I love bamboos as well, Maita

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hello Habee. bamboo window shades do look great in bathrooms. Thanks for visiting & for finding the time to leave a comment.


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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      These are cool! We have them in one of our bathrooms.